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.”


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