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“The Curious Savage” debuts

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The characters of The Cloisters are an odd bunch.

KNOXVILLE – What do a large teddy bear, an insane asylum, and $10 million have in common? They’re all a part of the spring play, “The Curious Savage,” directed by senior Jared Randall, junior Nicole Brunsman, and Mrs. Tammie Weatherly.

Last night, Johnson University’s depiction of John Patrick’s “The Curious Savage” debuted.

Randall introduced the show and set the scene at The Cloisters – a high class insane asylum.

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Miss Wilhelmina and Dr. Emmett discuss Ethel Savage’s appearance in the newspaper.

He said it shows “how their world and how they live is a lot less crazy than the world outside.” Themes of greed, the power of love, and the frailty of innocence were foreshadowed to be portrayed throughout.

The show begins in The Cloisters with Florence (Elizabeth Anderson), Hannibal (Joshua Bruner), Fairy May (Torie Sayers), Jeffrey (Josiah Caraway), and Mrs. Paddy (Bekah Sidwell), each with their own uniqueness. With this interesting bunch, quick quips begin right away.

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The Savage childdren attempt to coerce the location of the missing $10 million out of their mother, Ethel.

“No, Jeffrey, climbing on chairs is women’s work. Men have mountains,” said Fairy May.

New to the stage and to The Cloisters was the Savage family, who were interested in housing their mother Ethel Savage (played by Ashton Hooper) there.

Dr. Emmett (Meghan Nelson) finished checking out Ethel as the Savages met with the woman running The Cloisters, Miss Wilhelmina (Katie Reichart). It appears their mother has made off with $10 million from their deceased father, in addition to other “foolish” behavior.

“There was talent tonight,” said freshman Andrew Lane. “I was genuinely impressed. “A set malfunction and a few flubbed lines were not enough to discourage the actors as they powered through.

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Hannibal plays the violin – though he’s far from being the greatest musician.

Soon in the story, Ethel meets the other individuals in The Cloisters. They quickly take a liking to her.

Ethel’s first night there, Hannibal (Joshua Bruner) warns her not to fall asleep. He says they never fall asleep because today they are safe, but tomorrow they may not be; their thinking is that if they never sleep, today never ends.

Each character’s quirks quickly become evident. Florence has a doll that is her five year old son; Hannibal plays violin – not so well; Fairy May is quite eccentric with a need to feel loved; Jeffrey has a large scar; and Mrs. Paddy will only speak to say what she hates.

“It’s a comedy for everyone,” Brunsman said.

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Lily Belle is enraged to find her photo pinned to a dartboard.

The Savage family eventually returns in an attempt to find where Ethel has hidden the money, each Savage child consumed by greed.

They each have their own problems as well. Lily Belle (Brooke Boling) has had six divorces, Titus (Hunter Long) is an immoral Congressman, and Samuel (Drew Grimm) is a judge whose decisions are mostly reversed.

The show continues, investigating deeper into contentment, what it means to love, and the blurred line of where sanity and insanity meet.

“I always had high hopes for this show,” said Brunsman. “All the hopes we had came to fruition opening night. I’m very proud of them.”

Brunsman also mentioned that it was hard work for the actors to juggle being full-time students with show preparation, but that no end-of-semester exhaustion could be seen on that stage.

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Mrs. Paddy squares off against Titus.

To discover the fate of Ethel Savage and the missing $10 million, there are a few more chances to catch the show April 15, 16, and 17 at 7 p.m.

 

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Tech week begins for “The Curious Savage”

KNOXVILLE – On Monday, April 11 the cast of “The Curious Savage” gathered in Old Main to begin a week of dress rehearsals leading up to Thursday’s opening night.

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The cast gathers on stage before rehearsal.

The cast waited in 1950’s attire while finishing touches were put on the set.

“I think it’s really coming along,” senior Ashton Hooper said. “I’m excited to nail in the last few things tonight – I think it is going to be awesome by Thursday.”

Assistant Director Nicole Brunsman said, “I just hope that this run-through reassures our already high hopes of what this play is going to be. This cast has worked phenomenally hard and I think tech week and our performances are going to prove that.”

Set Director Stephen Moore opened the rehearsal in prayer, after which the students gathered on stage to receive notes from Director Jared Randall, senior, before beginning an energetic run-through.

