Twice a year, Liberty University’s Student Activities department presents Coffeehouse — a large-scale variety show featuring student-led performances. A highlight of each semester, Coffeehouse never fails to pack the Vines Center.
This popular event began in the early 1990s, and has been a favorite among students ever since. Stephanie Ward, promotions manager for Student Activities, said “Coffeehouse is able to showcase many different types of talents. We’ve seen traditional bands, whistlers, poetry readings, dances, [student-made] videos, a capella groups, skits, instrumentals, and more.”
Coffeehouse has even gained national attention in the media. At Christmas Coffeehouse in 2010, an a capella group did a spoof of a headlining news story by singing “Carol of the Bed Intruders.” The performance went viral on YouTube and currently has over 1.4 million views.
Students audition for Coffeehouse a few weeks prior to the show. After reviewing the acts, Student Activities’ staff selects those that best represent the theme and flow of the show.
“Christmas Coffeehouse and Spring Coffeehouse are similar in content but drastically different in style,” Ward said. “Christmas Coffeehouse has Christmas decorations, videos, and performances, while the Spring Coffeehouse focuses on a theme that is current and appealing to a large group of students.”
This year, over 200 students were involved in the spring show and performed in front of an audience of 6,000.