A Cappella and Dim Sum

RV firecracker run

Random Voices has been one of the most formative components of my experience here at UCLA. Founded in 1999, Random Voices A Cappella is UCLA’s oldest all-female a cappella group. I auditioned for RV during the first week of fall quarter my freshman year. I was immediately blown away by the talent, sass, and incredible kindness of every single girl who I met, all of whom I am now able to call some of my best friends!

In addition to hosting our very own concerts, RV participates in numerous events, gigs, and performances not only at UCLA but throughout the greater Los Angeles community. Awhile back, RV performed at the annual Los Angeles Firecracker Festival, an event surrounding a 5K run that happens in Chinatown every Spring. We all woke up at 6 in the morning, drove East to perform the 7:30 AM National Anthem, sang our complete musical set, and were able to stroll into our favorite Dim Sum restaurant before 9:00 AM. It was an early, hilarious whirlwind of runners, firecrackers, and music. When I made it back to Westwood at 10:30 that morning, both my roommates were still sleeping—go figure!

These awesome LA experiences would not be available to me without my a cappella community. Getting to be a part of RV has been one of the best things that has happened to me at UCLA, and I am so thankful for the creative outlet, fun, and family that RV provides me.

Another Openin’, Another Show!

BruinsCare

Bruins Care 2015 was an amazing experience. As someone who is not a theater major, but who has grown up performing, I have been eager to pursue extracurricular theater here at UCLA ever since I arrived as a student.

A few good friends spoke highly of Act III Theater Ensemble, so I checked it out this year and auditioned for Bruins Care. Act III Theater Ensemble is a completely student produced, directed, designed, and cast theater company that is open to all students at UCLA. Every year, one of the shows that they produce is called Bruins Care. Bruins Care is a musical theater revue that draws from students from all grades to perform song and dance numbers from a variety of musicals. Admission for the show is donation-based, and all proceeds go towards Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; an awesome New York-based organization dedicated to providing essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. This is a national organization that draws upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theater community, of which UCLA students are proudly a part of!

So not only was I able to participate in an awesome theater production and meet some crazy talented students, but I was able to do so for an amazing cause. We were also able to perform in UCLA’s brand new Northwest Auditorium on the Hill in front of 300 people each night! I missed musical theater so much, and I’m so thankful that UCLA provides me with opportunities like this outside of the realm of academics.