The NSU Masquers Club is the longest running club here at Northern. It was established in 1923 and continues to support and promote the NSU Department of Theatre.
Not only does Masquers promote and support the NSU Department of Theatre, they are also active members in different events held around Aberdeen.
One of the most prominent examples of their involvement in the community is their participation every year in the Haunted Forest at Wylie Park. Each year, Masquers is assigned a section of the Haunted Forest. This not only promotes the club and provides recruitment opportunities but also allows for fundraising and networking, which is extremely important in the field of theatre as almost every theatre major will tell you.
Masquers is involved in several activities around Northern State University’s campus as well. The annual Masquers’ Blood Drive is a great way to promote the club, the theatre activities, and to help the community.
Masquers is also responsible for running the Broadway Cares Fights AIDS booth at every theatre activity. This not-for-profit organization raises money to sponsor AIDS research. The booth is at every performance of any play and it is set-up in the style of a raffle.
Audience members can donate as much or as little as they choose. The raffle tickets are one dollar each and can be placed in drawings for different Broadway memorabilia, including something as simple as a coffee mug or a Broadway poster signed by the respective cast.
Masquers Club holds meetings every week on Thursdays. These meetings are usually social events that anyone can come to. You do not need to be a member of Masquers in order to come to the meetings.
A few weeks ago, Masquers held an Acting Games social, and they will also have other socials this semester, including: a bowling night, movie nights, karaoke, and many others.
“Masquers is a community in which many different people from all types of majors and backgrounds can come together to share a common interest in the performing arts,” said current Masquers Club president Eli Corbett. “With support from our campus, (faculty included) I feel like Masquers could really make a difference at this school and open people’s eyes to the numerous possibilities that await them in the performing world.”