Marketing and Communications Assistant
Honors Societies: Delphi, Alpha Psi Omega, Psi Chi
Blue Bell, PA
Class of 2021
Sieanna Rahatt ’21, a psychology and theatre double major and a commuter, is grateful that she was able to return to campus for the 2020-2021 academic year to learn, work and participate in her favorite activities, including theatre.
The on-campus experience has been an integral part of Sieanna’s Cedar Crest education. “There’s a different energy when you’re on campus than when you’re at home. Being on campus allows us more access to resources and to feel that sense of community. On campus, you are surrounded by people who are working hard, and that makes you work harder,” Sieanna explains.
To keep Cedar Crest safe and healthy, our community got creative and adjusted the ways we engage with one another. Even the performing arts department adapted the student experience to adhere to health and safety guidelines. Students performed this year with smaller casts, socially distanced blocking and face shields. In a time when live performance opportunities were hard to come by, Sieanna was part of three different productions. She was featured in Cedar Crest’s fall 2020 performance of Agatha Christie Murder Mystery Radio Plays and as the leading role of Nora Helmer in “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” Sieanna took the Cedar Crest stage for her final time in February, playing Ms. Greta Bell in the musical, “FAME.”
Sieanna recalls a moment from her performance in “A Doll’s House, Part 2” when the face shields added some unintentional humor to a scene. “There's this really intense scene where Nora and Torvald are screaming at each other. It was a really angry, passionate scene,” recounts Sienna, “Finally, when they sit down and relax and try to figure out their differences… I'm trying to engage in the scene, but I know that there's spit on my face shield and there's some on his. That’s how it is right now!”
According to Sieanna, the Cedar Crest community’s flexibility and accommodation of students has enabled them to persist through this time of adversity. “We’ve made the necessary adaptations to keep our community safe, while still making this feel like a college environment,” she adds. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to even have just a mild sense of normalcy!”
Following her performance in “FAME,” Sieanna played Mopsa in a production of “Head Over Heels” at Northampton Community College, and she plans to continue acting after graduation.