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Upcoming Student Performance

2009/2010 Theatre Events

Fall Dance Festival
October 17, 18,, 2010
Fess Parker Studio Theatre
The Fall Festival highlights a veriety of choreography from senior dance majors. It is the culmination of their four years of study at SCU.

Charisma!
January 14, 15, 16, 2010
Fess Parker Studio Theatre, 8 pm
Students in the Charisma group present a uniquely intimate exploration of faith and spirituality that combines art, music, dance, and spoken word.

Student Voice Recital
TBA
Music Recital Hall
The excitement of hearing young voices singling the great masterworks for the first time is the highlight of this performance. Come enjoy our burgeoning young artists, so you can say, "I knew them when!"

One Act Festival
February 13, 14, 2010, 2pm
Fess Parker Studio Theatre
Santa Clara University Theatre Arts majors direct an eclectic collection of one act plays.

Spring Dance Festival 
April 10, 11, 2010
Fess Parker Studio Theatre
Sat, 1pm & 8pm; Sun, 2pm
The spring festival highlights a variety of choreography from Santa Clara University senior dance majors. It is the culmination of their four years of study.

New Playwright's Festival 
June 1, 2010
Fess Parker Studio Theatre, 8pm
Enjoy an evening of original one act plays written, performed and directed by Santa Clara University students and alums.  New playwrights, who have completed a series of SCU playwriting courses, showcase their work in semi-staged readings.


Previous Student Performance

A View from the BridgeExecution of Justice
By Emily Mann
Directed by Barbara M. Fraser
Louis B. Mayer Theatre
Nov. 7-9 and 12-15, 2008; 8pm (Sun 2pm)

Tickets: $5-$16
Drawn from trial transcripts and documentary evidence, Execution of Justice deftly recounts the 1978 assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, America's first openly gay elected official.  This compelling “theater of testimony” examines the motives of Dan White, the conflicting social and political ideals of the era, and the controversial courtroom ethics (such as the infamous “Twinkie defense”) that lead to one of history’s most shocking verdicts. 

Winter One-Act Festival
Feb. 14-15, 2009
Fess Parker Studio Theatre, 2pm
Tickets: $5
Senior theatre majors Matt Johns, Thomas Johnson, and Francesca McKenzie direct a series of provocative one-act plays.

A Piece of My Heart Over the Mountain –Workshop Production
A shared production with Brava! for Women in the Arts
By Brian Thorstenson
Directed by Raelle Myrick Hodges
Music Composed by Meklit Hadero
Louis B. Mayer Theatre
Feb. 27-Mar. 1 and Mar. 4-7, 2009; 8pm (Sun 2pm)
Tickets: $5-$16
A battle rages.  Neighbors disappear. Nothing is sacred…. Set in an oddly familiar totalitarian state, this lyrical play explores a world where two sisters, faced with the severities of war, must make choices that threaten to sever them forever.  In the midst of banned books, catalogued prisoners, and women acting as human shield, the two pass words of poetry through strangers, desperately hoping to preserve their rapidly fading past.  This fully staged, workshop production will have its World Premiere at Brava! for Women in the Arts in San Francisco, opening April 16, 2009.

Don’t Count Your Chickens Until They Cry Wolf – Children’s Theatre
By Carol Lynn Wright Pearson
Directed by Barbara Murray
Music by JAC Redford
April 4, 2009
Fess Parker Studio Theatre, 2pm & 4pm
Tickets: $3
Based on the beloved Aesop’s fables, this modern musical combines clever lyrics with the finest tales for an interactive play the whole family will enjoy!  Weaving the ancient wisdom of favorites like The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and The Ant and the Grasshopper with today’s wit, Pearson and Redford bring to life these memorable characters in one joyous production.

HairSongs for a New World
By Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Kimberly Mohne Hill
Fess Parker Studio Theatre
May 8-10 and 13-16, 2009; 8pm (Sun 2pm)

Tickets: $5-$16
It’s about one moment—the moment you get what you want, the moment you realize you’ll never be the same again, the moments we remember the most.  This enchanting musical review captures characters on the cusp of that “one moment,” masterfully transporting audiences and enveloping raw emotion in soulful, effervescent songs that will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced that incredible moment when suddenly everything changed.

Les Liaisons DangereusesTwelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Fred Tollini, SJ
Louis B. Mayer Theatre
May 29-31 and Jun. 3-6, 2009; 8pm (Sun 2pm)
Tickets: $5-$16
Full of mistaken identity, sexual ambiguity, and unrequited of love, Twelfth Night hails as the most musical of Shakespeare’s joyous comedies! Shipwrecked on the shore of Illyria, Viola believes she has lost her twin brother and must disguise herself as the male Cesario in order to find employment with Duke Orsino.  But when Olivia, whom Orsino tries to woo, instead falls for Cesario—and Viola for the duke—a mad love triangle ensues! Still, Viola hopes all will be well for, “Tempests are kind and salt waves fresh in love.”

