SHSU to Present Student-Directed ‘The Baltimore Waltz’

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The Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre will premiere The Baltimore Waltz in the Showcase Theatre on Nov 16, 17, and 19 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

With the collaboration of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, the theatre department is hosting their rendition of the play originally written by Paula Vogel.

It was written in the early 1990s as a tribute to her brother Carl, whom died from the AIDS virus before they could set off on their vacation to travel Europe.

The play begins as Anna is diagnosed with a terminal disease, while her brother Carl decides to take Anna and himself on a mad cap trip through France, Germany, Holland, and Austria.

Anna aims to taste all of life’s sensual pleasures, whereas Carl wants her to undergo a whacky alternative medical cure in Austria.

Art and Computer Animation freshman Kyle Mendoza, a student interested and involved with theater, plans on going to the upcoming performance.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for theater and musical theater, and ever since coming to Sam Houston I’ve kind of made it a point to myself to check out what their theater department has to offer,” Mendoza said. “The plays I’ve seen previously that were performed by them were executed pretty well, and I’m interested to see how they transform this one.”

Writing this award winning play, Vogel employs all of her creative tools. Combining comedy, drama, music, her love of movies, art, and literature to come to terms with a profound personal tragedy.

All Sam Houston students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to come see the performance. The ticket price is $10 and will be held at the University Theatre Center, Showcase Theatre – 1740 Bobby K. Marks Drive.
For more information about this event, contact the Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre at 936.294.1329 or email the department at