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Theatre Department

The Theater program at West Valley College is geared to both performers and technicians.

There are opportunities for students of all experience and skills to become involved in performance through our classes or in our two main stage and two studio productions per year.

Actors develop the special skills needed for a variety of performance experiences. Whether students are interested in scene study techniques, performance styles, improvisation, or they just want to gather courage to speak before a group of people, the acting classes and productions will bring them to their goals. Students can participate in small and large performance venues, as well as in classroom activities. There is a place for you on our stage!

Technicians discover the challenges of creating sets, costumes, lights, and sound in their classes or for specific productions. Using the best equipment on the market today, they are guided by experienced Theater Designers and Technicians in a completely hands-on-environment. Whatever your age or experience, the Costume and Technical Theater program has a place for you!

Fall 2017 Auditions

Auditions for the two Fall shows The Children's Hour and Peter and the Starcatcher will take place on August 29 and 30, starting at 7:00 PM in the Main West Valley Theater.

You are welcome to audition for either one or both shows.

Specific Details

  • You can bring a prepared monologue if you have one, or we will give you one to read.
  • Callbacks which will be posted on Facebook West Valley Theatre Facebook on Tuesday night and invited to return on Wednesday, August 31.
  • Email Carol Fischer or Amy Zsadanyi Yale with any questions.
  • There are also tech needs for those who prefer to be backstage rather than onstage. Email Carol Fischer or visit Gerald Carter in the scene shop.

Fall 2017

The Children's Hours

Drama

Dates: October 20–29, 2017 at the Studio

The Children's Hour was written in 1934. It is a drama set in an all-girls boarding school run by two women, Karen Wright and Martha Dobie. An angry student, Mary Tilford, runs away from the school and to avoid being sent back she tells her grandmother that the two headmistresses are having a lesbian affair. The accusation proceeds to destroy the women's careers, relationships and lives.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Prequel to Peter Pan adapted for the stage by Rick Elice & directed by Carol Fischer

Dates: November 17–26, 2017 at the Main Stage

Adapted from the similarly named novel, Peter and the Starcatcher is an adventure worthy of pirates' gold! In this story we learn how Peter comes to fly, how Hook (formerly known as "Black Stache") loses his hand, Tinker Bell's birth, and a few things about the mysterious "star stuff," mermaids, pirates, and Wendy's mother. We experience ship wrecks, sea chest switcheroos, kidnappings, and a language spoken by dodo birds! This is not a play for the faint of heart, with its narrow escapes, near drownings, and one wonder after another


Spring 2018

The Curse

A Dark Re-telling of Beauty and the Beast (Not Appropriate for young children) Written and Directed by Bruce W. De Les Dernier

Dates: March 16–25, 2018 at the Studio

Britain: 500 A.D. A merciless Saxon warlord is cursed for his brutality. He must remain a beast until he can become deserving of true love. He is tempted by the Spirits of the Forest to give up the quest to regain his humanity and become a true Beast of the Wild...where hunting and killing are the accepted way of life. This dark and magical retelling of a time-honored fable explores the difference between who we really are and who we wish to be.

Cabaret

A Family Classic by Isherwood, Kander & Ebb; directed by Amy Zsadanyi Yale

Dates: April 20–29, 2018 at the Main Stage

In Berlin 1931, American cabaret singer Sally Bowles meets academic Cliff Bradshaw Despite Cliff’s confusion over his sexuality, the pair become lovers, until the arrival of the wealthy, decadent playboy Maximilian von Heune complicates matters. The love triangle plays out against the rise of the Nazi party. A second plot involves the romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub, a place that serves as a delicious metaphor for ominous political developments in late Weimar Germany.

Alpha Project

Started in 2008, the Alpha Project is a completely student run summer theatre festival. Under the guidance of our faculty and staff, students produce a festival of new and short plays. The performances are acted, directed, designed, managed and promoted entirely by Theatre students. In the last few years, original plays, written by these same students, make up the bulk of the production. Contact the department chair for information regarding play submittals.

High School Theater Festival

The West Valley College 2nd Annual HS Theater Festival takes place on Saturday, April 15 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM in the Main Theater.

Please confirm that your high school is registered to participate in High School Festival Program before signing up.

Sign up for the Theater Festival

Overview of Day

Time Activity
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Check in, pick up registration (Name tags, programs, maps, tickets, teachers' roster, workshop schedules)
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome, Tour the Space
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Workshop A
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Workshop B
12:30 PM – 1:20 PM Lunch (Bring your own)
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Workshop C
2:45 PM – 4:05 PM Workshop D
4:05 PM – 4:30 PM Closing, Survey-raffle drawing
8:00 PM All invited back to see Guys and Dolls

Workshop Instructors

Instructor Workshop
JP Allen Voice Over
Bruce De Les Dernier Stage Combat
Carol Fischer Lighting for Guys and Dolls
Laura Lowry Improvisation
Christina McCollam Scenic Painting
Susan Pfeffer Alexander Technique and Viewpoints
Amy Zsadanyi Yale Costume Rendering and Fantasy Makeup

Workshops

Time Workshop Title Instructor Location
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Workshop 1A Improvisation Laura MU 12
  Workshop 2A Voiceover for the Actor JP TV Studio
  Workshop 3A Stage Combat Bruce Stage
  Workshop 4A Fantasy Makeup Amy Makeup Shop
         
11:20 AM – 12:35 PM Workshop 1B Improvisation Laura MU 12
  Workshop 2B Voiceover for the Actor JP TV Studio
  Workshop 3B Stage Combat Bruce Stage
  Workshop 4B Costume Rendering Amy Makeup Shop
         
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Workshop 1C Improvisation Laura MU 12
  Workshop 2C Lighting for Guys and Dolls Carol Stage
  Workshop 3C Alexander Technique Susan MU 14
  Workshop 4C Fantasy Makeup Amy Makeup Room
  Workshop 5C Scenic Painting Christina Scene Shop
         
2:50 PM – 4:05 PM Workshop 1D Stage Combat Bruce MU 12
  Workshop 2D Lighting for Guys and Dolls Carol Stage
  Workshop 3D Viewpoints Susan MU 14
  Workshop 4D Scenic Painting Christina Scene Shop
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