Cast members Brooke Boling, Hunter Long, and Drew Grimm ran upstairs between acts to perform a quick change. Both mentioned that they, along with many of their castmates, have family traveling to see their performances.

Director Tammy Weatherly shared in the cast’s enthusiasm, but also noted the difficulty of perfecting the production.

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Director Jared Randall gives the cast notes.

“This is probably the most challenging thing we’ve done since I’ve been here, but they are doing a great job. I mean we have no real backstage so they have to be flexible and every show they’ve made it work,” Weatherly said. “The difference in this show is that it’s fun but it also has a great message and we’re excited to share that.”

Randall’s assessment of the night summed up the feelings of the cast and set the tone for the performances to come: “I’m having the most fun I’ve had in a long time.”

“The Curious Savage” will debut this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Old Main Building. Students and faculty can get tickets for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances in the Gally Commons lobby during lunch and dinner hours this week.

Stay tuned to the Royal Scribe for an update on the show’s opening night.

 

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February Coffee House displays new form of art

KNOXVILLE – On Monday night, Johnson University’s Student Government Association held the first Coffee House of the semester in the EAC Underground.

Students grabbed any seat they could find with many overflowing to the floor.

Students talk and laugh as they wait for their one dollar coffee

Students talk and laugh as they wait for their one dollar coffee.

Amongst them was junior Ashley Kennedy who enjoyed the packed, fun atmosphere.

“I’ve always really enjoyed coffee house,” she said. “Each year it seems to get better, and this year especially they seem to be going all out.”

Julianna Williams,  Josiah Caraway, and Matthew Wilson kicked off the night in song, and they were followed by Kyle Graefser who used his experience in a Psalms class to compose and perform poetry.

Lori Morgan then performed a series of love songs followed up by break-up songs in honor of Valentine’s Day with her bandmates.

The group 2nd West & Some Guys which consisted of Magnus Lewis, Dalton Sauer, Justice Wright, Cody Deringer, and a special appearance by Jason Schnackenberg, performed a rendition of “Rocky Top” that had the audience singing along.

Julianna Williams, Josiah Caraway, and Matthew Wilson performing the first act of the night

Julianna Williams, Josiah Caraway, and Matthew Wilson perform the first act of the night.

Following them, Olivia Martin and Wesley Sewell performed a spoken word duet, after which Logan Marcum played several pieces on the little known instrument called the Ocarina.

Jeremy Cox and Chloe Nielson performed several duets, including “Lay Me Down” by recording artist Sam Smith.

Alberto Leong showed off his guitar skills in several pieces, inviting Morgan back on stage to perform his last song, “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran, with him.

Camille Speece, Sho Gray, and Rachel Misch performed a memorable rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” while students Alyssa Fithian and Kandace Troxwell danced along lyrically.

Cierra Early followed them by reciting original poetry, and rounding out the night with their last Coffee House performances, Jon Spears and Makenzee Lady performed renditions of “As Long as You Love Me” by Justin Bieber and the recent smash hit, “Hotline Bling,” by Drake.

Before Coffee House started, Spears had this to say about their performance, “This is most likely both of our last Coffee House so we decided to do songs that are popular but that we could also have some fun with. I’m rapping, which I’ve never done before so I’m a bit nervous, but at least we’re going out with a bang.”

Concerning the night as a whole, Senior Hope Smyth, the executive director of the Major Events Committee for SGA, said, “One thing that I’m very excited about is the art display we have. I think that’s going to get a lot of traffic. I know Sheila Maffio, the service manager for Pioneer, has helped with that tremendously. We have one act that has a banjo and an upright bass this time, which is different and really cool. I also would like to give a shout out to the media people, because they’ve made coffee house so much more than a plugin and a mic.”

Freshman Emma Downer, member of the Creative Arts Council and innovator of the visual arts display, was happy with the many students who lingered around the exhibit.

“I was really surprised by how much student artwork we were able to gather,” she said. “I mean, this is the first really big display of visual art I’ve seen on campus so the interest in the art is really encouraging. It makes me hopeful for future exhibits.”

Visual art is displayed for the first time at Coffee House

Visual art is displayed for the first time at Coffee House.

Downer included one of her own paintings, along with the pieces on display.

Several of the pieces will remain in place on the Underground walls following Coffee House, with the goal of the CAC being able to eventually replace all of the generic art with student work.

