Sunday, November 16, 2014

Halloweekend: Better Late Than Never!

It's been almost a month since halloween WOW! I apologize so much for the lack of activity, I'm actually surprised that my head is still attached to my body and vice versa. But yes, here I am with all of you lovely people filling you in on everything I can!

First off, Halloween weekend was great and very busy. There was a spooky and very haunted thing that happened in International Commons on Halloween night aka the haunted house that the SMC drama club put on this year. Haunted house is an annual tradition here for the SMC drama club and never disappoints, with each year progressively more frightening than the last. This year's theme was asylum.

Welcome to Knightcliff, where you're greeted by what seems to be 
a normal psych ward, comes twists and turns that you aren't able to imagine (or you could especially if you went). Getting ready was an experience as well. 

Thanks to Lizzy Nicolai and everyone who assisted with the makeup. Without you guys, we wouldn't have been able to pull off things like these:

All in all, it was an incredible experience and I'm glad to have been a part of it this year, especially with the 2015 graduating class and their last haunted house. On another tangent, it means a lot to me that I'm able to be involved in these kind of fun events with them as they move on to their future successes. I look forward to our other upcoming events as the year progresses.

Back to Knightcliff, if this blog wasn't enough for you, luckily I've made it available through means of a walkthrough video. It's a bit shaky mostly cause I was spooked too (although I was in it, but I never saw the entire tour for myself until this moment). Enjoy!

Monday, October 20, 2014


Welcome to the blog of the darkness and the night and all things spooky! I got to have an in depth look into the dress rehearsals for "Dracula" aka the senior seminar for Jillian Holland (directing) and DeeJai Cowles (lighting). 

It was great to be able to see the cast and crew interacting and was happy that they wanted to cooperate with me snapping pictures during vital moments and taking the time to give me an interview. I usually make an appearance in my videos, but as you could probably tell from all the shakiness in this vlog, I'm currently without tripod, so bear with me!

Everything that I've seen so far in "Dracula" has been incredible, and I know for a fact that every single person involved with this show has put their blood, sweat, tears, and sleep schedule into it. The dates are as listed in the video and in my previous blog post. GO unless you're scared of vampires (I'll make you a necklace of garlic for your own safety)  but even still!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Study Abroad info!

Hello all! I hope you're having a decent midterm week and that you're all looking forward to this LONG weekend (sarcasm intended, but much needed/appreciated). In the midst of papers and tests, there were a few activities that were held, one in which was a Study Abroad panel.

We heard from a few students in the Multicultural Center for Affairs in Alliot, who have studied aboard recently, explained and discussed with students who were curious about Study Abroad in the future and what to expect, their fears, and excitement to experience different cultures.

Amongst the students were:

Shannon Carroll
Class of 2015
Theatre Major/Music Minor
Bath, England

Julia Grace Scanlon
Class of 2015
English/Theatre Double Major
Galway, Ireland

Dominic Wood
Class of 2015
MJD Major/Theatre Minor
Florence, Italy

Dennis Sullivan
Class of 2015
Psychology Major/East Asian Studies Minor
Osaka, Japan

Cait Shea-Vantine
Class of 2015
Biology Major
The Galapagos Islands

Jill Holland
Class of 2015
MJD/Theatre Double Major
Kathmandu, Nepal

Along with being incredibly informative, it was a fun time just casually talking about their experiences abroad. It was reassuring to see them being so enthusiastic about where they went, especially since the culture shock in every experience is detrimental, whether you go to an English speaking country or a non-English speaking country. 

Find out about Study Abroad as soon as you can! You can contact Peggy or head over to Klein 118 (the long building in between St. Ed's and McCarthy)

Peggy Imai
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 1:00 PM-5:00PM

Dom Wood is a fellow SMC blogger and has blogged about his time in Florence. Shannon Carroll has also vlogged about her time in Bath. And if that still doesn't satisfy your curiosity, there's a specific page on the SMC website completely dedicated to Study Abroad. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Month Of October for the Arts

If you need any information about upcoming theatre events, then you've come to the right place! There's a lot going on in the month of October for the SMC Theatre department and I thought I'd share a few of them with you:

Directing Scenes auditions were this past Saturday in McCarthy Arts. Directing Scenes are short productions put on by Peter Harrigan's directing class which involves them casting, directing, and eventually putting on their own productions for all to see and enjoy. 

