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The Richland Theatre Department Presents Sylvia

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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 Theatre Presents O’Keeffe, A One-Woman Production About the Artist

Richland College Theatre is proud to present Flower and Bone Productions of Dallas’ special preview of O’Keeffe, the story of one of America’s most beloved artists Georgia O’Keeffe, at 1 p.m. on Feb. 16 in Arena Theatre. A Q&A with the director and actor will immediate follow the performance. The event is free and open to the public.

The one-woman play, written by Lucinda McDermott, will recount O’Keeffe’s life as an artist and her tumultuous love affair and marriage to the influential photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz. Local actor Carolyn Wickwire stars; the play is directed by Ouida White, a noted director and actor. The set, built by Dennis West, is a simple design, reflecting O’Keeffe’s life in New York and New Mexico. Jennifer Owen, a member of the Theatre Department at Richland College, provided color consultation. Music for the production is composed and performed by the local jazz group, Nomad, and recorded for the production by its flautist, Eddie Tann.

“O’Keeffe’s lifestyle may have been devoid of fancy furniture and decoration but her vivid canvases tell everyone about her passion for color and her skill in recreating life–but only from her eyes,” says White, the director. “This play gives us the opportunity to experience O’Keeffe’s struggle and final triumph to create life as she sees it.”

What:
O’Keeffe
Followed by a Q&A with the director and actor

Who:
Presented by Flower and Bone Productions of Dallas

When:
1 p.m., Thurs., February 16

Where:
Arena Theatre, Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd., Dallas, TX 75243

FREE; open to the public


Richland Theatre Presents “Waving Goodbye,” A Poignant Coming-of-Age Drama

Richland Theatre proudly presents “Waving Goodbye,” a poignant coming-of-age drama, at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16-19 in the Fannin Arena Theatre at Richland College. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed; seating will be based on availability.

Waving Goodbye is the story of Lily Blue, a 17-year-old photographer who loses her father in a mountain climbing accident and is now forced to live with the mother who abandoned her. It is an account of dealing with loss, grief, and change, while making art, wishing things were different, being stalled, and finding love. Blue deals with the seminal questions of late adolescence, such as how do you grow up and not turn into your mother? The play captures the irrevocable moments after which nothing is ever the same.

The production is directed by Nic McMinn, Richland Theatre staff, and designed by Jennifer Owen, award-winning Dallas set and lighting designer and Richland Theatre staff member.

What:  “Waving Goodbye”

When:  7:30 p.m., Nov. 16-19, 2011

Where:  Fannin Arena Theatre, F108, Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX 75243

Who:  Presented by Richland College Theatre

Cost:  Free and open to the public


Richland Theatre Presents “Exit the Body” A Fast-Paced Comedic Farce

Richland Theatre proudly presents “Exit the Body,” a fast-paced comedic farce by Fred Carmichael at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 12-15, 2011 in the Fannin Performance Hall at Richland College. This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed, seating based on availability.

Critics have called this dark comedy “madcap and hilarious.” The story begins with a mystery writer renting a house in New England and quickly escalates to involve stolen jewels, secret rooms, and a missing body. The hunt is on in the middle of the night when four couples, unbeknownst to each other, arrive to search for the jewels.

The production is directed by Mac Lower, adjunct theatre professor at Richland. Lower has directed professionally for theaters such as Piney Woods Theatre, Viva Les Arts Theatre, Theatre West Virginia, Creede Repertory Theatre, Second Thought Theatre, and the Edward Albee New Playwrights Workshop. He is also currently serving as the technical director of theatre for Dallas Children’s Theater.

What: “Exit the Body”
When: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 12-15, 2011
Where: Fannin Performance Hall, F102, Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX 75243
Who: Presented by Richland College Theatre
Cost: Free and open to the public


Richland Theatre Debuts New Professional Artist Series Featuring Local Actors and Professionals

Richland Theatre proudly presents an innovative new series providing direct access to local actors and professionals for students and the public called “Professional Artist Series,” debuting with four events this Fall. The series kicks off with voice over legend John William Galt 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m., Sept. 30, F 108, Arena Theatre, Richland College. All events are free and open to the public.

Designed as a series of presentations/discussions, along the lines of “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” established professionals from the world of entertainment will discuss their respective careers. Andy Long, Chair of the Theatre Department, stated, “The reason for it is to provide an opportunity for our students to learn from and gain access to outstanding individuals in the world of Professional entertainment.”

The series will include:

John William Galt, voice over legend
Friday, Sept. 30, 11:15 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Galt has recorded over 1000 commercials in his career. He toured for 77 weeks with Mickey Rooney in “Three Goats and a Blanket,” was in the original American cast of “No Sex Please, We’re British,” was in “The Moon is Blue with Done Ameche,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” with Michael Cole and has appeared in numerous films such as “Forrest Gump” and “JFK.”

Robyn Flatt, Founder and Artistic Director of Dallas Children’s Theatre
Friday, Oct. 21, 11:15 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Flatt will discuss her life and career in theatre.

Randel Wright, Scene Designer
Friday, Nov. 11, 11:15 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Wright will present highlights of a remarkable career and discuss his specific approach to scene design.

Julie Holman, Senior Agent with the Kim Dawson Agency
Friday, Dec. 2, 11:15 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Holman will share stories from her life in broadcast and her long career working in commercials and film.


