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Theatre Classes Fall 2018

TA 113 A & B Improvisational Theatre I & II

Tuesdays • 12:45-3:55 PM • PAC 127 • Michael Mufson • 3 Units

TA 113A • 71765
TA 113B • 72421

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TA 115 Acting I | 2 Sections Available

MW • 11:10 AM - 12:35 PM • PAC 127 • Michael Mufson • 71693 • 3 Units
TTH • 11:10 AM - 12:35 PM • PAC 127 • Dana Case • 71691 • 3 Units (Full)

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Acting Studio • Combined Acting II, III, IV

 TTh • 11:10-12:35 AM • PAC 127 • Lizabeth Hinton• 3 Units

This combined acting studio empowers students to develop skills appropriate to their level under the guidance of experienced theatre professionals.

TA 116 Acting II • 72422
TA 215 Acting III • 71754
TA 216  Acting IV • 71755

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Musical Theatre Scenes • TA, DNCE, Mus 173 • 3 Units

MW • 3:55-5:20 PM • O2 • Case + Music and Dance Faculty • 73138 • 3 Units

This class is cross-listed with Dance and Music.

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TA 105 • Introduction to Technical Theatre • 2 Units Lecture & Lab • Chris Sinnott

M & W • 9:00 AM - 12:05 PM • PAC 116 and PAC 111

Enroll in lecture section 72417 • automatically co-enrolled in lab section 72418

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TA 107 •Lighting For Stage and Television• 2 Units Lecture & Lab • Staff

T & Th •230 - 5:05 PM • PAC 131 (Studio Theatre)

Enroll in lecture section 73047 • automatically co-enrolled in lab section 73048

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TA192A-D • Technical Theatre Practicum I-IV | Crew for O Beautiful • 1 Unit Lab

48 Hours To Be Arranged of crew work on the production of O Beautiful between 08/27/2018 - 10/07/2018

All running crew and production support positions enroll in the appropriate section of this class. No auditions necessary; however, please contact Chris Sinnott to arrange hours [crew position] PRIOR to signing up for this course: csinnott@palomar.edu

Section A • 71855 • 1 Unit Lab
Section B • 71860 • 1 Unit Lab
Section C • 71862 • 1 Unit Lab
Section D • 71864 • 1 Unit Lab

TA Production #1: O Beautiful by Theresa Rebeck, dir. by Michael Mufson
08/27/2018 - 10/07/2018

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• Theatre Arts Auditions & Productions•

Fall 2018 | Production 01

Seeking a Large,  Diverse, Thoughtful, Empathetic and Courageous Cast • Over 20 Characters

O Beautiful

By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Michael Mufson
Performances OCT 5-14

Theresa Rebeck pens a theatrically inventive mash-up of contemporary American life and the history that got us to this politically polarized age. This fiercely funny story explores the lives of high school students, teachers, and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh-in and mix it up.

Warning: This production contains controversial portrayals of Jesus and the Founding Fathers as well as mature themes and language.
Perusal Scripts available upon request: mmufson@palomar.edu

Performances are OCT 5-14, Fridays & Saturdays at 7 PM, Sundays at 2 PM and Thursday at 4 PM.

AUDITION INFORMATION

Open Call • Friday, August 24 • 6:30 PM • STUDIO THEATRE
Callbacks • Saturday, August 25 • 1 PM • STUDIO THEATRE

Please prepare  a 1 to 2-minute contemporary monologue – dramatic or comic

Rehearsals will be Monday – Friday 6:30 – 10:30 PM beginning August 27 and some Saturdays.

Technical Rehearsals will be Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30 10AM-10PM and October 1-4 • 5PM-11PM

Casting preference to actors with no schedule conflicts.

