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CURTAIN RAISERS of The Claremont Colleges
Summer Theatre/Dance Scholarships
The Curtain Raisers of The Claremont Colleges is a non-profit organization that supports theatre and dance at the colleges and in the community. Curtain Raisers, in partnership with the Dept. of Theatre & Dance, created the Claremont School of Theatre Arts, a summer theatre program for youth. The group also provides theatre programs at El Roble Intermediate School each year.
The Curtain Raisers Summer Theatre and Dance Scholarship Fund was established to assist students active in the Five College Theatre and Dance Dept. who wish to take part in summer theatre/dance activities, but who need financial assistance to participate. The modest funding for the scholarships is raised each year by member contributions.
Awards will be made based on the application, interview, financial need and acceptance into a recognized summer theatre or dance program. The Scholarship Committee will consist of members of the Curtain Raisers Board and of the Theatre/Dance Faculty. Interviews will take place on Thursday and Friday mornings, May 8 and May 9, 2014.
Students receiving scholarships will be asked to give an oral presentation of their summer experience to the Curtain Raisers in the fall after their return to the Colleges.
- The applicant must be a student who will be returning to one of The Claremont Colleges next year, to bring his/her experience back to the college community.
- Preference will be given to sophomores and juniors, and to students who have not previously received a scholarship from Curtain Raisers of the Claremont Colleges.
- Other considerations shall include financial need as reflected in the student’s college aid award and the student’s positive contributions to the Department of Theatre and Dance
- The applicant must have received a bona fide offer to a summer theatre or dance program which will contribute to the professional development of the student. The opportunity must be with a reputable theatre/dance organization.
Students should receive a job offer before applying for the scholarship.
Start looking NOW for summer positions.
Applications are available in the theatre office and on the web site for the Department of Theatre and Dance at http://theatre.pomona.edu/ . Return completed applications to the theatre office or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 2, 2014 at 5:00 P.M.
THE POMONA COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE
THEATRE FOR THE CLAREMONT COLLEGES
As the only art forms in which human beings are both medium and message, theatre and dance are the quintessential liberal arts. Thus the liberal arts environment is an ideal one in which to begin a lifetime of learning in theatre and dance. The Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance-Theatre for the Claremont Colleges- is committed to the highest levels of professional training within the context of this liberal arts tradition.
Our commitment begins in the classroom where an emphasis on the quality of learning informs all that we do. A friendly and caring faculty and small class size encourage students to work creatively in exploring the history, theory, literature, and techniques of theatre and dance. Our commitment is furthered by our dynamic and ethnically diverse production season. We view productions as important teaching tools, both for our students and for the rest of the College community, and therefore choose productions from a wide range of periods and styles. Our commitment is also strengthened by the exceptional financial support of the Claremont Colleges, which have given us a strong professional staff, adequate funding, and a gorgeous facility in which to do our work. Ultimately, our commitment is enhanced by the energy and commitment of our students, who bring intelligence, creativity, and verve to our challenging and exciting endeavor.
This commitment to the highest quality of teaching and learning, plus an attractive climate and the 5-College liberal arts setting, makes the Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance-Theatre for the Claremont Colleges- an exceptional place in which to work and learn.
We invite you to join us…
-James P. Taylor
Announcing an open call for actors and technical staff for an original play, FOUND, concerning the Armenian Genocide. This play is to be performed the evening of Thursday, April 24th at the Athenaeum on the CMC campus with an additional performance pending on the evening of Friday April 25that Pomona Theatre Department’s large studio. CMC student, Anoush Baghdassarian is the playwright seeking actors and those with technical and computer (particularly website and poster skills) from throughout the 7C campuses.
FOUND is a one act play with a running time of about 45 minutes. Rehearsals will be over a 3-4 week span (allowing for Spring Break). Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday February 24th and 25th from 7-10pm with callbacks on Wednesday February 26th at Mckenna Auditorium on the CMC campus. Auditions will consist of reading of scenes from the play, so there will be no need to prepare an audition piece, but if you do have a dramatic monologue (or can prepare one) please bring it–we’d love to hear it. Also, attached is the character list and summary of the play.
Please pick one audition date and time that works for you and sign up for it with this doodle poll.
