‘Blues for Mr. Charlie’ director apologizes for lack of warning in regards to harsh racial language

The cast of “Blues for Mr. Charlie,” which opens this Friday. Directed by Samuel Williams, the play is the first of the semester at ARC

Matthew Wilke, A&C co-editor
March 9, 2015

On the opening night of American River College’s recent theatre production, “Blues for Mister Charlie,” the opening scene featured heavy and emotional use of the N-word with no prior warning, and director Sam Williams admitted to “dropping the ball.” There were no warning signs or parental... Read more »

Behind the scenes of ARC’s theater production, “Blues for Mister Charlie”

Sound and light workers at the rehearsal for the theatre production Blues for Mr. Charlie, Kathy Burleson professor in the theatre arts department standing up and an American River student sitting down taking cues from Burleson.

Cheyenne Drury, A&C co-editor
March 2, 2015

When putting together a theatrical production there are many jobs that go into making the performance besides the actors, such as light technicians, costume designers, audio and camera staff. American River theater’s first play of the semester, “Blues for Mister. Charlie” – a piece dealing... Read more »

February brings the ‘Blues’

The cast of “Blues for Mr. Charlie,” which opens this Friday. Directed by Samuel Williams, the play is the first of the semester at ARC

Kameron Schmid, Editor-in-chief
February 24, 2015

The American River College theater department is commemorating this year’s Black History Month with a production of “Blues for Mister Charlie,” which premieres Friday. Loosely based on the real-life 1955 murder of a black 14-year-old, Emmett Till, playwright James Baldwin originally dedicated “Blues”... Read more »

Theater students to leave for ACTF Feb. 26

Kameron Schmid, Editor in Chief
February 11, 2015

A delegation of American River College theater students and faculty members will be leaving for Washington next Monday to take part in the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The ACTF is first split into a regional level before going to a national level. ARC is part of Region 7,... Read more »

‘The Deafhood Monologues’ is a touching play that focuses in on Deaf cultures


Joseph Daniels, Staff
December 2, 2014

The American River College production “The Deafhood Monologues,” which featured an all-Deaf cast who signed all of their lines, was a beautiful attempt to form a connection between those who are able to hear to the Deaf community. The production also featured voice-overs for those who cannot interpret... Read more »

‘Honky Tonk Parade’ creates some happiness


Kameron Schmid, Arts and Culture Editor
December 2, 2014

During “A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot,” the last scene of American River College theater’s production of “Honky Tonk Parade,” two characters, Bessie and Flora, are drunk at a bar, and quickly falling in and out of favor with each other, as drunk people often do. The subject of their... Read more »

“The Deafhood Monologues,” shines a light on Deaf culture


Joseph Daniels, Staff
November 21, 2014

An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Deaf Culture as “hearing impaired.” “The Deafhood Monologues,” a play partly inspired by “The Vagina Monologues” that intends to shed light into deaf culture will be performed this Saturday and Sunday at American River College. The... Read more »

Sac State’s production of “Water by the Spoonful” tackles adult themes


Joseph Daniels, Staff
November 21, 2014

Sacramento State’s production of “Water by the Spoonful,” directed by Roberto Pomo, is an emotional play that deals with drug addiction, online identities and is filled with complex characters that makes the audience feel as if they were voyeurs. “Water by the Spoonful” was written by Quiara... Read more »

Student talent showcased at auditions for fundraiser play, “Gumbo”


Joseph Daniels, Staff
November 20, 2014

Before beginning his magic show at the auditions for the upcoming American River College production “Gumbo,” ARC student Spencer Murrish said the one thing he learned in college was that girls love a guy who has a “big deck.” “Gumbo,” a show featuring performers who can audition with any... Read more »

Actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival visit American River College


Joseph Daniels, Staff
November 19, 2014

Actors Michael Goodman and Juan Parada from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival came to American River College Monday to discuss how the theme of friendship is interwoven throughout Shakespeare’s plays by alternating back and forth between lecture and acting. Goodman began by playing a song dedicated to... Read more »

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