Opening Act for Club North Central College Students Trying to Start Drama Organization
Wamble, Michael, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Michael Wamble Daily Herald Staff Writer
Student actors and directors at North Central College want to be judged by The Company they keep.
It could happen as soon as budget forms are approved by a school administrator for the college's new student drama club.
The Company is designed to fulfill a three-fold mission: provide financial aid to projects such as student-directed plays, help pay for theater trips for members and support students seeking opportunities post-graduation.
North Central students have performed on Broadway, written off- Broadway works and toured as part of productions like "The Lion King."
Other students have interned at theaters that include Steppenwolf, Goodman, Royal St. George and Looking Glass in Chicago as well as Crossroads in Naperville and the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.
Senior Adam Billman-Galuhn, a theater major, says starting a new drama club is a way to continue that success.
In addition to providing public performance opportunities, the plays the club would help support would provide an educational benefit to students, said junior Jana Tropper, an English-writing major.
"There's a lot of leadership skills required for a student to direct a play," Tropper said. "Also, it's about learning to take direction from your peers and learning to be resourceful."
Student-produced theater, Tropper said, "is an exercise in trust."
To shape their art, students find or buy makeup, costumes, furniture and music to set the play's look and mood. …