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The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

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Jessica Nantes is a sophomore TV and video production. This is her second semester at The News.

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Jessica Sherr, actress and playwright of the solo show Bette Davis Ain’t For Sissies, acts as Bette Davis whom in this scene has just finished a performance as Maxine in the The Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams. Backstage, the nemesis-like figure of Joan Crawford comes to meet with her. Davis is initially unamused by Crawford’s idea of using a book she’s read as the perfect script to get them both back into the Hollywood game after they’d been cast aside for being “too old”. But Crawford’s pleading had peaked Davis’s curiosity and upon reading the book, “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane”, she was convinced they needed to bring this to light and act in it to step back into the spotlight of film.

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November 19, 2021
Bette Davis, played by actress playwright, Jessica Sherr, recounts how her mother, Ruthie, worked hard for Davis to reach stardom and was her number one supporter and friend. She contrasts this with an opposing experience she had with her mostly absent father who came to see her in a play she starred in in “The Wild Duck” as Hedvig in Boston. We see her joyfully receiving the admiration of the crowd and in her words she is having her first stardust, a time in her life where she is the star on stage and no one else shares her starlight. This is followed immediately by his discouraging words, “You see all those stars up there Bette, there are millions and millions of them, remember that always, you’ll know how unimportant you are”. Throughout the show we see her fight against these kinds of words and and even greater systems to her way to the top of Hollywood. The show was performed on Thursday night at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Theatre.

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November 19, 2021
Bette Davis, played by Jessica Sherr, actress and playwright, speaks on the telephone with her close friend Olivia de Havilland (“Gone with the Wind”) as they gossip about the other stars in the film “Gone with the Wind” who were up for awards as nominees. The show was performed at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Theatre on Thursday night.

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November 19, 2021
Jessica Sherr, actress and playwright of the solo show Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies, performs as Bette Davis, diving into the role of the film star’s life throughout the 90-minute show. The show starts on the night of the Academy Awards in 1939, when she finds out she has lost the award for Best Actress since it’s been leaked to the press that Vivienne Leigh (“Gone with the Wind”) will win. Sherr began developing the show in 2008 when she had been dared to write a solo show, and the show was directed by Karen Carpenter (Love loss and What I wore, Harry Townsend’s Last Stand). It was performed on Thursday night at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Theatre.

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November 19, 2021
Lucy Hill, senior vocal performance major, portrays her character, Ms. Bluff in “The Impresario” a comedic opera by composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart about characters in the business of a premier opera house trying to save it from closing. Hill described Ms. Bluff as, “the smiling face of the theatre because my boss [Ms. Scruples] lacks the patience and poise to deal with important people”. The show took place at the Recital Hall in the Doudna Fine Arts Center.

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November 14, 2021
Mikayla Beck, graduate student studying vocal performance, plays Madame Goldenthrill in “The Impresario” who demands higher payment from Mr. Angel, the opera’s richest donor, played by Makayla McPhedran, senior music major, for her performing as a seasoned opera singer.

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November 14, 2021
Mikayla Beck, graduate student studying vocal performance, plays Madame Goldenthrill, a seasoned opera singer who is singing operatically in competition and spite against her younger naturally talented counterpart, Madame Silverpeal [not pictured] in “The Impresario” by Mozart. Both “The Impressario” and the collection of opera scenes were translated by Rebecca von Kamp and Giovanni Cardelli into English to provide connection and familiarity to the operas.

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November 14, 2021
Arron Whitt, a junior theatre arts major, plays Justin in the play “Blood at the Root” directed by Janai Lashon at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Theatre Thursday night.

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November 14, 2021
Chuck Westendorf, a sophomore digital media major who plays Colin, talks to Raylynn who is played by Brea Howard, a freshman theatre arts major, in “Blood at the Root” play at Doudna Fine Arts Center Theatre Thursday night

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November 14, 2021
Arron Whitt, a junior theatre arts major, plays Justin in the “Blood at the Root” play directed by Janai Lashon at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Theatre Thursday night.

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December 31, 2021
Members of the Blood at The Root play perform their scene during the preview night Tuesday at Doudna Fine Arts Center.

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December 31, 2021
Francis Akosah Akwaboa, a graduate student studying art, with a focus in metal sculptures, explains the multi-faceted elephant piece he is working on Thursday night in Doudna Fine Arts Center. Akosah Akwaboa’s choice of the elephant was to highlight their importance in the ecosystem as they are being poached and traded as a commodity to the verge of extinction. He is showing the metal rod and wire side of the elephant that represents the senseless death that is bringing about the African elephant’s extinction.

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December 31, 2021
Stevie McDunn, a senior TV and video production major, and Paul Blanchard, a senior German major, improvise in a game of Action Replay. They are seeking the first place trophy in a hula hooping competition.

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November 1, 2021
Jerimiah Boyd-Johnson, a senior political science major,  Jordan Holmes, a criminology major, Diana Rogel, a senior spanish major, Chase Austin, a criminology major, and Dr. Karen Swanson attend the Who’s Protecting Us? panel in the Grand Ballroom of Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

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October 28, 2021
Jerimiah Boyd-Johnson, a senior political science major, and Jordan Holmes, a criminology major and member of the Criminal Justice club, talk to a university police officer after the Who’s Protecting Us? panel in the Grand Ballroom of Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

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October 28, 2021
Easten alumna Cheyenne Brickner, performs at the Percussion Ensemble Concert. The focus of the concert was Afro-Cuban music.

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October 28, 2021
The Percussion Ensemble plays assorted instruments in the Percussion Ensemble Concert Tuesday night. The focus of the concert was Afro-Cuban music.

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October 28, 2021
Part of the Percussion Ensemble play “Gilded Cage” by Susan Powell at the Tuesday night Percussion Ensemble Concert. The focus of the concert was Afro-Cuban music.

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October 26, 2021
David Martins, a graduate student studying percussion performance plays “Gilded Cage” by Susan Powell at the Percussion Ensemble Concert Tuesday night. The focus of the concert was Afro-Cuban music.

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October 26, 2021
During the homecoming pep rally Friday night, students play a game of hungry hippo. Teams have to work together to gather as many balls as they can before the music stops.

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December 31, 2021
Cherish Crosby, a junior mass communication major, steals one of the chairs faster than her opponent in an intense game of musical chairs during the homecoming pep rally in McAfee gym Friday night.

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December 31, 2021
Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. dance at the Homecoming Week tailgate. The tailgate took place before the Homecoming football game at O’Brian Saturday afternoon.

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December 31, 2021
Anthony Lewis, a senior criminal justice major, grills buffalo chicken wings at the Saturday Homecoming Week tailgate outside of O’Brian Field.

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December 31, 2021
Stephen Szigethy presents one of the artifacts to the group of viewers Monday afternoon.

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October 11, 2021
Stephen Szigethy presents the opening night to The Hungarian Uprising at 65: An Exhibit at Booth Library Monday afternoon.

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October 11, 2021
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