Pegasus Players to perform ‘Ghost Stories’ play festival in virtual format

Did you just see a ghost? No? Well, if you’re craving a spectral sighting, Norwich University’s Pegasus Players will deliver a few Saturday, just in time for Halloween.

The acting troupe, led by Associate Professor of Theatre Jeffry Casey, will perform an online short-play festival, featuring original Halloween-themed plays by Jeanne Beckwith, a former Norwich lecturer and interim theatre director; Carli Harris, a senior English major; and Nick Veldey, who graduated in 2019 with a criminal justice degree.

The performance is viewable at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on GoToMeeting.

“We can’t stop living our lives and let this pandemic win. By doing this show, even with the circumstances, we are proving we are stronger than ever before.” Chey Khoury ’21, Pegasus Players troupe member

Because GoToMeeting was also the troupe’s rehearsal medium, Casey said, the actors had to rethink their performance approach. He said they adapted resiliently.

“Everyone is visibly exhausted by the time we get together in the evenings, and since we are all seated in front of computers, it’s a challenge to punch up the energy and creativity,” Casey wrote in an email. “The basic solution is always the same: push the actors to make specific choices and dig deep into the characters.

“The imagination is the fire for exciting performances,” he added, “regardless of the medium.”

Chey Khoury, who directed one of the festival’s plays, said the troupe proved it could overcome the pandemic’s obstacles and follow “the show must go on” maxim.

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Because the Pegasus Players could neither rehearse nor perform in person, as they did here in Mack Hall in April 2019, they had to readjust. Theatre Professor Jeffry Casey said they adapted ably (Photo by Mark Collier.)

“We can’t stop living our lives and let this pandemic win,” Khoury, a senior criminal justice major, wrote in an email. “By doing this show, even with the circumstances, we are proving we are stronger than ever before. We need to remind others they are not alone even we if we can’t be near each other.

“All it takes is a little hard work and something amazing can happen just like this production.”

Jack Schultz, a senior communications and education major, has roles in two of the festival’s plays, both of which are set at Norwich. In “Driscoll,” he plays a Corps of Cadets member on Halloween guard duty; in “Ghost of Norwich Past,” he plays a Corps of Cadets recruit trying to persuade his roommate not to drop out of the Corps.

He said he watched other performances for inspiration.

“I got into character by looking back at some of the actors/films I love so much such as horror movies, as this is a Halloween play,” Schultz wrote in an email. “This helped to bring a thriller and scary mood.”

Keyshla Seda, a freshman criminal justice major, said she’s excited to see the virtual curtain rise for her first troupe performance.

“I’m really excited to see what the audience is going to think about the show,” she wrote in an email.

Watch one of the plays in “Ghost Story” here.

Preventing suicide

As a follow-up to the suicide prevention-oriented Arnold Air Society 22-hour run taking place Saturday, the Alumni and Family Relations Office will address the topic in a Wednesday “Legacy of Learning” session on Thursday.

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Joey Mac Dizon ’11, seen here with Cheldin Barlatt Rumer in January on This is It TV, will moderate a suicide prevention seminar this week as part of the Office of Alumni and Family Relations’ “Legacy of Learning” series. (Screenshot via Facebook.)

Joey Mac Dizon ’11, who led last week’s entrepreneurship session for the “Legacy of Learning” series will moderate the panel, which will feature Brendan M. Recchia ’08,  retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Lee D. Bonar Jr., the Rev. William Wick and two officials from The Veterans Place, a Vermont-based, nonprofit, transitional housing program for U.S. armed forces veterans, Administrative Manager Karen Boyce and Housing Manager Rich Turner.

Dizon, who served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq, said in June that it’s important for veterans and Norwich, which prepares leaders, to discuss suicide, difficult and wrenching as it is. Dizon recalled feeling particularly sad at the funeral of a fellow armed forces veteran who had talked to neither his father nor his friends before killing himself. 

“I remember thinking, ‘He didn’t call any of us,’” said Dizon, who is on the board for Norwich University Alumni Association and leads its Events Committee. “And I made sure I put my number out there and said (to the people I was with), ‘Guys, if you’re ever feeling in the funk, call us. Let us know it’s serious.’ I’ll drop everything to talk to you and I know there are lots of guys and gals out there who will do the same.”

The session, from 4 to 5 p.m., continues a discussion from a similarly-themed “Legacy of Learning” session from June.

Other events

The Counseling and Wellness Center will help everyone breathe a little easier with a virtual mindfulness mediation webinar from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday. The Admissions Office will offer fiscal wisdom in a virtual financial aid webinar for prospective students from 9 to 10 p.m. Wednesday.

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