The cast of “Rapture, Blister, Burn” poses post show. Photo courtesy of University Relations Theatergoers on the weekend of Feb. 22 saw the Chi Box theater transformed into a close and intimate backdrop for the University of Montevallo Theater Department’s production of “Rapture, Blister, Burn.” Gina Gionfriddo’s 2014 work was performed in a single, rustic inspired set using several arrangements of furniture. “Rapture, Blister, Burn” follows the complex story of the cross section of suburban life, academia and the state of modern feminism. The story follows an unhappy couple Don, played by Isaac Webster, an unmotivated, pretentious pornography...Read More
On the night of Monday, Feb. 19, residents of Montevallo gathered at UMOM for a second time to discuss the proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance, or NDO, for the city. Monday’s forum was the second of its kind hosted by the city council. Other forums in the past months have been hosted by groups not directly affiliated with the city of Montevallo. The forum’s intent was to discuss the specific language of the ordinance, not to air opinions or start a debate on the subject at large. Before the night’s discussions began, moderators laid out the specifics of the meeting, including things in the ordinance that residents liked, any possible suggestions and “must haves” or “must nots” that attendees might have. The ordinance at hand would be an addition to the Montevallo Municipal Code, Chapter 16, Article 4, enacting legal protections against discrimination within the City of Montevallo. In particular, employers would be susceptible to filings related to the ordinance. This aspect of the document has caused worry among local business owners, generating much of the counter argument present in previous forums. The many students and Montevallo residents present at the forum were divided into groups of around 20 and moved into separate rooms in UMOM. Once settled, the rooms were divided into smaller groups in order to more effectively and personally discuss the ordinance. Discussion among the groups remained, for...Read More
The Purple cast strikes a pose at the end of “Let’s Break It Down.” Photo by Katie Compton The 2018 Purple Side show, “Code Purple: a Top Secret Musical,” takes the audience behind the cloak and dagger of top-secret espionage in a story of plucky heroes, dramatic villains and sharp suits. Over the course of the show, a couple of unlucky agents get caught up in a covert fight for the fate of the world. The show opens to an overture reminiscent of such spy classics as “Mission Impossible.” The stage is backlit, allowing a silhouetted opening tableau consisting...Read More
Lambda Chi’s high-energy performance propelled them to their win. Photo by: Aubrey Spencer An annual greek tradition took place in Palmer Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 26. Lip Jam, Montevallo’s lip-syncing contest held between greek organizations treated a large audience of students and family members to a whimsical and unique take on the average talent show. Hosted by Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, Lip Jam’s moderate fee for entry went to benefit Fighting Hunger, an organization dedicated to anti-poverty measures on a domestic level in the United States, and the ongoing philanthropy of Alpha Gam. Each year, competing lip-sync groups are...Read More
UM sophomore Marlena Elliot played the part of 46 in the production. Photo courtesy of University Relations The Chi Box theater took on an unusually athletic atmosphere on the nights of Oct. 5 through 9. The University’s College of Fine Arts presented Sarah DeLappe’s award winning production, “The Wolves.” In its Alabama premiere, directed by Marcus Lane, “The Wolves” starred an all-female cast comprised of Montevallo theater students. The play tells a story of teenage struggle and interpersonal strife in the context of an all girls’ indoor soccer team. The nine main characters are at no point identified by...Read More
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