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The RIT Players: My Experience

(October 08 2010) Written by: Kevin Granger in Clubs, Student Life

Back in high school, I started participating in drama club on a whim because of my friends. Copious amounts of fun were had -- I was surprised! Coincidentally, the first show I participated in was the 24-hour play.

This is a coincidence because the RIT Players’ 24 Hours of RIT was what convinced me to join them. Never before had I seen such raw talent! Each show had me in stitches -- I couldn’t believe that these shows were made completely (created, written, practiced, memorized, and performed), only in 24 hours! One play even had me not only laughing, but thinking philosophically at the end. To come up with something that thought-provoking in only 24 hours is astonishing. I unfortunately came late to the show, therefore I wasn’t able to get a program, so I don’t have any information on the plays that were written.

I started coming to their weekly meetings, which were a laugh riot. Since I was new, I had to stand up and give my name, major, where I'm from, and one interesting fact about myself. I couldn't think of an interesting fact, naturally, but I did my best anyway. At the end of the meeting, the sign-in sheets are read. That may sound boring, but next to your name and email address, you must answer the question posed at the top of the sheet. That's where the real humor comes out.

Laughter at the RIT players meeting
Reading the sign-in sheets always provides a laugh for the club. Photo Credit: Kevin Granger

A week or two later, I auditioned for the RIT Players One-Acts. I read two parts from two separate plays -- both very interesting plays. (If you want to know what they’re about, you’ll have to see the show!) One day later, I had an email waiting from them: I was in!

The rehearsal that Sunday was a great experience. I met the rest of the cast (they all already knew each other) and we received our scripts. As it was the first rehearsal, we just read through the play a couple of times.

After going to a meeting or two more, I went with some of the Players on a trip to see Amadeus in the Geva theatre in Rochester.

A ticket to see Amadeus at the Geva Theatre on Friday, October 1st at 8PMMy ticket to see Amadeus at the Geva Theatre in Rochester. Photo Credit: Kevin Granger

the geva theatre frontThe front of the Geva Theatre. Photo Credit: Kevin Granger

It was a wonderful performance. After the show, we all had a late-night dinner at Jay’s Diner.

The coming weeks will hold many more rehearsals, and I can’t wait for the One-Acts. (The shows are October 29th at 8PM, October 30th at 8PM, and October 31st at 2PM. You should definitely come and see it!)

Joining the RIT Players was definitely a good decision. Club life is one of the most important aspects, I believe, of any college, and this is no exception.

I’ll be covering more about the Players as time goes on (I’ll probably tweet about it too). Find out more about the players on their Official Website or follow them on twitter (@RITPlayers)

(Alissa talked a bit about the Players too, here)

Comments (8)

  • Paul Stella

    Paul Stella

    08 October 2010 at 11:27 |
    Kevin, you set a wonderful example for other first-year students. This is what college is all about - making the most of your opportunities - and I enjoy reading about your experiences. Keep it up!
  • Kevin Granger

    Kevin Granger

    08 October 2010 at 11:35 |
    Thank you, Mr. Stella. I'll be continuing with the weekly postings!
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    11 October 2010 at 08:55 |
    Hello!
    I am ZhouJie
    I'm glad to meet you!
    :D:);)
  • Kevin Granger

    Kevin Granger

    11 October 2010 at 13:17 |
    Hello ZhouJie!

    Are you a potential student? A current one?
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    15 October 2010 at 09:42 |
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  • patricia cadareanu

    patricia cadareanu

    22 October 2010 at 13:03 |
    Hi Kevin!
    I'm a prospective student and one of the only downsides to RIT for me is its lack of theatrical arts--while I want to go into engineering, I also love technical theater a whole lot. I'm confused, does RIT have an auditorium you guys can preform in or what? How do the "RIT Players" operate?
    Thanks! and it's nice to meet you!
    patricia
  • Kevin Granger

    Kevin Granger

    22 October 2010 at 21:43 |
    Hi Patricia!

    I'm a bit new to the Players myself, but let me tell you how it works so far:

    In the SAU (Student Alumni Union) building, there's an auditorium called the Ingle Auditorium. It's the largest auditorium on campus and seats 500 people.

    The players will hold shows there, such as their upcoming musical production, as well as the 24 hour show.

    I'm in the One-Acts right now, but we're holding that show in the Theatre Lab in the LBJ building (Lyndon Baines Johnson).

    The players meet every week, Tuesday at 8pm in the SAU (Across from Ingle, actually). By coming to the meetings you'll hear about any upcoming shows and auditions (or if you can't make it to the meetings, you can get the info from the minutes that are sent out each week.)

    If you want to talk to the head of the club, I can get you his email.
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