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As Broadway returns so does the Eastern Christian theater program

Shoes on script

As she walked up onto the stage and took her place in the center, with the encouragement of the other auditioners in the background, she took a deep breath and began her monologue. When she finished, the director applauded her and now it was time to wait. Auditions are always stressful, but it was good to be back.

After over a year and a half, the Eastern Christian theater program is finally back. Although there are many different restrictions they must follow, the show must go on.

The play they are putting on is a dark, comedic satire called Arsenic and Old Lace chosen by the new director Brianna Rumsey, an Eastern Christian alumni. The play is about a murder and figuring out who did it. The play runs from Thursday, November 11 to Saturday, November 13.

There will be limited seating for the shows to keep with social distancing protocols. However, whether or not the actors will be required to wear masks is still up in the air.

Despite restrictions, new director Brianna agrees it was time, “After a year and a half of no theater, it was time for it to return. Sports have been going on for a while now, so why can't us theater folk do what we love too? We are being very careful and following protocol, so I see no reason to keep those who are passionate about theater from the stage any longer. Theater is an escape for many actors, directors, and others involved, and so many people have gone through hard times the past year, they deserve to be able to do what they love, while still being responsible!”

So far rehearsals have been going really well. Both director Brianna Rumsey and actress Elizabeth Turner are both excited for the play to be finalized so others can see the hard work that was put into it.

When asked about why she auditioned Elizabeth said this, “It’s almost like a high school experience. Others feel sports is a high school experience, but I feel that theater is that for me.”


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