Since my freshman year at Lander I wanted to be involved in a theatre group. Being able to explore the world of theatre without being graded excited me and inspired me to start Lander Players. While searching for help, I was able to gain the guidance of both Myra Greene and Laura Dennin. Without these two, all of the amazing opportunities that the members and I have experienced would have never happened. With that being said, I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. When the theatre department was discontinued, it closed the door for many students who wanted to pursue a career in theatre. This is where the Lander Players come in. We opened the door to provide educational opportunities for students to learn about theatre while pursuing other fields in college. My goal for this organization is to continue advocating for theatre at Lander and in the Greenwood community. I hope that one day the theatre program can be revived, and I believe that Lander Players will ignite that spark.
When deciding on what shows to direct this semester, I wanted to select something that could be played with a diverse group of actors. Luckily, it turned out beautifully. Seeing my vision come to life in these shows was spectacular. I knew as soon as I began that this is what I wanted to do in my life. I want to create projects and have people enjoy my creations. I try my best to give everyone their shining moment because people deserve that and I am truly blessed of all of the hard work that my cast has done in these past couple of weeks.
With The Cinderella Syndrome, I wanted to show that everything happens for a reason and that things might be rough at first, but a time will come where everything will fall into place. It’s a coming-of-age story. With What Women Want Most I wanted to be able to showcase “The Wife of Bath” in an appropriate way that anyone could appreciate. It is a comedic play that demonstrates one person doesn’t need to make all of the decisions. Allow others to provide their input may be beneficial to you in the end. That is the true beauty of theatre: the messages that stick with people, even after they’ve left the play.
I would like to say a huge thank you again to Myra Greene and Laura Dennin for everything they have done. You have helped guide me in many ways. I thank you for all of the time you have put in with these shows and into the organization in general. I would also like to thank Sabrina Cook for being an amazing stage manager and my right hand gal. Every time a storm was happening for me, you always knew what to do to calm me down. It is good to know that I have someone to count on through thick and thin. Thank you to Samantha Cook for coming in last minute to help with lights and make the visuals of this show a true beauty. Finally, a thank you to my parents Cindy and Joe Dumais. I know there have been times where I have been distant or caught in a tornado of work, but I do it to showcase all of the hard work I dedicate to the things I truly care about. I love you both so much for understanding.
With that being said, I hope you all enjoy this show and thank you so much for supporting Lander Players!
Senior Education major
President, Lander Players
South Carolina Teaching Fellow