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Students given one day to prepare holiday plays at NOVA-Loudoun

With only a few hours to write and practice an original play, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) students and alumni will have the chance to perform at the second annual “Play-in-a-Day” on Dec. 1 at the Loudoun Campus. 

NOVA students and alumni who join the performance cast that morning will be assigned to acting groups. Each group will create an original script around the holiday of their choice and will have three hours to practice their play. The groups can use limited props and technical elements for their performances.

The final production, which is open to the public, will be performed at the Waddell Theater on NOVA’s Loudoun Campus that same evening.

While performances and directing are a collaborative student effort, NOVA-Loudoun communication and theater studies instructor Lisa Nanni-Messegee will be on hand as the artistic director for the day.

“We did this last year and there was some pretty amazing work with the limited amount of time we had,” Nanni-Messegee said.

The length of the final production will depend on the size of the cast.


Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at 7 p.m.


The Waddell Theater is located on the first floor of the Waddell Building (LW) on Northern Virginia Community College's Loudoun Campus. The campus is located at 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway Sterling, VA 20164.


This performance is free and open to the public. Donations support the Loudoun Theater Club, a recreational theater group on the NOVA-Loudon Campus.


For more information about this performance, or joining the cast, contact Lisa Nanni-Messegee at LNanniMessegee@nvcc.edu or call 703.948.7579.

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.