News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:09:47 -0400 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:09:47 -0400 1800 Forensics Team Wins National Championship <p>Carson-Newman College&rsquo;s forensics team hosted the National Christian College Forensics Invitational tournament last week and worked together to keep two national titles on campus. While the team became a dynasty with its fourth consecutive Individual Events Championship, performances were so strong that the squad won its first NCCFI Overall National Championship as well.</p> <p>In besting 25 schools from 16 states, Coach Chip Hall&rsquo;s team dominated IE brackets with 591.5 points while second place Belmont University compiled 388. Minnesota&rsquo;s Bethel University came in third with 242. Other institutions represented included Azusa Pacific University, Cedarville University, Liberty University and Wheaton College.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our sound scoring and strong performance in Individual Events, coupled with the debate points scored, made the overall NCFFI trophy a reality,&rdquo; said Hall. &ldquo;The novice team of Rebecca Bird and Laura Kate Gonyea, who made it to the final round in Novice Parliamentary debate, was an important component to this significant victory. All in all, this was a team victory &ndash; one where all 18 students came together and emerged victorious.&rdquo;</p> <p>Senior Faith Rader, National Champion in Faith Literature Interpretation, performed literature that likened one woman&rsquo;s disillusioned approach to her faith as something akin to her Mary Kay cosmetics consultancy. Junior Luke Willoughby won the Extemporaneous Speaking championship. The Duo Interpretation title went to seniors Jordan Rasnic and Rheannah Summers for their excerpt of a play in which a soldier&rsquo;s post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) creates a scenario in which he interacts with the Iraqi child he killed.</p> <p>Hall said Bird had the weekend of her young forensics career by hauling in a pair of victories, Novice Impromptu Speaking and Novice Persuasive Speaking, which warned against potential harms of face recognition software.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the fourth tourney from which the team has emerged victorious. Others came at the University of West Florida&rsquo;s Marks Invitational Tournament, a Miami University (Ohio) competition and Gainesville, Georgia&rsquo;s Chicken and Egg Tournament.</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 03:15:55 -0400 Theatre Presents Fabulous Fable Factory <p>The Fabulous Fable Factory will play this weekend at Carson-Newman College as a part of the theatre department&rsquo;s annual Theatre for Youth program.</p> <p>Written by noted playwright and 1960 C-N alumnus Joseph Robinette, the work features Maggie (junior Melanie Meade) who discovers a factory run by Ms. Aesop (junior Glory Ledbetter). Aesop&rsquo;s operations consists of seven fable-makers because, fables, like cars or microwave ovens have to come from somewhere, right?</p> <p>Robinette uses the idea of manufacturing stories to retell some of humanity&rsquo;s best-known fables: The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Lion and the Mouse, and The Tortoise and the Hare. Maggie&rsquo;s adventures with factory workers teaches her and young audience members that both morals and storytelling are important.</p> <p>&ldquo;These classic stories &ndash; ones that we all know and love &ndash; are told in an energetic and hilarious way that really allows old and young alike to understand the moral of the story,&rdquo; noted Jessica Whitmill, a C-N Junior directing the work. &ldquo;Plus, the show is just 45 minutes long, so it&rsquo;s ideal for kids.&rdquo;</p> <p>Whitmill said she particularly likes the fact that cast members represent several academic disciplines beyond communication studies, including early childhood education, film, and sociology.</p> <p>The limited Gentry Auditorium run offers three shows, Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets ($5 general, $3 for kids 3-12, and free for those two and under) will be sold 30 minutes prior to the show. For more information, contact Kyle Biery at 865-471-3293 or</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 03:11:35 -0400 "The Tempest" set for Gentry March 1-4 <p>William Shakespeare&rsquo;s take on sibling rivalry, magic and justice will take C-N&rsquo;s Gentry Auditorium by storm March 1-4 with the spring production of The Tempest.</p> <p>Prospero, a displaced noble from Milan, lives in exile on an island with daughter Miranda and two slaves, Ariel and Caliban. Using magic, Prospero conjures a storm by which Antonio, the treacherous brother who stole the crown, is cast ashore, as are a number of odd crewmates.</p> <p>Thought by many scholars to be the last work Shakespeare wrote without assistance, The Tempest uses the metaphor of a cyclone to examine personal storms as well as the calm that comes from grace and justice. Adding a twist to the 500-year-old story, Director Kyle Biery has opted for recasting Prospero as a female. Jessy Lakins, a junior from Morristown, will play Duchess Prospera.</p> <p>&ldquo;Changing the gender of the lead character sets subtleties into motion, from something simple, like a mother&rsquo;s intuition on matters of love, to the complexities of a woman seeking justice in a patriarchal system,&rdquo; noted Biery, director and leader of the theatre program.