MOSAIC Spring 2014 - Page 19

History and Music Meet in Spring Play I t was a rousing, patriotic Oliver!, too. Thank you, experience at this Grace!) The men really year’s spring play. The came together as a team seminarians of Sacred to handle the direction, Heart performed 1776, scenery construction, light a Broadway musical board operation, publicity, based on the events and videography, and ushering. the colorful characters They even played some of surrounding the signing the orchestra instruments. of the Declaration of Director Brian Meldrum Independence. and assistant director South Carolina delegate to the Continental Congress, The dates of the Matthew Hood gave the Edward Rutledge (Patrick Setto), argues for his state’s performances were performance a “fun, new position on declaring independence from England. Friday, March 21, with interpretation.” They two performances devised an elaborate on Saturday, March 22, to accommodate the lighting plot for the Independence Hall setting ever-increasing attendance at these annual and constructed five podiums as unique stage productions (this is the fifth in a row after a props to adapt the musical to the limitations of twenty-year break). the stage dimensions. 1776 was held in Sacred Heart’s vintage “Countless hours and many hands” went into 500-seat auditorium, with attendance for the production of 1776, says Meldrum. Speaking the weekend at around 1,300—practically a for the entire cast and crew, he believes “from all full house for each performance. No tickets of this, we have received countless blessings and were required but the seminarians accepted many, many graces.” freewill donations. They will apply the funds to replacing outdated stage equipment, including Do you have a heart for the theater? Would you purchasing new curtains. like to help the seminarians upgrade their stage Seminarians—forty in all—played all the equipment? Give Maria Jerome of Sacred Heart’s parts of 1776 except one, that of Abigail Adams, development office a call, 313-883-8559 or performed by Grace Knoche (she played one of the two female parts in last year’s production of Dinner for Life Draws 300 Supporters Robert Bacik, Sacred Heart seminarian W as it the delectability of the fish “The pro-life movement is dinner or the solemnity of the very dear to us seminarians. dinner’s purpose? No doubt it The dinner is just a small was both reasons that moved way that we work to raise over three hundred people to )