Last night was the opening for our Spring MainStage production of "Fuddy Meers" by David Lindsay-Abaire. Audience members were greeted by cast-member-ushers - who silently brought them through the back hallways and stairwells of McCarthy Arts Center - which had been filled with reflective installations by Scenic Designer Lauren Sousa '18. They arrived at the performance space to find that would be seated on random chairs from our prop storage area, and their programs were printed upside down! Hopefully this puzzling start to the evening was good preparation for the many theatrical surprises to follow..........

Professor of Fine Arts John Devlin accompanied 16 Saint Michael’s College students to the annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Danbury, CT, from January 30-February 4, 2018.

The play Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire, now in rehearsal at Saint Michael’s College for four performances March 21- 24 at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center, jars and challenges its audience’s sense of reality; but ultimately, this “darkly comic thrill-ride” coaxes viewers toward “positivity and a sense of wonder,” says director Peter Harrigan of the College’s Fine Arts/Theatre faculty.

"Mill Girls", the original play with music by Composer Tom Cleary and Writer/ Director Peter Harrigan, was wildly successful - playing to standing-room-only crowds at every performance.

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.

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

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Cast List

Biedermann – Pat Cornacchio ‘18

Babette, his wife