A Murder Is Announced
Theatre asks the questions, shows the possibilites and provides hope with redemptive storytelling. At PCA, theatre students are encouraged to look deeper into the heart of the story they are telling.
Pam Hurt, Upper school theatre
Peter and the Starcatcher
Beauty and the Beast
Singin' in the Rain
MS One Act Play Cast - May 2018
Placed 2nd in State One Act Play Competition
About PCA's Theatre program
Prestonwood Christian Academy has an award-winning and nationally-recognized theatre program that strives to provide Middle and Upper School students with a creative and multidisciplinary art form.
Our objective is to prepare serious theatre students for a future career in the theatre if that is their desire. We prepare our students by creating good work habits, time management skills, poise and cooperative learning experiences. We believe that the arts are an epicenter of influence in our culture today and Christians need to be leading the way in creativity and excellence.
Theatre for PCA Middle School students starts in Seventh Grade. Seventh through Eighth Grade students may participate in Theatre I in the Fall semester. Theatre II is by audition only and available to Eighth Grade students. These students prepare a One-Act Play and compete in the Spring semester of their Eighth grade year in the PSIA District Competition. See the Competition and Awards tab to view the latest results.
Students may join the Jr. ITS group starting in Seventh Grade and at the discretion of the MS Theatre Director, they compete in the ITS State Festival in November.
Upper School Theatre
Pamela Hurt is the Upper School theatre teacher and director and has taught theatre at Prestonwood Christian Academy since 1998. Her classes include Theatre Arts I (Theatre Appreciation), Theatre Arts II (Children’s Theatre), Theatre Arts III and Honors Theatre Arts III (Directing), Theatre Practicum (Applied Theatre Training), Theatre Arts IV and Honors Theatre Arts IV (Advanced Theatre Study).
She has directed many productions in her teaching career, including Annie; Robin Hood; Seussical; Don’t Drink the Water; Crazy for You; The 39 Steps; The Drowsy Chaperone; The Man Who Came to Dinner; Into the Woods; Romeo + Juliet; 42nd Street; Pride and Prejudice; Little Women: the Musical (chosen by USA Today Weekend as the best high school musical in the state of Texas in 2008); The Miracle Worker; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Godspell; Bye Bye Birdie; Lily, the Felon’s Daughter; The Music Man; Fiddler on the Roof; Frankenstein; The Taming of the Shrew; The Importance of Being Earnest and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Pam also enjoys writing and composed an old west adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew in 2003 and a modern adaptation of Romeo + Juliet in 2009. She taught beginning and professional teen actors in camera acting at KD College Conservatory of Film and Dramatic Arts in Dallas for fifteen years. In September 2010, she appeared in Imaginary Ink’s production of Leaving Iowa at The Courtyard Theatre in Plano, TX.
Pam is the director of PCA’s troupe 6605 of the International Thespian Society. In International Thespian Society competition, she has had over 150 students advance from state to nationals in the past eight years at the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska. Her students have been named National Individual Event Showcase Champions seven times, including Group Musical (2006), Monologue (2008), Group Musical (2009), Monologue (2009), Group Musical (2010), Group Musical (2011) and Group Musical (2014). At the Texas Thespian State Festival, she has had two state champions in Group Musical (2009 and 2010). Furthermore, two of her theatre students were selected to be a part of the National Cast and Crew of Thoroughly Modern Millie (2007) and Hairspray (2008).
Ms. Hurt holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre from Liberty University and a M.A. in Communications from Regent University with an emphasis in theatre and camera acting.
Middle School Theatre
Meg Parker Wilson grew up as a missionary kid in Brazil, South America with New Tribes Mission. She attended Southwest Baptist University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Theatre. She was a member of Chi Sigma Theta and an active member of the Speech and Debate team, Pi Kappa Delta. She continued her education in Los Angeles, CA with White Wall Acting and the Los Angeles Film Studies Center where she directed her first short film Yun with professional actor Danny Woodburn. Mrs. Wilson had the privilege of working with some of the top casting directors in the country during her time at 20th Century Fox in their Feature Casting Department. She was cast in her first feature film appearance in Aliens in the Attic in 2009 and was nominated for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast 2010. After meeting her husband, Nate, she moved to McKinney, TX and was cast as the lead female in the Christian feature film Seasons of Gray by Watermark Church Productions (2011).
From acting to directing, her theatrical work includes playing a variety of characters in The Triangle Factory Fire Project, Fiddler on the Roof, Last Train to Nibroc, Everyman, The Burial at Thebes, and Little Women (for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her role as Amy March).
