Wow! That was my initial reaction as soon as the lights shined upon the stage I had once treaded. Returning to my Alma mater to see the Spring One Acts turned out to be much more than worth the drive––as a matter of fact, the plays were brilliant. The acting, the drama, the suspense, it was all superb. For a group of teenagers to put together an hour-long theatrical extravaganza is a definite win in my book. It sure doesn’t beat Broadway, but the combined time and effort these students have put in this show is quite impressive. Their performance kept me on the edge of my seat the entire show, and it was only a dress rehearsal. So, imagine how great they will be on opening night.
The show consists of five short skits, two of which were written and directed by seniors. First billing is a thoughtful play on the college process, written by Ben Ros ’10 called “Thin Envelopes directed by Adrian Appleman; the play on second is “Who’s on First?” a classic Abbot and Costello skit directed by William Fierman; Zach Silva directs “Rinse the Blood Off My Toga,” a film noir that takes place in ancient Rome; Joon Sub Lee entrances with a “Special Something” magic show; and last but certainly not least, Evan Greer directs his own one-act, a side-splitting comedy about fictional characters attending rehab called “Fictional Character Rehab.” Some of the actors included Adrian Appleman, the Silva brothers, Chris Lidle, Parker Nelson, Jack Bosha, John Oh, and the tirelessly funny Tony Lai. The drama department was even able to get several special faculty guests on stage.
The sets, costumes, props, and punch lines were all thought out with extreme care and consideration. I give my sincere congratulations to Mr. Bradley for a successful year and his contribution to the theater arts program. Now, all he has to do is adopt his predecessor’s infamous laugh, and he’s set.
For many years, I feared the thought of performing on stage for the simple fact that I would make a complete fool of myself. But, now that I have done a few skits over the years, I feel as if I can get right up on stage and do some improvisational theater myself. I know now from experience that a production such as this is worth your time to go see.
Trinity-Pawling has always been known for its performing arts and I am so glad that the students still keep that momentum going today. It’s an entirely different feeling when you step out on to that bright stage and give it all you’ve got. So, I encourage all of my T-P brethren and all of the Pawling community to come watch some of the best of what Trinity-Pawling has to offer. Stay clean, stay happy, stay healthy.