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November 19, 2005

Behind the Scenes of Seton Hill's Theatre Program (Part 4)

The actors have a close bond. Doby gets along with the entire cast. “The departments are small,” said Doby. “We get thrown together so much.”

“For me, it’s just being here together each day with my peers and doing this kind of thing,” said Concha.

“We help one another on stage,” said Stewart. “If someone drops a line, you pick it up and go with it.”

“We [actors] are very, very close,” said Fischer.

That camaraderie motivated Darcy Wood to return to Seton Hill. After her freshman year, she transferred to a Chicago university renown for its theatre program. Two weeks into the term, crying and miserable, she returned to Seton Hill. “I love this place so much,” said Wood. “Everyone is so welcoming.”

Students, not cast in productions, help in other areas.

Doby enjoys behind-the-scenes work such as public relations. She finds directing interesting but challenging. “When you are directing, you have to become every role,” said Doby.

When Fischer’s not rehearsing, she’s painting. The actress, who heads the paint crew, said she takes her painting as seriously as her acting. In the 2004 production Lysistrata, Fischer who played Lysistrata, painted during the day and rehearsed in the evening. On one occasion, consumed with painting a huge war mural, she was forced against her will to take a break.

Upon graduation, most of the actors have aspirations to continue in some aspect of theatre.

Clemens, a junior, who has been singing since the fifth grade, in addition to his role as Richard in Fuddy Meers, assisted with sound effects for Kindertransport, and will play Domitius Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra. Ultimately, Clemens confided, he would like to perform on Broadway. “If you don’t shoot for the stars, you will never miss.” If not Broadway, he would like to teach. “I wouldn’t mind coming back and passing on what I know,” said Clemens.

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Posted by NancyGregg at November 19, 2005 2:36 PM

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Nancy,
Looks great. I'm sure you will see in your proofing that there are a few typos, but the only factual error I found is that the new theatre space will have about 200 seats, not 300.
Thanks for all your efforts!
Happy Turkey Day!
-Terry

Posted by: Terry Brino-Dean at November 22, 2005 5:11 PM