Katy Barnes

Poets sound off in Valentine’s Day spoken word event

(Left to right) Jamie Haas, Natalie Roberts and Annika Bastian pose with their prizes, alongside Laura DeRocher, editor-in-chief for The Tower. Photo by Katy Barnes Poetry is one of the many staples of traditional Valentine’s Day gift giving. If executed properly, it is sentimental enough to make anyone swoon.   If done improperly, however, it becomes the inspiration for events such as the “Crappy Love Poetry Competition,” hosted by The Tower. The annual event held by the local literary magazine exists to celebrate and bring attention to certain types of poetry that are often overlooked as lesser than – the comedic variety.   Meeting in the Farmer...

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“Carrie: The Musical” a bloody good show 

Robin Stevens, a musical theatre and communication studies double major, portrays the titular character, Carrie. Photo courtesy of University Marketing & Communications Reynolds was packed the weekend before Thanksgiving break with theater-goers excited to see the University of Montevallo’s fall musical “Carrie.” The musical is based off the Stephen King novel of the same name, with music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford and book by Lawrence D. Cohen.  The show focuses on the two female leads; Carrie White (played by Robin Stevens) and Sue Snell (played by Kensley Sandlin). The girls’ paths are intertwined throughout the script, as the story is told through Sue’s memories...

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Glow Race sheds light on local non-profits

UM students Lexy Sanderson, Paige Wyatt, Sally Ozment and Allison Swiney pose with Glow Race gear. Photo courtesy of Danielle Roberts The goal was simple – race against the other teams, be the first to put assemble the puzzle and uncover the secret phrase. Armed with a book of clues filled with hints on where to go, groups of students departed from UMOM ready to learn more about United Way’s message and simultaneously propel Montevallo to another win in United Way of Central Alabama’s social media contest in the first ever Montevallo United Glow Race.   United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) is a regional branch of United Way Worldwide, a nonprofit organization that...

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Review: “Stop, Kiss” a bittersweet experience

Native New Yorker Callie was portrayed by theatre major Marlena Elliot (left) and her love interest Sarah was played by theatre major Emily Perry. Photo by Katie Compton The University of Montevallo Theatre Department began their theater season on Oct. 4 with “Stop, Kiss.” Written by Diana Son, the story focuses on the budding relationship of two women in New York and an attack that leaves one of them comatose.  The play focuses mainly on the character of Callie, played in UM’s production by theater major Marlena Elliot. A New Yorker at heart, Callie has lived in the city for 11 years, working as a...

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