Week 5…What!?

Wow, it is not week 5…is it? They said it would fly, and it really is. I don’t even know where to begin. I have been taking a class called Theater 65, Drama in Performance, with Prof. Peter Hackett, which has turned into quite the experience. We don’t generally meet during our normal class periods, but rather we meet with performers, groups, directors, and unconventional thespians outside of class. We met Paul Binder, the creator of the Big Apple Circus, workshopped a play with Vox Theater Company, and last weekend at HopFest performed with Paul Marino ’04, creator of PopUp Shakespeare. I got to perform the Romeo and Juliet death scene in the middle of the Green in front a large audience that just had finished watching a live band. I have done a lot of acting and that was by far one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life. I am also stage managing my first show called Higher Ground. This is a student written piece that was actually written by my good friend who is off campus this summer. It has been a great opportunity to not only see the inner workings of the theater department, but also to work with professors I never would have met!

Women’s Forum has also been going extremely well. We had our first meeting two weeks ago and the response was incredible. We had a good turnout of about 50 girls to listen to three alums talk about their experiences as the pioneering women of coeducation. Not only was it inspirational, but hanging around after and talking with the girls and realizing how much of an impact the program made was incredible. I am so proud of how far we have come as an organization! The next few weeks we are going to be hosting a forum with Mothers of ’14’s for Family Weekend and another two forums on communication and negotiation skills.

As far as adventuring goes, I haven’t had as much time as I would have liked to try new things. Though, I did make a bucket list of fun things that I have been successfully checking off each week. Last week I ran my first 10K and this week I went to a Red Sox game with my best friend. Hopefully I will have time to finish my last few in the coming weeks!

My friends and I ran a 10K to support the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The fundraiser is called the Prouty and this year it raised over $2 million.

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