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10-11-2013


UC Presents Production of “Shining Our Light” for 125th Anniversary

 


WILLIAMSBURG Ky. – University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) theater department proudly presented “Shining Our Light” during UC’s 125th Homecoming weekend. The production was written and directed by Dr. Kim Miller, the Artistic Director of UC Theater. “Shining Our Light” was shown in the Kohn Theater of the Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Center.

The play was performed by actors and actresses that were chosen through an audition process from the local community. “Shining Our Light” was centered on UC and its growing history. The historical background for the play was all based off of A Bright Shining City Set on a Hill which was written by UC President, Dr. Jim Taylor. Another publication was produced 25 years later by the head of UC’s history department, Dr. Eric Wake, entitles, A City Set on a Hill Cannot be Hidden.

“Shining Our Light” explained the history of UC in a unique and interesting way. The struggles that many had to go through to receive funding for the Williamsburg Institute were expressed, and many important figures of UC’s past were featured throughout the production. The cast included Gavin Whitaker, Taylor Singleton, Jane Whitaker, Franco Holguin, Jack Stone, Kayli Gizel, Ryan Thomas, Sarah Pettit, Carolyn Reaves, Hannah Stephens, Katherine Whitaker, and Tabitha Bradley under the direction of Dr. Kim Miller.

The play started with dim lights as cast members walked through the crowd carrying candles, making their way towards the stage. Throughout the performance several cast members shared their testimonies with the audience and told of their experiences at UC. Another student demonstrated the artistic skills she has developed in her time at UC by drawing someone from the crowd with her non-dominant hand. Yet another cast member showed the audience some stage props she had built in her classes at the University.

“It was great meeting the alums and hearing about their work in theatre while they were students here,” said Miller. “It was also wonderful to talk with the descendants of people represented in the play. I think the cast and crew did an outstanding job, completing five performances in 48 hours’ time. Their energy was unflagging and I’m already missing their enthusiasm. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience!”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs, For more information visit www.ucumberlands.edu.