Every spring, people are stuck between wanting to spend money on food and all the new, seasonal clothes and not spending any money, so they can save up for summer vacations, but there are many fun activities to do that are completely free and local. For example, go to the Wesleyan lake or any other local park and fish or have a picnic with the ducks and a few friends. Living so close to Atlanta, there are so many places to discover. Be a tourist in your own town and take a walk on the BeltLine, visit a museum downtown or try different ice cream shops in the city. As the days turn into night and the temperature starts to cool, start a bonfire and cozy up with a bunch of friends while roasting marshmallows. There are plenty of things to do in our hometown that require little to no money. Keep Reading
Homer’s “The Odyssey” is making a grand comeback from freshman year English to appear on the big stage – Powell, to be exact. But this year, things are happening a little differently. Going above and beyond to ensure quality, director Steven Broyles contacted the agent of the playwright, Mary Zimmerman, who adapted the epic to the stage herself.
“We’re cutting it down to size so we can take it to One-Act,” Broyles said. “We have to ask permission from the artist.” One-Act is the theater competition hosted by the Georgia High School Association, an event Wesleyan intends to win. The Wolf Players are always looking to impress the audience, and a shortened play length is one aspect that keeps them engaged.
When asked about how he planned to impress the audience, Broyles said, “It’s going to be something very unique. Technology now makes things look very real… this is sort of stepping back from that.” He explained the more traditional, personal methods Wesleyan is using to prepare. The bamboo poles for props, blue lights casted over chairs for a boat in the sea and skill of the actors are all meant to bring back the essence of theater.
Kiss Me Kate
The Wesleyan Wolf Players have been rehearsing since November to perfect Kiss Me Kate, a unique frame story production contrasting the 1940s with the Renaissance Era. Junior Kelsey Rappe describes the show as “a complicated, but hilarious love story that takes theater inception to a whole new level.” The Red Carpet Premiere is on Feb. 8, and the show starts at 7 p.m.
The Red Carpet Premiere creates a better overall experience for the audience and the cast members because “the actors feed off of the audience,” according to stage manager Maguire Wilder. “It’s great to kick off a show’s run feeling so loved and supported.”
Audiences can look forward to an eleven-minute dance number called “Too Darn Hot” kicking off Act 2 and two “hilarious New York gangsters” played by junior Brooks Lalley and sophomore Patterson Beaman. Fellow cast member Kelsey Rappe said, “Every scene with them leaves you in stitches,” and senior Alexis Wildermuth claims their character portrayals “alone should be enough for someone to want to see the show.”
Freshman Carson McKinney said this “wow factor” production “is like this sudden burst of chaos, classical slap-stick humor and random flash mobs that just make the audience stand up after every number.”
Junior Lauren Pavelec, sophomore Laura Von Bargen, and sophomore Jana Smith created countless elaborate costumes for each cast member from both time periods that tie the whole show together and really submerge the audience into the story.
Feb. 8 has been designated at a strict homework-free night, so come show some school spirit, have a good laugh, and support the Wolf Players next week in Wesleyan’s winter production of Kiss Me Kate.
The Wesleyan Wolf Players are proud to present the classic musical Godspell premiering Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and closing Friday, Oct. 28.
Although the Wolf Players have performed Godspell previously in 2002 and 2009, Wesleyan has never seen this upcoming rendition. Director Steven Broyles explains that the version performed in 2009 was the original Broadway version, and the adaptation they are rehearsing now is the 2012 revival version. With rewritten music that sounds more modern, the musical is able to better resonate with adolescent audiences.