Satire Won't Take a Day Off During the 109th Libel Show

Libel Show Debuts Tonight with 'Ferris Bueller' Theme
A student rehearses a performance

Emily Davidson '18 expresses her feelings in a classroom skit.

March 30, 2017

The 109th Libel Show debuts tonight at the University of Virginia School of Law with the 1980s-themed "Libel's Day Off."

The annual staged send-up of Law School life, which features musical numbers and skits, runs through Saturday in Caplin Auditorium. Each performance starts at 7 p.m.

Director Jasmine Esmailbegui, a third-year law student, said the classic 1980s film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" serves as a jumping-off point.

"We thought the theme would be very relatable to people," Esmailbegui said. "Everyone knows the movie and knows the jokes."

But the greater influence on the show, as always, is UVA culture. The "junta" of students most heavily involved in the show plan and write the production in the fall, then hold auditions early in the spring semester. Their take-no-prisoners approach lovingly satires law school stereotypes, student politics and the faculty.

Not to be outdone, the faculty always have a few songs up their sleeves in response. Their rebuttal will be presented tonight.

  • The word "quiet" is taped to the floor backstage

    A backstage reminder

  • Julia Wynn '18 practices a dance move.

    Julia Wynn '18 practices a dance move.

  • Lynden Unger '19 joins in during a vocal warmup.

    Lynden Unger '19 joins in during a vocal warmup.

  • Lauren Nevidomsky '17 spreads cheer as cast members, background, get into makeup.

    Lauren Nevidomsky '17 spreads cheer as cast members, background, get into makeup.

  • Jeremy Pushkin '19, Abbey MacDonald '19, Darcy Whelan '19 and John Dao '19

    Jeremy Pushkin '19, Abbey MacDonald '19, Darcy Whelan '19 and John Dao '19

  • Lynden Unger '19, Genevieve Khuong '19, Mika Bray '19 and Robbie Pomeroy '19 perform in the foreground of a musical number.

    Unger, Genevieve Khuong '19, Mika Bray '19 and Robbie Pomeroy '19 perform in the foreground of a musical number.

  • Genevieve Khuong '19 belts out her solo.

    Khuong belts out her solo.

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