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. 


2014SpringFEST_banner SpringFEST 2014 includes the first two FREE community events offered in celebration of Western Stage’s 40th Anniversary. Check out all the SPRINGFEST 2014 events below! For a full schedule of anniversary events visit the Community Events page. Download the 2014 SpringFEST flyer.
January 28, 2014 SpringFEST classes begin
March 1, 2014, 7:00pm Choreographer's Tribute
FREE 40th Anniversary Community Event
A celebration of musical theatre dance and The Western Stage's illustrious list of choreographers. Performs on the Mainstage.
March 8 & 9, 2014, 2:00pm The Fifth Age Playwrights - (This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled)
Readings of new short plays written by Phillip Pearce, Carol Marguart & Harvy Landa performed by TWS' Legacy Players. Admission by donation benefits The LegacyPlayers.
March 15 & 16, 2014 2:00pmSpecial Workshop Presentation
The culminating performance of the work from Cesar Flores' Acting Workshop (more information below).
March 26-28, 2014 10:30amAfternoon of the Elves
written by Y York, from the book by Janet Taylor Lisle Based on the 1990 Newberry Honor Book, this is a poignant story about imagination, friendship, and responsibility. Performs on the Mainstage for schools.

March 25-April 3, 2013Voices from the Fields
Offered in honor of Farm Worker Appreciation Week and in partnership with Hartnell's HEP, SEMA & TRIO programs. This week-long event will include film screenings, student performances, photo displays, and guest speakers. See all upcoming events (PDF)
April 11-13, 2014 Fri/Sat 7:00pm, Sun 2:00pmTWS' Playwrights' Festival
FREE 40th Anniversary Community Event
Staged readings highlighting the works of the Western Stage playwrights including Michael Roddy, Jeffrey T. Heyer, Maura M. Knowles, Dan Tarker, Harvey Landa, John Caldon, David Norum, JR Hall, and Kelly McAllister.
April 26 & 27, 2014 2:00pmA Gaggle of Giggles
Readings of short comedies performed by the TWS LegacyPlayers.
May 3, 2014 10:00am to 2:00pmAudition Workshop for ages 10-15
The final production is A Christmas Story, The Musical, which will include several roles for young singer/dancer/actors. Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, May 24, so this workshop will serve as an orientation on what to expect, how to prepare, and an introduction to Western Stage staff who will be running the audition. $5 fee -- reservation required via twscasting@gmail.com
May 10 & 11, 2014 2:00pmYOU*THeatre: 9-3-9-OH!
An original performance project based on writings from students of the Salinas City, Alisal Union, and Gonzales Unified School Districts and performed by representatives from Fairview Middle, Kammann Elementaty, Oscar Loya Elementary & Roosevelt Elementary Schools. Mainstage performances: $5 general admission

Cesarflores_thSpecial Workshop Series: Exploring the Indigenous Roots & Spirituality of the Creative Process Tu/Th 6:00 – 8:30 beginning January 28, 2014César Flores is a core actor at Western Stage and a 40+ year veterano of El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista. This workshop explores the type of work he did with Luis Valdez during the formative years of Teatro Campesino. Workshop participants will explore and learn the creative process in the development of an original performance piece utilizing the basic tenets of Chicano Theatre.“The Chicano Movement’s interest was in its indigenous roots and its impact on Chicano Theatre. Chicano Theatre is unique because of its language and because of its lack of repertoire. Many of the productions were based on improvisation. Luis Valdez was particularly invested in using his plays to educate Chicanos about their spiritual roots.” ( excerpted from http://www.laits.utexas.edu/onda_latina/)Enroll through Hartnell for ThA 91A: section 4305, 2.0 units
All performances in Hartnell College’s Studio Theater (exceptions listed). QUESTIONS? Call (831) 755-6987 or email Artistic Program Director, Melissa Chin-Parker at mchin@hartnell.edu.
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