VoicePlay from ‘The Sing-Off’ on NBC, Spivey Hall Children’s Choir to grace the FPAC stage


The upcoming weekend is filled with events for students to enjoy and even performance opportunities to participate in.

The Sing-Off’s VoicePlay to perform at the Falany Performing Arts Center this weekend. Photo courtesy of www.thevoiceplay.com.

VoicePlay will be held in the Falany Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 23 from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. VoicePlay is a five-person a cappella group that competed on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” on season four. According to their website, they are “unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the the human voice.”

Friday, March 24, there will be an Eagle Cinema event hosted by Student Activities Council. They will be showing Disney’s “Moana” on the Donor Plaza from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  

On Saturday, March 25, Student Activities Council will be putting on Open Mic Night. All students are welcome to participate with acts of singing, dancing, stand-up comedy, poetry or any other talents they want to perform. The event will take place 8-10 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse.

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir will be performing in the Falany Performing Art Center on Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m. For information, visit www.reinhardt.edu/fpac.

Written by: Jordan Beach

RU Theatre performs a classic with a twist


Reinhardt’s Theatre Department performed the classic Hamlet with an added Chinese flair.

The Shakespearian tragedy is traditionally set in Demark and follows the titular character’s quest for revenge against his uncle. During the story, Hamlet’s recently deceased father returns as a vengeful spirit and imparts on his son the identity of his killer: Hamlet’s uncle Claudius. Seeking revenge on the usurper, Hamlet devises a plan to slay his uncle by pretending to have gone mad until the golden opportunity arrives. By the final curtain, he is indeed successful, but not before being cut by a poisoned blade himself. Reinhardt’s production retains this story, but not the locale.

The king’s ghost confronts Horatio and Hamlet. Photo by Jacob Howard

Directed by Reinhardt Theatre professor Stewart Hawley, this production of the Shakespearean tale was set in Beijing, China with costumes, set and actions altered accordingly. Hamlet wielded a staff, inspired by the Chinese legend of Sun WuKong the Monkey King, rather than a sword, and each actor wore kabuki-styled makeup and period designed robes. The set was a simple raised platform with an apron and two pillars allowing it to serve every scene without any major set changes. Thanks in part to the simple design and color scheme, “The minimalist set really let the actors and costumes pop out from the stage,” said theater-goer Drew Petty.

Alongside such an eye-pleasing appearance came a series of incredible combat choreography, as each scene featuring a weapon of any kind (of which there were many) came across as real battles unfolding onstage. Hamlet himself, played by Josh Baldwin (junior), personified this the best as many scenes saw him flipping over people and furniture with his staff in ways that surely took many weeks of practice to master in such a way.

Hamlet decides to feign madness. Photo by Jacob Howard

In terms of acting, Baldwin gave a wonderful performance as the titular Hamlet with costars Nichols Cothran, as Claudius and Hamlet’s father, and Tyler Bucher, as Ophelia’s father Polonius, giving especially memorable performances. Special mention goes to Ophelia herself, played by senior Sarah Williams. Williams’ range of tone and emotions as Ophelia brought the character to life quite beautifully. “Sarah’s portrayal … was my favorite out of all the Ophelia’s I’ve seen. Her madness was very convincing and was by far the most entertaining character,” said Gordy Dining worker Rachel Riley.

Overall, this unique spin on a classic tale was quite enjoyable to witness. The blend of familiar dialogue imposed over a new location only stood out on the rare occasion and, aside from minor technical/sound issues, was easy to follow and comprehend. The cast and crew did a great job bringing this new spin on an old tale to life and certainly deserved the applause they received.


Written by: Jacob Howard  Photo Credits: Jacob Howard

FPAC to hold special event for 15th Anniversary


Reinhardt’s Falany Performing Arts Center will soon be holding its 15year anniversary. A special ceremony will be held and all RU students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend this celebration.

This special event is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10. There will be a pre-concert reception starting at 6:30 p.m in the Ken White Atrium that is a donors reception. At 7:30 p.m. guests will be seated in Flint Hall for the concert. The ‘Hardt Breakers, Men of ‘Hardt and other students from Reinhardt’s School of Performing Arts will be performing. At this point in the event Dr. Kina Mallard, President of Reinhardt University, and Dr. Fred Tarrant, Dean of the School of Performing Arts, will speak. Coffee and dessert will be served from 8:45-9:30 p.m. to give a toast to the Falany Performing Arts Center in the Ken White Atrium.

Students are invited to attend the concert at 7:30 p.m. and the dessert reception for free.  Students need to get tickets in advance by emailing the box office at boxoffice@reinhardt.edu.

