OBU ‘Three Sisters’ production debuts April 25

By Olivianna Calmes, Assistant Arts Editor

The OBU theatre department finishes their 2019 season “Awakened by a Dream” with “Three Sisters,” written by Chekhov and translated by Laurence Senelick. Dr. David Coley has a Ph.D. in Theater and taught at St. Greg’s for 12 years in the theatre department and will be guest directing the show.

Coley said that this play is Chekhov’s greatest achievement.

“It represents the Russian dramatist at his most insightful, his most critical, and his most wryly comical,” he said. “His depiction of a society that teeters on the verge of change while fighting it with every step is a prescient vision that speaks volumes today.”

The story follows the sisters and their dream of moving back to the big city of Moscow. They encounter hard work, heartbreak and family crises. The play will explore how they learn from the struggles that they are presented with and how they deal with family issues.

When asked whether the play was humorous or comedic, Dr. David Coley said that he was torn.

“It’s difficult to say,” Coley said. “Most people when they watch or read Chekhov plays [see them as] very serious and dramatic and tragic sometimes, but he thought they were all comedies. He has a very dark, strange sense of humor. And so that’s something we are going to try to balance in the show.”

Coley said the play is going to be dramatic, and hopes it portrays the same strange levity that Checkhov saw.

“You know, whereas we might see some of these characters is very tragic,” Coley said. “He saw them as kind of ridiculous so we’re, we’re having to kind of try and find that that balance there.”

Coley said he has always been drawn to stories about people who are victims of history and culture that takes them down an unknown direction.

“[Three Sisters] is similar to that because it’s this family that try they might, can’t escape [and] the world is changing around them,” he said. “They can’t get outside that system that are going to be carried along with it like a river.”

The three sisters, Irina, Masha, and Olga will be played by freshman Theatre major Anna Smolen, senior Theatre major Anna Tyler, and sophomore Theatre and Digital Media Arts major Kimberlie McCutchen. Freshman communications major Noble Adams-Nabors is playing the role of Ferapont and anxiously anticipating the show.

“I’m really excited to see how the audience reacts to this play,” he said. “It’s not the typical kind of story and I’m interested to see what other people make of it.”

The showtimes are April 25 and 26 at 7:30 and April 28 at 2:30pm in the Sarkeys Black Box. To purchase tickets, visit okbu.edu/theatre, visit Sar-keys building box office Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4pm or call (405)-585-4350.

2019 Spring Affair “Super” in many ways

By Olivianna Calmes, Assistant Arts Editor

There is so much to say about OBU’s “Su-per Spring Affair”, it is hard to fi nd where to start. Everyone could fi nd something they liked between the nu-merous music acts, stage band, and emcee skits and videos. The superhero theme was shown throughout the skits and stage band set list, most prominently.

The much-beloved stage band is comprised mostly of seniors (ex-cept for Misael) this year, and this was their last show. It was heart-warming to see them pour their hearts into the music and both play beautifully and rock out.

The winners of the show, Mad Respect, changed the scene of the night. These three fabulous singers sang Respect, made famous by Aretha Franklin. They included dance steps and their harmony was spot on. From their electrifying entrance to their sassy last note, this group really stole the show.

The Co-Pilots were a great start to the show. The five-person group consisting of all seniors performed “Tear in my Heart”, by Twenty One Pilots.

Jonny vocals were in peak form and the band’s performance matched. Brady Cox, the only solo act, did a mashup of “Lean on Me” and a song by NEEDTOBREATHE.

He got the whole audience clapping along. His slightly raspy tone did the song justice. He was one to watch.

Brad and the Babes (B.A.T.B) showcased beautiful harmonies in a rendition of Queen’s “Somebody to Love”. Everyone seemed to love it.

The 3 J’s and a W gave everyone some indie/alternative feels and the performers were talented musicians.

Mostly Seniors was another amazing addition to the show as a whole. They performed “How to Love”, by PJ Morton.

Us the Dectet performed Us the Duo’s “(Stop) Just Love”. Their group looked great in their matching colors. Kawehi started the performance with a single voice and then others followed.

Brittney Poe’s wind-blown hair and Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy impression add-ed lots of pizazz to the skits.

Jordan brought lots of energy to the stage, shining in the sky-high remake skit as the teacher.

