A t the conclusion of the spring 2012 to 2013 semester, the GMC theater program says goodbye to six of its performers: Sam Gabriels, Daniel Kimatarle, Ernie Klepeis, Andrew Kohler, Baxter Seguin, and Jack Sinclair.
Looking back on this semester at GMC, we were pleased to host three plays: The neo-futurist, student-written, 30-scene Where Do Babies Come From and Life’s Other Mysteries, Ernie Klepeis’s senior show Finding My Contemporaries, and the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Brief History of America (abridged).
To accurately frame the experience of theater at GMC, I asked the graduating seniors to speak for themselves. In reflection, Jack Sinclair and Ernie Klepeis both said that they will miss the ease with which they can perform. Jack claimed that he will “continue acting as a hobby if that’s ever possible.”
Sam Gabriels and Jack both said that they will miss the feeling of being in a cast: “I will miss the camaraderie,” Sam reflected, and Jack lamented that “Of course I’ll miss the people I’ve had the opportunity to act with.”
Andrew Kohler echoed his colleagues, “The one thing I will miss about the theater program at GMC is my friends who were also involved in the program.”
Ernie, Jack, and Andrew agree that the theater program has been an invaluable positive force in their life. Ernie claims that “The theatre program gives students an awareness of their own body, their mind, and their actions. It challenges you to be critically thinking at every moment of every day.”
Jack explains that “theater has been an invaluable outlet for energy and experimenting with interacting in ways I wouldn’t normally.” Andrew agrees, “The theater program contributed positively to my life by making me a very busy person. People often times get caught up in the academic lifestyle, and forget about the importance of individual time. I used theater and sports as a constant reminder to ‘keep playing’.” “The added responsibility has also helped to keep me on track academically over the last year and a half,” Jack adds.
In addition to taking part in plays, the actors and actresses of the theater program are also an audience. Ernie’s favorite play to watch was The Flies and that “The genius of the director, Lisa Much, cannot be understated. Never before has theatre been done so well and executed so perfectly, with so much chance for it going wrong. It is the best play Green Mountain has ever put on.”
Andrew Kohler agrees and explains the uniqueness of this play, and says: “This play was not a typical play performed on stage. This play consisted of the audience walking around different rooms of the auditorium and exploring different scenes occurring simultaneously. I also really enjoyed this play because I am a huge fan of Jean Paul Sartre’s work as an existentialist playwright, and find his work to be pleasurably dark.”
Jack said two of his favorites, 39 Steps and The Madwoman of Chaillot were excellent. Because Sam’s only performance was Where Do Babies Come From and Life’s Other Mysteries, he explains that he would have loved to watch that play from the audience’s perspective.
He writes, “From what I hear from others, it was really exciting to watch all of the movement, and to feel all of the energy we gave off.” Anyone who attended a performance of this play can agree that it was an invigorating experience.
Whether it is socially, academically, or emotionally, the experience of theater at GMC is inextricably tied to positive development. Even though the actors and actresses at GMC will miss the theater program as an important part of their schedule, there are always fond memories on which they can reflect.