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.
On Sunday, April 7, Radford University students and faculty were treated to a world-class performance by the choir Vita in Canto from Ural State University of Economics in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Continue reading Russian choir rocks Radford University
This is not an everyday circus.
There are no animals, only human beings that happen to be some of the world’s most celebrated circus performers. They have won over 20 gold and silver medals at international circus festivals.
An array of juggling, swift movements performed on the flying trapeze and body contortions will be performed by the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China in Cirque Chinois, at Radford University on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Continue reading Announcing: Chinese Circus tumbles into RU