If you cannot make the auditions and are still interested, please contact me.
Also, if you are interested in the technical aspects, no need to come to auditions, just please email me.
Please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com
with any questions.
Description of Play:
FOUND is about a young girl named Lucine and her experience through the Armenian Genocide. Lucine’s family gets killed and Turkish soldiers take her brother away. Although Lucine knows her parents were killed, she still has hope that her brother is alive somewhere and she dedicates the next ten years of her life to searching for him. She encounters many people (two of whom are Turkish) along her way who have been victims of the Genocide as well. The play begins with the 1925 Lucine having a nightmare about the night her parents were killed 10 years earlier. She then goes to her desk to write about all the atrocities, hoping that they will not recur if she gets them out on paper. Everything she writes is then acted out on the portion of the stage beside her, representing 1915.
Which Way Is Up?
Workshop taught by Erik Bendix
Open to anyone in the Claremont Community
Friday, February 21st, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Pendleton Dance Center Downstairs Studio
We take our balance for granted. But most of us are careening through our lives pretty far out of balance. We would never think of driving cars that were this far out of alignment. Maybe we just don’t know how to tune ourselves up. It’s likely to be a long drive, so we had better start learning. Drawing from his experience teaching skiing, dervish whirling, and a practice he invented called “standing under your head”, Erik Bendix shares some practical tools for learning to align with the planet.
Erik Bendix is a visiting faculty member this half-semester at Pomona College. He is a certified Teacher of Body-Mind CenteringTM, an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and holds degrees in philosophy from Oxford and Princeton. He teaches world dance traditions worldwide, is a published poet and translator, and like you he has the whole planet under him.
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 4:00pm / Seaver Theatre
Department of Theatre and Dance
Our annual and popular, New Play Festival. Each year, all memeber of the Claremont College community are invited to submit plays around a common theme. This years theme for 2013-2014 is Air. Winners selected produce the plays with student directors and performers. For More information contact Professor Joyce Lu: Joyce.Lu@pomona.edu
Claremont College’s 10-Minute Playwriting Festival: Air*
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 4:00pm / Seaver Theatre
Our annual and popular, New Play Festival. Each year, all member of the Claremont College Community are invited to submit play around a common theme. 2013-2014 theme is Air. Winners are selected are the Department produces the plays with student directors and performers. For more information contact Professor Joyce Lu: Joyce.Lu@pomona.edu .
Tartuffe by Moliere - Directed by Leonard Pronko
March 6th – 8th at 8:00pm and March 8th – 9th at 2:00pm / Seaver Theatre
Banned as blasphemous on its first performance in 1664, Moliere’s timeless comedy is as relevant today as in the seventeenth century. Televangelists, abusive father-figures and dishonest politicians are foreshadowed in Moliere’s comedy, but its underlying seriousness never dampens his irrepressible gaiety, as clever servants and wise wives help to keep in balance a world threatened by maniacal fathers and cunning knaves.
The Medieval Mystery Play Cycle – Directed by Givoanni Ortega
April 10th – 12th at 8:00pm and April 12th & 13th at 2:00pm / Allen Theatre
Amateur actors in medieval Engleand devised short, but elaborate and spectacle filled “pageant wagon plays” about a variety of religious topics. With titles such as Creation, Temptation, Noah, and Second Shepherd’s Play, the Mystery plays are simultaneously chaste yet bawdy, witty yet moving, and sacred yet profane. The selected works from these historical plays are sure to inspire, entertain, and amuse you.
Theatre for Young Audiences*
April 10th at 7:00pm / Seaver Theatre
Join us for the annual performance of Theatre for Young Audiences, a collaboration between the Department, Pomona College’s Draper Center for Community Partnerships, and Fremont Meddle School in the city of Pomona.
Soaring: The Annual Pomona College Dance Concert – Artistic Direction by Laurie Cameron
May 1st – 3rd at 8:00pm and May 4th at 2:00pm / Seaver Theatre
First created in 1920 by the dance pioneers Denishawn, Soaring is a seminal work in the history of modern dance. Lyrical and impressionistic, the piece explores the magical potential of human movement as it relates to moving air, flowing fabric, and incandescent light, Carefully reconstructed for the Pomona College Concert Soaring will be accompanied by a variety of newly choreographed works featuring contemporary and provocative movement styles and themes.
