Weekend of Life and Death in the Theater

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Weekend of Life and Death in the Theater

Actors reminisce about experiences from plays that were held over the weekend.

By Elizabeth Saby
Staff Writer

The Cambridge Campus was recently filled with tales of life and death. On Feb. 25-28, the ARCC Cambridge theater department put on a performance for the public named “Tales of Life (and Death).” This performance was made up of three one act plays, “Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell, “This Property is Condemned,” by Tennessee Williams, and “The Dear Departed,” by Stanley Houghton. Each play was unique and interesting, creating a fun show that kept the audience’s attention.

Despite the well written and colorful script, the backbone of all the plays was the cast. Each member did a fantastic job bringing their character to life, but it wasn’t as easy as it looks. Theater, like any other sport or activity, requires ample practicing and preparing. Most students in theater are also involved in other extracurricular activities. Preparing for a performance added to a life filled with clubs, jobs, and schoolwork means soon you’ll barely have time to sleep.

One of the actresses had some thoughts about what her favorite part of preparing for this play was.

“Channeling my inner craziness, I think with all the stress of working, going to college and doing this at the same time really wound me up tight, so portraying a crazy character on stage really was an outlet for all of that stress,” said Jaqlyn Bentz, who starred as Willie in “This Property is Condemned.”

While plays tend to draw smaller crowds than those of sport games, theater brings about levels of satisfaction, accomplishment, and connection throughout the cast. One of the actors was asked what he wanted the public to know about theater.

“It adds so much to the lives of those who participate in it. A lot of people come into theater not knowing many people, unprepared to put themselves out there. Through getting to know fellow actors and people who share similar interests we all learn and grow not just as people, but as a family. I think people should be aware of everything it does for people who partake in it,” said Alex Bender, who played Mr. Hale in “Trifles” and Mr. Slater in “The Dear Departed.”

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