Student-directed Production Draws Large Crowd

[cby Anndria Flores (B.A.’12)

Line waiting to get into the drama production

The student-directed production of The Girl in the Mirror was a hit on the St. Mary’s University campus. The fall 2014 drama featured a young woman struggling with depression and in need of help. During opening night, the show sold out with only standing room available just before curtain call. And, yes, people were standing.

Drama Professor Dion Denevan was responsible for scenic and lighting design and transformed IMG_0799 Alumni Pavilion in Pecan Grove into an intimate makeshift theater that included several stages.

Inspired by people close to her who have suffered from depression, student director Marleyne Hernandez began preparing for the drama hit in May. Her overarching message for the production was, “you are not alone,” she said.

“I wanted to start a conversation, to shed light on this epidemic.”

The talented student director aspires to be an author of young adult novels and pursue a career as a children’s television writer.


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