Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Theatre Arts will present By the Bog of Cats at Ouachita’s Verser Theatre on Nov. 7-12. Performances on Nov. 7-9 and 11-12 will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s matinee Nov. 10 will be at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 each and may be purchased at www.obu.edu/boxoffice.com.
By the Bog of Cats is a play written by Marina Carr, and “No, it’s not about cats,” said Kathleen Suit, a sophomore theatre arts major from Hot Springs, Ark., who plays Caroline Cassidy.
“It is a modern representation of the ancient Greek tragedy Medea by Euripides,” she explained. “It is centered around a small community in Ireland called The Bog of Cats and takes a look deep into the lives of some of its very troubled residents.”
Director Garrett Whitehead, a senior musical theatre major from Cleburne, Texas, said the production has “a great moral lesson about sacrifices and how gossip, greed, hearsay and lies can push an individual beyond human endurance.”
The characters in By the Bog of Cats have their own agenda that leads to love, hatred, greed, betrayal and loss. It is “a serious, emotionally heavy show,” Suit noted.
Even though the production is not light-hearted, “there is a character going through something that everyone can relate to, and the text is beautiful,” Whitehead said.
“My favorite thing about being in this production, so far,” he said, “is getting to work with a cast of individuals who are just as passionate about the project as I am. Every member of the cast brings something new to the process every rehearsal.”
With the show being emotionally heavy and requiring an Irish dialect, Suit explained how the production is challenging her and the rest of the cast. “The combination is quite an obstacle we are having to overcome, but one that, upon completion, will have stretched us all to new heights,” she said.
“I really encourage people to come out and let us tell you this wonderful story,” said Suit.
In addition to Whitehead, Natalie Williams, a sophomore music theory and composition major from Little Rock, Ark., serves as music director. Jillian Kaniss, a senior psychology and theatre arts major from Texarkana, Texas, serves as stage manager, and Aaron Pinion, a sophomore theatre arts major from Tulsa, Okla., serves as assistant stage manager.
In addition to Suit, the primary cast of By the Bog of Cats includes: Sara Cat Williams, a sophomore biology major from Roland, Ark., as Hester Swane; Joe Ochterbeck, a senior theatre arts major from Maumelle, Ark., as Carthage Killbride; Kayla Esmond, a senior musical theatre major from Burleson, Texas, as Mrs. Killbride; Sarah Davis, a senior theatre arts and Christian studies major from Bedford, Texas, as Monica Murray; Kayla Walker, a freshman musical theatre major from North Little Rock, Ark., as Catwoman; Timothy Drennan, a senior musical theatre major from Paron, Ark., as Joseph Swane; Jacob Sturgeon, a senior musical theatre major from Pine Bluff, Ark., as Xavier Cassidy; and Lacey Johnson, a senior history and theatre arts major from Little Rock, Ark., as Ghost Fancier.
The Townspeople/Waiters are played by Blaine Surber, a senior musical theatre major from Sulphur Springs, Texas; Shannon Huntsman, a junior speech communication major from Little Rock, Ark.; and Jessica Smith, a junior musical theatre major from Van Buren, Ark.
The Ghost Band includes Nat Williams, a sophomore music theory and composition major from Little Rock, Ark.; Emily Shull, a freshman theatre arts major from Little Rock, Ark.; and Annelise Henley, a senior history, psychology and graphic design major from Arkadelphia, Ark.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.obu.edu/boxoffice or contact the OBU Box Office from 1-5 p.m. on weekdays at (870) 245-5555. Ouachita students get one free ticket with their current OBU ID.
Ouachita Baptist University students are preparing for the annual Battle of the Ravine Week starting Monday, Nov. 11. After the week full of activities on and off campus, the Ouachita Tigers and the Henderson State University Reddies football teams will square off in the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at OBU’s A.U Williams Field.
The Battle of the Ravine rivalry football game dates back to 1895, one of the oldest rivalries in the NCAA. Many clubs and organizations host events and traditions that make the week memorable, including each class taking turns guarding Ouachita’s tiger statue in the middle of campus around the clock.
“I think Battle of the Ravine is a great week because it allows every student to come together for the common purpose of supporting our school,” said Gracie Lundstrum, a junior mass communications major from Springdale, Ark. Lundstrum also serves on Student Senate, which will coordinate many of the activities throughout the week.
Monday, Nov. 11, EEE women’s social club and Beta Beta men’s social club will host a chili dinner and will be playing Monday night football in the middle of campus starting at 7 p.m. The senior class will guard the tiger beginning at 7 p.m.
During chapel on Tuesday, Nov. 12, students will receive ribbons to raise awareness and cultivate spirit for the Tiger for Life campaign, a project of the OBU Office of Development. The juniors will begin guarding the tiger at 10 p.m. following the AfterDark concert hosted by Kanakuk Kamps and OBU Campus Ministries in Jones Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. The concert will feature music artists such as Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors as well as FEDEL, a hip-hop artist. Joe White will speak on the topic “Is Jesus Relevant Today?” The event is free and open to the public.
“AfterDark is far more than a concert; it’s a catalyst for conversation, investigation and a night that offers authentic hope,” said Jeremy Dixon, a junior mass communications and Christian studies major from Benton, Ark. “It has reached over 400,000 students across the nation, and I am excited to see this event come to Arkadelphia.”
Kappa Chi men’s social club will sponsor a car bash on Wednesday, Nov. 13, starting at 8 p.m., and Eta Alpha Omega men’s social club will provide refreshments. The junior class will guard the tiger starting at 8 p.m.
