Weymouth’s Sallyrose Savage, Class of 2020, is still “beyond excited”. After five years of performing in school shows, Sallyrose received her first major role in the Theater Ensemble’s production of A CHRISTMAS STORY. For Sallyrose, the wait was worth it. Her character Esther Jane Albert is a special friend to Ralphie Parker and a character that Sallyrose found “full of life and fun to play.”

Joining the theater group as a middle schooler meant that Sallyrose needed to pay her theatrical dues and wait for her time to step to the front of the stage. She was happy to do that as the Theater Ensemble is her “second family” and gives her the opportunity to be with her close friends “working and laughing and just having a good time.” The good times, however, come out of hours and weeks of hard work. This junior shares that “time management is a challenge. It can be difficult getting all my homework done but eventually you get the hang of it and its worth it when the result is an amazing show.”

When Sallyrose reflects on the past five years of performances, she thinks of HELLO DOLLY as a favorite. “It was an extravagant show with wonderful costumes, music and dancing. It was different from any other show I’ve been in and rehearsals were always so lively. I looked forward to rehearsal everyday!” And Sallyrose is looking forward to lots of theatrical seasons ahead. The springtime will give her another audition opportunity. Senior year awaits – always a very special year of last shows and final bows. This young actress aspires to continue her passion by “doing theater in college just because of how much I’ve enjoyed my shows at Archie’s”.

The arts at Williams continue to provide opportunities for student actors, musicians, writers and artists to cultivate their talents and to find a place to share them as a community. Writer Maria Shriver has suggested that “Art is fundamental, unique to each of us…the arts are essential.”