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It was an occasion for students to look “back” on the theater events of the past year and to look “a head” to next year.

On May 14, students and faculty gathered for “The Back and a Head,” the 2nd annual celebration of theater, to enjoy an evening of refreshments, spoofs, games and awards and to discuss next year’s theater season.

“This event is becoming an important tradition for the theater program,” said John Sebestyen, assistant professor of communication arts and theater director. “It is a time to recognize the incredible commitment that Trinity students give to the theater program, to thank them for their dedicated involvement and to honor those who are graduating.”

Nick Koster ’03, guest speaker, shares the students’ passion for theater. Koster, who recently funded a theater arts scholarship at Trinity, encouraged the students to be artistic givers of life.

“The Back” portion of the evening included a re-cap of the Theatre Club’s events and a behind-the-scenes video documentary on the spring play (You Can’t Take It with You), prepared by 2007 Theatre Club historian Kate Messier ’09 of Olympia, Washington. Everyone was recognized for their participation in this year’s shows, which included, The Valiant and Visitor from Forest Hills (student-directed, one-act plays), A Plague of Angels, and You Can’t Take It with You.

As part of this recognition, ‘prestigious’ awards were given for such accomplishments as “Fastest Memorizer,” “Best Accent,” and “Best Facial Hair.”

And looking “a Head,” Sebestyen announced the theme for next season: fidelity.

“We will examine how to make wise choices in commitments,” commented Sebestyen, “to people, to a cause, to relationships. It is our hope that we will be challenged to be individuals of wisdom and faithfulness.”

The plays, produced on campus and exploring how fidelity is both perceived and embodied, will be: The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw, and a one-act play directed by Rick Schuler ’08 of Tinley Park, Illinois.

At the close of the evening, graduating seniors stood in a circle while the other students surrounded them to sing the Doxology, a pre-show tradition at Trinity.

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