Performances were March 4, 5, 11, 12 & 13, 2016
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn
Directed by Marc Jacobs
Musical Direction by Sierra Dee
Choreography by Laura Elaine Ellis
There are six unique 12-year-olds ferociously competing to be crowned spelling bee champs while being barely reined in by three madcap adults. In a comical and unusual twist, some audience members are brought on stage to compete as spellers, inviting moments of improvisational hilarity.
The six competitors are all outcasts or nerds in their own way. Some, like William Barfee, are overcome by hyper-competitiveness and parental pressure to succeed. Others, like Olive Ostrovsky, suffer from parental neglect or disaffection. They are all united, however, by their love of spelling. Each child eventually comes to a realization about their own values and self-worth, exiting the bee as champions of a different sort.
Cal State East Bay’s Department of Theatre and Dance will
“In the Beginning, God Created Difference” is a dance/theater/music performance that represents the culmination of more than three years of in-depth exploration with the Cal State East Bay Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble (IIE) and other guest artists.
“Director Eric Kupers has woven together a non-linear journey through creation from multiple perspectives at once, examining who we are as human beings, why we are alive, and how we connect to our ancestors, each other and future generations,” said Sierra Dee, instructional support assistant for CSUEB’s Department of Theatre and Dance. “The production is based on creation myths from diverse cultures, along with personal creation stories, vocal compositions by Ysaye Maria Barnwell, and dance and music created collaboratively by all the artists involved in the production.”
“In the Beginning, God Created Difference” incorporates IIE, which brings together CSUEB students, alumni, community members, and professional performing artists to experiment with methods for embracing diversity through the performing arts. This year, IIE has added two components to this particular production:
The performance will also feature guest artists Masashiro Fukuizumi (Taiko drumming composer and instructor), Caitlin Tabancay-Austin (vocal teacher and choral director) and Corissa “Reese” Johnson (guest choreographer and alumna).
For more information about the production, call Cal State East Bay’s Department of Theatre and Dance at (510) 885-3118, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are on sale online and at the Pioneer Bookstore, and will be available at the University Theatre box office one hour before show time. The box office accepts cash, Visa and MasterCard credit
Fusion is traditionally a chance for senior and graduating Theatre and Dance students to showcase their work. With preparation starting in Fall Quarter, students work hard to bring their pieces from conception to a fully realized show. Fusion classes are a diverse and eclectic playground in which student directors, actors, writers, and dancers experiment and create thoughtful, entertaining performance pieces. This year’s Fusion offered a wide array, ranging from musical revue to original choreographed dances. For each student
“Fuccbois”, written and directed by
Performances were November 11, 12, 18, 19, & 20, 2016
Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
Directed by Marc Jacobs
Location: University Theatre