100 years. Hundreds of actors and dancers. So many memories.
That’s what the faculty and staff of the School of Theatre and Dance were thinking on October 25 at the 100 year anniversary dinner.
“We are so proud to be celebrating 100 years,” said Cythina Stillings, director of the School of Theatre and Dance. “A lot of students have come through this school. It’s hard to believe.”
The anniversary dinner was a benefit to raise money for student scholarships and grants in the School of Theatre and Dance. According to Stillings, about $50,000 was raised.
However, the benefit dinner wasn’t the only celebration for the school. Other celebrations included the opening night of the fall semester play “Plain and Fancy” and the faculty dance concert “This Time” on Nov. 23 and 24. Both performances were held in the E. Turner Stump Theatre.
“Plain and Fancy” is the first play that depicts of an Amish community. Relationships get complicated in the small Amish community right before wedding takes place. “This Time” presented choreography created the by the school’s own professors, and it sparked conversation with the audience.
During the play and dance concert, the audiences didn’t forget what its’ purpose was. It was a celebration of 100 years.
“It’s a great way of bringing together the past 100 years, and it’s giving us a bright new outlook for the future,” Stillings said.