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Crandall Takes the Stage

March 11, 2024

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Crandall Takes the Stage

Photography by Matt Cook

Crandall Theatre is a student-led production company that partners with Crandall University’s Communication Arts – Theatre program. They believe that theatre brings a unique sense of community and interaction unlike any other form of media, and this year in particular they sought to bring a variety of meaningful and unique experiences to the stage. This year’s production, which was put on from February 23rd to 25th, included Shake It Off: The Musical, written and directed by 3rd year Biology and Concurrent Education student, Sophie Chase, as well as a variety show. Crandall Theatre’s goal this year was to showcase the arts onstage through the talents of our students. The result was an outpouring of creativity and excitement from all of the artists, cast and crew who took part in the production.

Each of the three weekend performances started with a variety show, which featured six different talents, including some unique offerings. “It was our privilege to host Safoora Rahmanimiyandehi as she played a 2000 year old Iranian instrument called a Santoor,” said Moriah Ohlhauser, Production Manager for Crandall Theatre. “It was also fantastic to host the new Crandall Dance Team as they performed their exceptional routine.” Other routines included an original dance, a variety of comedy sketches, poetry readings, and several Bollywood dances. Shake it Off: the Musical was just as successful, focusing on a Glee Club’s drama and struggles in attempting to do justice to global phenomenon Taylor Swift’s iconic music. Crandall Theatre was pleased with the attendance over their three days of shows, bringing in around 250 people to support the arts. “There was so much hard work from everyone involved in this production, so I was very happy that it was a success,” shared Sophie Chase, writer and director of the musical portion. “The cast and crew had so much fun putting the show on for all three nights. We all grew quite close during this process, so our final show was bittersweet, but everyone was proud of what they accomplished. We did have a few last-minute hiccups but the cast and crew handled them so well, after all, the show must go on! I’m so grateful for everyone who came to watch the show and support Crandall Theatre. I also want to encourage anyone who may be thinking about it to join theatre next year, we would love to have you!”

Dr. Bruce Fawcett, President of the university, attended one of the shows and greatly enjoyed it, saying: “Our students prepared well and it was wonderful to see their creative gifts on full display! I was proud of each one.”

Crandall University is Atlantic Canada’s leading Liberal Arts University rooted in the Christian Faith, offering degree programs in Arts, Science, Business Administration, Education, and Management. To learn more, visit crandallu.ca or call 1‑888-968-6228.

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