From Shakespearean monologues to musical theatre, Chaffey College students will present a variety of short stage performances in the ‘Theatre Arts Showcase: 2022’, the college’s first production of the season.
The showcase will include 16 actors and three technicians. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on October 25 and 5 p.m. on October 27 on the terrace of the Wignall Museum on the college’s Rancho Cucamonga campus.
“It’s exciting to be back on the Rancho Cucamonga campus,” Christa Havenhill, theater arts teacher and production manager, said in a press release. “This is our show to return to traditional theater where actors and audience are in the same physical space.”
Havenhill divided the showcase into two parts, with the first focusing on audition monologues that students will likely use to get acting jobs and to audition for college programs.
“It gives actors a chance to rehearse plays and prepare to audition,” she said. “But it’s also to educate the audience and show them what it takes to be selected for a role.”
Drama major Shayli Shipman knows firsthand the value of a strong audition package. She’s been auditioning for roles since she was 11, and in 2018, she landed a spot in Disney’s musical theater production “Aladdin Jr.” Although she performed monologues over Zoom in Chaffey’s acting classes, the showcase will be Shipman’s first performance on the Chaffey campus.
“I feel like being in person in every way possible is extremely crucial to building relationships, getting feedback on your art, and improving yourself,” Shipman said in the press release. “It’s a change for the better.”
The second half of the showcase will include scenes from plays and musical plays, including Ariel Galindo-Escobar singing “Oh, What a Circus” from “Evita.” Shipman will sing “A Million Dreams” from 2017’s “The Greatest Showman.”
Tickets are $5, available at chaffey.edu/acc/acd/acd-community/box-office.php.
Chaffey College’s Rancho Cucamonga campus is located at 5885 Haven Ave.
For more information, call 909-652-6067.