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November 23, 2010

Theatre Department’s ‘Solopalooza’ Shows Sure to Entertain

The Theatre Department is inviting community members to experience the artistic intimacy of the one-person show during the “2010 Solopalooza” on Dec. 8 and 9.
Featuring original solo performances by more than 25 COC theatre students, the event is sure to dazzle and delight audiences with a combination of gut-wrenching honesty, startling insights and surprising humor.
“I’m always impressed by the level of talent on display during each Solopalooza performance,” said Paul Wickline, COC Theatre Department chair. “The students write and perform original works that will simply amaze audiences.”
Leading up to the event, students from the college’s Theatre 195: Solo Performance course work with COC theatre instructor and Solopalooza director Susan Hinshaw  who draws from years of personal experience as an actor and solo performer  to create a series of original performance pieces containing universal themes that all audiences can enjoy.
“It’s such a privilege to help usher these stories into the world,” Hinshaw said. “This semester’s Solopalooza will include student actors from all walks of life. I invite the community to come and experience their wonderful, heartfelt performances.”
Solopalooza performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, and Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Repertory East Playhouse, located at 24266 Main St. in downtown Newhall.

A different set of solo performance pieces will be presented each night. Admission to both performances is free.
All ages will be admitted, however some performances contain mature language and adult subject matter.

November 15, 2010

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Library Expansion Project

Subject: Groundbreaking Ceremony
When: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010
Where: College of the Canyons Library (rear parking lot)
Event: A groundbreaking ceremony for the 51,000-square-foot, $16 million College of the Canyons Library Expansion Project. Forty percent of the project is being funded by Measure M, a general-obligation bond passed by local voters in November 2006, while 60 percent is from a statewide bond measure also passed by voters in 2006.
The expansion includes group-study rooms, providing students more meeting areas for collaboration. It will also add a Special Collections display and storage area that will allow for rotating shows of student and community art. A new Computer Commons area with 100 workstations will more than double the number of computers available to students and
community members.
The expansion will also allow the college’s Learning Center to move from Bonelli Hall and expand its services to students. The demand for tutoring services has grown steadily over the years. In just the first 10 weeks of the current semester, the center has provided 35,000 hours of tutoring, compared to 13,000 hours in fall 1990. The number of students served has increased too, from 2,300 in 1990 to 4,500 today.
The library expansion is expected to open in fall 2012.
Speaking at the event will be Mrs. Michele Jenkins, vice president of the college’s Board of Trustees; Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, chancellor of College of the Canyons; Mr. Jan Keller, the college’s founding librarian; and Mr. James Glapa-Grossklag, dean, educational technology, learning resources and distance learning.

November 10, 2010

K-12 Arts Outreach Program Remains Active in SCV Schools

Through a series of valuable partnerships with major arts organizations across the nation, the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program continues to provide arts-infused curriculum and unique educational opportunities for students throughout the SCV.
The PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program uses College of the Canyons’ cultural and community resources to expose SCV students to top-tier visual and performing arts (VAPA) curriculum and learning opportunities. The K-12 Arts Outreach Program has taken a collaborative approach, with PAC organizers partnering with teachers and administrators in school districts throughout the SCV in order to reach as many students as possible.
“I am very excited about the growth of the PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program,” said Rita Garasi, chair of the PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program. “The opportunity to work with LA Opera as well as other outstanding artists is providing students memorable and enriching experiences.”
A number of arts-based events and activities are currently taking place in SCV elementary schools as a result of the PAC’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program.
LA Opera

Students at Northlake Hills Elementary (Castaic Union School District), Fair Oaks Ranch Community School (Sulphur Springs School District) and Charles Helmers Elementary School (Saugus Union School District) recently participated in the LA Opera’s In-School Opera’ program.
Over the last five weeks LA Opera artists have visited the respective school sites and interacted with students through weekly workshops and rehearsals designed to teach students a variety of singing, movement and visual arts techniques associated with LA Opera’s production of the opera “The Prospector,” based on Puccini’s “The Girl of the Golden West.”
LA Opera’s five-week residency culminated with successful student performances of “The Prospector” held at Northlake Hills and Live Oak Elementary earlier in November.
A final student performance of “The Prospector” will take place Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Charles Helmers Elementary School.
Spoken Word Poetry

Students at Charles Helmers Elementary School will also be participating in a four-week poetry program led by actor, teaching artist and spoken word poet Joe Hernandez-Kolski, host of DownBeat 720, an open-mic performance lab for high school youth sponsored by the City of Santa Monica. Hernandez-Kolski is also the recipient of an LA Area Emmy Award for “Outstanding Youth Programming.”
Hernandez-Kolski’s residency at Helmers Elementary School will culminate with a Poetry Slam Assembly featuring live performances of student works on Friday, Dec. 10.
Faustwork Mask Theatre

Internationally acclaimed Faustwork Mask Theatre brings its unique brand of performance to Rio Vista Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 17, for a presentation of a series of performance vignettes titled “The Mask Messenger.”
Providing new insights into the artistic, cultural, and historical aspects of the mask, the show has been performed at festivals, corporate events, universities, schools and in theaters throughout the world.
Mary Pickford Film Institute

Students at Santa Clarita and Rosedell Elementary schools are currently participating in 10- and 12-week residencies with the Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education (MPI), through the Institute’s Mobile Film Classroom.
Through this program students will learn the various aspects of digital media production  writing, filming, editing etc.  while also working with their peers to develop valuable critical thinking and team-building skills.
The MPI residency will culminate in separate film festivals in which students will be able to discuss and present their film projects.
Other PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program programs are currently in development with the Castaic Union, Sulphur Springs, Newhall and William S. Hart Union School Districts.
“We are already discussing some major plans for the fall 2011 semester,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director.

November 4, 2010

Comedians of the Canyons to Host Evening of Improv on Nov. 6

College of the Canyons will host a night of unscripted laughter and excitement as the student improv troupe Comedians of the Canyons presents the second in a series of free on-campus improv comedy shows.
Comprised entirely of student performers enrolled in the college’s advanced improvisational performance theatre class, the Comedians of the Canyons next improv show will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in Pico Canyon Hall, Room 202, located on the college’s Valencia campus.
“Each scene is original material made up on the spot from audience suggestions,” said Allan Trautman, College of the Canyons instructor and host of the show. “I’ve been throwing them a lot of advanced scene work during class sessions, and the students have really risen to the occasion, so this should be another great show.”
The last Comedians of the Canyons show held in early October was a huge success, with students performing to a packed house of comedy and improv enthusiasts. Scenarios that were performed for the audience that night included: a local news broadcast about cricket fights; what really goes on at the other end of the customer support line at Play-Doh; and dealing with layoffs at a Canadian syrup factory.
“Our last show was packed with a very enthusiastic crowd, and we expect this next performance to be standing-room-only, so arrive early,” Trautman said. “The people who come to this show are in for a unique treat.”
All Comedians of the Canyons performances are free and open to the public. The third installment in the Comedians of the Canyons series will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.