Chapman’s acting was impressive, especially when channeling his inner Harry Potter and Dr. Doofenshmirtz. His vocal solo about a hard childhood, singing as the antagonist from Phineas and Ferb was quite funny.

Jimi Parker stole the show with his Nacho Libre impression in both a physical skit and a video skit.

He has just recently won the Blitz Week show, Mr. Bison Pag-eant, and was named Mr. Bison for the year.

He also acted like Jack Jack from the Incredibles, which was an impressive feat.

Brand new members of CAB were included in this show. Many freshmen greeted and handed out programs.

The lobby of Raley was covered in comic strip décor and photo-booth setups.

During halftime, half-time crew served skittles and drinks.

Many people are commenting on the bird that was flying in Potter Auditorium during the show. The bird swooped down near isles and allegedly pooped as well. I guess it really was a bird, not a plane OR superman.

Overall, this was a good show and the musical talent surprised people in the audience as it always does in one way or another.

Fine Arts classes benefit students across campus

By Olivianna Calmes, Assistant Arts Editor

Thomas Merton said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

OBU’s art classes are not just filled with art students. Many non-traditional and non-art majors take art classes to quench their artistic thirst and try something new.

Jonathan Soder, a sophomore philosophy major with a double minor in English and Bible, gets vocal lessons at OBU.

Taught by Dr. Stephen Simms, Soder is enhancing his vocal skills and trying something different than his regular schedule allots. He wanted to take an art class in high school but did not get the chance. He had some room this semester and said, he wanted to diversify his class schedule.

“In the last few years I’ve just really come to enjoy singing, like I don’t want to perform or anything, I just enjoy singing,” Soder said. “I thought it’d be fun to take some private vocal lessons and get some help from someone who knows what they’re talking about…get some pointers so that, whatever the singing that I do in the rest of my life, I can try not to hurt the person’s ear in the pew next to me.”

These classes have helped him have a balanced semester in a pace that he can accomplish well.

“It’s just been a nice change of pace, having classes that aren’t just writing classes,” Soder said. “The music class is kind of taking me back to high school, reminding me what it’s like to try to practice music, and that’s difficult. It’s a lot different than sitting and reading for a couple of hours.

He’s also taking and Drawing Basics with professor Joshua Brunet. These classes have not come easy to him and have shown him his strengths.

“it’s actually been a really good humbling thing for me…reminding me ‘You’re not going to be great at everything,’” he said. “I’m here to enjoy what I’m learning and I’m learning so that I can glorify God. I got to try to enjoy what I’m doing, if everything’s just completely utilitarian, then, nobody is going to enjoy life.”

Soder said if students have time, they should try something they would enjoy.

“Try to take something that’s not going to stress you out, but something you know you’ll enjoy,” he said. “Also, be ready to learn from that because, honestly, there are things that I can apply from these art classes to my other ones; it’s just [a matter of] drawing the connection to them.”

As those who are created in the image of God, humans have the capacity to create beauty.

“Fine Arts classes at OBU provide wonderful opportunities for students of all backgrounds to explore creative processes guided by experts who care for their students and pursue God’s truth in and through each endeavor,” said Dean of Fine Arts at OBU, Christopher Matthews.

Art classes can offer a good change of scene, also.

“Sometimes you get stressed out with your major…or with life if you’re out of college and you just need a dash of something that’s not all serious,” Soder said.

Art can be a getaway but also something that can relate to life after college, no matter what your major is.

Caleb Corff, freshman Biology major, is another OBU student who’s not majoring in art but finds joy in taking classes here in it. He wishes he could have an art minor, but his major will not allow for it. He found that art classes have practical use for him and others.

“I think it really helps you when you get in the real world because not everyone’s going to be one certain type; if you have a career you’re going to deal with all sorts of people,” Corff said. “In hand lettering, I learned how to do fonts and make little logos. Vector graphics is like the next step of computerizing…adding color and refining. I’ve been able to make some t-shirts and posters for events and some stickers for people and posters.”

Corff said he uses art to be an extension of his relationship with the Lord, also.

“It helps [you] be creative and if you serve the Lord…He’s a creative God and he made everything around us. I think in a way you’re being like him when you’re doing art.”

“Inspired by many: art show by Hailey Black”

By Olivianna Calmes, Assistant Arts Editor

Oklahoma Baptist University has another senior art exhibit coming up. Shawnee’s own senior art major and education minor Hailey Black will be showcasing her art this month. The art will be up from the 9th to the 28th.

