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COS Theatre's Production of Shrek the Musical JR.


Shrek the Musical


Nasty will be nice and Siskiyous County will be ogre-the-moon when COS Theatre present their production of Shrek The Musical JR. beginning AUGUST 4TH, it was announced today by Freddie Gershon, CEO of Music Theatre International (MTI). The family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.

"Shrek's unique story of discovery encourages each of us to examine our prejudices, review what we believe to be our limitations and work to better understand ourselves and others. The actors and crew in this production have embarked on a similar journey, as students and teachers with many different interests have learned more about themselves and each other while collaborating towards the common goal of presenting this musical," says Gershon.

Shrek The Musical JR. follows an ogre named Shrek who has learned the hard way that "people hate the things they cannot understand." For many years he has protected himself from the hurtful actions of those who are scared of him by living as a recluse in a cozy cesspit. One day, his peaceful swamp is disturbed by new tenants: fairytale misfits - including Pinocchio, the Ugly Duckling, the Wicked Witch, Peter Pan, the Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf - have been banished there by the villainous Lord Farquaad. In order to gain back his land, Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to rescue the feisty princess Fiona from a tower guarded by a fierce dragon. Setting off with his faithful companion, Donkey, Shrek begins the journey of a lifetime filled with adventure, romance, and hilarity.

With music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek The Musical is based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film and the book Shrek by William Steig. The original Broadway production, starring Brian d'Arcy James as Shrek and Sutton Foster as Fiona, ran for twelve months and received a total of twelve Drama Desk Awards and eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. The musical was adapted to be performed by students by educational musical theatre consultancy firm iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.

COS Theatre in association with Mt. Shasta Children's Theatre will present Shrek The Musical JR. on August 4, 5, and 6 at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday with a 3:00 pm matinee on Sunday August 6 at COS’ Kenneth Ford Theatre at 800 College Avenue in Weed. Tickets are $15, Students/Seniors $10, or a family four pack for $35. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the COS bookstore.

Shrek The Musical JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theaters from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of great musicals from Broadway and beyond. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

MTI is particularly dedicated to the idea of theater as education and has created special collections for younger performers. The MTI Broadway Junior Collection® includes JR. titles, 60-minute musicals for performance by middle school children; and KIDS titles, 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children resulting in over 80,000 productions consisting of more than 300,000 performances.

Spring 2017 Productions - "Sorry, Wrong Number" and "The Water Engine"

The College of the Siskiyous' Theatre Department presents an evening of staged radio dramas, including Louise Fletcher's "Sorry, Wrong Number" and David Mamet's "The Water Engine," opening Friday, April 14 at 7:00 pm in the COS Kenneth Ford Theater at the Weed Campus.

Sorry, Wrong NumberMany remember "Sorry, Wrong Number" as the classic 1948 film starring Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster. However, the College of the Siskiyous will perform it in its original radio drama form. "Sorry, Wrong Number" is a mystery thriller which tells the story of a neurotic invalid, whose only contact with the outside world is her phone, and because of a crossed wire, hears the plans for a murder. 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.



"The Water Engine," set in 1934 during the Chicago World Fair, tells the story of a young inventor who has found a way to run an engine on distilled water. When he attempts to patent his invention he is at first ridiculed, but then is threatened when he refuses to sell and then decides to go public with his earth shattering discovery. The New York Times describes the play as "extraordinary... verbal brilliance" and the New York Daily News called it "a vivid theatrical experience."

The Water Engine


Theatre Arts faculty member Neil Carpentier‐Alting directs these classic radio dramas with Nick Fabrio, Theater Manager designing both the sets and the sound environment. The ensemble cast includes Alex Semler, Megan Smith, Liz Henson, Ryder Emerson, Rienne Renae, Mikala Thompson, Michael Pelfrey, Anne Bakke, Jesse Mullin, and Donna Fox. Students are also involved backstage in key positions; Devon Tiffany designing lights, Shasta Stewart and Tiffanie Ramirez stage managing the production.

Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings April 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 pm in the COS Kenneth Ford Theater. Advance tickets may be purchased from the COS Weed Campus Bookstore, Yreka Campus Business Office, or from Snow Creek Studios in Mt. Shasta. Tickets will also be sold from the Theater Box Office beginning one hour prior to each show. Cost to attend the performance is $15 general and $10 students/seniors (60+). For more information contact the Public Relations Office at (530) 938-5373(530) 938-5373.

Mid Winter 2017 Production - Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros

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.

Fall 2016 Production - The Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz

The COS Theatre and Music Departments co-produced the original script for The Wizard of Oz.

All performances were held in the College of the Siskiyous Kenneth W. Ford Theater at the Weed Campus. For information about COS Theater productions or classes call (530) 938-5206(530) 938-5206.

This original stage version of THE WIZARD OF OZ premiered at the Municipal Theatre of St. Louis (MUNY) in 1942. The first Muny production featured Evelyn Wycoff as Dorothy and Al Downing as the Munchkin Mayor. The musical includes songs "Over The Rainbow," "Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead)," "If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve," "We're Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road)," "The Jitterbug," and "The Merry Old Land of Oz," as well as a song called "Evening Star."

Using L. Frank Baum's book – and not the MGM film – as its source, this version employs story and songs as elements of a classic stage musical. This original script also includes the characters of Gloria and Lord Growlie.


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