We’ve all heard of or been to a play, but not many consider what occurs behind the scenes to make the big production come together. Trine University’s Drama Club will perform Almost Maine starting November 9, but the hard work begins long before then.
Every year the Drama Club holds an end-of-year meeting where ideas are tossed around, and if needed Dr. Hopp, the Drama Club advisor, provides ideas for what will be performed the following year. Members vote and decide together what they will bring to the stage. That was just the beginning of Trine’s Almost Maine production.
At the beginning of every year the Drama Club holds a general meeting that anyone interested in working with them can attend. There are also events for those interested in behind-the-scenes work, like set-building. There have also been events that are geared towards those who are more interested in production than acting, as it takes a lot of people in many positions to make a play happen.
According to president Miranda Scranton Drama Club’s biggest obstacle is “member retention.” Trine University is known for being an engineering school and many of the cast members happen to be engineering students. It can be difficult to get people to stay involved while also managing their class loads.
Despite that difficulty, the Drama Club boasts of its ability to make the cast members feel like family. Scranton claims that is their biggest strength and keeps people coming back every year. Getting to know each other usually happens naturally through rehearsals, but when there is a bigger cast, Miranda says they have workshops and events outside of rehearsal as well. With rehearsals for over three hours every night, it would be difficult to not feel like family. Despite all the hours dedicated to making a production happen Stage Manager, Seth Cole, had no complaints saying that Drama Club, “feeds the heart”.
Drama Club allows for personal growth and development, as Scranton experienced first-hand. She would describe the Drama Club as, “a decision I will never regret…I never expected to go from one of the smallest roles in my first performance to becoming the Drama Club president, but I do not regret it at all.” Ivy Rubel comically describes Drama Club as, “organized awkwardness.” After a thoughtful pause Vice President, Travis Riddle, answered, “it’s about leaving your differences at the door.”
The Drama Club will perform Almost Maine on November 9, 10, and 11 in Wells Theater. Seating is limited, so make sure to show up early and watch all of Drama Club’s hard work pay off!