Students bring Tales from the Middle East to the stage
Erica Lepley '09
|Practicing for February performances of Tales from the Middle East are (top to bottom) politics major Shanna Lodge ’11 and theatre majors HanaElise Grosh ’12, Sarah Burgess ’10, and Gabriella Saramago ’11
Every four years, the Messiah College Department of Theatre produces a January-term performance geared toward young audiences. Without the responsibility of other classes during this time, student actors are able to spend at least five to six hours daily rehearsing and preparing for the performance, which debuts four weeks after the first rehearsal. “January-term productions give theatre students the opportunity to focus solely and intensely on the craft of theatre,” says Sarah Burgess ’10, a member of the ensemble cast.
This year’s play weaves together traditional Arabian stories and a young girl’s memory of her travels in the Middle East. Tales from the Middle East is an original production written by Vicki Haller and directed by Margie Anich of Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. “It’s a show about how stories can bring people from every background together,” says Burgess.
— Melissa Paolangeli ’09