January 29, 2009 Volume CXXV Issue 1

Lyric Theater Society performs in Hawaii

By AVA JORDAN, Staff Writer
The Lyric Theatre Society took The Georgetonian with them to Hawaii.

The Lyric Theatre Society took The Georgetonian with them to Hawaii.

Opera. To many college students, the word is an abstract concept. It conjours up images of people in Viking helmets singing loudly about some dramatic situation or other in a foreign language for hours on end. Dr. Heather Hunnicutt of the music department and Georgetown’s Lyric Theatre Society wants “people to not be intimidated by the word ‘opera.’ Opera is a type of theatre just like contemporary theatre, music theatre and Shakespeare. It can be done well or poorly,” she says, adding that LTS intends to give Georgetown nothing but the best.

Despite the negative, ingrained view of opera, the LTS has proven that it has the talent and determination to reverse this misconception, both locally and around the country. For six days in January, Dr. Hunnicutt and 11 students involved in the production of the LTS opera stayed in Hawaii, where they had been invited to attend and perform for the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. During their stay, the students — Daniel Ng, music director; Shannon Brunk, stage manager; Shawn McPeek, lights and sound; Hannah Davis, artistic director; Ryland Pope, Chuck Harris, Michael Cannon, Cate Kilgore, Sable Floyd, Sarah Smith and Madeline Gannon, cast members — performed the opera at the conference. They also performed Christian music at the Hawaii Baptist Academy during its Chapel Hour, and spent some time relaxing on the beach, visiting Pearl Harbor and the Aloha Swap Meet and climbing Diamond Head Volcano. Hunnicutt and Ng also performed the same recital which they performed on campus last semester during their time in Hawaii.

It wasn’t all luaus and relaxation, though. The LTS received the invitation to the conference in July and imme-diately began planning and fundraising. Through assistance from the college, silent auctions and massage booths, the  group was able to afford the trip. “ D r . Crouch was especially helpful and a real blessing,” says Hunnicutt. The opera was performed for a large crowd and was well received, with the cast and crew getting nothing but “wonderful compliments,” especially from one member of the audience, a former opera critic who had great things to say about the show and was impressed that all of the singers were undergraduate students. Even with all of their hard work, the students found time to enjoy themselves. According to Hunnicutt, “Everybody came back with either a tan or a burn” and if you see anyone around campus with an unusually dark complexion for the season, they are “probably an opera singer.”

Georgetown’s LTS is group of talented individuals worthy of the acclaim they have received. For students interested in seeing them in action, there will be an Opera Music Theatre performance April 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. in John L. Hill Chapel. Scenes from a musical version of “Cinderella,” “The Producers,” an operatic version of “Wuthering Heights,” “Camelot,”  “Oklahoma,” “The Barber of Seville,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Wonderful Town,” the balcony scene from an operatic version of “Romeo and Juliet” and as the finale, the masquerade scene from “Phantom of the Opera,” will be performed.


Men’s rush takes a more laid-back approach

By VICTORIA ENGELHARDT, Staff Writer

The craziness of women’s recruitment has finally come to an end, and the more laid-back two-week period of men’s recruitment has begun. Each fraternity had a fun, informal party last week and a more dressy formal party this week for potential new members. Freshman JD Vanhoose said he has been having a great time getting to know members of Kappa Alpha better and is realizing that this is a really big decision that will affect him for life.

Many people wonder why the fraternities get to serve nice meals at their recruitment events while all sororities can do is offer beverages. Angela Taylor, Assistant Director of Student Activities & Greek Affairs, said that the fraternities and sororities are a part of different councils, and while the women’s National Panhellenic Council has a “no-frills” policy, the men’s National Interfraternal Council has no such rules. Also unlike the sororities on campus, the fraternities do not have a quota to meet.

Drew McDavid, a KA, says that his fraternity believes in quality over quantity. Phi Kappa Tau member Andy Smith expects his fraternity to take about 15 new men this year. Approximately 80 men are going through recruitment this year. Devin Rogers decided to go through rush because he loved the group aspect of fraternities. He said, “It gives you a good base of friends that will always be there for you and who know the ins and outs of the school.” NathanWaddle thinks that being in a fraternity would make college more fun. He decided on  a certain fraternity after judging each for how much he liked the younger members and where his closest friends wanted to go.

Alex Bays and Robert Carter both decided to rush because they enjoyed the company of the men of Lambda Chi Alpha and they wanted to know more about their fraternity.


SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: AUDRA HUGHES

By WHITLEY ARENS, Opinion Editor
Audra and her husband Geoff.

The drive from Lexington, or to Lexington for that matter, doesn’t seem all that long when one is hurriedly making the escape from Georgetown College to the mall or the movies or one of the many restaurants and entertainment venues Lexington houses that help to spice up the weekend. However, imagine that same drive repeated every single day, but change the destination from mall to school. It suddenly becomes much less appealing. This less appealing version of the Lexington commute is something Audra Hughes is faced with nearly every day when she drives from her home in Lexington to Georgetown College. Her daily drive factors into Hughes’ feeling toward graduating; she says, “I’m so excited to graduate. I think that I’m ready to move forward and start planning for and working toward ‘real life’ and a career. However, while I’m excited about being a real ‘grown up,’ it’s also a little scary to think of starting over again somewhere new. I definitely won’t miss the commute from Lexington, though!”

Hughes’ unusual commute isn’t the only factor that separates her from her classmates. Unlike most Georgetown College students, Hughes is both a student and a wife. Hughes and her husband, Geoff, were married between their sophomore and junior years of college. Though the two had only been dating for about a year when they got married, Hughes has never once regretted the decision. Being married has had a very large impact on her life and she lists her relationship with her husband as one of the things about which she is most passionate in life. The combination of being married while attended college has also taught Hughes some valuable life lessons — “Being married and a student has taught me a lot and forced me to change in many ways. The fact that I’m married and my actions don’t affect just me also makes me take what I do in school more seriously. I think that being married during school and struggling with hectic schedules and limited funds has made me see how important school is. I definitely don’t want to be a cashier at Dick’s working from paycheck to paycheck for the rest of my life.”

So far, she’s a dedicated student and a dedicated wife, but there’s definitely more to Audra Hughes than that. Hughes, an English and History double major, is a Lexington native. As a GC student, Hughes’ favorite class is a tie between Southern Novels with Dr. Coke and Shakespeare with Dr. Allen; she, “loved them both!” Her vote for favorite professor is also a tied race; she lists Dr. Allen and Dr. Klotter as the top contenders. When it comes to life after Georgetown, Hughes remains undecided. Of her future, she says, “My dream job would probably be to be an English professor, but I’m not sure about my plans after college yet. I’m still trying to decide what to do, which is sort of terrifying.”

To further complete the picture of Audra Hughes — GC student, caring wife, and dedicated driver — there are some hobbies to consider. As far as that’s concerned, Hughes likes to read, workout and watch movies. When it comes to picking favorite books and movies, she definitely has more than a tied preference. In the literature world, she’s a fan of Jane Austen and William Faulkner, but also admits to recently having finished the Twilight series as a guilty pleasure. Moving to the realm of film, Hughes lists “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day”, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Enchanted” as some of her favorites. Lately though, she’s been a little obsessed with “Amelie”, admitting that she “watched it twice last weekend.” That’s probably all of her essence that can be captured here, but it’s doubtful that this is the end of all that differentiates Hughes from the crowd.


Laura Strange took this photo at a park in Independence, Ky.

Laura Strange took this photo at a park in Independence, Ky.

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