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The American River College theater department preparing for “The Christmas Carol Rag” which opens on Nov. 26, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Kimberlee Wilson)

ARC theater department set to perform holiday classic with a twist

Jahson Nahal, Staff Writer November 23, 2021

American River College’s Department of Theatre Arts & Film will perform “The Christmas Carol Rag,” a musical comedy by Norman Allen. “The Christmas Carol Rag” is a jazz-infused rendition...

The American River College theatre department prepares for its next production, “The Christmas Carol Rag” in the fall semester of 2021. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Shearer)

ARC’s theatre department returns to campus happy, after two years of performing online

Jahson Nahal, Staff Writer November 13, 2021

American River College's Department of Theatre Arts & Film had a difficult time transitioning online when the COVID-19 pandemic hit but now, after two years it is back on campus. The department...

The American River College theatre department performs Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare. The story follows Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse travelling to Ephesus in search of their long lost twins. (Photo by Samuel Berg)

Review: ARC theatre department returns to the stage with a humorous act

Samuel Berg, Staff Writer October 24, 2021

The American River College Department of Theatre Arts & Film’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors,” which opened  Oct. 15, is the first show the department has performed...

The American River College theater department will perform William Shakespeares Comedy of Errors starting on Oct. 15. This will be the departments first performance since Fall 2019. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Shearer).

ARC Department of Theatre Arts & Film performs live for first time in two years

Samuel Berg, Staff Writer October 12, 2021

After a long two years, the American River College Department of Theatre Arts & Film will make its return to the stage by performing “Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare who is one of the...

ARC professor Tracy Shearer directs plays and musicals, teaches multiple classes at multiple schools and performance studios, and even helped raise money to save the Fair Oaks Bluffs. (Photo Courtesy of Tracy Shearer)

ARC theater professor brings passion and hard work to everything she does

Heather Amberson, Arts&Culture/Sports Co-Editor December 10, 2020

“Back when my kids were little, I started an organization, Citizens to Save the Bluffs, to save the Fair Oaks Bluffs. We raised $1.2 million and bought it from developers and turned it over to the parks.” This...

Though “Lysistrata” ran for two weekends alone, it was another example of ARC Theatre rising to the challenges presented by the pandemic to put on a relevant and timely piece of comedy. (Photo art courtesy of ARC Theatre)

ARC Theatre’s take on “Lysistrata” brings the laughs

Alexander Musa, Staff Writer December 9, 2020

When I sat down to watch “Lysistrata” performed by the American River Theatre on Friday, Dec. 4, I did not expect a fight over moving Zoom windows performed by nude puppets with breasts and penises...

ARC student Jude Owens will be playing the lead character, “Lysistrata.”

ARC Theatre premieres “Lysistrata”

Thomas Cathey, Managing Editor December 1, 2020

In its second production since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the theater department at American River College premiered “Lysistrata” on Friday, Nov. 27. Performances will continue through Dec....

Larriah Jackson has performed in over 300 shows to date and has opened for well known gospel artist Yolanda Adams and singer-songwriter Lyfe Jennings. (Photo courtesy of Warner Brother Studios)

16-year-old Sacramento native makes it on “The Voice”

Ariel Caspar, Editor-in-Chief November 16, 2020

As soon as 16-year-old Larriah Jackson opened her mouth to sing during her blind audition for NBC’s “The Voice,” which aired on Oct. 27, she captured the attention of the four superstar judges. Kelly...

With the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, there is possibly no play more fitting or necessary for 2020 than “Fires in the Mirror”. Though the show ended on Oct. 18, ARC Theatre is hoping to stream the show again later this year. (Photo courtesy of ARC Theatre)

Review: ARC Theatre triumphs with “Fires in the Mirror”

Alexander Musa, Staff Writer October 23, 2020

“Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities” premiered at The Public Theater in New York City on May 1, 1992. Now, more than two decades later the American River College Theatre...

ARCs Little Shop of Horrors features four different sized plants that gradually get larger as the show progresses. (Photo courtesy of Brian Williams)

ARC’s “Little Shop of Horrors” features the biggest puppet you’ve ever seen

Ariel Caspar October 22, 2019

“Little Shop of Horrors” started as a film released in 1960, hit Broadway by 1982 and was developed into another film in 1986 with an all-star cast. It’s been running in theaters all over the world...

Ethan Mack, who plays Seymour Krelborn in the American River College production “Little Shop of Horrors,” rehearses a scene where he shows the place on his arm where her feeds his blood to the plant monster Audrey II, puppeteered by Fetalaiga Faga at the ARC theatre on Sept. 18, 2019. (Photo by Bram Martinez)

Little Preview of Horrors: ARC Theater brings puppets to the main stage

Bram Martinez October 8, 2019

One minute you are head over heels for your co-worker who is unhappily taken and you’re a klutz at a failing business, the next you are feeding people to a giant man-eating plant whose size and growth...

The “Cabaret” theater production is selected to perform at top regional competition on Feb. 19-25. (photo curtesy of the Theater Department)

“Cabaret” selected to present at top regional competition!

Lidiya Grib February 7, 2017

The American River College theater production of “Cabaret” has been selected to perform at a top regional competition in Denver, Colorado February 19-25. The college’s production of “Cabaret”...

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