Interested in on campus entertainment? Many CSUSB departments are hosting events around campus right now, but perhaps one of the most popular as of late is the plays and performances being hosted by the Theater Arts department and collection of performers involved with the department. They provide great productions and forms of entertainment to all of us on campus as well as the public surrounding our campus.
Department Chair and Director of the campus Theatre Arts Terry Smith said, “We have a small theater and it requires us to be very innovative about how we design our productions.”
He explained how the audience sees people on 3 sides of the stage, but that the actors perform with all 4 sides of the stage.
“These types of innovations are just an example of the professional atmosphere we are trying to provide our students with because we are trying to train them to be professionals in this business,” commented Smith.
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The play that was shown this quarter, Twelfth Night, was a comedy about a cross-dressing, shipwreck surviving, poetry-loving girl named Viola who finds herself at the center of a not-so-average love triangle, written originally by William Shakespeare.
“I was originally attending the play for extra credit for one of my classes, but I found myself genuinely interested in the play by the end of the first act!” said Anisa Nava, 20, a third-year student, coming out of the performance.
Isaac Lopez, 21, said, “I am not a big theater guy, I actually have hardly been to any plays, but this actually was pretty entertaining and I definitely would recommend it to someone who had interest in attending any plays.”
Audience members left the building after enjoying their time watching the performance.
If there are any fans of the play who are curious to learn more, there is an online schedule to other performances throughout the school year.
Some of the events the department will be hosting and getting involved with the community with can be found on the faculty website. One of the biggest events the department is especially proud of is the High School Theatre Festival. The Theatre Arts department student club, Players of the Pear Garden, sponsors this annual event and it will introduce high schools students to theatre on a college campus.
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