Friday, May 5, 2017

Students learn all things theatre at college's Summer Arts Conservatory

A summer adventure is in store for high school and college students wanting to explore the world of theatre.
Students in 2016 staged "80 Days! A New Musical."
High school and college actors, costume technicians and stagehands are invited to team up with the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department for its 2017 Summer Arts Conservatory, which is producing a musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's “Treasure Island.”
The 4th Annual Summer Arts Conservatory invites students to learn from professional directors, choreographers and technicians. High school students at least 14 years old who have completed their sophomore year can earn college credit. The free courses begin Monday, June 12, and culminate with 10 performances at the Stagehouse Theatre from July 27 through Aug. 5. An open casting call for those interested in performing in this classic adventure tale of pirates, hidden riches, and daring escapes is scheduled for Monday, May 15, at the Stagehouse Theatre, Building 21, Room 247. 

This year’s production is an adaptation written by Theatre Arts instructor Jeannette Thomas and is being directed by Theatre Arts instructors Brian Rickel and Mitzi Smith, with musical direction by Grossmont College Music instructor John Reynolds. 
Those auditioning May 15 are asked to prepare a 1-minute comic monologue and a 16-bar cut of a contemporary pop song or a song from a pop musical. Auditions can be scheduled by calling the Theatre Arts Department at (619) 644-7234, but walk-ups are also welcome.
Auditions are not required for technical students who want to build costumes or work backstage. Those working backstage will spend the summer building sets, sewing costumes, working on the lighting or crafting props. Students interested in working backstage should contact Beth Duggan, department chair, at (619) 644-7235.
Advance registration isn’t needed to sign up since all students will be given an add code to enroll on the first day of class. New students, however, should apply for admission to Grossmont College before the start of class.
The 2017 Summer Arts Conservatory – funded entirely by donations from the community – is but one of several Grossmont College Theatre Arts programs aimed at building interest in the arts among the region’s youth. 
For further information, call Theatre Arts Department Chair Beth Duggan at (619) 644-7235 or visit the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department website.
High school students needing assistance to apply for admission or acquiring permission slips should contact Alexis Popko at (619) 644-7234.

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