Lipscomb’s Lady Bisons volleyball players know how important it is to have other students supporting their efforts, so they didn’t even hesitate when their coach asked them if they wanted to go to the Lipscomb production of Les Misérables this autumn.
Coach Brandon Rosenthal took a vote a couple weeks in advance and asked his team who wanted to plan on attending the show. Every hand in the huddle shot up without hesitation.
“As athletes, we don’t always realize the hard work that theatre requires. It is foreign to us,” said junior Megan Stout. “The show was really eye-opening to how much dedication it requires to put on a show like that.”
The team took advantage of a rare evening off to attend the show as a team on Nov. 6.
“This was my first time seeing a Lipscomb show,” said sophomore Molly Spitznagle. “I was mesmerized the whole time.”
The team’s busy fall semester does not allow for much time to attend events like these.
They were leaving the next day for a match against ETSU in Johnson City.
“We know how important it is to have supporters at our games,” said senior captain Caitlin Dotson. “The fact that we can support our classmates in the same way is awesome.”
Casey Edwards, a junior theatre major who played Éponine in the production, knows from experience how important it is for both groups of students to be supported.
Her freshman year, she played golf for Lipscomb and was in multiple performances. Golf and acting, however, are both full-time jobs, and she decided to pursue theatre.
“We practiced over 20 hours a week for the two months before the show,” Edwards said. “I wanted to give 100 percent to whatever I chose to do, and I could see myself pursuing theatre in some way in the future.”
The author is a member of the volleyball team.