Our most recent theatre performance that was performed November 16th-19th, 2016 is “The Baltimore Waltz” by Paula Vogel and is the second play of the fall season. The show is seemingly a tragicomedy (comedy and tragedy all in one) about a first grade school teacher from Baltimore, Maryland named Anna. Anna embodies Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ stages of grieving while she travels around Europe with her brother Carl with a hidden agenda in search of a cure for a deadly disease. Directed by Nigel Barnes, he asked his crew and cast to do some research on the show and related subjects, as well as find a personal connection with the show given that the show relates to death and dying. Thanks to this process, we had a deeper resonance with the meaning of the show and learned a lot about each other, including the strengths, weaknesses, and history of one another.
theatre is a collaborative art form. You spend almost 1-2 months working with the director, the actors, the designers, and everyone else possibly involved in the production. In this time, you tend to learn a lot about each other and create a bond that is not quite like others. theatre creates a family. I got to work alongside fellow student Danielle Headley, who helped me grow as an assistant stage manager and I got to help her in the process of being a stage manager. She and I got to support each other, have some great jokes, and we even had a nice encounter with our theatre ghost, Jerry. I had the opportunity as well to work with some fantastic actors who let me vent to them when I was stressed and made me laugh so much I was in tears. theatre helps you grow and learn as well as forget about the daily struggles. It also is a pretty great way to be someone else for a while. There is so much more to theatre than this little snippet of a blog post.
If you have any questions about what it is like to be involved with theatre at Lycoming College, please feel free to email me anything at [email protected] or visit the Lycoming theatre webpage! Or, read my post about the theatre department trip to the Shaw Festival.
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