As acceptance letters begin to be sent out to future Champlainers across the globe, the Champlain campus and surrounding Burlington area are booming with activities! This week, we are all on spring break, but once we return and the semester is in it’s second half, there will be plenty of things to keep us busy and entertained.
March 19th is our annual Mr. Champlain competition. Male Champlain students are nominated to compete in formal wear, question and answer, swimwear, and talent portions of this male beauty pageant and at the end, one is crowned Mr. Champlain. There are three judges that are always Champlain staff/faculty that make the final decision, and the audience also gets to vote and choose an audience favorite. The show also includes a performance from the Champlain College Dance Team. It’s an event that current students know they don’t want to miss!
March 20-22 will be the second annual Champlain Theatre 48-Hour Playwriting Competition. Ten Champlain students get the prompt on Friday, have all of Saturday to write, and meet their actors on Sunday who will then rehearse all day for the final performances that night. Winners receive $150 for third place, $250 for second place, and $500 for first place. Champlain students, staff, and faculty, as well as members of the community are invited to attend the showcase on March 22nd at 6pm. Check out last year’s plays here!
March 28th-29th will be our fourth performance put on by Champlain Theatre this year and is taking place in the Morgan Room at 7:30 both days, free to anyone who is interested in attending. It will be a staged reading of The Lion in Winter, a play about a dysfunctional royal family in 1183.
March 25th at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is a performance of Macbeth by The Acting Company, which has received a Tony for Excellence in Theater, numerous Obies, and the Los Angeles Critics Circle Award. The performance starts at 7:30 and tickets are $10 in advance to all Champlain students, part of our cultural access program with the Flynn which allows Champlain students to get $10 tickets to all Flynn-presented performances. More information can be found here.
March 28th is the 6th annual Zumbathon taking place at Higher Ground from 1-3pm and put on by Women Helping Battered Women. The Zumbathon raises money to support WHBW’s life saving services and programs. The Zumbathon has raised over $150,000 over its 6 year history. Colorful costumes, great music, and fun await! Get your tickets and find out more here.
In addition to these special events, there are events on campus every week such as Free Movie Night and Free Bowling Night, and you can always find things to do downtown with plenty of shops and restaurants to visit with friends and family. Champlain is an active campus within the larger city of Burlington and you will certainly never find yourself with nothing to do!
Paige Schmittlein is a junior Student Ambassador at Champlain College studying Management of Creative Media with a specialization in Publishing.