THEATRE: Part One.

Hello friends! I know it can be a bit overwhelming deciding what to do when there are so many events and goings on around campus. That’s why I’m here to talk to you about the best thing that UMass Lowell does ever, and that is THEATRE.

OBP is one of the oldest clubs on campus, it’s over 150 years old!!! It’s also part of “The Big Seven”; the main seven organizations funded directly through Student Activities. The others are SGA, The Connector, WUML, CAPA, Marching Band, and Greek Council.
OBP has been producing two to four shows every year for basically forever. Some awesome shows they’ve done recently include columbinus (2012), RENT (2011), and The Laramie Project (2010). 

columbinus (March 2012)

OBP’s mission in life is to provide entertainment for the community in the form of theatrical productions as well as educate our students through hands-on involvement. UMass Lowell students, faculty, staff, and alumni can be involved in any part of the production process: acting, designing, managing, directing, building, and working backstage or front of house. OBP also works to hire professionals in the field for directing or designing. As a club on campus, OBP is managed by an executive board of five students as well as a faculty advisor. This year’s board consists of…
President: Kate Munoz, junior Philosophy major
Vice President: Trudy Umstead, junior Liberal Arts major
Secretary: Sam Lovewell, sophomore Music major
Treasurer: Steve Whitten, junior Chemical Engineering major
Technical Officer: Steve Rotondi, senior History major
Faculty Advisor: Shelley Barish, Theatrical Design faculty

OBP isn’t just “that club that puts on shows.” They also hold monthly general meetings open to anyone interested in being a general member. You don’t need to be involved in a production to be a member! At these meetings, there’s food (of course), theatre games, announcements regarding theatre in the community, and discussion about upcoming workshops, events, and productions. It’s a student-run club, so they cater to what students want to do!

Club Fair 2011

This week OBP’s fall production of Almost, Maine is opening. The performance dates and times are as follows:
Thursday November 15th @ 7:30pm
Friday November 16th @ 7:30pm
Saturday November 17th @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday November 18th @ 2:00pm
Tickets can be purchased at the door, at the McGauvran SIC, or reserved by calling the OBP office at 978-934-5024. OBP always has a $1 student ticket special on opening night! Otherwise, student tickets are $5 and adult tickets are $10.

For the spring, OBP is bringing in a guest director from New York (!!!) to host a musical theatre workshop and direct a showcase of new works from Boston and New York playwrights.

If you’re interested in helping out with anything OBP is doing, send them an email at to get on their email list! 

Hope to see you at the show this weekend!!!