Students To Stage Original Production Revealing The Hopes And Dreams
Of Entering Class
August 31, 1999 -- Spectrum Theatre will portray
some of the many personalities, backgrounds and perspectives of
students entering the University of Virginia during a special production
titled "Voices of the Class" Sept. 9-11 at 8 p.m. in Cabell
of Spectrum Theatre, a student organization created to foster an
understanding of diversity, will incorporate approximately 50 admission
essays of incoming students into an ensemble work that will include
narration, skits, monlogues and musical numbers. Throughout the
production nine actors will constantly change their roles, costumes
and characters to reflect the varied experiences of the entering
Theatre students have total creative control over selecting and
editing the essays to portray, as well as casting and staging the
production. Theyve spent approximately two months examining
more than 130 application essays recommended by U.Va.s Office
essay-writers gave permission for their works to be considered.
However, the essays to be presented will not use the students
choosing which works to present, Spectrum Theatre students selected
those writings that best answer the question, "Who are You?",
according to Kevin Neher, the groups co-founder.
have two main goals in the production," said Neher, a third-year
student majoring in government and economics. "We believe the
production will reveal how the words students chose while applying
to U.Va. reflect their voices. We also see the production as a way
of introducing those voices to the University community."
presentation will "allow all kinds of voices to be heard,"
said Steven Shepard, a third-year student in the government honors
program and Spectrum Theatre co-founder. The two students formed
the organization in 1998 to create works that would involve and
challenge the U.Va. community. Last year it staged a multiracial
version of Shakespeares "Romeo and Juliet" that
was set in the turbulent civil rights era in America.
organization receives support from the Dean of Students Office,
the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Parents
Program of the Alumni Association.
for "Voices of the Class" cost $3 and will be available
at Newcomb Hall Box Office starting this weekend. Beginning Sept.
6 they will also be sold on the Lawn.
more information about the production, contact Kevin Neher at (804)
245-8865 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Steve Shepard can be reached
at (804) 982-6444 or via email@example.com.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857