Carnegie Mellon’s student-athletes enjoyed a night at the theater on Tuesday, February 27, as more than 150 Tartans attended the School of Drama production of The Drowsy Chaperone on campus at the Philip Chosky Theater. It was the second consecutive year that the Athletics Department and College of Fine Arts have collaborated – last winter, student-athletes attended the production of Ragtime.
“I loved the performance and loved seeing the athletes crowd the Purnell Lobby,” said senior women’s swimmer Mary St. John. “It was great for this many of us to come to the theater to support the drama students. It was a wonderful musical, and as the man in chair said, it did ‘what a musical is supposed to do: it takes you to another world, and it gives you a tune to carry with you in your head.’ I was happy to be immersed in the world of The Drowsy Chaperone in the midst of my schoolwork, and I will certainly carry these tunes with me after seeing the show.”
Following the performance, a “talk back” session was held on the stage between the drama student performers and the student-athletes in attendance. St. John was one of the students who stayed.
“I stayed for the talk back to learn more about the creative process,” said St. John. “As audience members, the only people we can see are the actors, so I enjoyed hearing from the creative team about their process.”
Earlier in February, students from the College of Fine Arts attended a Friday evening basketball doubleheader against NYU.
“We have established a wonderful relationship with our colleagues in the College of Fine Arts, and it was a terrific opportunity for our student-athletes to have an evening like we did at The Drowsy Chaperone,” said Director of Athletics Josh Centor. “Carnegie Mellon is a world-class university, and there are incredible things happening every day – sometimes those things are happening on the fields of play, sometimes they are in the theater, in classrooms and all over campus. Our ambition in the athletics department is to help make connections so we can provide the best possible student experience for all.”