Category Archives: Theatre

Photo of stage setup, featuring an actress standing on a platform with her arms spread wide. Theatre Students Win Awards at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Congratulations to the Richland College theatre students who recently won several awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival – Texas State Festival, held at Panola College Nov. 6-9.

Richland performed its full production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and won the following awards:

  • Excellence in Ensemble Acting – The Mechanicals – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” participants: James Jensen, Shae Hardwick, Gio Castro, Konstantin Terentiev, Michael Hampton and Carlos Radilla
  • Excellence in Scenic Design – Scott Osborne
  • Special Commendation for Innovation Production Design with Sustainable Materials – The Company of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (invited scene to the Region VI Festival in February
  • The Play within a Play – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
  • Irene Ryan Acting Award – Labrina Miles
  • Irene Ryan Acting Award – Shae Hardwick
  • Irene Ryan Acting Award – Catherine Christenson
  • Director’s Choice – Outstanding Production and Held Production for Region VI in February – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

The entire set was constructed with reclaimed items. Richland has been invited to be the “invited scene” for a special performance at regionals, in addition to moving onto that next phase of the competition. Should Richland win at the regional level, the students would proceed to the national competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations again to everyone who participated in this production!

The Richland College Dance Program Presents Illumination

The Richland College Dance Program presents Illumination in Fannin Main Theater on Friday, April 5, 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. show. It’s free and open seating!

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance was founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. The Company’s Dallas-based branch—led by internationally award-winning choreographer and Dance Magazine“25 to Watch,” Joshua L. Peugh—has been hailed as “the area’s most exciting dance company” (Star-Telegram) and as the “Best Dance Company” by D Magazine and Dallas Observer. The young company has been praised as “frequently stunning, and always fascinating” ( and commended for innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles. Since its inception, the company has performed nationally and internationally at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Theater am Aegi (Germany), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), and at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (New York), among others. Repertory includes works by Joshua L. Peugh, Sidra Bell, Mark Caserta & Mikey Morado, Eoghan Dillon, Gregory Dolbashian, Mike Esperanza, James Gregg, Gabrielle Lamb, Fabio Liberti, and MADBOOTS. DCCD is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience. For more information, visit



It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms.


Richland College Theatre Presents BOOM

boom_Poster_Digital copyRichland College Theatre is proud to present:

BOOM is a doomsday comedy about the end of the world… or is it the beginning? It’s free in the Arena (Fannin 108) from Nov. 17-21 at 7:30 p.m. The run time is 90 minutes. Admission is free to all but seating is limited. It is rated Mature (14+) for adult language and themes.

Richland College Theatre Presents: Comes the Storm

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CTS_Poster[1][1]Comes the Storm is an original Texas crime drama written by Richland Theatre Chair – Andy Long.  Set in a small run down bar in southeast Texas, Comes the Storm tells the story of a group of down on their luck people who accidentally come into a large sum of money that doesn’t belong to them.  As an ice storm grips the town, virtually shutting off contact with the outside world, the individual who the money belongs to comes to claim it.  Those in the bar are faced with a dilemma – do they keep the money not knowing the consequences of their actions, or do they give it back.  Rated R for profanity and violence, Comes the Storm will perform at Richland October 6-10 and then travel to represent the College in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Texas State competition at Grayson College in Denison performing on October 16 at 8 PM.

The Richland Theatre Department Presents Sylvia


Come join us for Sylvia. This week Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 PM in the Arena Theatre is the final production of the school year for the Richland Theatre Department.

Sylvia by A. R. Gurney is a contemporary comedy drama about a couple of empty nesters and their new dog.

Anyone who has ever had a dog knows they all come with their own unique personalities. We as dog owners tend to impose human traits on our animals. This is at the heart of the play Sylvia. A smash hit on Broadway it was written for Sarah Jessica Parker. Greg and Kate have gotten the last of their children off to college, sold their house in the suburbs and moved to Manhattan. Kate has gone back to Graduate School and is now teaching Shakespeare to inner city Jr. High students. Greg has an unsatisfying career in Currency exchange. One day he comes home with a dog named Sylvia. Kate is not pleased. Anyone who has ever had a dog will recognize the trials, tribulations and wonderful triumphs every dog owner goes through. The play is a wonderful look in the mind of our four legged best friend.

Rated Mature for Language, Sylvia is recommended for 16 and up.

