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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!

Fall 2018 Auditions

Auditions for the two Fall shows will take place on Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29, starting at 7:00 PM in the Main Theater.

Come early to fill out the audition form and say “hi” to your friends!

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

  • Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
    Directed by Amy Zsadanyi-Yale
    Studio Show performs October 19-28
  • Neverwhere by Robert Kauzlaric adapted from the novel by Neil Gaiman
    Directed by William Clay & Bruce Des Le Dernier
    Main Stage performs November 16-25

For more detailed information, check out the West Valley Theatre Facebook.

Specific Details

  • You can bring a prepared monologue if you have one, or we will give you one to read.
  • Callbacks which will be posted on Facebook West Valley Theatre Facebook on Wednesday night and invited to return on Thursday, August 30.
  • Email Bruce De Les Dernier or Amy Zsadanyi Yale with any questions.
  • There are also tech needs for those who prefer to be backstage rather than onstage. Email or visit Gerald Carter in the scene shop.

Spring 2019

A Hatful of Rain

Play by Michael V. Gazzo

Directed by Bruce De Les Dernier

Dates: March 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8:00 PM; March 17 and 24 at 2:00 PM

Location: West Valley College Studio Theater

Genre: Classic Drama

Written in 1957, this American dramatic play is about a young married man with a secret morphine addiction. It is a medically and sociologically accurate account of the destructive effects of morphine on an addict and his family.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Play by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Directed by Carol Fischer

Dates: April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 8:00 PM; April 21 and 28 at 2:00 PM

Location: West Valley College Main Stage Theater

Genre: Classic Musical

With a variety of styles in the musical numbers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a Webber/Rice tour de force. This story of Joseph and his eleven brothers adapted from the book of Genesis races from family betrayal, lies, escape, lust, imprisonment, and starvation to dream interpretations, community salvation, and relationship restoration. Beginning and ending with “Any Dream Will Do,” the large ensemble cast narrates and entertains through constant song and dance. From the first performance as a 20-minute pop cantata in 1968, through a Fringe performance in Edinburgh in 1972, and then long Broadway/West End runs and tours, Joseph and his coat of many colors continue to please audiences with unbounded energy and stage presence.

Fall 2018

Arsenic and Old Lace

Play by Joseph Kesselring

Directed by Amy Zsadanyi Yale

Dates: October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 8:00 PM; October 21 and 28 at 2:00 PM

Location: West Valley College Studio Theater

Tickets: $12 General Admission; $10 Students/Senior. Tickets available at Eventbrite or with cash at the door.

Genre: Classic Comedy

Arsenic and Old Lace is a black comedy written in 1939. Debuting on Broadway in 1941, it ran for three years and over fourteen hundred performances. The plot centers on the Brewster family, a once elite American bloodline that has now descended into homicidal insanity. Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic and the most ostensibly normal of his clan, is forced to cover up for his sadistic kin while being torn between family loyalty and his desire to marry the woman he loves. Exploring themes including family loyalty, nature versus nurture, and whether we can ever truly break away from our family’s influence, Arsenic and Old Lace was praised for its dark, screwball comedy tone with The New York Times theater critic declaring it one of the funniest plays he’d ever seen.


Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and adapted by Robert Kauzlaric

Co-Directed by W. Clay and Bruce W. De Les Dernier

Dates: November 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8:00 PM; November 18 and 25 at 2:00 PM

Location: West Valley College Main Stage Theater

Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Richard Mayhew commits an act of kindness on the streets of London and finds himself trapped in a shadow world beneath the city. Lady Door returns home one day to find her family slain and her life upended. Drawn together by fate – and forces more powerful than they can guess – these two must brave countless trials, uncover the truth behind a dark conspiracy, and face the indomitable Great Beast before they can set things right again. Journey to London Below with a rogues’ gallery of liars, outcasts, and assassins, on a treacherous quest to awaken the hero within, in a new production of Lifeline’s hit adaptation of the 1996 novel by Neil Gaiman.


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

Dates: December 4 and 6 at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM

Location: West Valley College Main Stage 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.

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 Annual High School Theater Festival has been cancelled for Spring 2018.

last published: 12/18/18