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November 27, 2013

Theatre program should remain a part of SCC

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Also impressive were several adult newcomers, but it was their reasons for getting involved that spoke the loudest. I heard them talk about participating to “cross it off their bucket list” — people who had always wanted to know what it was like to get up on stage and perform but hadn’t worked up the courage to give it a shot until now.
SCC Theatre offered them that opportunity. It gives humble people with dreams the chance to live them out. I heard them talk about their experience as a sort of rush, an unfamiliar but exciting jolt of energy that can come only from standing under the spotlight in front of rows of theatre patrons. 
It’s nothing but good publicity for Somerset Community College. A place for learning becomes so much more when it can engage the entire community, a promise made in the school’s very name.
As for me, I did some stuff with the program back in high school, but hadn’t acted for about 15 years (save for a class or two at the school I attended out-of-state, and maybe the stray Vacation Bible School skit) until last spring’s production of “Sketches!”
Once I finished it, I knew I needed more. I had a craving that demanded to be fed. And when “Spoon River Anthology” came around, I jumped at the chance to be a part of it.
I loved the experience, and I loved being around my fellow cast members. Whether joking around in the green room or marveling at their abilities on stage, they made the time spent working on “Spoon River” an absolute blast. Witty, good-hearted, creative, one-of-a-kind people.
This needs to stay as it is. Things will change — they always do. Neither Cleberg nor Sherry Crabtree, Fine Arts Assistant at SCC, will be there forever. Right now, they’re kind of the pillars of the program. That may change somewhere down the line.
Whatever happens, don’t let it affect SCC Theatre’s existence. It needs to continue — for what it offers the community, both as an audience and as participants, as much as SCC’s own students. 
The play’s the thing — and this is a thing that matters.

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