BUSTies Survey Results from the VPSP

Hello Troupies!

In the past few years, Stage Troupe has, from time to time, sent out feedback forms after shows to assess the feelings of the cast & crew about the process that they just took part in. As your new Vice President of Special Projects, I thought that these feedback forms would also be a great way to gather some information about membership feelings about special events. The BUSTies feedback form is the first, but I anticipate trying to gather feedback after every major special project to continue to improve these events and make sure everyone in Stage Troupe gets the most out of special projects.

Based on the feedback from the BUSTies form, I am going to try to implement the following changes to BUSTies 2018:

  • More food options

    • While substantial meals might be, monetarily speaking, not the best idea, I believe we can at least provide more snacks and options to eat throughout the night.

  • Length of roasts

    • Next year, a strict time limit will be enforced. In order to accommodate this, the length of roasts will be extended to 7 minutes. This will be a hard time limit, and roasters will be cut off.

    • I believe that extended the time of roasts by 2 minutes is the best option for combatting overly long roasts. This is because many roasters do not really pay attention to the 5 minute time limit when writing their roasts, so they end up being closer to 10 or 15 minutes. I think that giving an extra two minutes but enforcing a hard time limit will cut down on the total time of BUSTies.

    • The event management team next year will be in charge of enforcing the time limit, and will be given the power to cut people off.

  • Content of roasts

    • The content of roasts next year will be monitored more closely.

    • In order to help myself and my event management team do this, I will be requiring actual scripts for roasts, and will need to approve all PowerPoints.

    • Roasters will not have to have every single word that they intend to say written down, but they do need to have the general points and flow of the roast in writing.

    • We will be saying no to content in roasts that we deem to be too harsh, or too inappropriate. I am not asking roasters to keep things PG, but I would like to avoid overly explicit roasts.

    • To make sure all roasts are approved, the deadline that roasts are due will be strictly enforced. Roasts cannot be turned in the day before BUSTies except in the case of emergencies, because that is unfair to me as VPSP, and especially unfair to the event managers. I understand that BUSTies occurs at a busy time of the year, but the people planning the event are equally busy and that should be respected. A person signing up to roast someone is a commitment that should be honored out of respect to everyone involved.

    • If roasters go off script while roasting, they will be cut off by the event managers. Again, this is not saying that roasters have to have every word planned (and we will not be taking line notes), but bringing up topics or stories that were not approved will not be okay. It is best to just include all of the raunchiest material in the original script and have it vetoed but still be allowed to roast, than to turn in a script that gets approved, and try to sneak in more uncomfortable material.

    • I understand that some people are okay with extremely embarrassing/inappropriate information being shared about them in their roasts. And I am not saying that roasts can’t make people cringe a little bit. But there is a limit. And there are many other people in the room besides the roaster and roastee who might not be as comfortable hearing these things. BUSTies is a night of celebration, and the E-Board does not want anyone to leave feeling uncomfortable.

  • Roast workshop

    • To aid roasters, especially first-timers, in writing their roasts, I will be bringing back a roast workshop early in the spring semester.

    • I believe that by talking to potential roasters and giving examples of good roasts and outlining ahead of time what is not okay will make the creation of roasts easier for everyone.

    • Ideally, I would like to have this workshop before signups for roasting are officially due so that people who have some interest can see what roasting is about without having to commit first.

In addition to the above recommendations, I would also like to answer a few questions and clear up some additional things related to BUSTies that members expressed concern about:

  • How nominees are chosen

    • First, directors are asked to determine which categories they would like their actors to be nominated in. Then, directors choose one actor, one technician, and one member of the producing team to serve on the Nomination Committee. The 3 individuals chosen by each director are the members of the NomCom for that semester.

    • Next, nominees in each individual category are chosen by the Nomination Committee. If there are 5 or less individuals in a particular category, then all individuals receive a nomination. But when there are more than 5 individuals that could receive nominations in a particular category, the members of the NomCom each cast an anonymous ballot indicating the 5 people that they think should be nominated for a BUSTies.