Mrs. Wilson has been teaching, coaching and directing children’s film and theatre for over four years. She has written and directed numerous productions for The Genesis Children’s Theatre in Plano, TX, including Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Freak the Mighty, Zombie Prom, Memoirs of an Alien Thespian, Superstars: The Movie, The Grim Sisters, Night at the Museum and Little Red. Additionally, Mrs. Wilson has the privilege of teaching for the Plano area program “Think and Speak Up”, helping to foster effective communication and leadership skills in today’s youth and young adults through content, delivery, impromptu speaking, evaluations, debate and conflict resolution.
Meg leads PCA's Jr. Thespian Troupe #88975 with students attending and competing at the State and National Festival. She also directs PCA's middle school One-Act Play that competes in the PSIA One-Act Play competition each year at the district and state level. Meg currently resides in Plano with her husband and their two sons. Meg joined PCA’s theatre faculty in 2012.
Dr. Philip Craik
Upper School Technical Theatre
Dr. Philip Craik is a theatre generalist. At Hardin Simmons University he majored in Musical Theory and Composition before branching out for a second major in Theatre. He was the first undergraduate student invited to design a mainstage production. Upon graduation in 1975 he served as Assistant Director for the Millbrook Summer Playhouse in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania, and then went to London, England in the fall on a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship to study acting at the Webber Douglas Academy for Dramatic Art. That same year he also competed in the annual acting competition sponsored by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and won the Gold Medal in Acting with honors.
Upon his return to the U.S., he married his wife, Jan and enrolled in the graduate program at Louisiana State University. While there, he served as a shop foreman and became the first graduate student to direct two productions in the Summer Dinner Theatre Program and the first L.S.U. student to direct a mainstage entry in the American College Theatre Festival. He also had the opportunity to serve as coordinator of the Louisiana College Theatre Festival. Upon finishing his coursework for the Ph.D. in 1981, he was employed by Cisco College for 4 years where he developed a summer dinner theatre program. From 1985 to 2014 he was employed as a theatre director and technical designer by McMurry University in Abilene, TX and worked to develop the department through a widely varied program. Toward the end, he founded a summer dinner theatre program.
He has directed 76 productions (including 31 musicals), designed 24 and acted in 21 major productions during his career. He developed 3 children’s theatre productions for Young Audiences and toured them to elementary schools in Abilene and the outlying area for 12 years. He served as Chair of the McMurry Theatre Dept. from 2003 to 2006. He served as a U.I.L. critic judge for 20 years. He was voted the Outstanding Faculty Member of the 2006-2007 school year. In 2010, he served as coordinator of the Texas Non-profit Theatre Organization Summer Youth Conference. He has also served as an actor in productions at the historic Paramount Theatre in Abilene. This year he was named “Professor Emeritus” at McMurry University. Philip and his wife Jan recently moved to Plano in order to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Philip is PCA’s first Technical Theatre teacher!!
2017 - 18
- 6 Upper School ITS National Qualifiers
- Middle School Theatre placed 2nd - PSIA State
- Middle School Theatre placed 2nd - PSIA District
- 19 Upper School ITS National Qualifiers
- Middle School Theatre placed 3rd - PSIA District Competition
- Jr. ITS Group Musical and Solo Musical received superior ratings - ITS State
2015 - 16
2014 - 15
- ITS State Champions - Group Musical
- 33 National Qualifiers in ITS and Jr. ITS
- MS Theatre received 1st pace in the PSIA District One-Act Play Competition
Our program includes many performance opportunities including two extra-curricular Upper School main stage productions (a play in the fall and a musical in the spring), an ITS Musical Revue Show, an Eighth Grade one-act play for competition, student directed one-act plays, and numerous other opportunities for students to perform their curricular work in a public forum for family and friends. In 2008, our spring musical, Little Women: the Musical was named best musical in the state of
Students who participate in the International Thespian Society at Prestonwood Christian Academy have also received college scholarships and recruitment from many colleges, universities, conservatories and art schools across the country such as Southern Methodist University, Ouachita Baptist University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Boston Conservatory, Baylor University, Liberty University, Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, and Belmont University.
Theatre is a place every student can use their gifts...it's about combining all of the arts to tell the greatest stories.
meg parker-wilson, middle school theatre
The Man Who Came To Dinner
Don't Drink The Water
Matthew Buttry, Landon Sibley, Lauren Bridgeman