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Department opens auditions

Published: Monday, February 17, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014 15:02

The Knox Center and the Contra Costa College drama department have two major productions in store for this semester.

The drama department held auditions for William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be the final play the department is doing this semester. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works, and is widely performed across the word.

“We can always use more people,” Doug Dildine, interim drama department coordinator, said. “Everybody has an actor in them.”

Linda Jackson-Whitmore, who directed “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” will direct the drama department’s take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“Here at CCC we have a very strong vocational staff and a great technical staff,” Dildine said.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a comedy describing hilarious events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens. Mischievous magic and fairies inhabit a forest where most of the play is set.

Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright widely regarded as one of the greatest English language writers ever. He is known as England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon.”

Dildine said that the department has undergone a new regime and that along with music and dancing collaborations, the Knox Center will be very busy in the near future.

“Last year we only had one production (‘Twilight: Los Angeles 1992’),” Dildine said. “We reactivated Drama 230 and are producing the two plays this semester. For the fall semester of 2014, we are slated to produce a total of three.”

He also said that this spring CCC will hire a new chairperson for the drama department and that it will be a “pretty big expansion” from the days of former chairperson Clay David.

“I encourage people to sign up for drama classes,” he said. “It’s a fun way to get some breadth (requirements) in your major if you’re ‘flirting’ with some classes you need.”

The drama department has already held auditions and intense rehearsals have already begun for “In The Blood,” directed by Tyrone Davis.

“In The Blood” is a play by Suzan-Lori Parks and is centered on a homeless mother of five. There will be lovingly comical moments amid the harsh worlds of poverty.

Dildine said “In The Blood” is a classic tale of dark drama with good taste of humor.

“Sign up for Drama 220 in the fall and just come on down and audition if you never have,” he said. “It’s a fun form of art.” 

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