Thursday, June 23, 2016

Grossmont Summer Conservatory: '80 Days! A new musical'

High school and college actors, actresses, costume designers and stagehands are preparing to team up once more for the 2016 version of Grossmont College’s Summer Conservatory program, which culminates with a musical adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, “Around the World in Eighty Days”.

“This really is the most incredible of programs,” said Theatre Arts Department Chair Beth Duggan. “The Summer Conservatory provides a valuable opportunity to nurture the artists of tomorrow and enables us to guide those who want to work both on and off the stage.”

 The 3rd Annual Summer Conservatory Program enables student performers and technicians to learn what it’s like to work in a professional theatre through daytime or evening classes that teach specialized skills. High school students can earn college credit, and the course culminates with 10 performances in the Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre.

 July 28, 29 & 30 – August 4 & 5, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
July 29 & 30 – August 4, 5, & 6, 2016 @ 2pm
Ticket pricing: General $15/Military and Veterans $12/ Students $10

 This year’s production, entitled “80 Days! A New Musical,” is an adaptation of the Jules Verne classic and melds music with comedy. The screenplay was written by Theatre Arts instructor Jeannette Thomas and is being directed by Theatre Arts instructor Brian Rickel.

Students who have taken part in previous Summer Conservatory productions praise the program.

“This is giving me an opportunity to learn from college students as well as professors who work in the industry,” said Aimee-Marie Holland, said while taking a break from serving as a stage manager for a production of Cinderella – A New Pop Musical last year.

“This is one of the better community college theatre programs I’ve come across. Everyone here encourages you and supports you, no matter what area you want to explore. They’re training us to be able to get jobs from set design to costuming to acting.”

The 2016 Summer Conservatory – which is funded entirely by donations from the community – Tickets are on Sale NOW. You can order your tickets at the Box Office 619-644-7234, on line at  or one hour prior to each performance.

For further information about the 2016 Summer Conservatory, call (619) 644-7234 or visit the Theatre Arts Department page.

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