The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 67, No. 15, Ed. 1, Friday, January 18, 1980 Page: 1 of 23
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January 18 1980
Abilene Christian University
Volume 67 Number 15
Homecoming musical to depict school's
An original musical play of
ACU's history will be presented
at Homecoming in honor of the
school's 75th anniversary year.
The production is being created
by Robert E Page Mrs. June
Beardan both ACU alumni and
Lewis Fulks theater director.
Page assistant conductor and
director of choruses of the
Cleveland Orchestra will
compose the music and Bear-
dan a theater director and
playwright and Fulks will write
Fulks will also direct and
design the play.
'Until He Comes' theme
to be focus of lectureship
"Until He Comes" will be the
theme of the 62nd annual Bible
Lectureship Feb. 17-20.
Carl Brecheen director of
lectureship said about 8000-
10000 people are expected to at-
tend the annual event on the ACU
"We always try to select
pressing issues facing the church
for the theme and to bring in the
best speakers." Brecheen said.
Each of the major speeches
will be published in a book that
will be on sale during lectureship
Brecheen said. The price of the
book is $6.
Howard W. Norton minister of
missions at College Church of
Christ in Oklahoma City Okla.
will deliver the opening lecture
Feb. 17 at 730 p.m. in Moody
Coliseum. His topic will be
"Seeking the Lost."
Opening the morning lectures
Feb. 18 at 9:30 will be William E.
Young minister of the Johnson
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Ted Starnes associate
professor of communication will
serve as technical director Ed
George assistant professor of
music will direct the orchestra
and Jeancttc Lipford music
intructor will serve as vocal
"It will be based on historically
accurate events that will be
dramatized in dialogue song and
music to catch the spirit of events
and the nature of the university"
The production will be
presented Oct 23-26 with four
performances and ticket prices
5treet Church of Christ in San
Angclo. Young will speak on "My
That evening at 7 Jimmy
Jividen minister of the Hillcrest
congregation will speak on
"Homesick for Heaven."
Stanley Lockhart will speak
Feb. 19 at 9:30 a.m. on "What
Manner of People Ought We to
Be?" He is the minister of the
Westbury congregation in
Taylor A. McKcnzie minister
of the 61st and Division Streets
Church of Christ in San Diego
Calif. will deliver the lecture
that night in Moody Coliseum.
"Christian Stewardship" will be
"The Judgment Day" will be
the topic for Eldred Echol's
lecture Feb. 20 at 9:30 a.m. He
teaches Bible and Biblical
languages at Michigan Christian
Landon B. Saunders director
and commentator for the radio
program "Heartbeat" will close
out the lectureship at 7 p.m. Feb.
20. He will speak on "The King is
In addition to these theme
speeches lectureship will also
include exegeses of Biblical
passages Biblical forums
women's classes and daily
classes on such topics as church
growth jail ministries pre-
marital counseling and teaching.
Also the annual Symposium on
Evangelism will be conducted in
conjunction with lectureship Feb.
Major presentations Feb. 18-19
will deal with innovative ap-
proaches to religious mass
presentations will include Dan
Woodruff of Phoenix Ariz. and
Young of San Angelo who both
broadcast religious radio spots.
Other presentations will
feature a television production
company from Jackson Tenn.
and a Sweetwater church's use of
Also Monday a special
discussion will feature Dr Clyde
Austin psychology professor and
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along the same lines as past
Homecoming musicals Fulks
"It's going to be a big musical
production similar to the other
Homecoming musicals" he said.
"It's not going to be mushy; it's
going to be exciting."
As yet unnamed the 75th an-
niversary play will be a "new and
dynamic musical dramatization
of the history and scope of
Abilene Christian University"
said Robert Dr Hunter vice
president and director of the 75th
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GATA officers Kay Coffee Marcia McMorries the fountain following Wednesday's chapel
and Linda Tuttle (from left to right) and presentation of a fountain maintenance fund
former member Mrs. Lila Nutt sing around (See related story page A-10).
the three people who collaborated
on a pageant for the school's 50th
anniversary "A City Set On A
Bcarden graduated from ACU
in 1942 with a degreee in speech
and theater. She received a
master's degree in speech and
theater from Texas Tech
University in 1960.
She taught at ACU from 191-1-46
and at TTU full time from
1961-62 and part time for five
years after that. She has taught
at Lubbock Christian College
since 1958 having directed
almost all their plays including a
musical each fall one annual
production in Spanish and
another spring production.
Bearden wrote the pilot for the
Herald of Truth television
program directed TTU's theater
tour for two years served as
guest director for the Lubbock
Community Theater and con-
ducted a two-week seminar at
A 1948 graduate of ACU Page
is in his ninth season with the
He is chairman of the depart-
ment of music at Carnegie Mellon
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