On Friday, September 22, Alternate College Theatre (ACT) put on the fall edition of their biannual “Midnight Theatre” competition. This semester’s showcase included four plays, one written and directed by Sage Leimer ‘21, one by Carlito Beal ‘18 and Patrick Connolly ‘18, one by Erin Leslie ‘19 and Noah Mailloux ‘20, and one by Dan Taylor ‘19, Frank Thompson ‘20, and Matt Freije ‘19.
The writing and directing teams arrived at 6:00 p.m. to begin planning their shows. Each team was given a random genre and subgenre, such as “Stephen King-esque” or “Greek Tragedy,” as well as two randomly-selected quotes, characters, and props that must be included in the play. At 8:00 p.m. the 32 actors arrived to learn their scripts and start rehearsing.
By the time the clock tower struck midnight, audience members filled The Pit in O’Kane and were ready to watch plays that were created and put together in just six hours, all of which contained plenty of friendly jokes at the expense of The College of the Holy Cross.
At the end of the night, ACT’s Emma O’Leary ‘18, Adam DeCoste ‘19, Nora Grimes ‘19, and Emily Arancio ‘20 served as judges and presented the “Gnomie” awards to the night’s best and brightest stars. Mark Kubasak ‘20 and Ali Christovich ‘18 took home Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively, while Patrick Kerrigan ‘20 won Best Actor and Catherine Cote ‘18 won Best Actress. The team of Leslie and Mailloux won for Best Lighting, Beal and Connolly were recognized for Best Set Design, and Taylor, Thompson, and Freije took home Best Directing.
ACT will continue its tradition with another night of “Midnight Theatre” in the spring semester.