Penn students are known for their academic talents, but throughout the school year, gifted student comedians, singers, dancers, musicians and actors show off their skills in a wide variety of public performances.
The presentations are popular among students, who attend to cheer on their friends from the audience. But it may come as a surprise that many others who attend the 70 shows each year are faculty, staff and the general public.
“They know we have student performances. They know they’re not very expensive, and they enjoy them,” says Ty Furman, director of University Life Arts Initiatives, which oversees student performance groups.
For as little as $5 or $10, arts and theater lovers can attend a play, comedy revue, concert or dance performance.
The schedule for future student shows is listed on the Performing Arts Council website; interested individuals can also sign up for weekly email updates or find information about performances in the Philly Fun Guide.
On Oct. 29, family, friends and the general public can watch more than a dozen student groups showcase their talents on “Family Performing Arts Night.” The Pennchants, an all-male a cappella group, will join the Bloomers, an all-female musical and sketch comedy group; the Penn Players, a student theater group; and many other performers for an evening of family fun. The show starts at 8 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium.
Tickets are $6 for students and $10 general admission, and can be purchased in advance at the Annenberg Center Box Office or one hour in advance in Irvine Auditorium.
For ticket information, visit the University Life Arts Initiatives website.
Originally published on October 6, 2011