The COS Theatre program is dedicated to the advancement of the theatre arts, through traditional study and performance, and to the development of new theatrical ventures. We prepare students for further study and for an ever-changing profession.
The College of the Siskiyous’ Performing Arts Club presents Eugene Ionesco’s raging absurdist political satire, Rhinoceros opening Friday, February 24th at 7:00 pm in the COS Kenneth Ford Theater.
Ionesco wrote "Rhinoceros" in the late 1950's in Europe and is generally considered as a response and criticism to the sudden upsurge of Communism, Fascism, and Nazism during the events preceding World War II, and explores the themes of conformity, culture, mass movements, mob mentality, philosophy and morality.
With an all student cast, director, and crew the COS Performing Arts Club choose to produce "Rhinoceros" because of how the themes of the show directly relate to the recent presidential election of Donald Trump and how many negatively preceive his policies.
Isaiah Olson debuts as director with a seasoned cast, many who appeared in the COS Theatre Department's well received fall production of "The Wizard of Oz." Mikala Thompson stars as Berenger, Rienna Renae as Jean, and Megan Smith as Daisy. The cast also includes, Jesse Mullin, Amber Rightmyer, Chance Clark, Alex Semler, Liz Henson, Devon Tiffany, Dylan Jeffries, and Anne Bakke.
Auditions for the College of the Siskiyous' Theatre Department's Spring Plays, "The Water Engine" and "Sorry Wrong Number", will be held on Monday, February 27th and Tuesday, February 28th.
Monday, February 27th starting at 3:30 pm, students interested in peforming will present a 2 minute dramatic monologue. A sign-up sheet for audition times is on the theatre call board in the Performing Arts building hallway on the COS campus.
Tuesday, February 28th also at 3:30 pm, auditioners will read "sides" and should be prepared for movement exercises by wearing something you can move in. Auditioners must attend both days.
The Theatre Department encourages all actors to audition, regardless of age, ethnicity or experience level. While not required, it is suggested that those interested in speaking roles prepare, that is memorize and rehearse, a 2 minute dramatic monologue from a play for Monday's audition.
Rehearsals will begin March 6th, and will be held Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 5:30 pm until the week of the show when rehearsals move to evenings. After being cast, students will need to enroll in THEA 1001. Performances are scheduled April 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 and 25, in the COS Kenneth Ford Theater.
6 men, 2 women
As the audience watches, actors, an announcer and a sound effects man present a radio play during the 1930s with unerring authenticity. The "play within the play" reveals the story of a young inventor who's found a way to run an engine on distilled water. At first ridiculed, he is courted by crooked lawyers attempting to buy the invention from him on behalf of 'certain business interests'. Refusing, he is threatened and when he attempts to give his story to the newspapers, is murdered along with his sister. The engine is destroyed, but the inventor has mailed the blueprint to a young student scientist who will configure and reveal his invention to the world.
"Extraordinary... verbal brilliance." - The New York Times
"A vivid theatrical experience." - New York Daily News
3 men, 4 women
A mystery thriller, the tale of a neurotic invalid, whose only contact with the outside world is her phone. Over this, one night, because of a crossed wire, she hears plans for a murder, which turns out to be her own. Her frantic efforts to enlist help through the only means at her disposal, her growing terror and realization of the truth, and (along the way) the hints about her own life and personality she lets drop, make this a full character portrait not only of herself but of the unseen murderer, whose identity and motivations are surmised but never revealed. A tour de force of acting for the female star, who commands the stage throughout, this play also picks up through the many phone calls, personality vignettes of the outside world, including gangsters, phone operators, a police sergeant, etc., each of which is distinct and of vital importance to the storyline. This radio classic, originally done by Agnes Moorehead on Suspense, was one of radio's ten "bests" and is still being repeated as an outstanding study in suspense.
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