Monthly Archives: February 2013

Rowan theatre students prepare to perform a Holocaust story in “Who Will Carry the Word?”

Rowan University’s Westby Black Box Theatre will turn into the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust. The Theatre & Dance Department’s production of Charlotte Delbo’s  “Who Will Carry the Word?” will have 14 performances throughout the next two weeks. The play is directed by Dr. Anthony Hostetter.

The plot centers on 20 women sharing a barracks in Auschwitz. Together, they share one goal: keep the strongest of them alive to disclose their story to the public.

The cast members went through various routines to prepare for their roles. The tasks included watching movies such as  “Schindler’s List” and meeting Holocaust survivors such as Manya Frydman Perel, a woman who was imprisoned in several concentration and death camps. To support the show, Perel will be in the audience on opening night.

“I’m ecstatic that Manya, one of the survivors the cast met, will be in the audience on opening night,” said Kaitlin Kemp (Francoise). “Unfortunately, I was unable to hear her story when everyone else did, so I can’t wait to finally see and meet this woman that has left such an imprint on my ‘sisters’ hearts.”

The cast also went through more rigorous routines to get into character. This was executed by the artistic director, Melanie Stewart. To help the actresses feel the emotions of Holocaust victims, Stewart yelled at the actresses to go out into the rain in 40 degree weather and remove their clothing.

“We came to realize that this was a test of what the women went through during the Holocaust,” said Frankie Contino (Madeline), in an interview with The Whit.

Stewart is proud of the cast’s accomplishments.

“They are very prepared as an ensemble – they have worked for months with survivors, in research and in rehearsals,” Stewart said. “It has been hard and very rewarding for all of them.”

Sam Price (Regine) is excited for an audience to see the performance.

“I feel that we have something really special and intriguing here,” Price said. “I just hope people understand that we aren’t trying to make them feel guilty or just sad – we are aiming to show them that there is beauty and hope in even the worst situations.”

Audiences can see if the cast accomplishes that goal when the play premieres on Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. More performances follow on Feb. 22, 23, 28 and March 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; February 24 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and March 3 at 3 p.m. Tickets are priced at $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors, non-Rowan students, alumni and staff. Free admission is given to Rowan students with a valid student ID. Advanced ticket purchases and reservations are recommended as there will be limited seating at each performance.


A preview of things to come…

Now that R U Entertained? is up and running, here is a preview of what will be happening on this blog in the coming weeks.

  • A preview of “Who Will Carry the Word,” an upcoming performance from the Department of Theatre and Dance. Based upon the true story of Charlotte Delbo, “Who Will Carry the Word” chronicles the lives of 20 women living in the barracks in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Their goal is to keep the strongest person alive to tell their story to the public.
  • An interview with John Angeloni, the dramaturge for “Guys and Dolls.” Angeloni wanted to be an actor at one point in time but ended up finding a passion for history. As a dramaturge for “Guys and Dolls,” he found a way to combine both passions.
  • A photo essay of the Greek Talent Show co-sponsored by Rowan After Hours and the Inter Greek Council. Greek fraternities and sororities will be showcasing their talent for prizes. Audience members will even receive prizes of their own. The March 7 event will be held from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. in the Student Center Pit.

Five Entertainment Venues at Rowan University

Rowan University has a ton of opportunities for entertainment on campus. But where can you find it? Here are five venues for students to find fun on campus.



Courtesy of @RowanUniversity on Twitter.

To find on-campus entertainment, you can always check out the Rowan University website. You will have to browse the site in order to find something specific but it is helpful to have a home page to go to. You can even check out Rowan’s Facebook and  Twitter pages to learn more about what’s happening on campus.



Courtesy of Rowan University Department of Theatre and Dance’s Facebook page.

The Department of Theatre and Dance puts on various shows throughout the school year. This semester, they will be performing “Who Will Carry the Word”, “Guys and Dolls” and many other productions. Check out their Facebook page for updates and schedules of upcoming shows.



Courtesy of Rowan Office of Student Activities’ Facebook page.

The Office of Student Activities serves as one of the top places to find entertainment on campus. They serve as the umbrella for sources of entertainment on campus. Check out their Facebook  and Twitter for updates of what’s happening on campus.



Courtesy of Rowan After Hours Facebook page.

Held every Thursday through Saturday from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Rowan After Hours (RAH)  provides students with ways to get involved on campus while promoting healthy decisions. Overall, it gives students opportunities to have fun without the alcohol and parties associated with college students. For updates, you can add them as a friend on Facebook or follow them on Twitter .



Courtesy of Rowan Sup’s Facebook page

Rowan Student University Programmers (SUP) provides students with trips, movie nights and performances. Upcoming performances include comedian Joel McHale and Profstock 2013 with performances by DJ Xtina, Dev, B.O.B. and Sublime. Check out their Facebook and Twitter for updates on all of these events and more.

R U Entertained?

Hopefully, this blog can answer that question for you. My name is Jeremy Rodriguez and I’m a junior journalism student at Rowan University. This semester, for my Online Journalism course, I will be posting about arts and entertainment around my campus. Rowan University has multiple venues for entertainment. Most are hosted by the Theatre and Dance Department and Rowan After Hours. I will be covering their events, getting interviews with those involved and profiling Rowan students and professors in the entertainment field.

Whether you are a current Rowan student or if you plan to attend in the future, this blog will provide you with information about entertainment around campus. During the next few months, you will see see what Rowan has to offer for entertainment and for those wishing to entertain. I am looking forward to this semester.