“Love Song came to me at a time I believed love could no longer speak to me. I found love again in it and through it. That's the power of art,” said Colin McCord, a senior at Anderson University. “It has the capacity to reach us no matter where we are at. Whether it be the highest of highs or the lowest of lows, love transforms us or simply reminds us of what we know to be true.”
On Feb. 22, theatre arts and English major McCord had the opportunity to share his art with the Anderson University community through a play he wrote and directed. Love Song was McCord’s first time directing and producing a play in its entirety. McCord chose to write and direct the play as part of his senior theatre project, which is a requirement for graduation for theatre arts majors.
“Love Song is the story of all of us who have experienced some darker sides of life,” said McCord. “Sometimes we go to dwell in a place of darkness and isolation, and even though this loneliness can be consuming, it is not the end of the story. Love offers the opportunity for restoration and redemption. Love Song tells the story of one man's encounter with the resurrecting power of love while showcasing the many different forms this unexplainable power can take.”
From his training opportunities at AU, McCord was equipped to lead his cast and crew to deliver a memorable performance. “We do things differently here than most undergraduate programs,” said Ronn Johnstone, theatre studies director. “We provide director training within your first two years. Colin has been trained to direct actors and has been given the knowledge and ability to do just that.”
McCord contributes the play’s success to the guidance of Johnstone and his cast. “None of this would have been possible without the training and help I've received from Ronn. He has impacted my life in ways beyond just the education I've received from him. Also, it has given me the opportunity to lead a group of my peers and friends who I deeply respect into a theatrical adventure that I know has paid off for each and every one of us,” said McCord.
Elijah Alvey, senior organizational management major, played Harry, brother-in-law to the main character, Beanne. “To me, Love Song is just that — it is my love song,” said Alvey. “It is my love song to AU, it is my love song to God, and it is my love song to myself. We are constantly surrounded by people who just need love. I am not allowed to ignore the fact that God calls us to love everyone in the same way He loved us. This journey has been an awesome experience. Colin is a phenomenal director with a beautiful vision for this show.”
This piece targeted McCord’s generation. He hopes it provided an opportunity for students and younger audiences to connect with the art form that he has come to love and respect.
“Love Song speaks to this generation that is here at AU now,” said Johnstone. “It speaks to this demographic and most importantly it speaks to Colin. Colin had something to say to this generation, and it was wonderful to watch him say it through art.”
With Johnstone’s support, McCord presented a universal story simply about love. “Love Song reminds us of the forces and powers at play in our human experience that we have grappled with at one time or another,” said McCord. “It was my goal to ensure that this story connects to the students of AU in a way that they may have never connected to a theatre piece before.”
— Kayla Meid is a senior from Indianapolis, Ind., majoring in communication arts and theatre arts. Meid is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.