COM Performing Arts 2016-17 Season


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content Drama 4 Drama Subscription 9 Dance 10 Music 14 Box Office / Tickets 29 Season Calendar 30 As a valuable resource to students and the community, College of Marin is proud to support TEDxMarin. The College is honored to host an extraordinary lineup of speakers whose ideas worth spreading pose thought- provoking perspectives on reframing the possible. SUPPORT ARTS EDUCATION AND MAKE AN ENDURING DIFFERENCE Budget cuts to public education have been especially challenging for performing and visual arts programs. Now, more than ever, private contributions are essential for the ongoing operation and continuing support of our awardwinning dance, drama, and music programs. Exemplary and generous philanthropy is invited and welcome. To find out more about the benefits of becoming a sponsor or supporter of College of Marin’s Performing Arts Education Programs, visit:


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As an epicenter for learning, creativity, and collaboration the Performing Arts Department at College of Marin features top-notch classes, outstanding cultural events, and meaningful community partnerships. College of Marin’s DANCE, DRAMA, and MUSIC productions have CAPTIVATED Marin audiences for decades. Performances feature outstanding local and international dance talent, music makers, and award-winning musicians, actors, and directors. Extraordinary learning opportunities await students in classes taught by caring, professional instructors. We invite members of the community to attend a concert or play, DISCOVER this cultural gem in the heart of Marin County. There is something for everyone…EVERY SEASON.


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“It’s a superb exercise for participating drama students and a dazzling display of costume and set design.” Marin Independent Journal 2016


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drama drama Now Offering a Theatre Arts – Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer Since its inception over 50 years ago, the highly acclaimed DRAMA DEPARTMENT at College of Marin continually inspires students to dwell in the world of musicals, comedies and dramas both past and present. Founded in 1964 by celebrated director James Dunn, the program has become a professional training ground for Hollywood movie stars, Broadway actors, and community theatre headliners. Some of the best known graduates are Robin Williams, David Dukes, and Kathleen Quinlan; but hundreds of students have gone on to study in conservatories and work in academia, national repertories, television, and film. With over 250 productions to date, the department has earned numerous honors and its instructors have received many prestigious awards. Be a part of this exciting legacy! Take a class, participate in a production, or become a valued donor. For information about auditions or a list of classes, visit our web site: “The entire Kent Middle School walked across the street to College of Marin to enjoy Gossamer, a play about dreamgivers. The student’s behavior, the feelings of connectedness, and the joy of seeing live theatre was certainly a dream.” Kent Middle School Parent Newsletter 2016 5


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2016 MEDEA West Coast Premier By Euripides (trans. Ben Power) · Directed by Adrian Elfenbaum “Terrible things breed in broken hearts.” Western Drama’s first feminist heroine, Medea, enjoys renewed purpose in Ben Power’s exciting, contemporary translation. Medea and her ambitious husband Jason ruthlessly sweep through the Greek Isles in their quest for power. With their young sons, they find refuge in Corinth, until Jason forsakes the family for a young princess. Devastated by Jason’s betrayal, Medea consolidates her strength, secures her safety, then destroys both Jason’s present joy and his future hope. Her unspeakable actions define this enduring tragedy for the ages. September 30*, October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 – 7:30 pm October 2, 9**, 16 – 2 pm Studio Theatre / PA32, Performing Arts Building, Kentfield Campus THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE Magical Adventures By C.S. Lewis · Dramatized by Joseph Robinette · Directed by Lisa Morse “It’s a magic wardrobe. There’s a wood inside it, and it’s snowing, and there’s a faun and a witch and it’s called Narnia.” In this inventive, fast paced and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic, the COM drama department presents the adventures of four siblings who pass through a wardrobe that is a gateway into the land of Narnia. In this icy land, animals speak, mythical creatures roam and a great battle is about to unfold between the majestic Aslan and the Great White Witch. The intense action features chases, duels, and escapes as the witch tries to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. Walk through the wardrobe and experience this story of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil. November 25*, 26, December 2, 3, 9, 10 – 7:30 pm November 27, December 4**, 11 – 2 pm Studio Theatre / PA32, Performing Arts Building, Kentfield Campus drama * Pay-what-you-will preview 6 ** Talkback with the director


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2017 YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN Charming Musical Based on the Comic Strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz Directed by James Dunn Here is the whole Peanuts gang on stage! Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, and of course, Charlie Brown’s best pal, Snoopy the Beagle. The play deals with a day in the life of Charlie Brown. From bright, uncertain morning to hopeful, starlit evening. From Charlie Brown’s adventures with his recalcitrant kite to Snoopy as WWI Flying Ace, chasing the infamous Red Baron through the skies of France. You’ll see Linus and his blanket, Schroeder and his piano, and Lucy Van Pelt, Ms. Grumpy, who’s also the resident Psychiatrist. The Peanuts characters come to life in this charming musical adaptation of the famous comic strip. March 3*, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 – 7:30 pm March 5, 11,12**,19 – 2 pm James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building, Kentfield Campus MAPLE AND VINE Clever Dramatic Comedy By Jordan Harrison Directed by Molly Noble Are you tempted to go off the grid? Is modern technology’s 24/7 data driven connectivity sapping your life’s blood? Katha and Ryu, a contemporary Manhattan couple are burnt out by the frenzy of modern life, screens, work, cell phone notifications and endless social media chatter. They have a chance to join the simpler times of the Eisenhower era. Jordan Harrison has written a hilarious and poignant fable a la Ozzie and Harriet or Mad Men that asks: Would you really want to go back to 1955? May 5*, 6 12, 13, 19, 20 – 7:30 pm May 7, 14**, 21 – 2 pm Studio Theatre / PA32, Performing Arts Building, Kentfield Campus drama BOX OFFICE 415.485.9385 7


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SUBSCRIBE TODAY and SAVE THANK YOU for supporting the drama program through donations, subscription, or single ticket purchase! Your contributions have made it possible for us to include the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in our season. This revised version was honored with a Drama Desk Award for best revival as well as two Tony Awards in performance for Roger Bart (Snoopy) and Kristin Chenoweth (Sally). It includes additional characters, two new songs, as well as fresh instrumental and dance music. Don’t miss out on this family friendly show starring everyone’s favorite underdog Charlie Brown. See page 7.


