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College Night 2019: Centennial Judges Comments

Gold Side Comments The Gold Side cast strikes a pose, leaning in toward charismatic milkman Mickey Mullins. Photo by: Kat Bell Judge 1 is a New York City based choreographer, director, and teacher. Judge 1 is also a member of the Actors Equity Association.  I want to start by congratulating the entire company of “Made in Mayfield or The Milk Man Cometh.” Gold Side, you are clearly at another level of professionalism, and I am in awe of all your diverse talents. Honestly, this show was a picture-perfect example of how to execute modern musical theater.   When I think about your accomplishments on that stage, what is strikingly clear is how fully you thought out every inch of your production. The heights of musicianship, acting and vocal prowess, and level of design you demonstrated up there made one thing clear: Gold, you are sooooo RIGHT NOW and more than up to the high standards of work being done in today’s live commercial theater industry.  From curtain up, the setup of this story is one we think we already know: An unsuspecting, broken family moves into a new town to start fresh. . . but something is very different here. Wisely, we are instantly transported into your world by a delightfully charming barbershop quartet, subsequently appearing throughout the story as our melodic guides, or even our dissonant, foreshadow-y messengers.   Framing your story with this quartet device was absolutely brilliant and certainly captured our imaginations, right out of the gate. As an audience member, we immediately felt at home and, well, maybe a little uneasy. You see, this town eerily places you somewhere between “The...

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Die hard is a Christmas movie

By Waid Jones John McClane’s quest to reunite with his estranged wife and defeat the evil Hans Grueber is the absolute definition of a Christmas film. The movie allows us to experience all of the highs and lows of mine-laden get togethers with family members. These trials and tribulations that many of us experience going home are emblematic of Mclane’s journey through Nakatomi Plaza. McClane, played by Bruce Willis, starred in this film as the highest paid actor at the time, and it was his first jump on the big screen. He plays opposite of Alan Rickman as a...

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Local chocolate chip cookie showdown

Five cookie options were presented to our writers, but only one would be deemed the best. Photo by Waid Jones When confronted with purchasing decisions consumers always want to know they are getting the most out of their money. So, on March 3, members of The Alabamian staff got hungry and sat down to determine the best chocolate chip cookie you could get in Montevallo. The cookies were judged based on taste, mouth feel, chocolate-to-cookie ratio, temp, consistency (between cookies) and were then given an overall score. The contestants were purchased from Lucky’s (Cookie A), McDonald’s (Cookie B), Subway (Cookie C), KFC...

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Gold Side scores and comments

The 2019 Gold Victory cast strikes a pose at the end of opening number, “Welcome to Mayfield.” Photo by Kat Bell Judge 1 Judge 1 is a New York City based choreographer, director, and teacher. Judge 1 is also a member of the Actors Equity Association.  I want to start by congratulating the entire company of “Made in Mayfield or The Milk Man Cometh.” Gold Side, you are clearly at another level of professionalism, and I am in awe of all your diverse talents. Honestly, this show was a picture-perfect example of how to execute modern musical theater.   When I think about your accomplishments on that stage, what is strikingly clear is how fully you thought out every...

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Purple Side scores and comments

The Purple Victory cast points and gasps in shock during opening number “What’s Going on Tonight?” Photo by Kat Bell *Correction: Total points possible is 636, not 634. Judge 1 Judge 1 is a New York City based choreographer, director, and teacher. Judge 1 is also a member of the Actors Equity Association. “Murder En Plastique” has all the magical elements of a theatrical storytelling experience. As soon as the lights go down, a drum beat sets the pulse of our journey, and the audience is instantly pulled into this fantastic (heck, downright joyful!) evening of mystery and mayhem, lyrics...

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