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Screen capture of Mary Hall from NBC's official trailer.

Alumni tuning in to NBC’s new supernatural thriller Constantine (premiering Oct. 24) should keep an eye out for two of Berry’s most iconic structures, the Ford Buildings and Old Mill. Scenes for the pilot were shot last spring. The production crew returned in August to shoot additional scenes for later episodes.

Recent theatre grads (and fans of The Walking Dead) will be excited to hear that Keith Brooks (08C) has a role in the series. As Dr. John Countryman joked in an email to campus, “They’ll kill him off, of course, as producers are wont to do, but he’ll have a few things to say first!”

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Harry MusselwhiteSenior Lecturer and Director of Choral Activities Harry Musselwhite has long been known for the power of his voice. More recently, his skills as a filmmaker have made headlines. This summer, he branched out into an entirely new medium with the release of his children’s book and accompanying CD, Martin the Guitar, based on a campfire story he once told about instruments in a music store that come to life at night. Read more.

Like Musselwhite, Associate Professor and Director of Theatre John Countryman has been an artistic force on the Berry campus for many years. This fall, Countryman has found a new home – temporarily – as a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In addition to the two seminars he is teaching, Countryman is also conducting research for a book-length history of the Druid Theatre Co., Ireland’s premier theatre ensemble, which is based in Galway. Not surprisingly, he’s also finding time to watch live theatre – lots of it – as he prepares to write an extensive review on the status of Irish theatre for the Irish Literary Supplement. Not to worry, though, he’ll be back at Berry in the spring!

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Harry MusselwhiteFor decades, Harry Musselwhite has provided inspiration for students in Berry’s choral program, so it’s only fitting that a performance by the Berry Singers ignited the creative spark that grew into his award-winning short film, Der Greis. Based on a choral work by Franz Joseph Haydn, Harry’s cinematic creation earned a special merit award for outstanding musical score at the 2012 Winter Shorts Film Festival in Kentucky. The production stars Dr. John Countryman as a man transitioning from life to death. Lyndsay Ricketson (09C) is also featured.

Harry recently debuted his second film, Next of Kin, at a screening in Atlanta. It will be a featured work at the Macon (Ga.) Film Festival, Feb. 16-19. More coverage.

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