The next Coffee House will soon be announced by the coordinating Major Events committee of the SGA. These people encourage students with musical, literary, or visual artistic talent to participate in the unique opportunity to showcase their talents.

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Chapel group entertains at Sipz

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Songwriters in the Round members watch Tanner Rutherford open up the night’s performances.

KNOXVILLE – Each Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m., “Songwriters in the Round” chapel group meets to perform at local coffee shop Sipz.

The group was formed by the Dean of Chapel, Bill Wolf, who was driven by his love of songwriting – both writing songs himself and spending time in fellowship with other song creators.

“I knew we had a good number of songwriters on campus, so I thought that might be a good group to hang out with. I was right!” Wolf said. “We have some really talented songwriters at Johnson!”

Sophomore Tanner Rutherford said, “The group consists of an assortment of people on campus that write songs. It is a time for discussion, but it mainly serves as an outlet for songwriters.”

While guidelines are generally open, group members’ current task is to create a song inspired by the book of Exodus.

“What we do is we try to write a song each week, and we perform whatever songs we have completed each week,” said Fidy Fiarferana, sophomore. “Each week who performs differs as well, but we try to make it a safe place for songwriters and try to nurture creativity and help stimulate ideas for songs.”

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Mathew Logan shares his song “Daydream.”

Students in Songwriters in the Round are able to take to the stage to share their latest creative piece while fellow students can relax, study, and get much-needed caffeine in a casual setting.

“Sipz Coffee in Seymour is gracious enough to let us crash every Tuesday night. They give us the stage, turn off the house music and let our little group provide the entertainment for the night,” said Wolf. “It has been a real blessing. I believe art can foster community and community can foster art.”

Wolf had a similar opportunity as this group when he performed as a student at weekly open mic nights at New City Café. That experience was formative for him as a songwriter and in terms of his faith, and he hopes that Songwriters in the Round chapel group will have the same impact.

Freshman Chase King said, “[I enjoy] being in a safe environment that encourages creativity, but also that we all know music and songwriting enough that we can critique each other.”

“I love the sense of community we have in the group and how no matter what kind of song we write, it’s always received positively and we always try to give positive feedback on the songs while helping give new ideas for what we can write next,” Fiaferana said. “I just really enjoy being able to share songs that are personal and close to me and being able to hear others share the same.”

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Fidy Fiarferana performs “Home,” inspired by his own homesickness.

Songwriters in the Round may serve as the main artistic outlet for some, while for others it’s more a time to have their work critiqued and to share ideas with others.

Rutherford said, “I joined because even though I have the songwriting outlet through my band, it works well to give me motivation and peer critiques of my work.”

“[I’m] building relationships as well as learning how to better my musical talent, which I plan to later use in my ministry,” said King.

Creative expression through music has served as the driving force of uniting the variety of students in this group.

“My goal for this group is just that I hope the art we produce improves along the way as we share and hear from one another. And, in turn, through this sharing and hearing from one another, I hope we grow closer together and together closer to God.”

Catch this group’s next session next Tuesday night at 6:30 at Sipz, located at 10721 Chapman Hwy in Seymour, Tennessee.

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“The Curious Savage” cast kicks off rehearsals

KNOXVILLE – Thursday night the cast of “The Curious Savage” gathered in Old Main to begin rehearsals for the spring production.

The excitement was palpable as director and senior Jared Randall gathered students Ashton Hooper, Katie Reichart, Josiah Caraway, Josh Bruner, Andrew Grimm, Brooke Boling, Meghan Nelson, Torie Sayers, Elizabeth Anderson, Rebekah Sidwell, and Hunter Long on stage to introduce the play.

The cast sat in a circle and read through the production together, stopping occasionally from laughter.

Randall said, “This is probably the most energetic read-through we’ve ever had.”

“I participated in the Christmas play last year,” said sophomore Katie Reichart. “I’m excited about this play. We’ve read it now and we have a lot of chemistry. It’ll be a challenge, but I think it will be a lot of fun.”

“This is what makes me tick,” director and Creative Arts Council sponsor Tammie Weatherly said. “I love read-throughs because not everyone knows each other and it’s exciting to come together and get to know each other a little bit. I’m especially excited because we have some veterans but we also have several people who are not just new to the Johnson theater but new to theater in general, so that’s really cool.”

“The Curious Savage” is set to debut on April 14.

Stay tuned to the Royal Scribe for more updates as the show’s preparation continues.

