Crandall

The fine arts building, fondly referred to by students as Cope, is located at the corner of campus. There’s actually Rodman Theatre, Cope Rehearsal Hall, Presser Recital Hall and Crandall Art Gallery – but everyone just calls the building Cope. You get your regulars, like music students who essentially live in the building and theatre … Read more

The fine arts building, fondly referred to by students as Cope, is located at the corner of campus. There’s actually Rodman Theatre, Cope Rehearsal Hall, Presser Recital Hall and Crandall Art Gallery – but everyone just calls the building Cope.

You get your regulars, like music students who essentially live in the building and theatre students who have evening rehearsals five nights a week. And there are always random people who grace us with their presence because it’s raining and snowing outside. Everyone uses Cope like a covered bridge when there’s bad weather.

My favorite type of people to see is the art students. Their actual building is across the street in Eells, but their gallery is in Cope. When they’re working in Crandall, you know something good is coming.

Crandall Art Gallery. It’s a high-ceiling white hallway that connects one end of the music wing to the theatre wing. It’s one of my favorite places on campus to go and reflect because it always has such cool things in it. Last year, they featured the sabbatical work of Bob Buganski, one of our art professors. I also liked the work of Diane Belfiglio, a local artist who works really well with creating light and shadow effects in her painting. Currently, it’s housing the work of the art professors.

I just love getting the opportunity to see a gallery full of art on a daily basis. The only days there isn’t something on display are when the art students are preparing the gallery for its next batch of beauty. I’ve seen sculptures, design work, paintings, sketches, oil pastels, collages – you name it, we’ve shown it.

I especially like the student showcases. It’s nice to know that Mount Union goes through such a huge effort to show off its students – theatre productions, music recitals and an art gallery exhibition makes for great honors and points of pride among the students.

So the next time you’re escaping bad weather, or just feel like taking a gander at some art, go ahead and venture through Crandall Art Gallery. It’s something like a semi-hidden gem at Mount, and there’s always something worth seeing.

Senior football game!

This weekend marks the senior game for marching band! I’m a senior this year, and this will be my last home regular season football game. So this will be my last pregame show. For playoff games, we have to keep the show very simple for pregame (only a simpler drill for the star spangled banner … Read more

This weekend marks the senior game for marching band!

I’m a senior this year, and this will be my last home regular season football game. So this will be my last pregame show. For playoff games, we have to keep the show very simple for pregame (only a simpler drill for the star spangled banner and alma mater). I think it has something to do with making the field a neutral playing field.

It’s weird to think that it’s almost the end of something. I realize that as a senior I’ll have a lot of “lasts,” but I’m pretty sure this is the first one that will really hit me. My “last” first day of school wasn’t really a big deal.

I’ve been part of the marching band program for four years now, and I’ve been marching for seven total. It’s still sinking in that this is my last season of marching.

All the seniors will get announced at this game – band, cheerleaders, dance team, etc. All the band seniors will get to go without hats for this game, so you can see our pretty faces! It will be fun! I’ll be surrounded by others who have dedicated their time to music and art, and I know all of us will miss it.

I’m definitely not the weepy sort; I’m not going to cry or anything. But any of you who are headed to the game this weekend, I hope you appreciate what it means to say goodbye to four years of something awesome. Music is something that will always be a big part of my life, and I’m grateful for all the years at Mount Union where I could be involved with so many musical opportunities.

Bye band, my first real “last.” It’s been real.

Mount Union Class of 2013!!!

Luscious, Lavish, Latin

Luscious, Lavish, Latin

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Okay, so this past weekend I got to go see the Alliance Symphony Orchestra play. On October 14, at 3 p.m. in Alliance High School. It was awesome!

First of all, how many people can say they regularly go to see symphony concerts for free? Not many. But holy wow, if you’re a Mount student you get free access to the concert! In fact, If you’re a Mount student you can see ALL the music recitals put on by the music department for free! If you’re not taking advantage of these opportunities, I would get on that my friend.

But back to the concert. This year it was Latin themed, which was really cool. Three Octobers ago they did a Halloween one, and honestly I don’t remember the themes from the last two years. But the ASO always does something interesting.