    • Only a maximum of five options can be given for any category, other than Best Special Project.

  • Superlatives

    • Superlatives are informal and usually chosen, for the most part, by the BUSTies hosts.

    • Superlatives are intended to be light-hearted, and not receiving a superlative is not any kind of judgement.

    • The membership has the opportunity to nominate other members for a superlative on their BUSTies voting form each semester. This is not a guarantee that your chosen superlative will make the ceremony, but they are all considered.

I hope that the membership feels like I have heard their concern and am trying to reform BUSTies to make it the best it can be. If anyone has any further questions, comments, or concerns, my inbox, both email (abbyk@bu.edu) and Facebook (Abby Kass), are always open to talk. My role as VPSP is to facilitate the most enjoyable events for the membership that I can.

 The rest of the E-Board and I are very appreciative of the interest the members have shown in continuing to improve Troupe and some Troupe traditions. We always welcome feedback about anything.

 Have great rest of your summers, and I will see you in September!

 VPSP Love,


Fourth General Meeting Recap

Hoppy April!hahahaha 

Don't worry, Troupies, you won't have to deal with my punnies for too much longer; the Executive Board for the 2017-2018 academic year has been chosen, and I will soon peter (cotton tail) out once my successor steps up!
Thank you so much to everyone who came to vote at the GM! We were so glad to see such an enthusiastic bunch of the membership show up to choose their representatives for the upcoming year. If you weren't able to make it, that's all right! Check out this recap to get up-to-date on all Troupe goings-on!
Executive Board 2017-2018
We are stoked, proud, and a lil' weepy-eyed to announce the future Executive Board for the 2017-2018 academic year! 
Christopher Remillard
Vice President
Evan Creedon
Vice President of Special Projects
Abby Kass
Andy Moeller
Lucy Gamades
Congratulations, everyone! We're all extraordinarily excited to see such an impressive group of leaders step up to keep Stage Troupe thriving!
Our Technical Advisor position is selected differently than the rest of the E-Board—prospective TAs must send in their applications for the new VP-elect to review. Once Evan decides (with the guidance of the current VP and TA) whom he feels is best fit for the job, he will seek out a majority vote of approval from the membership at GM5. Those interested in being Technical Advisor for next year can find an application here, which will be due to Evan at ecreedon@bu.edu by Wednesday, April 12th!
Summer Show 2017 Pitches
Pitches for Summer Show are due Monday, April 3rd, at 4PM. If you're looking to direct our Summer Orientation production, please hand in your pitch to Eric Jacobsen at 111 Cummington Avenue, Room B17!
BUSTies is coming up! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 2nd, at 6PM, and keep your eyes peeled for an Eventbrite and Facebook event in the near future! This is a wacky, Tonys-like evening of awards, senior roasts, and general hilarity. You won't wanna miss it!
Don't forget: if you are roasting a senior, your roasts are due on Friday, April 7th, to Sydney Charvat (scharvat@bu.edu), Sam Curley (srcurley@bu.edu), & Kobi Kassal (kassalk@bu.edu)!
Stage Troupe Theatre Showcase Technicians
We're still looking for extra sets of hands for our Stage Troupe Theatre Showcase! If you would like to assist with lights, please email Chris at chrisre@bu.edu! And if you're interested in producing, please email Andy at moellera@bu.edu!
Both positions will be super casual and super-duper low-key. We would appreciate any help you guys have to give us!
Upcoming Productions
Those of you who came to the GM got a great little sneak-peek of the set for Stage Troupe's final mainstage, which is going up at the end of this week!
The Fantasticks
Directed by Ellie Lavelle
Musically Directed by James Robson
April 6th, 7th, & 8th at 8PM
The Student Theater at Agganis Arena
$8 General Admission, $7 Stage Troupe members
But, hey, just because The Fantasticks is our final mainstage, that doesn't mean that Troupe is done with its productions! Check out what else is coming up this month:
Stage Troupe Theatre Showcase
April 21st & 22nd at 8PM
The Student Theater at Agganis Arena
FREE admission
The fun never ends! We're so excited to see you all at The Fantasticks this weekend!
General Meeting #5
Our final GM of the semester isn't too far away, either! GM5 will be on Sunday, April 23rd, at 7PM! At the meeting, we'll be voting on BUSTies for the spring season as well as the new Technical Advisor for next year. 
That's all, folks! We wish you all a pleasant week and a very ~Fantastick~ weekend! Make sure you stay in the Troupe loop by following us on social media, and email stage@bu.edu if you have any questions whatsoever!
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[insert exhausting Easter pun here],

