Tuesday, November 28, 2006

We are Back

I think that title says it all, but needless to say we are back in the country I belong in, one with less pushing and pickpockets, and more family and English.

We're home, fellow Romers. We're back, missed Americans. God's Blessings be on you all.


Monday, November 20, 2006

7 Brides for 7 Brothers

The Christendom Players
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Melanie D
Dr. Keats
Assistant Director
John J
Kieran D
Mary Grace A
Set Design and Creation
Mark M
David R
Matthew L
Stage Manager
Emma B
Masters of Light
Tyler A
Andrea C
Jenne L
Lissa S
Monica H
Stage Crew
Alex M
Catherine L
Richard S
Beth F
Gemma L
Make-up and Hair
Monica H
Lissa S
Annie S
Jessica R
Program Designer
Joseph P
Master of Sound
Brian G

Tim C (Benjamin) is a sophomore. In junior high, Tim appeared in Romeo and Juliet as Benvolio, one of that play’s few survivors. He loves singing, as well as playing basketball and tennis. He was one of the “Pimpernel League” in last year’s Scarlet Pimpernel. Finally, Tim would like to thank his mom, as well as his dad “for instilling the acting spirit.”
Chris D (Caleb) is a freshman at Christendom, hoping to be a Theology major. Chris had the leads in numerous high school plays, including The Front Page (Hildy Johnson), The Music Man (Harold Hill), and Julius Caesar (Cassius). During Spirit Week, Chris had the audacity to dress up, on “dress up day,” as Dr. Keats. “Revenge will be mine,” says Dr. Keats.
Kieran D (Frankincense), who is proudly part Huron, is a sophomore. At School, K.C. was involved in such shows as Much Ado About Nothing, My Fair Lady, and—yes—Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. As a freshman, he starred as Peter in The Cocktail Party and was on crew for “Pimpernel” and Midsummer Night’s Dream. K.C. also: has done much of the choreography for “Seven Brides”; has qualified for the world championships in Irish Dancing.
Thomas F (Lumberman), is a sophomore at Christendom and plans to major in Philosophy. After working on the stage crew for last year’s “Pimpernel” and a high school production of Arsenic and Old Lace, Tom is making his performing debut in Seven Brides as one of the town boys. Tom describes himself as “all sister’d out.”
Kak F (Dorcas), a self-described “star-gazer”, is a junior English major at Christendom. Past credits include Ismene in a high school production of Antigone and a lovely vocal performance during the Mirandum Pictures film, Chorus. Kak also plays the guitar and piano and loves hiking. She has future plans to hunt lions in Africa.
Brian G (Sound), a freshman, hopes to double major in Philosophy and English. Prior to Christendom, Brian has acted in Our Town (Mr. Webb) and the Gershwin musical, Crazy for You. He also stage managed a production of Oklahoma. Finally, Brian loves writing, particularly screenplays and other fiction.
Matthew H (Matt) is a sophomore, planning to major in English. “Seven Brides” is his first production for Christendom, but previously Matt acted in such plays as Macbeth, Pride and Prejudice (as Mr. Darcy), and Bells on Their Toes. Matt is active in Christendom activities: sports writer for The Rambler; basketball and rugby teams. He is also known for his love for quoting lines from movies.
Monica H (Costume Mistress) is a sophomore and leaning toward English as her major. Besides her work on costumes, Monica has also done some acting roles: in Belles on Their Toes (Mother) and Pride and Prejudice (Lady Lucas). Along with Lissa S, Monica did the amazing costumes for The Scarlet Pimpernel. She enjoys photography, sewing, baking, and cooking.
Lisa H (Townsgirl) A freshman, Lisa plans to major in History. While she has taken voice lessons in the past and given a voice recital, Lisa is actually making her stage debut in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. We hope she will appear in many more productions.
Dr. Keats (Producer) has been moderator of the Christendom Players since 1992. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the twenty-first major play he has produced at the college. He is also a co-founder of Mirandum Pictures and acted as executive producer for Chorus. Pat continues to work and pray for a Fine Arts Center—including a state-of-the-art theater—at Christendom.
Kyle K (Joel) is a freshman. He enjoys music, and plays both piano and the tin whistle. In Wisconsin, Kyle was involved in a group that performed numerous Shakespeare plays. With that group he acted in King Lear, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Comedy of Errors.
Anthony (aka Tony) K (Daniel), is a sophomore who hopes to double major in Political Science and Philosophy. Last year, Tony appeared in two major Christendom productions—Scarlet Pimpernel and Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Egeus). Tony’s high school productions included Henry V and Julius Caesar. Interests include downhill skiing, hockey, soccer, and acting
