By Lauren Malone
This past Friends and Family weekend, The Bryant Players put on their annual fall show. The show choice for this year, John Lennon and Me, follows the life of Star, a thirteen-year-old girl who is a huge Beatles fan and is suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. Danielle Sturgeon, director of the fall show was incredible moved and inspired by the story this show tells and had this to say about it: “John Lennon and Me is a really amazing story about a girl who is faced with a terrible, fatal disease … She overcomes so many obstacles, but ultimately is faced with a tragedy, the death of her roommate. Throughout this, she maintains a positive and sunny outlook on life, which is really admirable.”
The Players had about a month to put this show together. I was so impressed with how much they were able to accomplish in so little time. Everything about the show completely brought this story to life from the amazing acting to the beautiful sets to incorporating the music of the Beatles into the show. Monica Cable, another junior here at Bryant, played the role of Star and captivated the audience during the funny, lighthearted moments as well as the scenes that had a more serious message to tell.
As the show focuses on the lives of sick children, the Players decided to use this opportunity not only to entertain their friends and family, but to raise funds for those affected by childhood illness. At each performance this past weekend, the Players collected donations for their Up ‘til Dawn team. St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn is an event held on Bryant’s campus every year where students raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Over the course of the weekend, the Players were able to collect $377 to donate to the organization. Anyone who is still interested in donating to their Up ‘til Dawn team can do so at utd.stjude.org/BryantPlayers.
The show was both funny and heartfelt, and I sincerely hope everyone who attended enjoyed it as much as I did. The cast, crew, and directors truly put on an amazing production, and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for both the winter show and the spring musical. When I sat down to talk with Danielle she stressed the importance of supporting the Arts here at Bryant. She stated, “The arts encourage us to think big, be creative, and live life outside the lines. Everyone can use the lessons we learn from watching stage productions. The arts strive to enrich the lives of others, and everyone can use that!”
If anyone is interested in getting involved with the Bryant Players, they meet every Tuesday at 5pm in the Music Conference Room in Fisher.