This weekend, the first years and new students of Trinityâ€™s theatre department are putting on FYPOT, or â€œFirst Years Putting On Theater.â€ Each year, the tight-knit department puts on this show to create a collaborative environment for everyone involved from the beginning of the year.
The show consists of several short, ten-minute scenes written and directed by several theatre department upperclassmen.
â€œI am a director along with Mindy Tran,â€ said sophomore Laura Twomey. â€œShe wrote our scene over the summer and we casted it during auditions, and have directed it together over the past few weeks.â€
The scenes are short, and donâ€™t require an immense amount of memorization, but allow the first years to have more fun in theatre.
â€œI was in a FYPOT scene last year, and for me it was a way to be a little involved in theater, sort of get a taste for it and have some fun, without it being a huge time commitment,â€ Twomey said.
Some students involved last year are returning with a more authoritative role this year.
â€œI was a participant last year and now Iâ€™m a producer. I play a managerial role alongside Holly Gabelmann, so Iâ€™m ensuring that our student writers and directors had a smooth process and eventually introducing the first years into that process,â€ said Nico Champion, a sophomore who has been actively involved with the theatre department.
Students who have had no experience with FYPOT, however, Â have found ways to get involved with the program, too.
â€œI was too nervous to do it my freshman year, but it enables a very collaborative and fun atmosphere. It was a very low pressure process. I think itâ€™s a good opportunity for freshmen to just have fun as a larger theater collective,â€ said sophomore Liz Metzger, who will perform alongside the first year students this time.
Each member of FYPOT finds that this production is a unique method to get new members accustomed to the changes that accompany collegiate theater.
â€œItâ€™s a phenomenal way to introduce the newest members of the theatre department to Trinity theatre and the community we create. As both a participant last year and a producer this year, itâ€™s easy to see that these shows lay the foundations for valuable and lasting relationships that will be endlessly beneficial for oneâ€™s time here.â€ Champion said.
FYPOT will be held on Sept. 9 at 8:30 p.m. and Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Attic Theater.