Alumna creates and directs student musical

By Lauren Hunter
Staff Writer

Franciscan University’s Anathan Theatre put on the musical “Life in Color” on April 5-7 and 12-14. 

The musical was created by recent graduate student AmyLynn Miller, who also served as the director of the show. 

“Burned by a past full of abandonment and weighty responsibility, a passionate young woman named Mona is determined to prove that she can make it on her own at art school,” stated the summary of the musical. 

Mona, however, is later wrongly accused for plagiarizing an art piece. She is then tasked with clearing her name and proving her accuser wrong with the help of her friend and younger brother. 

People started filing in about ten minutes before the show. Rev. Dave Pivonka, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, attended the show as well. 

Throughout the performance, the audience laughed and “awwwed” at the actors as they were immersed into the story. The musical was divided into two acts with a fifteen intermission in between, at which time the attendees mingled and chatted. 

At the end of the show, the crowd cheered and gave a standing ovation for the actors. 

“One of my favorite themes running throughout the story is that ‘you’re not what you do,’” said Miller. “Kathleen is very much … in that situation and Mona obviously looks at herself that way.” 

Miller added that one theme revolving around Mona is that “she is what she does and that’s where her worth is.” 

“When writing it I tried to focus on really pulling that theme out … as well as the idea of ‘what do you do when everything you’ve worked for and everything you’ve built for yourself comes crashing down,” said Miller. “What do you do with that?”