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.
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.
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 Theatre presents “Our Country’s Good” a riveting play based on the true story of convicts rehearsing a play in an 18th century Australian penal colony running 7:30 p.m., Oct. 13-16, 2010 in the Fannin Performance Hall at Richland College. This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed. The play contains adult situations and language.
“Our Country’s Good,” written by Timberlake Wertenbaker, is directed by Nic McMinn, Richland Theatre’s new assistant technical director. The play follows the story of the colonization of Australia by the first convicts and Royal Marines in the late 1780s. In this first penal colony, Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark rallies the convicts, both male and female, to put on a production of George Farquhar’s “The Recruiting Officer.” Along the way, Wertenbaker’s play exposes the class system of the convict camp and broaches themes such as sexuality, punishment, the Georgian judicial system, and the idea that theatre can be a humanizing force no matter the circumstances. Many of Wertenbaker’s characters were informed by journals of those who sailed to Australia with the First Fleet, the first eleven ships to arrive in New South Wales in 1787 to establish a new colony.
The play is regularly performed and has received numerous awards including the Laurence Olivier Award for BBC Award for the Play of the Year, Tony Award nomination for Best Play, and New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Foreign Play, among other awards.
What: “Our Country’s Good”
When: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 13-16, 2010,
Where: Fannin Performance Hall, F102, Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX, 75243
Who: Presented by Richland College Theatre
FREE; open to the public
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