The state that gave us five U.S. presidents and boarders our nation’s capital, has finally joined the union! Emory & Henry College owns the great Commonwealth of Virginia, currently the only production in the state to be a part of our Festival. They were also the 44th production to join!
Emory & Henry College is a top-rated liberal arts college located in the Highlands of Virginia–tucked snugly in that little southwest corner of the state, surrounded by West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. They’re named after John Emory, a famous Methodist church leader, and the great Patrick Henry–patriot of the American Revolution and Virginia’s first governor.
The mission of the Theatre Department is to provide students with rigorous pre-professional theatre training within the context of a traditional liberal arts college education. What sets Emory & Henry apart from many other theatre programs is that it operates in association with the Barter Theatre, a professional LORT C Equity company, ten minutes from the E&H campus. This association offers theatre majors opportunities for professional internships, mentoring, workshops, and master classes throughout their college career. Cool stuff.
Emory & Henry will produce the Martin Van Buren scene for the video project. Interesting fact about Martin Van Buren and Virginia: it seems during his election, Virginia’s electors chose Van Buren, but all 23 of them refused to vote for his running mate, Richard Mentor Johnson because they preferred a Virginian opponent–meaning that when it came time to certify the vote, Van Buren had enough electoral votes to be president but his running mate Johnson did not have enough electoral votes to become the Vice President. This was the only time the Senate had to choose a Vice President: they picked Johnson anyway.
Still, Virginia is the only state whose so-called “faithless electors” sabotaged a presidential election–and it was during MVB’s election! So that’s an interesting connection.
Welcome Emory & Henry! Yay!!!