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Love comedy? Love performing? Love making jokes from the crazy things people say? Well you’re in luck because Voices of the Class* will be starting up VERY soon! To stay in touch, subscribe to our listserv!
Admission essays of UVA’s Class of 2018 will be the inspirations for comedy sketches in this fall’s production. Auditions for this season’s Voices of the Class will be held in the O’Hill Forum on Friday, August 29th, 6PM-10PM, (and joint with the auditions for the mainstage production Closer) the week that classes begin. The performances will be held in the Chemistry Auditorium on September 18-20th. You’ll be able to find audition signup sheets at the Activities Fair booth on Monday, August 25th, and on our website through a google doc that same day. However, walk-ins are always welcome and no previous acting or comedy experience is necessary.
We’ll provide more information about auditions when we get closer to the time period, but if you have any questions feel free to email Executive Producer Melissa Collins (email@example.com) or Artistic Director Christian Selassie (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the meantime.
For a taste of Voices of the Class, check out this video:
*Voices of the Class is a sketch-variety show performed every fall by Spectrum Theatre. The directors and cast take the admission essays of the incoming First Years and use them to write sketches. Sketches, comedic songs, and short videos have been part of various productions of VotC, and can range from directly relating to school life and becoming an incoming First-Year to being a sketch completely inspired by the craziest and most bizarre lines taken word-for-word from admission essays. This always-unique show is often one of the first tastes of UVA theatre the First Years can receive and typically brings together performers of the different comedy groups on grounds.
On April 4 this spring, Spectrum Theatre held an event to bring together cultural groups to perform right before our Friday night performance of The Arabian Nights. Of the numerous groups that agreed to participate, we had a few performances as well. This is just a look back at what we got to enjoy that night, making new connections with groups on grounds…
Ektaal is the University of Virginia’s only co-ed South Asian-American A Cappella group. The group performs a variety of songs that fuse together elements of popular Hindi and South Asian music with English pop tunes. Ektaal was kind enough to join us on that evening to provide us with this performance – a mash-up cover of “Between the Raindrops” by Lifehouse and “Maula Mere”, a Hindi song. If you like this performance, please check out Ektaal’s Youtube Channel!
The Belly Dance Club at the University of Virginia provides students with the opportunity to learn belly dancing through quality instruction, to participate in performances open to the community, and to discover the rich culture from which belly dancing originates. This is some of what they showcased that night:
We also had a presentation by a member of Japan Club, and had support from a few other cultural groups at UVA. Thanks again to everyone who participated and to everyone who attended this event!
Guess what – we have a new Exec Board! To read more about them, click here.
We also have new directors chosen for our upcoming shows, and can proudly say that we will be producing Closer by Patrick Marber this fall!
This site has also been updated with some pieces of our history, such as a few productions we’ve done: Avenue Q (2012), Voices of the Class (2013), Vagina Monologues (2014), and The Arabian Nights (2014). Read a bit about these shows if you’ve missed out, check out the videos and pictures, or just reminisce – even if the production was only a few months ago.
We also have a section about our Breaking Grounds Reading Series and the plays we’ve read and discussed. Spectrum Theatre started this series as a new way to expose and engage the community with provocative dramas. We’ve had a few readings on UVA grounds, and then two more at Para Coffee at the Corner.
As we continue preparing for the fall semester and building up the archives with relevant media about our productions to showcase our history, please keep us on your radar for more updates – such as information on our upcoming season. Additionally, if you haven’t already, please “like” us on Facebook. Every bit of support counts to boosting and maintaining our presence.
That’s a quick summer update for you. We’re so excited for everything to come, so stay tuned!
Holy cow, that is THIS week! We are so proud and excited
for this production and hope you will join us!
Tickets will be on sale in Newcomb this Monday-Wednesday from
9-3 and on the Lawn Thursday and Friday!
Can’t wait? Enjoy this interview with director, Olivia, to learn more about the show!
Well folks, looks like show week has turned into snow week.
We will be canceling tonight’s performance but are excited to be adding a show Sunday night at 8 pm!
If you bought a ticket for tonight then you’re able to use it any of the other nights!
Stay warm, and let us know if you have any questions!
Tickets are now on sale for this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!
8 pm at the Student Activities Building
$5 for a single ticket, $8 for pairs, and $3 a piece for groups of 10+
Find us around Grounds – we have buttons, stickers, shirts, and lanyards for sale too! Even have a fancy card reader so there’s no excuse!
We’ll be having a FREE a’capella concert Friday before the show:
Can’t wait to see you there!
9 days until opening night! We are SO excited! You should be too!