The American River Current

“North Star” is a heartfelt retrospective of black history and the civil rights movement

American River College Theatre Department presents “North Star”, starring Audrey Booth, Fetalaiga Faga and Felicity Johnson (Photo courtesy of ARC Theatre Department and Bruce Patt)

Colin Bartley

March 16, 2020

The American River College Theatre debuted its latest musical production of “North Star,” by Gloria Bond Clunie on Feb. 28 and ran through March 8. It is an inspiring, coming of age story of a young African American girl, Relia, growing up in 1960s North Carolina at the peak of the civil rights mo...

ARC Theater’s ‘West Side Story’ triumphs

Photo courtesy of the American River College Theater Department.

Imani Smith

October 17, 2018

The provocative showing of “West Side Story” opened at American River College on Friday. The production showcased many musical numbers as well as intense dance breaks. Usually, the first time an ensemble performs in front of an audience many things can go wrong. The adrenal rush combined with t...

“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...

Review: ARC production of “The Music Man” delivers on a high note

The lead actor for the American River College production of “The Music Man, Spencer Murrish, right, leads R.J. Morris, left, and Elliott Berryman, center, in a musical march. The production will continue through Oct. 25. (Photo courtesy of the American River College theater department)

Joseph Daniels

October 13, 2015

Every character from the leads to the supporting cast of the American River College production of “The Music Man” are given distinct personalities that transports the audience from 2015 to 1912, to a world where people break out in song and dance and the opening of a billiard hall is the source o...

ARC theater department talks about the costumes of “Music Man”

Vicky Phrasavath cuts a piece of fabric for a costume for the upcoming American River College theater production

Joseph Daniels

October 7, 2015

Costume design is crucial to building a world from scratch for a theater production. Yet, this major aspect may be overlooked by the audience. Costume design professor Gail Russell said that the costumes are just as important as the sets, emphasizing that the sets need to have actors on them to wo...

Music Man to be performed at ARC next month

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Iris Page

September 8, 2015

An earlier version of this story falsely used the pronoun "he" in reference to student actor Deon Taylor. In fact, Deon Taylor is a woman. The American River College theater department is currently rehearsing for an upcoming musical, “The Music Man,” that features a con man who attempts to trick...

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