The American River Current

ARC debuts new play, “In Love and Warcraft”

Photo courtesy of American River College Theatre website.

Gabe Carlos

November 29, 2018

On Nov. 29, American River College theatre department will present the romantic comedy, “In Love and Warcraft.” The play is set to run for three weeks at ARC, until Dec. 9. “In Love and Warcraft” will take a different approach to the popular video game “World of Warcraft.” A socially awkwa...

Take this class: improv and theater games

Professor Pamela Downs leads a group activity during an Oct. 9 meeting of the TA 344 class. (Photo by Nathan Bauer)

Nathan Bauer

November 16, 2017

Students gather around in a circle as instructor Pamela Downs takes to the center like a circus ringmaster preparing for a dazzling and elaborate trick; she explains the rules of the warm up game as each student tags in, they must mime the actions given to them by the exiting student. The course ...

Actress lands leading role in ARC’s production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Actress Elizabeth Garbe gets ready for a dress rehearsal for American River College's production of

Ashley Hayes-Stone

October 26, 2017

It starts with a golden thread through the eye of a needle. Then the steady hum of a sewing machine begins to fill the room as Nikki Niebauer, a student costume designer at American River College, carefully guides the golden material. A sea of fabric that consist of golden sequin chiffon, cream lac...

Beauty and the Beast is coming to ARC

Beauty and the Beast will run from Oct. 6 to 22 at the American River College main stage theatre.

Ashley Hayes-Stone

September 28, 2017

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” musical hits the stage this October at American River College. The classic involves a young woman, Belle, who is an outsider in her village who meets and falls in love with a prince who has been cursed by an enchantress to look like a beast. The Beast must lea...

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...

ARC professors, students react to the death of Gene Wilder

ARC professors, students react to the death of Gene Wilder

Luis Gael

August 30, 2016

With the news of 83 year old actor Gene Wilder’s death yesterday, American River College professors discussed the effect that the star had on them as film and theater enthusiasts. History and film professor Richard Hellesen told the story of the first time he saw “Young Frankenstein.” ...

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...

Day of the Dead influenced play is coming to ARC

Delondra Williams, right,  answers questions from the cast of

Joseph Daniels

October 12, 2015

The playwright for the upcoming American River College theater production of “Skeleton Stories” said that her play was influenced by magical realism, the Day of the Dead and the people she met who hold onto strong superstitions. Playwright Delondra Williams said she taught adult students in Los ...

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