ONCE UPON A TIME, AT MCGILL….
sitting in that theatre, I was caught up in the infectious joy of the cast
I was reminded of this show last week when once again I ventured to see Company on the third floor of the Student Services Building (colloquially known as the Shatner Building, named for that famed McGill grad, William Shatner). While fairly strong, it wasn’t nearly as good as its predecessor (but kudos to actress Zara Jestadt, who nailed the role of the acerbic Joanne). Nonetheless, sitting in that theatre, I was caught up in the infectious joy of the cast. Company is over forty years old, but for these students it was something new.
Many of those actors are today’s doctors, chemists and graduate students. They loved theatre – they simply didn’t decide to make it their careers. Yet they remain some of the finest performers I ever worked with. They were devoted to the work and approached it with wonder and zeal. I don’t pretend this is because the scripts I gave them were so fantastic; rather, the students seemed to understand that after university, they probably would never act again. And so they approached the stage with the abandonment that comes from knowing it might be for the last time.