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Eleemosynary: Where intellect and emotions collide

Eleemosynary was written by American playwright, Lee Blessing. The play premiered in 1985 and ran through to 1989, closing with a three-week run at the Manhattan Theater Club. Now, in 2017, Eleemosynary has come to Rollins College as a part [...]

October 26, 2017 Arts & Entertainment, Theater

The Cradle Will Still Rock

The Annie Russell Theatre opened its eighty-fifth season with The Cradle Will Rock by Marc Blitzstein. The musical describes the post-Great Depression era where political corruption and corporate greed take over a fictional town called Steeltown, USA. The fight about [...]

September 28, 2017 Arts & Entertainment, Theater

‘Urinetown’ highlights the dangers of unchecked capitalism and climate change

Urinetown is filled with enchanting songs and odd choreography that capture the audience’s complete attention during the musical numbers. In addition to the captivating sequences, there are comical moments in between as well as a full-fledged revolution. It follows a [...]

April 20, 2017 Arts & Entertainment, Theater

Music department shines in ‘Crazy for You’

On Friday, March 24, members of the Rollins and Winter Park communities took their seats for the opening night of Crazy For You: A Gershwin Musical Revue, directed by Dr. Marisa Arzillo. After the band warmed up, the show began [...]

March 30, 2017 Arts & Entertainment, Music, Theater

Women’s sacrifices in Vietnam showcased in “A Piece of my Heart”

I was present for the opening night of the current production of A Piece of My Heart, written by Shirley Lauro and directed by Marianne Diquattro. The show runs in the Annie Russell from February 17-25. As always, Rollins students [...]

February 23, 2017 Arts & Entertainment, Theater

Stars align for cast of ‘Constellations’

Constellations (directed by Kathleen Capdesuñer ’17) is the story of an ordinary British couple set in a universe of infinite possibilities. The third show in this year’s Second Stage Series, Constellations played at the Fred Stone Theater from February 1-4, [...]

February 9, 2017 Arts & Entertainment, Theater

Mad Cow Theatre’s ‘1776’

1776: the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the birthing of America, and a musical. These three things came to life Sunday, September 25 as the Mad Cow Theatre in downtown Orlando continued their installment of 1776. In typical Mad [...]

October 6, 2016 Arts & Entertainment, Theater

Annie Russell opens season with ‘The Foreigner’

Wit and irony always leave a pleasant taste on one’s tongue, particularly when one’s tongue is named “Floppy.” Rollins’ recent rendition of The Foreigner was “remarkable.” This comedic play features a shy man named Charlie and his British friend Froggy, [...]

September 29, 2016 Arts & Entertainment, Theater

A powerful perspective on peace

On November 2 Rollins College hosted Nyaniso “Niso” Tutu-Burris for a “Conversation on Peace” in conjunction with Valencia College’s new Peace Three initiative. The event was held in the Bieberbach-Reed room in the Campus Center. It was sponsored by the [...]

November 11, 2015 Arts & Entertainment, Theater

Reefer Madness’ lights up Annie stage

Combining music, dance, love, murder, and marijuana into an on-stage musical may seem like a heavy task, but the Annie Russell Theatre did just that with their latest musical Reefer Madness.The musical, directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and [...]

September 30, 2015 Arts & Entertainment, Theater