</p> <p>Lakins is joined by other C-N stage veterans, including Greeneville senior Faith Radar (Antonia), Jefferson City sophomore Austin Olive (Ferdinand), and Laura-Kate Gonyea (Ariel), a freshman from Thompson Station. Macey Gentry, a junior from Newport, will make her C-N debut in the role of Miranda.</p> <p>Performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 1-3. A matinee will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. Tickets are $8 general, $5 for students and seniors, and may be reserved through the Gentry box office at 865-471-4163 beginning February 22.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:02:36 -0500 Talking Movies <p><img src="libraries/tiny_mce/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/Communication_Department/Larsen_Jay_1_web.jpg" alt="" width="720" height="444" /></p> <p>Carson-Newman film students Daniel Hamby and Thomas Waldrupe listen as Larsen Jay (right), president of Dogwood Entertainment, extolls the virtues of hard work and provides advice on the power of a story as the basis for good filmmaking. Listening in are C-N&rsquo;s media center director Donnie Newman and Dr. Mark Borchert, communication professor and director of the film studies program. Jay served as executive producer for That Evening Sun, a 2009 movie starring Hal Holbrook as an old man looking to reclaim his home place.</p> <p><a href="">Read the Citizen Tribune article here:</a></p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:09:57 -0500 C-N Pounds 'Bama & Seminoles at West Florida Forensics Tournament <p>14 members of the forensics team boarded a pair of vans Thursday morning and headed for Pensacola, Florida to compete in the University of West Florida&rsquo;s Marks Invitational forensics tournament. On Saturday evening, they were named the tournament champions.</p> <p><img src="libraries/tiny_mce/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/Communication_Department/Forensics_florida2.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="450" /></p> <p>Carson-Newman&rsquo;s 343 total points dwarfed second place University of Alabama&rsquo;s 199 points and third place Florida State University&rsquo;s 197. Coach Chip Hall was thrilled to see his team fare so well at his alma mater. He said, &ldquo;This group is coming together at the right time. It&rsquo;s great to see what they&rsquo;re able to accomplish.&rdquo; Senior Faith Rader was particularly successful winning both prose interpretation and dramatic interpretation- a piece where she plays a Jewish boy with Downs Syndrome preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. Faith also placed 6th in duo interpretation and 7th in program oral interpretation. She was named the 3rd best overall speaker at the tournament. Junior Michael Lugo flexed a newly honed skill by winning extemporaneous speaking as well as finishing 2nd in informative speaking. Teammate (and girlfriend) Callie Booher edged him out by winning informative speaking and also finishing 4th in Rhetorical Criticism. Junior Luke Willoughby also won an event- the experimental &ldquo;forensics criticism&rdquo; as well as finishing third in impromptu speaking and second in extemporaneous speaking. He was also named the 4th best overall speaker at the tournament, one point behind teammate Rader. All 14 students won at least one award leading to a dominant performance by the team as a whole.</p> <p>The team won the following awards:</p> <p>Team Sweepstakes: 1st place: Carson-Newman College 343 2nd place: University of Alabama 199 3rd place: Florida State University 197</p> <p>Faith Rader: CHAMPION: Prose Interpretation CHAMPION: Dramatic Interpretation 6th place Duo Interpretation 7th place Program Oral Interpretation 3rd place overall speaker</p> <p>Luke Willoughby: CHAMPION: Forensics Criticism 2nd place Extemporaneous Speaking 3rd place Impromptu Speaking 4th place overall speaker</p> <p>Michael Lugo: CHAMPION: Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd place Informative Speaking</p> <p>Callie Booher: CHAMPION: Informative Speaking 4th place Rhetorical Criticism</p> <p>Kate Doyle: 2nd place Duo Interpretation 3rd place Prose Interpretation 5th place Dramatic Interpretation</p> <p>Sara McHenry: 2nd place Forensics Criticism 4th place Extemporaneous Speaking 6th place Persuasive Speaking</p> <p>Alex Davis: 2nd place Duo Interpretation</p> <p>Rheannah Summers: 3rd place Duo Interpretation 4th place Poetry Interpretation 4th place Prose Interpretation</p> <p>Jordan Rasnic: 3rd place Duo Interpretation 5th place Poetry Interpretation</p> <p>Taylor Rasnic: 4th place After Dinner Speaking 6th place Prose Interpretation Quarter-finalist Parliamentary Debate Team</p> <p>Rebecca Bird: 4th place Persuasive Speaking 6th place Novice Impromptu</p> <p>Lea Arwood: 6th place Duo Interpretation</p> <p>Laura-Kate Gonyea: 6th place Rhetorical Criticism</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 13:27:03 -0500 Shakespeare Spoof to Benefit Theatre Honor Society <p>Seven years after their production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), three local performers are bringing it back by popular demand, &ldquo;or so we&rsquo;d like to believe,&rdquo; jokes Kyle Biery, director of Carson-Newman&rsquo;s theater program. Along with C-N alumni Travis Stansell &rsquo;98 and Andrew Ward &rsquo;97, Biery will attempt to perform all 37 of Shakespeare&rsquo;s plays in &ldquo;a two-hour swoop.&rdquo;</p> <p>A portion of the proceeds will help members of C-N&rsquo;s Eta Beta chapter of Alpha Psi Omega (APO) honor society travel to a spring conference.