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!
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!
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/
(There are also tech needs for the show if you would rather be backstage than onstage! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or see Gerald in the shop)
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.
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!
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!).
|Forester||John John Soto|
|Land Surveyor||Marlon Chen|
|The Wanting||Sarah Aquilina|
|The Wanting||Anthony Doan|
|The Wanting||Kristen Martin|
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.
|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|
|Randoll the Battle Wolf/ Woodlyn Nymph||Austin Nguyen|
|Witches Dwarf||Qui Don Nguyen|
|Ensemble Animals||Chris Morton|
|John John Soto|
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
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
Dates: December 6 and 8, 2018 at 2:15 PM the Main Theater
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.
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.
|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|
|JP Allen||Voice Over|
|Bruce De Les Dernier||Stage Combat|
|Carol Fischer||Lighting for Guys and Dolls|
|Christina McCollam||Scenic Painting|
|Susan Pfeffer||Alexander Technique and Viewpoints|
|Amy Zsadanyi Yale||Costume Rendering and Fantasy Makeup|
|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|