"gather 'round" Spring '21 On-Demand Musical Film

Date & Time:
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 8 p.m. to Monday, May 31, 2021 - 8 p.m.

When a group of young strangers join a new online meeting space during a once-in-a-lifetime mystical event and a-once-in-a-century pandemic, will they find the connection they seek, and will they unravel the mysteries of love, life and adulting before the stars appear to collide? With a soaring score and intimate stories, gather ‘round is a musical film for this most singular of times. See a .pdf of the program and the promo video at the bottom of the page.

Tuesday, May 11 

May 11th-May 31st (the show has been extended a week)

E-tickets: $8 SMC students; $12 SMC faculty and staff, non-SMC students; $15 general
Information: 925-631-4670. 

Seminar 001 students, click here to reserve your complimentary tickets.

Purchase Tickets:

The option below offers the option to turn on Closed Captioning:
click here for on-demand tickets (available to watch May 11-31)


The option below offers the option to hear a description of what is happening as you are watching the film. Audio Description by Gravity Access Services for visually impaired audience members:click here for audio described tickets (available to watch May 11-31)

For blind and visually impaired audience members, St. Mary's College partners with Gravity Access Services  to offer audio-described versions of our videos. Audio description is an audio track spoken by a professional audio describer to audience members with visual impairments to provide clear and engaging descriptions of the meaningful visual details of a  video.

Please note, the ticket receipt will have the date May 24th or 31st at 12:00am (the last hour you are able to watch the performance). Your e-ticket will be sent to you in an email (so please use your real email address) with the link and a password for watching the performance on-demand May 11-31. Please do not share the link with anyone except for those in your household or for those for whom you have purchased tickets.  

Saint Mary's College Performing Arts Department proudly presents an original musical theatre short film, gather ‘round, written and composed by guest artist Karen Ann Daniels  (American Theatre Magazine’s “People To Watch,” April 2020), in collaboration with the student company. Visiting Professor in Performing Arts Victor Malana Maog directs a team of faculty, guest artists, and students in this creation that will have its digital world premiere on Tuesday, May 11th with an on-demand run through Sunday, May 23rd. 

Rounding out the artistic team are Antonio Brown (formerly of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), choreographer, and Saint Mary's College Faculty: Dr. Sixto F. Montesinos, Jr, musical director; Dr. Julie Ford, vocal coach; Deanna Zibello, production designer; and Matthew Cohen, production manager.

gather ‘round is an act of faith. From wherever we are, no matter our technological savvy, this project insists on our shared humanity. The Saint Mary’s community—through this short film—reminds us that we can dance, cry, laugh, sing and hold our fellow travelers close—no matter the distance,” said Artistic Director Maog.

Created, rehearsed, and edited in individuals’ own socially distant spaces, this innovative project features a group of young strangers trying to connect on a new online meeting space during a once in a lifetime mystical event and a once in a century pandemic. Will they find the connection they seek and will they unravel the mysteries of love, life and adulting before the stars appear to collide? With a memorable score and intimate stories, gather ‘round is a musical film for this most singular of times.

A songwriter since childhood, Ms. Daniels explains that her inspiration for this project began during the summer of 2020. Witnessing peaceful protests by Black folks together with allies, “I began to think about the movements of times past in comparison to today. Looking at the tidal wave of support, I began to wonder, Can this last? Will this finally be the moment for a sea change? How do we ensure we’ve broken the cycle of pain and violence, inequity and exclusion? Can we teach our children to be different than we were, or our parents tried to be?”

Drawing on her background in community engaged theatre, Ms. Daniels led the student company through a creation process that built original scenes from the writings, improvisations, and ideas of those in the ensemble—a rare opportunity at the undergraduate level. 

Maog has assembled a cast that reflects the diversity of Saint Mary’s student body and showcases the talents of the College’s award-winning Performing Arts Department. The students, who range from first-years to seniors, come from a wide variety of majors—including Communications, Women and Gender Studies, and of course, Performance and Theatre Studies. The ensemble includes Sejal Bahl, Ryanne Biernat, Hannah Chylinski, Trent Cox, Emily England, Collin Fisher (Sev), Naomi Kalter, Alex Mendiola, Zoe Prior, Raelaine San Buenaventura (Rae Lane), Sarah Shaughnessy, Will Thompson, and Gabriella Thomas. Instrumentalists include Eden Llodra, cello; Melanie Moyer, violin; Sarah Mameesh, flute; James Vaughan, saxophone; and Ryan Ford, guitar, Benjamin Harte, trombone. Crew members include Sophia Courtemarche (Stage Manager), Brenna Bortner, Rylee Cagle, Skyelar Clouse, Maya Dahlbacka, Audrey Edmondo, Nadine Mhedbi, and Torren Valera.

Please join us for these free audience enrichment events:

Making a Musical in the Time of Covid

Friday, April 30th  5:00-6:00 pm
The creative team (Victor Malana Maog, Karen Ann Daniels, Dr. Sixto F. Montesinos Jr, and Antonio Brown) and student actor Collin Fisher take us inside their collaboratively created process and share the artistic goals and personal experiences behind gather ‘round. SMC’s Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Planning Corey Cook moderates. 

Watch the recorded video of "Making a musiCAL in the time of covid"


Talk back/Q&A
Friday, May 14th 5:00-6:00 pm
Members of the cast, crew, and creative team answer questions about the production.

watch Recorded talkback/Q&A by clicking here


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Tara Sundy
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gather 'round Spring '21 Musical social media image with outreached hands raised up to a blue, starry sky. The title gather 'round is listed with the writer and composer Karen Ann Daniels along with the director's name Victor Malana Maog appears below that. The dates May 11-23 On Demand appears between the arms. The link to the show is in the bottom right corner. It is stmarys-ca.edu/gatherround