Theater department kicks off season with ‘Rabbit Hole’

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Theater adjunct Joseph Urick and Brian Hill, drama sophomore and president of Drama Club, rehearse sword fight choreography for "Cyrano De Bergerac" before callbacks Feb. 5 at Bennett Music Hall. The play premieres 7:30 p.m. April 9 in McAllister auditorium. Photo by E. David Guel

Theater adjunct Joseph Urick and Brian Hill, drama sophomore and president of Drama Club, rehearse sword fight choreography for “Cyrano De Bergerac” before callbacks Feb. 5 at Bennett Music Hall. The play premieres 7:30 p.m. April 9 in McAllister auditorium. Photo by E. David Guel

Cast list for ‘Cyrano De Bergerac’ will be announced later today.

By Christina Briseno

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Theater coordinator Paula Rodriguez said her department has some exciting productions this semester, and she is eager for what’s in store. The first two shows of the spring season are “Rabbit Hole” and “Cyrano De Bergerac,” she said.

David Lindsay-Abaire wrote “Rabbit Hole,” a play that covers loss, heartbreak and forgiveness.

“Rabbit Hole” begins at 7:30 p.m. today through Feb. 14 and 19-21 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 22 in the theater of McCreless Hall. Admission for the play is $5 with an Alamo Colleges ID. Other college students pay $8, and general admission is $10.

This college’s production includes a cast and crew of students, faculty, a professional actor and a local elementary school student.

Director of the play is theater and communications instructor Charles Falcon. Stage manager is Brian Hill, a drama major at this college. Nathan Mesa, speech and drama student, works as the assistant to the director and costumes. William Budge, a fifth-grader at St. Anthony Catholic School, provides the voice of Danny. Esau G. Perez, theater sophomore, plays Jason. Lauren Hunt, freshman, plays Nat. Monica Jimenez, sophomore, plays Izzy. Rafael Orduna, who has an acting career of 20 years, plays Howie. Lia Trevinio, drama sophomore, plays Becca.

French playwright Edmond Rostand wrote “Cyrano De Bergerac” in 1897. The classic tragic love story was later turned into a film.

The department held auditions for the play Feb 9-10 and will announce the cast list this afternoon.

Any current student at this college, regardless of major, can audition for plays, Rodriguez said.

“A one-minute monologue from any book, movie or play and with a GPA of 2.0 is required,” Rodriguez said.

“It’s never a dull moment in the theater department,” Rodriguez said. “There are always new, fresh and exciting students to work with. The faculty is always energetic and passionate.”

Outside of the department is a student activity club called the On Stage Drama Club, managed by drama Professor Ronald Watson.

“Seeing our students finish, graduate and transfer on is something every professor looks forward to,” Rodriguez said. “We are proud of our students and want them to feel appreciated.”

She is also proud of the department’s sustainable stage habits. The theater department has a green thumb when it comes to recycling props, she said.

“What we do a lot in our department is recycle scenery, wood and costumes.” Rodriguez said.

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