"As a fan of all things '30s and '40s, I have wanted to direct 'Stage Door' for a long time," director Dyan McBride said. "As a director I am generally drawn to material featuring relationships, snappy dialogue and plays about women. This play is in the grand tradition of drawing room comedies from the early 20th century."
In the play, the courageous Terry Randall fights for a position in the theater, where she will ultimately conquer. One of the women gives up in despair, one gets married and one goes into pictures. Color and contrast are offered by Mattie, the maid; Frank, her husband; a few young men callers; a movie magnate; and young Keith Burgess, the playwright who "goes Hollywood."
"Stage Door" features an elaborate set, multiple characters and many doors, pointed out McBride.
"Most theater companies can't afford to do a play of this type any longer as the costs are just too great. So, enter Las Positas College," she said. "I knew we had the acting talent and I knew we had the right team of designers to give this gem life."
The creative team for the production also include producer: Titian Lish; technical director: John Kelly; costume design: Alexandria Volk; scenic design: Brian Watson; lighting design: Mike Rinaldi; and sound design: Karl Haller.
Student performers are Liva Langer, Caitlyn Acha, Erin Thrush, Laura Lentz, Lea Blevins, Charlotte Crespin, Sammantha Hixon, Lyle Sahagun, Brittney Bistline, Sierra Bolar, Sofia Barrera, Elizabeth Jensen, Alise Bradford, Jasmine Guerrero, Kate Holmes, Veronica Valenti, Micaelan Schreckengost, Saige Aronson, Gretchen Klees, Colton Watson, Colin FitzMaurice, Matthew Glynn, Ramo Borden, William Burgess and Jonathan Weiss.
For more information and tickets, visit laspositascollege.edu/theater/events.
What: 'Stage Door'
Who: Las Positas College Department of Theater Arts
When: March 6-15; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays
Where: LPC Mertes Center for the Arts, Main Stage Theater, Building 4000
Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 students/staff; $15 seniors/vets. Purchase at laspositascollege.edu/theater/events or at the door when available. Parking is $3.
New Actors Conservatory
Las Positas College is launching its Actors Conservatory in the fall, a two-year certificate program to educate actors in a deep understanding of the craft of the theater. Students will complete the program with the experience necessary to continue in the performing arts.
"At the Actors Conservatory, we believe students should be able to explore their passion and dedication for theater in a meaningful, affordable and inspiring way," said Titian Lish, theater and performing arts coordinator.
Courses are led by faculty and professional experts in acting and directing on stage and in film, many of whom are members of the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.
"When people ask me how life after high school has been, I always tell them that becoming a part of the Las Positas theatre arts program was the best decision I've ever made," theater arts student Sofia Barrera said. "I've learned so many invaluable lessons about how to cultivate my passion into a lifestyle and career."
The first year will include the foundational methodologies of acting through concentrated immersion into the program, with courses such as acting I and II, musical theater workshop, stage speech, movement and voice, with the opportunity to perform in a production as well.
During the second year, students will have the opportunity to perform in multiple productions to showcase their readiness to continue in the performing arts field. Performances are held in the Barbara Mertes Center for the Arts, which has black box and main stage theaters, and an outdoor amphitheater.
The deadline to apply for the fall Actors Conservatory is Aug. 1; applications are available at laspositascollege.edu/theater.
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