Immaculata Magazine - Winter 2015 - page 35

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productions are typically traditional fairy tales, one year the students put on
The
Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe
. Performances for the Children’s Theatre are always
very well attended. She also noted that the student-performers were given extra
attention by the children in the audience. They would ask for their autographs and
have photos taken with their favorite characters.
“How many of us are going to have that applause for the rest of our lifetime?”
asked Sister Marie Hubert. Just as her mentor Sister Donatus recognized, the
theater is, of course, entertainment, but it goes beyond those moments. She
explained that usually students cast in a play developed more confidence, even if
they were shy or didn’t feel like they fit in.
“And we had a lot of fun,” said Sister Marie Hubert.
The fall 2014 Cue and Curtain production was
Godspell
. Sister Marcille
McEntee, IHM, who has been the director of Cue and Curtain since 2006,
commented that it “was spectacular. The students were so talented and poured
their hearts and souls into the production.” Starting at the beginning of fall term,
the cast and crew spent nine hours rehearsing every week until the performances in
November. That’s a great deal of hard work and dedication.
Sister Marcille would love to have a theater minor at Immaculata noting that
many of the students who participate in Cue and Curtain come in as freshmen
and stay all four years because they really enjoy it. The students especially enjoy
participating in the Children’s Theater because the entire production is made for
children. And the children come—averaging about 1,500 children each year.
“My hope is that we can continue offering theater performances at Immaculata
for another 100 years—or more,” stated Sister Marcille.
One hundred years of participating in theater is summed up by Immaculata
sophomore Megan Aslanian, who played Socrates in this year’s production of
Godspell
. “I love doing shows because of the great memories and friendships that form.”
1953 production of The King’s Jongleur with Joan Griepp
as Our Lady (on right) and Cecile Sullivan as
Jongleur (sitting on left)
1947 production of Catherine of Aragon with Mary
Ann Cox (left), Helen Kirk (standing), and
Dorothy Baines (right)
First full production of The Children’s Theatre
November 20, 1971 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
with Diane Littman as Snow White.
Sister Marcille McEntee, current director of Cue and
Curtain Players, instructs her cast while rehearsing
for Godspell, the 2014 fall production.
Members of the cast of the 2014 fall
production of Godspell.
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