“I aspire to someday become an art teacher in order to combine my passions of both art and teaching students,” Black said.

Her passion for art has been fueled by numerous people in her art.

“I am extremely grateful for my high school teachers, college professors, my husband, friends, parents, and family, [all] who have encouraged me and invested in me throughout the years,” she said. “My art professors have taught me so much over the last four years, and I have grown tremendously as an artist. I have definitely been inspired by each of them.”

The art professors at OBU are a mix of talented individuals who each have a wonderful portfolio of their own. Senior art students have freedom with their art shows and can choose a medium or theme for their show.

“There is not necessarily a theme for my senior art show,” Black said. “However, I am interested in several different art mediums and techniques, and my show will display that. My art show will feature paintings, charcoal drawings, pottery, weavings, stained glass, mosaics, and macramé.”

Her pieces were influenced by a number of artists with various tastes.

“One of my drawings was inspired by Georges de La Tour and Rembrandt, while another piece was inspired by Claude Monet, etc.,” Black said. “It is hard to strongly see the influence of certain artists in my show, because I have been influenced and inspired by so many.”

Black’s art will also show a variety of mediums, techniques, and forms. She said that she cannot pick a favorite medium, that is why there will be a variance in her show. One example of her work includes her art show advertisement that can be seen around campus, which is illustrated with a photo and text made to look like stained glass.

In terms of the future, Black already has plans. Black will still be exploring art and the different ways to produce and fine tune it even after graduation.

“I am open to teaching art in different settings; such as, a school, camp, personal classes in my home, etc.” she said. “I am still praying for God to open these doors for me. I also plan to continue to make my own art on the side.”

She feels that she’s learned more than just art techniques at OBU because of the art professors.

“I have learned much more about who I am as a person and an artist,” she said. “I have grown tremendously, and I have become a better artist. I have developed more passions for new areas in art, and I have developed new skills. I’m incredibly grateful for my professors who have taught me new techniques, have encouraged, supported me, have given me proper feedback, have pushed me as an artist, and more. I know that if it weren’t for my professors, my senior show would be much different.”

Senior art shows are very important to an art degree at OBU, and it is interesting to see how each senior shine through their different art styles. Black says that OBU also showed her how to show God through her art to bring Him glory.

“In addition, OBU has helped me combine my art studies with my Christian worldview,” Black said. “I know that God is the ultimate creator, and I believe that art can reflect him.”

Dr. Coley guest-directs Three Sisters at OBU

By Olivianna Calmes, Assistant Arts Editor

OBU Theatre department’s next show of the season is coming up at OBU, and auditions have already taken place.  

Three Sisters is guest directed by Dr. David Coley, who used to work at St. Gregory’s University. 

The cast consists of 12 and will be performed April 25th through the 28th. 

Dr. David Coley has a Ph.D. in Theater and has taught at St. Greg’s for 12 years in the theatre department.

He directed and produced shows as well as teaching theatre-related classes. He is friends with OBU’s Director of Theatre Matthew Caron, which is how he got involved with OBU’s theatre program. 

 “When St. Gregs announced they were closing, Matt [Caron] was my first phone call,” Coley said.  

Dr. Coley ended up teaching some classes at OBU, including writing this last fall.  

Last spring Matt [decided he] wanted to do an Anton Checkhov [show] and he knew I really liked Checkhov so he asked me to direct it, and I jumped at the chance,” Coley said. 

Checkhov wrote this show in 1900 and it was based in Moscow, Russia at first. 

Three Sisters was one of Checkhov’s best works, Coley said. The reason he wanted to direct this show in particular is because it showcases a family who is stuck in the midst of societal and cultural change. 

 “I’m always really drawn to stories about people who are victims of history,” he said. They may want this or that but history and culture takes them in a different direction. This family…try as they might, can’t escape the world around them, they are going to be carried along with it. It was written in Russia before the revolution, but Checkhov sensed what was on the horizon. This family has to balance the changes that are happening [all around them]. 

He says that the content of the play has both serious and dramatic elements. 

Checkhov thought his own works were comedies, but most people who watch his shows think they are very serious.  

“[Checkhov] has a very dark strange sense of humor, so that’s something we are going to balance in the show,” Coley said. It is certainly going to play dramatic for many of us but I’m going to try and find that strange levity that he saw, whereas we saw many of these characters as tragic, he saw them as ridiculous, so we’re going to try and balance that.”  

