McKINNEY (July 26, 2014) – The McKinney Repertory Theatre is hosting an opening night party for the cast and all attendees at the Aug. 1 performance of Carol M. Rice’s The Belle of West Texas. While there will be plenty of popcorn, there will also be wine, soft drinks and appetizers. The cast and director will be available for autographs and to visit with audience members.

Morgan Bond (left) and Joe Shimek rehearsing for The Belle of West Texas

Photo courtesy of MRT

Morgan Bond (left) and Joe Shimek rehearsing for The Belle of West Texas.

McKinney Repertory Theatre’s (MRT) annual melodrama, “The Belle of West Texas,” opens Friday, Aug. 1 and runs that weekend and the next in the Courtroom Theatre at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC). The Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 8-9 performances are at 8 p.m. and the matinee is at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Tickets are $17 – Adults, $14 – Students/Seniors and $12 – Children.

The Belle of West Texas centers around the Holiday Inn in Oil Well, Texas run by poor Lizzie Holiday (Stephanie Kelly) whose sweet, innocent daughter, Belle (Morgan Bond), is pursued by villain Gerald Snively (Joseph Shimek) when he learns of a secret inheritance. Enter the handsome hero, Eddie Allswell (Daniel Frank), and the sparks fly. Deception and heroics ensue as the villain’s sidekick, Melinda Mooch (Nicole Holbert), gets involved in the action along with Sheriff Bob White (Brett Femrite), saloon entertainers Fifi Songbird (Kasey Bush) and Rufus Hands (Alex Ammons) and Lawyer Pitts (J.R. DeLaney).

Director Leslie Austin has assembled a cast of local favorites as well as a few new faces in this popcorn throwin’, booin’ and hissin’, old-fashioned comedy. Austin is using her skilled directorial hand to add some extra fun and plenty of audience interaction. Producer is the well-known MRT veteran, Jacob Correll.

For tickets, visit or call 214-544-4630. For more information on McKinney Repertory Theatre and their upcoming season, visit Season tickets are available at a discount on the MPAC website and at the box office before performances.


About McKinney Repertory Theatre

McKinney Repertory Theatre was incorporated with the State of Texas in January 2003 by a group of local amateur actors that have worked together for several years. Their mission is to provide education in all aspects of drama and theatre management creating leaders not only in theatre but in the community as well. Its productions are funded in part by the City of McKinney through the City of McKinney Arts Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information visit