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Staff Profile Highlights of the Summer Stage n era has ended with the retirement of Mary Schakel ’69, who has been involved with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre for all but one of HSRT’s 41 years. She joined HSRT for its first season in 1972 as costume designer, returning to the same role in 1974 after a year away. She became managing director in 1979, and from 1984 through the most recent season was the producing director. Friends of HSRT were joined by current and past members of the company in paying tribute to her on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Holland Area Arts Council. To further commemorate Schakel’s tenure and impact, and not least of all to celebrate HSRT itself, News from Hope College asked her to reflect on her favorite productions across the past 41 seasons. Perhaps that would be a top-five list, or perhaps a top-10 list... or perhaps not. Since 1972, HSRT has produced 162 A mainstage shows, 114 Children’s Performance Troupe shows, 26 Second-Stage or “Bonus” shows and 12 Cabaret shows, 314 total at a variety of venues both on campus and in the surrounding community. And so instead here is a broader-than-10 mix of highlights from more than four decades of outstanding summer theatre at Hope, presented with the understanding that even it shouldn’t be considered “final.” That’s what happens when every season, every production, is a labor of love. “As I look back, I find that I have chosen most of them based on performances of wonderful actors. In some cases it has been because of the struggles the whole creative team had on a given show, and how they dealt positively, and a great production was the result,” Schakel said. “And look at the ones that have been left off the list,” she said. “I am second-guessing everything on my list now, as I write this.” Editor’s Note: Mary Schakel ’69 was featured in the December 2007 issue of News from Hope College , which is available in pdf form on the college’s website. hope.edu/pr/nfhc Art (2004), with James Saba, Dana Snyder and David Colacci “One loves plays and productions for many different reasons. Art , by Yasmina Reza is probably my single favorite of everything we have done. It represented the synergy of many factors. In my final costume design effort I was blessed to work with the ‘dream team’. The cast, David Colacci, James Saba and Dana Snyder, was directed by Tom Bullard and the design team was headed by one of my favorite colleagues, Joseph Flauto. We did that one in 2004.” 14 News News From From Hope Hope College College
Highlights of the Summer Stage
An era has ended with the retirement of Mary Schakel ’69, who has been involved with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre for all but one of HSRT’s 41 years.
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