Katy Barnes

“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” a show made in heaven

Christina Yancy portrays Judas’ mother, Henrietta. Photo courtesy of University Marketing & Communications Judas Iscariot – one of the 12 disciples and eventual traitor of Christ was doomed to reside in hell for his crimes, according to common Christian belief. But did he actually deserve it? That is what “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” attempts to answer under the premise of a court case in purgatory.   Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by UM professor Michael Walker, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” focuses on Fabiana Aziza Cunningham (played by Melissa Hund) and Yusef El-Fayoum (played by Ryan Orso), as they pull figures from history to debate whether or not...

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Tiptoe through the tulips at American Village

The Festival of Tulips is the only event of its kind in Alabama. Photo by Ariel Hall As the crowd ebbed and flowed throughout the day, patrons of American Village were excited to attend the third annual Festival of Tulips and hopefully take home an armful of flowers.   Located between Montevallo and Alabaster, American Village is home to many historically-based programs, and while they may be most famous for their Fourth of July celebration, this sweet spring program is worth checking out.   Currently Alabama’s only you-pick tulip festival, it offers a plethora of colorful flowers and a gorgeous historical backdrop to take them all in....

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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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