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Student Blogger: Sydney Emerson

Student Blogger: Sydney Emerson

A creative writing major and history minor at Allegheny College with a passion for stage managing, baking, and costume dramas.



Student Blog: Broadway According to Kurt Vonnegut PhotoStudent Blog: Broadway According to Kurt Vonnegut
Posted: Sep. 24, 2021


BWW Blog: (Some Of) My Quarantine Dream Castings PhotoBWW Blog: (Some Of) My Quarantine Dream Castings
Posted: Feb. 22, 2021

BWW Blog: O Captain! My Captain! PhotoBWW Blog: O Captain! My Captain!
Posted: Dec. 7, 2020

BWW Blog: Waiting in the Wings PhotoBWW Blog: Waiting in the Wings
Posted: Jan. 13, 2021

BWW Blog: The Late Late (Puppet) Show PhotoBWW Blog: The Late Late (Puppet) Show
Posted: Feb. 4, 2021

Student Blog: Broadway According to Kurt Vonnegut
September 24, 2021

Vonnegut proposed that every story ever told followed a graphable shape. The stories are graphed on two axes: the vertical “good fortune-ill fortune” axis and the horizontal “beginning-end” axis. Perhaps stories aren’t as unique as we think they are—and perhaps that isn’t a bad thing.

Student Blog: The Problem of Recent History
September 10, 2021

The sharp contrast in perspective between the young performers and those behind the scenes—the professors and technicians who remember 9/11 well—has kidnapped my attention. I find it fascinating and meaningful in a layered way that I’m not entirely sure I’ll ever understand.

Student Blog: The Rules Have Changed
September 3, 2021

When it comes to video specials, the game has changed. The rules are different. It’s no longer acceptable for comedians to have a few cameras in the audience and call it good. There is now a heightened sense of performance, and endless possibilities to make comedy more than a man pacing the stage asking “Have you ever noticed…?”

Student Blog: Stage to 5K
August 11, 2021

To me, running isn’t about seeing if you can beat your previous time. It’s about listening to music, moving your body because you can, looking at flowers, petting dogs, breathing in the misty air of a summer morning in the mountains. It's about seeing the world differently. I'm not a runner. I've never claimed to be one-I'm anything but fast, I have chronic knee problems, and the prospect of doing anything remotely athletic makes me want to cower in fear. And yet, in March of 2020, I found myself lacing up my sneakers every morning and heading out onto the trail.

Student Blog: The Case For Marching Band
July 27, 2021

To live in a place where defunding has already happened—to not have a marching band to turn to when you can’t imagine yourself possibly going to one more soccer practice—is not only a less beautiful position, it’s a dangerous one. Defunding the arts is not merely a matter of crushing dreams, it’s a matter of destroying lives.

Student Blog: Musicals, Movies, Remakes, and Adaptations
July 7, 2021

The truth is, I don’t know what makes a good musical anymore—and I’m not sure Broadway does, either. Is a good musical a safe bet that keeps the lights on? One that sweeps the Tonys? Or is a good musical a life-altering event that leaves audiences forever changed, head in the clouds as they ride the train back to their apartments and hotels?

Student Blog: 'I'm Coming Back Home'
June 24, 2021

Much like the characters struggling to piece together their identities in In The Heights, and much like—I suspect—Miranda himself at the time of writing this story, I have never felt more pride in my hometown than now, in my young adulthood.

Student Blog: Fandom Purity Culture on Broadway and Beyond
June 3, 2021

When purity culture devotees suggest that the author must spoon-feed the moral status of every single character to the audience, they undermine both the intelligence of the viewers as well as the skill of the author.

Student Blog: Look For the Opportunities
May 25, 2021

A future in the arts is precarious. It involves overwhelming self-motivation and internal strength. It means that you must constantly advocate for yourself. It means being okay with the fact that you may not succeed right off the bat—and if you’re a worrier like me, existing in this world can sometimes feel like running a marathon with a blindfold on.

Student Blog: Want to Be a Better Writer? Do Improv.
May 17, 2021

This is a plea to all of the writers out there-the introverted, hiding-behind-a-laptop, don't-look-at-me writers. Do improv. Join a troupe. Do it with your friends. Do it by yourself. (Robin Williams did!) There's the obvious benefit that everybody points to with improv-an increased ability to think and speak on the fly, growing more comfortable with public speaking.

Student Blog: Burning Out In The Snow
April 23, 2021

I’ve been burnt out before (and I’m sure I’ll be burnt out again) but this time feels different. This time is sluggish, self-aware, and brutal. This time is stealing a nap wherever I can find one. This time is wearing the same outfit two days in a row. This time is writing a too-long blog post to work through my own thoughts. (Welcome!)

Student Blog: Playing Outside
April 12, 2021

I never thought I would miss the bottom halves of my friends’ faces as much as I have this past year. And yet, there isn’t a button we can push or a switch we can flip to send it all back.

Student Blog: You're More Than That Email
March 25, 2021

They make this our entire identity. All you hear in high school is how each class you take will look on your college application; how every award and activity you do will look on a resume. We put ourselves onto these pieces of paper, distill our very beings into easy-to-read bullet points, and then send them out into the world for judgment. For acceptance or rejection, quite literally.

Student Blog: The Big Event
March 11, 2021

I had never laid witness (let alone been a part of) a doomed show. It felt like being in the band on the Titanic. We had already hit the iceberg, the ship was about to split in two, and all we could do now was play our song like our lives depended on it. Watch our magnificent ship for as long as we could before it was submerged.

BWW Blog: (Some Of) My Quarantine Dream Castings
February 22, 2021

With all of this time in a room by myself, I’ve turned to the old  standby, dream castings, to occupy my time. And let me tell you—I would pay good  money to see any of these shows. So, without further ado, here are just a few of the  castings I’ve dreamt up during quarantine.

BWW Blog: The Late Late (Puppet) Show
February 4, 2021

It wasn’t until I started taking a course in puppetry for my college’s January  term, where I began learning about more esoteric methods and philosophies of  puppetry, that I was able to fully appreciate the amount of puppetry that happened  nightly in Ferguson’s studio.

BWW Blog: Middle of Nowhere
January 26, 2021

So, what’s it like being a theatre fan far away from most theatre? We take it  where we can get it—whether it be at school, at church, or in our community theatre.

BWW Blog: Waiting in the Wings
January 13, 2021

Every waking moment since last  Wednesday, I am consumed with an overwhelming anxiety about our country.

BWW Blog: How to Say No
December 18, 2020

So, the next time  you’re faced with too much on your plate, do yourself a favor. Say no.

BWW Blog: O Captain! My Captain!
December 7, 2020

Although my work is just beginning, it is already indebted to him. And so, I say,  O Captain! my Captain! Thank you.