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By Emily Pap
Dexter Squall Staff Writer
When Dexter High School senior Charlotte Knoerl Morrill learned that she was accepted to Emerson College, she was pleasantly surprised. Emerson is a small, liberal arts school with 3,500 students. The program Morrill applied to has a good reputation, holding an overall acceptance rate of no more than 47 percent.
Morill was one of the 12-15 freshmen admitted to the stage management program every year. The program specifically has a very good reputation, which was one of the key reasons Morrill applied. According to Morrill, she has been involved with theatre since she was 8.
“I became involved with the technical side of theatre my freshman year of high school with the local community theatre and Drama Club,” Morrill said. “I am interested in a lot of other things, but theatre is something I can’t see my life without, and I wanted to learn more about it.”
Morrill’s application process was the same as most college applications except she had to have an interview with an artistic portfolio and submit a theatrical resume before being admitted.
“I was interviewed with the head of the Stage and Production Management program in early December,” Morrill said, “and a few weeks later the early action admission decisions were released online.”
Morrill said the location of Emerson College was a huge factor in her decision to most likely attend next fall.
“Boston is an incredible college town, and it’s a town that I would like to live in. Emerson’s campus is small and right downtown, which makes travel easy, and it is in the theatre district of Boston, which is helpful for doing internships in my field. I have a lot of friends going to school in-state, but I am extremely grateful that I can afford and have the opportunity to go away from home.”