Stern College Dramatic Society Presents “Our Town” at The Schottenstein Theater

Stern College Dramatic Society Presents “Our Town” at The Schottenstein Theater


My name is Soshy Ciment and I’m playing Emily Webb in Our Town. I think Emily, even though she’s growing up in the early 1900’s, she’s got a lot of spunk, but she also has a lot of depth and a lot of passion, and that’s something that I admire about her. Our Town is about the importance of life, and how a lot of times people overlook the insignificant details and only in hindsight realize how important it is. Almost every aspect of the production is student run, from costumes, to set, to marketing, to photography, to videography, to playbill, everything is done by students and students who volunteer their time. It’s supposed to take place on a theater stage and it’s supposed to be apparent. So when approaching it, I had to look for a very minimalistic background but also one that could express creativity that the play is supposed to have. We have to look for alternatives in our set, props, and costumes, that would fit the time period that it’s taking place in. The process has been exhilarating because we’re in this new space but it’s also been challenging in many ways. We’ve been here until 2AM some nights. It’s a normal thing, we’re learning. This time, lighting for the show has been really intricate. Even in the theater we were using two years ago, and three years ago, the lighting was very minimal and it was not at all complicated. We always had to move our set pieces back and forth, we were never allowed to leave anything there. It is our first time in such a long time that we are really able to be in the theater, leave our stuff here, establish ourselves here, make it our home. It adds an incredible amount to the atmosphere, and just to the way that you function on stage. Yeshiva University, and SCDS specifically, they are unique because they offer Jewish women the opportunity to perform in an environment that is fitting to their religious needs, but also professional. Being involved in SCDS opens the door to so many people who wouldn’t be able to be involved in theater otherwise. My experience as an SCDS member has been one of the most important experiences to my being a Yeshiva University student. It has really, really taught me the importance of teamwork, what it means to be part of something, and to care about something, and to be invested in it. Everyone I’ve seen has expressed such great leadership. Everyone stays, everyone asks, “What can I do?” Everyone’s ready to do whatever needs to be done to make this production the best that it could be. I think the audience is going to be blown away. The talent and work and beauty of this play is indescribable. You have to see it to believe it.

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