House opens at 7, play at 7:30. Only 95 seats available and no reservations are taken. Admission is free.

Richland College Dance Program Presents ‘Bella Giorno’

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, directed by Joshua Peugh.

The Richland College dance program will present “Bella Giorno,” a multi-genre performance celebrating the awakening of spring, involving students and faculty in both choreography and performing roles, with two performances March 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Dance genres featured in the performance will include contemporary modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop.

 “There are many talented returning students in the program this semester,” said Gina Sawyer, director of Richland College’s dance program. “Our students and guest artists make this dance concert a must-see!”

Sawyer will direct “Bella Giorno,” with support from dance faculty Cheryl Callon, Shate Edwards and Julie Rowley. The show will feature guest choreographer Joshua Peugh, with guest performers Katelyn Harris with Rhythmic Souls, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, directed by Peugh, and Melissa Sanderson.

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance made its American debut in 2013 and soon after was recognized in the top ten of Theater Jones’ “2013 Review: The Year in Dance.” It is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience. The company’s newest branch is based in north Texas and is led by Peugh, an internationally award-winning choreographer.

Tap Dancer And Rhythmic Souls founder Katelyn Harris. Photo:

Tap Dancer And Rhythmic Souls founder Katelyn Harris. Photo:

Harris, a Texas native, was a principal dancer with Austin-based Tapestry Dance Company from 2006-2010 and has been nominated several times for “best dancer” by the Austin Critics Table awards. She has received extensive training in a variety of movement styles, including rhythm tap, classical ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, hip-hop, swing dance and hatha yoga.

Sanderson has performed in a variety of national and international festivals, and her choreography has been performed in California and Texas. She is currently a company member of Contemporary Ballet Dallas and co-chair of the Creation and Presentation Network of the World Dance Alliance – Americas.

The Richland College dance program provides a challenging teaching and learning environment for students that values diversity and develops artistic excellence, fosters creative and collaborative practices and encourages personal agency and social responsibility in appreciating dance.

“Bella Giorno” is free and open to the public in the Fannin Performance Hall on the east side of the Richland College campus. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road.

Richland College to host Dallas Children’s Theater with performance of ‘Flat Stanley’
Cutline: Shown here, left to right: Deborah Brown (Ageny Assistant), Clinton Greenspan (Stanley), Natalie Weaver (Agent Assistant), Andy Baldwin (Hollywood Agent)

Cutline: Shown here, left to right: Deborah Brown (Ageny Assistant), Clinton Greenspan (Stanley), Natalie Weaver (Agent Assistant), Andy Baldwin (Hollywood Agent)

DALLAS – Richland College will host the Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) in a special performance of the DCT’s “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” on Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Richland’s Fannin Performance Hall.

The performance at Richland College will be the final performance in Dallas before the DCT takes the show on the road, quite literally, on a national tour.

Based on Jeff Brown’s beloved children’s book, “Flat Stanley,” the musical comedy follows Stanley Lambchop, a boy just like everyone else, who makes a wish to be something special. When that wish comes true after a bulletin board falls on Stanley and literally flattens him, he discovers how easy it is to travel the world as a letter via the postal system.

“What I love about the show are all the teachable moments that don’t feel like lessons,” said guest director and Broadway veteran Michael Serrecchias. “It’s a fun, Broadway-style musical comedy about the value of being different and the importance of family.”

The Richland College performance of “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” is an opportunity for the DCT to preview the show to an audience and begin the process of working in different venues as the cast and crew prepare for the national tour. The production is appropriate for children over the age of five and is free and open to the public.

The DCT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and was founded in 1984 to address a growing need for professional family theater. It is a forum for artistic collaboration, an educational resource for metropolitan schools and a vehicle of enrichment for the greater Dallas community. The DCT has been touring nationally for 17 years and has been designated as an American Masterpieces Touring Artist by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about the Dallas Children’s Theater, visit

A hoppin’ good musical: “A Year With Frog and Toad”

frog-and-toad2Richland College presents “A Year With Frog and Toad,” April 30-May 3 in the Arena Theatre.

The characters of Arnold Lobel’s well-loved book hop from the page to the stage in this whimsical, Tony-nominated musical. “A Year With Frog and Toad” follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons.

The jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family.

Tickets are free and will be given on a first come, first served basis. Seating is limited. Showtimes are nightly at 7:30 p.m. on April 30-May 3 and at 2:30 p.m. on May 3. For more information, call 972-238-6256.

“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.