Richland Alum Jim Caruso Releases New Album “The Swing Set”

Richland College alum Jim Caruso released a new collection of wryly re-imagined standards and eye-popping new tunes called “The Swing Set” on January 11, 2011 through Yellow Sound Label.

Caruso, a six-time MAC Award winner, is host of “Jim Caruso’s Cast Party” every Monday night at New York’s jazz club Birdland where the famous and not-so-famous share their love of song and lack of inhibitions on stage. Caruso’s new album captures the spirit of those bawdy nights and features some of the biggest names in jazz and theatre including guest artists Stephanie J. Block, Michael Feinstein, Hilary Kole, Bucky Pizzarelli and Billy Stritch. The album, his first on the Yellow Sound Label, was produced by Michael Croiter and Aaron Weinstein
with musical direction and arrangements by Aaron Weinstein.

While Caruso has worked with Liza Minnelli and sang for President Clinton’s First State Dinner at the White House, it all started with his time at Richland College in 1977-79. In a 2009 interview in Richland’s Green Room Gazette Caruso explained,  “I have a vivid recollection of Wendy Jackson Welch speaking to all of us after spending some time living in NYC. She spoke of the real ins-and-outs of being a professional actor, which was rarely discussed anywhere. We learned about agents, resumes, headshots, even how to deal with the subway! It was a real insider look at what was to become my life!” http://www.rlc8.dcccd.edu/greenroom/?p=28

For more information on Jim Caruso, visit www.jim-caruso.com. For details about Richland Theatre productions, e-mail rlctheatreboxoffice@dcccd.edu or call 972-238-3733.


Richland Theatre presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” A Lively Musical Based on Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts”

Richland Theatre presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” a lively musical based on Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip “Peanuts,” at 7:30 p.m., March 2-5, 2011 in the Fannin Performance Hall at Richland College. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed, seating based on availability.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will delight audiences of all ages with rousing songs, familiar characters, and references to favorite “Peanuts” scenarios. Watch as Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally and Snoopy make their way through one day as Charlie wonders what it is to be a good man; including a run-in with the kite-eating tree, Charlie’s trepidation about the Little Red-Haired Girl, Lucy’s psychiatrist booth, Linus’ complex about his blanket, Snoopy’s World War I flying ace and much more.

Richland’s production is directed by Wendy Welch with musical direction by James McQuillen and choreography by C. Nicholas Morris. Originally written in 1967 and later turned into an animated television special, this production is based on the 1999 Tony Award winning revival for which Kristin Chenoweth won Best Featured Actress as Sally Brown.

What:     “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

When:     7:30 p.m., March 2-5, 2011

Where:     Fannin Performance Hall, F102, Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX 75243

Who:     Presented by Richland College Theatre

Cost:     Free and open to the public

For information about Richland Theatre productions, please e-mail rlctheatreboxoffice@dcccd.edu or call 972-238-3733.


Richland Theatre Alum Jason Waggoner Presents Theatrical Sound Design and Composition


Richland alum Jason Waggoner will lead a workshop based on his broad experiences with theatrical sound design and composition 12-1:30 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 4, 2010. This is a rare opportunity to learn behind-the-scenes techniques for those interested in pursuing sound design. Using examples from past productions and hands-on exercises, Waggoner will lead participants through his process from the beginning to end of a dramatic theatrical production.

A native of Dallas, Waggoner graduated from Richland College with his Associate of Arts degree in May 2003. He has since gone on to receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Design and Management from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Sound Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

In his professional career, Waggoner served as Resident Sound Designer for Dallas’ own Classical Acting Company during their 2004-2005 seasons, as well as holding that same title for CoRE in California in 2007 and the Adirondack Theatre Festival for their Summer Season in 2008. Other theatre companies Waggoner has done sound design work for include Plano Repertory Theatre, North Carolina Stage Company, and The 62 Center for Theatre and Dance. In addition, he spent two summers working as an audio technician and mix engineer at the Disneyland Resort in California. Besides his theatrical work, he is also a frequent collaborator with sculptor Vicki Grant and architect/computer enthusiast Art Robinson. Together the trio creates ceramic wall sculptures that use sound, light, and a variety of sensors to tell stories and create environments. Their work is currently on display in various galleries throughout the North Carolina region.

Since 2008, Waggoner has been employed by the German loudspeaker manufacturer d&b audiotechnik in the role of education and application support. This position includes education on the functions and uses of d&b audtiotehcnik’s product line, as well as basic principals of audio and sound reinforcement. While with d&b audiotechnik, Waggoner has had the privilege of working on a variety of projects including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Allen Room, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theatre, and The Capitol Theatre. He is currently based in Asheville, North Carolina.

What:       Presentation on Sound Design and Composition by Jason Waggoner
When:      noon–1:30 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 4, 2010
Where:     Fannin Performance Hall, Room F102, Richland College, 12800 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX, 75243
Who:        Presented by Richland College Theatre
FREE; open to the public

For information about the Richland Theatre Department, please e-mail rlctheatreboxoffice@dcccd.edu or call 972-238-3733.


Richland Theatre presents “Our Country’s Good”


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

For info about Richland Theatre Department Productions please e-mail rlctheatreboxoffice@dcccd.edu or call 972-238-3733.