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drama subscription COMPLETE AND MAIL THIS ORDER FORM WITH PAYMENT TO: College of Marin Box Office 835 College Avenue Kentfield, CA 94904 GREAT TICKET PROTECTION Subscribers’ ticket purchases are recorded should your tickets be lost or stolen. You may also change your reservations without penalty for any show, based upon availability. ORDER ONLINE AT: QUESTIONS? Box Office opens two weeks prior to a show. For an immediate response call 415.485.9555 ORDER FORM DRAMA SEASON SUBSCRIPTION ORDER $60 x Adult Subscription SUBSCRIBERS SAVE UP TO 30% $48 x Senior Subscription $40 x Students/COM Employees/Retirees/Alumni Subscription $ Support COM Drama Program Please write a separate check to Drama Advancement Fund. TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED: $ PAYMENT OPTIONS l Check made payable to College of Marin l Cash l Credit card NAME ON CARD ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP TELEPHONE E-MAIL VISA/MASTER CARD NUMBER EXP DATE CCV * SIGNATURE * 3-digit code on back of card PRODUCTION DATE CHOICES 2 PM 1ST 2ND lMedea | Lion, Witch, Wardrobe | l Charlie Brown | l Maple and Vine | l 7:30 PM l l l l BOX OFFICE 415.485.9385 9


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dance Since the DANCE PROGRAM AT COLLEGE OF MARIN was founded in 1972 by the late Carol Ott, thousands of students have stepped, twirled, and pirouetted through the campus on their way to university and college programs, professional careers, and other creative ventures. The dance program has a rich curricular diversity and also serves the creative goals of the community-at-large. The dance discipline at College of Marin offers a comprehensive associate degree in dance. College of Marin’s highly-trained dance instructors teach technique classes in beginning and advanced levels of ballet, modern, jazz, choreography, conditioning/injury prevention and technique analysis, tap, African Haitian, ballroom, salsa, and hip-hop. History of Dance and History of Musical Theatre are also offered. Faculty members have studied with illustrious teachers nationwide, owned dance companies, and have been members of dance companies in the U.S. and abroad. Many have received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of California, Marin County, and the Marin Arts Council. The dance faculty collaborates on musicals, plays, operas, and movement for theatre Improv. From chorus members to main characters, our dance students have also participated in both drama and music productions. Now that our three departments – Dance, Drama, and Music, are in one building, all to our creative selves – we welcome you with open arms! 11 dance


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Each fall and spring semester, the Dance department presents one concert over a two-week period. Dance faculty create new works each semester that are performed by College of Marin students. In addition to COM faculty and students, the performances often include guests from the community. 12 BOX OFFICE 415.485.9385 dance


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2016 FALL DANCE CONCERT October 28 and 29 – 7:30 pm November 4 and 5 – 7:30 pm James Dunn Theatre Performing Arts Building, Kentfield Campus 2017 SPRING DANCE CONCERT April 7, 8, 14 and 15 – 7:30 pm James Dunn Theatre Performing Arts Building, Kentfield Campus EVOLUTION OF HIP HOP Time and locations TBD. COM Dance will also be presenting Evolution of Hip Hop Dance by the Dance 160 class. This show is an historical tracking of Black social dance crazes from the 60’s to present. Shows will be performed at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters. 13 dance


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FACULTY RECITAL Please join us for an evening of performances by the Music Department faculty. You have seen and heard our students perform, you have performed with us and for us, now come out and let us perform for you. Repertoire to be announced. SAVE THE DATES Friday, February 24, 2017 – 7:30 pm Lefort Recital Hall / PA72 Performing Arts Building Kentfield Campus


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music The MUSIC PROGRAM has been a vibrant part of the College for over 80 years, starting with a small orchestra and chorus and blossoming to a comprehensive university-level transfer program devoted to inspiring a broad spectrum of artists and ground-breaking community performances. Many alumni have gone on to successful careers in musical performance or composition in classical, jazz, popular, and film music. Teaching excellence and creative collaborations with internationally acclaimed musicians have long established the Music Department as a key artistic contributor to the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. This great tradition is carried on by our performance groups, including the College of Marin Symphony Orchestra, Marin Oratorio, the Symphonic Band, Contemporary Opera Marin, and the Jazz Ensemble – all of which provide the community with free or low-cost performances both on campus and throughout Marin County. The Music Department offers a comprehensive program leading to an Associate of Arts degree in music or preparing music students for successful transfer into a university program as a junior. In addition to the music major curriculum, many courses are appropriate for those wishing to rekindle their musical abilities and interests, increase instrumental or vocal competency, or perform with a large or small ensemble. Our courses and performing ensembles are open to talented high school students interested in further building their skills while establishing a college GPA and earning arts elective credits. 15 music



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