Some of you have probably seen on Facebook that there is something going wrong with the Theater Department, and might have further questions. Maia Nelles-Sager ’17 wrote a piece explainingthe state of the Wesleyan Theater Department and submitted it to Wesleying. We are deciding to post it because we think it represents an all-too-often occurrence where departments are neglected and visiting professors are overworked.
As with many things at Wesleyan, there are inner workings of the administration to which students don’t have access. In the case of the post below, these things are having a direct impact on the formal education that we have come here to receive. As a prospective theater major, this post is something near and dear to me. I’ve seen a big cry for transparency in our community, and I hope you all will take time to see why many students are looking for it in the case of the Theater Department. Read past the jump for Maia’s post.
2016. USA. Dir: Ron Clements et al. With Auli’i Cravalho. Animated. 107 min.
Disney’s island-hopping adventure is a serene breath of fresh sea air, ditching much of the studio’s tired princess cliche?s in favor of a bold new vision. The Pacific Island songcraft of Opetaia Foa’i meets the showtune sparkle of that Miranda guy, scoring Moana’s quest across an unparalleled animated oceanscape.
2016. USA. Dir: Alex Horwitz. Documentary. 84 min.
You’ve watched Lin-Manuel Miranda on SNL, sung along to the cast album a little too loudly at parties, and (if you’re lucky) seen the Broadway smash hit Hamilton itself. The alumnus-directed PBS Great Performances doc provides an unprecedented look into the behind-the-scenes creation of a pop culture phenomenon.
Do you wanna hear some awesome music sung by some awesome people? Well you’re in luck! Come see East Meets Wes, a musical revue with two guys singing some of their favorite songs in the musical theater. It’ll be a lot of fun. There will be songs from Wicked, Avenue Q, Hamilton, and If/Then just to name a few.
Performances are in the ’92 Theater at:
Friday 2/12 9:00PM
Saturday 2/13 8:00PM
No need to buy tickets in advance, just show up!
Date: Friday, February 12 & Saturday, February 13 Time: 9:00 PM & 8:00 PM (respectively) Place: Patricelli ’92 Theater
We interrupt this festive #weshcfm15 (yes, it sounds more like an accidental butt text than the Wesleyan homecoming weekend hashtag) to remind all of you that no matter how great you think you are, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 is better. Yesterday night I ate my weight in gummy bears and watched season 10 of NCIS. Lin-Manuel Miranda was casually fucking slaying late night TV and trending on Facebook.
Above is Miranda’s recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and as with everything else he does, all I can say is, “DAMN, I WILL NEVER BE THIS TALENTED AND AMAZING AT ANYTHING EVER IN MY LIFE.”
Our favorite Broadway composer/performer, Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02–who wrote his debut In the Heights during his sophomore year at Wesleyan–has created anotherhit. Hamilton, a musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton, played almost entirely by actors of color and with a score composed not of “typical” show tunes but of rap, hip hop, and pop ballads, opened on Broadway in August. Next Friday, October 2nd, a special Wesleyan-only benefit performance will take place.Those of us who can’t make it to the show are in luck, though; the sung-through musical is fully represented on the cast recording, which comes out Friday, September 25th. If you’re not interested in paying $20 for an album, or if you’re not sold on musicals, or rap musicals, or American history, the entire album is available to stream for free on NPR until Friday. Check it out!
Recently, the infamous Andrus Field fence came up again to mark the beginning of softball baseball season. It was last spotted during football season, its presence forgotten as easily as crushing Hamilton.
But it is back.
This fence stretches the entire length of the field’s sides, making the bottom of Foss Hill only a right angle away from Olin. This causes multiples issues. The fence is too tall to be jumped without some form of difficulty and it contains no gates to pass through. Students are obligated to walk around the fence to get to Usdan, a considerable detour.
The least the fence overseers could do is put in a gate or some way to get through the fence. And before someone makes a retort about laziness, let me remind you of how kind the weather is being to Middletown. The winds are bone-chilling and the temperature stuck on repeat since December. I’d like to spend the least amount of time outside when I walk from Point A to Point B.
If you missed Wesleyan Football’s home game against Hamilton College this past Saturday (it was pretty overcast and rainy), you can check out this highlight reel of the game. The Cardinals won 34-14, crushing Hamilton in an epic second half where they came back from the 7-6 deficit. New running back Kyle Gibson ’15was named NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his impressive 244 rushing yards on 35 carries. He also scored a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. You can read more about it here.
For those of you who would prefer to watch the highlights instead of reading about them, definitely check out the video; it was produced by WesPregame, a service that connects students, parents, and alumni with athletics on campus. They have a live show every Monday night at 9PM. You can find out more about WesPregame (and follow more sports!) at WesPregame’s Facebook and Twitter.