Spring into Arts with a musical and photography abroad

Brittany Johnson

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Spring musical

This spring, City College’s Visual and Performing Arts Department is preparing plenty of opportunities, like musical theater and technical dance, to indulge the community in the arts.

Professor June Richards, co-chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, and director of the Dramatic Arts Program, has begun to piece together “Pippin” the musical.

“Pippin” is a Broadway musical from the 1960’s. “Pippin” is the magical story of a prince who fights through love, war, and politics to find personal significance. It has been raved by many critics, including Time Magazine who said, “”Splendiferous theatricality, the kick of a lightning bolt and a passionate knack for being entertaining.”

“This musical is fun. The costumes are amazing, “Alicia Rincon, co-chair of Visual and Performing Arts Department and director of the Dance Program said.

On Saturday, January 30, the Theater Department held auditions for “Pippin.” With their best effort forward, those auditioning presented a short song and swift movements. Department chairs will then put together an all-star cast for this spring production.

Alicia Rincon is also working hard in the Dance Department. Auditions were held by the department for the Faculty Dance Concert on January 30 as well. Students were to audition for a variety of pieces. Styles include: modern, hip-hop, jazz, and many more. “The caliber is high,” Alicia Rincon said.

Dancers quickly prepared for the auditions. City student and dancer Molly McColm wasn’t nervous, but excited. “I won’t be nervous at the auditions. I know what to expect.”

Beginners were encouraged to participate. “The teachers are friendly and accepting. It is a fun experience. It may be overwhelming, but I just do it,” McColm said.

Also choreographing the show is Patricia Rincon, international choreographer and director of the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective. The special invitation to choreograph will make this concert a unique one.

Preparing for the concert is next. Between learning and perfecting the pieces and rehearsing on an alternating schedule with “Pippin,” show time
will be here in no time.

Study photography abroad

The Photography Department is springing into summer. They are now accepting applications for a summer in Northern Italy. The department will go on a two-week tour, then return for 7 weeks of darkroom or digital production in the brand-new building.

More information about the trip can be found at www.eurofoto.info or by contacting Dave Eichinger, Assistant Professor, Photography/Visual Arts.

“Pippin” premiers April 9 and will run every Friday and Saturday until April 25. Tickets will be sold at the door.
T
he Faculty Dance Concert will run on May 7 and 8. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, visit http://www.sdcity.edu/savilletheater/events.asp.

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