By Sophia A. Koval ’21, Hop Arts Ambassador
Savannah Miller is a ‘21 in this term’s mainstage production of 1984, which runs February 16-25 at the Hop. Miller is a prospective theater major who has always had a passion for the arts. Here, she weighs in on her experience in Dartmouth’s theater program.
Q: Describe your involvement in the arts at Dartmouth.
A: I am a person of Oceania and a prisoner in 1984. I am also going to be a theater major. Last term, I was an assistant stage manager for Cabaret as well as an Arts Ambassador, and I write for the Arts section of The Dartmouth.
Q: How long have you been interested in the arts?
A: Well, I’ve known that I was going to be a theater major since I was 12. Theater is the only thing that I’ve been consistently interested in and loved since middle school. I would always do a bunch of different things in high school, but theater was the one that I always gave my all to. My mom is also a music and theater teacher, so she really let me come into that love of the arts on my own. Once she realized that I had a love for it too, she really helped me kind of nurture that through different education programs and performance groups.
Q: What is your favorite part about being in and about being involved in Dartmouth performance in general, and in 1984?
A: You get to meet so many people. In 1984, you’re going to see a pretty decently sized cast on stage, but what you don’t know is there are three times as many people working behind us. You get to meet professors, you get to meet upperclassmen. As a ’21, meeting upperclassmen in the theater department has been really great for me this term. I’ve gotten to make some new friends, and I’m really excited for the next three-and-a-third years.
Q: Describe Dartmouth’s performance program in comparison to other programs that you’ve been involved in.
A: Well, in high school it was definitely a lot more lax. Dartmouth treats its theater program very much like a professional theater. You have a call list, you’re expected to be responsible for showing up, not just on time, but early. You have to be very communicative with all different departments – no one department works independently of the others. Just the responsibility that you have in the department as an individual is very different from some of the earlier programs I’ve been in.
Q: Why should people come see 1984?
A: It’s scarily relevant to today’s society. We were shocked, going through the script, by how much you can relate certain aspects of the story of 1984 to things that are happening in the world today, both at home and abroad. It’s definitely a piece that will make students think, and it’s been adapted by a Dartmouth professor and our director, Peter Hackett. It’s a pretty amazing work of artistry, and everyone should come see it!