Update: I went to see the show and it WAS great. Scott was funny, sincere and touching. Above all, boy can he sing!
Now THAT looks like a show you want to see, does it not?
That charming young man at the center of it all is one of my students: Scott Galina, a SUNY Purchase Journalism/Drama Studies double major who is doing a one-man show for his senior project.
The enticing poster was designed for him Purchase Graphic Design grad Kevin Burke with Scott’s input.
I’ve known Scott for some years now and he’s always impressed me with his wit, humor, and a writing style that oozes with personality.
No doubt all that will come into play in this piece, the culmination of his years at Purchase.
He says: “It’s basically an autobiographical musical comedy that I wrote about my life; all stories that contribute to a theme and will hopefully make the audience think about their own lives differently. It’s about 40 minutes long; the songs are pop songs that most people will know. I started writing it in June when it was 70 pages; five drafts later it now sits at 31 pages. It’s definitely the most stressful thing I’ve ever done in my life. I equal parts am excited for it to be here and can’t wait for it to be over with.”
The senior project is touted as the hallmark of a Purchase degree. It’s worth eight credits and takes two semesters to prepare. Journalism majors can choose to do theirs as a long-form written article, a photographic piece, or a television-style work. A minority choose to do a research paper. Double majors like Scott do one project that is a reflection of both their majors.
Scott’s show runs December 6th, 7th, and 8th at 8 p.m. in the basement of the Performing Arts Center. All are welcome.
Knock their socks off, Scott!