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Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center To Stage COC Comedic Play

Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center To Stage COC Comedic Play

Santa Clarita’s Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre, will be opening the matrimonial themed comedy, “Five Women in the Same Dress”, produced by College of the Canyons Theatre Department.

The play will run for just two weekends this month at the Black Box Theatre.

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Alan Ball, writer for the HBO drama series “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood”, created the remarkable playwright for “Five Women in the Same Dress”.

Five women use an upstairs bedroom as their sanctuary while trying to avoid the activity from a Knoxville, Tennessee set reception going on beneath them.

Despite being identically dressed, each bride is apprehensive to participate in the proceedings for their own private reasons.

During their time upstairs, the women who appear to be very diverse on the surface, eventually find themselves bonding.

This triumphant comedy results in a wickedly funny, irreverent and heart rending celebration of a woman’s soul.

“Audiences will enjoy watching the ‘behind the scenes’ comedy and drama surrounding this very Southern wedding reception,” said Paul Wickline, chair of the COC theatre department and director of the production.

“Writer Alan Ball perfectly captures the voices of these characters and provides audiences with a witty, insightful look at what has become a rite has become a rite of passage for almost every American woman – the wearing of the bridesmaid dress.”

COC student, Julia Haimowitz, will be assisting Wickline in directing the play.

Her contributions are significant since she is able to give a younger insight from a woman’s perspective.

Wickline expresses that the message from this play is about “women empowerment” and Haimowitz is able to develop leadership skills given the opportunity to work alongside him as she transitions from actor to director.

“Five Women in the Same Dress” opens on Friday, October 11 at 8pm at the The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre.

Additional performances will take place on:

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12

2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19

2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20

Ticket prices for adults are $11 and students/seniors are $6.

Children under the age of 5 will not be let in due to the adult nature of the production.

The production includes profanity, brief nudity and other adult situations recommended for a mature audience.

This production is being presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


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About the Cast & Crew

Several Santa Clarita Valley’s local high school students are taking their acting talents and bringing them to College of the Canyons.

Valencia High School (VHS) alumna Riley Gallagher’s passion for acting began in high school. Gallagher appeared in several VHS productions in addition to participating in the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California annual drama festivals.

COC theatre major and West Ranch High School graduate Chelsea Van Duyn began acting in her junior high years by participating in several community theatre musicals. Van Duyn made her COC on-stage debut during the spring 2013 production of “SubUrbia and has completely dedicated herself to theatre courses this semester, even taking an interest in the technical aspect of theatre, stagecraft.

COC freshman Kate Ridgewell started during her adolescent years from a childhood trip to Disneyland when she was picked to act out a scene on stage. Since then, the Academy of the Canyons graduate, who enrolled in COC theatre classes while still working toward her high school diploma, has continued to hone her acting skills, and is now set to make her COC production debut in the role of “Georgeanne.”

COC student Julia Haimowitz has taken the leadership role to directing. Previously she starred in the COC theatre productions of “Lend me a Tenor” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Entire cast list for the COC theatre production of “Five Women Wearing the Same

Dress” include:

• Riley Gallagher as Frances

• Aubrie Alexander as Meredith

• Chelsea Van Duyn as Trisha

• Kate Ridgewell as Georgeanne

• Annie Horak as Mindy

• Scott Duncan as Tripp

For further information or to purchase tickets please visit or call (661) 362-5304.

Source: Santa Clarita News

Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center To Stage COC Comedic Play

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