“She Loves Me” is classic love story with humor, charm and some unexpected twists

“She Loves Me” is classic love story with humor, charm and some unexpected twists

“She Loves Me,” a pleasant musical centered on friendship, romance and the power of love, is the latest show to be put on by students in the George Shinn College of Entertainment and the Arts. The musical, directed by Beki Baker, tells a classic, simple love story, while keeping the audience roped in with some unexpected twists and plenty of light-hearted, humorous moments. The story, based on the blockbuster film “You’ve Got Mail,” follows two competing shop clerks, Amalia and George, who get off on the wrong foot from the moment they meet. The two are always clashing at work. But after they both answer a “lonely hearts advertisement,” Amalia and George begin exchanging love notes with each other, unbeknownst to them who the identity of their admirer is. The musical follows the clerks’ paths to discovery as they realize their true love might have been literally around the corner all along. The cast excels at bringing this story to life. Scott Wilson is endearing and lovable as George, and Lauren Yawn plays a sweet and spunky Amalia. Kaylea Frezza and Logan Dozier are funny and effervescent as George and Amalia’s confidantes and fellow shopkeepers, Ladislav and Ilona. Yawn says her favorite part about playing Amalia is “her spunk and her passion for life.” “She feels so strongly about everything,” Yawn stated. “When she loves something, she loves it with everything she has. She puts her whole self into whatever she does, and is determined and driven.” Sam Kell is suave and charismatic as shop clerk, Mr. Steven Kodaly. Jonathan Killebrew adds a pleasant amount of humor to the storyline with delivery boy, Arpad, and Connor Weaver rounds...
Delta Sigma hosts Battle of the Sexes, supports “Come To Me” Campaign

Delta Sigma hosts Battle of the Sexes, supports “Come To Me” Campaign

Delta Sigma hosted its philanthropy event Thursday evening with “Battle of the Sexes.” Proceeds from the social club’s annual event went to the “Come To Me” campaign, which is deigned to raise awareness on mental health. The $5 ticket to Battle of the Sexes also came with an orange “Come To Me” bracelet to help bring awareness to the campaign. The night started off with an introduction from Delta Sigma’s service coordinator, sophomore Tess McGhee. McGhee introduced the hosts for the evening, Sam Hearn from Sigma Iota Delta and Hayden Hines from Tau Phi and also shared a quick video about their chosen philanthropy project. When choosing contestants, McGhee said she wanted to make sure she got a wide variety of participants from all over campus, so everyone could get the chance to be involved and represent. “I messaged the presidents in each club to get two people from each club,” she explained, “And I messaged some others, who aren’t in a club or play sports also and got them to ask their friends too.” Things got off to a fun start when emcees Hines and Hearn explained the rules of the game and introduced the first round of contestants. There were five rounds for the night, with eight contestants participating in each round (4 girls, 4 guys). After every round, the contestants would switch off to let some fresh faces play. The contestants participated in themed rounds such as Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader,  Family Feud, The Price is Right, Finish the Lyric and general trivia. The wide variety of questions asked included: “What single city contains 20% of the residents...
‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ is poignant look into the relationship between father and son

‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ is poignant look into the relationship between father and son

Goodbye Christopher Robin chronicles the relationship between author A.A.“Alan” Milne and his son, Christopher Robin “Billy” Milne, who inspired the beloved children’s books, Winnie the Pooh. Directed by Simon Curtis, the biography-drama, which stars Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly MacDonald, offers a poignant look into the life of a family impacted by the children’s book’s success. In the beginning of the film, viewers meet Alan Milne (Gleeson), a successful playwright living in London’s West End in 1916. Alan, who has just returned from fighting in World War I, is clearly haunted by his time in service and suffers from shell shock. Alan’s wife, Daphne (Robbie) decides the way to cheer him up is to have a child, but she is left distraught when she has a son instead of a daughter, telling Alan she refuses to get attached to a child who will just be sent off to fight in a war later. Initially, both parents are distant with their new son, Billy, leaving him in the care of his nanny, Olive (MacDonald) while jaunting off on holidays and attending social events. But, when Alan’s PTSD from the war becomes too much, he moves his family to the English Countryside to start fresh and live a more relaxed life. When the opportunity arises for Alan to get to spend some time with Billy, the father and son begin to bond, and, through their adventures together, inspiration strikes for Alan’s next work, Winnie the Pooh. The stories immediately become a hit, bringing enchanting tales of comfort to post-war England, but as Winnie the Pooh reaches world-wide success, it takes a...
Grammy-award winning Fairfield Four to perform at Lipscomb tonight

Grammy-award winning Fairfield Four to perform at Lipscomb tonight

The Gospel music quartet Fairfield Four will bring acapella music to Ward Hall on tonight at 7:30 p.m. as part of the George Shinn College of the Entertainment & Arts’ Artist Series. The quartet was originally founded as a trio, organized at the Fairfield Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, in the early 1920’s. The Fairfield Four have stuck to their roots, performing traditional style gospel songs similar to groups such as the Bessemer Sunset Four, the Birmingham Jubilee Singers and the Famous Blue Jay Singers. While the group’s members have changed over the years, the founders’ fundamental idea of using music to lift up the Lord has stayed the same. “We are are a Bible based group,” Fairfield Four member Larrice Byrd Sr. said. “We believe in the Bible and God, and our performance’s main focal point is to lift up the name of Jesus.” The Fairfield Four have received many honors since their inception, including three Grammy Awards and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. In 1999, the group was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Readers may recognize them from their appearance on screen and in the soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou, with “Lonesome Valley.” Byrd says the group is looking forward to their performance at Lipscomb, which will be their 15th performance this year. “It’s a good feeling to be back, because most of the gigs we have are around the country in other places,” Byrd said. “When we get to perform in Nashville, it’s special to us.” The group will perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and can be purchased through Lipscomb’s...
‘Battle of the Sexes’ is a slow first serve leading to an entertaining match

‘Battle of the Sexes’ is a slow first serve leading to an entertaining match

Battle of the Sexes chronicles the infamous tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King in 1973. Academy Award winner Emma Stone plays King and Academy Award nominee Steve Carell plays Riggs. This star-studded cast also includes Elisabeth Shue, Andrea Riseborough, Austin Stowell and Bill Pullman. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the film follows one-time Wimbledon champ Bobby Riggs who, now age 55 and ever the gambler, challenges 29 year-old King, currently the No. 1 women’s tennis player, to a tennis match. Riggs claims he can easily beat King because she is a woman. While King initially turns Riggs down, she ends up taking his challenge, not to merely add another win to her record, but to take a stand for women’s equality and the liberation movement. Stone is inspiring as King, and Carell is charismatic as Riggs. Together, they bring an effective portrayal of the sports rivalry to the big screen. You could watch this film just to witness the banter between Stone and Carell, which is the perfect showcase of their expert acting chops and comedic timing. It brings a light and entertaining tone to the movie that at times can also be very dramatic. This drama is brought to life from the very beginning, when we are introduced to the main characters, and quickly uncover both King and Riggs have their share of issues. For Riggs, it’s a bad gambling problem that has led to problems with his wife and family life. For King, it’s being a married woman who is discovering she is falling for someone who is of the same sex. While the trailer...