CSUF Theatre: The Drowsy Chaperone

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FULLERTON, CA–Cal State Fullerton’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” with Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar is directed by Sarah Ripper, choreographed by William F. Lett, with musical direction by Mitchell Hanlon. Performances will be held in the Little Theatre, November 18-December 11, 2016.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is a joyous send-up of the Jazz age musical featuring one show-stopping song-and-dance number after another. With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and the musical begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not so bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. The original production was hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical.”

Director Sarah Ripper earned her MA in Educational Theatre from NYU, and received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University. Sarah was the runner up in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Directing Competition in 2015 and is in her last year in the Department of Theatre and Dance’s MFA in Directing program. Some of Sarah’s directing credits include “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Spring Awakening” at Sam Houston State University and “Really Really” and “Dancing at Lughnasa” at Cal State Fullerton.

The cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” includes Joshua Johnson as Man in Chair, Adriana Rodriguez as Mrs. Tottendale, Colby Hamann as Underling, Quentin Carbajal as Robert Martin, Cody Bianchi as George, Joe Stein as Feldzieg, Allison Schynert as Kitty, Marqell Edward Clayton as Gangster 1, Kyle Kayvaun Pazdel as Gangster 2, Ala Tiatia as Aldolpho, Kristina Dizon as Janet Van De Graaff, Erin Tierney as The Drowsy Chaperone, Kayla Contreras as Trix the Aviatrix, Matthew Ollson as Superintendent and the ensemble includes Evan Borboa, Lily Bryson, Hannah Clair, Jeff Garrido, Scout Lepore, Matthew Ollson, Allison J. Parker, Olivia Pence, Anthony Michael Vacio, and Samantha Wojtaszek.

Scenic design is by JR Luker, lighting design is by Katy Streeter, costume design is by Bradley Lock, sound design is by Cierra Peet and hair/makeup design is by Leland Stephens.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” plays at 8pm on November 18, 19, December 1,2, 3, 8, 9, 10 and at 2pm on December 3, 4, 10, 11. General admission tickets are $24 ($22 with advance Titan Discount purchase for students, seniors or with a CSUF ID). All tickets are $24 at the door. Tickets are available by calling (657) 278-3371, 11am-5pm, Monday through Friday and online.

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Faculty Feature: Mike McGee

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2016 OC Arts Awards Honorees – From Left – John Forsyte, Damien & Yvonne Jordan, Mike McGee, Andy Russell – accepting for PBS SoCal, Yevgenia Mikhailik, Allen Moon

On Tuesday, October 25, Arts Orange County held its 17th Annual OC Arts Awards at the Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The ceremony gave special honors to exceptional organizations and individuals and celebrated their lives and accomplishments to the arts community. Cal State Fullerton College of the Arts’ own professor, Mike McGee was one of the 2016 honorees of the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award!

Professor McGee has worked as an art writer, curator, and arts administrator since 1982 and heads our College of the Arts’s graduate program in museum studies/exhibition design. Students who have studied with him have moved on to work at major galleries and museums in Orange County. On top of teaching at CSUF, Professor McGee has served as a past president of the Board of Trustees for the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, co-founder of the Grand Central Art Center, founding board member of the Arts Orange County and the City of Santa Ana Arts Commission, a member of the Mayor’s Arts Task Force for the City of Santa Ana (an integral part in the creation of the Artists Village), and doubled the number of works in our university’s sculpture collection.

Congratulations to Mike McGee on your Cultural Legacy Award! Your many contributions and the success of your students speaks influence that you have had in the arts community!

CSUF Theatre: Pride & Prejudice

 

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Cal State Fullerton’s production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Jon Jory, is directed by Professor Mark Ramont and runs November 4-20, 2016 in the Young Theatre on campus. Adaptor Jon Jory was the longtime producing director of Actors Theatre of Louisville who helped form the Humana Festival of New American Plays that produced several notable plays such as “The Gin Games” by Donald L. Colburn, “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley and “Dinner with Friends” by Donald Margulies. In 2000, Mr. Jory’s successful career led him to be inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. 

Director Mark Ramont has worked professionally as a director, artistic administrator and educator at theatres such as Circle Repertory Theatre (NYC), Ford’s Theatre (Washington D.C.), the Alley Theatre (Houston), the Hangar Theatre (Ithaca, NY) and Capitol City Playhouse (Austin). He is a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Statuette Award and recent CSUF credits include “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail,” “Loose Ends” and “Don’t Dress for Dinner.” Jane Austen’s classic plot concerns the independent Elizabeth, her overzealous matchmaking mother and a string of unsuitable suitors. When she meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense. 

The cast of “Pride and Prejudice” includes Casey Bowen as Mr. Darcy, Jacob Cropper as Bingley, Patrick Curley as Wickham, Jacqueline Del Valle as Jane, Kelly Rosales as Elizabeth, Johnny Eberhardt as Ensemble, Sadie Elizondo as Miss Bingley, Jayson Guthrie as Mr. Gardiner, Megan Hill as Charlotte, Danielle Johnson as Mary, Siena Ledger as Kitty/Georgiana, Timothy Lee as Ensemble, Noa Lev-Ari as Mrs. Bennet, Michael Libera as Mr. Collins, Monique Magpayo as Mrs. Gardiner, Jeremy Mercado as Mr. Bennet, Wyn Moreno as Fitzwilliams/William, Emma Petersen as Lydia, Allie Revelino as Lady Catherine, Isobel Beaman as Ensemble, Sarah Bloom as Ensemble and Leo Torrez as Officer. Scenic design is by Ann Sheffield, lighting design is by Carly McNamee, costume design is by Dianne Graebner, sound design is by John Favreau and hair/makeup design is by Jaqueline Davis.

“Pride and Prejudice” plays at 8pm on November 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 and at 2pm on November 12, 13, 19, 20. General admission tickets are $14 ($12 with advance Titan Discount purchase for students, seniors or with a CSUF ID). All tickets are $14 at the door. Tickets are available by calling (657) 278-3371, 11am-5pm, Monday through Friday and online.

Soon to follow in the CSUF season is “The Drowsy Chaperone” with Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. The winner of five Broadway musical Tony Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), is directed by Sarah Ripper, choreographed by William F. Lett, with musical direction by Mitchell Hanlon. Performances will be held in the Little Theatre, November 18-December 11, 2016.