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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 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

Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher poster

Dates: November 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 8:00 PM; November 19 and 26 at 2:00 PM

Location: West Valley College Main Stage Theater

Tickets: $12 Regular Admission; $10 Students/Senior. Cash only at the door.

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

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. It IS a play for the young at heart!


Rockstar poster with singer

This is an acting exercise in commitment, focus, using a strong “POV”, “Need”, building confidence, and most importantly, having fun and working off the audience.

Dates: December 5 and 7 at 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Location: West Valley College Main Stage Theater

Free Admission

It is the day of a huge concert. A famous Rockstar is going to perform to a sold out crowd. However, this Rockstar suddenly becomes deathly ill and can’t perform. The concert cannot be canceled and the acting student has to go on and convince the audience that they are this beloved Rockstar.

Come be a part of this FREE concert and see some of your favorite Rockstars from the past and present.

The Children's Hour

Children's Hour poster

Dates: October 20 at 8:30 PM; October 21, 26, 27, 28 at 8:00 PM; October 22 and 29 at 2:00 PM

Location: West Valley College Studio Theater

Tickets: $12 Regular Admission; $10 Students/Senior. Cash only at the door.


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.

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.


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 3rd Annual High School Theater Festival takes place on Saturday, April 21 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM in the Main Theater.

Schools Invited: Independence, Lynbrook, Kings, Mitty, Cupertino, Valley Christian, Wilcox, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Fremont, Westmont, Del Mar, Prospect, Los Gatos, Branham, Leigh

Price: $100 per school (Limit 20 students per school)

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

Program Overview

Time Activity
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Check In, Pick Up Registration Bag
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 – 4:00 PM Workshop D
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Closing, Survey-Raffle Drawing
8:00 PM All invited back to see Cabaret

Workshop Instructors

Instructor Workshop
JP Allen Voice Over
Bruce De Les Dernier Stage Combat
Carol Fischer Lighting for Cabaret
Laura Lowry Improvisation
Christina McCollam Scenic Painting
Amy Zsadanyi Yale Costume Rendering and Fantasy Makeup

Workshop Options

Workshop A | 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Workshop Title Instructor Location
1A Filmmaking Obstacle Course Eduardo TA 28
2A Auditioning for Theater Laura MU 12
3A Beginning Sword Play Clinic Bruce Stage
4A Cut & Bruise Makeup Amy Makeup Shop

Workshop B | 11:20 AM – 12:35 PM

Workshop Title Instructor Location
1B Filmmaking Obstacle Course Clay TA 28
2B Auditioning for Theater Laura MU 12
3B Beginning Sword Play Clinic Bruce Stage
4B Cut & Bruise Makeup Amy Makeup Shop

Workshop C | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Workshop Title Instructor Location
1C Filmmaking Obstacle Course Clay TA 28
2C Lighting for Cabaret Wen-Ling Stage
3C Movement: Neutral Mask –– MU 14
4C Scenic Painting Charles Scene Shop

Workshop D | 2:50 PM – 4:05 PM

Workshop Title Instructor Location
1D Lighting for Cabaret Wen-Ling Stage
2D Beginning Sword Play Clinic Bruce MU 12
3D Movement: Greek Chorus –– MU 14
4D Basic Tool Use Charles Scene Shop
last published: 2/2/18