Theresa Pfister/Knight

Role builds actor’s strength

Sep 29 • Arts & Leisure • 5346

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Theresa Pfister/Knight

(Theresa Pfister/Knight) From left: Matt Crays, Chad Gauthier and Sarah Sgro rehearse for opening night of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Schuster Theatre.

A passion for singing and acting, and a zeal for random Broadway trivia, makes the perfect recipe for Sarah Sgro.

Sgro, a freshman international studies major, journeyed from her native Pittsburgh up to Gannon University’s campus with acting in mind.

She’ll get the opportunity to shine 8 p.m. Thursday at the opening night of Gannon’s Schuster Theatre production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.,” in which she plays the role of Polly Quince.

The character’s name is Peter in the original play, but was changed in order for Sgro to play the part.

“As Polly, I boss all of the men in the play around, which is cool,” Sgro said. She also said that Polly’s in charge of the characters who act in the play within the play.

“I like how Polly gets to control and be in charge,” Sgro said, “and at one point I am even whacking people with my script.”

 That nastiness doesn’t leave the stage, though. Sgro said that she’d never get so mad at her friends that she’d smack them around.

“But it is a bit fun to be mean,” She said.

Sgro said that everyone in the cast is very talented and are some of the nicest people she’s ever met.

“Midsummer” has a fairly young cast with plenty of new talent and hospitable upperclassmen to guide and help them.

“The upperclassmen are great actors, so I was nervous at first, but I got more comfortable with having to be mean to them as Polly,” Sgro said.

Sophormore theatre and communication arts major Luis Pontillo said that he enjoyed watching Sgro grow into her role.

“She was very timid at first,” Pontillo said, “but now she’s quite comfortable joking around and being mean to us on stage.”

Sgro said that she is happy with performing in a modern version of “Midsummer” The first Shakespeare play that she saw performed was a contemporary adaptation of “Julius Cesar.”

“A modern take on Shakespeare plays just makes it easier to understand and relatable especially for a younger audience,” Sgro said.

After “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” comes to an end, Sgro said she intends to audition for future Schuster Theatre shows.

Theresa Pfister

pfister002@gannon.edu

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