Merely Players steps into the spotlight
Welcome back to school, Hounds. My name is Julia and I am the president of Merely Players Drama Club, the focus of this issue’s Club Spotlight.
Merely Players is a student-run drama club dedicated to bringing laughs and idiocy to Assumption’s campus. In the past, we’ve put on productions of Shakespeare classics such as Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Taming of the Shrew, along with two One-Act Festivals with scenes from beloved television shows and original works written by our very own members.
This semester, we’ll be performing Romeo and Juliet. Yes, I know, it’s been done to death, but we’re looking at it from a comedic perspective. We have a great group of hysterical students that play off each other really well, so I’m confident the show will be amazing.
And hey, good news, we booked the new auditorium for the show. So even if you’re not super interested in Shakespeare, it’s still a chance to spend an hour and a half in the fancy new building, so come on down on December 1 and 2.
My favorite thing about Merely Players is the fact that our main focus is fun. We perform shows that we enjoy for the enjoyment of others, trying to make them as funny as possible. This year, our own Caitlin Pierson will be working with us on improvisational games and exercises to improve our skills and make our production of Romeo and Juliet the best it can be.
In other news, we’ll be having our first-ever Late Night event in Charlie’s in March, so mark your calendars. It will be Whose Line Is It Anyway? – type games with performers from the club and audience participation, which I know everyone always loves.
The cast of Romeo and Juliet:
Romeo – Mark Blatchford
Juliet – Renee Leavitt
Burse – Jaime Brodeur
Mercutio – Nicole Dufresne
Benvolio – Alyssa Cunha
Friar Lawrence – Alex Geragotelis
Prince Escalus – Kayli Berardinelli
Tybalt – Gina Savino
Capulet – Sarah Shillinglaw
Lady Capulet – Faith Monroe
Montague – Abby Metcalf
Lady Montague – Sophie Dewshap
Paris – Latasha Snider
Friar John – Theresa Lizotte
Apothecary – Lillie Blair
Balthasar – Caitlin Pierson
Sampson – Marissa Dakin
Gregory – Alicia Sagastume
Abraham – Taylor Perry
Peter – Erin Jovan
So that’s Merely Players in a nutshell. It’s basically just a bunch of students who love making people laugh. We hope to see you at our performances, have a great semester.
Julia Stevens, a senior, studies English and elementary education. She is a copy editor for Le Provocateur.