The Arts at VWC

2016-2017 Theatre Productions

From student-directed one-act plays to Shakespeare, the presentation of live theatre productions is an essential component of the theatre major at Virginia Wesleyan. Unless otherwise noted, all theatre productions are held in the Hofheimer Theatre in the Fine Arts Building. Reservations are recommended: call 757.455.3381, email, or visit

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
Directed by Dr. Travis Malone

October 5 - 9, 2016
Charles Condomine, novelist, and his new wife, Ruth, plan a seance to expose the famous medium Madame Arcati as a fraud. However, Charles gets more than he bargained for when his first wife, Elivira, comes back to haunt him instead. Charles is the only one who can see Elvira, and Elvira will stop at nothing to insure that she and Charles spend eternity together. Noel Coward's sharp-witted farce of love, manners, marriage, and ghosts comes to VWC in time for Homecoming. 

Romeo and Juliet performed by the American Shakespeare Center

November 9, 2016

The American Shakespeare Center is in residence for a performance of Shakespeare's classic tragedy. The ASC will also hold 2 workshops with VWC students..

Fall One-Act Play Festival

November 18- 19, 2016
A One-Act Play Festival featuring two nights of one-acts. Each night will feature different productions directed by students from the VWC Theatre Department.

She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
Directed by Dr. Sally Shedd

March 8- 12, 2017
One of the few plays from the eighteenth century regularly performed today.  Mrs. Hardcastle wants her oafish son, Tony Lumpkin, to marry her wealthy ward Constance Neville and keep all those lovely jewels in the family.  Miss Neville, on the other hand, has fallen in love with young Mr. Hastings.  Miss Kate Hardcastle wants to marry a man of her own choosing – and preferably one that, unlike her current suitor, Mr. Marlow, can actually look her in the eye and speak to her without stuttering and bumping into the furniture.  When Tony convinces the visiting Hastings and Marlow that his stepfather’s house is an alehouse and inn, the Mistakes of a Night (the play’s original title) will make this a hilariously memorable evening in the theatre.

Throughout the year, the department will hold theatre labs and other student-produced work. Announcements will be made by email and will be available on the department's website.

Reservations: 757.455.3381/ 

Public ticket prices range from $10-15; free to the campus community (with ID).

Want to be a part of the onstage action?


The Theatre Department conducts open auditions for the department's mainstage productions in the first week of the fall and spring semesters. Auditions for all productions are open to the VWC ad Coastal Virginia community. The department practices color/gender-conscience casting in all productions. We have a very short rehearsal period, so some actors may not be cast just based on availability. Knowing your schedule and accurately charting that on your audition form is critically important to the director. It is the actor's responsibility to work out conflicts.


Rehearsal times will vary for the first two weeks of rehearsal. You may not be called every night. However, all actors are expected to be at rehearsals as called. Rehearsals will be scheduled based on cast availability. All cast members are expected to be available for all dress/technical rehearsals and all performances.

Course Credit 

Any VWC student participating in a mainstage theatre production is eligible to enroll in TH101: "Rehearsal and Performance" (2 credit hours). A student must take the course two times (in two separate productions) to receive the Generals Studies (A)esthetics credit. Enrollment is through consent of the director and workload varies based on role and student credit load. Rehearsal and Performance credit may be sought for students who wish to take a role in the backstage production work. Requests for TH101 must be completed by the end of the first week of classes.