|Meetings||Tuesdays at 8, Room 1829 in the SAU|
The RIT Players (Players) is a music-related club on the RIT campus, one of two student-run theater groups at RIT. Through a proposal system generated and voted on by members, RIT Players produce at least two major theatrical productions per year- typically at least one musical and one play.
RIT Players was formed officially in Fall 1995, when the club’s charter was approved by Student Government. In the previous Spring quarter (1994-95), the Liberal Arts College production of “The Pajama Game” had mentioned a group calling itself “RIT Players.”
The very first production under the official RIT Players club title was RIT Players Present: “Short Plays for Tight Spaces,” in Ingle Auditorium on Parents Weekend, October 20 & 21, 1995. This program was planned as a year-long series, “A Removable Impromptu Theatre Guild Project: Eleven Plays in Rolling Repertory.” The next installment, “Random Acts of Theatre,” took place in February 1996; it featured nine short performance pieces, all directed and acted by students.
The first full-length theatre production on campus under RIT Players’ & College of Liberal Arts’ co-sponsorship was Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” Jan 23 – Feb 2, 1997, directed by Peter Ferran. This was a “traveling show,” performed over two weeks in the RIT Cafeteria, Fireside Lounge, Shumway Dining Hall, and the off-campus Media Play in Southtown Plaza. The set was carted into the playing space by company members and assembled before the audience’s eyes; the stage manager called “Ready;” a small musical ensemble played; the play began. It continued to feature musical performance throughout, along with visible set and lighting changes, and the actors always in the audience’s view.
The first full-length production directed by a student was Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Feb 4-7, 1999, directed by Gretchen Gast, a senior Photo major, under the supervision of Peter Farren.
Currently, the RIT Players produces at least two major productions each academic school year, and one 24 Hour Show each semester, along with smaller one-acts, collaborations with other groups and/or variety shows. The Players are completely student run (save from the faculty advisor).
|2014||Fall||Urinetown: The Musical||Jim Simmonds (faculty), Jessica Van Giesen (co-director, student)||Co-produced with COLA|
|2014||Spring||All Shook Up||Joe Natalzia & Tom Weekes (co-director), (students)|
|2013||Fall||Rumors||Paige Satterly, Leyla (co-director), (students)|
|2013||Fall||Check, Please||Nick Giordano (student)|
|2013||Spring||Rimers of Eldritch||Jerry Argetsinger (faculty), Tom Weekes (co-director, student)|
|2013||Winter||Fuddy Meers||Allie Trimboli & Paige Satterly (co-director), (students)|
|2012||Fall||Evil Dead: The Musical!||Thomas Macias & Joe Natalzia (co-director), (students)|
|2012||Fall||"8" The Play||Jerry Argetsinger (faculty)||In association with NTID Performing Arts, RIT GLBT Center|
|2012||Spring||Dog Sees God||Jim Simmonds (faculty)|
|2011||Winter||Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge||Thomas Macias & Allie Trimboli (co-director), (students)|
|2011||Fall||Welcome to Hell (a series of one-acts)||Multiple student directors|
|2009||Fall||24 More Hours of R.I.T.||Multiple Student Authors||Multiple Student Directors|
|2009||Spring||Arcadia||Tom Stoppard||Dr. Roger Freeman|
|2009||Spring||True West||Sam Shepard||Nate Rotunno & Andrew Gibson|
|2009||Winter||Little Shop of Horrors||Alan Menken & Howard Ashman||Dr. Gerald Argetsinger|
|2008||Winter||I Hate Hamlet & The Unveiling|
|2008||Fall||An Evening of Asimov||Issac Asimov|
|2008||Fall||24 Hours of R.I.T.||Multiple Student Authors||Multiple Student Directors|
|2005||Spring||Twelfth Night (or What You Will)||William Shakespeare||Peter Ferran (faculty)|
|2005||Winter||Picasso at the Lapin Agile||Steve Martin||Roger Freeman (faculty)||Co-produced with COLA|
|2004||Fall||24 Hours of R.I.T (Removable Impromptu Theatre)||Multiple student authors||Multiple student directors|
|2004||Spring||Commedia Molière: Farces of Love||Molière||Peter Ferran (faculty)||Co-produced with COLA|
|2002||Spring||On The Verge (or The Geography of Yearning)||Eric Overmyer||Roger Freeman (faculty)||Co-produced with COLA|
|2001||Fall||Faking It! (a series of one-acts)||Robb Badlam (Slop-Culture), Neil Simon (California Suite), David Ives (Soap Opera), A.R. Gurney Jr. (The Problem)||Multiple student directors|
|2001||Spring||You Can't Take It With You||George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart||Ryan Kidder (student)|
|2001||Winter||The Sandbox, Finding the Sun||Edward Albee||Peter Ferran (faculty)||Co-produced with COLA|
|2000||Fall||All In The Timing||David Ives||Multiple student directors|