Now is the time to “Seize the Day!” calls the Anselmian Abbey Players as this year’s Family Weekend highlights a student-run show depicting the Saint Anselm College experience.The Abbey Players will present the show twice, with the first show at 8 p.m. on Friday evening to kick off the weekend, and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
The Family Weekend Show is an integral part of Family Weekend as it showcases the varied talents, and highlights numerous experiences of Saint Anselm College students. Landis Magnuson, Director of the Anselmian Abbey Players comments on the effect of the show, noting that it is “great for parents of new students to see the show to better understand the culture of the life of a student at Saint Anselm College.”
FAMILY WEEKEND: View this weekend's schedule of events online. We look forward to seeing you at Family Weekend 2016!
The performance, a series of lively vignettes about the lives of six students as they reflect on their journey at Saint A’s, was written, choreographed, and directed by five students. Jen Cardarelli ‘18 (Writer and Director), Cara Mackenzie ‘18 (Choreography), Elise Rivera ‘18 (Choreography and Musical Direction), Steph Conti ‘18 (Musical Direction), and Natasha Antkowiak ‘18 (Producer) say their creative direction has been inspired by previous years of the show.
Cardarelli explains their involvement and dedication; “The show is completely student run, meaning the five of us on the creative team plan and run every rehearsal. Four of us are roommates and the other is a good friend, and we came together to form a team because we all shared the goal of someday directing the annual family weekend show ourselves.”
Approximately 50 students are involved in the performance, whether performing in the cast, helping as a member of the crew, assisting in production assistance, or playing in the live band. Thirty-four students are in the cast alone, and about 18 are new and first year students. Magnuson explains the policy of casting the show: “As it is the beginning of the season, this show has a no-cut policy, anyone who chooses to audition gets to take the stage.” This policy leads to more participation, especially in first year students, encouraging them to take the next step to join the Abbey Players. This inclusion builds a foundation and a sense of stewardship in the program, which helps to foster continued support and participation from students.
The production brings to life the common realities of students at Saint A’s such as receiving their acceptance letter, participating in community service, experiencing unique dining traditions, and navigating the campus activities fair. The Benedictine values of hospitality, community, and service are expressed through the stories told, as the student-actors experience all that Saint Anselm has to offer. Musical interludes parodying well-known songs such as “Waiting on the World to Change” by John Mayer, “Part of Your World” from the Little Mermaid, and “I’m a Believer” by Neil Diamond (also performed by The Monkees and Smash Mouth) are incorporated throughout the show. The hard work of the creative team results in a fun, expressive show demonstrating the life of an Anselmian.
The show will be performed Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online until Thursday at 4:30 p.m., or at each show, availability pending.