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A Sort-of Cinderella Story Siovhan (Norris) Christensen ’02 landed her first role in Europe, albeit unconventional in form. Last December, the expat who has been living in Denmark a little over a year, played Cinderella in Copenhagen Circle Theater’s Cinderella. The play, done in typical British pantomime, was an attempt to bring a popular British holiday tradition to Denmark. Siovhan exSiovhan (Norris) Christensen ‘02 (left) and plains, “In the U.K., there her pantomime “Prince Charming.” is a tradition where the whole family goes to see a pantomime each Christmas. In America, it’s much like going to see the new Hollywood holiday blockbuster or your town’s production of The Nutcracker.” As evidenced by the nearly sold-out audiences each night, the city of Copenhagen seems ready to adopt this tradition as its own. The show featured all of the beloved characters from the classic fairy tale, but also many musical numbers, modern references, and, as is typical of pantomime, plenty of drag. Fun for the whole family, the musical comedy encouraged audience participation – booing when one of the evil characters appeared on stage, and cheering when the hero or heroine appeared. “It was a very funny show, especially since the two ugly stepsisters are played by men,” she laughs. Siovhan feels like she’s living a fairy tale of her own, as she pursues her passion for performing. “I was pretty much born to be a performer. My parents made sure that I was involved in many things while I was growing up. But nothing was as exciting as performing. I’ve always loved it.” After graduating from The Theatre School at DePaul University in 2006, Siovhan spent the next few years pursuing her acting career, both in Chicago and Los Angeles. In 2007, she met her own Prince Charming, Copenhagen-native Bjork Christensen, and the two were wed in the summer of 2011.
small group showed up (much to my personal offense), we all had a really fun time and good party (many thanks to the Class of 1962!).”
1958 John Culbertson ’58 and his wife, Laurie, spent time in Wyoming with classmate Elsie Oliver MacKenzie ’58 and their respective families last August. John and Laurie went on to visit with Tonny ’58 and Trudy Oliver Hetherington ’60, David ’58 and Leslie Gibson, and Jane Paffard Nichols ’58, in Washington state. All attending made total fools of themselves, which is what you do with old friends. A mutual promise was made to do this more often.
1959 Susan and George Craig ’59, along with their children, Nancy Craig Garvey ’84 and Jim Craig ’86, hosted the 52nd Annual Turkey Bowl at their property on Merriman Road in Sewickley. The Turkey Bowl brings together generations of Academy alumni and people from the local community to celebrate Thanksgiving with the annual football game, hot dogs, and great fellowship. Nancy participated in the Turkey Trot run in Pittsburgh that same day, and is an avid runner and skier.
She does not take for granted the education received at the Academy. “I’m simply grateful for the arts program at SA. I was so well taken care of, and allowed to be the theater geek that I am.” She adds, “Not every school has such a developed performing arts program. In fact, here in Denmark very few schools have a theater program at all.” Luckily, she has found one of those schools and is currently teaching theater and directing the spring play at the Østerbro International School. Siovhan says, “I so enjoy introducing children to the world of theater and watching them discover that their imagination has no limits.” Unlike Cinderella, Siovhan’s dreams don’t stop at “happily ever after” in the arms of her prince. She hopes to one day start her own theater company that produces work with which the multicultural citizens of Copenhagen can identify. Undoubtedly, she’ll need no fairy godmother to make that wish come true.
John Culbertson ’58, Jane Paffard Nichols ’58, David Gibson ’58, and Elsie Oliver MacKenzie ’58 reunited in Washington in August. John writes, “Elsie is photoshopped in and probably would have been embarrassed by the rest of us had she physically attended!”
Published on Feb 27, 2012
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