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 tdhority@vwc.edu, or visit ShowTix4U.com.

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
by Noel Coward

October 5-8, 2016 at 7:30pm (Hofheimer Theater)
October 8-9, 2016 at 2:00pm (Hofheimer Theater)

In Noel Coward’s sharp-witted farce of love, manners, marriage, and ghosts, novelist Charles Condomine and wife plan a séance to expose a famous medium as a fraud, but Charles gets more than he bargained for when his first wife (whom only he can see) comes back to haunt him and to insure that the two of them will spend eternity together.

Directed by Dr. Travis Malone, Professor of Theatre and Dean of the Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities.

Admission: $15-adults; $10-students (Free to VWC community with ID)
Reservations: 757- 455-3381 or ShowTix4U.com or theatretix@vwc.edu

“Romeo and Juliet” performed by the American Shakespeare Center

November 9, 2016 at 7:30pm (Hofheimer Theater)

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.

Admission:  Free to VWC community with ID, but reservations are a must!  All others: $25
Reservations:  757- 455-3381 or www.ShowTix4U.com  or theatretix@vwc.edu

Fall One-Act Play Festival

November 18-19 2016 at 7:30pm  (FREE) – Hofheimer Theater

This two-night extravaganza is produced and directed by students in the VWC Theatre program who will present a variety of plays from thought-provoking dramas to side-splitting comedies.  (Play titles and performance schedule to be announced.)

Reservations:  757- 455-3381

She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
by Oliver Goldsmith

March 8-11, 2017 at 7:30pm, (Hofheimer Theater)
March 11-12, 2017 at 2:00pm (Hofheimer Theater)

One of the few 18th-century plays still performed regularly, it tells the tale of Mrs. Hardcastle who wants her oafish son, Tony Lumpkin to marry her wealthy ward, Constance Neville – to keep all her lovely jewels in the family!  Alas, Miss Neville has fallen for the young Mr. Hastings and wants to marry a man of her own choosing.  Mistakes of the Night (the play’s original title) abound during this hilariously memorable evening of theatre.

Admission: $15-adults; $10-students (Free to VWC community with ID)
Reservation:  757- 455-3381 or www.ShowTix4U.com  or theatretix@vwc.edu

Directed by Dr. Sally Shedd, Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Theatre Department

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/ShowTix4U.com/theatretix@vwc.edu 

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.