Love the smell of bacon… in the evening
Pitt State theatre department provides breakfast for dinner
Gretchen Burns | reporter
The scents of bacon, eggs, waffles, breakfast burritos and pizza filled the PSU Studio Theater on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m.
The second annual “Breakfast at 8” was held as an introduction for students who were interested in theater.
Professors, staff members and students attended the event to learn about various theater classes offered throughout the year at PSU.
Attendees met the theater faculty and this season’s production directors, other theater students and the officers of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor society.
They also learned more about PSU theater program traditions, like the Late Night Breakfast.
Breezi Hancock says she attended so that she could learn about the department.
“I did theater all throughout high school,” said Hancock, freshman in communication. “It’s great to learn a lot of the material and all the faculty and staff are present to meet new people.”
Cynthia Allan, professor and chair of the department of communication, opened the event by inviting all present to partake in the breakfast food.
Allan says that the event was started because the theater faculty and staff believed that because the fall show auditions were so early, they ended up scaring off or intimidating freshmen.
“This is a welcome event in a way,” she said. “We’re a combination of academic programs and activities, of actual majors and of people who have an interest in theater. This is a great way for students to meet people that they wouldn’t normally get to meet, like our costume designer.”
Allan said that although the event wasn’t advertised last year, there was a large turnout. This year, with advertising, the event brought in at least 20 students.
Mary Butler says she showed up so that she could become informed about the PSU Theater and what she could do to help.
“I really want to try out for the musical,” said Butler, junior in communication, “but I’m unsure that I’ll be able to help, so if I can paint the sets or whatever, I’ll be happy.”
Micah Black says she believes that the event had a good turnout.
“This is great. There are so many people I’ve never met before,” said Black, senior in political science. “This is a great opportunity for us to kick back and meet the incoming theater people.”
Austin VanBecelaere says that he also believes that the event turned out well.
“It’s always exciting to see new people come in,” said VanBecelaere, sophomore in communication and psychology. “It’s a great atmosphere to be here with everyone else.”
The department plans on pairing with Alpha Psi Omega to put on service projects, including performing “A Very Potter Sequel” for the Children’s Advocacy Center later in the year.
“Anytime you have a ton of people with the same likes,” VanBecelaere said, “it’s the greatest feeling. I’m always at my happiest when I’m in the theater.”