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Berry students win Southern Women Writers contest

Berry students win Southern Women Writers contest

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College's winners of the Southern Women Writers Conference student writing contest kicked off last weekend's event by reading their works.

The writing contest was open to female students at Berry, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Shorter University. Blind judging was completed by Berry visiting professors Abby Greenbaum and Alex Quinlan.

In the fiction category, Berry senior and Knoxville, Tenn., resident Emily Caldwell won for her story, "A Brief Outburst of Pent-Up Aggression." The runner-up was Berry freshman Ciara Stephens of Decatur with her story, "Solo."

Berry sophomore Chelsea Fryer of Chattanooga, Tenn., won the poetry contest. Jenny VanFossen, a Georgia Highlands College sophomore, was the runner-up.

Foreigner offers free tickets for Chastain show to high school students

Foreigner offers free tickets for Chastain show to high school students

ATLANTA -- As part of its commitment to music education, legendary band Foreigner is offering free tickets for its Aug. 31 concert to all high school students in Georgia.

Students get into the show free with a photo ID and a ticket-buying adult. The concert will be held at Chastain Park Amphitheater; the box office will open at 6 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show.

Foreigner, which supports the Grammy Foundation, will also donate $500 to the Floyd County Honor Chorus. The choir will perform "I Want to Know What Love Is" with the band during the Aug. 31 show.

The Floyd County Honor Chorus is made up of students from Armuchee, Coosa, Model and Pepperell high schools.

Learn more and buy tickets for Foreigner's concert at classicchastain.com.

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

The video for Celebrate – from the motion picture SPARKLE featuring Jordin Sparks

'Spelling Bee' musical to be performed at Berry

'Spelling Bee' musical to be performed at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Enjoy a popular Tony Award-winning musical in northwest Georgia this week, when Berry College opens its production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The show opens on Friday, Mar. 30 at 2 p.m., with additional performances held Saturday, Mar. 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 1 at 2 p.m.

According to information provided by the college:

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of six adolescents vying for the spelling bee championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.

Admission to the show is $5.

For more information about fine arts events at Berry College, visit www.berry.edu.

Gretchen Reinhagen to perform at Berry

Gretchen Reinhagen to perform at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Award-winning performer, teacher and director Gretchen Reinhagen will host a cabaret show at Berry College at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 22.

Reinhagen's performances experience ranges from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been in productions of Always Patsy Cline, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Learn more at www.gretchenreinhagen.com.

The show is free and open to the public.

Berry dance troupe celebrates 15 years

Berry dance troupe celebrates 15 years

ROME, Ga. -- The dance troupe at Berry College is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2012 with a showcase of performances.

The concert, "Vitality," will be held at the Rome City Auditorium and features a wide variety of styles, including jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop, contemporary and Latin.

Tickets are currently on sale; they are $5 for opening night and $7 for each remaining production.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Mar. 22-24. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Mar. 24.

'Santaland Diaries' to benefit Toys for Tots

'Santaland Diaries' to benefit Toys for Tots

ROME, Ga. -- The Berry College Theatre Company's production of "The Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris will open on Thursday, Dec. 1 and run through Sunday, Dec. 4.

"The Santaland Diaries" is based on Sedaris's experience as a not-so-cheerful elf named Crumpet at Macy's in New York City. It is rated PG-13 for some graphic language.

The show will start at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is either $7 or a new unwrapped toy; all proceeds from the play will benefit Toys for Tots.

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For more information, call the box office at 706-236-2263 or visit www.berry.edu/theatre.