He sees this show as an interesting challenge and is excited to work with OBU to create something unique. 

“The show is in an alley configuration, where the audience sits in both sides of the stage, and I am excited to experience what this show has to offer,” Platter said.

This is different than the last show, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that debuted in February. Another unique part of this show will be the music. 

One of my favorite things to do as a director is to pick the soundtrack, I have some interesting ideas for that,” Coley said. I am [also] looking forward to working with the actors here because they are a very talented bunch. 

Bailey Platter, a sophomore double major in Theatre and Student Ministry, has just been cast in the show and is especially looking forward to participating. 

I’m excited for this show because it will be challenging and will stretch me as an actor because it is realism and Russian,” Platter said. I’ve always wanted to be in a Checkov play, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity.”  


To OBU From Campus Activities Board: “Lodge of Love”

By Olivianna Calmes, Assistant Arts Editor

Love was in the air at Lodge of Love” this last week.  

The event was at 8pm in the Lodge and was hosted by Campus Activities Board. 

Audience members were encouraged to bring a date because it was Valentine’s Day themed. Regardless if they had dates, the lobby of the Lodge was packed with OBU students of all classifications. 

The emcees brought lots of humor to the event, featuring musical acts, skits referencing biblical romances and awkward first dates, among others. 

The show was directed by sophomore nursing majors Katy Palmer and Laina Poe.  

Palmer said that she felt special to get this opportunity. 

“Seeing the crowd laugh and having fun made it worth it,” Palmer said. I joined CAB my freshman year and I’ve always thought that directing a show was the coolest thing ever. I never thought that I would actually be able to direct a show myself and so this opportunity was super special.” 

The musical acts featured Joel Tetmeyer and Raelyn Williamson, Ansley Biesadecki, The Nursing Girls, and Jacob Mitchell. 

The show started off with a beautiful acoustic rendition of “You’re the One that I Want” from Grease, and only good things followed. 

Ansley sang a song by Adele in a lovely smooth low voice, and the Nursing girls (Abbie Poole, Megan Kalinowski, Elisha Coffin, MacKenzie Palmer, Emily Moore, Corinne Larson and Britley Gardner) got everyone in the audience hyped up by singing a medley of familiar tunes. 

The last musical act was Jacob Mitchell, who ended the night singing with an amazingly emotional voice.  

The other director, Laina Poe, said that directing this event was a blast. 

We just wanted everyone to come out and have fun and laugh,” Poe said. 

And laugh they did. 

There was an array of emcee skits as well as musical acts throughout the show. The emcees included Roman Wright, Heath McClure, Brooke Mitchell, Wesley Evans, Afton Urton, with Evan Hawkins and Ashley Casallas as the hosts. The emcees had the audience laughing lots, especially in their skits about speed dating and the first date. 

The speed dating skit featured one of the men constantly running into his crazy ex-girlfriend and only meeting girls who were a little odd.

The saving factor of his speed dating experience was unlikelyfinding a new guy friend and getting out of there.  



‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ comes to OBU

By Olivianna Calmes, Assistant Arts Editor

The OBU theatre department continues in their season “Awakened by a Dream” in 2019 with a zany, mysterious and mad musical. 

The much-loved story of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll is showcased in its own special way at OBU. 

The musical, directed by assistant professor of theatre and director of theatre Matthew Caron, will debut for one weekend and take place in the Craig-Dorland theatre located in Shawnee hall, February 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and February 17 at 2:30. To purchase tickets, visit okbu.edu/theatre, call (405)-585-4350, or visit Sarkeys building Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4pm. 

The story follows Alice as she falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in a magical fantasy world where everything seems mad. She goes on a series of adventures and meets some crazy characters like the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire cat, the Queen of Hearts, and more. She must make sure the Queen does not cut off her head. 

The show will not only be shown to the public but also have private matinees for children in Shawnee the week leading up to the show.  

“We are delighted to present Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland not only to give OBU students the opportunity to create this curious and chaotic world, but to provide children in the community the opportunity to explore this world with us,” Caron said. “It is our hope that kids of all ages will be enchanted by its music, madness and mystery, and not only enjoy a captivating retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale but deepen an appreciation for the art of theatre itself.” 

Music plays a big part in making this production, and OBU is proud to present and incorporate some original compositions of OBU professor of music Dr. James Vernon. 

