This year the Learning Community is trying something new by performing an orginial play, “Single Bell, Single Belle.” This play is scheduled to take place November 20 at 8:00 p.m. at the Backdoor Playhouse.A Learning Community gives first year students an opportunity to enhance their college experience. This enables these students to become part part of a small group of 20-25 students that take two courses together as one group and sharing co-curricular and social activities. This year’s Learning Community is Andy Smith’s English 1010 class and Mark Creter’s Theater 1030.
“At the beginning of the semester, in our English 1010 class, the first major writing assignment was to write a memoir about something that happened in our lives,” freshman Courtney Chance said. “At the time we knew that one of the memoirs was going to be chosen to turn into a play that our class would perform.”
The memoir chosen was “Single Bell, Single Belle,” is a story about a boy-girl relationship that started amazingly but was doomed to fail once the boy joined the military. Escalating over a year and a half, the play climaxes during the most wonderful time of the year–Christmas Day. It’s a trip through teenage life and love. This production is written and directed by English 1010 student Simone O’Dell.
The production is an interdisciplinary project which incorporates a major part of both the English and Theatre courses. The Learning Community students have worked on everything themselves. Teams were organized in set, public relations and tech work. Students are also in charge of costumes, props and the Facebook page.
This event is free and open to the public. A pre-show reception will be held in Jere Whitson Lobby at 6:30 p.m. for people who make reservations on the Facebook event, which can be found by searching “Single Bell, Single Belle.