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In this video, Texas State University’s musical theater troupe performs “The Farmer and the Cowman” from its fall 2011 staging of “Oklahoma!” The number was choreographed by Tom Truss and directed by Kaitlin Hopkins, who was nominated for the Best Direction award from the Austin Critics’ Table.

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Texas State University’s theatre and dance department recently won the Austin Critics’ Table Award for Best Musical Production for its rendition of “Oklahoma!” This is the first time a Texas State production has won this award.

“It is a testament to the level of work being done by our students in all aspects of production in the Department of Theatre and Dance,” said Kaitlin Hopkins, director of “Oklahoma!” and head of the musical theatre program.

Hopkins was also nominated for Best Direction for the productions of “Oklahoma!” and “Hair.” Other nominations for Texas State at the Austin Critics’ Table Awards included the award for Movement for “Hair,” the Best Music Direction award for “Oklahoma!” and “Hair” and the Group Gallery Exhibition award for Texas State’s art gallery “Wild Kingdom.” Student Tim Heller also received a special citation for Outstanding Student Work for his performance as “Curly” in “Oklahoma!”

In addition, Texas State theater faculty member Eugene Lee won an award for Outstanding Acting in a Leading Role in his performances in both “The Book of Grace” and “God of Carnage” from the Austin Critics’ Table.

Since Hopkins launched the new musical theater program in 2009, Texas State productions have been nominated for Best Musical Production every year.

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