(You probably saw Meaghan Diffenderfer and I casually helping with auditions forms and etc.)

The cast lists have been posted and we're looking forward to the final productions!

The Foreigner
Director: Julia Grace Scanlon
Ellard: Jack Martin
Charlie: DJ Tetreault

The Boys Next Door
Directed by: James A. DeVoursney
Norman: Dan Russell
Sheila: Jillian Kenny

August: Osage County
Director: Jordan DeKett
Violet: Evyn Whiteley
Maddie Fae: Kelly Ainsworth
Ivy: Ivana Andreani

Lone Star
Director: Danny Killea
Ray: Ian Underwood
Roy: Josh Lacourse

The Diviners
Director: Dominic Wood
CC Showers: Zac Pesner
Jennie Mae: Abby Snarski

Blithe Spirit
Director: Erin Woodman
Charles: Pat Cornacchio
Ruth: Emma Python
Elvira: Kristyn Galligan

The Power and the Glory
Director: Shannon Carroll
Inez: Mckenzie Bergan

Wanda: Maggie Bogan

On October 10th and 11th at 7 pm in the McCarthy Recital Hall, there's a production taking place starring Shelby Davis and Dustin Kenyon. "The Last 5 Years" is modern musical ingeniously chronicles the five year life of a marriage, form meeting to break-up and from break-up to meeting. An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. they've been working really hard on it, and it's going to be amazing.

DIRECTED BY: Ashley James and Elizabeth Nicolai 
STAGE MANAGER: Jordan Moore 
SET DESIGNER: Dustin Kenyon 
COSTUME DESIGNER: Elizabeth Nicolai 
CATHY: Shelby Davis 
JAIME: Dustin Kenyon

If you were unable to attend Directing Scenes, don't fret! There are also One Act auditions that will be taking place in McCarthy (count on almost every drama club event to be in McCarthy) on October 12th at 1:30pm. The shows are:

-GENDERMAT by Mark Dunn
Directed by Shannon Carroll

2-Male, 2-Female

This is tag team theatre with a bite. At the end of a relationship, two characters meet in the basement laundry room of an apartment building. Four actors step in and out of the roles of Carrie/Cary and Frances/Francis to create the story of four breakups: a man leaving a woman, a woman leaving a man, a woman leaving a woman, and a man leaving a man. The gender permutations reveal the simple fact that rejection and lost love are universal. In parting, the characters learn important truths about themselves and move, not without bitterness, toward a fresh start.

Directed by Alec Medine


This a story of a struggle about loyalty. It is a battle over friendship and betrayal. It is a fight over the matters of freedom and entrapment. Two young men find themselves caught up in the cold, destructive cycle of organized crime. When one of them, Tomaso, tries to escape from the destruction and horrors of the American mob by snitching to the police, his long-time best friend Emilio is sent to kill him. After the deed is done, Emilio must work to find reconciliation and forgiveness from himself and his friend while trying to devise a way to escape the brutality of criminal life.

-THE LAST CIGARETTE by Steven Fechter
Directed by Chris Holloway

1 Male, 1 Female

“In the last smoking bar in Santa Monica a beautiful woman in a green evening dress sits alone, smoking and drinking martinis. She has a past, a secret and no future. Watching her from the bar while he drinks doubles is a man with little to lose who will stop at nothing to win her. Drinks are downed, stories are told, strangers dance and kiss. As they are leaving together, she reveals her secret. This funny, heartbreaking tale is told in the evocative language of film noir.”

-Borrowed Parts, by Walter Wykes
Directed by Ashley James

1 man, 1 woman

This ten minute play explores the relationship between Martha, a married woman, and Otto, her secret sexual partner. Otto mocks Martha’s husband, forcing her to examine her choices and her relationship with men. What starts as a normal day turns into a struggle for control as they search for something they cannot find in each other. Actors who want to audition should be comfortable with staged violence and sexual content.