Regular tickets are $50 and are now on sale and can be purchased here or by calling 770-720-9167.

“The Falany has had a profound impact on the community. It provides the community with a venue to experience performances in a safe, comfortable environment without the hassle of a long commute in thick traffic and worries about parking,” said Jessica Akers, director of the Falany Performing Arts Center.

This event will also be celebrating Reinhardt President Emeritus Dr. Floyd Falany and his wife, Fay Falany.

The Falany Performing Arts Center has been home to theatre, music and comedy performances since 2002.

“There are appearances by stage personalities and programs for children. The FPAC is the home of one of the finest music programs in the state, and students of the School of Performing Arts appear regularly in plays, musicals, operas, choirs, instrumental ensembles and recitals,” Joan McFather, a member of the FPAC’s Advisory Board said.

In addition to outside performers, the FPAC is home to Reinhardt University’s School of Performing Arts, and Akers said the Falany has become a go-to venue in the area for performances.

“The School of Performing Arts is known for providing exquisite performances and are at affordable prices, allowing all guests a chance to experience the arts. The professional performances brought to the venue bring the country’s top talent to the community’s backyard, allowing them to have a more enjoyable experience. The Falany has become a hub in the community for entertainment, from student recitals to large groups like the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,” Akers said.

The FPAC building opened in February of 2002. At the time, the building housed seven music majors and more than 100 communication majors. Before the Falany Performing Arts Center building existed, the Music Department was located on the top floor of the Burgess Administration Building.

Written By: Kelly Kipfer. Photo By: Jeff Reed.

Squirm Burpee expected to excite the FPAC audience


This Sunday, Squirm Burpee, a Handsome Little Devils Production, will perform their theatrical exhibition on the Falany Performing Arts Center stage.

The Squirm Burpee Circus has performed in 2010 at the New Victory Theater in New York, and is now returning to Reinhardt’s campus. This will be their third time performing at Reinhardt.

“Squirm Burpee is a fun and exciting take on Vaudeville performance. This show appeals to all ages and will be full of fun and surprises,” Director of the Falany Performing Arts Center, Jessica Akers, said.

Coming from the FPAC website, Squirm Burpee is “a one-of-a-kind, Vaudeville Nouveau-meets-classic melodrama, Tim Burton-meets-Wile E. Coyote, all-American, one-quarter European, contraption-riddled, character-driven, risk-taking, expectation-breaking, circus-infused, standing-ovation-inducing, theatrical extravaganza!”

Handsome Little Devils Productions is known for its original work in American comedy and unique storytelling.

Tickets for the show are $5 for RU students and $10 for RU faculty and staff.

Tickets can be purchased here or at the box office the day of the show. The telephone number for the box office is 770-720-9167.

Written By: Kelly Kipfer. Photo courtesy of The Handsome Little Devils. 

Dr. Alex Wasserman with members of the ASO impress FPAC audience


Dr. Alex Wasserman, Reinhardt University’s artist-in-residence at the School of Performing Arts, gave the audience at the Falany Performing Arts Center Monday night a surprise by performing with a few Atlanta Symphony Orchestra members.

“I really appreciated the first section of the first part before the intermission. The musicians played well together,” freshman Music Education major, Daniel Ware, said.

Wasserman performed on the piano,  Anastasia Agapova played the violin, Jessica Oudin played the viola, Brad Ritchie played the cello and Colin Corner played brass.

The performance took place Jan. 23.

The following pieces were performed: Quintet in A Major D. 667 “Trout” composed by Franz Schubert, consisting of the following five movements: Allegro vivace, Andante, Scherzo: Presto, Andantino-Allegretto and Allegro giusto, Suite Bergamasque composed by Claude Debussy, consisting of the following four movements: Prélude, Menuet, Clair de lune and Passepied and Sonata in B Minor composed by Franz Liszt.

The first half of the performance included both Wasserman and members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Wasserman returned to the stage after intermission to perform on the piano.

“His command of the piano is something that I haven’t seen. He has amazing talent,” Reinhardt student, Daniel Ware goes on to say.

The audience seemed to be engrossed throughout the entire performance.

Wasserman has recently been named Artist-in-Residence at the Reinhardt University School of Performing Arts. He has also taught music classes at RU. In addition he is the Artistic Director and founder of the Reinhardt Piano Festival and Academy, which is a one-week piano festival that occurs at Reinhardt University during the summer.

More information about Dr. Alex Wasserman can be found at his official website.


Written By: Kelly Kipfer. Photo Credit: Kelly Kipfer