Arts and Entertainment

AC Jazz Combo members, left to right, Sarah Cook, tenor saxophone; Christian Turbeville, alto saxophone; Morgan Robertson, trumpet; and Andrea Leaman, trumpet, practice for their Oct. 1 concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Hudgins Hall Auditorium.

AC Jazz Combo and AC Chamber Winds set to perform in concert

Angelina College’s Jazz Combo and AC Chamber Winds will team in a concert guaranteed to get the fall performance season kicked off just right.

The musicians will be jamming inside the Hudgins Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1. 

The Combo’s scheduled program includes “Blues in the Closet” by Oscar Pettiford, “Summertime” by George Gershwin and “‘C’ Minor Blues” by Jamey Aebersold. 

The Combo includes both AC students and faculty members. Personnel scheduled to perform are Morgan Robertson from Groveton, trumpet; Andrea Leaman from Crockett, trumpet; Sarah Cook from Lufkin, tenor saxophone; Christian Turbeville from Hudson, alto saxophone; Daniel Kiesel from Lufkin, bass; and Garrett Newton from Hudson, guitar.

Also, Tyler Dover from Livingston, drum set; Aaron Mason from Huntington, drum set and auxiliary percussion; and AC music instructor Larry Greer, piano and director.

The AC Chamber Winds feature musicians from throughout the East Texas area. 

Scheduled performances include “Aztec Fire” by Jay Bocook, “Acclamations” by Ed Huckaby and “Forge of Vulcan” by Michael Sweeney.

Chamber Winds performers are Rose Wilson from Diboll, flute; Megan Turrentine from Groveton, Bb clarinet; Rey Hernandez from Lufkin, Bb clarinet; Robertson on trumpet; Leaman on trumpet; Kiesel on trombone; Keodrick Young from Lufkin, trombone; Jimmy Battle, AC adjunct instructor and director of the Chamber Winds, bass trombone; Carl Wallace guest musician from Diboll, tuba; Mason, percussion; and Zack Foxworth from Warren, percussion.

For further information, contact Larry Greer at

Tyler Dover rocks out on the drums. 
Aaron Mason plays auxiliary percussion. 

Thespians to present comedy

Angelina College’s version of the iconic comedy “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon will be presented by the theatre department Oct. 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Temple Theater.

The play, set in the 1960s, tells the story of roommates Oscar the slob Madison and Felix the neat freak Ungar. Guest artists David S. Raine and Don Wilson Glenn will play the lead roles, respectively. Both actors have been active in theatre for more than three decades. Raine teaches theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University, and Glenn is the executive director of the Angelina Community Theatre in Lufkin. 

Other members of the cast include AC students Riley Elledge as Speed, Cody Carter as Murray, Matthew Watts as Roy, Cedric Carson as Vinnie, Cassidy Kelly as Gwendolyn Pigeon and Samantha Johnson as Cecily Pigeon.

Members of the production crew include Kary Raine, AC theatre instructor, as director; Meredith Taylor, AC stage operations manager, as technical director and scenic and lighting designer; Lindsey Dobbins as stage manager; Andrew Reed, AC theatre instructor, as master carpenter; Jamie Hill as sound designer; Tyler Arnold as journeyman; Retha Powers as costumer designer; Cassidy Kelly as costumer assistant; Michele Hill as properties master; Alyssa Moss as A1 sound operator; Tari Dean as light board operator; Alana Meshell as run crew chief; Raquel Rothschild and Matthew Kitchens as run crew; Jonathan Walker as curtain operator; and Henry Tovar as usher.

The play was a hit on Broadway and has lived on through numerous professional touring and revival productions. Also, it was made into a movie in 1968 and a popular television sitcom in the 1970s. Also, three network television shows have been based on the comedy.

Members of the cast, left to right, David Raine, Cody Carter, Riley Elledge, Don Wilson Glenn, Cedric Carson and Matthew Watts rehearse a scene from “The Odd Couple.” The play runs Oct. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Theater.
“The Odd Couple” cast members rehearse another scene from the play.

SFA art instructor exhibits work

Neal Cox

Angelina College’s Visual and Performing Arts will host in October “Counting Grids,” an exhibition of works by Stephen F. Austin State University art instructor Neal Cox.

The show runs Oct. 1-31 at the Angelina Center for the Arts Gallery on the AC campus. An artist’s reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the ACA foyer. 

The artist’s statement said, “Over the last ten years, Neal Cox has been playing a meditative game in his work. Counting and marking ascending and descending sequences of gridded circles (each sequence separated by a blank), Counting Grids documents an effort to create a visual pattern without pre-determining how that pattern will appear.”

Cox, a native of Provo, Utah, earned his bachelor of art degree in printmaking from Brigham Young University. He was awarded his master’s degree of fine arts in printmaking in 2004 from the University of Texas-San Antonio. He served nearly three years with the UTSA Collaborative Editions program.

Cox’s résumé boasts having taught drawing and printmaking at the Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation in Boerne, Texas; he has also crafted his work abroad with the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. 

Both the exhibition and reception are open to the public. There is no charge for admission.

For further information, contact Le’Anne Alexander at

Members of the AC singers include, standing left to right, Robyn Adams, Quavious Johnson, Emily Forrest, Xavion Brown, Kari Naumann; second row, Milak Ross, Andrew Harper, Nicholas Trusclair; and front, Sophia Alegria, costume manager.