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‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is a timelessly relevant story

TKAM-blogimage-editOne would think that a novel written in the ‘60s about an event that occurred in the ‘30s may not be significant in 2014, but unfortunately, many themes still ring true regarding race and judgment all these decades later. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel focuses on uncomfortable, yet very real topics such as racial inequality, rape, justice, innocence and evil. Told in a warm and candid manner, the story in “To Kill A Mockingbird” is a well-known one, and CCA’s Theatre Department has taken on the task of relating it to events occurring today. The fall production starts on November 6, 2014.

Stacey D’Angelo, CCA Theatre Director picked “To Kill A Mockingbird” as her fall production because she wanted to prompt a dialogue regarding race. Though she selected the piece long before the struggles in Ferguson, Mo. began, she now sees how timely and relevant these discussions are. “It’s important,” she states matter of factly about a revisit to the themes expressed in the play, “we won’t be giving any answers, we’ll be posing questions.” Continue reading »

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“Tres Vidas” celebrates Hispanic culture through three lives


Cristina Isabel Lucas as Frida Kahlo

In America, September 15 to October 15 marks the observation of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The tradition started in 1968 with Hispanic Heritage Week and in 1988, President Reagan expanded it into a month-long celebration of the history, culture and contribution of those American citizens whose ancestors came from Mexico, Spain, Central and South America. The performance of “Tres Vidas” aligns perfectly in the celebratory month, and will unite art, culture and the struggle in one piece.

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Community College of Aurora’s School of Liberal Arts and Office of Student Life will be presenting a production of “Tres Vidas” on October 6, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. in the Larry D. Carter Theater (16000 E. Centretech Parkway, Aurora). The production will celebrate the lives of three influential Latina women: Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Storni, all of whom will be portrayed by Cristina Isabel Lucas. Music will be provided by The Core Ensemble, specifically through cello, piano and percussion instruments. Continue reading »

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Eurydice: A look behind the scenes

This semester’s production, which runs through Saturday, March 23, is a fresh and engaging take on a timeless love story.  Please take a few moments to hear from our cast:

I’m so proud of this talented group of students, and I know that you’ll have a great time at the production. We all hope to see you at one of our performances!

March 14 – 16 at 7:30 PM
March 21 – 23 at 7:30 PM
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Spoon River Anthology

Hear from the cast and director of this semester’s theatre production:

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: a look behind the scenes

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Community College of Aurora in ColoradoAs Director of Theatre at CCA I have the honor of directing our productions each semester. This year we are tackling something new for the department, a musical! The Tony award winning production “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will open November 3 and currently we are in rehearsals for the production.

A lot goes into putting together a musical. Not only do the students need to perfect their characters through acting, but they also have to learn to tell story through singing and dance. In the theatre world it is called being a “triple threat” which is the ability to excel in both singing, dancing and acting, and I am proud to say that our students are doing great at juggling all three! Continue reading »