It Takes More than Acting Skills to be Successful on Stage?

Posted: April 11, 2011

Rosemont, PA- The Rehearsal & Production class at Rosemont College will host their final showcase in McShain Auditorium on Friday, April 15th and Monday, April 18th at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to all to attend. The goal of this class is to mount a show throughout the course of a semester. This is a different approach to the rehearsal process as the class meets once a week for three hours from January to April instead of the typical schedule where cast, creative team, and director meet for a month of rehearsal most days of the week.

At the beginning of the semester, Kate Brennan and the 14 students in her class read through three plays but unanimously chose David Ives' All in the Timing. “All in the Timing is a series of one-act plays, originally six total, but later expanded to fourteen,” states Brennan. “We chose four of these short plays: "Sure Thing," "Words, Words, Words," "Philadelphia," and "English Made Simple" to showcase the multifarious talents of our class,” she furthers.

Working together much like an ensemble theatre company, students had not only act as a performers, but also as costumers, a props masters, marketing directors. “This class gives us the realistic production experience in a small, comfortable setting,” says Michael Greico, a sophomore studying biology and theater. “I love this class and it has been a fantastic help in refining my acting skills," he affirms. JM Szczepaniak-Gillece, a sophomore communication major at Rosemont echoes his classmate’s feelings. "Rehearsal & Production is one of the best classes I have taken,” he agrees. “It has helped me so much not only with my acting skill, but also as a viewer."

As a result of the many hats the students have worn throughout the semester, this is a workshop production of the show, stripped down to highlight the comedy, storytelling, and resourcefulness of these 14 students. “It takes lots of focus and dedication,” suggests first year student Jessica Plaza. “As students in the Rehearsal & Production class, it is a must that we leave everything at the door and be completely open to working with our peers and letting our creative juices flow," she adds.

The final showcases feature performances by JM Szczepaniak-Gillece, Jessica Plaza, Kiara Thomas, KaSondra Hardnett, Starling Idokogi, Niki Brogen, Sean Fisher, Rayna Smaller, Michael Greico, Tanzania Jenkins, Nompilo Nyathi, She'lia Alonzo, Suna Panah, and Amber Alston. The New York Observer said “these postcards from the weirdo edge are a rare treat that only makes on wish for more" about the professional production. Come see how well our students produce an evening of clever entertainment, solid acting, and excellent timing.

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Founded in 1921 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Rosemont College is a private, coeducational institution in the Catholic educational tradition that—through close mentoring, excellent academic support, and student life service—focuses on nurturing the strengths of each student. Located on the Main Line, 11 miles west of Philadelphia, on the border of Montgomery and Delaware Counties, the nationally-acclaimed, traditional Undergraduate College confers B.A., B.S., and B.F.A. degrees in twenty-four majors. Rosemont College also includes the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies, which are open to both women and men. For more information, visit www.rosemont.edu.

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Last Updated: April 11, 2011