And Eric Benjamin is just great. He’s obviously very good at what he does, and everyone watching just knows he’s really passionate about the music. I always walk away learning something. For example, the composer of the opera Carmen, Georges Bizet, had actually never been to Spain! So many people consider Carmen to be composed in “classic Spanish style,” but it’s actually all Bizet’s imagination!  That’s talent.

After the Carmen selections, and explaining that Carmen wasn’t really “Spanish,” Eric Benjamin said to the audience, “Now it’s time for the real thing baby.” Oh, I laughed so hard. He’s a hoot.

I just love having the opportunity to see so much musical talent. The ASO is a bunch of college and high school students, as well as community members.

And it’s so great that Alliance has an orchestral opportunity like that–orchestra programs for high schools are really rare. I can’t tell you enough how fantastic it is that we have that kind of opportunity here.

If you can’t wait until spring semester to see ASO play, fear not! They actually have a big band branch of the ASO, and they’re performing in the Mount Union Theatre at 7 p.m. on December 15. Should be really fun, I know I’m looking forward to going.

Maybe I’ll see you there!

The band dance

The band dance

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If anyone has ever been a part of a marching band, you understand what it’s like to do a band dance.

There’s always gonna be that one time in your four years in high school or college that your band director decides to put in a little movement while the drums have a really long cadence.

This year was that year for me.

At the Homecoming game this weekend, the audience will be treated to 52 counts of band boogying. It’s a pretty cute dance actually, I guess some girls in the band looked up the dance for “Shake That.”

We get to do a little lassoing, a little shaking…and a couple odd moves like jumping around and doing the Bernie. The Bernie. Such an interesting dance move, I actually found it a little difficult… But holy wow it is so much fun to do in rehearsals!

I for one have a ton of fun every time we do it. I feel bad for the tubas and drums–they’re instruments are so big and bulky that they can’t put them down in the 8 counts allotted. I’m on Homecoming court so I don’t think I get to do it this week either. But maybe, if we get enough audience applause we’ll bring it back on October 27!! Fingers crossed.

So, make sure you come to the game this weekend. Homecoming is always a good time, and there will be plenty to do. Make sure to come to the parade to watch the band march! And I highly recommend sticking around til at least the halftime show to watch the band dance!

There’s no place like theatre…

There’s no place like theatre…

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Well, we just wrapped up a performance at Rodman Theatre. Under the direction of Rudy Roggenkamp, the theatre department presented Almost, Maine. So many people love love loved the show, and I have to say. It was great.

I was stage manager, and I couldn’t have been more proud to be a part of that show. We had some incredible freshman actors, Megan Ostrofsky and Tyler Portner, who acted brilliantly. New-to-the-stage Savanna Lancaster was a hit, especially with the very last scene. And last but certainly not least, Alex Wolfe gave another hit performance. Each actor had to portray several different characters, so there was a TON of work put into this show.

The play was about 19 different people experiencing falling in or out of love. The idea was that all 8 stories happened at the same time on a Friday night under the northern lights. It was really well received by the audience—I know several people who came back to see the show again.

If you ever hear of a performance of Almost, Maine, go see it.

Of the things that happened on stage, my personal favorite was the northern lights effect. I wouldn’t be sad if that special effects machine were to get stolen and end up in my room somehow… ;)

Kidding…

But my favorite part of the theatre department at Mount Union is the family-like atmosphere off-stage. It’s amazing the friendships you can create within 6 weeks when everyone starts out as strangers.

There’s just something about being a part of something greater, and coming together to create a quality production. We can all be goofy, laughing college kids and snap within a second to being serious actors and crew.

Then, we all go to the director’s house and eat. Lots of food, lots of fun. It’s kind of like a big family dinner, and always a great capstone to a show.

If you’ve never been a part of a show, definitely do it at least once. And don’t think there is only one way to be involved in a play. I’ve tried out for plays here and gotten leads and small roles, and I’ve had shows where I didn’t get cast. So, I find other ways of being involved. I stage manage, and in the past I’ve helped make costumes. But there’s also crewing, making scenery, box office—whatever you can think of.

There are so many opportunities available, and so many memories to be made. Theatre: Just do it.