- The house is packed, and people are covered in their team’s colors. They’ve bought the t-shirts, and some people are heckling the opponents.
That’s right my friends. Musical Theatre.
Why? Because, this is College Night at the University of Montevallo- the longest running homecoming tradition of any university in America. It is the time of year when the campus divides into two teams the “Purple Side” and the “Gold Side” to compete in a variety of competitions such as sports and team spirit. But the most important competition of homecoming is a competition of musical theatre. Yes, I said musical theater.
How do you compete at Musical Theatre? Each year around October/November, students from both teams have its members submit student written scripts for an original musical. Each side chooses the best of what is submitted, and the rest of the work begins. To make a long story short, between November and February, a complete musical theatre play is choreographed, scored, designed, staged, and memorized by select members of each respective team. The process is top secret, for part of the tradition is the revelation of the final product- aka a complete musical theatre show. Neither team knows what the other is doing until the show’s opening night during the week of homecoming. (If this explanation isn’t detailed enough for you, see the following: http://www.montevallo.edu/collegenight/What_is_it.shtm )
The University of Montevallo can do this because it has diligent creative students who are willing to keep the tradition alive (Also, UM doesn’t have a football team that overshadows the art programs.) At UM, many students are “die-hard” fans of college night- just like people are about Alabama/ Auburn football.
Similarities between sports fans and college night fans:
Sports fans deck themselves out in their team colors.
College night kids proudly sport their purple or gold.
Sports+ College Night: The rivalries go way back. Victories of yesteryear are remembered.
Just like that the fans of most college football teams have a specific stereotype (obnoxious, trashy, classy, quiet, etc.), purple and golds are often classed similarly. (To prevent potential conflict, I’m not going to explain the various stereotypes typically associated with purples or golds.)
Like each team thinks that they are the best, Purples and Golds are convinced that they are best for whatever reason. (Who is right is debatable, thus there are two sides- not one.)
Just like some people dislike sports and have no interest at all in them, some students choose not to play college night. (This neutrality is known as “being green.”)
The alumni are (generally) proud of their alma mater’s team. Alumni love their CN side.
The list goes on and on.
Basically, with a tradition like college night, who needs a football team?
The following video is a perspective of various students form the 2012 Gold Side.