A song for students

Katrina Cameron

The cast and crew of the upcoming San Diego City College musical “Songs for a New World” have been conducting their final rehearsals prior to their opening night Oct. 29.

They will feature the avant-garde musical in the Saville Theatre through Nov. 14.

Although the musical originally calls for four actors, co-director June Richards decided to add an ensemble of about 20.

“It’s small for a musical . it’s large considering what Richards usually works with,” Shandra Olds, actress and theater major, said.

After weeks and countless hours of rehearsing in the Saville Theatre, it’s clear to see emotions run mixed amongst the cast as their time together comes to an end.

“It’s kind of bittersweet since I’ve been here for so long,” William Tallaksen, actor and musical theater major, said, “These people are like my family.”

“It’s coming together very well considering we’ve had some solo changes. I think everyone is thrilled, to say the least,” Olds added.

Richards also seemed “thrilled” for the nearing opening night. She has been co-directing the musical with choreographer Alicia Rincon.

“I think that each show is something I am in love with,” Richards said. “It has a very special quality that resonates.”

“The show is powerful,” Richards said. “It speaks to our student population and is perfect for right now.”

Show times for “Song for a New World” will be at 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 and 30, then again on Nov. 5 and 6. Sunday matinees (Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and 14) will be at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the box office.

Discounted tickets priced at $5 are available for City College faculty, staff and students opening weekend.