By Erika Aguilar |Staff Writer| The San Manuel Student Union Theatre presented its first play, “Panza Monologues", on March 3, organized by the Women’s Resource Center (WRC). The play is based on the book, "The Panza Monologues,” written by Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga. It is a solo performance based on women’s stories about their panzas, which means “bellies” in English. The book features Chicanas speaking with humor and honesty about their stories, including their panza. The panza represents as a symbol, revealing the truths about their experience with life, love, abuse, living conditions, obstacles and political concerns. The monologues are a combination of comedy and … [Read more...] about The Panza Monologues
By Robert Klimper |Staff Writer| A Midsummer Night's Dream, a comedic Shakespearean play, brought humor, drama and a bit of magic to the stage of Blackhawk Theatre at Citrus Valley High School, from Feb. 16 until the 25th. The play was put on by the Honor Troupe at Citrus Valley High School, which is given the name due to the actors being held to a higher standard with tougher plays. A major component of A Midsummer Night's Dream is fairies in a forest casting magic and playing tricks on humans that wander into the forest. The concept of a Shakespeare play can seem like a tough task to tackle, and for some, it can be hard to interpret what is said due to the unique language the … [Read more...] about Shakespeare Lives!
By Gladys Oliva |Staff Writer| The San Manuel Student Union Theatre held auditions Jan. 17 through 19 for students interested in performing for a new play, “The Panza Monologues.” The play is based on the book which is written and compiled by Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga. The book features stories from various Chicanas who discuss their panzas (Spanish for "stomach") with humor and wonder. Those featured reveal their struggles and experiences with childhood, relationships, abuse, love, politics, etc. Despite sharing their difficult struggles, those Chicanas featured knew how to add a humorous touch. The monologues range from dramatic to comedic, and are … [Read more...] about Panza Monologues Auditions
By Arthur Medrano | Staff Writer | The Department of Music and Voice presented “The Seven Deadly Sins” Feb. 5 and Feb. 13 in the Performing Arts Recital Hall on the campus, as well as The Vine Theatre at the Bernardo Winery in San Diego. Director Stacey Fraser, of the CSUSB Opera Theatre, presented Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s sung ballet, which struck a dramatic punch amongst the audience with their invoking stage presence. The story shows us the toll the prohibition era took as it compromises the life of Anna, who holds an internal divide preventing her to accumulate wealth for her family. Having been a part of the opera herself, Fraser provides a stunning performance … [Read more...] about The Department of Music and Voice brings “The Seven Deadly Sins”
By Daniel DeMarco |Copy Editor| There lingers a stigma in society surrounding professional wrestling. The simple mention of it often brings a response like, “you mean that fake WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) stuff?” I know, because I was one of those responding in that judgmental tone for many years after I had “grown out of it.” I now see that I was mistaken, and unless you are a wrestling fan, you’re probably wrong too. As I got older, I could not quiet that thought in the back of my head: Why are thousands of people, every week, buying tickets or tuning in to watch men and women fake-fight? Eventually, curiosity and a nostalgic desire brought me to try to really … [Read more...] about The misunderstood spectacle of pro wrestling
By Ofelia Fuente |Staff Writer| Take a moment and imagine yourself in the '40s, in the midst of racism and discrimination. One individual defies all odds and becomes the first African American player in Major League Baseball. This is the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, written and directed by CSUSB’s very own Carol Damgen. I had the opportunity to interview Damgen and ask about her inspiration to create this tale about courage. Throughout the years, Damgen has been very involved in the arts, ranging from theatre to television as well as teaching at CSUSB for the past 10 years. Damgen was inspired by her childhood and love for heroes. As a child, Damgen grew up going to … [Read more...] about Jackie Robinson: An American Dream
By Mariela Limon|Staff Writer| The CSUSB Theatre Arts Department is set to ring in the new school year with four productions set to take center stage at the Barnes Theatre. The recently unveiled 2012-2013 season features, among others, a classical adaptation and a widely popular musical that has set high expectations for the department. “I think it’s a really exciting season,” said Department Chair Kathryn Ervin. “The whole department worked really hard to come up with something that would be rebellious, rock 'n' roll and full of revelry for our viewers.” “The Trojan Women: A Love Story,” by Charles Mee, is a modern adaptation of Euripides’ classic “The Trojan Women.” “Despite … [Read more...] about New year, new productions for Theatre Arts Department