Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What are you up to?

Hello, and happy summer!
I'm working on the City College blog, and I'd love to brag about all of you. Are you working? Doing a show? Dancing? Performing? Taking classes? Interning?
Let me know! And if you have pictures of yourself in costume or at work, and you're OK with me putting on the blog/Facebook, please share that as well.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sad News

For those of you who knew and studied with June Richards, we've just learned that her husband Dick passed away on July 5 after fighting a long and difficult illness.

Our thoughts are with June at this difficult time.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fall 2017 promotional poster



Here it is! Feel free to share this with everyone you know.

Thanks to Kim LaRue, the City College Graphic Designer, for the awesome layout.

And thanks to Andrea Romero and Natalia Maggio for modeling for us, even though they didn't know that's what they were doing ...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Summer school starts Monday!

Have you enrolled for Drama 105 (Introduction to Dramatic Arts) or Drama 107 (Study of Filmed Plays) yet? There's still room in both of these online classes.

Get those GEs out of the way this summer!

Friday, June 2, 2017

There's still room in the summer school classes!

Drama 105 (Introduction to Dramatic Arts) and Drama 107 (Study of Filmed Plays) are being offered ONLINE this summer.

Want to get these pesky Gen Eds out of the way? Enroll in these classes!

105 is required for the major and transfers to SDSU/UCSD.

Don't delay!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Graduation!

Enormous congratulations to ALL of the students who graduated on Friday. It was a beautiful ceremony, and we wish you all the best.

Shoutouts to Jeremie Smith, Sarah David, and Roberto Castillo, Jr., who got their Associate's Degree. (If I've left anyone else off, please speak up!) 

Here are Drama professor Katie Rodda and dance Professor Terry Wilson squinting into the sun at 2017 Commencement.




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What are you doing for the summer?

Looking to get some of those pesky GEs out of the way? The Drama Department is offering two classes for Summer 2017: DRAM 105, Introduction to Dramatic Art, and DRAM 107, Study of Filmed Plays. Both of these classes are only offered online, so as not to interfere with your important obligations, like finding the best tacos in San Diego, or perfecting your pop-up at Windansea.

Both classes fulfill the GE requirement for Art, and DRAM 105 transfers directly to SDSU, UCSD, and most every university. It's a required class for the AA degree in Dramatic Art.

Here's the link to the schedule of classes.

Matthew Salazar-Thompson will be teaching 107. Here's a picture of Matt:

And Katie Rodda is teaching 105. Here's what Katie looks like when she's not at work: 

If you have questions about either of these classes, contact Matt at mthompso@sdccd.edu or Katie at krodda@sdccd.edu.

Enjoy the summer!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Anyone catch this?

Yay, playwrights, actors, designers, crew, and directors of the New Play Festival!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Chicago was a huge success!



Chicago closed on April 30. We were almost sold out for four out of our six performances, which is pretty remarkable.

The work the cast, the crew, the designers, and the production staff put into this show was sublime. 

Huge thank you to everyone who was a part of it: those who worked on the show and those who attended it. Subscribe to this blog to learn about opportunities in the Drama Program, and to make sure you know what we're up to.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Here are a few pictures from the final dress rehearsal of Chicago. Look how sexy this show is!

Do you have your tickets? We almost sold out on Friday night! It's recommended that you go to citycollegetheatre.eventbrite.com to get yours in advance. (Small handling fee applies.)

You don't want to miss this one!














Sunday, April 23, 2017

Oh, what a night!

Opening night of Chicago was spectacular! The theatre was almost entirely sold out, and there were people sitting in the aisles. The band was hot, hot, hot, the crew was totally on point, and the cast killed it. It was an unforgettable night for everyone who was there: the audience as well as the team putting it together.

Saturday night was also awesome--not quite sold out, but very healthy. What this means for you is: don't delay in getting your tickets! Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/o/san-diego-city-college-drama-program-8625432318 to get yours in advance--chances of us selling out completely for next weekend are very good. 

You don't want to miss this one.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Opening night! Opening night! Opening night!


This is it, folks, Chicago opens in 12 hours. Do you have your tickets yet? We've pre-sold almost 100 tickets for tonight, so don't miss out--go to citycollegetheatre.eventbrite.com to be sure you're not left out.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chicago rehearsal photos

Here are some photos from Saturday's rehearsal with the band. Getting close to opening!




















And here are some cast members helping with the costumes. Thanks, everyone!





Do you have your tickets yet? Go to eventbrite to get them in advance (small handling fee applies).

Friday, April 7, 2017

Program notes for Chicago

Director’s Notes
In 1975, the songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb launched Chicago on Broadway. Featuring iconic choreography by Bob Fosse, it ran for two years, then languished in semi-obscurity, playing mostly in community theatres, colleges, and universities (including both of my alma maters). Despite the great music and satirical storytelling, it seemed that no one was very interested in a play about criminals.

Then in July 1994, OJ Simpson drove his white Ford Bronco up the 405 after he murdered his wife and her lover. His trial, dubbed the “Trial of the Century”, was fodder to the tabloids and simply riveting to the millions of people who watched every second of it on their TVs. It became clear that the American public had a real appetite for stories about murderers. Theatrical producers took note, and Chicago was revived on Broadway in 1996, where it still runs today. The filmed version, which won six Academy Awards in 2002—including Best Picture—introduced a host of new fans to the show.

