Two student theater groups honor members with reception

Katie Armstrong

The two student-led undergraduate theater groups on campus, Villanova Student Musical Theatre and Villanova Student Theatre, hosted the second annual Student Theatre Recognition Ceremony on Nov. 4.

University President Rev. Peter Donohue, O.S.A, faculty and members of both theater organizations gathered to honor the two thespian groups.

“This event is where the two theater groups merge to show support for good theater on campus,” said Charles Gillespie, president of Villanova Student Musical Theatre.

The event was an evening soiree held in Dundale on West Campus. A reception preceded the awards ceremony.

“The two theater boards wanted to do something for theater, since we feel that good theater is underappreciated on campus,” said Siobhan D’Angelo, president of Villanova Student Theatre. “The two boards thought it would be a good idea to get together and recognize that there is an interest in theater on campus.”

The 2009 Villanova Student Musical Theatre Honoree was Professor of Astronomy Larry DeWarf.

He was recognized for his many years of support and dedication as a member of the musical ensemble.

“I look forward to helping out as much as I can in the future,” DeWarf said in his recognition speech.

Villanova Student Theatre recognized Shanna Wagenheim for her leadership and dedication.

“I know how much work goes into the productions, and I just want to say congratulations to all of you, and thank you,” Wagenheim said.

Donohue extended his congratulations and support of the two theater groups.

“Their energy and enthusiasm is wonderful, and I wish them success,” he said.

Villanova Student Theatre’s next show, “Rumors,” hits the stage in the St. Mary’s auditorium Nov. 17-20 at 8 p.m., and November 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

In February, Villanova Student Musical Theatre will present “Godspell” in a new and surprising venue, the St. Thomas of Villanova Church.

Also in February, Villanova Student Theatre is set to produce “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Garey Hall Courtroom, which aims to address social justice issues.

Additionally, the group will put on “The Shape of Things” in March in the St. Mary’s auditorium, which addresses body image.