This year’s spring play, The Cherry Orchard, opens April 7 in McCrary Theater. The show is based in early 20th century Russia, following a Russian aristocrat who faces the possibility of losing her family’s Cherry Orchard Estate. 

Elon junior Connor Staub plays a servant and a clerk in the show. Staub said he is looking forward to performing maskless for his first time at Elon.

“To be able to do a play without masks is so incredibly freeing and fulfilling after the whole pandemic because you know when you’re wearing masks you can’t really take in … your fellow actors as much,” Staub said.

Elon junior Balazs David plays a servant in the show and said one of the best parts is collaborating with the creative team who works with lighting, wardrobe, and stage management. 

“They just make us feel so good about ourselves and really help enhance the play and make it a real true thing,” David said. “Because acting is one thing, but without all the other elements it won’t happen. There’s no way.” 

The actors are set to perform in McCrary Theater on April 7 through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are free for students and are available online at or at the box office in the Center for the Arts.