Two German soldiers crept through the forest, leaves crunching beneath their boots. They held fast to their rifles, cutting through bursts of freezing wind and shields of snowflakes. The winter numbness seeped through their uniforms, chilling to the bone.
As I feverishly scribble performance notes while watching my best friend Hollis perform a poem from our play Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale, I cannot help but feel like I am back in the African-Latino Society room at Ithaca College. The only difference is that I am no longer directing the annual Spit That! showcase, but rather a professional play that I helped create.
“Being in the [theater arts] program is what it must be like to have spiritual faith,” says Madison Ryckman, ’11, costume designer for Top Girls, Ithaca College’s first main stage production of the season. Faith might be a good descriptor for the small family of theater students, who must rely on each other to transform each written play into an actual performance.
It's not unusual to see IC theater majors make it big after graduation. For example, Michele Federer '95 is now starring opposite Emmy Award-winner Mare Winningham in the stage production of The Glass Menagerie at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Federer originated the role of Nessarose in the Broadway production of Wicked and appeared...
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