Ye olde English meets Steampunk


Alex Panasenko, Staff Photographer
April 15, 2014

There will be a robot and there might be steam. American River College’s production of the Shakespeare classic “Much ado about nothing” is a steampunk adaptation. The character of Verges, portrayed by actor Jeremy Diefenbacher, will be a robot, according to the director of production, Pamela Downs. The... Read more »

Christian play making a return after 16 years

Adnan Ramic, Arts & Culture Editor
April 2, 2014

For hundreds of decades, the story of Jesus Christ has been told in several media, including live performance. This year a drama that was once considered “the largest theatrical production in Northern California” returns to the stage for Easter. “For What Purpose”, a play written and produced... Read more »

Sex, science, and a tortoise

Kameron Schmid, Sports Editor
February 26, 2014

The first of two main stage plays presented by the American River College Theater program this semester, will begin its two-week run on Friday. “Arcadia,” directed by Tracy Martin Shearer, is a mix of science, sexuality and humor, written in 1993 by Tom Stoppard. It has since been called one of the... Read more »

Theater department captivates during Black History Month with “Freedom”


Thalia Avila, Designer
February 13, 2014

Singing at the top of her lungs, the freedom of expression from a young girl named Larriah Jackson stole the hearts of the crowd and by the time she finished singing, the crowd applauded like no tomorrow. The American River College Theatre department produced a dramatic musical with a continental taste... Read more »

Theater Movement final turns performance

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Jonathan H. Ellyson, Arts & Culture Editor
December 13, 2013

Many students dread the week of finals with its hours of studying and awkward class hours. However, some class finals aren’t as dreadful as others. Students in the Theater Movement class taught by Sam Williams have the opportunity to perform their final live for their peers. Dec. 18, during the finals... Read more »

‘Five Women’ bosom buddies on the stage


Jonathan H. Ellyson, Arts and Culture Editor
December 3, 2013

Black box theaters can be difficult to light, set up and perform on. However, the cast and crew for American River College’s production of “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” did an excellent job. The play takes place in Knoxville, Tenn. in 1993, which makes the first hurdle the accent work. There... Read more »

“Five Women” set to close ARC theater semester


Kameron Schmid, Staff Writer
November 13, 2013

“Hairspray” is over, but the show must go on. American River College’s theater moves on to “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” a smaller, more intimate play that opens Nov. 22. Director Nancy Silva, whose last turn as director at ARC was the Fall 2012 production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon... Read more »

You will shiver with antici…(say it!) …pation!

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Korbl Klimecki, Web Editor
October 25, 2013

It was astounding. Time was fleeting. Madness truly took control. Green Valley Theatre presents their fifth production of Richard O’Brien’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (RHPS). After previous productions performed in the styles of Hammer Horror, Steampunk and Southern Gothic (think “Beautiful... Read more »

Technical difficulties cause “Hairspray” to frizz

Front Row Left to Right: Brennan Benoit, Larriah Jackson, Barnie Warrick. Middle Row: Alexa Belucci, Anna Russell, Nicole Royster. Top Row: Angelina McDermottroe, Jalen Justice, Sara Richard.

Jonathan H. Ellyson, Arts and Culture Editor
October 15, 2013

The American River College production of “Hairspray” was good, but it had some problems. Most may have been due to opening night jitters, although many of these could have been taken care of during tech rehearsals. The casting suffered for the lead roles. The love triangle between Link Larkin,... Read more »

“ARC’s Hairspray is loud and proud”

Left to Right: Barnie Warrick (Corny Collins), Anna Russell (Tracy), Larriah Jackson (Little Inez), Nicole Royster (Motormouth Maybelle).

Kameron Schmid, Staff Writer
October 14, 2013

As Wilbur Turnblad (played by Keith Riedell) says to his daughter Tracy, “You gotta think big to be big.” And big might be an understatement. The ARC Theatre program kicked off the fall semester with the Sam Williams-directed “Hairspray,” and the kick was mighty powerful. From the opening number,... Read more »

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