New Playwrights’ Festival
June 1-2, 2009
Fess Parker Studio Theatre, 7pm
$5 per segment, $8 festival pass
Plays vary per evening.  Festival pass good for one day.
Advanced Playwriting students showcase their work through student-directed, staged readings of recently constructed one-act plays. Interlacing formal playwriting training with unique artistic creativity, these new playwrights explore the complexity of the most fundamental themes of human life.


Student Performance

Hair
Book by Gerome Ragni & James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot
Directed by Barbara Murray
Choreographed by Fran Atlas-Lara

Louis B. Mayer Theatre, May 30-June 1 and June 4-7, 2008/ Wed—Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm
Tickets: $5-$16
Forty years after the debut of this ground-breaking rock musical, Hair continues to captivate with its raw, and at times irreverent, exploration of the 1960’s
counterculture.  In the face of the Vietnam War, Claude and his tribe form a tight community rooted in their ideals of universal peace, free love, and psychedelic experimentation. Together, they confront harsh societal realities such as the draft, racism, and social conformity. Featuring classics Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine,and title song Hair.Plays in the 2007/2008 Mayer 3-Show subscription contain adult content and are intended for mature audiences

Charisma!
January 18-20, 2008
Fess Parker Studio Theatre
Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun 2pm
Tickets: Pay-what-you-can-afford event
Suggested ticket price $5
Students in the Charisma group present a uniquely intimate exploration of faith and spirituality that combines art, music, dance, and spoken word.

Images 2008
Directed by Fran Atlas-Lara
Louis B. Mayer Theatre, February 7-10, 2008
Thursday—Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm
Tickets: $5-$16
Our largest dance concert of the year!  This diverse production of original jazz, modern, and classical ballet explores all facets of the human experience through the art of dance.   Featuring the choreography of SCU dance faculty Fran Atlas-Lara, Karyn Lee Connell, Kristin Kusanovich, and David Popalisky, as well as select student choreographers.

Winter One Act Festival
February 16-17, 2008, 2pm
Fess Parker Studio Theatre
Tickets: $5
Senior theatre majors Sara Capule and Greg Callaghan direct a series of provocative one-act plays.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
By Christopher Hampton
Directed by Marco Barricelli
Louis B. Mayer Theatre, Feb. 29-Mar. 2 and Mar. 5-8, 2008/ Wed—Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm
Tickets: $5-$16
Passion and deception abound in this sizzling portrayal of late18th century French aristocracy.  Two ex-lovers, caught in a struggle between power and seduction, plot their interconnected revenge with one torrid affair.  But just one intrigue isn’t enough for the devilishly handsome Vicomte de Valmont who continues to pursue his new conquest, as well as some old ones….  In this unscrupulous game of conspiracy and deceit, who is really playing whom, and why? Guest directed by former American Conservatory Theater core company member and Bay Area favorite Marco Barricelli. Plays in the 2007/2008 Mayer 3-Show subscription contain adult content and are intended for mature audiences.

New Playwrights’ FestivalStudent Actors
March 13-14, 2008
Fess Parker Studio Theatre, 7pm
Tickets: $5 per segment, $8 festival pass*
*Plays vary per evening.  Festival pass good for one day.
Advanced Playwriting students showcase their work through student-directed, staged readings of recently constructed one-act plays. Interlacing formal playwriting training with unique artistic creativity, these new playwrights explore the complexity of the most fundamental themes of human life.

Children’s Theatre ¡Bocón!
By Lisa Loomer
Directed by Barbara Murray
April 5, 2008, 2pm & 4pm
Fess Parker Studio Theatre, Tickets $3
Filled with humor, mysticism, and song, ¡Bocón! tells the story of twelve-year-old Miguel, who loses his voice while fleeing a repressive regime in Central America. Traveling north to the City of Angels, he meets several interesting characters including the mythological La Llorona who offers her own off-beat insight into his journey…and what it truly means to find ones own voice.  Best suited for children ages 8 and older.

Spring Dance Festival
April 12-13, 2008
Fess Parker Studio Theatre
Sat, 1pm & 8pm; Sun, 2pm
Tickets: $5 per segment, $8 festival pass
Students explore diverse dance styles in this biannual festival featuring the choreography of senior recitalists Lauren Baines, Darla DeCair, Genevieve Horvilleur, and Raquel Galindo. 

Lost in YonkersStudent Writer
By Neil Simon
Directed by Fred Tollini, SJ
Fess Parker Studio Theatre, May 9-11 and 14-17, 2008/ Wed—Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm
Tickets: $5-$16
It’s the summer of 1942, Jay and Arty’s mother has just passed away, and their father has left them in the care of their cold, strict grandmother. Unfamiliar with their father’s family—and quickly discovering why—the boys find themselves amid an array of dysfunctional relationships between their bizarre aunts, gangster uncle, and hardhearted grandmother.  Humorous and poignant, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores both the intentional, and unintentional, lessons learned by these two brothers as they navigate their new life in Yonkers.



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