This fall, for the second time in my college career, I ~went rogue~. This is a term I coined (I’m sure you’ve never heard it before), and it refers to the making of an intense off-campus commitment, above and beyond the extra-curriculars you’re involved with on campus. My going rogue, of course, consisted of two killer musicals. Last spring, I went way (way…way) off-campus to perform in a truly stellar production of The Addams Family at Dundalk Community Theatre. Here’s a photo, in case you’ve forgotten what I look like as the princess of darkness herself.
This fall, I did things a little differently. I stuck closer to campus and was lucky enough to be cast in Zombie Prom at Spotlighters Theatre. This off-Broadway cult classic warrants a Google search for a full understanding of the plot, but for now, just think Grease…with a zombie. It’s a love story? Does that help?
Since Spotlighters is in Mount Vernon, I felt I got the true Baltimore experience this go-around. I rode the JHMI to and from rehearsal, which made me feel like quite the city-slicker. I met some incredibly cool Peabody commuters, who taught me how to look chill on the shuttle. I fell in love with a couple of delicious Mt. Vernon restaurants – the Stable and City Café are a must, especially before and after shows. Best of all, I joined a cast and crew of wonderful people in the Baltimore theatre community who I would have never met otherwise.
I usually take more time to work up to the moral of the story, but I’m packing for Thanksgiving break and dreaming of my Dad’s stuffing, so I’ll cut to the chase. There’s a world outside of Hopkins’ campus. I know that must be shocking to read, especially coming from Hopkins’ number-one fan, but it’s true. Life at Hopkins has so much to offer, and you can really find anything you could ever want or need right here. But there’s definite value to bursting the Hopkins bubble and getting out into the city, even if it’s in the name of something as dorky as musical theatre.
Maybe I’m appealing to a small audience, but if you’re a prospective student who eats, sleeps, and breathes musicals like I did, Hopkins’ one musical a year might give you pause. Scroll through my freshman year blogs, and you can read just how invested I was in that annual spring production, and how hard I worked to make it everything I ever dreamed of. When the Barnstormers chose Company for my sophomore spring, I’ll confess I was bummed to have to shift that investment to a show written for a cast far out of the college age-range. But the day after our selection meeting, I got a call about The Addams Family. And everything fell into place. I’m not going to say that throwing a commute into the hectic mix of my life didn’t make for a trying semester. But it was so refreshing to learn that there is as much to do and love off-campus as there is on-campus.
I hope to go rogue at least one more time this upcoming spring, but until then I’ll be at Homewood, thoroughly enjoying my roommates, my classes, my sorority, and my loves on SAAB. I don’t mean to brag, but who has two thumbs and gets to live the best of both worlds?