Trevor K (Ephraim) is a sophmore. Trevor is leaning toward Philosophy as a major. In “Pimpernel,” Trevor played Farleigh—often a fop, occasionally a fighter. His favorite activities include Madrigal Choir, rugby, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Julianna K (Alice), Older siblings Jennie and Joshua attended Christendom. Having made her stage appearance as an angel in a Nativity play, Julianna debuted at Christendom in Scarlet Pimpernel. She enjoys playing sports, rooting for the Cardinals and Angels (baseball teams), and goofing around with her pug dog, Stubby.
Gemma L (Stage Crew), a freshman. She is leaning toward majoring in Classics. While in high school Gemma appeared in The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Princess and the Pauper. Interests include clarinet, tennis, and drawing illustrations.
Matthew L (Pianist, Assistant Musical Director) is a freshman, plans on majoring in Theology. Matt has served as assistant organist at church and has studied piano for twelve years. Other interests include martial arts and basketball—Matt is on the Christendom basketball team.
Jenne L (Lights) is a junior at Christendom, majoring in Philosophy. Jenne has a strong interest in both theater and film. Last year she was in the stage crew for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and she is currently directing a film called The Freshman, to be shown at the Christendom film festival this spring. She has also: appeared as a reporter in the film Chorus; acted as the matchmaker in a production of Fiddler on the Roof; co-directed several short films at her high school.
Chris P (Carl) is a sophomore and emphatically plans to major in History. Although making his Christendom debut in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Chris has previously acted in such plays as Arsenic and Old Lace and Shall We Join the Ladies. Chris is also on the Christendom soccer team.
Tyler A (Lights) is a freshman, hoping to major in either Philosophy or English. Although “Seven Brides” is Tyler’s first theatrical production, he has a strong interest in the arts—particularly Film—and plans to get involved in Film Production. Tyler is also experienced in Photography.
Matthew A (Adam), a sophomore at Christendom, is leaning toward a Philosophy major. A veteran of many shows in high school (She Stoops to Conquer, Pajama Game Annie Get Your Gun, etc.), Matt played a lead role as the villain in last year’s Scarlet Pimpernel. He is actually a great guy! Matt wishes to thank “Our Lord, Our Lady, family, and friends.”
Mary Grace A (Liza) is a sophomore, headed for a career in Nursing. She loves to sing, studied dance for five years, and appeared in Scarlet Pimpernel last year. “I’d like to thank God and my parents, and also to John for being in the play and being so supportive.”
James B (Gideon) is a transfer and is leaning toward a Philosophy major. Keen on gardening, especially potatoes and carrots, James has appeared in only one other show: a family production of Proclaim the Miracle. “Seven Brides” marks his first appearance as a Christendom Player.
Shelagh B (Ruth) is a freshman at Christendom. She has appeared in many musicals, such as Wizard of Oz, Brigadoon, Godspell, Annie, and The Sound of Music. Shelagh has sung in choirs and taken voice lessons; makes her Christendom debut in “Seven Brides”; and wishes to especially thank Mel, John, and Dr. Keats.
Emma B (Stage Manager) is our ever cheerful and efficient stage manager. A sophomore who will major in History. “Seven Brides” marks her first time as a “techie,” but Emma has acted before in such plays as Oliver and The Music Man. She is also an editor and contributor to Christendom’s newspaper, The Rambler.
Bridget R (Milly), is a freshman at Christendom who previously studied Music at Shenandoah University. Bridget attributes much of her love of music and the arts, as well as her desire to come to Christendom, to watching the Christendom plays over the years. She has appeared in two other plays—Anne of Green Gables ( Mrs. Lynde) and The Wolf of Gabbio (as the snobby Belladonna).
Jessica R (Mrs. Perkins) Jessica is leaning toward a major in either History or Political Science, but also hopes to study Medicine in the future. “Seven Brides” is only her second play, her first being The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Other interests include Dance, Spanish, and football.
Greg R (Preacher) is a senior at Christendom. Greg will graduate as a Philosophy major and plans to attend seminary. Thus it is appropriate from him to play our preacher! He has acted before, appearing in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Macbeth.
