Anthony Aston Players (AAP) is a student organization dedicated to the promotion of theatre arts at Wake Forest University. Anthony Aston Players functions as a service organization to the University Theatre and provides students with opportunities to develop skills and to participate in the production of theatre. AAP also promotes high standards of theatre arts by recognizing outstanding work and dedication in the Wake Forest University Theatre.
Anthony Aston undertakes a number of projects during the year. These include providing concessions for University Theatre productions, participating in campus wide service and charitable events such as Project Pumpkin and Hit the Bricks, presenting staged readings and scenes through the Rep Hour program, and producing one act and full length plays in the Ring Theatre.
In addition AAP organizes several social events during the year, including the annual Theatre Awards Banquet at the end of the school year.
AAP meets (in conjunction with the Department of Theatre and Dance weekly meeting) every Monday at 3:30 pm in the Ring Theatre. All interested students are invited to attend.
2013-2014 Anthony Aston Players Officers
President - Amy Shackelford
Vice President - Mike Dempsey
Public Relations - Celia Quillian
Secretary - Alexa Erb
Treasurer - Andrea Anderson
Historian – Taylor Hagely
The Wake Forest University Dance Company
The Wake Forest University Dance Company is made up of an average of 50 dancers that represent a variety of dance backgrounds including ballet, jazz, modern dance, tap, and hip-hop. The Dance Co. produces two concerts a year: one in the fall and one in the spring.
The Fall Concert features pieces choreographed by world-renowned guest choreographers and faculty members. Recent past guest choreographers include Helen Simoneau, Warren Conover, Juel Lane, The Spring Concert features student choreography. This allows for quite a bit of variety in choreography and style of dance. Pieces from the 2011 Spring Concert included tap, jazz, Bollywood, ballet and contemporary.
The WFU Dance Company is an audition-only dance company. Dancers audition in the beginning of the fall semester. If a dancer is cast in the Fall Concert, that dancer is a company member for the year. Auditions for the spring concert take place in the beginning of the spring semester and each company member is cast.
In the words of the company members, the Dance Company is like a family. We are hard-working people that thoroughly enjoy dancing, learning, and performing together in the supportive environment that the dance program and faculty have created.
2013-2014 WFU Dance Company Officers
President – Desaly Gonzalez
Vice President – Maddie Welsh
Secretary – Bella Velasco
Treasurer – Cynthia Huang
Historian – Courtney Mason
Other Wake Forest University student performance organizations have included:
Lilting Banshees, student comedy troupe
Living Parables, Christian theatre troupe
Umoja, multicultural theatre ensemble