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Our production of Closer officially ended. To view photos of the production and see what you missed, check out the Closer page under past shows!

Spectrum Theatre’s next reading is for The Normal Heart, Monday, Nov. 17rd. Be sure to click attending the Facebook event to stay up to date on location confirmation!


Spectrum Theatre is also having interest meetings for Spectrum Theatre to share with everyone what we’re all about and to give details on our opening Executive Board positions and our upcoming 2015 production of The Vagina Monologues and participating in our future productions and readings. For all those interested, click attending on our FACEBOOK EVENT to stay up to date and find us on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (Nov. 4th and 5th) at 7pm.

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Oh, and Spectrum is looking for a director for THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES! Email Artistic Director Christian Selassie ( or Executive Producer Melissa Collins ( for more information. Applications are due by November 11th at midnight.

This weekend – Closer goes up!

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We’re getting closer to opening night! This weekend, don’t miss out on your chance to see Patrick Marber’s powerful play come to life through Spectrum Theatre’s cast, directed by Mary Claire Davis. Be sure to attend the Facebook event to get all the updates!

Performances are October 16-19 (Thursday through Sunday) this week. Saturday’s performance will be a 2pm matinee, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday will be at 8pm. Performances will be at the Student Activities Building and tickets will be $5 that you can purchase at the door.

However, to guarantee your ticket you can purchase it online at THIS LINK. Be sure to join us for a dramatic evening that’ll have you crying, laughing, and maybe even inspired by the end of the night.

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First Reading of the Semester! – Come join us!

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God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza – Two sets of parents meet for the first time to settle their sons’ nasty schoolyard tangle. But all attempts at civilized discussion quickly devolve into childlike behavior in this fast, furious, and very, very funny comedy of bad manners.

Thursday, October 9th @ 7PM, Para Coffee (19 Elliewood Ave)
Directed by:
Nina Lukow
Emily Shelton
Dan Barr
Vijay Menon
Anna Burke

Reading Series Fall 2014!!!

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The Breaking Grounds Reading Series is a reading series that seeks to provide students with an outlet for creative expression through the reading of provocative, challenging drama. The fall reading series included discussions following the readings were moderated by representatives from UVa’s Sustained Dialgoue. We’ve staged readings in classrooms and at Para Coffee, with readings ranging from an all-women’s cast to a one-man reading without any rehearsals.
This semester we will be reading the following shows:

God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza: October 9th

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The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer: November 3rd


Contractions by Mike Barlett: December 1st


Locations still TBA, however all readings occur at 7pm.

Voices 2014 happened! And Closer is just around the corner!

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So yeah, Voices of the Class 2014 happened, and now we’re gearing up to put on our second production of the semester – Closer!

But first, here’s what you may have missed:

It’s been insane with a time crunch, but Directors Cherise and Lou pulled off a great show with their cast, and got a mention by the Cavalier Daily!

The Harmonious Hoos performed at intermission! We love guest group performers!
On the Voices page you can see pictures from rehearsal and view the performance in case you missed it!

And as we get ready for Closer, you’ll get another update. But until then, check out these rehearsal shots and mark your calendars and save the date for performances at 8pm October 16, 17, and 19, with a 2pm matinee performance Saturday October 20.

Auditions for the Season! And words from our Directors…

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‘Tis the season for auditions! This upcoming Friday, August 29, will be auditions for both Voices of the Class and Closer  from 2-10pm in the O’Hill Forum.

Performances for Voices will be Sept. 18-20 while Closer will take place Oct. 16-19. CLICK HERE for audition sign-up sheets! However, walk-ins are always welcome! No preparation needed – monologues will be provided! However, you may prepare your own between 1-2 minutes if you’d like.

For any further questions, please contact Producer, Melissa Collins, at or our Artistic Director, Christian Selassie, at

And now. . . get to know our directors and a little about the shows:


Cherise Pack, 3rd Year, Drama Major. Co-director of Voices of the Class.cherise
What is your vision for the show? My vision is to strip the audience of their vision. I want to blind them…with tears of laughter.
Why should someone audition for this show? For older students who audition for this show, it’ll be like taking a trip down memory lane. They’ll be (maybe literally, maybe figuratively) transported back in time to when they were young, vibrant high-schoolers working on writing the best college entrance essays and hoping for acceptance into UVA. For first-years, in addition to this being a chance to work on comedy sketch-writing and acting, it’ll also allow them to see if their entrance essays are being used in the show, and provide them with relief if they aren’t. Overall, everybody should audition because it’ll be a lot of fun and it will be an amazing experience you’ll never forget.
What will the time commitment be? On Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays, rehearsals will be from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays rehearsals will be from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM. Rehearsals are from Aug. 31st to Sept.  17th, and the show is from Sept. 18th-20th.
Other involvements at UVA?  La Petite Teet: Sketch and Video Comedy Group, First Year Players, Student Stand-Up Club, Japan Club, Shea House Resident on the Japanese Floor
Is There Anything Else You’d Like to Say? I am Cherise, daughter of Desiree, member of the Pack Clan, known by ‘Reese’ to friends and enemies alike, devourer of pizza and Chinese food, consumer of bubble tea, Procrastinator-in-Training,  She-Who-Climbs-Stairs-Cautiously-And-With-the-Utmost-Trepidation, Teller-of-Hit-or-Miss-Jokes. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to either working with you or seeing you at the show! Don’t be shy, come say “hi.”


Lou Garcia, 3rd Year, Foreign Affairs Major, Co-director of Voices of the Class 
Why do I want to direct this show: I want to direct this show because I think it will be a new and fun experience for me. Voices of the Class has also become a staple every year for Spectrum and I would like to continue its success.
What is my vision for the show: I want this to be a fun show for both the actors to write and perform and for the audience to watch.
Why should someone audition for this show: Because Voices of the Class is a great way to get involved in the comedy scene at UVA and also because it’s really early during the school year and thus a great way to meet new people right off the bat.
Other involvements at UVA? I’m involved in a sketch comedy group, La Petite Teet, First Year Players, which is a musical theater group, and the UVA Drama Department.


Mary Davis, 4th Year, Drama Major, Director of CloserIMG_2073

This is Mary Claire’s first foray into directing since high school, and she could not be more thrilled to be directing Closer this fall! She has acted in productions by the UVa Drama Department, Reckless Theatre, Shakespeare on the Lawn, and First Year Players. She’s also very involved in the Filmmakers’ Society.  Basically, MC likes to try a bit of everything.  She can’t wait to bring this intimate, sometimes brutal play to grounds and, hopefully, generate some earnest discussions.  In the words of Salt ‘n’ Pepa, “let’s talk about sex.”

Voices of the Class 2014 – Get Ready!

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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, 2PM-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 ( or Artistic Director Christian Selassie ( 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.