Monday, July 10, 2017

'Treasure Island' goes hip-hop at Grossmont College

Grossmont College’s 4th Annual Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory features a musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's “Treasure Island,” a classic swashbuckling tale of pirates, hidden riches, swordfights and daring escapes modernized with hip-hop music and dance.
 Opening 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the Stagehouse Theatre in Bldg. 21, and closing with a 2 p.m. performance Saturday, Aug. 5, the production features local high school and college actors and other students who worked as costume technicians and stagehands under the direction of the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department. The two weeks of family-friendly performances cap an eight-week class in which students earn college credit and get a taste of working in theater while they learn from professional directors, choreographers and technicians.

An open casting call was held for those interested in performing while other students who wanted to work behind the scenes spent the summer making costumes, building sets, working on the lighting or crafting props.
This year’s production is an adaptation written by Grossmont College 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 Department instructor John Reynolds.
Tickets can be purchased by phone (619) 644-7234, online or at the box office, building 22A/Room 200A-1, near parking lot No. 1, next to the Aztec mural. The box office opens two weeks prior to the production 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday and one hour prior to all performances.
 Performances start at 7:30 p.m. July 27-29 and Aug. 3-4, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. July 28 and 29 and Aug. 3-5. Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive.
Tickets are $10 for GCCCD students with ID, $12 for faculty, staff, seniors and military and $15 for general admission. Free parking passes and group discounts are available by calling Alexis at (619) 644-7267. 

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