Molly graduated with double majors in Theatre and English, and double minors in Political Science and Dance Studies. She have been active in the Playshop Theatre for the entirety of my four years at Allegheny, have acted in nine Playshop shows, playing roles like Hannah Jarvis in Arcadia, Sybil in Bluebeard, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Procne in The Love of the Nightingale. Her favorite feature of the Theatre program at Allegheny is that you don’t need to be a theatre major or minor to participate in productions, either through acting or working backstage. In this way, the productions are made up of a diverse body of students, who all bring different experience and awareness to the show.
“My course work in PoliSci, Dance, Art and English has made me aware of the context of the plays I work on, enriching my sense of the ideas behind the work. In this way, Allegheny prepares theatre students to be artists in the field, with a range of knowledge and sensitivity we can bring to any production on which we work.”
Additionally, Molly is a first-hand stitcher in the costume shop, working on costume design and construction for the regular Playshop season. She has been the student makeup and hair designer for several productions, including The Love of the Nightingale and Uncommon Women and Others, working in collaboration with both the director and the design team to enhance the look of the production.
“One of my favorite aspects of communication arts is that it’s such a well-rounded discipline. Because it is comparatively young, it has the benefit of drawing on a wealth of more established studies in the Humanities. For example, it is not uncommon for a communication arts major to get a taste of sociology, economics, political science, history, philosophy, women’s studies, gay & lesbian studies, production & design, studies in media, rhetoric, marketing, advertising, and even psychoanalysis. I get a bitter taste in my mouth when I see disciplines that attempt to limit a student’s thinking by burrowing him/her into a channel so deep and narrow that all other modes or areas of inquiry seem remote and disjointed from one another. Communication arts can act as a bridge between disciplines, allowing students to extend their thoughts and questions elsewhere, which perpetuates the learning process by allowing vital connections to be made. To me, that in itself is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is interested in capitalizing on a true liberal arts experience.”
Over the past three years Jim has been involved in performing in a lot of different ways. He has performed in musicals at the Academy Theatre in downtown Meadville. The Academy Theatre was a great way for Jim to get involved with the community of Meadville and be involved in performances that do not solely include college students. He has also acted in one act plays with Student Experimental Theatre and dance performances with Orchesis.
“Student Experimental Theatre and Orchesis are both completely student run organizations and therefore give students the chance to learn what it means to put together complete performances by themselves. Orchesis is a great organization that is very freeing for students that simply enjoy to dance. Every kind of dance can be used in the performance; from hip-hop to ballet to tap. It is also a great way for students to get a first experience of choreographing their own dances. “