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Transitioning interactive arts classes online has come with challenges

Theater arts professor Sam Williams lectures for his Theory and Techniques of Acting II class on monologues. The class, which formerly met in person at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, meets now on ConferZoom at the same time, but not everyone is in attendance. (Photo by Alex Muegge)

Alex Muegge, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

Both professors and students in the music, art and theater arts departments continue to struggle with transitioning their interactive classes online after the coronavirus-induced shut-down of American River College on March 13. The most challenging classes prove to be the ones where the students used ...

North Star offers an in depth look at the civil rights movement

American River College Theatre Department prepares for their production of “North Star” (Photo courtesy of ARC Theatre Department and Bruce Patt)

Colin Bartley

February 19, 2020

“North Star” is the upcoming, full-length, production by American River College’s theater department, with the first showing starting on Feb. 28, 2020. Written by Gloria Bond Clunie, “North Star” follows the story of a young African-American girl, Relia, living in North Carolina during ...

Concert and Symphonic Bands rock ARC Theater

The Symphonic and Concert Bands performs at the  “Rip-roarding Band Classics” at American River College on Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo by Hameed Zargry)

Hameed Zargry

December 13, 2018

American River College Concert and Symphonic Band presented ‘Rip-roaring Classics,’ the second concert together with the band Joyous Brass, directed by Susan Hamre and Founder Mike Welling on Nov. 8. Hamre is the director of the Symphonic and Concert Bands and the Musical Theater Ensemble at AR...

Walker walks into lead role in ARC production

Kloe Walker poses as her character Evie during rehearsals of “In Love and Warcraft” in the Black Box Theater at American River College on Nov. 5, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Ashley Hayes-Stone

November 29, 2018

It’s around 11:40 p.m. as Kloe Walker gets ready for bed. She turns on the faucet, splashes water on her face and dabs it away. After a making a few funny faces in the mirror, she lays down for bed and opens her phone to SSSNIPERWOLF, her favorite YouTube channel. In the middle of a video a notific...

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...

ARC theater lends students a tenor

A hectic and fast-paced comedy in “Lend Me A Tenor” was put on by the ARC Theater department.
 (Photo Courtesy of the ARC Theater program)

Hannah Yates

March 6, 2018

Mistaken identities, overzealous fans, and dramatic irony. The story of “Lend Me a Tenor,” a fast-paced comedy, was brought to the stage at American River College these past two weeks. The last performance was Sunday. The show is a comedy revolving around a world-renowned opera singer--and althou...

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ deserves thunderous applause

(Photo courtesy of Disney/Marvel)

Claire Bathory

November 9, 2017

A cast of colorful personalities, an interesting story and a beautiful swath of visual effects sets “Thor: Ragnarok” apart from prior installments in a very important way: it’s funny without having to insist it is. After four prior portrayals as Thor, Chris Hemsworth, and the franchise as a whol...

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...

“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...

Update: Two sextortion accusers speak

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 15, 2016

Christian Brian Hirtzel, a former American River College theater student, was arrested Jan. 22 on on 18 counts of six different felonies stemming from sextortion allegations made in November 2014. Two accusers told their stories in separate interviews with the Current. In accordance with the Associated Press guid...

Update: Sextortion suspect speaks

Prominent ARC actor and former ARC student Christian Brian Hirtzel, pictured in promotional art for ARC's fall 2014 production of 'Young Frankenstein,' was arrested on Jan. 22 on charges of distribution of child pornography and extortion. (Photo courtesy of the American River College theater department)

Jordan Schauberger

March 14, 2016

A former American River College theater student, arrested on Jan. 22 in relation to sextortion allegations made in November 2014, told a Current reporter in a tearful jailhouse interview Sunday morning that he’s looking to take a plea bargain and doesn’t intend to take the case to court. Chri...

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