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Anansi & Friends: Folktales from Around the WorldAudiences who attend the CCA spring Theatre Department production “Anansi & Friends” will travel around the world in 60 minutes. The one-hour production, which debuts March 9, features CCA students performing a variety of folktales from around the world. It's a perfect length of time for families who want to introduce their children to other cultures ina fun atmosphere. “Anansi & Friends: Folktales from Around the World” will feature folktales from countries and cultures in West Africa, Iran, Korean, and other cultures. The five-act play has also opened the eyes to the CCA student cast members who – even as they learn their parts – are learning more about the world around them. CCA student Michael Tuccy, who is performing a puppet character named Ahmed, says that “Anansi” goes into remarkable detail about specific traditions within a culture, specifically citing a gilded wooden goose that is featured in “The Story Spirits”, one of Anansi's five acts. “We learn about their cultural symbols,” Tuccy says.

Vox Poster GraphicStories that will make you laugh, stories that will make you cry, stories that will make you think long and hard about how we as a society approach the topic of disability. You can expect them all when the curtains go up on “Vox: Under Construction” in the Larry D. Carter Theater on the CentreTech campus on October 26.

“Vox” is a collaboration between CCA theater students and the Phamaly Theatre Company, a Denver-based organization whose performers have disabilities across the spectrum – physical, cognitive, emotional, and intellectual.

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Image of Savannah reich, Paradise Park Zoo authorHave you ever wondered about if we are truly free – or whether we are all trapped in a cage?

And are we trapped in a cage of our own creation or someone else's creation?

Chicago-based playwright Savannah Reich had those same questions but turned her ponderings into “Paradise Park Zoo”, the Community College of Aurora Spring Theatre Department production.

Now it's your turn to meet Savannah your questions about “Paradise Park Zoo”, playwriting, and how to make political art that isn't simply propaganda. (Also be sure to get your tickets for "Paradise Park Zoo!" CCA students you can attend for free by registering!)

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Leading Ladies PosterFor CCA students Matt Berg, Molly Bibeau, Michael Evans, Brittany Pollard, and Bear Omundson (who is directing the show), “Leading Ladies” demonstrates everything they have learned during theater classes and performances. This is their final production at CCA.

The student-led “Leading Ladies” play is not only a way for CCA students to showcase what they have learned – it is also a way for them to give back to the college. The show is a fundraiser to help support the Theatre Department and future productions. Tickets are $5 at the door and donations will be accepted.

Although “Leading Ladies” shares some of the same themes, such as identity and gender confusion, that the past two CCA productions, “Pronoun” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream” featured, that is about the only similarity.

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MSND-484x252Learning Shakespeare can be tough – but having to learn it in six weeks and then perform it in front of an audience while you juggle classes, your job, and your personal life? (Lord, what fools these mortals be.)

That's the challenge for the Community College of Aurora's student actors as they prepare for the production of “A Midsummer Night's Dream” premiering next month.

The play is still Shakespeare's traditional tale of crisscrossed lovers, mischievous fairies, and an amateur acting troupe. This CCA production is set in an urban 1920s – think New York City – and features some characters with their genders swapped, which adds more layers to the performance.

Many of the CCA student actors have never tried Shakespeare on stage before, outside of brief flirtations in English class. And because “Midsummer” is the spring play, they face an accelerated schedule compared with the fall production.

So what's it like to learn Shakespeare in six weeks?



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