Bluffton University

May Day Musical to Offer Magical Mashup

  You may have seen some of the musicals referenced in this year’s May Day musical at Bluffton University, whether on stage, film or both.
   You may have even seen some of them produced at Bluffton in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, during what is now a century-old tradition of May Day theatricals on campus.
   But you’ve probably never seen any of them quite like they’re found in “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!” A celebratory parody of musical theatre greats by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart, the show will be staged at 7:30 p.m., April 30-May 2, in Bluffton’s Founders Hall. 
   Tickets, $15 for reserved seats and $5 for general-admission bleacher seats, are available online at; for help with tickets, call the box office at 419-358-3239.

Iraqi, Syria Refugee Artists’ Work Now on Display at BU

by Ivy Keller   For just over two weeks, Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Art Center will be hosting an exhibit of several dozen paintings done by refugees from Iraq and Syria. The exhibit was made possible by Common Humanity, an organization which, according to their website, “seeks to build understanding, respect and friendship with the Arab and Muslim world.”

May Day to Feature New Events

   Bluffton University will look back at 100 years of May Day theatricals as part of its annual May Day weekend festivities, which also include the traditional May Day ceremony at a new time —1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.
   Also among the new events on the April 30-May 3 schedule are a “Faculty Showcase” presentation by Dr. Walter Paquin, an assistant professor of social work who will discuss his research related to the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri; and a piano/organ recital by alumnae Kathryn (Lehman ’95) Harsha and Kirsten Halker-Kratz ’96.
   The weekend will open Thursday, April 30, with the first of three performances of “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!” in Founders Hall, and conclude Sunday, May 3, with commencement in the Sommer Center. In between will be a full complement of activities, including several alumni reunions and the May Day Run/Walk.

“Marriage Plot” Thickens in Movies Says Bluffton Speaker

    As a scholar of 19th-century women’s literature, Dr. Cheri Larsen Hoeckley knows that marriage plays a central role in many classic novels. But the pressure to get married that can be found in those books also lives on in modern movies and culture, the Westmont College professor says.
   Novels of the 19th century “are in many ways the origin of a notion that we still live with,” Larsen Hoeckley said March 31 at Bluffton University’s annual Women’s Studies Forum. “And that notion is the assumption that no matter who you are, or what you’re doing right now in your late teens, you’re going to be married at some point.”

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