The University of Arkansas – Monticello Creative Society hosted Mocha Madness in the Patio Café of the John F. Gibson University Center Halloween night, Oct. 31. Funded by the Student Activities Board, the event supplied free cookies, pumpkin seeds, coffee, tea and hot cocoa.
Mocha Madness allows for a variety of creative outlets. Performers can read their prose or poetry, sing or play their own music, show off their choreography or even display their artwork.
This year, Mocha Madness featured 14 performances ranging from music to poetry to comedy skits. Professors and students alike showed off their talents each with a five-minute performance. The house band, It’s Not About, provided the music during the intermission. Each performer received a ceramic cup handmade by Assistant Professor of Art Scott Lykens.
After the scheduled performances, the stage opened up for any willing participants to perform during the open mic session. Several audience members decided to perform their poetry, comedy or music. Though they were not featured on the program, they still received a ceramic cup.
“I thought there was a great turnout despite the rain,” said Special Sanders, who hosted the event as the Mistress of Mayhem. “It was the first time (Mocha Madness) was on Halloween, and that’s my favorite holiday; so it was awesome.”
Guests and performers were encouraged to dress up for Halloween and participate in the costume contest. Chandrika Moore won the contest dressed as a majorette. The winner received a special ceramic cup also made by Lykens.
In spirit of Halloween, the Creative Society held a pumpkin carving party Sunday, Oct. 29, to carve 25 pumpkins for decorations at the main event. Professor of Speech Communication Gary Marshall and his wife, Alice Guffey Miller, hosted the event at their home Rising Oaks. At the end of Mocha Madness, guests were free to take any of their favorite pumpkins home.
“It was my first time to go to Mocha Madness,” said sophomore Eric Bell. “It was everything I heard it was and more. We should have more events for talented people to perform. To see all the talent on our campus is awesome.”
The Creative Society hosts Mocha Madness once every semester. Anyone can sign up to perform including faculty, students, staff and anyone from the community. For more information, contact Marshall at 460-1947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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