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Richland Dance presents ‘Shazaam’

The Richland College Dance Program will present “Shazaam” at 7:30 p.m. on April 11-12 in Fannin Performance Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

“Shazaam” will showcase innovative and diverse student and faculty performances that include contemporary modern, ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop dance styles. Richland College Dance Director Gina Sawyer describes the show as “a kaleidoscope of stimulating and electrifying dance, created and performed by student and professional artists.”

8&1 Dance Company, under the direction of Jill S. Rucci, will debut as guest artists at Richland. “Shazaam” also will include original dance works created by Richland faculty members Cheryl Callon, Julie Rowley and Ms. Sawyer.

For more information, call 972-238-3775. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.

“The Nerd” runs March 5-8

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Richland College presents “The Nerd,” Larry Shue’s madcap comedy directed by Andy Long. The action centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he’s never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. The visitor turns out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid “nerd” who outstays his welcome with a vengeance.

Seating is free and tickets are given on a first come, first served basis. The play is rated mature for language.

Rose to coordinate namesake ceramics show

Jen Rose, Richland College art visiting scholar, is coordinating the Rose Award for Ceramic Innovation (RACI), a new DCCCD juried show to highlight ceramics and sculpture and funded through a foundation grant established in her name by an anonymous donor. This year’s show will be held at the Janette Kennedy Gallery at Southside on Lamar in March in which all seven District colleges are invited to submit three artworks to be displayed in the exhibition. Both sculptural and functional pieces will be juried, but first, second and third place awards will be given to artwork exhibiting the most innovation. Amy Halko, successful Californian ceramicist, will jury the show and conduct a three-day workshop for Richland College art students.

Dancers triumph with ‘Bitten’

Richland College Dance thrilled audiences with “Bitten” on Nov. 8. The performance included student and faculty performances in contemporary modern, ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop dance styles. The Rhythmic Souls Dance Company, directed by Keira Leverton, performed as guest artists along with contemporary modern dancer and choreographer, Sunghun Lim. “Bitten” featured original pieces from faculty members Cheryl Callon, Julie Rowley and Gina Sawyer, Richland College dance director.

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Five free music concerts at Richland this week

bitten_7Music is in the air and everywhere at Richland College! Check one or all of these great performances this week:

  • Honors Vocal Recital: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Dec. 3, Fannin Performance Hall
    Outstanding voice students perform a variety of art songs and popular works.
  • Student Composers’ Concert: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3, Fannin Performance Hall
    Original music composed by students of Richland College Professor Jordan Kuspa.
  • Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Singers Lunch Concert: 12-1 p.m., Dec. 4, Cafeteria Stage
    The lunch break is served with great vocal and instrumental jazz.
  • Honors Instrumental Recital: 12:30-1:50 p.m., Dec. 5, Fannin Performance Hall
    Top instrumental musicians on strings, winds, piano, and percussion perform virtuosic pieces from many periods.
  • World Beat Drum Show (Richland Percussion Group Evening Concert): 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5, Fannin Performance Hall
    Hear the best drumming anywhere with the Richland Steel Sound Steel Band, the Richland Percussion Group and soloists taking you around the world.

Admission to each of these shows is free. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information, call 972-238-6250 or visit

Student vocalists participate in various competitions

Richland College’s Choral Music Department had 11 singers compete in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Contest at Baylor University in Waco, Nov. 7-9. Zach Jones, Josh Meza, and Cristian Ruiz, who study in the vocal studios of Kay Austin, Amy DeCola and Beverly Griffin Dyer were named semi-finalists. On Nov. 15, seven members of the Richland College Chamber Singers traveled to Weatherford College to audition for the Texas Two-Year College Choral Directors Association All-State Choir. All seven singers, Erin Campbell, Garrett Dunaway, Brandon Jones, Cristian Ruiz, Martha Schessler, Victoria Serafin and Josh Usry, were selected to represent Richland College at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio in February 2014.

Sawyer participates in performance art honoring JFK

Richland College Dance Instructor Gina Sawyer recently performed in H U G, a performance installation commemorating the anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy.

H U G was presented by MAP (Making Art with a Purpose) 2013 in Dallas on Oct 19. As a part of the Lamar Street Festival, H U G was performed as a healing act in marking 50 years since JFK was assassinated in Dallas. MAP 2013, a festival and exhibition in the greater Dallas-Forth Worth area, restores and preserves the environment, promotes social justice and advances human knowledge and well-being. The festival runs through Nov. 24.

H U G was created by physical artist Julie Troost in 2007. The unique and powerful performance art piece has been presented in New York; Chicago; Portland, Ore.; and Dallas.

Richland College to stage ‘Glass Menagerie’

GlassMenagerieRichland College presents “The Glass Menagerie,” a play by Tennessee Williams. In this powerful and painful family drama, aging Southern belle Amanda longs for her youth and strives to give her two grown children a better life. However, her son Tom — the story’s narrator — longs to flee their pitiful life, and her daughter Laura retreats into the dream world of her collection of tiny glass animals. Things change when Tom brings home a friend to meet the painfully shy Laura. Richland College’s production stars Dallas actress Mary-Margaret Pyeatt as Amanda and is directed by Richland College Professor Gregory Lush, who recently starred as John Wilkes Booth in Theatre Three’s production of “Assassins.”

Performances of “The Glass Menagerie” will be in the Arena Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21-24 and at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24. Admission is free but seating is limited. For more information, call 972-238-6256 or visit Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.