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Black History Month plays a role in chapel

KNOXVILLE— This week for Johnson University students, the opportunity for morning chapel sessions to express recognition to Black History Month has appeared.

On Tuesday, Feb 3, Johnson students flooded into the Phillips-Welshimer Gymnasium for morning chapel just like any average school day; however, the students came away with a shocking surprise as the worship for the morning started.

Cord Johnson, a fellow Johnson University student, was scheduled to play guitar that morning, but his musical accompaniment was a person no one expected it to be. A man by the name of John Jackson was to perform at chapel that morning, and he brought with him enough excitement to get the whole audience on their feet. Jackson had led worship before at chapel. Based on the crowd reaction, it was obvious that Jackson was a favorite.

Cord Johnson and John Jackson perform together on stage during a chapel service.

Cord Johnson and John Jackson perform together on stage during a chapel service

Jackson and Johnson started off the morning by playing a song entitled, “We Are Blessed.” They then lead onto a Hillsong United song named, “Touch the Sky.” After the students were clearly amped up and into the music, Jackson taught a new song. The main chorus talked about no longer being a slave to fear, but rather about being a child of God. Jackson ended the song by addressing the audience with the notion that God’s love cast out all fear.

To Johnson, the chance to play on stage with Jackson was incredible. “It was somewhat nerve-racking because we only practiced, like, thirty minutes before. It was really cool, though, to see everyone so pumped up. It was nice to take a break from the more solemn, spacey music and do something more energetic,” Johnson said.

The main speaker for the morning on Tuesday was Efrem Smith, who is the president and CEO of World Impact in Los Angeles, California. Smith is a powerful speaker who started off his message by focusing on the present of God’s Kingdom, rather than the future. He read a great deal from the gospel of Matthew and talked deeply about the advancers of God’s Kingdom.

He caught the audience’s attention by the mention of superhero’s, which then led into a discussion of how this world nowadays is flipped upside-down. Using Jesus as the hero, Smith connected superhero’s with our upside-down world and how Jesus came in and flipped it upside-right.

The big question of the day: What does it mean to have Jesus as the center? Smith used this question to draw the audience back to his first, initial thought, and he ended his message by saying Jesus gives humans authority to change the evil in the world.

Johnson and Jackson once again play uplifting music during chapel on Feb 3

Johnson and Jackson once again play uplifting music during chapel on Feb 3

On Wednesday, Feb 3, both Jackson and Johnson were back again to play at the beginning of chapel, but this time with a different kind of excitement rippling throughout the building.

Due to heavy storms the night before, Johnson University lost power for the first five minutes of chapel, which caused Jackson and Johnson to entertain the crowd using only their vocals until the power kicked on again.

Smith was also back for chapel on Wednesday morning. His message focused on more of an action plan, rather than just having an idea or thought of action.

Chapel on Thursday morning, Feb 4, will once again be held in the Phillips-Welshimer Gymnasium. The speaker for Feb 4 will be Gary Stratton. Stratton is the professor and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Johnson University. This chapel service will wrap up the week in accordance to Black History Month.

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Burns Night dinner brings taste of Scotland to Tennessee

KNOXVILLE – On Monday night, fifty-four faculty and honors program students gathered in the Private Dining Room of the Gally Commons to honor the birthday of the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

Burns, born in Alloway, West Scotland in 1759, wrote over five hundred and fifty songs and poems, many in his native Scottish dialect, including the New Year’s classic Auld Lang Syne.

Since his death in 1796, groups in Scotland, and all over the world, have come together on the night of his birthday to celebrate by sharing in a traditional Scottish supper of haggis, neeps, and tatties.

Dr. Gerald Mattingly, who started the Burns Night tradition at Johnson University seven years ago, said, “Robbie’s poems and songs speak about – and reflect upon – love and work, hearth and home, family and friends, heritage and patriotism, nature and brotherhood, self-knowledge and faith, and life and death – all subjects worthy of contemplation.”

Attendees were served a catered dinner, which, fortunately, did not include haggis, after which faculty and friends presented various pieces honoring Scotland.

Bill and Betsy Wolf shared stories of their time in Scotland while Mr. Wolf was pursuing his graduate degree at the University of St. Andrews. Rachel Patten followed with a recitation of Robert Burns’ “Winter: A Dirge.”

Denny Eaton shared stories of her trips to Scotland staying in their many famous bed and breakfasts.