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a monumental task to perform Shakespeare the way it should be performed&mdash;absurdly,&rdquo; smiles Stansell, deadpanning, &ldquo;If you love Shakespeare you&rsquo;ll love this show, and, if you hate Shakespeare, you&rsquo;ll love this show.&rdquo;</p> <p>Biery said the announcement of the production started something of a C-N Alpha Psi Omega reunion. &ldquo;We&rsquo;d had some interest, and then alumnus Barrett Klausman (student director of a 1997 APO production of the play) said he was going to fly in from California. The next thing we know is that we have someone coming from New York, one from Kansas and a couple from Charleston. I think it&rsquo;ll be a great weekend.&rdquo;</p> <p>The production opens at Campbellsville University this weekend and will be offered in C-N&rsquo;s Gentry Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, January 20-21. A matinee will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 22. The Alpha Psi Omega reunion will take place on Saturday.</p> <p>For more information, or for general admission ticket reservations ($8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors), call 423-312-2252 or contact Biery at</p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:25:55 -0500 Fall Drama Premieres Original Work <p>The fall drama is called "Spare Change". The original full length work, written by students in the C-N theatre department, consists of a series of monologues based on stories and interviews from the local community. The dramatic, humorous and ultimately insightful explorations of hope, loss, triumph and heartache reflect on humanity&rsquo;s need for relationship and search for purpose and connection. The production with be in Gentry Auditorium, December 1-3, 2011 at 7:30pm. December 1 &amp; 3 are Community Life and Worship Credit. Cast members are current students; alums Travis Stansell &amp; Laurie Lamb; Professor Amanda McNeely; and community members, Eric Bullard &amp; Susan Christophel.</p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 10:22:43 -0500 C-N Theatre to present "Seussical" the Musical <p>Carson-Newman&rsquo;s Lyric Theatre will stage "Seussical" next week. Presented in conjunction with Home Sweet Homecoming, performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, October 22 in Gentry Auditorium, part of Henderson Humanities Building. A 2 p.m. matin&eacute;e will be offered on Sunday, October 23.</p> <p>Filled with whimsy, the production says, Lyric Theatre Director Kyle Biery &ldquo;is great, great fun and appropriate for all ages.&rdquo;</p> <p>Featuring a cast of 35 students and faculty members, the musical is a something of a smashup of Dr. Seuss stories. The impish Cat in the Hat (Thomas Waldrupe) narrates the story of Horton the Elephant (Matt Mimbs) and his friends as they journey from the Jungle of Nool to help Jojo (Laruen Kate Gonyea) restore harmony on the planet of Who. The adventure is packed with Seuss characters from Gertrude (Jessica Eckenrod) to tiny Whos and out-of-sorts kangaroos.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s all of Dr. Seuss rolled into one grand tale,&rdquo; said Biery. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s action-packed and most entertaining, but it also focuses on the power of creativity and imagination. On top of that, it examines relationships between parents and children.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Seussical&rdquo; was cobbled together by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who were awarded a Tony for their musical &ldquo;Ragtime.&rdquo; Monty Python's Eric Idle provided inspiration that began their retelling of the classic children&rsquo;s tales.</p> <p>Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors) are available at C-N&rsquo;s Gentry Auditorium box office (865-471-4163). Call 865-471-3293 for more information.</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 21:04:31 -0400 Two C-N Teams to Compete in Regional Film Festival <h2><img src="libraries/tiny_mce/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/Communication_Department/secret-city-11.jpg" alt="" width="146" height="118" /></h2> <div>Two teams of Carson-Newman film students will be competing in the Secret City Film Festival's Seven-Day Shootout. &nbsp;It is a competition that provides aspiring and seasoned filmmakers an opportunity to produce a short film in just 7 days.</div> <div>The student teams and other participants will be given a genre, a line of dialogue, a prop, and a visual element to include in their films. &nbsp;They then will have seven days to create a seven-minute film. &nbsp;These productions will be screened as part of the Secret City Film Festival in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on Saturday, September 17. &nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Last year, two Carson-Newman student teams competed in the Seven-Day Shootout. &nbsp;They were given the categories of musical and drama as part of the competition. &nbsp;One of the films, "8 or 9" went on to be an official selection in Gatlinburg Screenfest Film Festival. &nbsp;The film was created by a team headed by senior film major Jason Hotchkiss and told the story of a plot to eject Pluto as an official member of the League of Planets. &nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The Carson-Newman Film Program is also an official sponsor of the Secret City Film Festival.&nbsp;</span></div> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 16:37:24 -0400