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Beyond the MBA Classroom: The Wharton Follies

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

The Wharton Follies is both an annual musical comedy production that pokes fun at MBA life at Wharton and one of the school’s largest clubs, and affords students the opportunity to shine in creative and business roles alike. Entirely written, produced and performed by students and boasting a six-figure budget, it is one of the largest and longest-running such productions at any graduate program. Wharton has produced the Follies for 35 years, and the production typically features prominent members of the administration (including the dean, vice dean and director of admissions) and popular faculty members in cameo appearances. The specific theme changes every year. In 2011, it was “Assets and Liabilities.”

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