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STUDENT CENTER: Conquering KCACTF — Day 2: John Glover's Words of Wisdom and Honesty Hour


In full festival hangover, we crawled out of bed early Monday morning to kick off day two of KCACTF. With our usual Starbucks in hand, most of our group headed to campus to see FOR SALE, by Garrett Lee Milton, a student playwright from James Madison University.

While we had really looked forward to seeing the show, it earned mixed reviews from the Bonnies.

"It wasn't the greatest show I've ever seen, nor was it the worst," Makeda said. "It wasn't a hard play to follow, but the combination of my exhaustion and the length of the play made it hard to follow. There was an engaging 10-minute scene, but I was lost during the rest."

Brett added, saying it was like a combination of Ibsen and a Lifetime original movie.

Immediately after, we all went to hear the keynote address by Tony winner John Glover, who might be one of the coolest actors of all time. With such an extensive list of stage and screen credits, most recently on Broadway in Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN, he was incredibly chill and is a great storyteller.

He offered plenty of inspiring advice for an auditorium full of aspiring artists, emphasizing the importance of having the right attitude because it makes you positive and it monitors talent.

While answering some questions from the audience, Glover said what might be the best advice I have ever heard for someone wanting a career in theater.

"To have a life in the theater, you should only do it if you can't not," he said.

We all went to lunch at Bill Bateman's Bistro, inspired and more motivated than ever before to pursue our artistic goals. (We also lovingly dubbed the restaurant as the "Man's Bistro," because that was the only part of the sign that lit up at nighttime.

STUDENT CENTER: Conquering KCACTF — Day 2: John Glover's Words of Wisdom and Honesty Hour

(Getting lunch at the "Man's Bistro" Front: Brett, myself and Makeda Back: Tori and Freddy)

Amidst atomic chicken wings and Shirley Temples, we celebrated our growing friendship with each other and planned out the rest of our festival schedule, while taking plenty of silly pictures.

Emily's Costume Display for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

(Emily's costume presentation for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM)

After spending some time in the DTM (Design Tech Management) Room to watch Emily's stellar A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM costume presentation (pictured above), we all ventured to one of Towson's black box theaters to check out four schools' responses to this year's Devised Theater prompt - "Five Years from Today."

While excited to see our College of Southern Maryland (CSM) friends perform their devised piece, most of us had sentimental ties to the devised theater presentation. Last year, we wrote a 17-minute play based on the prompt "Welcome Home" and presented it at the first Region 2 devised theater showcase. We had a wonderful time sharing our work and had a great experience performing for our colleagues at festival, and oddly enough, met our beloved CSM festival friends at the performance.

CSM performed two very different original pieces, displaying impressive talent and writing skills along with two other teams -Montclair State University and Millersville University. It was really cool to see different interpretations of the prompt and all of the original student works.

That evening, we all gathered in Towson's largest theater for THE BACCHAE 2012 by Euripides and Charles Mee and produced by the University of Akron. The story is the essential Greek myth and its mix of pleasure and communion, telling the tale of the

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Mary Best Mary Best has a lifelong relationship with theater, from dancing to stage managing to writing and blogging about it in college. A junior at St. Bonaventure University, she serves as the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper and spends a lot of time with the theater department, covering college theater for BroadwayWorld since October 2012. A lifelong Buffalo resident, Mary hopes to move to the Big Apple in December 2013 to pursue covering theater full time. She keeps a short haircut and guitar handy for the day she (finally) plays Maria Von Trapp in the Sound of Music. She’s Raúl Esparza’s biggest fan and likes photobombing, Seth Rudetsky videos and finding non-dairy alternatives.

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