Nathan Wilgeroth

Boston University Stage Troupe

General Meeting #4 Recap

Happy Holidays!  Thanks so much to everyone who helped out with Space Cleaning and showed up for our final GM of the semester! We're glad to have seen our best pals before plunging into finals and tumbling out into Winter Break. If you weren't able to make it (we missed you, dude!), we've got you covered. Here's a recap of everything we went over:

BUSTies Voting

BUSTies is our annual awards ceremony at the end of the Spring semester during which the shining stars of the year are given trophies and the seniors of Stage Troupe are roasted to a crisp before they head off into their postgraduate lives. At this GM, the Troupe membership filled out ballots to vote for the actors, techies, and directors who will receive BUSTies at the end of the year. And now we wait...

Spring 2017 Technical Advisor

We can't be more excited to announce that our Technical Advisor for Spring 2017 is going to be Chris Remillard, a dearly loved techstraordinaire who is going to be returning from his National Lampoon's European Vacation in the spring! Our E-Board is entirely confident that Chris is ready to take on and master such a pivotal role in Stage Troupe. Welcome to the team, partner!

Senior Divas Holiday Showcase

We have just one more event before we wrap up: it's time for OB and Stage Troupe's annual Senior Divas Holiday Showcase! Come to the Student Theater this Tuesday, December 13th, at 7PM to see your favorite BUT seniors show off in a fun holiday concert! 

General Meeting #1

I miss Troupe already, and I'm sure you do, too. Worry not—GM1 for the Spring is only a few weeks away! We hope to see you all on Sunday, January 22ndfor our first meeting back. Keep your eyes peeled for a Facebook event and an email reminder with the time and location.

Spring 2017 Auditions

Auditions for the Spring 2017 season will be soon after GM1 on Monday, January 23rd, Tuesday, January 24th, and Wednesday, January 25th! Details of the process will be revealed at the next GM!

Social Media

Don't forget to follow us on social media for updates, reminders, and everything to keep you in the Troupe loop:

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We wish you the best of luck with finals and hope you have a safe and happy holiday! Thank you all for a wonderful season of theatre—your passion and talent have helped Stage Troupe thrive, and we're so excited for another magical season. 

Glad tidings, 

Nathan Wilgeroth

Boston University Stage Troupe

BUSTies 2016 Hosts and Fall 2016 Show Order

After seeing the presentations from two extremely impressive BUSTies hosting teams today, we are excited to announce that Alexandra Edwards and Hanna Anderson will be teaming up to host BUSTies 2016! Additionally, we have selected Abby Kass and Faith Reed to be the BUSTies Event Manager and Assistant Event Manager, respectively. Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 28th at 6PM in Photonics Room 906 because this is one night you certainly do not want to miss! Look out for the Facebook event soon!  

Also, we decided the show order for our Fall 2016 season. It is as follows:

The Addams Family, October 21st, 22nd, and 23rd

Stupid F$&king Bird, November 3rd, 4th, and 5th

Come Back Little Sheba, November 17th, 18th, and 19th


Have a great night, Troupies, and we'll see you all at our Spring 2016 One Acts, Monologues, and Musical Numbers Festival this Friday, April 15th, and Saturday, April 16th, at 8PM in the Student Theater at Agganis Arena!