Students crowd into the library to write their final papers, projects and study for final exams. But theater department seniors have different type of final to prepare for. They have their own production.
This year, they did a performance of “Misanthrope” in the Black Box Theater. “Misanthrope” is a comedy about what people think of others. Some of it was so humorous that even after many rehearsals you could see some performers fighting back laughter.
Theater professor Harry McEnerny thought said the students picked a very hard play because everything in it rhymes. But he said he was happy with their performances.
“They all did great from lighting, acting, props and we christened the Black Box with this,” siad McEnerny
But for McEnerny, there is a harsh reality with the graduating class’ last production at Castleton.
“It sucks to lose seniors,” said McEnerny.
Some seniors said it doesn’t feel real to be at the end of their college career.
“It hasn’t quite hit me yet. It probably won’t until I don’t have rehearsal for the first time in four years,” said senior Ty Robinson.
Director of the production, Candis Machia, was also satisfied with how the production came out. She said she would do it again and described the end of it all as “bitter sweet.”
Machia said it was difficult in the beginning, but it really came together the last week. On top of doing their senior project performance, many of those involved were also in the recent production of “A Chorus Line.” This left them two weeks to work solely on “Misanthrope,” said Julie Banach.
“But once we got into the grove it all came out,” said Banach.
Although the performance had to be done by seniors in the theater department, some underclassmen got to join in on the fun. Junior Julianne O’Connor auditioned when the cast had four openings. Even though she was cast this year, however, she still needs to perform in her class’ production next year, but she said she feels better prepared and more excited to do it again next year. She wished the seniors good luck after they graduate and said she was looking forward to next year.
“I’m excited to see what comes of it all,” said O’Connor.