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Flint Family donates $1 million towards Reinhardt’s Theater

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Dr. Austin and Bea Flint are donating $1 million to Reinhardt University toward a new theater and music scholarship. In recognition for the largest donation to date toward the theater’s construction, the new concert hall will be named “Flint Hall.”

“Every university president would love to have the kind of remarkable friends and supporters we have in Austin and Bea Flint,” Dr. Kina S. Mallard, Reinhardt President, stated. “We are overjoyed by their generosity in support of our new theater building and with this endowed music scholarship that will bear their name.”

The city of Waleska and Reinhardt University have a special meaning to the Flints. They purchased land in 1969 near Reinhardt’s campus. In addition, Bea Flint taught English at Reinhardt University during the years of 1978-1990.

“It was a family,” Bea Flint said in remembrance of her time spent at Reinhardt. “President Dr. Mallard is continuing that kind of family atmosphere at Reinhardt,” Flint goes on to say.

Dr. Flint became a member of the Reinhardt University Board of Trustees in 2016. Bea Flint is an original member of the Cherokee Chorale. She has seen Reinhardt’s School of Performing Arts and the FPAC develop.

The Flint Family will be honored during the 15th Anniversary of the FPAC by the naming of Flint Hall. This celebration is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10.  More information about this event can be found here.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Review: ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’

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editorialThe story of Sweeney Todd is one of surprising longevity. First appearing in an 1846 Penny Dreadful titled “The String of Pearls,” the story of a twisted barber cutting his way through hapless victims like hair in his daily occupation, has managed to remain in the public eye for 170 years. Aiding this success are numerous film and stage adaptations, especially the 1979 musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. This version of the tale, arguably the most famous rendition, is the one Reinhardt University’s Theatre Program recreated. In this adaptation, Sweeney Todd is an exiled barber seeking vengeance on Judge Turpin for ruining his life even if it means slitting the throats of the entire town first.

Directed by Reinhardt Theatre Professor David Nisbet, the show opened on the evening of Nov. 19 to a large and enthusiastic crowd who was not shy about responding to what happened on stage. Speaking of the stage, it was transformed wonderfully by the excellent set pieces designed by Reinhardt’s Morgan Brooks into Victorian-era London and each locale was represented excellently by the set as well as the performances within.

The top performance of the evening was arguably Junior Nick Cothran as the titular Sweeney, though every actor on stage seemed the proper fit for their roles. Special mention for supporting roles go to Christian Gates as Jonas Fogg, the operator of an asylum, and Nik Griffo as Pirelli, an Italian barber who seems more willing to pawn off his elixir than cut hair. Griffo was delightfully over the top and enthusiastic while Pirelli was in character and fittingly manipulative when his true identity was revealed. Gates’ performance called to mind a character that would not seem out of place in an old horror movie, equal parts creepy and funny.

Cothran brought a nice depth to Sweeney, as is fitting, knowing when to put on the darker aspects of the character where it works. There are scenes where Todd must interact with the general public and not stand out while not necessarily losing his dark side, something Cothran captured beautifully. Physically he captured Sweeney’s emotions quite well and smoothly transitioned between expressions when needed.

Also noteworthy was the orchestra. Musical Director Brian Osborne certainly picked an excellent selection of Reinhardt’s musicians as this might very well be the best orchestra assembled yet for a Reinhardt performance.

One shortcoming of the show was a result of the performance space. Watching from the balcony above the orchestra, there were instances where the music overrode the voices on stage, and unfortunately, parts of stage left were blocked from view and only visible by bending at odd angles. This made Judge Turpin’s solo song, along with a few other parts of the show, frustrating, but it did not negatively affect the show’s overall positive impact.

This was yet another wonderful performance by the Theatre Program. For those wishing to see future Falany hosted events, the next one will be the Christmas concerts starting on Dec. 1.

 

Written by: Jacob Howard. Photo via: Facebook Reinhardt University Theatre Program “Sweeney Todd. Opening Night”

‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ comes to Reinhardt’s campus

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The Reinhardt University Theatre Program will perform “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” as its final theatrical performance of the semester.

The theatre program kicked off the 2016-2017 school year with a performance of Blithe Spirit at the Historic Canton Theater from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. On Halloween evening, students directed and performed Dr. Faustus on campus in the Donor Plaza.

Sweeney Todd, to be performed Nov. 18-20 at the Falany Performing Arts Center, features a score by the renowned Stephen Sondheim and tells the tale of a wrongfully exiled barber returning to London in order to exact his revenge upon the judge who framed him. Upon meeting the owner of a failing pie shop, Sweeney opens a new shop over hers. Together they begin adding a special ingredient to her meat pies, one resulting from Sweeney’s blood lust.

Showtimes are Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $12.50 (student tickets are free). Tickets can be purchased by calling the FPAC box office at  (770) 720-9167 or visiting Reinhardt.tix.com.

“I’m very excited to perform Sweeney Todd, and I think everyone else is too. There’s still a few things we need to work out but we’ll have them ready by Friday,” Junior Cameron Smith, a Sweeney understudy, said.

Members of the Reinhardt community are equally excited about the upcoming performance.

“I’m super pumped for Sweeney Todd! I’ve been a fan of the musical for years now, so it’s exciting to have the chance to see it live. Plus, I just enjoy seeing the musicals that the theatre program puts on every semester. I haven’t missed one in two years,” said Rachel Riley, who works in the Gordy Dining Center.

The performance is directed by Reinhardt Theatre Program Coordinator Dave Nisbet, and Professor Brian Osborne is the Musical Director.

The cast list, as announced on the program’s Facebook page includes:

Sweeney ToddSWEENEY: Nick Cothran
ANTHONY: Tyler Bucher
TOBIAS: Chase Brackett/Josh Baldwin
MRS.LOVETT: Mary Echols
BEGGAR WOMAN: Victoria Staley/Sarah Williams
BEADLE: TJ Smith
PIRELLI: Nik Griffo
TURPIN: Clark Cumbee
JOHANNA: Mikensley Clayton
JONAS FOGG: Christian Gates

ENSEMBLE:
Hunter McCreary
Katelyn Pickel
Anya Cutter
Katie Cornett (U.S. Lovett)
Maria Allia Endredi (U.S. Johanna)
Ashlee Morgan
Victoria Hill
Lacy King
Destini Hill
Christian Gates
Daniel Schmidt
Taylor Coggins
Alan Stein
Jamie Mandujano
Will McInerny
Brad Payne (U.S. Anthony)
Cameron Smith (U.S. Sweeney & Turpin)
Johnny Davis

Written By: Jacob Howard. Photo Via: Facebook – Reinhardt University Theatre Program “First sitzprobe for Sweeney Todd,” opening Nov. 18.