The Crestiad

Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923

FADED Shines Light On Diversity Through Improv

Paula Wesson, Lifestyles Editor

In addition to the Theatre Department’s productions, a student organization has monthly shows.  Falcons Advocate Diversity Education Drama, better known as F.A.D.E.D., is a group of improvisational actors on campus.

Students are welcome to audition at the beginning of any semester. Co-director Emily Bergey, a senior nutrition major with minors in psychology and health and wellness, started in the middle of her freshman year. Her character, Beverly “Bev” Parker, was introduced as a transfer student to Falcon College.

Once assigned a role, the actresses keep that character for the remainder of their involvement in F.A.D.E.D.  Co-director Daniella Mendez, a senior chemistry major with a forensic science concentration, said, “It’s a great experience because you really do get to know the character that you play and understand why she makes certain decisions even when they might be the exact opposite that you would make.”

Mendez, who plays Esmeralda “Ezzy” Jernie, joined F.A.D.E.D. her freshman year because she thought it would make her more involved on campus.

“I really liked the idea of discussing diversity topics through drama and I thought it was a good way to meet new people,” Mendez said.

The group presents a variety of topics. Their last show, on Feb. 24, included a lesbian couple, talking in a library, friendships via Xbox Live, failing College Life, religion, race, the visitor policy, and awkward moments, like being caught naked.

It is important to remember that the scenes presented are fictional. The character Joy Davis complained, “I don’t want to pay $45,000 a year to be taught by a black man.” However, actress Carly Athanasatos, a junior social work major with a religious studies minor, has African American friends.

The cast also includes Lindsey Hutterer, a freshman majoring in theatre and secondary education; Samantha Korpics, a junior genetic engineering major; Becca Lowe, a senior early childhood education major; Savannah Russell, a senior psychology major with health and wellness minor; and Maria Vincent, a sophomore psychology and social work double major.

Their next show will be on March 24 at 7 p.m.

One comment on “FADED Shines Light On Diversity Through Improv

  1. kelley rainey kujan
    April 29, 2013

    I am so happy that FADED still happens– graduated class of 2003— I was the original director for FADED. Love that it is still going strong. Wish I could come see a show. xo Kelley Rainey Kujan ’03

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