The Honors Program extends its congratulations to honors student Ben Wylie ’20 for starring in his first St. Norbert College production this semester. “Ghosts of Myself” is an original production created as a collaborative senior capstone project by several Theatre Studies students. The play centers around Zel Park, a girl who finds companionship with her creative characters when her imaginary world comes to life; as her real-world relationships evolve, Zel must learn to balance fantasy and reality. The Honors Pulse caught up with Ben to learn more about his experience of involvement in SNC theater.
“Ghosts of Myself” is Wylie’s first on-campus theater experience, but not his first time on the stage. Ben has many years of theater experience, whereas he was heavily involved in stage performance and improv comedy in high school. “This helped in terms of the comfort level I feel with this being my first show on Norbert's campus. I may be new to it here, but that didn't get in the way too much for me,” he says. Despite not having been engaged in theater since high school, he chose to audition for this production. “I auditioned for the show on a whim,” he remarks. “I thought it would be fun to return to theater after not having time for it through the last semester and a half due to school.” Typically, this time of the year Ben would be a part of the rowing team and help build sets, but he ultimately decided to take a chance and audition.
Wylie has greatly enjoyed the experience of his first SNC theater production. “It's nice to be a part of a production again. The theater program here at Norbert is the most relaxed yet focused I've been a part of, and the experience here has easily been the most cooperative and welcoming I've had in the theater,” he says enthusiastically. As he concluded his interview, he insisted on crediting all the other members of the SNC community who made this show possible saying, “I may be one of the leading roles of the show, but I'm not the only one. There's plenty of other people here that spearhead this show that are even more important than I am. I'm just one of many who are doing amazing at their jobs. It's great to get to work with such talented people.”
The St. Norbert College Honors Program is proud of Ben Wylie for his accomplishment in taking on this challenge, as well as all of its other studies engaged in the arts.