Welcome to the SUTCo Spotlight!
Katie Kelson - Secretary
Hey everyone! I'm Katie, I’m a 5ft 5 Aquarius, with brown hair and olive-green eyes. I love taking long walks on the beach, hanging out with my friends and curling up on a winters day with a great book.
Just kidding, I’m a second year English and Theatre student from Hertfordshire and I’m the secretary/social sec for the society. Basically, my role on committee consists of writing the weekly email, answering email enquiries, organising all the tickets for our shows, writing minutes, booking rooms and organising all the non-show socials such as the Freshers Bar Crawl and Christmas Social. I have to do so much… *begins to stare catatonically at the floor and breathe heavily*
How did you get into SUTCo?
I got involved in SUTCo in my second semester of first year and played Wendla in Spring Awakening – SUTCo’s first musical in 10 years if you hadn’t heard already. It was a bit of an odd first SUTCo show just because it wasn’t a straight play, but I had the best time and got to work with so many talented people. I also met the love of my life Tom Crathorne during Spring, so thank you SUTCo.
Proudest moment in SUTCo?
My proudest moment so far in SUTCo would have to be being part of the cast and crew for ‘My Mate Dave Died’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. I had never costumed a show fully on my own before and I had loved the show so much when I saw it the first time, so I was super nervous about costuming it knowing how much the show meant to a lot of people. However, I got to see so many other fantastic shows whilst I was there and became closer with lots of wonderful people. I am really proud of the show I helped put on and had such a phenomenal experience, it is definitely something that I would do again in a heartbeat.
Most embarrassing/funniest story in SUTCo?
I mean I probably do a lot of embarrassing things all the time without even noticing, the only thing I can really think of though is more awkward than embarrassing. So probably the most awkward thing I’ve had to do in SUTCo was having to pretend to have sex onstage whilst the rest of the cast sat about 30cm away singing at us, and my friends and family sat in the audience.
What are you most excited about this year?
There is so much exciting stuff going on this year, so I am just excited to be a part of this society and everything we do. Lame answer aside, I am super excited to see what our Spring Semester shows will be, I’ve heard lots of whispers about who might be proposing so I can’t wait to see who gets through and the fabulous shows I know they will create! I’m also insanely excited for the 24-Hour Musical, I have done a show in a week a few times before, but 24 hours is a different kettle of fish! Despite all my guessing I’m still in the dark to what the show will be, but I know whatever show it is, it’s going to be the most stressful, exhausting and enjoyable 24 hours of my year.
Is it true that you used to be in SUPAS?
I was wondering when this day would come. I’m afraid I’ve been hiding a big secret for a long time now…I was and still am a member of SUPAS!
SUPAS was actually the first society I joined at university because I was too scared to audition for SUTCo and be told I couldn’t act. I did ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ with them in my first semester and I’m so glad I auditioned because I met my two best friends, Emma and Meg, as well as so many amazing people who made me feel welcomed straight away. Being a part of SUPAS also really helped me get through my first semester which was a pretty rough time for me, so Fiddler will always have a special place in my heart. I love being able to be a part of both SUTCo and SUPAS because they are both so great in their own ways and I have made life-long friends in both societies – wow that sounds so pathetic and cringey.
Oh, and shameless plug but, I am playing Cinderella in ‘Into The Woods’ this semester which is at The Merlin Theatre on the 6th and 7th of December which I am so excited for! It’s one of my favourite musicals and I’m so excited that I’ve had the chance to be a part of it! It’s going to be such a great show and Santiago’s choreography is just insane, it blows my mind every time!
If you were a SUTCo show, what would you be and why?
I would like to say I’m the 24-Hour Musical because I’m mysterious and everyone wants to know me, but in reality, I’m probably Robin Hood – a little bit odd and prone to random and unexpected outbursts of singing.
Any fun socials coming up?
Why yes there are George, our next big social is THE CHRISTMAS SOCIAL! On Friday 14th December we are heading to Bar and Beyond to revel in the festivities and get merry on sherry* before we boogie on down to Christmas Poptarts!
More information will be going up in the next week or so about where to buy tickets so keep your peepers peeled and make sure you buy your ticket! It’s gonna be a hoot!
*more likely 2-for-1 cocktails