New TNCC Theater classes for the Fall 2011 semester

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The TNCC Performing Arts Department is pleased to announce two brand new theater classes for Fall semester.

CST 145 – Stagecraft (Prof. Torre Sanders)

Have you ever wanted to know what goes on “behind the scenes” in theater? Stagecraft covers the basics of theater construction, lighting, sound and costuming. Come learn how to swing a hammer, turn a wrench, and paint a flat. Student lab work will include working as backstage and booth crew for MTCA productions.

(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENG 03 and ENG 05 and MTH 01 and MTH 03 if required by individual student’s placement. Acquaints the student with fundamental methods, materials, and techniques of set construction for the stage. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

CST 131 – Acting I (Prof. Sandra Calderón-Garza)

(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENG 03, ENG 05 if required by individual student’s placement. Develops personal resources and explores performance skills through such activities as theatre games, role playing, improvisation, work on basic script units, and performance of scenes. Part I of II. Lecture 2 hours + lab 3 hours = total 5 hours per week.


For more information on these new classes please contact Torrie Sanders at sandersv@tncc.edu

 

TNCC Performing Arts Presents Frankenstein Drama

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Department of Performing Arts will present “Frankenstein – A Radio Drama” June 23-26 in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the Hampton campus. The production is open to the public with Thursday through Saturday performances at 8 p.m., and a 3 p.m. show on Sunday.

“Frankenstein – A Radio Drama” is Phillip Grecian’s adaptation of Mary Wollstencraft Shelley’s novel. Actors will entertain audiences with the familiar horror tale of Frankenstein, a deranged beast created from corpses stolen from a graveyard. When the creature sets out to harm others, chaos ensues and every human is in danger, including Frankenstein’s creator.

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Beauty and the Beast to be Performed at TNCC

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) presents “Beauty and the Beast,” April 14-17 at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, on the Hampton campus. Performances are at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Based on the traditional 17th Century French fairy tale, this non-musical adaptation by playwright Warren Graves premiered in 1995 at the Walterdale Playhouse in Edmonton, Canada. Graves’ re-imagining of the classic story highlights themes of appearance versus reality, inner beauty and the redemptive power of love.

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Local Production Company Presents ‘Deathtrap’ at TNCC

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Iron Street Productions will present Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap” weekends March 18 through March 27 at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Hampton campus. The production is open to the public with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m shows on Sundays.

In this suspenseful two-act play, playwright Sidney Bruhl is fueled by the desire to once again be the toast of Broadway. He plots along with his wife Myra to kill aspiring playwright, Clifford Anderson, and steal a sure-fire script. They lure the unwitting victim to their home and drama unfolds when their nosy psychic neighbor Helga Ten Dorp and Bruhl’s observant attorney Porter Milligan become involved.

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TNCC Presents ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Department of Performing Arts and TNCC Players will present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium (MTCA), Templin Hall, on the Hampton campus. Performances will take place November 12-14 and November 19-21 at 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00 p.m. Sundays.

The musical comedy is set in ancient Rome and follows Pseudolus, a young slave who concocts a plan to gain his freedom. When his master and mistress are away, he learns that their son, Hero, is in love with Philia, a beautiful young lady. That’s when he devises a crafty plan to arrange a marriage before his master’s return in exchange for freedom. Of course, the plan is not without its kinks and Pseudolus finds himself in a series of comical situations. The Tony Award-winning production features music by Stephen Sondheim and is based on several plays of Titus Maccius Plautus.

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Comedic Murder Mystery Opens at Mary T. Christian Auditorium September 12

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s Mary T. Christian Auditorium will be the site of a hilarious play called “Drop Dead” beginning Friday Sept. 12 with an 8 p.m. performance. Brought to audiences by Iron Street Productions, the play is scheduled to run through Sept. 21 with performances starting at 3 p.m. on Sept. 14 and Sept. 21.  Other performances begin at 8 p.m.

This uproariously funny play tells the tale of a cast of has-been actors that are trying to revive their careers in a production called “Drop Dead!” a potboiler murder mystery directed by “Wonder Child of the Broadway Stage” Victor Le Pewe (a psychotic eye twitching megalomaniac). The group’s dress rehearsal kicks off a chain of events that are sure to keep audiences entertained — the set falls, props break, and the producer and an actor are murdered. During the opening night performance, the murders continue and as things progress the remaining thespians must save the show, their careers, solve the mystery and stay alive for curtain calls!

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