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The Theater program at West Valley College is geared to both performers and technicians.

There are opportunities for students of all experience and skills to become involved in performance through our classes or in our two main stage and two studio productions per year.

Actors develop the special skills needed for a variety of performance experiences. Whether students are interested in scene study techniques, performance styles, improvisation, or they just want to gather courage to speak before a group of people, the acting classes and productions will bring them to their goals. Students can participate in small and large performance venues, as well as in classroom activities. There is a place for you on our stage!

Technicians discover the challenges of creating sets, costumes, lights, and sound in their classes or for specific productions. Using the best equipment on the market today, they are guided by experienced Theater Designers and Technicians in a completely hands-on-environment. Whatever your age or experience, the Costume and Technical Theater program has a place for you!

Spring 2017 Auditions

Auditions for the two spring 2017 shows, Enchanted April  & Guys and Dolls  Jan 30 thru Feb 2, 2017!!

Starting at 7:00pm each night in the Main WVC Theater

You are welcome to audition for either one or both shows!

Specific Details:

If auditioning for the musical, you need to plan on Mon, Tues, AND Wed…. Thursday will be invited callbacks. We will teach you a bit of dance, several bars of a song, and hand you a monologue/scene to read.

If auditioning for Enchanted April only, also please come both Mon AND Tues… Wednesday will be invited callbacks. You can bring a prepared monologue if you have one, or we will give you one to read.

Check out the WVC theatre facebook page in January for updated information: https://www.facebook.com/WVCtheatre/

Email: carol.fischer@westvalley.edu or laura.lowry@westvalley.edu with any questions   

(There are also tech needs for the show if you would rather be backstage than onstage!   Email carol.fischer@westvalley.edu or see Gerald in the shop)

Spring 2017

Enchanted April

A Romantic Comedy by Matthew Barber and directed by Laura Lowry

Dates: March 17–26, 2017 at the Studio

Dates: March 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 8:00pm

Sundays March 19 & 26 at 2:00pm

Tickets: $12 Regular Admission, $10 Students/Senior

CASH ONLY AT DOOR

 

This 2003 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play is set in the 1920's. Two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again—rediscovering themselves in ways that they—and we—could never have expected.

Guys and Dolls

A Classic Musical Comedy by Frank Loesser and directed by Carol Fischer

Dates: April 14–23, 2017 at the Main Stage

Dates: April 14, 15, 20, 21, 22  at 8:00pm

Sundays April 16 & 23 at 2:00pm

Tickets: $15 Regular Admission, $12 Students/Senior

CASH ONLY AT DOOR


All the hot gamblers are in town, and they're all depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week's incarnation of "The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York"; the only problem is, he needs $1000 to get the place. Throw in Sarah Brown, who's short on sinners at the mission she runs; Sky Masterson, who accepts Nathan's $1000 bet that he can't get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana; Miss Adelaide, who wants Nathan to marry her; Police Lieutenant Brannigan, who always seems to appear at the wrong time; and the music/lyrics of Frank Loesser, and you've got quite a musical. Includes the songs: “Fugue for Tinhorns”, "Luck Be a Lady", "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat". This is musical theatre at its best!


Fall 2016

Almost There, Nearly

Almost There, Nearly banner with girl hanging from tree

A Contemporary Experimental play conceived & directed by Susan Pfeffer

Dates: October 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 8:00 PM; October 23 and 30 at 2:00 PM at the Studio

Tickets: $12 General Admission; $10 Student/Senior (Cash only at the door)

Almost There, Nearly is an experimental, multimedia dance-theatre performance that investigates how the struggle for limited resources (food, water, shelter, work) is intertwined with what grows from the ground. Previously presented at Figment-Oakland, the second inception invites student performers to contribute to the script-less creative process by conducting research and devising movement and text in structured improvisations. A contemporary collage of abstract moments, Almost There, Nearlyexamines the support inherent in community and the natural world (trees!).

Almost There, Nearly Cast

Character Performer
Bird Jimmy Fernandez
Bird Diana Katchour
Bird Rouane Zankich
Tree Nathan Wolf
Forester John John Soto
Human Selena Chih
Explorer Cass Rainfield
Land Surveyor Marlon Chen
The Wanting Sarah Aquilina
The Wanting Anthony Doan
The Wanting Kristen Martin

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

A Family Classic directed by Amy Zsadanyi Yale

Dates: November 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8:00 PM; November 20, 26 and 27 at 2:00 PM at the Main Stage

Tickets: $12 General Admission; $10 Student/Senior (Cash only at the door)

Based on the beloved novel, this magical production portrays the adventures of four siblings through the wardrobe and into the land of Narnia. Here they are caught up in a struggle between the mysterious, magical lion Aslan and the White Witch, who wants this astonishing country, its talking animals, and amazing creatures frozen in perpetual winter. C.S. Lewis’s classic of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is one of the most-enjoyed stories of our time.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Cast

