The American River Current

‘Cabaret’ coming to ARC

Director Nancy Silva giving instructions to some of the extras in “Cabaret

Lidiya Grib

September 22, 2016

The American River College theater department will be directing “Cabaret” for the first time in nearly 30 years, starting Oct. 7. “It is a piece that is really offensive,” said play director Nancy Silva, “but you get what it's saying and it's powerful.” “Cabaret” is set in Berl...

Theater department hosts ‘welcome back gathering’

American River College theater professor Tracy Shearer speaks with students in the lobby of the ARC Theatre on Aug. 25, 2016. The theater department hosted a gathering welcoming students back for the year. (Photo by Hannah Darden)

John Ennis and Luis Gael

August 31, 2016

By Luis Gael Jimenez and John Ennis The American River College theater department’s “Welcome Back Gathering” at the ARC Theatre on Thursday afternoon brought nearly 40 students and professors to the main stage to discuss upcoming productions and give information about clubs, classes and volunte...

Theater program heats it up with ‘Gumbo’

Makeup artists paint the faces of audience members before seeing American River College students perform in the production Gumbo. Gumbo is a theatrical variety show with a theme of

Shiavon Chatman and Sharriyona Platt

February 23, 2016

By Shiavon Chatman Interpretive dancing, singing, poetry and acting were amongst the many skits that created ‘GUMBO,’ a play and fundraiser that the American River College theater program hosted Feb. 6. The theme of the play was aging, ‘‘from the womb to the bloom, and be groomed for ...

ARC theater students compete at regional festival

American River College's American College Theater Festival competitors Michelle Pollack (left) and Joel Burnitzki perform their routine for the ARC theater commission panel on Jan. 29, 2016 in Sacramento, CA. ACTF begins Feb. 15 and ends on Feb. 19, 2016 and is being held in Denver.

Itzin Alpizar

February 16, 2016

Nine Irene Ryan acting scholarship competitors, representing American River College at the American College Theater Festival (ACTF), left Sunday to Denver, Colorado to participate in the regional festival. “There are 21 current students, and two former students are coming back this year. Nine of t...

ARC theater students prepare for regional competition

American River College's American College Theater Festival competitors Michelle Pollack (left) and Joel Burnitzki perform their routine for the ARC theater commission panel on Jan. 29, 2016 in Sacramento, CA. ACTF begins Feb. 15 and ends on Feb. 19, 2016 and is being held in Denver, CO. (Photo by Timon Barkley)

Itzin Alpizar

February 11, 2016

On Jan. 29 on stage two of the Theatre Department at ARC, the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominees presented their work to a jury of professors in preparation for their performance at the American College Theater Festival (ACTF). They will compete from Feb. 15-19  in Denver, against students f...

ARC hosts fundraiser performance of ‘Gumbo’

'Gumbo' is a variety theater production that will be hosted by the American River College theater program today and tomorrow. All proceeds will help students raise money to fund travel to a local competition.
(Photo by Sharriyona Platt)

Shiavon Chatman and Sharriyona Platt

February 5, 2016

By Sharriyona Platt and Shiavon Chatman American River College’s theater program is hosting a performance of ‘Gumbo’ to help students raise money to fund travel to a regional competition.   The fundraiser will be held on Stage 2 of the American River College Theater today at 7:30 p.m. and...

ARC theater department begins ‘The Tempest’ auditions

ARC Students (from right to left) Rhian Harris, Samantha Ara, Ariel Ryan and Josh Hooper practice their improv skills Sunday for auditions for American River College's production of Shakespeare's

Nicole Kesler and Timothy Lipuma

January 28, 2016

By Nicole Kesler and Timothy Lipuma The American River College theater department began auditions for William Shakespeare’s 'The Tempest' on Sunday. Professor Tracy Martin Shearer is directing 'The Tempest,' which follows Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, who has been exiled to an island ...

Review: ‘Skeleton Stories’ celebrates Day of the Dead by offering audience members a journey through the underworld

Maya (played by McKenzie Lopez), left is visited by Santa Muerte (played by Itzin Alpizar) after praying that her dead mother's soul is left restless. The play will run until Dec. 6. (Photo by Joseph Daniels)

Joseph Daniels

November 24, 2015

American River College theater department’s production of “Skeleton Stories” takes the audience on a journey through a Mexican-inspired underworld that celebrates the Day of the Dead, but the main story is dragged down by the short stories.   “Skeleton Stories,” written by Delondra Williams and directe...

Cast of ‘Skeleton Stories’ reveals how characters’ backgrounds are created

Tommy Andersen practices a warm up exercise before the rehearsal for American River College theater department's production of

Joseph Daniels

November 20, 2015

By Joseph Daniels and Matthew Peirson A previous version of this story falsely reported that the white robe of Santa Muerte represented her elevation above nature and that the red robe represented passion and that in the story Santa Muerte wants Maya to use magic. In fact, white represents pro...

Actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival perform abridged version of Hamlet

Susana Batres, left, and Eddie Lopez, right, pose for a photo for the audience. The two performed an abridged version of William Shakespeare's Hamlet before leading an actor workshop on Nov. 10. (Photo by Joseph Daniels)

Joseph Daniels

November 12, 2015

Two actors from Oregon visited American River College to perform an abridged version of Hamlet and lead a workshop for ARC students Tuesday. Eddie Lopez and Susana Batres are professional actors who perform for The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a theater organization that runs from July through October. ...

Monologue at Cafe Noir dedicated to two late ARC students

Kristine Aubert performs a monologue that was dedicated to two American River College student Andrew Downs-Hoover and Jenna Faeth. Downs-Hoover and Faeth died in a car crash in 2008. (Photo by Joseph Daniels)

Joseph Daniels

November 9, 2015

A monologue dedicated to the memory of members of the theater department who died in a car crash in 2008 was featured at the Cafe Noir at American River College on Wednesday. Cafe Noir is an open-mic event that allows students to perform in front of a live audience. Kristine Aubert performed a monologue from the ...

Review: Capital Stage theater transforms “A Doll’s House” into suspense thriller

Nora (played by Brittni Barger) talks to her husband, Thomas (Ryan Snyder) in the Capital Stage theater adaptation of Henrik Ibsin's

Joseph Daniels

October 29, 2015

Capital Stage’s production of “A Doll’s House” brings the play from 19th century Norway to 1948 America and from a simple drama to a suspense thriller where the audience plays the part of voyeurs. The production was directed by American River College theater professor Janis Stevens and was adap...

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