Boland makes audiences "see stars"Saturday, December 18, 2004 By Leigh McCurdy ('06)/ Eastside Features Editor
Beatings, arrests, hard physical labor. These are a few things that Beth Boland ('05) had to endure on a regular basis for the past few weeks. Well, her character did anyway. Boland stared as Anya Rosen in the red cast of the East fall show "To See the Stars," based on the shirtwaist factory strike. While some may have shirked such a challenging role, Boland saw a lot of herself in the character she played. "While I can't relate to her struggle, I'm like Anya in the way that I go for what I want," said Boland. The process that the actors and actresses go through before each show is also incredibly demanding. "After they cast us, we read through the entire show twice, then we started blocking scenes, which means only working on one scene a day. Gradually scenes became acts and the acts became the show," said Boland. While the hours may be demanding, Boland enjoyed the time that she spent with her cast members. "I really liked the entire red cast," said Boland, "but I feel like the leads in my cast all connected with each other and got really close. Juliana Pellegrino was also a lot of fun to work with. She gave her part her all every single rehearsal." Boland, despite being a senior, was not as well known for her performances in the fall and spring shows as some of the other leads. "One Act plays are what I'm in the most," said Boland, "They are really fun, so this was my first drama show. The show was so amazing and I was so happy to be in it." It is evident that with her hard work, Boland will continue to make audiences "see stars" no matter what play she is in.