Theatre driven program shines spotlight on students.
This summer the College of the Canyons theatre department is offering students the opportunity to learn the many aspects of theatre production while sharpening their acting skills with a series of theatre production summer master classes.
Providing a study and exploration of all areas of theatre production — involving actor, technician and manager — the production classes are designed to highlight the many cast and crew contributions that go into the total aesthetic effect of a dramatic production before a public audience.
The first production class is Theatre 190: Theatre Production, “Summer Cabaret Series.” It runs from June 9 to August 9, and meets Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and is available for up to four units.
Throughout the class students will interact with professional artists, actors, directors and theatre industry professionals in master classes and workshops — providing the chance to focus on specific scenes, monologues and song and dance performances while receiving professional feedback and direction.
In addition, students enrolled in this class will have the opportunity to perform in the workshop production of the new musical “Sing Me a Happy Song,” as part of The Festival of New American Musicals. Students will be invited to audition and work closely with composers Georgia Stitt and David Kirshenbaum as the piece is developed.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to bring great artists together with the community and our students,” said COC theatre department adjunct faculty member Andrea Slominski, who will co-teach the class with adjunct faculty member Mark Salyer. “To have students exposed to teachers and industry professionals of this level while studying theatre production at College of the Canyons is very exciting.”
The funding of the Master Class guest artists and industry professionals is being underwritten by The SCV Theatre Project, a professional theatre company founded by Salyer and Slominski in 2005.
Auditions for this summer’s Theatre 190: Theatre Production, “Summer Cabaret Series” will be held Friday May 30, from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday May 31, from noon to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. in the PAC Black Box Theater.
To audition, students and community members at least 16 years of age are asked to prepare a one-minute monologue and/or 32 bars of a song, with accompanying sheet music in the appropriate key, if they would like to be considered for the musical theatre portion of the series.
The second Theatre 190 production class, “Scenes of Love, Love and Lovers of Shakespeare,” will run from July 14 to August 16, Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and is available for up to two units.
Revolving around one of Shakespeare’s favorite themes, love and lovers, students will perform scenes and monologues designed to explore the Bard’s often comical and always poignantly rich text — discovering love, advice about love and love’s problems and solutions along the way.
“Because there is so much Shakespearean material, there really is no limitation to casting,” said COC theatre department adjunct faculty member David Stears, who will be teaching the class. “I think everyone can gain from working with this wonderful material.”
Auditions for the Theatre 190: Theatre Production, “Scenes of Love, Love and Lovers of Shakespeare,” will take place Saturday July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater.
“Both the Theatre 190: Theatre Production, ‘Summer Cabaret Series’ and ‘Scenes of Love, Love and Lovers of Shakespeare,’ offer a wonderful chance for theatre majors, non-majors, or anyone interested in developing his or her performance skills to experience a rich, diverse, relaxed and fun learning opportunity,” said Dr. Floyd Moos, COC Dean of Fine and Performing Arts. “Increasing the ability or talent to think or act in new or original ways has benefits for all students, not just performing arts students.”
For more information about the College of the Canyons Theatre 190 summer session master classes or accompanying audition times please contact the COC Theatre Department information line at (661) 362-5070.