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Monday, March 3, 2014

Olivia Ochoa, front right, has “Magic To Do” in the opening number of Pippin, the Musical.

Trinity theatre students have the opportunity to participate in mainstage productions, learn from guest artists, and produce their own dramatic works

by Jeanna Goodrich Balreira '08

"The energy in the theatre was pure electricity for every performance," Olivia Ochoa '16 says, describing her time on stage in Pippin, the Musical. "It was thrilling to perform every night."

Ochoa was joined on stage by more than 30 other students for the fall-semester production, directed by Broadway director/choreographer and Stieren Guest Artist Chet Walker. Produced in collaboration with the department of music, Pippin showcased not only the musical and the dramatic talents of Trinity students, but their design, craftsmanship, and costuming skills as well.

So agrees Ochoa, a theatre and history double major from Seattle, who isn't it just for the drama. "I chose to study theatre at Trinity because you get a well-rounded education in all aspects of theatre, from design to acting to dramaturgy," she says. "You don't have to be pigeonholed into one field."

At Trinity, students have the opportunity to participate in mainstage productions beginning their first year, learn from esteemed guest artists such as Walker who visit campus every year, and even produce their own dramatic works.

"Working with the living legend that is Chet was an exciting, challenging, and inspiring experience for all involved," says Jodi Karjala, costume designer and costumer for the department of human communication and theatre. "The rigorous rehearsal and production schedules, which included vocal, dance and aerial acrobatic training, were invaluable in connecting the process of how we create theatre here at Trinity to the reality of the professional world beyond."

Ochoa, a sophomore, has already had a bit of a taste of the professional world: she was the student director for the lab show Doubt, performed in the Attic Theater in late February. And she admits that, from everything she’s learned in the theatre program at Trinity, "directing is my favorite theatre job of them all."

Jeanna Goodrich Balreira is the associate director for creative communication in University Marketing Communications. She is a 2008 Trinity graduate.