Rachel Saul '12
"Besides being a ridiculous amount of fun, the process of helping to create a production that the whole company and technical crew can be really proud of is so rewarding."
Rachel Saul ’12 of Warminster, Pa., followed in her older sister’s college footsteps. She first visited Elizabethtown College while visiting her sister on campus.
“I remember that the overall friendliness and helpfulness of her friends and classmates always struck me during my visits to E-town, and I immediately loved the feeling of intimacy and community that resulted from the small size of the campus. When the time came for me to apply, I was further impressed by the small class sizes and accounts of professors providing individual attention to each student,” she said.
Rachel always loved theatre and was active in productions in middle school and high school, so studying theatre in college was a natural choice; she also has a minor in creative writing. Hanging around her fellow creative and theatrical friends makes her feel right at home.
“The members of the Elizabethtown theatre division—or, as we call it, the 'theater family'—are incredibly warm, welcoming and always open to new ideas, which is so important in the highly collaborative process of theater. I love having the opportunity to be creative on a daily basis, so I knew that theater was the perfect fit for me as a major,” she said
The three mainstage theater productions at E-town are the highlights of her school year, but she also enjoys being involved in the E-town Shorts Fest of student-directed plays and the E-town New Playwrights Fest of student-written plays, held on alternating years.
“Besides being a ridiculous amount of fun, the process of helping to create a production that the whole company and technical crew can be really proud of is so rewarding. Every new theatrical project provides such a unique experience, and I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had to be a part of so many wonderful shows during my time at Elizabethtown. I would encourage anyone with an interest in theater to become involved with the division in some way, either onstage or off,” she said.
Rachel said being a member of the Elizabethtown College community, and, additionally, a member of the E-town theatre division, has made her more responsible, open, and willing to take chances.
“I find myself trying more and more things outside of my comfort zone and taking on responsibilities that I probably would have avoided in high school. I am confident that Elizabethtown is preparing me well for the ‘real world’ challenges that I will meet post-graduation,” she said, adding that after graduation, she hopes to get an internship in Walt Disney World and, eventually, make a living working in/with theatre in some capacity.
Outside of theatre productions and being a member of the prestigious Elizabethtown Honors Program, Rachel is president of Alpha Psi Omega (Theater Honor Society), historian of Sock and Buskin (acting club), in Alpha Lambda Delta, director of the Intellectual Film Club's Rocky Horror Picture Show. And, in general, she just enjoys life at Elizabethtown College.
“I love the traditions that occur every year, such as the Thanksgiving dinner and the holiday tree lighting. There is always something to look forward to, and I know that these annual events are among the things that I will fondly remember about my time at Elizabethtown,” she said.
Rachel’s first impression of Elizabethtown, though, still remains what she values the most.
“You simply can't beat the individualized attention provided at Elizabethtown. Every student matters, and every professor truly wants to see his or her students succeed. Additionally, the sense of community on campus is fantastic. It's nearly impossible to walk to class without seeing at least one person you know on the way. Finally, there are plenty of ways to be involved; with all the clubs and organizations on campus, there really is something here for everyone,” she said.