It’s no secret that Hamilton students tend to keep busy, balancing extracurricular activities and academic work. Many have found a good way to let off some steam is through various manners of performing. The rehearsal rooms and performance spaces around campus are filled into the wee hours of the morning as students rehearse singing, dancing and other performances. In celebration of these talented student performers, we have compiled a brief round-up of the various performance arts groups on the Hill.
A cappella has had a home at Hamilton since 1952 thanks to The Buffers, Hamilton’s only all-male a cappella group. In 1973, Special K was founded as an all-women’s group. Since then Tumbling After, Duelly Noted, and The Hamiltones have all joined the fun.
Currently, most groups are focusing on polishing senior solos. “Every year, each senior gets to choose what is essentially their swan song and seeing as we have four seniors, we will be dedicating a lot of time to those songs,” explains Buffer Matt Golding ’17.
Despite this commitment to tradition, all five groups continue to churn out new work including Duelly Noted’s recent CD release, and Tumbling After’s recent and upcoming local concert schedule.
Acting and Spoken Word
Untitled@Large Student Theatre Company is currently experiencing a revival of interest as they seek to empower students to learn more about the various aspects of stagecraft while providing support and funding for student headed productions. Untitled recently hosted a student playwright workshop where student writers were able to collaborate with actors to develop and edit original short plays.
In its second year, Vibes, Written and Spoken provides ample support and performance opportunities for students that are interested in spoken word poetry. “Our meetings focus on vibing with each other, being comfortable with each other, and learning how to put our ideas and emotions in songs and poetry,” remarks Ricardo Millien ’19, chairperson and founder of Vibes.
Hogwarts at Hamilton is a time honored and festive tradition that presents an improvised Harry Potter-inspired experience for the campus and Clinton community during the Halloween season. This October marked its 16th year of performances.
There are three clubs dedicated to students who love to dance. An exciting fixture at all-campus parties is HEAT, the co-ed hip hop dance group. HEAT has recently accepted seven new members and is continuing to develop new choreography for a string of upcoming appearances.
Tropical Sol is a Latin dance performance group whose goal is to contribute to the overall diversity of the campus through cultural music and dance. Dance Team performs original choreography at various athletic, social and organizational events on campus.
The newest addition to the student performer scene is Stand Up Hamilton, a club dedicated to stand-up comedians. “We exist for people of all experience levels to write, analyze and practice their stand up. We also talk about how to write stand up and different stand up styles,” founder and chair Caroline Kriedberg ’17 explained.
Yodapez is Hamilton’s only Improv comedy group. After inducting three new members in September, Yodapez has already hosted “Pumpkin Spiced Comedy,” its first public show of the year.
Serving as a catch-all for students who are passionate about performance is Student Performing Arts Club, or SPAC. SPAC attracts students who are seeking opportunities to perform work that they have rehearsed independently. The club has had a busy semester, already hosting student band Uptown Booty, introducing an Opus concert series, and hosting three student coffeehouse performances. In the future, SPAC is looking to do some community outreach performances at a local nursing home.