Participants are required to enroll for 2 units of college credit (TA 191 Rehearsal & Performance)


Character Breakdown:

General Context: O Beautiful is set within a mostly conservative, Christian community, and we meet characters from four different families struggling with basically all the “trigger issues” present in America today: teen pregnancy and abortion rights, gun control and gun violence, physical and cyber bullying, etc. Add to that controversy about who controls the high school curriculum and basic communication breakdown between the generations. On television, we’re presented with a Glenn Beck/Alex Jones type who (through the miracle of theatre) interviews some of the Founding Fathers, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, trying to delve into their original intent, thereby forwarding his own agenda. Through it all, Jesus is available as a personal savior to all who invite him in, though it mostly seems that what they want is approval rather than counsel. Everything culminates in a town hall meeting that turns ugly with lots of rancor and very little listening. A prime example of what Civil Discourse is not.

 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

ALICE FLETCHER: She has become pregnant from a date rape encounter and is struggling to make sense of her life.  She is intelligent, empathetic, outspoken and brave, but also confused and traumatized.

LENNIE RYAN: A sensitive young man who lacks confidence and does not fit in socially. He is an easy target for the Bullies.

LUKE SIMPSON: Bully.  Cool kid. Dating Gwen. Responsible for getting Alice pregnant but does not take responsibility.  Conservative Christian. Shames Alice for wanting an abortion.  Bullies Lennie.

GWEN TURNER: High School student. Cool kid. Dating Luke. Conservative Chrisitan. Bully.

ERIK WATERS: Hangs out with Luke and Gwen and participates with their bullying behavior, although he is generally not the instigator.:

PARENTS:

LINDA RYAN: Mother of Lennie.  Warm, loving and encouraging of Lennie. A bit naïve.  She is very concerned when her husband (Brian) starts to bring guns into their home.

BRIAN RYAN: Father of Lennie. Hangs out with the guys and is very susceptible to their peer pressure.  He is influenced by an “unnamable” fear that is currently pervasive in certain communities. He has recently begun to purchase guns.

ARLENE FLETCHER: Mother of Alice.  Kind and loving. Strictly Christian.

DON FLETCHER: Father of Alice. Tries to be a good father but is typically insensitive.

MARCIA TURNER: Mother of Gwen.  Conservative Christian.  Sees no flaws in her daughter.  Somewhat militant in her conservatism.

BRENDA WATERS: Mother of Erik.  Warm, loving and caring.  Fierce defender of her son.

JOE SIMPSON: Father of Luke.  Really into guns. Aggressive.

OTHER ADULTS:

TY JANALERIS: African American. In his first year of teaching History at the local High School.  His teaching becomes controversial because he insists on providing handouts to augment the prescribed text book.  He is a kind and stands up for the justice of his students.

SONDRA JANALERIS: Sister of Ty.  Wise and earthy.

SIMON WEST: Conservative talking-head on television.  Modeled after Glen Beck and quite simiar to Alex Jones of InfoWars.

MRS. LOOMIS: School Principal.  Caught between pressure from School Board, Parents and Faculty Union.

HISTORICAL FIGURES:

JESUS: Jesus relates and communicates as if he is another member of the community.  It is revealed later in the play that all the characters see and hear the “Jesus” that they wish to see and hear.  The actor playing Jesus must be a great listener, exude compassion and have some ability to mimic vocal rhythms and characteristics. Casting is open to all races, ethnicities, genders and ages.

PATRICK HENRY

ALEXANDER HAMILTON

THOMAS JEFFERSON

JOHN ADAMS

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

ST.  PAUL

ST. DENIS

JOAN OF ARC

OTHER PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS etc

 

for more information email mmufson@palomar.edu

Fall  2018 | Production 02

The Children’s Hour

by Lilian Hellman
Directed by Francis Gercke
Performances NOV 30 - DEC 9

What do you do when everything you say is made to mean something else? Lillian Hellman, one of our country’s most significant playwrights, tackled this question long beforefake news, spin, and political correctness overwhelmed our popular culture. In 1934 Massachusetts, two teachers, Martha and Karen, establish a successful private school for young women only to be confronted by a community that punishes the innocent with rumor and innuendo. As Mark Twain observed more than a century ago, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

AUDITION INFORMATION will be posted when available.

contact francisgercke@gmail.com