Behind The Curtain

Once upon a time, Stunt Night 2013 captivated the audience with each class’s magical performance. When the junior class took home both Campus Choice and Judges’ Choice, spectators had little idea what happened behind the curtain.

Kristen Kitchen plays the princess in love with Cinder Fella in the seniors' interpretation of 'Cinderella.' Elizabeth Varville/The Bells

Kristen Kitchen plays the princess in love with Cinder Fella in the seniors’ interpretation of ‘Cinderella.’ Elizabeth Varville/The Bells

Weeks before any class set foot in the paper castle or painted forest, directors and actors spent countless hours creating the historic show.
When senior music education major and director of the century-old event, Alyssa Martinez, chose fairy tales as the theme last November, she thought this year would be even better than those past.
“Most people think we just start planning when school starts but the truth, planning started last year. So it takes a lot of work, but it definitely paid off,” she said.
Martinez chose directors for each class with the help of her steering committee, and these students had the job of selecting a princess story for their classmates.
Freshmen chose The Little Mermaid; sophomores decided on Beauty and the Beast; juniors preferred Snow White; and seniors settled on the classic Cinderella.

Sophomore James Ewing dons an accent as Lumiere, the candelabra. Elizabeth Varville/The Bells

Sophomore James Ewing dons an accent as Lumiere, the candelabra. Elizabeth Varville/The Bells

As a member of the steering committee and the design team, senior psychology major Sarah Shoemaker did a lot of the work on the set. After watching performances for three years and helping out some last year, she dedicated a significant amount of time this semester transforming Walton into a fairy tale land.
“We tried very hard to make the set as interactive and 3D as possible. We wanted to make it feel like the actors were in their fairy tale,” she said.
The design took countless hours to complete, and audiences may not have realized how many people worked to achieve the final product.
“Aside from practicing three hours, three times a week, there is the technical side of mixing music, editing video, recording voices, etc. But I think that is the beauty of it. The people that are a part of Stunt Night do realize how much work goes into it, and, therefore, they practice more and perform with pride and confidence,” junior class co- director Lauren Theodore said.
Martinez has seen the progress of each class from the first day of awkward introductions and announcing of ideas, to the final product, which occurred on two nights this year.
“The first rehearsal, people just weren’t confident in their skits. The night of, it went so smoothly. The classes looked like a whole new set of skits compared to the beginning. I couldn’t be more proud,” she said.
The competition between groups heightened the quality of each class production.
Freshmen shocked the audiences with their impressive musical numbers. Sophomores had an almost-flawless rendition of Belle’s romance with Beast and the seniors effectively changed Cinderella into Cinder Fella with much laughter from the audience.
Sophomores took home best song and dance, but the junior class swept the rest of the awards. Karl Baker won Best Actor for his role as Jesus, and Stephanie Bloodworth earned Best Actress for her wicked performance.
Sophomore education major Savannah Davis could not be more proud of her class. She knows that they did their best, and made the night one of the most memorable in the history of the event.
She said, “People don’t know how much time goes into making a 10 minute production…. It’s so much work, but so worth it. I hope the audience was entertained because we had so much fun doing it. It’s part of the UMHB experience.”
And they lived happily ever after.
Stunt Night

Author: Katelyn Holm

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