SpringFEST 2016


Live theatre is a transformative experience, be it from the perspective of artist or audience member.  Therefore, Hartnell College/The Western Stage SpringFEST ensures that every member of our community has a way into this experience, no matter what age, experience or culture.

Western Stage’s annual SpringFEST offers pre-season performance and workshop opportunities for actors/singers/dancers of all skill levels. We’re also planning an audition workshop with actor/educator Tim Marquette, who just gave a hilarious performance as Leo Bloom in The Producers. More details coming soon…

13 the Musical (Mainstage) Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Book by Dan Elish & Robert Horn.
With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges Of Madison County), 13 the Musical is about fitting in—and standing out! Our production, like the Broadway production, is composed entirely of teenagers, even the band. We invite young technicians to take part, too. Performances on April 15, 16, and 17, 2016 (fourth performance TBA). General rehearsal schedule: Tues-Fri (6-9 p.m.) and Saturdays (9 a.m.-1 p.m.). More information coming soon.

The Musical Theater Trifecta: Ballet, Tap, and Jazz Workshop led by Heather Osteraa (Studio Theater)
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 2-March 24, 2016. This multi-level class incorporates dance fundamentals and challenging choreography with a musical-theatre emphasis. Intended for the new dancer to prepare for the season ahead as well as the experienced dancer to dust off the cobwebs. Email hosteraa@hartnell.edu.

Birth written by Karen Brody (Studio Theater) presented in benefit of Monterey County’s Migrant Ed. Program.
Likened to Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Birth is based upon first-person accounts of mothers and the power of the birthing process. Directed by Kat Ogletree.  Performs Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13 (7:30 p.m. / 2 p.m.). Email mchin@hartnell.edu.

One More Day written by Michael Roddy (Studio Theater)
A new script by local playwright Michael Roddy about the Bracero Program and how the Braceros contributed to and changed Monterey County. Rehearses March 1-April 8 (times TBA) Performs Saturday & Sunday, April 9 & 10 (7:30 p.m. / 2 p.m.)

Student Matinee Performances: In and Out of Shadows (Mainstage)
Continuing our tradition of providing daytime performances for local schools, The Western Stage and Hartnell College Diversity Committee are bringing in SF Youth Theater’s production of In and Out of Shadows, an original musical written by Gary Soto.  Two performances on March 18.  Contact Melissa Chin-Parker for performance info: mchin@hartnell.edu. Learn more about the show.

Singing the Body Electric (Studio Theater) Concept & Direction by Dr. Marnie Glazier
This project seeks women of a variety of disciplines, ages, backgrounds, and perspectives to collaborate as a coming together of minds, souls, and reflections on what it means to be a woman, what it means to age “naturally” as a woman, and how we embrace, participate in, frame, and reflect upon the larger ecologies we’re a part of. We’ll be creating an original performance piece around these ideas, and any contribution is welcome! TECH: March 15-18. Performs Saturday & Sunday Mar 19 & 20 (7:30 p.m. / 2 p.m.) Email mglazier@hartnell.edu.

In preparation for some of our other 2016 activities:

2x4BASH provides an opportunity for the next generation of theatre artists to collaborate, innovate and educate through provocative contemporary works. We challenge artists and audiences alike to approach theatre from new perspectives and invite all to connect their own life experience with the work. Summer 2016 For actors, designers, & technicians ages 18-29, interested in working and gaining experience in the many disciplines of theater, and producing their own season of summer shows.

Spring 2016 training in all aspects of producing a season: production & tech skills, marketing/PR, personnel management, and fundraising/budgeting. Required for those who want to be part of the leadership directing the 2016 2X4BASH company. Also open to anyone who would like the training regardless of whether they are available for 2016 2X4BASH or not

QUESTIONS? Call (831) 755-6987 or email Artistic Program Director Melissa Chin-Parker at mchin@hartnell.edu

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