By Claire Fishman
From February 22-24, Sock ‘n’ Buskin presented their third production of the club’s 50th anniversary year. Their production of Noises Off, an award-winning play by Michael Frayn, delighted its audiences and provided the community with an enjoyable and engaging show.
The great effort put into this production by the cast and crew was evident, as the play included an intricate set and fast-paced dialogue as well as entrances and exits that must have required a great deal of rehearsal to perfect. The costumes and props were sophisticated and detailed as was necessary in order to convey the great significance of props to the plot. The actors portrayed each character in a unique and interesting manner, which made both acts exciting and humorous. When I spoke to the cast and crew in the days following the show, they all articulated how grateful they are to have had the experience of participating in the production of this play.
As Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s longtime director Sandy Chantry prepares to retire at the end of this season, the club is currently rehearsing their final show of the year. They will be presenting The Mystery of Edwin Drood on May 3-5 at 7:00pm. In contrast to Noises Off, this final show is a Tony Award-winning musical based on an unfinished Charles Dickens novel.
The show is the ultimate whodunit and employs humor throughout both acts. Moreover, it has interactive elements since the audience plays a role in the progression of the plot at the end of the show.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood promises to provide an interesting and engaging evening for its audiences. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the door.
By Amanda Stone
When you think of vampires, what comes to mind? True Blood? Human Blood? Magic beings that happen to know spells? Well the truth is, Vampires are a lot like us! They do activities and they don’t just eat blood. I had the great opportunity to interview Daley Catherine, a well known vampire in the United States. Daley has been a vampire since age 15 and she said she was born as a natural vampire but was “awakened at 15.”
Question 1: Would you consider yourself a natural born vampire? A cosplayer or what would you describe it as?
Daley: I was born a vampire and awakened 15 years ago.
Question 2: What or who got you into the world of vampirism?
Daley: Since being a vampire is not a choice, nothing really got me into it. I was awakened at age 15.
Question 3: Do real life vampires drink blood? And how much do they consume?
Daley: About 50% of vampires feed from blood. Usually only a tablespoon … every 2 weeks to a month.
Question 4: Were you ever into vampire TV shows and movies? (ex: Twlight, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries)
Daley: I awakened 15 years ago, so I enjoyed Anne Rice around that time. I do enjoy True Blood as well. Twilight is hated by pretty much every real vampire.
Question 5: Some people consider a vampire group like a cult, what would you describe it as?
Daley: Most vampire communities operate as a democratic town hall of sorts of vampires. Cults should be avoided at all costs.
Question 6: If you were to give advice to anyone who wanted to get into the world of vampirism, what advice would you give?
Daley: Enjoying a vampire lifestyle is fine, but there is a big difference between living the lifestyle and actually being a real vampire. Anyone interested in learning more I would recommend “Vampires in Their Own Words” by Michelle Belanger.