On Tuesday, April 11, the Radford University Dance and Theater Department put on a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. The play was performed in Pridemore Playhouse and was directed by Wesley Young. The main male characters Algernon Moncrieff and John Worthing were played by actors Christopher Phillips and Drew Callahan respectively. The main female characters Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew were played by actresses Alicia Sable and Megan Ward respectively. All the actors and actresses in the play, whether supporting or main, played their roles extremely well, drawing several laughs as a result of the comedic script as well as their natural acting abilities and charisma. The sets on stage were grand. At the end of the first act, the front part of the stage lowered (with one of the actors still purposefully on the stage and seated in a chair) and disappeared completely into the floor. Audience members were surprised if not delighted by this. The play was performed several more nights, from Thursday, April 13th through Saturday, April 15th.
How beautiful and amazing is it that we are always able to express ourselves in many ways, whether it be dancing, singing, playing an instrument, acting, painting, and any other forms of art. We never have to hold back what we are truly feeling, and our God-given talents and gifts can always be used, appreciated, and can draw in a few people or a crowd of people. We never have to hold back, and that is the beauty of expressing one’s self. After all, who really wants to hold back what they are feeling inside?
This past month I went to the Fall Dance Fest at Radford University. I used to dance competitively and I love to dance still, so when I was watching the performance, I wanted to be up there with the rest of the dancers. Dancing, in my opinion, through any particular song, can be another way of trying to let go of any obstacles we may face throughout our lives. So being able to express ourselves through a song and movement, I find, is very powerful in many different ways.
One dance I particularly enjoyed was the jazz dance. Out of all the dances, the jazz piece was one of my favorites. The black long-sleeved shirts and red leggings were a great touch to the music and atmosphere during the piece. The music had a great beat, and the beat was different because of how calm it was. It’s like the music and dancers got their point across with the subtle beat here and there, more so than they would have if they had played a louder beat throughout the piece.
I’ve always found that one reason I love dance is because of how vividly it is always expressed. Whether someone is getting their hair pulled (as the dancers did portray in one piece) or someone is depressed and showing this through their movement, it is all very beautiful. I know the dancers touched many people who attended their show, and I myself look forward to coming to more performances in the future.
The 24th International Banquet was held in Muse on April 18. The doors opened at 5:30 p.m. The event was put on by the Radford community: both students, faculty, and locals. It was sponsored by the International Student Affairs Council of SCA and The International Education Center. The Beans and Rice charity was selected this year for the banquet. A donation box was located in the main entrance. Also, there was a place for donations of nonperishable food items by the ticket table.
The beginning of the event was just for people to find a table and socialize with their preset salads and beverages. Each table was also set with bouquets of fake flowers in glass vases, surrounded by picture frames. The frames displayed a world disaster-like a wild fire or flood-along with a picture and a table number.
The columns in the dining room were decorated with colored paper and famously influential people from around the world, like Malala Yousafzai and some information or a quote about them. There were also colored balloons bobbing around the room and tied to chairs. Half of the attendees were dressed business casual, while some chose to be very formal with a suit and tie or dressed down with a t-shirt and jeans.
The MCs of the night: Sarah Rainey, Suliaman James, Kieran Robert spoke on a small stage centered in the room. They announced all of the performances and called each table, three at a time, to serve themselves at the international-themed buffet. The menu featured foods from Japan, Cameroon, Scotland, Haiti, and more.
There were also many vegetarian options and all food had it’s ingredients labeled specifically. Whether those labels decided to stay on or fall off was another story.
The buffet also included several different types of bread in all manners of shapes and sizes. The desserts included taro coconut, cranahan, chocolate trifle, and baklava.
The performances began with a Colombian and Venezuelan dance by three young women in the appropriate more traditional dancing skirts. The next performance was Catriona Scott, a foreign exchange student from Scotland. The night also featured RU HYPE, clogging, and singing. It was very much like an international talent show.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, Bonnie-roo is being put together by the Music Business Association and the SGA College of Visual and Performing Arts student council. They’re trying to create an event that will put every department in the CVPA together. The name Bonnie-roo is actually a spin off of the yearly Bonnaroo music festival. The event was supposed to be in Bonnie Plaza, but was moved.
Essentially, Bonnie-roo is a large concert that will be put together by art departments of RU. Those departments include art, design, theatre, music, and dance. The MBSA is also trying to bring in three local and traveling bands: “Fletcher’s Grove”, “Mad Iguana”, and “Feel Free”. The bands will be confirmed just as soon as there’s funding found to have them perform.Bonnie-Roo flyer
The rest of the entertainment will be in the form of student work and pieces from each department participating. For example: the theatre and dance departments will be doing mini performances. The event is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 25 from 2-7 p.m. on Heth Lawn.
Samantha Onstad (the president of MBSA) contacted Sydney about a proposal Sydney made about creating a CVPA showcase this spring and thought to just combine events. Samantha is in charge of the MBSA planning. Sydney is in charge of gathering people from each department and organizing them. For Sydney, this was something she wanted to do as an SGA member. This event will hopefully help unite the CVPA in the community.
MBSA has funding from their program, but for this event to happen there needs to be more funding from the club programming committee (CPC). Here at Whim, we would like to promote this event and hope that others will try to lend a helping hand. You can do this by looking out for fundraisers that would like to make this happen.
Update: As of Wednesday, March 25th, Bonnie-roo managed to get all the funding they needed from the CPC.
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RU School of Dance and Theatre presented “Fall Dance Fest” on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in the Bondurant Auditorium to a massive, cheering audience. With five extremely varied styles performed, the audience was shown the smorgasbord of talent RU has to offer.
