Alumni take stage at Homecoming

Eleven alumni and friends joined in the Performance Festival on the Dailey Theatre mainstage during Homecoming on Saturday. Steve Kinzie, coordinator of learning enhancement services, and Tom Moese, class of 2001, started the show off with a number titled “Opening.” The group performed a variety of entertainment from original songs to dance numbers. / photo by Kourtney Brumfield
Eleven alumni and friends joined in the Performance Festival on the Dailey Theatre mainstage during Homecoming on Saturday. Steve Kinzie, coordinator of learning enhancement services, and Tom Moese, class of 2001, started the show off with a number titled “Opening.” The group performed a variety of entertainment from original songs to dance numbers. / photo by Kourtney Brumfield

While most of the school cheered on the football team at the Homecoming game, students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered to perform and view excerpts of their most recent work.

Eleven participants performed at the Performance Festival as part of the homecoming festivities Saturday on the Dailey Theatre mainstage.

Steve Kinzie, coordinator of the learning enhancement center and professor of peace studies at the University of La Verne, opened up with a musical performance.

“It’s a treat for me, it’s probably a treatment for him,” said Kinzie about playing with Tom Moese, a freelance professional musician and Kinzie’s long time friend.

Brianna Wroth and Tanya Wilkins, current students at ULV, captivated the audience with an excerpt from “Unforgettable Invisibles.”

The excerpt was from Wroth’s senior project which included original poetry from different members of the cast.

ULV alumni Amy and Bill Meier watched their daughters, Rebekah and Victoria Meier, as they showcased their talent when they danced to Sarah Mclachlan’s “I Will Remember You.”

Los Angeles performance artist and ULV alumni, April Hava Shenkman shared a video of her latest project, “Happy, Happy.”

In the play, a man with a birthday cake chases a girl in a pink dress around a nude statue, and stops only when the girl stops to put her eggs in a net hanging from the statue.

“It signifies every moment being the birth of something new,” Shenkman said.

Independent filmmaker Sean Dillon, a graduate of the class of 1987, shared a short film.

The audience laughed along with the film which advertised a company named “Significant Others.” The company’s goal was to replace people in a relationship; they claimed their services was so good, you would never notice the person was gone.

The film was shot for the “48-Hour Film Festival.” For the festival, each filmmaking team was given a genre and 48 hours to make a four to six minute film.

“It’s filmmaking in a weekend,” Dillon said, referring to the festival.

Carl Guillaume, founder of Uhuru Entertainment, shared some of his background and how he came about the upcoming play, “The Many Faces of Haiti.”

“We try to tell stories from the eyes of everybody,” Guillaume said. “We try to show a piece of culture.”

Elizabeth Pietrzak, associate professor of theater, treated the audience to original poetry entitled, “Waterfall,” “In a million years”, “Wheels in the pocket” and “Familiar.”

To finish off the performances, Tracy and Michael Ryan, staff of support services at ULV, and their friend Ken Soderlund captivated the audience with a beautiful musical performance of the Spanish song, “Malageña.”

“In Spanish music a ‘duende’ is when you find yourself just being swept away by the music,” Soderlund said.

This is the first time that the theater department invites alumni, staff and students to showcase their talents and growth.

“This was a dream I had,” Dibbell said. “I wanted them to share how they are growing.”

Although there were not as many people as expected, the performances were still a success.

“I loved it; it was a joy,” Kinzie said. “It could be an annual event.”

Laura Bucio can be reached at lbucio@ulv.edu.

Journalism operations manager at the University of La Verne. Production manager and business manager of the Campus Times.

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