Take Two – Frosh Revue Cast 2014

We, the freshmen of Frosh Revue, want to add our voice to the conversation regarding our show. We hope to shed light on what Frosh Revue truly is—not the distorted version that has emerged over the last few days. The FRamily is important to us, but The Record represented only a piece of the story, and that fragment has exploded into something at odds with what Frosh Revue stands for. The 2014 Directors have been enacting changes since the beginning of the year to make Frosh Revue a more supportive, comfortable space. We, the cast, are excited by these changes and are eager to build off of them. Frosh Revue has meant different things to each of us. We hope only that this incident starts a constructive dialogue about hazing on campus but does not needlessly pit the student body against Frosh Revue. We’re excited to perform this weekend and hope to demonstrate to the Williams community what Frosh Revue is about, something that we’ve attempted to accomplish further in the following series of Frosh perspectives.

“It is a good thing to find the theater people wherever you go—the ones who laugh a little too long, the ones who don’t mind late nights and shouting through the lines at the ends of rehearsals. I think everyone should have their Frosh Revue, their family. It’s that family—that place where you can cry and sing and it doesn’t even matter—because it’s yours. This is mine. My Williams experience is better because of it.”

– Caroline McArdle ‘18

“Although Frosh Revue didn’t begin the way that I expected, the people that I now associate with Frosh Revue—my fellow Frosh, our directors, and the upperclassmen who have been involved—are now my closest friends on campus. I’m saddened that so many people are judging Frosh Revue based on rumors and one article. If you really want to know about Frosh Revue, come see us perform. The fun we have together onstage will show you what we’re all about.”

– Evelyn Mahon ’18

“I’ve had an incredible experience in Frosh Revue and everyone, freshmen and past generations, is like family to me. I’ve never felt unsafe or pressured to do anything; in fact, I’ve become more comfortable in my own skin because of my time in the group. Although Frosh Revue has gotten bad press, most people are unaware of the amazing things that happen in Frosh Revue, and I hope that people will come to learn what those things are.”

– Erica Chang ’18

“I have never felt safer or among a more supportive and loyal group of people in my entire life. Frosh Revue is my family and the rumors that anyone in it—directors included—would cause any of us harm are disappointing, disturbing, and wildly false. Frosh Revue and its quirky traditions make me feel safer than anything else at Williams College, and I’ve never been so in love with a group of people.”

– Dan Brandes ‘18

“The Frosh Revue community means more to me than I can ever express in words. These people have stood by me through the good days and the bad ones. They are the reason why I have enjoyed my time at Williams so much thus far. I know that I cannot change people’s opinions about this organization, but if there is one thing I say that sticks with you, let it be this: this is my family. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

– Maria Magidenko ’18

“Frosh Revue has given me an incredible experience with theater and a supportive community that spans multiple grades. We work hard day in and day out—often in late hours—and we are proud of our work and of each other. The directors and my Frosh Revue friends have made me a stronger and more confident person. I know this to be true, no matter what anybody says.”

– John Sciales ’18

“If, before college, I could have articulated the traits I value in friends, I would have described Frosh Revue. The FRamily is an island of misfit toys—quirky nerds, former jocks, free spirits, or a combination of all—united around humor, acceptance, and love. We’ve changed choreography that is “too heteronormative,” chanted “F the patriarchy” as we ran to snackbar, and spooned in the ’62 Center. The directors have created a tight-knit group premised on individuality. You can call us a cult, but I feel so lucky to be a part of it.”

– Erin Hanson ‘18

“People spurt a lot of false rumors about Frosh Revue and too many uninformed students listen, but I don’t think people hear me when I say it’s by far the best decision I’ve made at Williams so far. It has given me a united community of loving, hilarious, amazing people of all grades, none of whom would ever try to harm anyone in any way. Regardless of what has allegedly occurred, I couldn’t be happier.”

– Robbie Hefferon ’18

“Frosh Revue may not have been what I expected, but I would not trade this group of amazing people for the world! This experience was not perfect, but I understand now that the actions of members of this organization were intended in jest and not with malicious intent. It is important that we learn from this experience and be constructive rather than simply and blindly punitive. All that matters now is putting on a great show and forging an even stronger and closer Frosh Revue community for the future. Looking forward to being part of it!”

– Jonah Levy ’18

“It’s funny: we devote so much time to Frosh Revue to performing, and yet I believe that I perform more in my day-to-day life than I do at our rehearsals. Frosh Revue is the one place on campus where I feel like myself, where I feel I don’t have to act like someone else to get people to like me. I know my fellow members of Frosh Revue accept me, and so do my directors. Frosh Revue does not harm its members; it empowers them.”

– Jack Scaletta ’18

One thought on “Take Two – Frosh Revue Cast 2014

  1. I don’t think (many) people are questioning the purpose of having Frosh Revue (minus a few sour apples who’ve outrageously argued for the disbanding of the group). What the article centered on–and what College Council considered–was the group’s future in light of allegations of students in the group feeling uncomfortable with the hazing that occurs.

    All of the voices above have not been privy to the discussions had in the past about Frosh Revue’s place at Williams, so freshmen, just know that many of us aren’t disagreeing with what you’re saying (ie. it’s a valuable group that has provided you with an opportunity and outlet that no other group has been able to do), but simply with the traditions that have resulted in complaints of feeling unsafe.

    For once, I don’t think The Record presented a subjective and unfounded critique of an organizatiOn. The situation at hand was solely about the hazing rituals and the article was objective in providing the viewpoint of all sides. Just because students are having fun does not mean that hazing is not occurring, as many have exclaimed. Instead, the group should reconsider how it introduces its members to Williams and ensure they are not disbanded (we need you to continue making all of us laugh and enjoy the craziness that is FR)!

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