The New Play Festival Review

In lieu of a spring musical this year, Covenant’s Theatre department presented the New Play Festival, a collection of ten student-written plays, each ten minutes in length. The Festival was presented this weekend with performances on Thursday and Friday nights, as well as a matinee performance on Saturday. Preparation for the production began in October with the reading of proposed plays, and the festival was put on entirely by students. 

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SIP Series: Adrienne Siegenthaler and Jamison Shimmel

Growing up in Cullman, Alabama, English major Adrienne Siegenthaler understands how true to life the snake-handling, charismatic characters of Flannery O’Connor’s fiction can be.  She also sympathizes with O’Connor’s bemused yet appreciative attitude toward churches where the “gospel is the crazy, shocking, and unbelievable.” This theme became the crux of her 10 minute SIP presentation Thursday, March 19th.   

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Grammy Performances Review

Sunday night was Sam Smith’s night. Throughout the 57th Grammy Awards, Smith won 4 awards, including three of the “Big 4”—new artist, best album, record, and song (losing in Best Album to Beck). The singer gave a show stopping duet performance with Mary J. Blige of his Grammy winning song “Stay With Me,” and concluded his time on stage by giving a cheeky thank you while accepting the award for Record of the Year saying “I want to thank the man who this record is about who I fell in love with last year. Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys.”

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New Play Festival

This spring the Covenant College Theatre Department will diverge from its traditional spring musical in order to put on a brand new event. Dubbed the “New Play Festival,” this event is a compilation of ten brand new ten-minute plays that deal with the topic “Returning Home,” which are written by students and staff of Covenant College. In an interview, theatre department head Deborah Kirby, the advent advisor, called the play festival a “celebration for the performing arts.” She explained the event’s focus, saying, “since the playwrights who submitted plays were not delegated just to the theatre department, we have an opportunity of seeing what abundant talent lies around our campus.”

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American Idol Revamped

American Idol is back! After fourteen seasons, what Fox calls, “the original reality competition show” is looking to reinvent itself yet again. While many may read this and let out with an exasperated sigh, “another show with another promise,” I think this season may actually be successful. Having undergone several major formatting changes, American Idol hopes to return once again as the show that discovers superstars.

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