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The Final Curtain Call; a Goodbye to Olin Seniors

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By Mateo Biggs

  1. What has been your favorite part of working with the theater, choir, or art department of Roanoke College?

Jasey Williams:  I love the opportunity to express myself and to be given freedom/autonomy over my own self-expression. if that makes sense

Bradley Sperl: Being in the choir since my first semester of college gave me an initial group of friends that would later lead to closer relationships. 

Claire McDonald:  I can confidently say my favorite experience was touring France for the 75th anniversary of D-day. We got to sing in these beautiful old churches with great acoustics. 

Tess Weidenkopf: The best thing about the theatre department is the number of characters I have been able to play and the level of perspective I have gained.

  1. What exactly got you interested in these programs?

Jasey: I’ve just always done theatre since I was a little kid! It’s like biting my nails–I have no explanation other than it’s something I’ve always done

Bradley: I have been a musical person since a young age, singing in church, being part of orchestras and choirs, and since singing was my favorite I decided to join on scholarship with the choir. 

Claire: I did theater in high school so I took acting one freshman year. The professor, Lisa Warren, encouraged me to audition for the fall play “Our Town”. I’ve been involved since.

Tess: Theatre became a creative outlet for me to diffuse any anxiety or irritation in the other aspects of my life.

 

  1. Is there something you know for sure you will miss?

Jasey: I will miss seeing/rehearsing with my friends every single night

Bradley: Nothing with ever be as easy and built into my normal schedule as singing with the Roanoke College Choir or (Roanoke College A Capella Choir) RCACC

Claire: What I’ll miss most is the people.

Tess: I am going to miss working with my hands to construct sets, and the rush of performing in front of a live audience as someone who is not my self

  1. What advice can you give to your underclassmen?

Jasey: I would say auditon! TRC is a small department, so it always needs more people!

Bradley: Once you learn how to schedule your time you should start to fill up some, but not all, of your free time participating in a club, partaking in social activities, and just having some fun.

Claire: If I could give a piece of advice, I would recommend that you commit yourself wholeheartedly to whatever it is you become involved in.

Tess: The more experience you have, even if you think you won’t like something, the better artist you will be. You also might surprise yourself