Ouachita Baptist University will host Libby Harrington and Molly Ann Turner’s senior art exhibit, “Divergence,” in Verser Gallery from April 4 to 15. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The show will be a culmination of the students’ work while at Ouachita, allowing Turner and Harrington the opportunity to display the progression and growth they have experienced during their academic career.
A reception will be held April 5 at 4 p.m. in Verser lobby, offering the public an opportunity to interact with the artists while celebrating their creative accomplishments.
Unlike many other senior exhibits that feature students with similar stylistic preferences, Turner and Harrington’s show will highlight the difference between studio art and graphic design.
“It’s called ‘Divergence’ because it is about two students coming in as freshmen both thinking that they had the same idea about what they wanted to do, but then going in two completely different directions,” said Turner. “I think it will be really interesting to see the contrast between how my and Libby’s styles have developed. That is what we want people to notice.”
Turner, a graphic design and mass communications double major from Little Rock, Ark., will emphasize the importance of effective visual communication through design.
“I really liked drawing, so coming in to Ouachita, I thought I wanted to do studio art,” Turner noted. “However, as I began to do communications and graphic design, I realized that my passion was being able to help people communicate things effectively and using my art to do that.”
Harrington, a studio art major with an emphasis in painting, takes a more expressive approach to art.
“It’s an exploration of my own style through portraiture and growth trying to find my own style and what I am trying to accomplish,” said Harrington, a native of Hot Springs, Ark. “It is me pushing myself past what I have been accustomed to; not just relying on talent, but more expressive emphasis.”
Summer Bruch, assistant professor of visual arts at Ouachita, has seen Turner and Harrington’s progression as artists firsthand.
“It is interesting to see how these two girls have really developed in their own ways,” Bruch said. “Molly Anne’s trip to study abroad in Austria really expanded her horizons. She got into printmaking, and I think you will see a lot of that in her show.
“Libby has finally come into her own as a painter and she has really begun honing in on the concept with the content,” Bruch continued. “You are really seeing her personality and what she wants to put into the artwork, and it took until now, so you are really seeing the fruits of her whole experience at OBU.”
Regular gallery hours for the exhibit is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host three student recitals April 4 in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. Sean Jackson and Courtney Stanage will present junior piano recitals at 11 a.m., and Kenderick Scorza will present his sophomore musical theatre recital at 2 p.m. The recitals are free and open to the public.
Jackson is a music composition major from Livingston, La. He has been named to Ouachita’s President’s and Dean’s Lists and is a member of the Carl Goodson Honors Program. He also has placed third in Ouachita’s Virginia Queen Piano Competition.
His recital will include the first movement of J.S. Bach’s “Italian Concerto, BWV 971,” Johannes Brahms’ “Rhapsodies, Op. 79, No. 2” and “Kaleidoscopes, No. 9 & No. 10” by Benjamin Lees.
Stanage is a piano performance major from Hot Springs Village, Ark. She has been named to Ouachita’s Dean’s List and is a member of Chi Rho Phi women’s social club. She also has been named a Friends of Fine Arts Scholar.
Her recital will include “Fantasie in C minor” by J.S. Bach, the first movement of Ludvig van Beethoven’s “Sonata, Op. 10, No. 2,” Frédéric Chopin’s “Ballade No. 3, Op. 47” and “Malambo, Op. 7” by Alberto Ginastera.
Scorza is a musical theatre major from North Little Rock, Ark. He has been a nominee for the Irene Ryan Acting Auditions at the Region Six Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his work as Toad in Ouachita’s production of “A Year with Frog and Toad.” He also has been involved in OBU Concert Choir and Kappa Chi men’s social club.
His recital will include Dick Gallagher’s “Laughing Matters” from When Pigs Fly; Irving Berlin’s “You’re Just in Love” from Call Me Madam; Act I, Scene II from Claptrap by Ken Friedman; and “Rich, Famous and Powerful” by David Friedman.
Scorza will be assisted by Cami Willis, a junior musical theatre and church media/production arts double major from Flower Mound, Texas, for “You’re Just in Love” and the scene Claptrap. Stacy Hawking, a sophomore musical theatre major from Sherwood, Ark., served as choreographer for “You’re Just in Love.” John Briggs, adjunct instructor of music, will serve as Scorza’s accompanist for the recital.
Ouachita Baptist University’s musical theatre program will stage the acclaimed musical “Guys and Dolls” in Jones Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on April 10-12 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. Tickets are $10 per person with discounts available for groups of 10 or more.
