ACU's 2010 Homecoming musical: A "Titanic" production

Posted October 01, 2010

As an ocean of alumni and friends of ACU prepare to pour into Abilene Oct. 8-10 for Homecoming, the Theatre Department is getting set to present the musical Titanic.

Titanic"I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work on such an epic historical piece," says Dawne Swearingen Churchville, director of ACU's Titanic. "When the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, it represented a devastating loss for the world. Now almost 100 years later, that ship still represents the spirit of the Industrial Movement, a celebration of the engineering talents and heart of mankind. It was thought to be the unsinkable ship, though sadly this proved to be false."

Nearly a century ago, the Titanic set out on its maiden voyage, ending in a tragedy that has inspired a major motion picture and Broadway musical. ACU's production will include the actual Broadway theater set.

"The musical is quite different from the movie," says Swearingen. "It follows the true stories of several amazing people of the era such as Mr. Guggenheim, the Astors, and Ida and Isidor Straus. Characters dream of new beginnings as they sail to America struggling with social class and identity. Yeston's musical scoring is breathtaking, while the story is both heartbreaking and powerful."

Attendees can expect the same level of excellence from the student performers and production staff seen in every ACU production.

"I am so proud of our students," says Swearingen. "They have been rehearsing diligently since August.  I can't wait for the audience to take this journey with us."

The show will be Oct. 8-9 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center. Tickets range from $5 - $25, and ACU's production will include the set used in the national tour. To purchase tickets, go online or call the box office at 325-674-ARTS (2787). Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m.