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Check out these Cavalier Daily articles written about past FYP productions!


Top 10 ways to explore the arts at U.Va.

Sam Saks - 11/4/22

"Enjoy a riveting display of song and dance while supporting University students by seeing the First Year Players’ production of “Hello, Dolly!” Set to open this fall semester, “Hello, Dolly!” is a great chance to see the sheer talent that exists on Grounds, from acting and playing instruments to creating intricate set designs."


"Student Performance Groups Keep Their Art Alive

in COVID-19 Pandemic"

Caroline Challe – 4/12/21

“I think having a filmed final product is nice because no matter people’s comfort level or ability to get to UVA, they can still access and see what we’re doing,” [Julia] Preston said.


"The troupe has a loyal audience, and Preston hopes the show will bring a bit of normalcy and fun."

First Year Players prepares for “Something Rotten!"

 Julia Ochsenhirt – 4/14/22

Regardless of the structure of a particular rehearsal, every practice begins with lighthearted warmups unique to FYP.

"The warmups themselves are a lot of fun and very, very different from what I would have thought,” Guinto-Brody said. “They're super silly and you wouldn't think that they would help with acting or singing, but they do."


"First Year Player's 'Edwin Drood' is more

mirthful than mysterious"

Dan Goff – 4/29/19

"But just as the creators of the show were not presumably concerned with pleasing the story’s long-dead, original author, so did the members of FYP seem much more invested in entertaining their audiences at the SAB. Once again, they have succeeded, creating a show that’s “damned confusing,” as the Chairman complained at one point, but that’s also undeniably fun." 


"Blending performance, storytelling, community:

First Year Players director talks upcoming production of ‘Into the Woods’"

Kate Granruth – 8/27/18 

"FYP's mission is to foster friendship and bonding experiences between first-years who share a similar set of interests and passions, and so the need to build friendship and community within a cast is as important a part of the FYP experience as putting on a show." 

"First Year Players bring magic with ‘Pippin’"

Thomas Roades – 12/5/17

"It was simply impossible to watch FYP’s production and not have a good time—the cast’s love for the show and for performing was too infectious."


"Carving theatre out of a concrete box" 

Jackie Leary – 3/1/18

FYP thrives in production of 'Anything Goes', despite limited space, funding. 

“It’s [the SAB is] really just a concrete box,” Clawson said. “I always love tech week. There’s always a moment where you realized that we’ve turned a concrete box into a theater. It’s kind of incredible.” 

"First Year Players includes upperclassmen

in productions"

Jackie Siegel – 4/10/17

“One of the best parts about preparing for the show are certainly being able to goof around and make jokes with everyone in the pit during rehearsals and with the organization at large during outside activities and social gatherings,” Davis said. “We bond through the shared stress of tech and show weeks and help each other solve a variety of problems and conflicts that come with that.”


"First Year Players' fall show is a hit"

Thomas Roades / 12/6/15 

"All of these wonderful individual performances, supported by a good ensemble, came together to show the audience the meaningful story of a life shaped by all the small things that one rarely stops to consider. Although it was clear from the start that Shepard’s life had taken a turn for the worse, going backwards through time to the hopeful beginnings of his career allowed the show to end on an uplifting, somehow nostalgic note, leaving the audience satisfied. The message was pensive and poignant—should people simply merrily roll along, or should they stop and ask, 'How did we get to be here?'"

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