Since 1935, our student-run organization has been an important part of Lebanon Valley College. Wig and Buckle Theater Company is dedicated to providing quality live theater for the campus and Central Pennsylvania area. We annually produce two to three plays and one musical (in conjunction with the Sinfonia and SAI chapters at LVC).
Student participants can vote for shows, direct, stage manage, act, design, and more. The organization is advised by Dr. Kevin Pry '76, Associate Professor of English at LVC who is an experienced dramaturge and director with ties in the mid-state theatrical community.
Wig and Buckle meets weekly during the fall and spring semesters, at 4 p.m. in Leedy Theater of the Mund College Center. All students are welcome to attend meetings and participate in productions.
While drama was certainly alive at The Valley, it became ingrained in the College's community in 1935. During this year students were able to pass a charter and Wig and Buckle Theater Company was officially recognized as an organization. The company’s first production, The man in the Bowler Hat, took place while its status was pending. Then The Late Christopher Bean debuted in 1935 under the group’s new official status.
During the years to come, LVC also had a few other groups staging shows. From around the 1930 into 1970 records show that Wig and Buckle and the co-ed theatrical fraternity Alpha Psi Omega (now-defunct) were producing plays on campus.
In 1960 Wig and Buckle Theater Company had another exciting opportunity, as it began performing musical theater. The first musical performed on campus was Love Rides the Rails. During this time, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota also formed chapters at LVC. Gradually the groups began working with Wig and Buckle Theater Company to stage various productions on the LVC stage.
Students worked for the company advisor-less, but in the mid-1990s the organization gained guidance. In 1994 Dr. Kevin Pry '76, associate professor of English, was appointed to advise the group by then-college President John Synodinos, L.H.D. '96.