A 14-member student cast at Saint Michael’s College started work on Labor Day, which felt appropriate, for a new original play with music about the lives of 19th century girls who worked the mills of New England towns like Lowell, MA, and Winooski, VT. 

That rehearsal launched preparations still under way for performances on November 2, 3,4,10 & 11 at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center Theater. All performances are free and open to the public. 

Created and directed by St. Mike’s theater Professor Peter Harrigan, the show Mill Girls features an ambitious musical score by the well-established Burlington-area talent Tom Cleary, who long has been involved with Saint Michael’s Playhouse productions and many other local projects.

Last night we held a short preview performance of "Mill Girls." Tom Cleary & I are collaborating on this verbatim play about the exceptional young women who worked in New England’s textile mills in the early 19th century; it will serve as the Mainstage Production this fall.

Jenny Burke is a sophomore from Hampton Falls, NY with a double major in Theatre and Elementary Education. 

What drew you to Saint Michael's College to study theatre and education? 

I have known what I wanted to major in for a long time, but looking for a school that could accommodate both majors was fairly difficult.  My uncle graduated from Saint Mike’s, so it was on the list of colleges I was interested in.  When I came to visit the first time, I had a gut feeling that I felt at home here.

Caleb Roman is a first year student from a small town in central New York called Genoa, about 30 minutes outside of Ithaca, NY. He is a dual major here in Theatre and Music.

What kinds of roles did you play in high school? 

In high school, I mostly worked with my school drama dept. and local theatre companies in family friendly shows like Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, and Seussical. I was usually cast in principal or supporting roles.

Sophie Lizotte is a double major in Theatre and Elementary Education.  She's a first-year student from New London, New Hampshire.

What are some of your favorite experiences at Saint Michael's College so far? 

I love being involved in the Drama Club.

The cast of The Arsonists

The Arsonists

An explosive comedy by Max Frisch

Director and Costume Designer – Peter Harrigan

Scenic and Lighting Designer – John Paul Devlin

Sound Designer – Ian Underwood ‘18

Properties Designer – Anna-Maria Forger ‘17

Production Stage Manager – Joshua Lacourse '18

March 23, 24, 25, 31 and April 1, 2017 – 7 pm

McCarthy Arts Center Theatre - Free admission

For more info, visit smcvt.edu/arsonists

Cast List

Biedermann – Pat Cornacchio ‘18

Babette, his wife

Kate Bell is a first-year theatre major from Middleboro, MA and is considering adding a visual arts minor.

What areas of theatre interest you the most?

Definately tech and design, I love knowing how a show comes together visually. It’s fascinating!

What plays would you like to design? What are your ideas?

I like straight plays best, I think there’s a lot of interesting analysis to go through and use to inspire the set and tech elements.

Molly Lovell is a sophomore Theatre Major from East Bridgewater, MA.  She is considering adding a minor in one or more of the following areas: Philosophy, Education and Peace and Justice.

Mike Oggiani is a Junior Theatre Major with a second major in Education. He's from Berkshire County, Massachusetts and says "it's the western part of Massachusetts that people from Boston think is California". 

Why did you select Saint Michael's College?

I chose SMC because, while I had visited other schools during my college search, my visit to St. Mike's stood out more than the others.

From Screenplays to Student Affairs: Kevin Butler Rejoins the Wesleyan Administration

October 28, 2016, by Gili Lipman, News Editor

By day, Assistant Dean of Students Kevin Butler’s door in North College is always open to students, but in the evenings, if Butler is not attending a campus event or spending time with his family, he can be found acting, writing, or watching his beloved Baltimore Ravens hit the gridiron.