The story unfolds in 1950s New York, when Nathan Detroit, maintainer of the “Oldest Established Permanent Floating Craps Game in New York,” tries to win $1,000 from high-rolling Sky Masterson in order to rent out a new location for his latest high-stakes game. He bets Sky that he cannot convince straight-laced Salvation Army Sgt. Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana and the daring gambler accepts.
“What I enjoy most about the show is the music and fast-paced dancing,” said Garrett Whitehead, a senior musical theatre major from Plano, Texas, who plays Nathan Detroit. “All of the characters are hysterical, and you cannot help but love the crazy antics they get into. It also helps that the cast is amazing.” Whitehead also serves as dance captain for the show.
“It’s like that perfect era in New York, the 1950s, and it’s the hustle and bustle of New York. So I love that,” said Lauren Linton, stage manager. “It’s so funny. It’s really kind of over the top gangster.” Linton is a senior musical theatre major from Coldwater, Miss.
The musical is double cast, with two performers cast for the roles of Sarah Brown and Miss Adelaide. One cast will perform on Thursday and Saturday, and the other on Friday and Sunday. The cast and crew hope that the community will take advantage of the opportunity “to see two different portrayals of the parts on stage,” said Dr. Jon Secrest, Ouachita professor of music and music director for the show.
“This dynamic is very helpful at times, but sometimes difficult as well,” said Alexis Morgan, a freshman musical education major from Frisco, Texas, who is cast as Sarah Brown along with MaryLacey Thomson, a senior musical theatre major from Plano, Texas. “It really makes you stay on your ‘A-game’ to do your best while you are up on stage.”
The musical is the result of “thousands upon thousands of hours” of hard work, said Daniel Inouye, assistant professor of theatre arts and director of the show. “It’s very collaborative. That’s one of the great things about theatre is that you have to have other people on board, all working toward the same goal.”
“We just keep working every day until at some point there’s a moment where you realize it’s changed from rehearsing scenes and starts to feel like a show,” said Timothy Drennan, a senior musical theatre major from Paron, Ark., who plays Sky Masterson. “That’s when the excitement really starts to pick up.”
“It’s something that the community is going to really love,” Linton said. “It’s going to be really fun and I think everyone will enjoy watching it because there are exciting things happening in every scene.”
In addition to principals Drennan, Morgan, Thomson and Whitehead, Jordan Miller and Caitlin Secrest are double cast in the principal role of Miss Adelaide. Miller is a senior musical theatre major from Rockwall, Texas, and Secrest is a senior vocal performance major from Arkadelphia, Ark.
Other lead production team members include: Mary Handiboe, associate professor of theatre arts, as costume manager and makeup and hair designer; Linda Hatcher, JPAC box office manager, as box office manager; Joey Licklider, JPAC manager, as lighting designer and technical director; Amanda Murray, Ouachita alumnus, as costume designer; Eric Phillips, professor of theatre arts, as scenic and lighting designer; and Grace Whitaker, Ouachita alumnus, as choreographer.
Tickets may be purchased at the Jones Performing Arts Center Box Office weekdays from 1-5 p.m. and or one hour before show times. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.obu.edu/boxoffice. For more information, call the box office at (870) 245-5555 during regular box office hours. Also, each current OBU student may receive one free ticket to the show by presenting his or her OBU ID at the box office.
By Bethany Peevy
Hot Box Dancers
Kayla Esmond, Hannah Fender, Stacy Hawking, Lauren Hutcheson and Kaylee Nebe as well as Mattie Bogoslavsky, a junior musical theatre major from North Little Rock, Ark.; Bethany Gere, a junior musical theatre and communication sciences and disorders major from White Hall, Ark.; Lindsey Lederer, a senior musical theatre major from Lewisville, Texas; Bret Sanders, a freshman musical theatre major from Jonesboro, Ark.; and Hailey Weiner, a sophomore musical theatre major from Maumelle, Ark.
Gemma Guiomard, a senior musical theatre major from Desoto, Texas, is house manager and lobby crew head. Lacey Johnson, a senior history and theatre arts major from Little Rock, Ark., is costume crew head. Cody Myers is publicity crew head. Abby Root, a freshman theatre arts major from Arkadelphia, Ark., and Kathleen Suit, a junior theatre arts major from Hot Springs, Ark., are prop masters/crew heads.
Tara Clem, a junior musical theatre major from Texarkana, Texas; Shonna Jasperson, a sophomore musical theatre major from Houston, Texas; and Natalie Williams, a junior musical theatre major from Little Rock, Ark., will serve as assistant stage managers.
By Bethany Peevy
Hot Box Dancers
By Bethany Peevy
Hot Box Dancers