Adam Bean dedicated the Burns poem “Bonnie Lesley” to his wife Lesley Bean. Dr. Jeff Snell followed by delivering an ode to the great Scottish preacher James S. Stewart.

Dr. Mattingly recited four stanzas from Burns’ “The Cotter’s Saturday Night” and Perry Morin concluded the night with a study in the connection between Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns.

Senior Jared Randall opened and closed the night in prayer. The night of fellowship served as a reminder of the gift it is to be able to appreciate the work of a master of the written word.

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Winter Coffee House warms attendees

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Abigail Smith and Jonathan Nguyen perform “A Whole New World. Photo courtesy of Kaylin Lauscher.

KNOXVILLE – On Nov. 16, the winter Coffee House took place. This gathering of talent by Johnson University students drew an especially packed crowd.

The night began with Josh Meadows, who sang and played covers of “Love Somebody,” “After the Storm,” and “The Only Exception.”

He was followed by Ben Faust and his friends, who played a Mumford and Sons Mash-up. After their strongly musical performance, Vallery Morgan gave a vocal performance, singing both “Oceans” and “I’ll Be Home.”

Later, Charles Bates injected a little Christmas spirit with “Jingle Bells” and “Winter Wonderland.” He was followed by Austin Spidell – joined by Lexi and Chase – who did covers of “My Lighthouse” and “Little Talks.”

Before the break, Jonathan Nguyen and Abigail Smith brought the audience back to their childhood with their rendition of “Whole New World.”

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MaKenzee Lady and Tanner Rutherford combine their musical talents at Coffee House. Photo courtesy of Kaylin Lauscher.

After the intermission, Tanner Rutherford was joined by Mackenzee Lady as they covered “Angel from Montgomery” and performed a few original songs.

They were followed by Jeremy Cox and Raelyn Lomison, covering “I’m Not the Only One,” “What a Wonderful World,” and “What’s the Point.”

Olivia Martin gave a quick break from the music by reading some of her own poetry. Afterwards, Mackenzee Lady performed with a special guest, and they sang “I’m Just a Kid,” “Cheetah Sisters,” and “Rock Your Body.”

Finishing the night, Josh Baily displayed some guitar mixing to recreate “American Girl” and “Cactus in the Valley.”

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“A Night of Nativities” examines Christmas’ meanings

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Marley, played by Torie Sanders, warns Scrooge, played by Wade Harper, of the ghosts that will visit him.

KNOXVILLE – Produced by the Creative Arts Council and SGA, “A Night of Nativities” came to life Dec. 3, 4, 5, and 6 in the Old Main auditorium.

The performances included two one-act plays, “The Christmas Movie” and “Nativity on the Square.” The two plays were set with occasional dramatic music and witty one-liners, while still delivering quiet, meaningful moments.

Actors rehearsed two to three times each week for several weeks to prepare for opening night. Following Thanksgiving break, members of “A Night of Nativities” returned for an intense week of full dress and tech rehearsals.

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Scrooge’s failed love story plays out for him to see as the Ghost of Christmas Past watches.

One of the show’s directors, senior Jared Randall, emphasized both hard work and having fun. “I think if we’re not having fun with it, the audience won’t,” he said.

The show officially opened Dec. 3 with a special performance by Dr. Jerome Prinston on cello and his daughter, Clara, on violin.

“The Christmas Movie” began first, with a cast of 6 narrators striving to quickly recreate classic Christmas tales. Actors quickly morphed into well known Scrooge, Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

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Scrooge fears for his future.

The actors rapidly changed between characters, such as Marley, played by Torie Sanders, who later transformed into Belle (Scrooge’s old fiancé), who then became Tiny Tim.

Scrooge visited his past, present, and possible future Christmases, finally awakening with an opportunity to change his path and heart.

The narrators then looked to a different Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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George Bailey, portrayed by Nolan Tenholder, realizes he’s made a huge mistake.

Nolan Tenholder transformed into George Bailey, who stood at the edge of an icy lake tempted to end it all – when suddenly an angel, played by Wade Harper, jumped into the lake (and off the stage). Bailey rushed to save him, and the angel granted his wish: that he would never have been born.

Bailey was forced to experience how catastrophically different the town and people around him would be without his seemingly small choices.

Ultimately, he realized his importance and role in others’ lives, and was taken back to before his wish began.

