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College of Fine Arts

Forte Festival

 

The Forte Festival of Creativity is an interdisciplinary collaboration co-hosted by the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, Stephens College of Business and Montevallo Arts Council. The three-day celebration consists of interactive workshops and performances, art exhibitions, crafts, demonstrations, and spirited post-event discussions with attendees.

2019 THEME: Open Table
This year’s Festival will be held April 18-20, at various times and locations.

Sponsored by McKelvey Mechanical, Inc. and Chartwells
Funded in part by a grant from the UM Concert and Lecture Series Committee.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

THURSDAY, APRIL 18:

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. BFA Senior Capstone Gallery Show: Joanna Edmondson and Samantha Keevan

This exhibition presents the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester. Joanna Edmondson, drawing; Samantha Keevan, ceramics.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

10 to 11 a.m. Interactive Puppetry Workshop with Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Teaching artists from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival give you a hands-on workshop about object manipulation, character building, and the practical craft of puppetry. Registration is required. Click here to register.
Chichester Black Box Theatre, Reynolds Hall
12 to 1 p.m. Paper Houses
Guest creator/playwright Karow Wilson’s show is performed through puppetry/object theatre and devised theatre to explore how two young people can build their dream house. The show is built completely out of Karow’s application for immigration status and performed in Italian. Seating limited to first 20 to arrive.
Chichester Black Box Theatre, Reynolds Hall
*2 p.m. School Spirits: Ghost Stories from Alabama’s College Campuses
Listen to ghostlore from colleges across Alabama – including our own –  which reflects the state’s long history of higher education, war, and racial strife.
by Alan Brown, an Alabama Humanities Foundation Road Scholar
Pat Scales Special Collections Room, Carmichael Library
*this event is incorrectly listed on Friday in the printed Forte Festival programs
3:30 p.m. Reading and Conversation with Allie Rowbottom, Author of JELL-O Girls: A Family History
Come hear author Allie Rowbottom read from her memoir, JELLO-Girls, an exploration of the dark side of the iconic American dessert and a moving portrait of the women living under its “curse.” Bring paper and a pen to participate in optional writing activities! Books will be for sale at the reading.
Pat Scales Special Collections Room, Carmichael Library
3:30 p.m. A Seat at the Table
An interactive workshop focused on exploring diversity and inclusion in the tabletop games industry.
Hill House Classroom
7:30 p.m. Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical
With a dazzling array of outrageous, Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes, and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “I Love the Nightlife,” this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of fabulous! ADULT CONTENT. Purchase tickets at montevallotickets.universitytickets.com.
Reynolds Theatre
Canceled due to University closing and severe weather. Please contact (205) 665-6210 for any needed ticket exchanges or refunds.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19:

10 a.m. Crazy Cookie & Cupcake Challenge
Amazing and zany cookie and cupcake creations from around campus. Creators vie to place 1st, 2nd, 3rd or People’s Choice.
Reynolds Hall
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. How to Draw Comics (for People Who Don’t Know How to Draw)
Description: This will be a one-hour session on composing comics for absolute beginners + pizza on the table afterwards.
J.A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library
2 to 3 p.m. Creativity Using Code Workshop
Interactive workshop in which participants explore several creative topics inspired by computer programming, including fractal images.
Morgan Hall, Room 202
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Ghost Quartet
Highlights from the Alabama Premier cast’s production of the musical, Ghost Quartet, written by Broadway composer, Dave Malloy. A musical about love, death, and whiskey, featuring audience participation. Seating limited to first 50 to arrive. ADULT CONTENT.
Chichester Black Box Theatre, Reynolds Hall
3 p.m. A Music Student’s Perspective on Anxiety
A presentation from the perspective of a music major on anxiety and how to overcome it.
Davis Hall, Room 215
3:30 p.m. The Tower Issue Release Party
Celebrate the release of this year’s print issue of The Tower, Montevallo’s student-run literary magazine; meet the editors; and hear contributors read their published work. Copies of The Tower will be available for free, and snacks will be provided!
Hill House Patio
*6 to 7:30 p.m. Tea and Food Demo with Cameron Strouss, Deep Roots Apotheke
Join local herbalist and UM alum Cameron Strouss to learn how to harness the power of herbs in your daily diet.
Deep Roots Apotheke, 620 Main Street
*this event was rescheduled from Thursday due to University closing and severe weather.
7:30 p.m. Pattin Piano Fund Concert
Anthony Pattin Steinway Endowment Fund Legacy II Recital: Éperdu
Pianist Drew Spradlin will perform an original program which explores acoustic and electronic timbres, overtone interactions, and the influences of spectral music. Proceeds from this recital go toward the Dr. Anthony Pattin Steinway Endowment Fund. Purchase tickets at montevallotickets.universitytickets.com.
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Music Building
7:30 p.m. Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical
With a dazzling array of outrageous Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “I Love the Nightlife,” this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of fabulous! ADULT CONTENT. Purchase tickets at montevallotickets.universitytickets.com.
Reynolds Theatre

SATURDAY, APRIL 20:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Montevallo Arts Fest
Over 50 local and regional artists will display their items for sale. Live music, food vendors, and children’s activities make this event a great outing for the entire family. Pets are welcome on a leash.
Orr Park
11 a.m. Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Please join us for a chamber music performance by members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
Owl’s Cove Park, Main Street
Canceled due to inclement weather.

4 to 6 p.m. BFA Senior Capstone Gallery Opening Reception: Breanna Earls and Erica Lewis
This exhibition presents the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester. Breanna Earls, drawing; Erica Lewis, drawing + printmaking.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
7:30 p.m. Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical
With a dazzling array of outrageous Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “I Love the Nightlife,” this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of fabulous! ADULT CONTENT. Purchase tickets at montevallotickets.universitytickets.com.
Reynolds Theatre

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Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during this event should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205.665.6250, DSS@montevallo.edu) as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.