The University of Lynchburg’s fall theater lineup features five performances throughout the semester. “Curtain Call and Dance Works,” the first show of the year, will be presented on Friday, Sept. 16, in conjunction with Families Weekend.
The schedule also includes “Old City Cemetery Candlelight Tours,” “Clue – the Play,” “Dance Works,” and the “One-Act Play Festival.” See the entire list of shows for the fall and spring semester here.
Jeff Wittman, chair of the theatre department, is excited about the upcoming season. “How we go about choosing our shows is pretty significant,” he said. “We always look at the people we have, and we try to serve our students’ interests, majors, and minors, as well as the campus community’s interests.”
The theatre department’s first show will entertain multiple interests as the Wind Symphony and Orchestra and the Community Big Band join Lynchburg’s theatre and dance departments for a fun night of music in “Curtain Call and Dance Works.”
From Oct. 6-22, the theatre department will again collaborate with the Old City Cemetery to bring to life the stories of people buried there. In the Hailey Theatre from Oct. 20-22, the department will present “Clue – the Play.”
“The entertaining, madcap comedy and mystery based on the famous board game is an opportunity to entertain the campus community,” Wittman said. “But it’s also an opportunity to teach our students about comedy because sometimes we approach it in our coursework, but we have to apply it on the stage as well.”
The Dance Works holiday concert will be held in Schewel Hall’s Sydnor Performance Hall on Dec. 1-2, and the fall slate wraps up with the “One-Act Play Festival” from Dec. 3-6 in the Studio Theatre. The final performance of the semester allows students to choose, rehearse, and perform plays of their choice.
The department’s first five performances of the school year mark an exciting time, as they fully welcome the campus community back to in-person theater. “The School of Visual Performing Arts is unique in that we offer sustenance for the soul,” Wittman said.