April 13, 2005
INFORMATION: John McElwain or John Green, (661) 362-3494 or 3684
Performing Arts Faculty Takes Center Stage During Concert
SANTA CLARITA They direct, demand, cajole, plead and, yes, inspire their proteges on to ever-greater events on ever-bigger stages. Yet, when the curtains rise, and the bright lights shine on the new stars at College of the Canyons, it is the performing arts faculty who often remain in the dark.
In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of College of the Canyons, the faculty and staff of the Performing Arts Department will host a one-night only Faculty Concert featuring music, dance and drama in the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts on April 22. The event is free and begins at 7:30 p.m.
The experience and talent that exists in the faculty at College of the Canyons is so impressive, said Michael McMahan, Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts and master of ceremonies for the evening. We often see their touch reflected in the wonderful work their students display, but its a rare treat to actually see them on stage performing.
Theater chair Susan Hinshaw and director John Demita will share a series of stirring monologues from Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams. Dance chair Phylise Smith and dance director Shannon Levy-Heath will offer their own choreographed pieces, while the music department features a full-bodied arrangement including the Jazz Collective, piano solos, the Voices of the Canyons choir conducted by Julie Lawson, and a multimedia presentation composed by music chair Bernardo Feldman.
This really is a feast for the senses, said McMahan.
Information will also be available about performing arts support opportunities, including how to become a member of the Patrons of the Performing Arts.