Graduating COFAC Students Go Out with a Bang…. Or a Flash

By Kolette Herndon
University Relations Student Writer

Seniors in the Western Illinois University College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) who will graduate this spring said their goodbyes with a whole new twist this year. At the beginning of every semester, theatre majors attend a unified audition where they present a song and monologue for all the directors who are directors of that semester’s shows. Students are then called back for specific shows.

But during this year’s audition, Nate Curlott, of Long Grove, IA, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in theatre, stepped forward and parodied the song “One Day More” from the musical “Les Miserables,” singing “One Term More” instead.

Shortly after, a flash mob began including all of the graduating seniors in theatre and musical theatre and all of the third year graduate students from the University’s acting program.

This idea was sparked as the students returned from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Saginaw, MI, a week prior to the audition. This idea “brought the house down” as Assistant Theatre Professor Lysa Fox said. She expressed how the production spoke volumes about this “truly phenomenal group of students who will be missed when they graduate in the spring.”

To see the video of the flash mob, visit

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