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Preparing the Dailey Theatre for Shakespeare

Alison Rodriguez Staff Writer William Shakespeare took center stage at Dailey Theatre last night as the theater department presented “The Merchant of Venice.” Directed by theater arts professor David Flaten, “Merchant” was put together in less than two months and will be premiered tonight at 7:30 p.m. as “the biggest show of the semester,” junior theater major Cody Goss said. “I’m really... 

Dark side revealed in student plays

Dark side revealed in student plays
Written and performed by Teresa Yslas Beardsley, “Mademoiselle X: Ourselves in Disguise,” is a one-woman show that displayed Beardsley’s acting talent in the form of several different characters. The main character was a French woman who told stories of different people she had met throughout her life, including a doorman, a homeless man, a Texas drunk and an Occupy Los Angeles protester. / photo... 

Reliving John Brown’s crusade

Reliving John Brown’s crusade
Norman Marshall performs “John Brown: Trumpet of Freedom” Tuesday in the Campus Center. In this one-man show Marshall played the abolitionist John Brown along with 30 other historical characters to portray the harsh realities of slavery. The show is based on letters and interviews from the final weeks of Brown’s life. Marshall began performing his show in 1997. / photo by Nicole Ambrose  Read More →

‘Mirandolina’ brings intrigue to Dailey stage

‘Mirandolina’ brings intrigue to Dailey stage
During Carlo Goldoni’s classic comedy “Mirandolina: Mistress of the Inn” last weekend, shown in the Dailey Theatre, Alex Frietas played the part of the Marquis of Forlipoppoli, who drinks a vase water to chase down the Captain Ripafratta’s spiced chocolate milk. The captain was played by Ray Del Rio. The characters offered laugh-out-loud dramatics and buffoonery prompted by their love of the... 

‘Happy Days’ takes audience back to the ’50s

Monica Dien Staff Writer Nostalgia and charm filled the room as “Happy Days,” the musical, made its debut at Tibbies Center Stage Theater in Fontana selling out every performance this season. “The show is just fun and light hearted whether you grew up watching the television show or saw it in reruns as a kid,” said musical director Todd Vigiletti “The musical brings the characters from the... 

Grove Theater resurrects a music icon in “Bonita and Billie”

Monica Dien Staff Writer Billie Holiday was brought back to life in honor of Black History Month at Upland’s Grove Theater Feb. 15 as actress Bonita Brisker retold the life story of one of jazz’s greatest legends in her play coined, “Bonita and Billie.” Brisker, winner of two NAACP theater awards, embodied Holiday in mind, body and spirit in her one-woman show. Accompanied solely by her piano... 

Original production is sinfully fun

Original production is sinfully fun
Envy, played by Alvaro Renteria, is among the sins characterized by coveting and insatiable desire. “The Virtuous Sinner Sideshow” was conceptualized, written, cast, directed, choreographed, composed and performed by students in the Theater 315 January interterm class. The story is about the seven deadly sins and the seven heavenly virtues portrayed through several anecdotes. / photo by Kelley... 

Romance in ‘Urinetown’

Romance in 'Urinetown'
During the song, “Mr. Cladwell,” Mr. McQueen (Cole Wagner), Senator Fipp (Alex Freitas), Dr. Billeaux (Jake Tittl), the secretary (Victoria Wyatt) and the bag lady (Sonora Hernandez) dance around Caldwell B. Cladwell (Stephenson Holder), in "Urinetown." / photo by Zachary Horton Theatre arts majors Amy Bolton, as Hope Cladwell, and Zachary Green, as Bobby Strong, embrace during... 

Musical resists toilet crisis

Ingrid Rodriguez Staff Writer When you have to go, you have to go, especially in a place called Urinetown. “Urinetown: The Musical,” was written by Greg Kotis with music by Mark Hollmann. More than 40 students from the University of La Verne’s theater and music departments will be performing beginning Nov. 8. The play has 15 songs and parodies many famous musicals like “West Side Story,”... 

Romance divided by a wall

Karo Chakhlasyan Arts Editor The lights dimmed, the applause came to a slow stop and the scene crew set up a brick wall dividing the stage. Thus began an unexpected tale of romance as “The Romancers,” a play directed by theater arts major Zachary Green began Wednesday night in Dailey Theatre. The play was presented to the University as a one-night-only show, part of homecoming week. “Given the... 
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