-Shakespeare's Star Wars
Directed by Russell Hammond

NOTE: Those wanting to audition, please come prepared with a humorous recitation (Shakespearean or otherwise).

Luke Skywalker – A boy of Tatooine
Han Solo – A Smuggler
Obi Wan Kenobi – a Jedi Knight
Princess Leia Organa – of Alderaan
Darth Vader – a Sith Lord
R2-D2 & C-3PO – Droids
With Flexible Cast and Extras

Space.  The Final Battle at the Death Star.  The epic conclusion of Star Wars Episode IV in all its iambic pentameter glory.  Starring all the characters you’ve come to know and love including Red Leader, Gold Leader, and dear old Porkins – RIP good sir.  Plus the essential nurfherders: Vader, Solo, Skywalker, and Ghost Kenobi.  “O use the Force, dear Luke. Let go and trust.”

Halloween themed things:
  • The lovely Jill Holland is putting on a production/her senior seminar about everyone's favorite vampire (no, not Edward Cullen). DRACULA will be performed in the Trap Door Theatre (the basement of McCarthy) Saturday 10/25 (7 pm and midnight) and 10/26 (7 pm) plus open dress rehearsals the Thursday and Friday before (10/23 and 10/24)
  • There's also Haunted House to look forward to (but dates TBA). Drama club meetings are also every other week in McCarthy at 5:15.
  • Oh I forgot, there's another thing that's happening in Turtle Underground (the basement of Purtle). It's a bit of a secret at the moment, but I can assure you that it's going to be quite the experience. November 1st is the date and the time is also TBA. It's astounding and time will be fleeting, madness will also be taking its toll...

Side Note: not exactly drama club related but friend of mine's band (The Rebuttal) featuring Dennis Sullivan on drums, Tan Wai Hui on guitar, James DeVoursney on vocals, Nate Goyette on bass, and Rosalie McNamara on trumpet. Sullivan quotes "Our foundation is Alternative Rock, but the genre of music is boundless". The Rebuttal is opening for "Funk-d-up" in Turtle Underground at 9:15 pm. Be there or be square!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

24 Hour Play Festival

I'm alive! Kind of. Last Friday, I participated as a writer/director in the SMC Drama Club's 24 Hour Play Festival. A bunch of us kids got together throughout the theatre at 7 pm Friday night and tried to write our way out of multiple paper bags while attempting to keep our sanity as much in tact as possible. The first stage involved those who signed up to be actors perform in a few improv games so that the directors had a preview of what to expect

After, the actors and directors are free to go home until 7 am callback time, which leaves the writers up all night coming up with their best ideas. You'll be put into writing groups and make your way to a part of the theatre that is most comfortable or wherever you manage to get first.

So, my group and I made our way into Room 134 and lost our minds as early as 9 pm. 

Soon, Fort making, Destiny's Child, and Cumby's runs were underway. Everyone actually finished impeccably fast so around 3 am, we all gathered in the main theatre for improv games. 

Sleep happened for a short while, then the arduous process of casting and directing began. I came in as an assistant director (I went home and got more sleep because yay good health) and worked with Shannon Carroll in "SMC Crushes: The Musical" aka everyone's favorite webpage live with songs and dancing. Our cast: Zac, Kristyn, Melissa, Rosalie, and Jay were amazing to work with and a good group of people to lose my mind with as well. 

And lastly, the act of the actual shows going up. It was a big success with a great turnout and everyone I've talked to enjoyed it!! The incredible Dom Wood filmed everything in case you missed it and want to watch it/you couldn't get enough of all the theatre. If you want to get involved with the SMC Drama Club, our meetings are every other Thursday (next Thursday) at 5:15! Improv is also on Tuesday nights at 9 pm with the lovely Brendan Oates in the Trap Door Theatre in McCarthy. Enjoy! More to come!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome Back: This Week In A Post

This blog has been deserted for a while, and I apologize. However, I'm now feeling better than I've ever felt before. Vlogs will return as soon as my mother sends my beautiful Nikon to me.

