Arts & Culture / Mosaic / February 27, 2013

Showtune-singing students start up Musical Club

MusicThough Knox puts on a plethora of concerts, plays and shows, it is rare for the college to put on a musical. Freshman Hannah Cloh hopes to change this via the newly-formed Musical Club.

Cloh got the idea to start a musical club in fall term, but is now working on making her idea a reality.

“I guess it’s kind of an idea I’ve been throwing around for a long time,” Cloh said. She identifies as the president of the club, though official positions have not yet been given.

“I didn’t start it first term because things were crazy and I was getting adjusted to Knox, but I just noticed that there weren’t musicals and felt withdrawal from not being part of one and not being part of the creative process of theater. Since I’m not a part of it here, I want to start a way to be part of it,” she said.

Cloh has been involved in numerous productions and is involved in various theater and music programs on campus.

Other students, including co-founders freshmen Brandi Pudlo and Jorie Simon and sophomore Maureen Herbert noticed a lack of musical theater at Knox and met with Cloh to talk about starting the Musical Club.

Cloh was especially inspired to start a musical club when she realized how impressed she was with both the theater and music programs at Knox.

“I don’t know if they ever do things together because they do amazing, amazing avant-garde plays and the music program is fantastic, so I don’t know why we don’t do musicals,” Cloh said.

She also credits a lack of musicals to a lack of a musical theater program, but is hoping to start somewhat of a musical program on her own.

The club has not officially started meeting, partially due to Repertory Theatre Term, but Cloh already plans to eventually produce a musical with the help of students that are willing to help out in various aspects of musical production, from choreography to lighting.

“So people who want to write, people who want to produce, people who want to costume and, of course, performers,” Cloh said. “I’d have it so I had one person with experience in the group who knows how it runs and how it goes and just kind of be a little bit of a leader and make sure things are going okay.”

Though the Musical Club will not be in full swing until spring term, Cloh held a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19 to begin spreading the word and pass around ideas. The club drew about five students, though many students, Cloh said, have shown interest. At the meeting, students talked about their favorite musicals and musical experience and discussed the prospect of a musical about Knox.

“To have a musical about Knox would be great to start with because it’s something we all know, it’s something we’re all part of, it’s something we’re all comfortable with, it’s something we can poke a lot of fun at,” Cloh said after the meeting.

The club is due to start in spring term, and meetings will be held at the convenience of those interested in joining.

“I think just getting the word out, mainly,” Cloh said. “We’re just trying to start up. I just want to do be able to do something that we can call our own, really, to be able to write our own play and to have students do this … I know they do that in theater, but I feel like for this it’d be really special because they are writing it themselves.”

Kate Mishkin
Kate Mishkin is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. She started working for TKS as a freshman and subsequently served as managing editor, co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of four awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. She won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize in 2015 and 2014 and the Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism in 2014. She has interned at FILTER Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WGIL radio and the Virginian-Pilot.

Twitter: @KateMishkin

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Sep 24, 2013

Would love to apply to Knox (am a high school senior in Shorewood, WI, but want musical theater — wish Knox had it

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