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First Year Players
Currently in its third decade, First Year Players is the most successful student-run theater organization at the University of Virginia. FYP remains true to Golden’s vision with a two-pronged mission: to provide the U.Va. community with quality musical theater, and to create an artistic, supportive atmosphere for first-year students. Although the cast is still entirely composed of first-years, FYP incorporates students of all ages and interests: student technicians, directors, musicians, and administrators work year-round to raise funds, produce shows, and manage the organization. The many different areas of FYP – cast, staff, tech, and pit – come together every semester to form one dedicated, talented family.
Kids Acting Out
Kids Acting Out is a service organization dedicated to directing local children in theater productions. We put on a play each semester with third and fourth grade students at a local elementary school. We practice with them about once a week and then have weekly meetings as a club. It is a lot of fun and the kids are so talented and adorable! We do everything with the kids from playwriting, directing, making costumes, sets, and anything else you’d want to bring to the table!
Impromptu Performers promote up and coming musicians, comedians, actors, spoken word poets, and other types of artists by having impromptu shows around campus. IP is all about the artist. It is a collaborative effort in which students help each other to get exposure at U.Va.
The Libel Show
The Libel Show is an annual theatrical production which has been humoring the Law School since 1908 (making us the longest running student organization on campus). Each year the Show lampoons our professors and life at the Law School through a variety of impersonations, song parodies, and skits. The Libel Show’s mission is to do everything within its power to help the Law School community enjoy raucous laughter. Most of the Show’s work takes place in the spring semester. About 200 students write, sing, act, dance, and work as run crew on the Show. Whether you’re a 1L or a 3L, and whether you have experience doing any theater in the past or not, you can be part of the Libel Show!
Playwriting Society provides a creative outlet for University playwrights and fosters their skills as writers. It also provides an avenue for constructive criticism of original works and production thereof (e.g. staged readings, playwright showcases, and a yearly one-act play festival) and help the playwriting classes advertise their events.
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Shakespeare on the Lawn (SotL)
Shakespeare on the Lawn (SotL) is a student-run acting troupe at the University of Virginia. Since its founding in 1995, SotL has provided free, quality theater to the University and Charlottesville community, through numerous plays performed every year around the University grounds. It is a student-run organization that aims to increase the availability and accessibility of Shakespeare to the general public, primarily through free performances of Shakespeare’s works. In addition, SotL is intended to provide an environment for those interested in the theater to perform their craft.
Spectrum Theatre exists to engage and challenge the University and Charlottesville communities through provocative, socially relevant, universal, inspiring, and innovative performance with artistic excellence and professionalism. The organization holds an uncompromising ideal of pursuing, with artistic passion, the full spectrum of the human experience.
The Virginia Players strive to be a liaison group between the Drama Department and the student body, to offer advice on decisions that will affect students’ experiences in theatre, and to support the faculty in implementing those decisions and events. In addition, we hope to garner interest and involvement in the Drama Department, both academic and extracurricular by fostering a sense of community in the department and planning events that showcase students’ talents
This club is about exploring and pushing the boundaries of what is commonly conceived as art, in all forms and various mediums, from drama, to sculpture, painting, drawing, and so forth. To view art as more than lovely Matisse’s up the wall, proud Michelangelo’s upon the floor, and Broadway actors on their clearly delineated stages; rather, Whither Guerilla! wishes to expand the University of Virginia and Charlottesville’s horizons, portraying the innovations in art mirroring the innovations born from humanistic and enlightenment ideals, technology, and urbanization, we wish to introduce more urban art. Whither Guerilla!’s innate spirit derives from a desire to add value and beauty to our surroundings, an aesthetic appreciation of all, instead of ignoring life and nature as hum-drum and ordinary, but the most importantly Whither Guerilla! desires to create art.
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Amuse Bouche is a long-form improv comedy group based at the University of Virginia.
La Petite Teet: Video Sketch Comedy
La Petite Teet makes live and video-taped sketches all for the purpose of putting on one epic show each semester.
The Whethermen is the longest running improv group at the University of Virginia. Founded in 1997, we continue to perform improv comedy at UVA, in the Charlottesville community, and even around the country!