TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
Special to The Times-Tribune
University of the Cumberlands (UC) is currently preparing for its Homecoming weekend and is excited to share its 125th anniversary with alumni, current students, community and UC supporters and fans.
One way UC has chosen to express their loyalty and love for the university is to share with others the history of Cumberland through a theatrical presentation in the Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Center, located on UC’s campus.
Back in late 1888, men worked all night to ensure the Williamsburg Institute was ready for occupancy. They worked long hours for many cold days and the women would bring them hearty meals that they would eat on the work site.
It was an exciting time for the city of Williamsburg as they were expecting around 200 happy boys and girls to enter the front doors on opening day in hopes of receiving a college education. The college opened on Jan. 7, 1889, and the vision, faith, hard work, sacrifice and struggle to found the college became a reality as the students arrived on foot, on horseback, and by wagon to what is now University of the Cumberlands. UC’s fine arts students will be reenacting this moment in history and take their audience back to this day when the University of the Cumberlands was just a single building filled with hope and dreams.
Dr. Kim Miller, artistic director of UC Theater, wrote this production with the assistance of President Dr. Jim Taylor’s centennial book titled, “A Bright Shining City Set on a Hill.”
Taylor and Miller took interesting historical facts from the text and brought it to life. UC hopes to help the audience gain a better understanding of the many phases and milestones the university has succeeded in and increase the pride, love and respect people have for UC.
“It has been so gratifying to know how many faculty and community members have donated their time or materials, so we could make this project a reality,” said Miller. “And I’m especially excited that we have a new song for the performance. It’s called “Cumberlands” and it was written by UC alums Rayford Watts and Virgil Bowlin.”
University of the Cumberlands and the fine arts students are elated to celebrate 125 years of excellence and would like to extend an invitation to everyone to join them in celebration and gratitude. Performances will be Friday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. and again at 7:30 pm, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a Sunday performance at 2 p.m. All theatrical performances of “Shining Our Light” will take place in the Kohn Theater located in the Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Center, conveniently located on UC’s campus.
To reserve tickets, call 606-539-4535.