Howard Payne University is host to this year’s The Christian University Theatre Festival. The festival began on February 28 and will continue through March 6. Howard Payne University, Hardin-Simmons University, Lubbock Christian University and Wayland University participated in this event.

The CUTF was formed around 20 years ago by the theatre directors of HPU, Hardin-Simmons and Wayland Baptist as a way to come together, share a mutual love for theatre and stage their own productions.

“Our students forge friendships which begin at CUTF and last for many years,” said Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, head of the HPU theatre department. “As professors and students, it is fun to see the same folks in different roles through the years of attending CUTF.

As well as hosting the event, HPU’s theatre also participated in the festival. They presented “Stealing Home,” a comedy about Cecil and Pug, two thieves who accidentally break into a funeral home and get a little more than they bargained for.

Cast members include Gabi Guest, a sophomore from Midlothian; Tucker Hull, a junior from Brownwood; Hannah Jansen, a sophomore from Erie, Colo.; Brittany Martin, a sophomore from Goldthwaite; Ben Mohundro, a freshman from Frisco; Jared Russell, a junior from Hillsboro; Phoenix Solis, a senior from Brownwood; Alex Taliaferro, a sophomore from Haslet; Dorie Walton, a sophomore from Lolita; Jarrod White, a junior from Ben Wheeler; and Kelsan Woverton, a sophomore from Lampasas.

Performances of “Stealing Home” were given throughout this past weekend with the final performance Monday evening.

At 1:00 p.m. today, Wayland Baptist University will present David Mamet’s “The Water Engine.” Lubbock Christian University will perform “Shadowlands,” the story of C.S. Lewis and his wife, Joy Davidman Gresham at 8:00 p.m. tonight. Hardin-Simmon’s University will conclude the .CUTF with their production of “Red” at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Each performance will be held at the HPU Theatre located on the HPU campus. Tickets are $5 per performance, with the exception of HPU’s performance of “Stealing Home” which will be free to all students, faculty and staff.

For more information, or to purchase tickets in advance, call the box office at (325) 649-8516.