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Curtain Call Presents “John Lennon & Me”

John Lennon and Me
The University of Valley Forge (UVF) theater group, Curtain Call, presents this year’s spring play, a dramedy titled “John Lennon & Me,” directed by junior Krystal Rodriquez, with assistant directors sophomore Blaine Cooper and junior Stephanie Hamel. The play tells the story of a young girl named Star, played by senior Danielle Debley, who copes with her cystic fibrosis by fabricating illusions of celebrity grandeur during her hospital stay. This is done by imaginating the transformation of people around her into fantastical personas — like a therapy nurse she imagines as a professional wrestler — and by creating celebrity characters who support and encourage her as she battles her illness. Eventually Star gets a new hospital roommate Courtney, played by freshman Olivia Gordon, who seems completely opposite to her. This serves as a catalyst for Star’s own journey of self-discovery as she faces her mortality.

“John Lennon & Me” is based on the book "Good-bye, Best Friend" by Cheri Bennett and was adapted for the theater by the author. Director Krystal Rodriquez was part of a production of “John Lennon & Me” when she was in high school, and was struck by the themes of death and hopelessness without Jesus Christ. Assistant Director Blaine Cooper stated that Curtain Call picked the dramedy because of its ultimate themes about mortality. “As Christians, we have a hope for an afterlife,” he said. “However, the characters in this show do not share our faith. They struggle with the question of what happens after death.” The play can hopefully serve as a reminder to its Christian audience that they have a hope in Christ that should be shared with those who struggle while facing death. 

Apart from the themes of human ephemerality and the afterlife, the play also acts as a comedy, filled with what Cooper calls “unique and lovable characters who encourage, challenge and help [Star] to understand the world and ultimately herself.” Author Bennett utilizes Star’s love of the Beatles and other celebrities to underpin important messages to young adults about self-acceptance, friendship and living life to the fullest.

“John Lennon & Me” will be performed at Krempels Theater on March 25 & 26 and April 1 & 2.
John Lennon and Me
The University of Valley Forge (UVF) theater group, Curtain Call, presents this year’s spring play, a dramedy titled “John Lennon & Me,” directed by junior Krystal Rodriquez, with assistant directors sophomore Blaine Cooper and junior Stephanie Hamel. The play tells the story of a young girl named Star, played by senior Danielle Debley, who copes with her cystic fibrosis by fabricating illusions of celebrity grandeur during her hospital stay. This is done by imaginating the transformation of people around her into fantastical personas — like a therapy nurse she imagines as a professional wrestler — and by creating celebrity characters who support and encourage her as she battles her illness. Eventually Star gets a new hospital roommate Courtney, played by freshman Olivia Gordon, who seems completely opposite to her. This serves as a catalyst for Star’s own journey of self-discovery as she faces her mortality.

“John Lennon & Me” is based on the book "Good-bye, Best Friend" by Cheri Bennett and was adapted for the theater by the author. Director Krystal Rodriquez was part of a production of “John Lennon & Me” when she was in high school, and was struck by the themes of death and hopelessness without Jesus Christ. Assistant Director Blaine Cooper stated that Curtain Call picked the dramedy because of its ultimate themes about mortality. “As Christians, we have a hope for an afterlife,” he said. “However, the characters in this show do not share our faith. They struggle with the question of what happens after death.” The play can hopefully serve as a reminder to its Christian audience that they have a hope in Christ that should be shared with those who struggle while facing death. 

Apart from the themes of human ephemerality and the afterlife, the play also acts as a comedy, filled with what Cooper calls “unique and lovable characters who encourage, challenge and help [Star] to understand the world and ultimately herself.” Author Bennett utilizes Star’s love of the Beatles and other celebrities to underpin important messages to young adults about self-acceptance, friendship and living life to the fullest.

“John Lennon & Me” will be performed at Krempels Theater on March 25 & 26 and April 1 & 2.