HERE WE ARE: Class of 2018 is now joining us in an abundance. I'm happy to know that these kids chose SMC and it takes me back to when I was a rising freshman here. I wish them all the best in their endeavors and I (know) hope that they enjoy their 4 years here.

I've survived my first week of classes!
As follows:

  1. Japanese
  2. Introduction to Anthropology
  3. Foundations of Global Studies
  4. Alexander Technique
It's nice to only have one class on MWF, however, 3 classes in one day (including a lovely 8 am) is a bit tiring. 

My Anthropology professor decided to revamp the course to be more hands on and have us literally experience how it is in the anthropological field. The most interesting aspect of my anthro course is that we're given a community service project. Certain groups of us are given a group of children from either King Street Center or Champlain Elementary. There we are told to observe how the children react/respond to stimulus aka the curiosity they experience when they wonder why we're watching them and taking down notes. I was chosen to participate in an after school program at the Champlain Elementary on Wednesdays for 3 hours, which I'm looking forward to.

Another fun thing we've done so far in anthropology is meet with the Japanese exchange students from Tokyo Women's Christian University. Two of us were introduced up with a two of the students and were asked to give a basic interview (which turned into an excellent conversation). Sayaka, who was my partner, is a linguistics major who read all the Harry Potter books in english. Actually, her english is probably better than mine to be quite honest. We were also given the privilege to take them out to spend time with them while we were here. We decided to go to American Flatbread right off of Church Street which I think they enjoyed to the fullest (I know I did).

Fun fact: Did you know that a pizza costs around 30 dollars in Japan?

After we dropped them off, they gave Kallie (my anthro partner) and I paper fans and Green Tea Kitkats, which I realized were a gift from God.

I also worked the Drama Club booth at the Activity Fair today in Alliot. If I saw you there, I have to apologize, I was beyond sleepy. We got a good amount of people who were interested in Theatre which was so great; it's nice to have new blood around to liven things up. Our lovely Secretary for the Drama Club Anna Forger spent a long time on a beautiful poster which hung behind us at the booth.

Okay, not so much a booth I guess, but more like a very important table.

Speaking of very important things: the first Drama Club meeting is Thursday at 5:15. We meet every other Thursday in the McCarthy main theater. Lots of opportunities for acting, writing, and other relevant things that will be discussed during the meeting, so come on out! The 24 Hour Play Festival is also happening this weekend in which a group of us will direct, write, and act out shows we work on from Friday night and perform everything on Saturday night. It's an amazing opportunity, and sign ups are still happening in McCarthy! (Just look for the men's room)

Presidents + DJ Tetreault for your viewing pleasure and the end of this blog post. Welcome back, everyone!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gruene, TX Christmas Festival

Close to where I'm living in San Antonio, there are a few little minor towns that border from here to every major city in Texas. I know that Austin is 45 minutes from here and Houston is 3 hours, so it's kind of hard to try and enjoy big things like that in just one day. 

Gruene (pronounced "Green") and New Braunfels are two German towns located on the outskirts of San Antonio. German settlers claimed this land (just to reiterate the history plaque) and as time went on, the inhabitants made it have a more...southern feel. I enjoyed visiting here because it still gives off that old southern feel. 

My favorite part of Gruene that we got to experience was this old antique shop that we just happened to stumble upon...while looking for (a bathroom) the oldest dance hall in all of Texas. It was enormous, like the size of a warehouse, however it was warm and super inviting and would have things that you wouldn't even imagine. 

(nightmares? yes)

(when I saw this, I was really happy I was born in a time of modern medicine. Yikes.)

There was also a general store that had all kinds of homemade hot sauces, different blends for food, and even bacon candy canes...

Unfortunately, we had to leave before the Christmas lights were put up, but all in all, it's a city worth going to. It was also freezing so I recommend going when it's warm. Probably not during the summer because then you won't want to leave your air conditioned house/car.