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CWRU docs rock

Anne Nickoloff, Arts & Entertainment Editor

December 11, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Theatre & Dance

Case Western Reserve University has a nerdy sense of humor, and on Friday December 12th, the medical students will get to perform every medical spoof they can think of. This will be at, of course, the annual Doc Opera, held this year in the Cleveland Masonic Auditorium. This year’s theme, “A...

Classic ballet rings in the holiday season

Janet Lanman, Contributing Reporter

December 5, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

“The Nutcracker” is a Christmastime staple for me. After performing in the ballet for 10 years, I still get butterflies when I hear the music in commercials and department stores during the holiday season. Dayton and Cincinnati Ballets have both proven to be inadequate in my quest for a beautiful...

Eldred loves losers

Eldred loves losers

Ellie Rambo, Copy Editor

December 5, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

“Your word is cow.” “Could I have the definition please?” “It means cow.” “Could you use it in a sentence?” “Please spell cow.” “C-O-W.” “That is correct.” This is not a typical spelling bee, as demonstrated by unusual example sentences and definitions...

College actors channel their inner child

College actors channel their inner child

Temi Omilabu, Staff Reporter

November 14, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

On Nov. 14-23, Eldred Theatre will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a must-see musical comedy. “Spelling Bee” revolves around six offbeat students competing in the annual spelling bee and three equally weird adults who are in charge. As the spelling bee progresses and...

CWRU Department of Dance’s “Horizons” doesn’t miss a beat

Enio Chinca, Staff Reporter

November 14, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Dim lights hovered above a small but packed theater as the Case Western Reserve University dancers prepared for the final performance of their show “Horizons” on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. The dark and tense atmosphere in the room heightened as the lights dimmed, and silence overtook the crowd like a brisk...

“Evil Dead” struggles to come alive onstage

“Evil Dead” struggles to come alive onstage

Ellie Rambo, Staff Reporter

November 14, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Zombie blood sprays across the stage as our hero beheads his undead girlfriend, whose severed head continues to taunt him on its own. This was not the goriest scene in last weekend’s “Evil Dead: The Musical,” either: demons, shotguns and entrails crowded the stage. The story starts ominously...

Footlighters’ belated Halloween celebration

Ellie Rambo, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

The Footlighters don’t want you to forget Halloween again this year. “Everyone’s always busy with school and ends up missing it,” said student director Sam Haese. “Around Nov. 2 you look up and think: ‘Oh no, I didn’t do anything for Halloween.’” The musical-production group hopes...

Student director brings dark comedy to life

Temi Omilabu, Staff Reporter

October 17, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

On Oct. 16-18, The Player’s Theater Group’s newest student-directed play, “The Exit Interview” hits the black box and all Case Western Reserve University students have the privilege of watching the play for free. The play revolves around Dick Fig, a professor who has been terminated from his...

Small theater, big show

Small theater, big show

Ellie Rambo, Staff Reporter

October 10, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

A man embraces religion after years in prison, a young couple falls in love in the midst of violence and revolution simmers just below the surface in “Les Miserables” at Great Lakes Theater. Love triangles and barricades arise on the Hanna Theater stage this fall, and this is a production that Clevelanders...

Improvment brings “fetch” back in latest show

Enio Chinca, Staff Reporter

October 10, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Case Western Reserve University’s Improv troupe, Improvment, hosted and performed the show “Fetch Improv” on Saturday in the Eldred Black Box. The show featured five performers: Olivia Taliaferro, Josh McElroy, Joe Fennimore, Stephen Kolison and Brad Odhner. The show ran from Oct. 10-11. One...

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