The first performance of the night was “and still…we must,” with music by Salvador Barajas and performed by Danah Bella, artistic director of danahbella DanceWorks, based in Southwest Virginia. While the message of the piece was lost on me, the fluid movements of the modern contemporary style and intense music kept my attention and made it very clear that it was going to be an interesting night.
The second piece, “Land of Too Much,” choreographed by Deborah McLaughlin, was a fast-paced contemporary movement that showed the craziness of our everyday lives. The business world with their suits rushed around the stage looking at watches while a mother and child showed the strain of family life. The piece had so much going on at one time it was hard to focus, but there were moments when all the artists danced in unison and it was beautiful. Dancers included Tess Bentley, Samantha Hopkins, Emily Lee, Alyssa Moser, Andrea Rodgers and Jenna Rogato.
“Mercy Street,” choreographed by Bob Boross, performed a concept every person is familiar with: cliques. A fluid, jazzy piece about being an outcast and being picked on by cliques held the attention of the audience until the last beat. The dancers put all their emotion into their movements and played their roles well. Dancers for this piece included Ashley Coats, Sarah Hayes, Olivia Henley, Lauren Martin, Courtney Meade, Sarah Oliver, Ali Padgett, Jessica Ratliff, Caitlin Snead, LeeAnn Walker and Rachael Wyatt.
Danah Bella made another appearance through choreography for the the piece “Pr. no. 3, v.2.” This mellow contemporary performance gave each of the dancers their own spotlight moment to show their mad skills. Samantha Hopkins, Jodel Krumm, Bennett Little, Alyssa Moser, Caitlin Potosnak, Caitlin Ressegue and Marcus Wooling lit up the stage with beautiful lines, strong emotion and a ton of talent.
After a short intermission, the grand finale put the audience in awe. “Snow Scene from the Nutcracker” was definitely the performance of the night. The gorgeous winter wonderland set, complete with falling snow (bravo to the backstage crew and set builders), perfectly set off the graceful, white-clad snow crystals (Olivia Henley, Courtney Meade, Nicole Shackleford and LeeAnn Walker) and snowflakes (Temi Apostolaros, Melissa Lineburg, Meghan McCutcheon, Chelsea McGinnis, Alyssa Moser, Amanda O’Brien, Caitlin Potosnak, Andrea Rodgers, Amanda Sinn, Katherine Tedder, Korynne Waits and Dara Watson). Tess Bentley as Clara floated seamlessly among the sea of white and still stood out. “The Nutcracker” is a timeless piece that is loved the world over and getting to perform and watch that iconic show is something truly special.
If you missed the performance, never fear! RU School of Dance and Theatre will perform “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m., Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Bondurant Auditorium in Preston Hall. “Informance” will grace the Albig Studio Theatre in Peters Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13.
On Friday, Oct. 1, families will descend upon Radford University. It’s been about a month since the start of school, and parents are anxious to see what their hard-earned money has been up to while their darlings have been away. Instead of taking your parents to that party spot you like to frequent, check out one of the entertaining shows happening around campus.
Each year for family weekend, the School of Dance and Theatre puts on a dance show and a theatre production. “Fall Dance Fest” is on Thursday at 8 p.m. and has showings throughout the weekend, including Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. The show will contain four dances. The ballet piece is a selection from “The Nutcracker,” which will be performed in its entirety in December, presented by Inessa Plekhanova. Deborah McLaughlin and Danah Bella will each have a modern piece in the show. The evening will also contain a jazz piece choreographed by newcomer Bob Boross.
Junior Caitie Potosnak can be seen in two pieces: the ballet piece and Danah’s piece. She likes the differences between the two because the ballet piece is “pretty” and the modern piece is “very hard with a lot of movement.” It will be presented in the Bondurant Auditorium of Preston Hall.
“People should come see [“Fall Dance Fest”] because there is a lot of talent in the dance department, and a lot of people don’t experience dance so they should come see how hard we work,” Potosnak said.
The theatre department will present “Hay Fever” this year, a comedy by playwright Noel Coward. This comedy surrounds the Bliss family, whose realities are sometimes mixed with more fiction than necessary. They entertain house guests one weekend and the guests don’t know what to suspect of the larger-than-life personalities of the Blisses. They eventually are driven from the house due to extreme comfort brought on by the hosts. Performances are on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2 and 8 p.m., Oct. 3 at 2 p.m., Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. and Oct. 7, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m.
Amidst the School of Dance and Theatre productions, let’s not forget the Highlander Festival events. The annual Highlander Festival parade will begin at 11 a.m., followed by traditional Scottish games executed on Moffett Quad throughout the day. At noon on Saturday, dogs will display their talents in front of the Bonnie. This event is sponsored by the Department of Student Activities.
The sky will light up in Reed/Curie Hall for the Planetarium exhibit at 1 p.m. The planetarium was built in 1970 and is equipped with reclining seats to make the stargazing more enjoyable.
The hard workers in the Interior Design and Fashion department will display their talents with a Fall Fashion Show at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Bonnie Hurlburt Auditorium.
Preston Hall will have the magic in it when Craig Karges presents his magic show at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Karges combines magic with psychology to perform tricks that you won’t believe. Referred to as “the extraordinist,” Karges is an award-winning magician.
The Bonnie will play “How to Train your Dragon” in addition to all the family weekend festivities. RU’s productions allow students to see a part of the school they might not have realized even existed around campus. Not only can you experience magic and dog shows from non-students, you can enjoy the talent of your fellow peers and maybe learn something. All of these events are free with the exception of “How to Train your Dragon,” which is a dollar with a student ID. Some events do require tickets, which are free with a student’s ID and can be picked up in the Bonnie for the “Fall Dance Fest” and in Porterfield Hall for “Hay Fever.”