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“Hot Mikado” Brings the Heat

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    The cast of "Hot Mikado" performs a dance number. Brian Morgan
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    Senior Carter Gravitt and Senior Bryce Green wow the crowd as they get into character. Brian Morgan
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    The guys of the show leave the crowd laughing with a unique song and dance number. Brian Morgan
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    Sophomore Jaucquir Lafond shares a moment on stage with Senior Olivia Larner. Brian Morgan
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    Sophomore Brooks Lalley takes the stage as the Hot Mikado. Brian Morgan
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    The cast ends the show with a final dance number. Brian Morgan

“Hot Mikado weaves a hilarious tale where, despite life or death stakes, characters still find time to tap their toes and do their fair share of scatting,” according to Mitishows Web site, Wesleyan’s production of the Hot Mikado was featured for students, faculty and family members at the red carpet premiere on February 3, 2016. Kendra Morris and Shelley Nobles greeted attendees on the red carpet and welcomed them to the show.

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Wesleyan Artists Recognized

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Members of Wesleyan’s Fine Arts department got a chance to display their work recently in the Scholastic and Shutter Sense competitions.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is a non-profit organization that seeks to identify talented high school artists. Submissions are judged by well known and highly acclaimed artists and experts. A number of Wesleyan students won Gold and Silver Key awards as well as honorable mentions.

Enjoy these samples of artwork by Wesleyan students.

MattyB Performs At Falcons Halftime Show

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Wesleyan student Matthew Morris, known by his stage name, MattyB, performed live at a recent Falcons game for the halftime show on the 1st of November with the help of his dance crew.  The sight was nothing short of epic, as the entire field was covered in Atlanta Falcons Junior Cheerleaders. Morris performed from a big stage at the 50-yard-line.  Commonly known as MattyB, he has accumulated quite the following on Youtube and social media, and has been working to establish a music career since a very young age.

It all started for MattyB when he was five-years-old.  One of his videos took off on YouTube and helped him gain millions of fans after getting millions of cumulative views. From strictly covering the songs of more famous artists on his Youtube channel, he moved to also creating original singles that he and his agent, Marshall, write.  He has done live concerts at some smaller venues before, including a WNBA game, but this is definetly the largest event that he has performed at.

The main takeaway is that MattyB is taking off and not coming down anytime soon.  From Youtube sensation to live performer, MattyB is moving up slow and steady in the music world.

Visual Performance Ensemble Prepares for Winter Competitions

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    Members of the Visual Performance Ensemble give performance at the kickoff dinner.

One of the most successful programs at Wesleyan is none other than the Visual Performance Ensemble.

The Visual Performance Ensemble was formerly known as “Winter Guard.” When asked why he changed the name, marching band director Jeff Foster responded, “We wanted to rebrand the activity so that girls with dance backgrounds would know that another performance opportunity and outlet exists for them; for those not interested in spinning a flag or using equipment like rifles and sabers, dance is an option in this activity as well.” The Visual Performance Ensemble has been very successful over the last few years winning numerous awards. Keep Reading

Music Midtown Rocks Piedmont Park

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    Photo: Abby VanLandingham

Music Midtown was quite the event this year. Although it conflicted with both the homecoming football game and dance, many people still made the annual journey to Piedmont Park for Friday night and Saturday for great music and time with friends. With a lineup headlining Elton John, Van Halen and Drake, the crowd stayed boisterous and loud throughout the entire event. With music ranging from classic rock all the way to electric pop and rap, Music Midtown caters to a wide array of music enthusiasts and provides great opportunity to hear music in one of the most unique environments around.

Senior Mallory Grizzle was very excited for Music Midtown this year. She said, “I’ve been going for three years and it’s become a tradition for me. The lineup this year is a lot less popular, but I love it. Jack White won the show for me last year. I’m excited for Catfish & the Bottlemen, X Ambassadors and some other awesome acts this year.”   With small and large market artists playing this year, everyone is destined to find a show that is perfect for them.

A major headline of the event was the performance by Drake. Drake came to his show with new music, but also threw it back to his older songs upon which he began his road to stardom. He definitely appealed to both the young and old audiences.

Even though Music Midtown did not have many Wesleyan representatives this year, the few and brave that went had a great time. The weather throughout the entire weekend was stellar with sunshine and clear skies, and the performances were world class. Once again, Music Midtown did not disappoint.

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