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Almost 1,500 people, some coming from as far as France and Chile, are scheduled to visit Waterville for Colby’s Family Homecoming Weekend, October 12-14. Many events are open to the public.
On Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, two theatrical events will bring together Colby students, faculty and community members for staged readings with professional actors, all directed by Jean Wagner, a Maine native now based in New York City. The two professional actors are Elizabeth Hess (best known for her starring role on the TV series Clarissa Explains It All) and David C. Wells (who recently acted in the Tony Award-winning The Coast of Utopia).
The performances are Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw on Friday, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams on Saturday. Both are at 7:30 p.m. in Colby’s Strider Theater.
The traditional Colby a cappella concerts will be held at the Waterville Opera House on Friday, October 12, at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 and must be purchased in advance. Also at the Opera House: Forbidden Broadway, a love letter to 40 years of Broadway’s biggest shows and brightest stars that spoofs everything from The Lion King to Les Miz, from Ethel Merman to Julie Andrews, and from Hugh Jackman to Carol Channing. Tickets are $17 and must be purchased in advance.
Other public events, all on Saturday, include:
State of the College conversation with President William D. Adams
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building, 9:45 a.m.
Men’s rugby game vs. University of Maine, followed by women’s rugby game vs. University of Maine
Rugby Field, 10 a.m.
Reaching the World and Holding On: Colby’s Jan Plan in India
Steven Nuss, associate professor of music
Room 100, Lovejoy Building, 10:45 a.m.
Field hockey game vs. Amherst College
Bill Alfond Field, 11 a.m.
Men’s soccer game vs. Amherst College
Soccer Field, 11 a.m.
Poverty and Health in Rural China: Failed Reforms in the Cooperative Medical System
Philip H. Brown, assistant professor of economics
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building, 11:30 a.m.
Testing Einstein’s Theory of Relativity
Robert Bluhm, Sunrise Professor of Physics
Room 105, Keyes Building, 12:45 p.m.
Tours of the Miller Library Tower (weather permitting)
Miller Library, 1 to 4 p.m.
Meet on library steps.
Football game vs. Amherst College
Seaverns Field, 1 p.m.
Women’s soccer game vs. Amherst College
Soccer Field, 1:30 p.m.
Colby Improv performance
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building, 2 p.m.
Tour of the Colby College Museum of Art
Led by Sharon Corwin, director and chief curator
Tour begins in the lobby of the Colby College Museum of Art, 2 p.m.
Colby Improv performance
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building, 4 p.m.
Music in My Soul
Performance by the Colby College Chorale
Colby College Museum of Art, 4 p.m.
Jazz Band performance
Conducted by Eric Thomas, director of band activities
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building, 6 p.m.