On Saturday, April 8, 2006
The Mimes & Mummers
~ Celebrated 150 Years of the Theatre Tradition at Rose Hill ~
Mimes and Mummers
Celebrate 150 Years
The extended reunion weekend kicked off
on Friday as Mimes alumni trickled into Collins throughout the day to rehearse
numbers they would perform the next evening. Amid squeals of reunion were
squints of attempted recognition of old friends, as this was the first time many
had returned to the Rose Hill campus since their graduation.
Interspersed between the numbers were special tributes in memory of Collins legend Vaughn Deering, who served as a speech instructor and the troupe’s artistic director during the 1950s and 1960s, and to John Leonard, S.J., (Father_Leonard_Tribute.pdf) who commemorates his 60th year of involvement in theater at Collins and Fordham Prep this year.
A committee co-chaired by Kathy Phillips (FCRH ’83) and Tim Kelley (FCRH ’81), and comprised of the members of the MMAA executive board and 11 additional Mimes alumni, collaborated for one year to create and stage the gala celebration. Kelley also researched and wrote a rich history of the Mimes and Mummers, which was given to attendees in a commemorative souvenir program. (Click here to view the program.)
During the gala, the association also held elections for its 2006-2007 executive board. The new board is comprised of Laura Fois Bosley (FCRH ’87), president; Tod Engle (FCRH’79), vice president; Laura Byrne Cristiano (FCRH ’88), secretary; Dennis McCarthy (FCRH ’02), development chair; and Kevin Metzing (CBA ’84), treasurer.
The Mimes and Mummers Alumni Association
was formed in 2004 to bring Mimes alumni back in touch with each other and with
Fordham, and to provide a mentoring network to current students pursuing the
performing arts or any other kind of career. Alumni who wish to get involved can
get in touch with any member of the executive board through contact information
available on the association’s website,
This article was reprinted with the kind permission of Sally Benner. It originally appeared on the Fordham University website and in the Fordham Alumni magazine.
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