I have always had a real fondness for this musical. I love that it is funny, dark, and more than a little racy. Its subtitle is “A Musical Vaudeville,” and most of the music is an homage to a specific vaudeville performer. Kander and Ebb wrote songs that recollect Helen Morgan, Ted Lewis, Bert Williams, Julian Eltinge, and the last of the red-hot mamas herself, Sophie Tucker.  This production of Chicago highlights these vaudeville aspect of the show, as we are presenting it as though the cast is made of up members of a vaudeville troupe who is putting on a show. The performance you will see is an authentic, 1920s take on this now well-known musical. I am incredibly grateful to the entire team that has come together to present this show. Everyone has worked tirelessly, and we hope you enjoy it.


--Katie Rodda, Director

Monday, March 27, 2017

Chicago getting ready to open ...

We're on Spring Break, but the cast, crew, and designers of Chicago are working hard to be ready for our opening on April 21!

Have you bought your tickets yet? Go here to get them in advance. This show may very well sell out, so don't miss it!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Don't miss the final weekend of the 2nd Annual New Play Festival in the BlackBox Theatre, March 17-19th! Some fantastic work by the next generation of San Diego playwrights.

Tickets available at the door.















Friday, March 10, 2017

Opening Night! Opening Night!

Come see the 2nd annual New Play Festival at City College. Performances Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Words Words Words: Don't miss it!

Rehearsals are underway for the Second Annual New Play Festival, opening March 10. Tickets available NOW on citycollegetheatre.eventbrite.com!

Monday, February 6, 2017

First rehearsal for Chicago

Bottom row (sort of): Sarah David, Natalia Maggio, Lizette Hernandez, Mashun Tucker, Carly Stacey, Victoria Linder, Jazzmin Jackson. Second row (sort of): Kristin Arcidiacono, Josue Mares, Sae Bluff, Kenny Ha, Tyra Carter, Kristine Franco, Dunna Muhammed. Third row (sort of): Luis Sherlinee, Bekah Church, Dylan Page, Vlad Wong, Roberto Castillo, Arturo Ibarra, Daniel Sosa-Porter, Quike Moreno, Roxie Carmargo, Clarise Rodriguez, Michael Farley, Marina Munoz, Tanika Baptiste. Not shown: Danielle Macatantan.

Here we go!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

CAST LIST for "Words, Words, Words: The 2017 New Play Festival!"

Hello everyone. Thank you for your hard work Friday night. You have made this decision very difficult.

If your name appears on the list below, please come to the first rehearsal on Tuesday, February 7 at 5 p.m. in the BackBox Theatre. ALL cast is called. We will be going through logistical stuff, reading through the scripts, working with you directors, and discussing scheduling for the rest of the week.

Unless you marked on your audition sheet that you have a conflict for Tuesday, we will expect to see you there. If you will be absent or late for any reason, please email Matt ASAP at mthompson@sdccd.edu.

And please know that many factors went into this decision. Actors' schedules were a huge consideration. Please note that you may be cast in more than one ten minute play! This is our ensemble. All ensemble members are in one and possibly two productions.

Please don't forget that you will need to enroll in 3 units of DRAM 242A-D. Add codes will be distributed on Tuesday.

Again, to everyone who came out to audition and who attended callbacks, THANK YOU. 

Please respond to the blog if you accept your role. If you do not please let us know as well. 


List of actors we are looking to cast for the New Play Festival

-      Roosevelt Green
-      Rukiayah Fallahi
-      Stepher Leffler
-      Michelle Biddiscome
-      Daniel Woods
-      Tina Atin
-      Martha Lopez
-      Carla Bana
-   Rose Yesil

-      Julian Martinez
-      Stephanie Robles
-   Camrie Blatnica
-      Fernando Rodriquez (understudy)
-   Olha Zimerva (understudy)
Andrea Romero (Assistant Director & understudy)

You'll find out exactly which pieces you are in on Tuesday as we are still developing the pieces.

Thank you again!
   
  

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Chicago cast list

Hello everyone. Thank you for your hard work last night. You have made this decision very difficult.

If your name appears on the list below, please come to the first rehearsal on Monday, February 6 at 4 p.m. in the Saville Theatre. Everyone is called. We will be going through logistical stuff, reading through the script, singing a little, and discussing scheduling for the rest of the week.

Unless you marked on your audition sheet that you have a conflict for Monday, we will expect to see you there. If you will be absent or late for any reason, please email Katie ASAP at krodda@sdccd.edu.

And please know that many factors went into this decision. Actors' schedules were a huge consideration.

Please don't forget that you will need to enroll in 4 units of DRAM 240A-D. Add codes will be distributed on Monday.

Again, to everyone who came out to audition and who attended callbacks, THANK YOU. 

--Katie, Michael, and Kristin

Roxie: Sae Bluff
Velma: Natalia Maggio
Matron: Tanika Baptiste
Mary Sunshine: Luis Sherlinee
Billy Flynn: Daniel Sosa-Porter
Amos: Roberto Castillo

Cell Block Tango Girls:
June: Tyra Carter
Liz: Rebekah Church (also Roxie u/s)
Hunyak: Carly Stacey
Annie: Taylor Jacob
Mona: Dylan Page
Others: Clarise Rodriguez (also Velma u/s)
          Dunna Muhammad
          Mashun Tucker (also Billy u/s) and Victoria Linder (tango dancers)

Go-to-Hell Kitty: Kristine Franco (also Mama u/s)

Dancers:
Danielle Macatantan
Victoria Linder
Clarise Rodriguez
Dunna Muhammad
Jazzmin Jackson
Kristine Franco
Victoria Linder

"Roxie" Boys and Ensemble
Mashun Tucker
Heriberto Josue Mares
Marina Munoz
Arturo Ibarra
Luis Moreno
Kenny Ha
Vladymir Wong
Roxanna Carmago