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“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 musicians use jazz to put a twist on the Beatles

Dr. Eifertsen leads Instrumental Jazz Ensemble rehearsal ahead of the Instrumental Jazz Ensemble Concert, happening on March 12, 2020 at the American River College Theatre. (Photo by Clifton Bullock)

Clifton Bullock

March 11, 2020

“Hey Jude,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Penny Lane” and “Kansas City,” all notable songs from the leaders of the British invasion, The Beatles, the mega group that steamrolled into the American mainstream in the 1960s. Now, imagine these tunes infused with a soulful twist of the iconic C...

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

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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 ever since.  This show is a classic example of a dark comedy with elements of absurdity and a...

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...

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...

Actor uses the magic of theater to find inner ‘Beast’

Actor Branden Price runs through a scene during a rehearsal of

Brienna Edwards

October 26, 2017

A great monster bounds across the stage, each step is labored. Each breath heaving. His clothes hang upon his frame, hair hanging long down his shoulders obscuring his face. His very essences cries of sadness, of heartbreak, of pain untold. He stops center stage and begins to sing. The theat...

ARC theater students prepare for regional competition

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, CO. (Photo by Timon Barkley)

Itzin Alpizar

February 11, 2016

On Jan. 29 on stage two of the Theatre Department at ARC, the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominees presented their work to a jury of professors in preparation for their performance at the American College Theater Festival (ACTF). They will compete from Feb. 15-19  in Denver, against students f...

ARC hosts fundraiser performance of ‘Gumbo’

'Gumbo' is a variety theater production that will be hosted by the American River College theater program today and tomorrow. All proceeds will help students raise money to fund travel to a local competition.
(Photo by Sharriyona Platt)

Shiavon Chatman and Sharriyona Platt

February 5, 2016

By Sharriyona Platt and Shiavon Chatman American River College’s theater program is hosting a performance of ‘Gumbo’ to help students raise money to fund travel to a regional competition.   The fundraiser will be held on Stage 2 of the American River College Theater today at 7:30 p.m. and...

“Cinder-Ella” slips into ARC Theatre for limited engagement

On February 2, 2013, Adjunct-Faculty member Tracy Martin Shearer is counseling a student about the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. (Photo by Robert Aguilar)

Jonathan H. Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

February 13, 2013

Production head dishes about what makes this rendition of a classic unique The Current speaks with Tracy Martin Shearer, an adjunct faculty member in Theater Arts department and director of the children’s theater production“Cinderella,” spelled “Cinder-Ella,” which is coming to ARC May 1...

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