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 Abigail Tejada |Executive Editor| The revival of “Alicia in Wonder Tierra” forgoes grandness under Professor Johanna Smith’s direction in favor of such vivid characters, making it a must see production. As I walked in I was mesmerized by the set as it flourished with hues of blue, red, yellow and green. Sugar skulls were carefully placed on a table along with paper flowers and a grand mariachi sombrero. The journey commences with Alicia’s mother (Elizabeth Stewart) forcing her to go to a Mexican curio shop, when Alicia really only cared about going to the mall. At first hesitant to accept her fascination towards the Latin American imports, Alicia (Mariana Martinez) reaches … [Read more...] about Alicia finds herself in Wonder Tierra
By Gladys Oliva |Staff Writer| Hollywood got its hands on a best selling novel “The Girl On The Train,” which hit the big screen Oct. 8. The film is focused on the main character named Rachel, an alcoholic who recently divorced her husband due to an affair. As a commuter, she often looks out the window during the train stop and obsesses over the perfectly in love couple she describes as “the kind of love you always want.” She ends the day a drunken mess and the next day she discovers that the woman from the "perfect love couple" has gone missing. Rachel has a gut-wrenching feeling that she's a part of this crime but her blurred memory gets in the way of the truth. The film … [Read more...] about #1 New York Times Best-Seller Turned Into Movie Thriller
By Janet Curiel |Staff Writer| Acto Latino Theater Group, along with Los Amigos Spanish Club and the Transnational Commons Collective Club, are gearing up for Dia Latino on June 2 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the library lawn. Dia Latino is set to be an afternoon full of culture, music, games, giveaways, along with folkloric dance numbers, face painting, music, natural juices, snacks and raffles. Acto Latino Theater Group, who have performed plays such as Los Vendidos & La Quinta Temporada, is an on campus group on the rise. Founded for the purpose of fostering interest in Hispanic/Latino language, culture, and literature through the presentation of … [Read more...] about Acto Latino Theatre Group
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 Melanie Limon | Staff Writer | CSUSB students reveal their true love for odd-ball sci-fi horror movies and thought provoking romance films. When it comes down to it, what makes us want to go see a movie? Is it the plot? is it the actors or is it all the hype that is correlated with the movie? "When I go watch a movie, I look for depth. I don't like movies that are super predictable or that want to just entertain. They have to be thought provoking and different." said student Celina Delgado. She continues, "My favorite movie is "500 Days of Summer" because it doesn't sugarcoat anything. That's how I like movies to be. They have to be realistic." When asked about what … [Read more...] about Students thoughts on what’s hot in theaters
By Jasmine Turner |Staff Writer| CSUSB presents a remarkable tale in “Black Butterfly”, written by Luis Alfaro, a story of six Latina girls growing up in the gritty streets of East Los Angeles. The story takes you on a journey into the teenage mind filled with anger, humor, adolescent angst, American slang, and Spanglish. These young girls are at a weird stage in their lives, where they are not children, not teenagers, but not quite women The play’s timeline is set in their middle school through high school years, which shows their journey to womanhood. I attended a dress rehearsal on Nov. 20 at the Theatre Arts building, where actors successfully re-enacted the lives of young … [Read more...] about Black Butterfly: Before metamorphosis
By Daniel DeMarco |Features Editor| Somehow The Roxy Theatre remained standing after September 10, 2014. The Hollywood venue hosted live performances by opening act Carla Bozulich, and headlining band Swans. Swans is a band so loud and so intense, it seems they could knock over buildings. Their music could even be described as punishing, but it pulls you into a hypnotic state and becomes transcendental. You literally feel the music pounding on your body, and you feel it within yourself as your body moves with the swells and the violent explosions of sound. People slowly began lining up an hour and a half before doors opened, and while I leaned against the outside wall, … [Read more...] about Swans: loudest band on Earth
By Chrisoula Baroudos |Staff Writer| University Theater at CSUSB presents Invisible, coming out March 7-16 and held at the Ronald E. Barnes Theater. This play is based on the two novels, “The Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells and “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison. This whole play is a student assemble piece, even the set design was designed students that attend the college. Kevin Ezeh, a CSUSB alumni wrote this play, and collaborated with the director Kathryn Ervin about his ideas. Ervin, the director, expressed her views about what this production is about and what the audience can expect. “This production began as an exploration of two novels whose central character was ‘an … [Read more...] about Can you see it now?