“Setting the words for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was challenging, requiring creativity of different sorts – I did not know who would be playing certain parts, how well they could sing, and what ranges I could expect to encounter,” Vernon said. “[I] hope it contributes to audience appreciation for what these marvelous actors are attempting to portray.” 

Alice will be played by senior theatre major McKenzie Reece, the White Rabbit will be played by sophomore theatre and cross cultural ministry major Bayleigh Platter and the Mouse and Cheshire Cate will be played by junior communications major Court Haygarth.  

Haygarth said that the show is short and sweet, only running about an hour and a half, but filled with laughs and mysterious characters. 

He talked about the show and the aesthetics, describing the costumes as “very loud.  

“All the costumes have a Victorian look,” Haygarth said. “The mouse costume is a one-piece swimsuit with cut off sleeves and midshorts. We bought a onesie and Alyssa, the [costumes coordinator] made a Victorian swimsuit out of it. For the Cheshire cat’s costume, I am wearing a huge blue and purple tail, tie, and ears. It is very furry, extravagant and loud” 

He said it has been hard deciding how the Cheshire cat is for this show, considering that the animated version and the Tim Burton-directed film have different portrayals. 

“It’s definitely been a challenge,” Haygarth said. “How do I make him my own, while still making him familiar enough for the people who know the story of Alice? I went with more the Tim Burton approach, which is more on the mysterious side rather than the quirky side seen in the animated movie.”  

Haygarth said he’s liked getting to explore his character. He also mentioned how fun he finds the show in general.  

“I love the mystery and the silliness about [this show],” He said. “You’re going to laugh a lot and you’re supporting local theater…it’s great fun for everyone” 

For those interested in going with Alice on her adventures in wonderland this weekend, and make sure to get seats as soon as possible.  

Inside look at True Voice and University Chorale

By Olivianna Calmes, Contributing Writer

Oklahoma Baptist University music groups University Chorale and True Voice have sung their way into our hearts.

University Chorale was started in 1963 and its goal has remained: “to present advanced choral literature to the OBU campus and community.”

True Voice, however, is comprised of 12 mixed voices “intended to serve as a high-profile musical ambassador of Oklahoma Baptist University. The ensemble performs literature (primarily a cappella) encompassing a variety of musical styles, including but not limited to classical, contemporary, pop, jazz, country, gospel and spirituals,” according to the official OBU website.

Both groups have gained popular standing at OBU and have attracted the attention of students as well as people outside of the school.

“Being in Chorale is such a unifying experience, and the opportunity to work alongside such talented individuals continues to amaze me,” Megan McCoy, family and community service major and education minor said.

Each led by Burton H. Patterson professor of music and choral director Dr. Brent Ballweg, the choirs have individual strengths and goals.

“[True Voice] travels a lot around Oklahoma, [particularly the] Oklahoma City area,” OBU sophomore Psychology major and Music Education minor and member of True Voice, Kalyne Henrichsen said. “We perform at churches, schools, and we help with recruiting for OBU,” she said.

“It’s great because we have a tight-knit community, and we practice at least one or twice a week, so we see each other a lot.”

“[Chorale] do[es] several different types of events throughout the year including church outings, concerts at OBU, we sing in chapel, tour around several states during a spring tour, and this year Chorale is traveling to NYC to perform at Carnegie Hall,” McCoy said.

If students want to get involved, they can begin the audition process.

“To audition [for True Voice], you pick a thirty-second portion from a song and sing it for Dr. Ballweg, and then he’ll have you sight read,” she said. “Then, [you sing] some interval parts. It is very chill and then there are callbacks a week later where you learn a small song and he sees how your voice blend[s] with other people.”

Participating also presents scholarship and travel opportunities. Both Henrichsen and McCoy emphasized they love that students don’t have to be a music major; anyone can join. There are other positive aspects to joining one of the groups.

“Anyone looking to better themselves as a musician should consider auditioning for Chorale,” McCoy said. “The directors [here] always try to make a point to help us to connect the songs to our relationship with God and how we can evangelize to people through the way that we sing and show Christ in the way that we do music,” she said.

“Their group strives to show an impression of Christ in the way that they perform and carry themselves,” Henrichsen said.

University Chorale’s next performance will be April 22nd at 3 p.m. for their “University Chorale and Friends Spring Concert” in Potter Auditorium.