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We're moving our new stories to Denison.edu, the college's super-sweet mothership. Over time, we'll be moving some of our best past stories from TheDEN over there too. In the meantime, we've made available an archive of all stories here. This archive will be available for a few months before this site is permanently shut down. See you at Denison.edu! - June 2016

Blog Archives

T-shirted Shakespeare

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Marking this year’s 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the library and the departments of English and theatre hosted a gathering in the Doane library atrium last week. In addition to celebrating Shakespeare’s work and enjoying traditional English fare of scones,

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Written By: Landon Slangerup '17
Photo Credits: Nelson Dow '16

On Broadway

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Ben Jacoby ’09 is no stranger to the stage. In addition to the roles he’s played from Laertes in Hamlet at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2012 to Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific, he also spent nearly two years

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Do it yourself

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It all started with Harry Potter, a singing Harry Potter to be specific. Emma Miller ’16 had just watched A Very Potter Musical, the lyrical parody of J.K. Rowling’s magical series, when a sudden urge struck her: “How can I

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Come under the spell

Even as the semester barrels towards finals and the weather in Granville begins to require extra layering, there are plenty of things to love about December at Denison, including the remarkable range of live music performances that suddenly seem to

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

The play’s the thing

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The students stood one by one before Olympia Dukakis, celebrated actress of stage and screen known for her rolls in Steel Magnolias, Moonstruck, and Joan of Arc. The night before her visit to campus, she stood on the Midland Theatre

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In the moment

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Close your eyes. Imagine walking out onto a stage to perform a big Broadway musical in front of a full audience without ever having practiced, and without knowing who else will be in the cast with you. Then imagine not

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Written By: Bryan Blaskie '09
Photo Credits: Ashly Covington / Covington Imagery

Wilde romp

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During a recent and very cold week in February, there were jokes, feathers, and corsets to be found in Ace Morgan Theatre. And who doesn’t love that combination? The Denison Theatre Department performed “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar

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Photo Credits: Margaret Mugel '15

It’s Hal Holbrook Day!

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On Feb. 17, 1925, a boy was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He would be named Harold. No one knew then, of course, that Harold would become Hal Holbrook ’48, the famed actor who brought Mark Twain to life on stage;

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Building characters

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To ask Jeffrey Hatcher ’80 about Elliott Stout, his mentor and the founder of Denison’s cinema program, feels a bit like cheating. Hatcher is a master storyteller; Stout the sort of outsized figure whose personality inspired memories full of color

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Written By: Ryan Jones

Broadway on Broadway

Broadway on Broadway

Broadway comes to . . . well, West Broadway, at least once a semester in Granville thanks to the efforts and energy of the music department’s Belinda Andrews-Smith. Fifteen years ago, the opera-trained coordinator of vocal studies started the Singer’s

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Photo Credits: Tim Black Photography

Feed me!

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Sound technicians ready the equipment for a full tech run-through of dialogue and music for the Denison University Theatre production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Suddenly, Earth Wind and Fire’s “September” begins to play through the Ace Morgan Theatre speakers.

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Written By: Megan Worden '15
Photo Credits: Mathew McFarren

Heidi Chronicles keeps the faith

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“R-E-S-P-E-C-T: find out what it means to me . . . ” The soulful voice of R&B queen Aretha Franklin blares through the theatre as five women, several in bellbottoms, dance on stage, high-fiving and singing along. Some may view this

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Written By: Rose Schrott '14
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim '16

As they like it

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Here’s a riddle: What do kazoos, a Darth Vader mask, wooden horses, water guns, and kilts have in common? To a casual passerby, the table piled high with these items in the Burke Black Box Theatre looks like a junkyard.

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Hawkeye and Hot Lips and Klinger … oh my!

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Ideas for research projects come in all shapes and forms. It could be a class, conversation, or for summer scholar Emily Smith ’15, watching a TV Land rerun. Smith, who is researching the TV series M*A*S*H (1972-1983), first discovered the

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Written By: Rose Schrott '14

Dance break

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The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) opened their two-day residency at Denison with an inspiring performance in an unconventional space – the atrium of the Burton Morgan Center – where they presented a merging of dance, poetry, and history. The audience

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Comedy break

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Members of the Burpee’s Seedy Theatrical Company spent their spring break in Chicago doing what performers do best—gig after gig. There was the one they’ve been doing for three years now, a show for the family and friends of Grace

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Photo Credits: Luke Hillier ’15 (top); Loren Egeland (inset)

How to seek revenge with success

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“The Malvolio Project,” a spring production that opens tonight in the Ace Morgan Theatre, tells the story of what happens after an oath of vengeance. As a sequel to Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the play follows the character Malvolio, a disgraced

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Photo Credits: Mathew McFarren

At life’s core

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For director Mark Seamon and acting coach Wendy Barrie-Wilson, the topics of birth and death existed well beyond the pages of Middletown, a play by Will Eno, that they were preparing over the summer for production over the past two

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14
Photo Credits: Mathew McFarren

Rolling out the Big Red Carpet

Rolling Out the Big Red Carpet

Sharon Siegel Carr ’73 and Carl Moellenberg ’74 had a big night at the Tony Awards earlier this month as producers of three of the 10 Broadway shows that took home Tonys from Radio City Music Hall. Along with Venetian

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Photo Credits: Ken Fallin

Africa Moves!

Members of the Berry and Nance Dance Project, including Stafford Berry, assistant professor of dance (center), performed last Friday as part of Africa Moves!

