Anton in show business

Seton Hill University (SHU) takes on the comedic play by Jane Martin called “Anton in Show Business.”
Laura Barron, a junior, explained the synopsis of the play. “‘Anton in Show Business’ in the simplest terms, is a play about theatre. It is a comedy that focuses on people’s lives in the theatre; different professions, how everyone interacts, and the impact theatre can have on a person when they are involved in it,” Barron said.

This comedy spotlights three actresses who play the sisters in a San Antonio acting troupe that stages the classic play “Three Sisters.” The story pokes fun at and raises questions about the existing state of theatre in the United States.

By Megan Seigh

Contributer

Seton Hill University (SHU) takes on the comedic play by Jane Martin called “Anton in Show Business.”
Laura Barron, a junior, explained the synopsis of the play. “‘Anton in Show Business’ in the simplest terms, is a play about theatre. It is a comedy that focuses on people’s lives in the theatre; different professions, how everyone interacts, and the impact theatre can have on a person when they are involved in it,” Barron said.

This comedy spotlights three actresses who play the sisters in a San Antonio acting troupe that stages the classic play “Three Sisters.” The story pokes fun at and raises questions about the existing state of theatre in the United States.

The cast of characters are all played by females. Barron plays the character Casey Mulgraw and describes her by saying, “She is a 36 year old established off-off Broadway actress who has had a semi-rough life thus far. She comes off as cynical and harsh, but underneath it all she’s got a big heart and can be very vulnerable.”
Chelsea Bloam, a sophomore, plays the character Joby. “Joby is a theatre critic. This part is really different than anything I have done before. You will have to come to the show to understand why this is!” said Bloam.

The students in the theatre program know what it means to be dedicated to doing something that they love. Theatre is a big commitment of time, concentration, emotions, and of course, having fun.

“I love performing because for me it is an escape. I get to be different people who have so many unique qualities unlike myself. Being on stage gives me a different kind of confidence that I don’t have sometimes when I’m just me,” said Barron.

Bloam agreed by saying, “Everyone has definitely excelled as an actor. And every rehearsal brings new ideas and discoveries, so it always keeps things interesting.”
The theatre program at SHU educates its students by teaching them not just how to grow in their performance, but also the work that happens behind the stage. Everyone continues to encourage the audience to take a roll in learning more about what happens in these performances.

There is an opening night reception following the performance where the audience can meet the cast and crew.