Mocha Madness Honors Gary Marshall

By Clint Blasengame and Jennifer Lawrence
Senior Editors


Cody Eason, Blake Anglin and Jason Higgins play acoustics at Mocha Madness. Mocha was held April 23.
Photo by Jennifer Lawrence

MONTICELLO-The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s John F.  Gibson University Center was home to this semester’s Mocha Madness entitled “Shakespearean Mid-Spring’s Night’s Dream.”

   The Creative Society held the event April 23. This semester’s event was dedicated to the Godfather of Mocha Madness, Gary Marshall a.k.a. Mars Hall. Marshall was the creator of Mocha Madness and has played a major role in the production since it’s debut.

   Those in attendance were treated to coffee, hot cocoa, hot tea, cookies, cakes and candy. The event was free to the public and quite a few people turned out for the evening’s show.

   This year’s emcee, Ron Sitton, dressed the part in Shakespearean garb. He opened the program with a reading from “As You Like It,” where he quoted Shakespeare’s famous line, “All the world’s a stage.”

   In Act 1 entitled “The Red Planet,” Nurse Nookie started the program out with several readings of poetic love letters. Red Hawk performed “Manifesto of Conscience.” Noel Marshall, son of Gary Marshall, flew all the way in from Washington State to perform at the event.

   Randocrates shared his YouTube Channel, Hall of Mars, which can be found at the following link  This entire channel is dedicated to Marshall, his performances at Mocha, as well as short documentaries and other performances. He went on to say, “Mars will always be my favorite figure of speech.”

   For the intermission, Carolina and the Coconuts put on a lively show. Nurse Nookie, Red Hawk, Sitron, Mark Englerth and his nephew Bradley Englerth joined Carolina. For their finale, they sang “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” This really got the crowd pumped up and ready for the second half.

   Brooke and Caleb Burger, alumni of UAM, opened the Act II entitled “The Blue Planet.”  Brooke used vivid details in her work “Musings from the Past,” which kept the crowd laughing. Her younger brother Caleb performed his work “Status Update,” which was some rants from his facebook feed. There were multiple acoustic performances. Blake Anglin, Jason Higgins and Cody Eason performed several songs; Drew Foote performed his original song “Overwhelmed.” Sydney Davis Jr. Jr. performed her stand-up act, which provided some comedic relief. Other performers were Craig Beckerman, Josh Bodiford, Susan Pruitt, Dylan Cash Miles and Ray Pew.

   Act III: A Green Planet offered the audience a chance to perform in an open mic session. Willing participants could sign up for their chance to get up in front of the group and express their creativity.

   Participants received a book and bookmark for their bravery. Some participants received a one-of-a-kind Alice Guffey Miller poster. These posters were a limited edition and were on a first-come, first-served basis.

One Response to “Mocha Madness Honors Gary Marshall”
  1. sitron says:

    Good article. Mars actually made the art on the posters; Alice had them printed.

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