Emily Piper

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A Multitalented Performer

Surrounded by the stale exterior of her hometown, Emily Piper hoped to find a more inspiring environment for her college years. “Peabody, Massachusetts is not very attractive; it’s full of malls and big, ugly houses and big, ugly cars,” Piper laughs. Aside from that, Emily was looking for a place that would complement her deeply-rooted love for the performing arts.

“A lot of my love for the natural environment comes from my dad’s influence… he’s a landscaper. I used to play out in the garden with him when I was really little,” she says. “My mom really fostered the musical parts—I was in first grade when I started acting and in pre-school when I started dancing. I was always encouraged to work on being vocal since my mom was a singer.”

Soon her passion for the spotlight would take a more definite form. “I remember coming home from my first summer at theatre camp when I was little and being so upset that our show was over. That’s when my mom said I caught the bug—the theatre bug.”

Additionally, the second-semester junior caught the “Vermont bug” during her younger years. After vacationing in Vermont with her family, she fell in love with its natural beauty. Eventually, Emily would make GMC her home away from home—and for good reason. “I would have floundered in a big city; I wouldn’t be able to deal with being a number at my school,” she says.

Although the GMC performing arts program is small, Emily saw this as advantageous in its own right. “I knew that having a small program would benefit me in some way,” says Emily. Since coming to GMC, Emily has been in numerous plays and musicals—from her debut musical, The Last Five Years, to last year’s production of Our Town—all of which have touched her in their own way. “When it comes down to it, I deeply admire my peers. I learn something from everyone I’ve worked with… as long as I have that level of interpersonal learning with it, that’s why I never get sick of it.”

Emily has also been an outstanding addition to the GMC choir where she has performed in the Cantorion, conducted her first piece, and visited Wales. She recently shared her experiences in that country in an interview with the BBC.

It wasn’t just the opportunity to perform that motivated Emily to choose a liberal arts education. As epitomized by her warm smile and infectious laugh, her ultimate desire is not be in the spotlight, but to be in the company of other people. After completing her degree, Emily hopes to enter the helping professions. “I feel like I wouldn’t be happy if went into theatre as my profession; I feel like it wouldn’t feed my desire to help people in the way I would like,” she says. “To be an actress is to help people in a very different way.”

Emily is pursuing her degree in psychology and is interning at Poultney Elementary School. She will also be performing in the upcoming one-act play festival presented by the GMC Theatre Department. Whatever Emily does, she will be doing it in the spirit of her unofficial motto: “You have to feel comfortable in your surroundings and comfortable with the people you’re with in order to learn to your greatest capacity.”


By Chad Skiles '12



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Men's Lacrosse
Tuesday, 4/6
vs. Daniel Webster College,
4 p.m.

Thursday, 4/8
at Norwich University,
3:30 p.m.

Saturday, 4/10
at Thomas College, 1 p.m.

Sunday, 4/11
at Husson College, 1 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
Thursday, 4/8
at Sage College, 4 p.m.

Saturday, 4/10
at Thomas College, 1 p.m.

Sunday, 4/11
at Husson College, 11 a.m.

Women's Softball
Tuesday, 4/6
at Southern Vermont College,
3 p.m., 5 p.m.

Thursday, 4/8
vs. Fisher College, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

Saturday, 4/10
vs. University of Maine - Farmington, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

Sunday, 4/11
vs. Thomas College,
12 p.m., 2 p.m.

Men's Tennis
Wednesday, 4/7
at Norwich University, 4 p.m.

Friday, 4/9
vs. Sage College, 5 p.m.


WEEK AT A GLANCE


TUESDAY, APRIL 6
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
1 - 2:30 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Kripalu Yoga
6 - 7:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Meditation
6:30 - 7 p.m., Chapel

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Interpersonal Growth Group
6 - 7 p.m., Wellness Center

Movie Night: Fiddler on the Roof
7 p.m., InterCultural Center

Marijuana & Alcohol Discussion
7 - 8:30 p.m., The Gorge

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bozen Wellness Center

Faculty Colloquium:
Prof. Steve Fesmire

12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

Yoga
1 - 2:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

GRE Study Group
4 - 5 p.m., Room 3, Griswold Library

Tseming Yang
6 - 7:15 p.m., East Room

Free Oral HIV Testing
6 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced
6:30 - 7:45 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Senior Recital: Nina Lankin
7 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

Zazen Meditation
7 - 8 p.m., Chapel

Let's Talk Gathering
7:15 - 8:30 p.m., Rare Books Room, Griswold Library

Shakti Tribal Dance: Beginner
7:45 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Meditation
9 - 9:20 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

THURSDAY, APRIL 8
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Richard Seegal
2:30 p.m., Terrace 124

Tai Chi
5:15 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Yoga
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Let's Talk Gathering
7:15 - 8:30 p.m., Rare Books Room, Griswold Library

Beginner Yoga
7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

FRIDAY, APRIL 9
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
9 - 10:30 a.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Meditation
3 - 3:30 p.m., Chapel

Free Oral HIV Testing
3 - 5 p.m., Wellness Center

Senior Recital: Kerrilee Knights
4:30 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Senior Art Reception:
Hilary Dernier

6 - 8 p.m., Surdam Gallery

Tony Trischka
9 p.m., The Gorge

SATURDAY, APRIL 10
Yoga
1 - 2 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

SUNDAY, APRIL 11
Paul Opel & Friends
2 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Steve Moakler
9 p.m., The Gorge



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