Two Students With a Game Plan

BSG Players
Two University of Valley Forge (UVF) seniors, Ramiro Amaya and Jessica Simonic, achieved a #1 ranking in a worldwide Business Strategy Game (BSG) online competition during the week of March 13–20. BSG is an online simulation game used by undergraduate and graduate business students to test real-world application of business skills. Teams in the BSG participate from around the world — over 4,000 teams from 245 colleges and universities compete for a ranking in the top 100 each semester.
 
BSG specifically tests students on their business skills by presenting a simulated scenario in which they must invest. Amaya and Simonic worked on a business simulation of a shoe company, utilizing marketing, production and distribution know-how to best their competitors in a fabricated market. Amaya and Simonic had to cleverly and knowledgeably use virtual resources provided in the game to corner the shoe market in four “regions” online. The shoe companies in the game mirror real-life athletic corporations, so success in the game’s virtual business reflects competence in an actual competitive market. With the BSG ongoing until the end of the semester, Amaya and Simonic continue to express their confidence and enjoyment working as a team. “We see eye-to-eye on many decisions,” Amaya said. “There has been no conflict between us.” This camaraderie has paid off with the duo’s stellar performance. "Being on a team with Ramiro has been awesome; our personalities work well with one another and we are able to make decisions that we both agree upon," said Simonic. 
 
Professor Bill Clarkson, Ph.D., Department of Business chair, encourages his business students to take part in BSG to hone their experience in real-world business operations. In classes on business policy and in the business senior Capstone Project, Dr. Clarkson instructs students on how to present and operate their own franchise. UVF business students have historically shown great success in BSG competition. Early last year, Tim Piatt ’16 and Will Toy ’16 finished in an impressive 14th place overall for their earnings per share segment of BSG.
 
With persistence and hard work, Amaya and Simonic clinched the #1 spot for their simulated shoe company and themselves. In a joint statement they said, "We're thankful for the opportunities given by the faculty and staff of UVF that enable students to learn and grow; we believe this is just the beginning of the great accomplishments God has planned for our future and we're excited to see where that leads us." 
BSG Players
Two University of Valley Forge (UVF) seniors, Ramiro Amaya and Jessica Simonic, achieved a #1 ranking in a worldwide Business Strategy Game (BSG) online competition during the week of March 13–20. BSG is an online simulation game used by undergraduate and graduate business students to test real-world application of business skills. Teams in the BSG participate from around the world — over 4,000 teams from 245 colleges and universities compete for a ranking in the top 100 each semester.
 
BSG specifically tests students on their business skills by presenting a simulated scenario in which they must invest. Amaya and Simonic worked on a business simulation of a shoe company, utilizing marketing, production and distribution know-how to best their competitors in a fabricated market. Amaya and Simonic had to cleverly and knowledgeably use virtual resources provided in the game to corner the shoe market in four “regions” online. The shoe companies in the game mirror real-life athletic corporations, so success in the game’s virtual business reflects competence in an actual competitive market. With the BSG ongoing until the end of the semester, Amaya and Simonic continue to express their confidence and enjoyment working as a team. “We see eye-to-eye on many decisions,” Amaya said. “There has been no conflict between us.” This camaraderie has paid off with the duo’s stellar performance. "Being on a team with Ramiro has been awesome; our personalities work well with one another and we are able to make decisions that we both agree upon," said Simonic. 
 
Professor Bill Clarkson, Ph.D., Department of Business chair, encourages his business students to take part in BSG to hone their experience in real-world business operations. In classes on business policy and in the business senior Capstone Project, Dr. Clarkson instructs students on how to present and operate their own franchise. UVF business students have historically shown great success in BSG competition. Early last year, Tim Piatt ’16 and Will Toy ’16 finished in an impressive 14th place overall for their earnings per share segment of BSG.
 
With persistence and hard work, Amaya and Simonic clinched the #1 spot for their simulated shoe company and themselves. In a joint statement they said, "We're thankful for the opportunities given by the faculty and staff of UVF that enable students to learn and grow; we believe this is just the beginning of the great accomplishments God has planned for our future and we're excited to see where that leads us." 

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