The audience in Ace Morgan Theatre last Friday (April 26) watched as dancer Olivier Tarpaga moved around a sparse set performing his work, “Not Because You’re African.” At the end of the piece, as he bowed with the musicians who

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In search of direction

In Search Of Direction

In early March, the Black Box Theatre in Burke Hall was packed as Denison students, faculty, staff, and community members showed up to watch a moving production of “The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God,” a 2001

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Photo Credits: Mathew McFarren

Dressed in time

Dressed In Time

Not many know that Denison is home to a unique collection of hundreds of historical fashion garments from the 1830s through the 1970s, and the collection recently has been organized and digitized, which allows online access not only to students

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Written By: Debbie Gillum ’14

Stella!

Stella!

The Department of Theatre debuted its first production of the year, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, this past weekend, and audiences have responded with thunderous applause, teary eyes, and standing ovations. Choosing to bring the streets of New

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Written By: Debbie Gillum '14

Our pal Hal

Our Pal Hal

On Friday, Sept. 21, alumnus Hal Holbrook ’48, a four-time-Emmy-award-winning actor perhaps best known for his performances as American icon Mark Twain, spent an informal and humorous hour on campus with fellow Denisonians, sharing stories about his time on the

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An honor from the Kennedy Center

n Honor From The Kennedy Center

Mikala Hansen ’07 has had a busy year. Having just earned her M.F.A. in playwriting from Western Michigan University in May, she also has won the National Association of Partners of American Theatre (NAPAT) Annual Playwriting Excellence Award from the John

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It takes just four weeks to make a family—and a play

It Takes Just Four Weeks to Make A Family—And A Play

Have you ever watched a bird gathering twigs to build a nest in the spring? Or a squirrel hoarding acorns as October’s brilliant colors fade into the gray chill of the approaching winter? Either experience is a lot like seeing

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Designing history

Designing History

When Kaitlyn Grissom ’12 began her research, she didn’t realize how many titles she’d rack up by the end of the summer. Call her an architect, historian, artist, or carpenter; she used all of these skills while designing an exhibit

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Radio is dead?

'Radio is dead!'

Q & A with Summer Scholar Katie Woods ’13: What’s the title of your research? “‘Radio Is Dead!’ An Investigation of Historical and Contemporary Audio Drama in the United States and Britain.” [custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”]How are you approaching the topic?

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Enter senior soprano, stage left

If you've ever left your room or office on campus, you've heard rising senior Molly Coyne sing—and usually bring down the house in the process. She's lent her talents to several campus productions as well as to special events like last year's Induction. This summer, Ohio's longest-running nonprofit professional summer stock theatre, the Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, boasted Coyne's talents in several productions, including her co-starring role as Roxie Hart in Chicago (pictured above).

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Denison in the Blogosphere (7/25/11)

Denison In The Blogosphere (7/25/11)

We’re always hunting down interesting Denison-related content on the interwebs, and, periodically, we share the best of this content with you on TheDEN. Here’s a summer sampling of Denisonia, including a Salt Lake City playwright, prison-to-prison swim, a new idea

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Photo Credits: It Starts With Blog, Newark Advocate, Shelter Musical Blog, Vernon Hills Review

Enchanting theatre

Enchanting Theatre

This spring the Singer’s Theatre Workshop brought to life Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, “Iolanthe,” otherwise known as “The Peer and the Peri.” It’s a playful romp starring enchanting fairies and pompous lords of the realm. And, as the photo

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Theatre as a two-way street

Theatre As A Two-Way Street

Denison Theatre’s The Drowsy Chaperone has been a huge hit with students and Granville residents alike. And last week, the cast and crew stayed around after the performances for “talk-back” sessions to address some of the issues raised in the

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Photo Credits: Matthew McFarren

Denison in the Blogosphere (2/11/11)

Denison in the Blogosphere (2/11/11)

We’re always hunting down interesting Denison-related content on the interwebs, and, periodically, we’ll share the best of this content with you on TheDEN. In today’s fix of Denisonia, we’ve got one alum debuting his new play in Columbus, another blogging

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Photo Credits: ESPN First Take, Stephen R. Campanella, Ross Wood Studlar

Heeere’s Mona!

Heeere’s Mona!

[youtube]G0xq2K-ut8U width=”600″ height=”450″[/youtube] Johnny Carson fans, take note: once upon a time—Dec. 15, 1966, to be exact, a talented Denison alumna cracked up The King of Late Night, and we’ve got the video to prove it. Actress and voice-over artist

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Denison in the Blogosphere (11/29/10)

Liz Averbeck '04 (Photo from Waffles on the Boardwalk)

We’re always hunting down interesting Denison-related content on the interwebs, and, periodically, we’ll share the best of this content with you on TheDEN. In today’s fix of Denisonia, we’ve got one alum switching gears mid-career and another penning a heartfelt

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Taking it all in

Christina Gorski '12

This semester, I’m living in New York City for my off-campus study adventure. Every day, I walk past the Empire State Building on the way to work and by The New York Times on the way home. At first, I

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Written By: Christina Gorski '12

Staging the conversation

Staging The Conversation

Just like the title implies, the Theatre Department’s latest production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone was about, well, a dead man’s cell phone. Or rather, it was about how that phone, and technology in general, is a fulcrum for the

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

‘I just write me’

'I Just Write Me'

Mark Evans Bryan, an associate professor in the Department of Theatre at Denison and member of the Class of ’96, has a new play that has been getting attention on three continents. It seems fitting, since creating this particular piece was

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Written By: Olivia Combe

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