The contribution which theatre can make to future doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, managers and teachers goes far beyond polishing external techniques of presentation. It is the process of touching their humanity; of awakening them to matters of the heart; of creating with them an environment and community that cares about quality of life. It is the process of nurturing a liberating attitude that welcomes conflict as essential for growth. It is the process that makes students aware that, in working with others, the inevitable disagreements and obstacles they will encounter are not negatives. On the contrary, they should be welcomed as springboards for problem-solving and ultimate resolution. Theatre opens eyes to empathize with the humanity of man.
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About The Director
Suzanne Ray attended Wayland Baptist University receiving a music scholarship and accompanied the Wayland Baptist Choir performing in Freiburg, Germany.
Mrs. Ray then received her Bachelor of Science degree from North Texas University, majoring in Secondary Education with teaching fields in English, Speech and Theatre Arts. She earned her Master of Art Degree in Communication from Baylor University, Waco, Texas. This is her 14th year at MHS, accumulating a total of 22 years in education.
During her time heading the department, she has garnered 6 state appearances. In 2006, Mrs. Ray won state in the UIL One Act Play competition with A View from the Bridge, claiming the 1st place State Championship of 4A schools in Texas. Mrs. Ray returned to State in 2007 with A Streetcar Named Desire and again to the State level of competition in 2008 with her show, Sideman, placing 2nd Runner-up. In 2014, Mrs. Ray returned to the coveted state level of competition and won first runner up with her show, The Glass Menagerie. In 2016, Mrs. Ray procured another state title, 2nd Runner Up in 6A UIL One Act Play Competition with her play, Anna Karenina. With that honor, Malerie Dozier was named Best Actress, Jack Russell was named to State’s All Star Cast, and Lourdes Valero earned an Honorable Mention Award. The UIL OAP for 2017, A View from the Bridge, won the 1st place State Championship. Jack Russell was named best actor in the state.
Mrs. Ray’s theatre company was awarded the opportunity of a lifetime in 2013 to travel to London, England to see the musical, Wicked, and on to breathtaking Edinburgh, Scotland, where her students performed and received superior reviews for their play, Rabbit Hole at the world famous Fringe Festival.
Through her instructional journey, Mrs. Ray emphasizes dedication to the arts, stresses integrity, and releases students to fulfill their God-given talents.