The play took a shift again as the narrators examined the classic tiny tree and Linus’ telling of the Christmas story from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

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Ashton Hooper and Penholder display a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Finally, one narrator, played by Ashton Hooper, observed, “Christmas is about receiving, not giving.”

The others were confused, but she explained that Christmas is about receiving God’s gift of salvation through Jesus, and how that’s the most important part.

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Backstage look: Nicole Brunsman prepares for “The Christmas Movie.”

The narrators finished with a quick nativity scene set up, and exclaimed, “God bless us, every one!”

Following a short intermission, the second play, “Nativity on the Square,” began.

A large nativity scene was set up with Joseph and Mary mannequins and a baby doll representing Jesus. The angel, wise man, and shepherd, however, were a bit different.

These characters came to life after all the spectators had wandered away for the night. They, unaware of the story of Jesus, were attempting to solve the mystery of their purpose before being put back into the “dark place.”

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The angel, played by Meghan Nelson, is used to bossing the wise man and shepherd around.

They quickly returned to their places when they heard an inebriated woman, played by Elizabeth Anderson, coming upon the scene.

She stumbled over to the baby Jesus, offering him a sip of her beer before observing, “Oh yeah… You make your own, don’t you?”

The woman wandered off and the angel, shepherd, and wise man – who thought he was a king – returned to speculating their situation. They pondered the name of the baby in the manger before settling on a name they often heard sung: Santa Claus.

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The inebriated woman, Elizabeth Anderson, shares the haunts of her past.

The woman returned and revealed a bit more about her life. She began to lament her past, beginning with how her boyfriend left her when she discovered she was pregnant. This was juxtaposed to Joseph who stayed with Mary when she got pregnant, even though it wasn’t his.

The audience became privy to more of her past, as she detailed how her child got colic due to her drinking, and then was taken away from her.

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The wise man (Caleb Jeffries), shepherd (Ethan Dailey), and angel (Nelson) fight.

The woman later prompted the nativity to do their correct jobs.

The angel, played by Meghan Nelson, was told not to look to the sky, but to look down at the people she was supposed to sing to.

The shepherd, portrayed by Ethan Dailey, who did not want to forfeit his staff was forced to lay it down as the woman instructed him to raise his hands and say “Hallelujah!”

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The wise man is reluctant to give up his gift.

Finally, the wise man, Caleb Jeffries, was humbled when he was forced to give his beloved gift to the baby Jesus.

The nativity characters’ hearts were softened as they learned their true meanings, and as they began to care for the woman.

Thus the show of actors both old and new came to a close, with each having stepped up to the responsibilities of their roles.

Randall wanted to express extra gratitude to Mrs. Tammie Weatherly and Dr. Jon Weatherly for their work, SGA, and Erin Jeffries for assistant directing.

Each performance concluded with caroling and hot chocolate outside of Old Main.

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Members of the nativity finally find their roles in the display.

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Senior recitals begin

KISSIMMEE – Each year, graduating seniors from the music department prepare and perform their senior recital as the culmination of their education at Johnson University.

“[Senior recitals] are important to help showcase the hundreds of practice hours, countless recitals, and all the hard work and dedication it takes to succeed in the music program here at JUFL,” stated senior Mandie Flynn.

Each senior is in charge of developing their own theme, planning the entire event, memorizing the music, and putting together the band for the night.

Senior Chris Dalisay said, “My favorite part about senior recitals is choosing music and centering it around an ultimate theme. I love connecting dots in that manner. This recital is allowing me the opportunity to choose songs that have made an impact in my life and telling a story through them.”

For some, the entire task of performing in front of a crowd may seem daunting, but senior Jackson Rodeffer described the experience this way: “The most stressful part about planning my recital has been getting the behind-the-scenes details together. It’s funny because the performance is actually the easiest part; our classes prepare us for the performance, but event planning is just plain old event planning.”

Senior recitals will begin Nov. 5 with Spirit Lead Me at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Center.


This semester’s schedule of senior recitals is as follows:

Megan Seehaus
Spirit Lead Me
November 5 at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Center

Bethany Martinelli Baker
God is Our Refuge
November 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapman Center

Mandie Flynn
From Glory to Glory, Our God is Victorious
November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Center

Jackson Rodeffer
No Other Name
November 19 at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Center

Chris Dalisay
O Come Let Us Adore Him
November 20 at 8 p.m. in the Chapman Center