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!
Almost There, Nearly Contemporary Experimental
Conceived & Directed by Susan Pfeffer
Dates: October 21-30, 2016
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!).
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe A Family Classic
Directed by Amy Zsadanyi Yale
Dates: November 18-27, 2016
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.
Enchanted April By Matthew Barbe A Romantic Comedy
Director: Laura Lowry
Dates: March 17-26, 2017
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 By Frank Loesser A Classic Musical Comedy
Director: Lee Ann Payne
Dates: April 14-23, 2017
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!
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.