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Laughs fly high in 'Boeing-Boeing
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 / Page 17
Elizabeth Miller, Bethany Goodell and Alison Zaleski play three flight attendants who are engaged to the same man in'^Bo^Tng'^Boeina"''"
Over the past three days, audiences
have enjoyed flying back in time and
experiencing the screwball comedy
Based on the original 1960s
production, Elon senior BFA acting
majors brought this bedroom farce to
The story of Bernard, a man
engaged to three flight attendants
from different countries, “Boeing-
Boeing” pokes fun at 1960s ideas
about relationships and the state of
For a while, all is well for the
wealthy playboy, who meticulously
keeps track of airline schedules
to make sure that his three ladies
never know of each other's existence.
Of course, every good play needs a
One day fate lays out its cards and
all three fiances are stranded in their
beloved’s town at the same time.
Chaos, comedy and clandestine
efforts ensue, showing the audience
the more absurd nature of the
As a requirement, all senior acting
majors must take part in a production
outside the main stage shows.
These senior projects are entirely
student produced, and “Boeing-
Boeing" is the first of this year’s two
“It’s been quite a long process,”
senior Carin Metzger said. “We
selected this play last March. The
preparation process is quite detailed,
but basically can be broken down
to the selection of the play, casting
of the play, selection of designers,
research, having a plan for funding
the show and having meetings prior to
beginning the rehearsal process.”
As the director, Metzger was
responsible for spearheading many of
the play’s preparations.
She submitted the play for
consideration last spring, and it was
chosen based on how well it plays on
many actors’ comedic strengths and
fits in with class dynamics.
From that point on, all the students
involved with the production have
worked almost nonstop.
In addition to the casting decisions
and rehearsals, Metzger and the
other students had to find funding,
designers, costumes, tech workers and
a long list of other particulars that
had to be considered in the quest to
produce the final project.
“It is a testament to the faculty
here that we were able to put up this
show,” said senior Samantha Noble,
who plays the maid Bertha. “We
could not have done it without the
wonderful education we have gotten in
the past three and a half years.”
With the skills acquired through
faculty guidance, the senior BFA
majors have achieved what few ever
have the chance to do; produce their
own full-fledged play.
Not only did the opportunity to
produce the play prepare them for the
type of responsibilities awaiting them
as professionals, but it also gave them
one last chance to work together as a
“Working with a student director is
a great experience because it is a peer,
we speak the same ‘acting language'
and we have more artistic pull, 1
think, than with faculty because it is
just as much our show as it is theirs
since it is our senior thesis," Noble
said. “That is not to say that it is a
free-for-all. We have to respect our
peers and work together, otherwise
the whole thing will fall apart.”
Under Metzger's direction, the,
performers did not fall apart. With the
help of her “Boeing-Bible,” a notebook
she kept during the production
experience, Metzger led the group
of students in creating a successful
senior thesis show.
Before the first performance,
Metzger reflected on her emotional
state going in.
“It’s a very stressful time —
alternately a time of doubt, hope and
anticipation,” Metzger said. “Once the
lights go up Sunday afternoon, 1 sit
back and experience the show as just
another audience member. It’s a very
scary thing to wonder if the hard work
that has been put into this play on all
sides will be enjoyed by an audience,
but that is the exciting risk.”
In the case of “Boeing-Boeing," it
was definitely a risk worth taking.
Eclectic music comes to Elon with new group
Elon's newest music group. Electric
Ensemble, made its debut Saturday,
exhibiting a variety of songs from the
World of popular music.
Led by Todd Coleman, assistant
professor of music, its first concert
featured hits from the 1980s and
highlighted the birth of MTV.
‘With the growth of the music
technology program at Elon, it is hoped
that Electric Ensemble will become
a living lab for the practice of live
sound reinforcement, monitoring and
mixing,” Coleman said.
The ensemble features vocals,
ead and rhythm guitar, bass guitar,
yboards, drums and auxiliary
Sophomore Andrew Oliver said
e registered for Electric Ensemble
ecause, as a music technology major,
• seemed like the most interesting
ensemble class to be a part of.
I can really see it growing into
omething that all music majors would
enjoy being a part of," Oliver said. “We
constantly ask professor and student
singers and musicians to join our
rehearsals for a song that we think
would be right for them to perform."
Sophomore Jacob Danieley said he
is involved because Electric Ensemble
provides the opportunity to explore
more popular styles of music, which
sets it apart from other music
“Although my classical training is
both phenomenal and essential, as a
music technology major I will most
likely be entering into the popular
music field after college,” Danieley
He said the ensemble gives him
a chance to practice his previous
training while also building his
skills in popular music performance.
Danieley also appreciates Coleman’s
“He’s a huge reason for my being
involved,” Danieley said. “He is a lot of
fun to work with.”
Sophomore Christopher Lynch, who
is also involved in the marching band.
said he is excited about the ensemble’s
He said he thinks the Electric
Ensemble is a great thing to be
involved in because unlike other bands
he has been in, it has a classroom
context as well.
“Having professors in the band isn’t
just cool, but it’s great to see how they
work in an ensemble like this," Lynch
Junior Andrew Pressley said that
actually liking the music they are
playing makes it a lot easier to learn
“I jumped at the opportunities to
get involved with Electric Ensemble,
because I knew it would be more of
that kind of popular music, relatively
speaking," Pressley said.
Coleman said he hopes the Electric
Ensemble will provide opportunities
for as many kinds of music as possible.
“It will hopefully serve as a vehicle
for the performance of a wide variety
of music across many genres and
styles, including original songs written
by students,” Coleman said.
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For the past few weeks the
weather has been steadily
turning colder and colder.
With winter quickly
approaching, soup and toasted
sandwiches are a fast and easy
meal that can be made in the
comfort of your own dorm room.
Since it’s satisfying but not
too heavy, it is the perfect cold
weather comfort meal.
It is also very versatile and
can be made to suit anybody’s
taste with a few simple
On a cold and dreary day,
making that journey outside to
a dining hall is usually not an
appealing option, but hy keeping
a well-stocked MicroFridge, you
can make a satisfying meal
without leaving the room.
The basics of a well-stocked
MicroFridge include bread, meat,
cheese, condiments and whatever
else your sandwich-eating taste
If you are a vegetarian, try
some pesto or hummus for a
delicious meat-free alternative.
Soup is also very easy to
find and make. A quick visit to
the grocery store or downstairs
Colonnades reveals many tasty
and healthy options, ranging
from hearty chilis to light and
delicious vegetable soups.
Assembling this cold weather
meal is as simple as it can get.
Step one: Make the soup.
Follow the can’s directions,
which usually involve putting the
soup and some water in a bowl
and heating it in the microwave.
If your dorm has a kitchen,
it can be heated in a pot on the
Step two: Assemble the
sandwich with any number of
ingredients. Create your own
sandwich or try one of these
1. The classic ham and cheese.
Mix it up by using several
different kinds of cheeses.
2. The vegetarian. Use whole
wheat bread, pesto or hummus,
cheese and an assortment of
your favorite vegetables.
3. The meat eater. Stack your
sandwich with ham, turkey, roast
beef, salami, bologna, pepperoni
or anything else you can think
4. The classic peanut butter and
jelly. Use smooth or crunchy
peanut butter and whatever
flavor of jelly you prefer.
Step three: Toast the
sandwich. Wrap your sandwich
in tin foil and with the aid of an
iron, lightly iron until desired
Or if your dorm has a kitchen,
toast it on the stove with the aid
of a frying pan and spatula.
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