*Programs are made possible, in part by the Colleges’ Mellon elemental Arts Initiative.
Giovanni Ortega will be directing The Medieval Mystery Plays for the Department of Theatre and Dance this Spring. Performance dates: April 9th -13th, 2014.
General Auditions Information and Sign-ups available at Seaver Theatre or call Mary 909.621.8186 for additional information.
Director: For East West Players New Works Festival: I Heart LA, Head Aches, Max and the Revolution, Apple Falls from Tree, Guava Season, No Strings Quintet and Laid Off, The Charlatan, Jack in Common.
Recent Works:Flow (Getty Museum), Lost in the Margins, Lazy John, Kwentong Pinoy (Pacific Asia Museum), Freedom (Kularts SF), People Like Me (Occidental College), Vida y Muerto (Fowler Museum), People Power (Southern Utah University).
Producer: Playwright’s Festival KWENTO, Kita Tayo sa SIPA series, Noche de Artistas – A Spoken Word Salon.
He wrote: ALLOS, the story of Carlos Bulosan which was commissioned by East West Players Theater and toured all over Southern California in 2011. It was produced in Chicago the following year by the CIRCA Pintig Theater Company, who will once again present ALLOS as part of Migrant Stories in March, 2014. During the same time, East West Players will include an excerpt of his work in a touring show called Our American Voice.
Choreographer: Blood Wedding, Girl Most Likely To, Smoke and Mirrors, Romeo and Juliet 3, Tea, with Music, Cinnamon Girl.
Giovanni has performed all over North America with Playfair, a one-man show that incorporates motivational speaking, diversity engagement and improvisation. He recently took the literary artist category for FPAC Pahayag Project for the most sought after author with his first book, ‘Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio’, published by The Undeniables. He is currently the Producing Artistic Director of MEZÇLÃO Artistas.
For more information go to: www.giovanniortega.com
Spring 2014 Auditions.
Tartuffe by Moliere
The Medieval Mystery Play Cycle
Auditions: Wednesday, January 22 6:00pm – 10:00pm & Thursday, January 23, 2014 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Callbacks: Thursday, January 23th
Scripts are available on Sakai.
Sign-up will be available in theatre office in January.
Tartuffe, by Moliere.
Verse translation by Richard Wilbur / Directed by Leonard Pronko
Seaver Theatre / Performance dates-March 5-9, 2014
Script available on Sakai
Auditionees are requested to prepare the following: One comic monologue, ideally from a play by Moliere, or a Restoration author such as Sheridan or Goldsmith. (Plays can be found at Honnold Library or the Theatre Department Library at Seaver Theatre). The expectation is that the monologue be memorized, and be no more than 2-3 minutes in length.
The Medieval Mystery Plays
Directed by Giovanni Ortega
Allen Theatre / Performance dates-April 9-13, 2014
For the Audition:
- Please prepare your favorite story from the bible (1-2 minutes). Off-book
- or a dramatic monologue (1- 2 minutes) . Off Book
In addition, we are also seeking singers, musicians and dancers.
We would love to hear you sing, play music or dance (1-2 minutes).
Please choose one:
- sing a verse and the chorus of Say something http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC8tP9Oo52Y
- or sing any contemporary ballad
- play an instrument (an original piece you wrote)
- or play something similar to Bon Iver, Mumford and Sons, Coldplay)
- dancers, a 30 second movement piece.
The Department of Theatre and Dance
Invite you to the 2013 Town Hall Meeting
Thursday – December 12, 2013
12noon – 1:00pm
Seaver Theatre – Large Studio
Pizza will be served.
Free As Air -World Premiere!
Free As Air is a collaboratively devised performance work taking on the subject of air. From air looms and flying machines to the preservation of the upper atmosphere, we find a route to uncovering what matters to the individual, to society, and to the ecology that surrounds and supports us.
Free As Air is sponsored in part by the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative at Pomona College.
November 21 – November 23 at 8:00pm and November 23 & 24 at 2:00pm.