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November 25th, 2010
Texas State, children's theatre leader Pascoe dies


Charles Pascoe.


Charles Pascoe, the Texas State theatre professor who brought children’s theatre to Central Texas school children for 25 years, died Tuesday. Pascoe was 69.

Funeral services are pending for Pascoe, who started work at Texas State as a newly minted PhD in 1981.

Pascoe was a professor of child drama and director of children’s theatre at Texas State. For 25 years, he conducted a Children’s Theatre Tour each spring semester, bringing live theatre to elementary school children in Central Texas. Each tour also included a week-long run on campus for university and town audiences. On each tour, his plays played to as many as 13,000 people, mostly children.

Pascoe served as a member of Texas State’s faculty senate. In that capacity, in 2000, Pascoe led the university’s successful effort to earn accreditation reaffirmation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Pascoe was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. He earned a BS in education at North Dakota in 1964, an MS at Colorado State in 1967 and his PhD in 1981 at Southern Illinois.

Pascoe worked as a speech pathologist before turning to theatre, developing a touch for developing musical theatre to stimulate children.

Pascoe’s students at Texas State were primarily elementary education, theatre, and recreation majors who learned creative drama methods for teaching across the elementary school curriculum in non-traditional ways.

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0 thoughts on “Texas State, children's theatre leader Pascoe dies

  1. Professor Pascoe’s death is a huge lose to Texas State and ALL of our community, He will be missed greatly.
    RIP professor Pascoe.

  2. Pascoe was my professor this semester, and when we discovered he would no longer be teaching us we were all devestated. Our hopes were that he would recover and that we would see him again. While he taught us we learned many things about life and teaching. He taught how to be the best teacher, to teach creativly and see in the perspective of a child. He will greatly be missed, all i can say is that i was honored to have met him and been a part of his classroom. What i learned from him will never be forgotten and will only be passed on through my and future teachers that were impacted by him. The last class we had with him he said how much he loved teaching and that he looked forward to it everyday. Well we looked forward to learning and being in his class everyday!

  3. What a loss for SWT — but what a gain for HEAVEN!
    This unique, favorite professor taught me so much over 20 years.
    We are all blessed that his life touched ours….with unforgettable life lessons…

  4. Dr. Pascoe was a great person, I had him for the Spring of 2010 and I feel extremely lucky to have had him for a semester. The things he taught were so valuable. I remember on the 2nd to last day of class he made all of lie down holding a glow in the dark star above us, and when he turned off the lights he sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. My heart melted, it was such a cute thing looking at all of us lying down with out stars above us. He will be greatly missed, but I know his legend will live on. RIP Dr. Pascoe.

  5. Chuck was a friend and fellow musician and Mason. My wife and I played with him on many occasions, and he was always the most energetic performer. We were to play with him at a Christmas party on Dec. 11, and now we will perform there in his honor.

    We miss you already, Chuck.

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