The University Players have been hard at work, preparing the musical Bright Star, written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.
The Players are comprised of a variety of University students, including theatre majors and minors, as well as students from a variety of non-related majors. According to The Players website, “Theatre professionals are regularly infused into the mix as guest artists, serving as directors, designers and performers, to enhance the educational opportunities within the program.”
Rehearsals are a vital part of the show’s production. Victoria Pennington ’19, who plays Florence in the show, said, “Our cast and crew have been having a blast rehearsing for Bright Star! Every night is full of music, discovering new things about our characters, and a lot of laughing. This show has such a nice balance of comedy and drama, so some nights we are drawing from personal experiences for dramatic purposes, and others we are telling jokes in costume.”
The University Players Present: ‘The Glass Menagerie’
By: Jessica D’Aquila
The University of Scranton Players’ performance of Tennessee Williams’ classic, “The Glass Menagerie,” had a successful opening this past Friday with performances continuing through Saturday and Sunday of Family Weekend. Set in 1937 St. Louis,”The Glass Menagerie” tells the story of the Wingfield family through brother Tom’s memories of his mother Amanda, a Southern belle whose husband’s disappearance has left the family in a fragile state, and his sister Laura in their pursuits to find her a gentleman caller to finally appease their mother’s wishes. The University Players’ performance featured Conor Hurley ’18 as Tom Wingfield, Ali Basalyga ’19 as Amanda Wingfield, Victoria Pennington ’19 as Laura Wingfield, and Nick Gangone ’19 as Jim O’Connor, the gentleman caller. The cast and crew produced a captivating performance with mystical lights and sound, raw and emotional scenes, and an overall mesmerizing and poignant story.
Natalie Gray ‘20, the production stage manager, reflected on the rehearsal process. “The cast and crew would meet five days a week for several hours at a time to rehearse,” she said. “It is because of this hard work and dedication that the show was able to become a success.”