May Day details

May 7, 2016

Highlights of May Day 2016 will include:

May Day musical
Based on the original book and concept by Peter Stone, this Kander and Ebb musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in 1959 Boston. Curtains premiered in Los Angeles in 2006 then went to Broadway in 2007 where it garnered eight Tony Award nominations. For his portrayal of the lead character, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, David Hyde Pierce won the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Other characters in this hilarious "who done it" include a naïve ingénue, a brassy producer, an English stage director and a Gene Kelly-type choreographer.

Founders Hall
May  5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m.
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May Day Run/Walk
A four-mile race/College Cabin walk sponsored by the Bluffton University Alumni Association with support from Bluffton Hospital. Register early to reserve your tech-fabric shirt. Medals awarded to top three finishers in each age/gender bracket. Trophies awarded to fastest male and fastest female. Every participant eligible for a door prize.

Sommer Center
7 a.m. check in and  walk-up registration begins;
8 a.m. START four-mile race and Nature Preserve walk
9 a.m. Door prizes, medals and trophies awarded
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Alumni choir sing and Reception
Revive your musical energies, share your talents with current students and take time to reflect on your experiences as a student. A reception follows in the Gilliom Room. The alumni choir will gather again to sing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" to close the May Day ceremony.

Yoder Recital Hall
9:30 a.m.

  Class reunions and lunch
Come and reminisce. Reconnect with your classmates, renew friendships and celebrate Bluffton! Because of growing crowds, two venues have been established. A buffet luncheon will be available in Marbeck Center for alumni, family and friends through 1999. A picnic lunch will be available inside Burcky gym for alumni, family and friends of classes 2000-15; and for 2016 graduates, their families and current students .

Marbeck Center Commons and Burcky Gym
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tickets available online and at the door

This event celebrates the end of an academic year, the beginning of a new chapter for graduates and the remembrance of times past for alumni. It includes the colorful Maypole dance performed by first-year students, crowning of the queen and king and recognition of graduating seniors.

Centennial Hall lawn
1:30 p.m.

Dr. Cynthia Bandish, associate professor of English and English and Language department chair, will review the characters and subplots in Shakespeare's King Lear, providing a context for John Basinger's unique theatrical reading of this famous play.

Musselman Library Reading Room
2:45-3:15 p.m.
open and free to the public

Bluffton alumnus John Basinger '56 is a critically acclaimed actor who will bring us a new twist on Shakespeare's "King." This one-character play has been hailed as a "tour de force" and Basinger's performance is "riveting." (The Day, New London, November 2015)

Ramseyer Auditorium
3:30 - 5 p.m.
open and free to the public