Next weekend, I’ll be reading a part in my friend Sophia’s play. Sophia is an honors theater major, and as part of her honors preparation, she wrote a full-length play titled All-One.
Sophia’s play is an impressive feat and a beautiful piece of work* and I’m really enjoying being a part of her reading. We had a first reading a few weeks ago, during which a handful of Philly-based actors and I gathered to read through the play in front of a small audience so Sophia could get a sense of what her play sounds like out loud. In the upcoming read, we are again performing with a script, but it will have some minor staging and we have the benefit of a more thorough—if abbreviated—rehearsal process.
This process is especially interesting to me because the other actors are professionals. My friend Nathan, who’s reading the stage directions, and I are the only Swarthmore students reading in the upcoming performance. I think it’s incredibly cool that Swarthmore has the resources to bring in outside actors; it’s definitely a testament to the opportunities available to students on campus. Sophia gets to hear trained actors read her words, and I get to watch them work throughout the rehearsal process.
Within the vast array of impressive resources available at Swarthmore, I worry that those available to students of performing arts, like Lindsay Lohan’s album,** are often overlooked by perspective students. The Dance, Music, and Theater Departments all offer fun and valuable opportunities, even for students who are not academically involved in the department. In the spring, for example, I look forward to Production Ensemble, the Theater Department’s annual large-scale main stage show. I can sign up to receive credit for it, which makes it easy to fit into my class schedule. That’s just one of many wonderful ways to get involved in performing arts at Swat.
Until next time!
*I assume that the opposite description could be applied to the upcoming Twilight movie.