JAIL TIME: BT Hayes ‘22 (left) as Chloe O’Ponzi and Calvin Rusley ‘20 (center) as Charles Ponzi with a crowd of white collar criminals in the Princeton Triangle Club’s production of “ONCE UPONZI TIME.” (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
By Anne Levin
With its list of famous alumni, it might seem as if Princeton University’s Triangle Club show is designed as a gateway to a professional career in performing arts. But despite the impressive roster — Jimmy Stewart ’32, Brooke Shields ’87, Ellie Kemper ’02, and Molly Ephraim ’08 — the annual musical comedy at McCarter Theatre is more about collaboration and giving students who might be majoring in other fields a chance to test their creative talents.
“We have students who are earning certificates in theater or dance, or majoring in music. But a lot of cast members and people working on the show who are majoring in things like finance, astrophysics, and economics,” said Kirsten Traudt ’20, who is president of the Triangle Club. “They have no affiliation with the arts, but they come here and do something creative, and that’s one of the beautiful things about it.”
The curtain will rise on ONCE UPONZI TIME, the 129th annual Triangle Club Show, at McCarter’s Matthews Theatre on Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m., with additional shows Saturday, November 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m. As always, it is an original musical written and performed by students but led by professionals.
“We’re the only student group that hires a professional director, choreographer, and musical director,” said Traudt. “But the students do everything else — writing, acting, designing, promotion, playing in the pit orchestra. I’m working behind the scenes building the set, and we get to work alongside the McCarter staff. It’s really fun to see how they work.” more