page 20 The Signal October 10, 2018
OSO OSO doubles down on CUB Alt concert By Nadir Roberts Arts & Entertainment Editor CUB Alt went full throttle with a lineup of bands that had students jumping, shouting and dancing to the rhythm. On Friday Oct. 5, Cicala and Toy Cars zoomed into the Brower Student Center Room 225 to open for OSO OSO. Once Toy Cars left the stage and OSO OSO began to set up, the crowd instantly doubled in size. The emo/indie rock band hails from Long Beach, New York and is signed to Triple Crown Records. The band is very intimate with the audience and has sentimental lyrics that reach listeners on a deep level. Playing a mix of songs from their debut album, “Real Stories of True People, Who Kind of Looked Like Monsters” and 2017 project “The Yunahon mixtape,” the band encouraged fans to sing along, while introducing new listeners to their music. “I can’t believe I thought I was safe in my most crooked shape, most vulnerable place … and all that time I was hangin’ on your shelf, I was just running away from getting to know myself” sang out lead singer Jade Limitri. The rolling theme of the night seemed to be jokes about the College that had the crowd laughing nonstop. “Everytime we play a college show it’s in New Jersey, it’s a scholar state,” Limitri said. “That’s what they call NJ
right? The education state? Cicala, a band from South Carolina kicked off the show in high fashion with a set comprised of climactic riffs and transitions that had the crowd yearning for their songs to never end. Some songs like “A Diner in Poughkeepsie” combined graphic lyrics with a soft approach. “And I will bleed out of my mouth, and I’ll never talk again,” whispered Quinn, Cicala’s lead singer. In between songs and sets, each band killed the awkward silence of setting up for the next song with jokes and appreciation. “Thank you to The College of New Jersey for having us,” Cicala said. “Thank you to hummus too.” Cicala met through the music scene a couple years ago and has been together ever since. The band, which has a record coming out this spring, gets inspiration from the likes of Big Thief, Ryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen. The two opening bands just finished a massive tour that spanned the entire US. Cicala’s most memorable stop was California, where they were able to meet many other bands and like minded artists. Next up onto the stage illuminated in purple was Toy Cars, a band from Asbury Park, New Jersey. The group kicked up the tempo and brought out high energy and a lot of movement. During the middle of its set, the band took a moment to sell merchandise, and announced that 100 percent of proceeds went to victims who lost their homes in
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Limitri’s lyrics have a sentimental and nostalgic vibe.
the California wildfires. Toy Cars, who did not leave much time in between songs, kept the ball rolling the whole show with fast paced hits accompanied by aggressive vocals. The band executed suspenseful transitions between verses
and then lowered the volume to deliver descriptive melancholy verses. In the band’s closing song, lead vocalist Matteo DeBenedetti sang, “Despite what you may think, everything good must come to an end.”
ACT puts 20th century twist on “Twelfth Night” Shakesperean classic sells out in Black Box Theater
Orsino and Viola test the strength of their romance. By Danielle Silvia Production Manager
Senior English and communication studies double major Scott Glading wanted to bring Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” to life for a contemporary audience. As director of All College Theatre’s first major production of the year, he put a 1930s spin on the playwright’s classic. From Oct. 3 to Saturday, Oct. 6, ACT performed the classic comedy in the Don Evans Black Box Theater in Kendall Hall. It was produced by Sam Franz, a junior English and communication studies double major, and Jill Merbach, a junior marketing major. ACT’s “Twelfth Night” tells the story of siblings, Viola (played by senior math major Rebecca Conn)
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and Sebastian (layed by senior science Political Science major Robert Hicks), who were separated after a shipwreck, but then unite in a foreign land. They find themselves intertwined in a love triangle. Orsino (played by Alec Skwara, a senior secondary education and history major) is in love with and eventually rejected by Olivia (played by Sydney Blanchard, a sophomore English major). Viola makes her way into Orsino’s land (after the shipwreck,) disguised as a male under the alias Cesario. Meanwhile, Viola is falling in love with Orsino, but Olivia is infatuated with Cesario, not knowing that he is truly Viola. Conn was thrilled to play Viola and enjoyed every moment of the production process. “It was a great experience to put on this show with both the cast and crew,” she said. “Everyone’s worked so hard
and it really shines through when you’re performing.” The plot thickens as each character begins to reveal his or her true identity with many elements of comedy sprinkled within. Glading explained the darkness behind the show’s humor. Some moments are funny at a glance, but its serious undertones give the show a certain flare Glading strived for. “I edited the three-and-a-half-hour show to a 80 to 90 minute script to add my own touches but also keep the story intact,” Glading said. Rehearsals for the play began in late August, and the entire show was cast, rehearsed and performed in five weeks. Glading attributed the play’s success to the cohesiveness of the group. “As a 15-member cast, the students were responsible for being communicative with me and one another,” Glading said. “We had some rehearsals that began in the late afternoon, and some that just began at 9 p.m. Because everyone has a different schedule, it is always a challenge for every show to set a schedule.” In the early stages of rehearsals, it became evident that there was a discrepancy in the set design. While the production team and Glading had their own vision, the set design team had different thoughts, putting the set in an opposite direction. “Everyone, the cast, crew, worked together to flip the set around,” Glading said. “We used the carpet as a base and strategically lifted each corner of the set to get it right. It turned out great because there was never a ‘bad’ spot for the audience to enjoy the show. Any angle allowed for the same view as the next.” Despite some challenges in the play’s production, Glading was grateful for the successful performances. “The students really are passionate about both academics and the arts, and it never fails to show,” he said. The show on Saturday evening was sold out, and the audience members there were extremely eager to catch the final performance. Senior iSTEM and elementary education double major Alanna Jenkins left the Black Box Theater smiling. “Not only was I laughing, but I felt transformed into the eras of both Shakespeare and the 1930’s, and it was definitely a fun way to spend my Saturday night,” she said.
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