Powder and Wig, the student run theater group, is a wonderful club at Colby made up of a lot of wonderful people. My first experience with Powder and Wig this year was back in September when I was in the One Week Musical. For the One Week, we auditioned on the first day of classes and rehearsed for exactly one week before performing a full length musical (this year it was Kiss Me, Kate). It was a bit hectic, busy, and stressful, filled with many very late-night rehearsals, but more importantly than that, it was probably the best experience that I possibly could have had to start my life as a Colby student. I made so many new friends right off the bat and I instantly felt part of a community, only a week into school. This is the type of community that Powder and Wig cultivates. They are welcoming and inclusive. Put simply, they are awesome.
So, onto my second experience with Powder and Wig. One day in late September, I made a last minute decision to audition for Powder and Wig’s fall season. I had no idea what exactly I was signing up for, but by the end of the night I had been cast in the play R.U.R., or Rossum’s Universal Robots, directed by Tommy Kienzle ’16. For the next several weeks, we would gather in the AMS basement as a cast to rehearse. Now, the process of learning and working on the show was fun, but the best part of being in R.U.R. was spending time with such a goofy, dysfunctional, and sometimes unproductive cast. Rehearsals were always filled with lots of jokes, laughing, (and Tommy saying over and over, “okay guys, let’s actually try to focus”) and of course, passionate creations of our own R.U.R. fanfiction. We created complicated backstories for each character, giving explanations for how they ultimately ended up working for the Rossum’s Universal Company. We actually ended up typing up a lot of the “fanfiction” and creating a museum for audience members to look around in before the show started.
I played Fabry, one of the managers of the company. I felt very nerdy and scientific saying my lines about the electrical installation and reconstructing the human machine to create robots and wearing my lab coat and glasses.
All of the managers got badges to wear on our lab coats with funny titles. I was given the title of “cuteness expert.”
Here’s me and Rachel, another freshman in the show. The backstory that we made up for our characters was that we were roommates at MIT and tied for valedictorian at graduation before starting work manufacturing robots at R.U.R. #supernerds
Rachel’s badge said “Juice Box Technician” because her character was constantly drinking juice boxes on stage.
Anddddd, here’s a little snippet of the show… The two main characters, Harry Domin (Jordan Lorenz, ’15) and Helena Glory (Kathy Lipshultz, ’16), discussing the history of robots.
Overall, the show was a great success and I am so happy that I got to be a part of it. And, if anyone reading this happens to be on Mayflower Hill for the day, you have one more chance to see our show, tonight at 7:30 in Page! <3