St. Sebastian’s has long educated students with a flare for the theatrical. This year, the Arrows put on a wonderful rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” However, this wasn’t the first, and most certainly won’t be the last time, a play is performed by the Red and Black.

2016 “Treasure Island” performed in Ward Hall

In 1973, the St. Sebastian’s Drama Society performed Meredith Wilson’s famous musical, “The Music Man.” Fr. Powers organized this and many other successful plays at St. Sebastian’s for over two decades and was an exceptional motivator, coach, and director.

Zaneet (Susan Harkins) and Tommy (Paul Arnot) discuss events in River City in “The Music Man” in 1973

Back in 1973, this is what Walrus writer David Gately ’73 had to say about the show.

“Harold Hill was played by Frank Schulte. His mannerisms […] made the play exciting and charming to watch. He had the power to captivate the audience with such songs as ‘Trouble’ and ‘Seventy-Six Trombones’. Sue Quealy played Marion Paroo, the librarian. Sue is a truly professional actress. She proved it beyond any doubt with her performance. In the part of Marcellus Washburn, the music man’s helper, was Jack Delmonte. Jack exhibited a smooth acting style that complemented Frank Schulte very well. The barbershop quartet also put on a fine performance. They were Joe Murphy, Dick Hoy, Mark Gallagher, and Michael Ferrone. The dancing chorus, under the instruction of Peggy McGlone, was the best part of the show. Thanks to her time and skill in the preparation of the dances, the chorus performed remarkably well. In all, it was a good show in which Father Powers could take pride.”