Annie S (Martha) is a sophomore. Annie is leaning toward English, Political Science, and History as possible majors. Before making her Christendom debut in “Pimpernel,” Annie also participated in such Seton productions as Pride and Prejudice, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. An accomplished Irish dancer, Annie also enjoys teaching dance.
Lissa S (Costume Mistress) is once again collaborating with Monica on our costumes, after their remarkable work with Scarlet Pimpernel. A sophomore at Christendom, Lissa plans to major in History. She gives many thanks to her mom for teaching her to sew. (We would like to thank Mrs. Small for that also!)
John S (Lumberman) is a sophomore who plans to major in History. A soft-spoken, friendly guy with a great sense of humor, John enjoys playing the guitar and helped out with last year’s Scarlet Pimpernel. He says, “Thank you, Mary Grace!” for encouraging him to make his acting debut in “Seven Brides.”
Catherine T (Mrs. Bixby), known for her hearty laugh, is a Classics major with an impressive dramatic background. In her first year at Christendom, Catherine appeared memorably in Scarlet Pimpernel, the Mystery Dinner Theater (as evil Nazi woman), and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Productions elsewhere include Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, The Matchmaker, and Chesterton’s The Surprise. Catherine is an editor and contributor to The Rambler, as well as a member of the Legion of Mary and the American Chesterton Society.
Matt V (Jeb), a freshman, first learned about Christendom through the 2004 and 2005 summer programs. Matt leans toward Philosophy and English as possible majors. Making his Christendom debut in “Seven Brides,” he also appeared in Juliet and Her Romeo (as Romeo) and as Thorin in The Hobbit. Matt enjoys such diverse activities as soccer, drawing, and writing screenplays.
Megan V(Sarah) is a junior majoring in Theology at Christendom. Megan debuted as a Christendom Player in Les Miserables two years ago. But before that she appeared in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and studied Dance in various forms: ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom, hip-hop. Megan gives special thanks to her parents, her sister Angela, and Ed.
Andrea C (Lights) is a transfer. She will definitely major in History. In high school, Andrea worked on lighting for Anything Goes, another musical. She enjoys swimming and horseback riding.
Alex M (Stage Crew) is a sophomore and plans to major in Theology. Alex has acted before, in The Madwoman of Chaillot, and he also plays on the Christendom baseball team.
Julian A (Mr. Bixby), a senior at Christendom, is enjoying the role of the complex, angst-filled Mr. Bixby. Indeed, Julian thinks that Bixby, despite having only one or two lines, may be his most satisfying role yet. “More satisfying,” we ask, “than past leads such as Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Laertes in Hamlet, or Sir Robert in An Ideal Husband?”
“Absolutely,” says Julian. “Those guys were pikers compared to Bixby.”
John J (Assistant Director) His first-ever major play was Hamlet, in which he played . . . uh, Hamlet! Last spring he played Lysander, as a Clark Kent lookalike, in Midsummer Night’s Dream. When not studying Philosophy, John finds time to found and edit The Rambler, write essays and short plays, provide coffee for stressed-out colleagues, and spend quality time with a certain lovely, blonde-haired Christendom co-ed.
Elizabeth C (Moving Prop), a junior at Christendom, is majoring in Theology. Liz has helped out with past Players productions by selling tickets. Liz enjoys swing dancing, listening to all kinds of music, and powder puff football.
Rachel W (Townsgirl) is a transfer student, now in her first semester at Christendom. She has been involved in many high school productions, including: My Fair Lady, The Music Man, and Pride and Prejudice (in which she played Jane Bennet). Rachel enjoys volleyball and swing dancing.
Beth F (Stage Crew), a sophomore, made her Christendom debut last year in The Scarlet Pimpernel. For that show, Beth was a whirlwind of activity, both as a performer and on the stage crew. Beth has sung in her high school choir and loves to participate in musical events at the college. She also enjoys dancing, art, reading . . . and strawberry twizzlers.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thursday, November 09, 2006

New Blog

Wanted to let you all know that Maria and I now have a blog for keeping track of everything that is going on with our engagement and wedding plans. I'll put the link on the side bar probably later on today, but for the time being, here is the link: http://mariaandryan.blogspot.com

Thursday, November 02, 2006



So yeah, if everything goes right...Tomorrow bright and early Anne Therese, Andrew, and I are off on a road trip. We are getting in a car and going. Not totally sure where;-) but that's part of the adventure.

Singing and signing out
the quia