As part of the ongoing celebration of St. Joseph’s Academy’s 150th anniversary year, the SJA/Catholic High School Black Box Company looked back over 40 years of Drama Club history with excerpts from past shows. Featured were songs, scenes and monologues from Les Miserables, Cinderella, Into the Woods, Dead Man Walking, The Crucible, South Pacific, Antigone and other performances. Talent Night was held in the Academy Arts Center’s Black Box Theater November 29-December 1.
“I am really proud of the performers involved in Talent Night,” said Lily McGill, Black Box Company moderator. “This was a debut for many new faces, and this performance had a shorter rehearsal process than some others. We depended on the students to prepare and rehearse at home more than usual, and they rose to the challenge.”
Forty-seven students were involved with the production.
Junior Emma Durnin performed scenes from Harvey and The Crucible. “Talent Night was such a wonderful production to be a part of,” she said. “It was so much fun performing acts that were once performed by past members of the Drama Club when they attended SJA and CHS. I felt as though we were continuing and honoring their legacy and showcasing what we have to add to it. I enjoyed seeing so many new faces and getting to create new friendships and strengthen old ones.”
Freshman Ella Aucoin performed In My Own Little Corner from Cinderella and sang I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair from South Pacific. “I really loved performing for all of the people who were there,” she said. “It made me so happy to look out into the crowd as I stood on stage and see someone smile. This was my first Black Box production with SJA, and another thing that I enjoyed a lot was creating bonds with the other members of the club. It was crazy how over the course of three performances, even with it being my first year at drama, how close the other freshmen and I became to these wonderful people. I truly felt accepted and a part of the Black Box Company, and I am so grateful for everyone.”
Junior Rhianna San Soucie performed scenes from Harvey and Dead Man Walking. “The thing I love most about Talent Night is how versatile it is,” she said. “It gives everyone in the club a way to show what they are capable of. I also really loved the scene and song selections this year. We had the opportunity to showcase some very well-written pieces.”
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Photos courtesy of Claire Abercrombie and Francis Dinh