By J1 Reporter Lily Weindel
One of the most memorable parts of Marian’s annual open house every year are the mimes who wander about the building. Not only are they a fun asset to the open house, the Marian Pantomime Troupe shows how unique Marian is. These girls are constantly doing performances and impressing the student body. But these mimes are not a new thing.
“My mom’s best friends were always mimes at Marian, so they told me to do it,” said junior Emma Garriott, “of course this was a long time ago.” Her mom was in the graduating Class of 1984, and with Mrs. Michelle Delisi being the moderator since 1979, these mimes are part of one of Marian’s oldest clubs, and it is still standing strong.
Garriott has been a mime since her sophomore year at Marian. “I remember seeing them at the Open House,” she said, elaborating on why she joined. She without a doubt thinks joining improved her Marian experience. “It opened up a new group of people that I probably wouldn’t have met if I didn’t do mime.”
The Mime Troupe is composed of a group of about 10 girls from all four grades, ranging in different levels of experience, and the members are part of the only pantomime troupe in the state. Mime Troupe may be a longstanding club and even with many participants, students often do not know too much about it.
Different mime misconceptions, Garriott said, are how people assumed all the girls involved are quiet people, and that they must never speak. In reality all types of personalities participate, and the only time you are not allowed to talk is when you are wearing the white miming gloves.
These gloves are a bit of a difficult part of the mime troupe, though. Garriott said it can be a little hard to not let herself talk with the gloves on, but once you realize you can take them on and off, you get used to it. The outfits are a staple to the girls, and the rompers and hats are previously made for the mimes, and they purchase their own black shoes, tights, and makeup.
Being in Marian’s mime troupe helped introduce her to all new different types of people, especially girls in different grades. Joining the troupe is not difficult, just whoever wants to participate can. The mimes become very close through practices in the morning, which involving practicing their skits and planning for future events. These practices are Garriott’s favorite part of being a member of the troupe, along with the iconic mime makeup.
“Makeup is fun,” Garriott said, “but it’s sometimes so hard because of the eyeliner.” The older members are more skilled with the eyeliner, so they typically help out the newer mimes who need a bit of assistance. The rest of the makeup includes a white foundation, red lipstick, and eyeliner that helps define the features of the mimes, with a black line down the center of their face with eyeliner.
The performances are also a major aspect of the Pantomime Troupe. They just worked at the open house, and annually perform at the Thanksgiving Prayer Service, the Autism Walk in April, and a spring lunch performance during the school day. All of the skits that are performed are created by the girls, who develop them and put their heads together to find a message they want to portray.
Emma Garriott is one of the more experienced mimes, but more people keep joining. And she said, even if you think miming is a little daunting— you should still do it, because it can be a wonderful experience and the memories can last a lifetime.