“All In The Timing” is fun for the audienceBy JOY NEACE
The spring play, which premiered last Friday night, was a hit with its audience. The audience members were taken on a journey that started in present day New York City and ended in Babylon (Ancient Mesopotamia). From the beginning, the audience was entranced by the witty (and highly amusing) repartee of the characters. Audience members learned that when you are in a “Philadelphia,” you must not ask for what you want, but instead you should ask for the opposite. Other amusing portions of the play consisted of monkeys, axes and large building stones. When asked how they felt about the play, members of the cast had this to say:
Jonathan Yelton said, “I play the part of Ramon in ‘Variations on the Death of Trotsky’ and I am also the stage manager for the production. The show is great! There is not a moment where the laughs end. It is one big smile from start to finish. I loved working on stage and backstage in the show. We get to laugh at ourselves and each other. This show is an A-PLUS!” (That’s a little inside joke from the script, “English Made Simple.”)
Samantha Yeates said, “I’m in the 2nd and 4th acts, ‘English Made Simple’ and ‘Variations on the Death of Trotsky,’ consecutively. In ‘English,’ there are three characters: Jack, Jill and the Loudspeaker Voice; I’m Jill. “In ‘Trotsky,’ there are also three characters: Mr. and Mrs. Trotsky and Ramon Mercader [the Spanish gardner/ assassin]; I’m Mrs. Trotsky. I have loved working in the play. This cast is a relatively small one, which is nice because it’s easier to get to know everyone. Everyone has been great to work with.”
Amanda Williamson said, “In the play, I am a monkey named Kafka, typing to infinity to try and produce ‘Hamlet’ with my two monkey friends Biancia Zinger and Meredith Cave. This semester I had the opportunity to work with Ed Smith, and it has been a blast! I don’t want the play to end…but the final product is great and I can’t wait for everyone to see!”
Paul Eddy said, “I get to play two very different characters. The first is a New Yorker in the Garment District named Al. Al tries to help his friend cope with his unique condition that his friend didn’t even know existed. “The second character is named Gorph, a wise cracking, lazy construction-workertype- guy stuck in the Biblical times but has very modern problems and solutions. “It has been a lot of fun and a great learning experience to be a part of this production. This was my first show with Ed as the main director and looks like it will be my last show at Georgetown— it’s a perfect way to close my time here.”
Ethan Smith said “I play two roles, one as a New Yorker and one as Leon Trotsky. They’re fun plays and I’ve had a great time playing a wide range of characters.”
Meredith Cave said “I play a goodie-two-shoes, male chimpanzee in ‘Words Words Words!’ It has been a blastand-a-half and it has definitely challenged my own versatility as an actor.”
As you can tell from these comments, the cast loved performing their parts in the play. You could tell from their performances that the actors were having fun with their parts. Thus, it can only be said that the play was a huge success with both its audience and its cast.
Concert a special Benjamin-Tilford connection
Dan Benjamin, Class of ’80, who had a major hand in how the Osborne-Tilford Family Organ came to be at Georgetown College, will fill Hill Chapel with some beautiful, sacred music at 3 p.m. April 25.
First, the Director of Handbells and Organist for Middletown United Methodist Church (Middletown, Ky.) will play the made-to-order Johannus organ for about 20 minutes at the beginning. This will be multiple movements of “How Firm a Foundation,” arranged for organ by Janet Linker. Then, he will direct the MUMC Bell Choir on arrangements that include such other instruments as tuba, clarinet, flute and organ. The bells will do everything from a sweet Swedish hymn called “Children of the Heavenly Father,” which will be played entirely on chimes to a New Orleans jazz style arrangement of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Six additional instrumentalists and four organists will supplement the bell choir.
Benjamin, who studied organ under Dr. Daniel Tilford at Georgetown, said he is thrilled that the Professor Emeritus has agreed to play the final piece with the bell choir. As co-owner of Rivierstad Organ Consultants—and close friend—Benjamin worked with Dr. Tilford on the selection, purchase and installation of this Johannus organ. The magnificent instrument— made to Tilford’s specifications in the Netherlands and which would become the Osborne-Tilford Family Organ—was installed on Oct. 28, 2007. Benjamin, one might recall, coordinated Chris Oelkers’ September performance—the first in the Stephen Tilford Memorial Concert Series.Press Release
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: BRITTANIE MESSERBy VICTORIA ENGElHARDT
Brittanie Messer is a senior from Keavy, Ky. “I think that growing up in southeastern Kentucky has shaped me into the person that I have become because it has made me more appreciative of my family and friends, as well as the little things in life. “When you grow up in a town that is small with little to offer, you learn to not take things for granted.”
Growing up in a small town with her parents, Todd and Mary Messer, and younger brother Kyle, as well as her grandparents living next door, has shaped who she is, what she believes and how she views the world. She has also been blessed with an adopted sister, Allie, who is three years old and “the most precious person.”
When asked to name her hero, Messer said, “I don’t think that I could name just one person as my hero. I have seen my family go through many trials and give up many things for others. I have been with my mother as she lost her best friend, as well as two grandmothers in just a relatively short span of time. Her strength through these hard times has inspired me. I have seen my grandfather and my dad lose their jobs, but continue to have faith and the will to go on. I could not tell you who my hero is, because without each and every person that has influenced my life, I would not be the person that I am today. I think that everything I have been through has shaped me into the person I am today. Life, death, success and failure have all made me stronger as a person and more reliant upon myself in times of despair. Over the past four years, I have learned that I am a very independent person and that when it really matters the only person I can truly rely on is myself.”
She is a Chemistry major and a Biology minor who plans to attend pharmacy school in 2011. She, like many other seniors, is “scared to death to graduate because of the unknown that is ahead of me” and because it will involve leaving the Georgetown bubble, but she is looking ahead and knows that good things will come out of attending pharmacy school. Leaving Georgetown hit her harder than she thought it would, especially when she realized she would not be moving back into her Kappa Delta sorority house next fall. Along with being an active member of the Beta Lambda chapter of Kappa Delta, she is also involved with Habitat for Humanity and College Republicans.
When asked to describe her, her brother Kyle said she is “the most dedicated and focused person I know, both as a student and an individual. As a peer, she is an outstanding role model and friend and will do anything for the people around her including her family, friends and sisters. “Of all the times I have come to her for advice or help, she has kept a level head and given me honest advice, even if it wasn’t what I wanted to hear. She is the kind of person that everyone needs to have standing by their side through thick and thin, and I am more than proud to say that she is my best friend and the best sister anyone could ask for.”
Her friend Amber McWhorter added to that, saying, “She is a loving, thoughtful, kind-hearted person who would do all she could to help anyone that needed it, and would drop anything to be there for her friends and family.” Messer’s favorite inspirational quote is,“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart,” by Helen Keller. “This is one of my favorite quotes because we are capable of seeing things that are beautiful every day, but we do not always feel them.”