A friend once told me that I would know what college I should go to the second I stepped on the campus. She was right. The first time I visited the Mount, I felt at home. I remember thinking on the tour, “I could live in Sakac,” “I’ll get Jazzman’s before every morning class,” and “I love small class sizes!”
William Biersack (left) and Joseph Mastando performing in The Mystery Plays, fall 2012.
In day to day life, everybody has their roles. Take the Mount, for instance; some people on campus can say “I am a student,” “I am a professor,” or “I am an athlete,” and everybody is defined by those roles.
One of the truly amazing things about being an actor is being able to say, “I am (blank).”
Knight Life: Did you do theatre before you came to MSMC? Thomas Kellett: Sort of. I was in two musicals, but only as the bassist in the pit band. I did my first acting here at the school in a show we did called Flavio Betrayed.
The number one rule of improvisation is there are no rules.
This thought starts a rapid thumping of adrenaline pulsating through each cast member; they only have their imaginations to rely on. For anyone who has participated in theatre before, where there is a script, stage direction, and a feeling of comfort instilled in the actors, improvising is a daunting task. However, Mount Saint Mary College’s improv group, Improvocative, worked with Del Close and Charna Helpern’s Truth in Comedy book, which gave them the format to run their shows.