“And Then …” everything worked out for The Spotlight Players

Absence of director Cori Stallard didn’t deter student-led troupe from creating a memorable fall performance


Sydney Robbins

Assistant stage manager Shelly Murray speaks with a group of actors before The Spotlight Players VIP performance of “And Then There Were None.”

During The Spotlight players production of “And Then There Were None,” director Cori Stallard had to leave the troupe and her classes to have her baby boy. This left the players without a director, and they were alone to do the show by themselves.

“We’re all trying to figure out how to make it work without Stallard,” Assistant Stage manager Shelly Murray said. “It actually turned  out to be a really great show and I’m really proud of it.”

The Spotlight players consider themselves student-led, and this change really challenged that aspect of the theatre.

“It was kinda cool to prove that were actually student-led without her” Shelly says. “We missed her a lot but we were able to get it done.”

Student Tech Director Aubree Williams took this as a challenge and stepped forward to help others.

“At first I was nervous,” Williams said. “As it slowly progressed, everything pieced together.”