Recent News News Archives News Categories

HPU representatives among cast and crew of Lyric’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo

BallyhooBROWNWOOD – September 11, 2017 – Howard Payne University faculty, students and alumni will be among the cast and crew as Brownwood Lyric Theatre presents the comedy/drama The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Performances are September 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and September 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at

Written by Alfred Uhry, The Last Night of Ballyhoo won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play. Uhry is also the playwright of Driving Miss Daisy. Set in 1939 in Atlanta, Georgia, Ballyhoo follows the experiences of the wealthy Jewish family, the Freitags.

“Brownwood Lyric Theatre invites you to come out for laughs, drama and romance as this very relatable crew of quirky Southern characters learns what love and family really mean,” said Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, director and professor of theatre at HPU and frequent director of Lyric performances. “The play would not be the same without the wonderful talents of several Howard Payne faculty members, students and alumni.”

HPU cast members include Dr. Humfeld as Reba; Dr. Nicholas Ewen ’02, assistant professor of theatre, as Peachy; Dr. Matthew McNiece ’03, director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and chair and professor of history and government, as Joe; and Joy-Renee Blackstock, 2007 HPU graduate, as Sunny. Caitlyn Tidwell, 2006 HPU graduate, is directing the performances. Christopher Freeland, junior from Brownwood, and Deejay Moses, junior from May, are running sound, and Kashtyn Eoff, sophomore from Zephyr, is stage managing and running lights. Additional cast members include Suzi Harkey, Doug House, Larry Mathis and Melanie Potter.

For more information, visit