It's easy to get involved in Theater at UVa-Wise. There are countless opportunities onstage and off. You can dive in the first semester of your freshman year without waiting in line to achieve 'seniority.' You can participate at any level, regardless of your major. You can take tickets or take over and manage an entire department... but don't expect to sit back and bask in the limelight. We work hard to be proud of our performances. Students who participate in theater at UVa-Wise are dedicated individuals. They give up what might be the most guarded and precious possession of a college student- free time! However, in exchange for that sacrifice, they are rewarded with transformative real-world experiences that set them apart in their readiness to take on responsibilities, accept complex challenges and make things happen for themselves and the communities of which they are a part!
So how do you start?
Make the first move. Fill out an interest form and tell us what you'd like to do. Then, we'll attempt to contact you and help you get involved.
What if I'm not sure?
Attend one of the theater division's interest meetings at the beginning of each semester. This is an informational meeting for students interested in learning more about the productions for that semester, the opportunities available for participating, and the process by which students audition for roles in the play. Students can meet others involved in theater at UVa-Wise and get any questions they might have answered. Watch for signs at the beginning of the semester or check our news site here.
What happens Next?
Auditions: A few days after the interest meeting, auditions are held to cast the play productions for the semester. Auditions generally consist of some theater games and exercises and readings from the play. Students audition together as a group. All students are welcome regardless of major or previous experience. Freshman regularly get substantial roles in their first production of their freshman year. Sometimes they even get leads. Decisions are made based on who is best for the role, not is the oldest in the department or who has the most experience.
Backstage: Shortly after the interest meeting and auditions, production work begins to work on building sets, props, and costumes, focusing lighting, and editing sound effects. Others work on advertising, marketing, organizing the production and handling ticket sales and seating. Some of the more demanding work (sets and costumes) goes on daily while other preparations are less demanding of time, especially early in the process. Students are welcome to participate in backstage activities at whatever level of commitment their schedule and interest permit. We just ask that you honor the commitment you make, at whatever level it is. You can even consider signing up for class credit, if you are willing to make a substantial time-commitment to the effort!
Tech Week and Showtime: This is when all the different aspects of production come together to coordinate all of their different efforts into the final production. It is an intense time and a significant commitment, but the production makes all the effort worth while.