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Liva Arts Company begins production on fall show – The Aquinas

Audition of the Liva Arts company

By Isabella Barberio – Social Media Manager

The hallway leading to the audition room was a sea of ​​nervous faces. Whispering the lyrics of the songs to themselves, the nerves of the performers filled the air. Former Liva Arts Company members did their best to ease the anxieties of new members auditioning for the fall semester show, “Rent.”

That freshman year, Lily Guidetti was among that crowd, shocked at how different auditioning for a college show was than auditioning for a high school show. Guidetti wasn’t sure if she wanted to continue doing theater in college, but when she saw they were doing “Rent,” her dream show since she was 10, she knew she had to try. .

“I think it was definitely different from high school audition processes, because for those you can practice in your bedroom, but here you’re in a dorm,” Guidetti said. “You can’t play your songs in your bedroom because you don’t want to annoy anyone, so it was a little less prep than I’m used to.”

Director Teleri Broomhead knows that feeling after auditioning for Liva shows the past.

“Thinking of me walking into the audition room for the first time three years ago, I have always felt so welcomed and accepted, and that is what I have strived to continue throughout my life. realization process.”

When asked why the campus performing arts club chose to do ‘Rent’, vice principal Narssia Hill said, “We chose this show because it’s different from the other shows Liva has done. been doing since Teleri and I have been going here and it’s both our favorite musical. .”

“Rent” is a rock musical that tells the story of young artists in New York’s East Village struggling to survive the era of bohemian Alphabet City and HIV/AIDS. The show’s popular songs are “Seasons of Love”, “La Vie Boheme”, and “Take Me or Leave Me”.

Broomhead is thrilled to touch the emotions of audience members, an important part of Liva’s shows in the past.

“Liva has established itself as a club that likes to have fun and make people laugh; this show is the perfect opportunity to give our club members a chance to show off their range and spread a very important message of love, acceptance and pride.

Liva has been a successful student club on campus, helping students pursue their careers in theater and the performing arts in college.

Junior Aimee Mockler decided to join Liva because she “wanted to continue my theatrical journey that I started when I was in high school. I loved the idea that Liva was an all-student-run club and everything the world is on the same playing field.”

Senior Business Manager and Liva Caitlin Connallon opted to join Liva as a freshman, but didn’t play until her second semester.

“I knew I wanted to do theater in college, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted the structural aspect of the department run as a theater major. I wanted something more laid back. »

While being a part of Liva throughout her years here at college, Connallon quickly learned that it felt less like a club and more like a family. “Everyone supports each other so much… you are surrounded by people who are passionate about what you are passionate about. It gives me so much joy to go to every rehearsal.

From the first day of rehearsal to tech week, the members of Liva create memories while sharing their passions together. Broomhead also spoke of the “love of Liva” the members share: “Our club likes to say we are a family doing musicals together.”

In addition to the artists on stage, Liva is always looking for production team members.

“We can always use new people to help build the set, paint the set and help run the team.” said Hill.

If anyone is interested in joining Liva or producing for this show, contact Teleri Broomhead [email protected] or Narissa Hill [email protected]