New dramatic arts production ‘SWING!’ opens April

Romel Echon

San Diego City College’s Saville Theatre is producing its rendition of the award-winning Broadway musical, “SWING!”. Originally choreographed and directed by the critically acclaimed Lynne Taylor-Corbett, “SWING!” introduces the style and swagger of the swing music scene that helped define the 1940s.

June Richards, director of theater, and Alicia Rincon, director of dance, take on the difficult task of choreographing and directing the production that depends heavily on the influence of jazz and blues music. For this, Richards and Rincon collaborated with City College’s director of KSDS Jazz 88.3, Mark DeBoskey.

“‘SWING!’ is a show that provides great entertainment for all the populations we serve,” Richards said, explaining why the show was chosen this season. “It allows us to showcase our singers and dancers and provide great entertainment to the entire community.”

Auditions for “SWING!” were held at the Saville Theatre on Feb. 7, with potential cast members strutting their best dance moves and hitting their highest notes in hopes to become selected.

“We were delighted with the turnout and we had additional people arrive on Monday and we’re already in rehearsals,” Richards said, in response to the interest surrounding the production.

The show opens on April 17 and will continue for three weekends.