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ARC theater department enters the world of “The Twilight Zone”

The American River College theater department will bring a live production of

Imani Smith

February 28, 2019

The eerie and thought-provoking television series “The Twilight Zone” will come to the American River College main stage on March 1, by way of director Jason Long. The classic television series, created in the 1950s by Rod Serling, features episodes in various genres, including fantasy, scien...

“The Shepherds’ Play” begins this Friday

The Shepherd’s Play is taking on a modern musical adaptation of the medieval mystery play, from Nov. 18 - Dec. 4. (Photo by Lidiya Grib)

Lidiya Grib

November 15, 2016

“The Shepherds’ Play” brings the ancient medieval world to life through humor, music and dancing to American River College this Friday. The play is based on a classic and famous Medieval mystery play from historical manuscripts that dates from the fifteenth century, the Secunda Pastorum of the Wak...

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...

Former ARC student arrested on charges involving child pornography and extortion

Actor and former ARC student Christian Brian Hirtzel (standing right) rehearsing for ARC's production of Young Frankenstein. Hirtzel was found guilty on four counts relating to sexual extortion and will be sentenced on August 2. (File Photo)

Jordan Schauberger

March 1, 2016

A former American River College student and actor in several ARC theater productions was arrested Jan. 22 on six felony charges including distribution of child pornography and extortion, according to a report made by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Christian Brian Hirtzel, who attended ARC fr...

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...

“The Three Musketeers,” an extravagant action adventure for all ages.

“The Three Musketeers,” an extravagant action adventure for all ages.

Jonathan H. Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

May 8, 2013

American River College Spring performance makes a lasting impression The action, drama, comedy, and tragedy; everything about ARC’s production of “The Three Musketeers” electrified the soul. Pamela Downs has directed a truly excellent experience that went beyond simple storytelling. Charles Morey’...

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