Character Performer
Mrs. Pevensie Samantha Kinley
Peter Pevensie Brian Knapp
Edmund Pevensie Vinny Camarada
Susan Pevensie Katie Graves
Lucy Pevensie Ashley Cable
Professor Kirk/Father Christmas David Vega
Mrs. Mc Cready/ Narnia Creature Corrina Inman
Ticket Collector Austin Nguyen
Ivy/ Narnia Animal/ Robin Emma Linden
Betty/ Narnia Animal Marissa Lopes
Margaret/ Narnia Animal Samantha Kinley
Mr. Tumnus Zachary Campos
Mr. Beaver Mark De Shetler
Mrs. Beaver Emma Garcia Jones
Becky Beaver/ Narnia Animal Lily Tsurumoto
Buster Beaver/ Narnia Animal Brian Frink
Aslan The Lion Darian Gibson
Leopard 1/ Woodlyn Nymph Kristine Comozzi
Leopard 2/ Woodlyn- Nymph Marissa Lopes
White Witch Kalyn McKenzie
Maugrin Austin Sevilla
Randoll the Battle Wolf/ Woodlyn Nymph Austin Nguyen
Witches Dwarf Qui Don Nguyen
Ensemble Animals Chris Morton
  John John Soto
  Denni Rebero
  Rosalie Price
  Kimberly Dutra

Rockstar

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This is an acting exercise in commitment, focus, using a strong “POV”, “Need”, building confidence, and most importantly, having fun and working off the audience.

Dates: December 6 and 8, 2016 at 11:15 AM and 7:00 PM the Main Theater

Free Admission

It is the day of a huge concert. A famous Rockstar is going to perform to a sold out crowd. However, this Rockstar suddenly becomes deathly ill and can’t perform. The concert cannot be canceled and the acting student has to go on and convince the audience that they are this beloved Rockstar.

Come be a part of this FREE concert and see some of your favorite Rockstars from the past and present.

Here are the Rockstars that will be performing on either Tuesday or Thursday Shows:

Chris Brown, Madonna, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Brendon Uri, Elton John, Fall Out Boy, Pat Benatar, Nikki Minaj, MIA, Kehlani, Elvis, Drake, Meghan Trainor, Blink 182, Adam Levine, Kesha, Justin Timberlake, Evanesence, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga

Improv Show

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Dates: December 6 and 8, 2018 at 2:15 PM the Main Theater

Free Admission

Alpha Project

Started in 2008, the Alpha Project is a completely student run summer theatre festival. Under the guidance of our faculty and staff, students produce a festival of new and short plays. The performances are acted, directed, designed, managed and promoted entirely by Theatre students. In the last few years, original plays, written by these same students, make up the bulk of the production. Contact the department chair for information regarding play submittals.

High School Theater Festival

The West Valley College 2nd Annual HS Theater Festival takes place on Saturday, April 15 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM in the Main Theater.

Sign up for the Theater Festival

Overview of Day

Time Activity
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Check in, pick up registration (Name tags, programs, maps, tickets, teachers' roster, workshop schedules)
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome, Tour the Space
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Workshop A
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Workshop B
12:30 PM – 1:20 PM Lunch (Bring your own)
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Workshop C
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM Workshop D
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Closing, Survey-raffle drawing
8:00 PM All invited back to see Guys and Dolls

Workshop Instructors

Instructor Workshop
JP Allen Voice Over
Bruce De Les Dernier Stage Combat
Carol Fischer Lighting for Guys and Dolls
Laura Lowry Improvisation
Christina McCollam Scenic Painting
Susan Pfeffer Alexander Technique and Viewpoints
Amy Zsadanyi Yale Costume Rendering and Fantasy Makeup

Workshops

Time Workshop Title Instructor Location
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Workshop 1A Improvisation Laura MU 12
  Workshop 2A Voiceover for the Actor JP TV Studio
  Workshop 3A Stage Combat Bruce Stage
  Workshop 4A Fantasy Makeup Amy Makeup Room
         
11:20 AM – 12:35 PM Workshop 1B Improvisation Laura MU 12
  Workshop 2B Voiceover for the Actor JP TV Studio
  Workshop 3B Stage Combat Bruce Stage
  Workshop 4B Costume Rendering Amy Makeup Room
         
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Workshop 1C Improvisation Laura MU 12
  Workshop 2C Lighting for Guys and Dolls Carol Stage
  Workshop 3C Alexander Technique Susan MU 14
  Workshop 4C Fantasy Makeup Amy Makeup Room
  Workshop 5C Scenic Painting Christina Scene Shop
         
2:50 PM – 4:05 PM Workshop 1D Stage Combat Bruce MU 12
  Workshop 2D Lighting for Guys and Dolls Carol Stage
  Workshop 3D Viewpoints Susan MU 14
  Workshop 4D Scenic Painting Christina Scene Shop
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