Rho Sigma men’s social club will host a pep rally starting at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Rachel Fuller & Ouachita Singers Memorial Amphitheatre followed by a bonfire. Refuge, Ouachita’s student-led worship service, will meet at Second Baptist Church at 9 p.m. Tri Chi women’s social club will serve s’mores and hot chocolate in the middle of campus beginning at 10:30 p.m. Freshmen will guard the tiger starting at 10 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 15, KATV Channel 7 will broadcast a live Battle of the Ravine pep rally from A.U. Williams Field during its 6 a.m. “Daybreak” show. Students and supporters from both universities are invited to attend. Rho Sigma men’s social club will guard the tiger that night.
That evening, Rally on the Ravine will begin throughout the Arkadelphia community. Carnival rides, a zipline and a photo booth will open at 5 p.m., and a powder puff football game and a Baggo tournament will kick off at 6 p.m. The night will close with a Backroad Anthem concert at 8 p.m. All rally events are held at the Henderson State intramural fields.
Saturday, Nov. 16, will start with the Battle Bash Color Dash 5K at 8 a.m., followed by the Andy Allison Fun Run at 9 a.m. Carnival games, rides and a zipline will also open at 9 a.m. Tailgating will begin at 11 a.m., and the Shari Bales Band will perform at 12 noon. Then to climax the week’s festivities, the Ouachita Tigers will kick off at 2 p.m. against the Henderson Reddies at A.U. Williams Field on Ouachita’s campus.
“My favorite part about the Battle of the Ravine week is definitely the actual showdown of the football game,” said Justin Young, a senior business administration and management major from Springdale, Ark. “The intense rivalry adds to my support for the OBU football team; I want to see them dominate and bring Ouachita a victory.”
For more information on Battle of the Ravine events at Ouachita, contact Gracie Lundstrum from OBU Student Senate at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on Battle of the Ravine Rally events, visit www.facebook.com/battleoftheravine.
11/11 through 11/15- Tiger For Life Week
Monday, 11/11- Bowing Day, every building is a gift!
Tuesday, 11/12- Ribbon Day, get your ribbon in chapel!
Wednesday, 11/13- Twitter Takeover, huge prizes on Wednesday @ OBUsenate!
Thursday, 11/14- Lights Out, what does your tuition pay for?
Friday, 11/15- Tiger Pride Day, T4L wear your T4L shirt with pride!
Ouachita Baptist University’s Office of Admission Counseling will host a Tiger Day specifically for students interested in OBU’s School of Education on Monday, Nov. 11, and a Preview Day for all students on Saturday, Nov. 16.
On Nov. 11, prospective students will have the opportunity to get an in-depth look at Ouachita’s Huckabee School of Education. Check in will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a welcome and student panel at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., students and parents will take a campus tour. At 11 a.m., students will have the opportunity to sit in on a class of their choice, while parents will attend a panel featuring university administrators. At 12 noon, students and their families will enjoy lunch in the Ouachita Commons, and a residence hall tour will be given at 1 p.m.
“This day is all about the School of Education,” said Lori Motl, OBU’s director of admissions counseling. “This is a new concept for us that we are trying out this year, but we are really excited about the possibilities.”
On Nov. 16, prospective students will have the opportunity to attend a Preview Day. This semester’s Preview Day corresponds with the Battle of the Ravine rivalry football game against Henderson State University. Students will get to meet with academic deans, tour campus and join Tiger Nation in cheering on the Tigers.
“Preview Day is a day that shows off our tradition and rivalry surrounding the Battle of the Ravine,” said Motl. “It’s one of the oldest, most intense rivalries in the NCAA.”
Check in on Nov. 16 will begin at 9 a.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center, followed by an opening program at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., students will have the opportunity to attend academic sessions in various locations on campus. At 10:30 a.m., a campus tour will be provided. At 12 noon, students and parents are invited to join the Tiger Tailgate at A.U. Williams Field, and at 2 p.m. the Battle of the Ravine game will begin.
For more information, visit www.obu.edu/admissions or contact the Office of Admissions Counseling at (870) 245-5110.
vs Ecclesia College
Join us at Bill Vining Arena Monday Night (Nov. 11, 2013) at 7:00 PM to watch the Ouachita Tiger men’s basketball team take on Ecclesia College. Right before tipoff we will unveil the 2012-13 GAC Championship Banner, so come early. GO TIGERS!
Ouachita Baptist University will host the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet in concert on Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
The performance will be a multimedia concert with projections of art and video accompanying the music. The quartet created the program after being invited to perform at the Conway Arts Fest.
“This would be a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience an interdisciplinary performance exploring the juxtaposition of art, music and ‘The Jerry Springer Show,’” said Dr. Caroline Taylor, OBU professor of music. She also plays alto saxophone with the quartet
Other members of the quartet include Dr. Brent Bristow, director of bands and professor of saxophone at Arkansas State University at Beebe, on tenor saxophone; Dr. Jackie Lamar, professor of music at the University of Central Arkansas, on baritone saxophone; and Dr. Andy Wen, associate professor of music at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, on soprano saxophone.
The program will include “Quartette” by Caryl Florio, “The Modern Art Suite” by Rusty Dedrick, “Line Drawings After Works by Mark Tobey (1978)” by Samuel Adler and “Heartbreakers” by Jacob Ter Veldhuis.
The Arkansas Saxophone Quartet was formed in 2007 and has performed throughout the U.S. They performed at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland, last year and will perform at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in Illinois in March 2014. The group performs all styles of chamber music from transcriptions to avant-garde contemporary music.
For more information, contact Dr. Caroline Taylor at (870) 245-5139 or TaylorC@obu.edu.