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A Year in the Life
Talent on Display
his year offered an array of opportunities for
students to showcase their talents on campus
and around the region.
The Theatre Department presented four
productions, kicking off in October with Beth
Henley’s 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning play
Crimes of the Heart
The play was directed by
BSC Professor of Theatre Dr. Alan Litsey in
collaboration with Anna Rose MacArthur, a
theatre major from Chattanooga. The season
ended in April with Jonathan Larson’s Tony
directed by Professor
of Theatre Michael Flowers. In between, the
department performed the controversial rock
Spring Awakening
in November, and
the college’s first production of the comic romp
The Good Doctor
during the January Exploration
The Concert Choir performed eight concerts
in two states during its annual Spring Tour in
March, singing music by Franz Schubert, Alberto
Ginastera, Ernest Bloch, Z. Randall Stroope,
and others. During E-Term, students studying
children’s opera performed Seymour Barab’s
Little Red Riding Hood
for local schools and
patients at Children’s Hospital. The season also
marked the 75th annual BSC Service of Lessons
and Carols, which featured the world premiere
of a new piece by the renowned composer Eric
Whitacre, commissioned by alumni and friends
of the college especially for the occasion. And the
BSC Alumni Choir issued its first holiday CD
to the Celebration
featuring a collection of Advent
and Christmas music made from live performances
at the college’s annual Carol Service between 1978
and 2010.
BSC dancers put on the annual holiday Winter
Dance performance in December and a Spring
Dance demonstrating what they had learned
throughout the year. The spring event, called
Timeless,” was directed by and included a piece
choreographed by Jacqueline Crenshaw Lockhart
director of the BSC dance program, and also
included a Balanchine-inspired ballet by Alabama
native William-Michael Cooper.
The college’s Durbin Gallery held several
exhibitions throughout the year, including a spring
show of works by graduating seniors. In February,
BSC hosted the poignant “Darkness into Life:
Alabama Holocaust Survivors through Photography
and Art,” along with a companion series of lectures,
including a visit by Birmingham survivor Max
Steinmetz, to examine the events leading up to and
during the Holocaust.