13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview

Rose Rucoba
Staff Writer

This weekend, 130 lucky students had the privilege to see the quirky and hilarious play, “13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview.”

The show was only performed  twice—last Friday and Saturday night at the Black Box Theatre at Fitz Hall.

While the title explains the gist of the play, here’s a short summary: The two heads of admission at Carnegie VanderYaleVard find out that the school is short only one student and they must select an applicant by the end of the day. The two then go through (you guessed it) thirteen applicants in search of the perfect student.

The heads of admission soon find out though, that they are in for a ride, as each applicant they interview has his or her own ridiculously bizarre quirk that ultimately causes each and every one of them to (you guessed it again) screw up their college interview.

Some of the quirkiest applicants include a wizard magician, a practicing vampire, and an evil genius.

The staging of the play was set up so that there were two desks, one for each head of admissions counselor, on either side of the stage. The scenes bounced back and forth between the two counselors desks. A spotlight indicated the change in scene by alternately shining on the two desks.

Fun music also played between each scene that reflected the characters and their quirks. For example: Harry Potter’s Hedwig’s Theme played after the wizard magician’s interview.

The cast, while small, was spectacular and had the whole room in sidesplitting laughter throughout the whole show. UD’s theatre program is definitely worth a night out to the theatre!


Cast: David Shaffer and Jordan Hightower played the heads of admissions. The thirteen applicants were played alternately by Adam Schwartz, Vicki Jablonski, Owen Kane, and Melanie Reindl.

Crew: Rachel Twardzik, Rachel Brinkman, Mo Stinehart, and David Alfano.

Auditions for Studio Theatre’s production of All in the Timing are on Monday, Oct. 3 and Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 7-9 p.m. in the Black Box.

Full Circle: Lost in Time will be Oct. 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. in the Black Box.


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