Students set to direct

By Cecelia Francisco
October 23, 2003

Families at this year’s Family Weekend were privy to a few select scenes from this semester’s main theatrical presentation, “The Apple Tree.”
“The Apple Tree is a 30-40 minute-long, one-act musical about Adam and Eve,” sophomore Chris Friel, a religious studies major and set designer for “The Apple Tree,” said. “Neil Neuman is directing it, but the other three pieces are student directed.”
“The Apple Tree,” is a musical play based on Mark Twain’s book, “Diary of Adam and Eve.”
Junior Lauren Mineo, an elemenetary education major, is playing Eve. Mineo has previously starred as the lead in “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” which was Cabrini’s spring musical in 2001.
“This cast is a very small cast consisting of only three characters, Adam, Eve, and the snake. Something different about this play is that there are no duets in this play. We haven’t even rehearsed together yet,” Mineo said.
Playing opposite Mineo, as the male lead in “The Apple Tree,” is junior John Holloway, an English/communications major. Holloway previously starred as one of the male leads in “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” and has had starring roles in “Boy Gets Girl” in the fall of 2002 and in last year’s spring comedy “Cinderella Waltz.”
Along with “The Apple Tree,” two Cabrini theatre students will be testing out their directing skills this November.
Junior Marian Gibried and Holloway will be using the skills they learned in a directing class last semester. Senior English/communications major Brian Fry was to have directed “The Apple Tree,” originally, but is currently studying abroad in Manchester, England.
“Marian’s piece is about 30 minutes long and is an avant-garde piece.” Friel said.
Halloway is directing two of the one-act plays. Each of his is approximately 10 minutes long.
Pieces of the set for “The Apple Tree,” were donated from People’s Light and Theatre Company, and are from a recent “Red Riding Hood” play.
“We received them and refurnished them for our theatre.” Friel said.
The plays will run Friday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 20 through Saturday, Nov. 22..Admission for Cabrini students will be $5 and for other attendees the price is $10.
For more information about People’s Light and Theatre Company, visit
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