Author Archives: Molly Petrilla

Woods Man

Woods Man

Each wooden creation made by alumnus Jeff Bishop’s students is assembled from scratch, but still more impressive, it’s constructed by a student who has significant physical, developmental or emotional difficulties. Continue Reading

‘One Short Day’ inside Broadway’s Emerald City

‘One Short Day’ inside Broadway’s Emerald City

On stage in New York City’s Gershwin Theatre, Glinda and Elphaba—the star witches of the “Wizard of Oz”-inspired musical “Wicked”—sing and prance their way through the Emerald City. Fifteen feet above the action, Christy Ney ’99 flips light switches and taps her feet and fingers in time to the music below, speaking quiet commands into a microphone headset. As the blockbuster musical’s assistant stage manager, Ney is charged with orchestrating the look, sound, and feel of “Wicked.” Continue Reading

How John T. Hughes ’50 helped end the Cuban Missile Crisis

How John T. Hughes ’50 helped end the Cuban Missile Crisis

Inside the State Department’s auditorium, John T. Hughes ’50 is ready to address his country. A makeshift pointer, fashioned moments earlier from two fishing poles and tape, awaits him at the back of the stage. It leans against a 12-foot-tall projection screen. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara stands at a nearby podium, speaking between two… Continue Reading

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