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Experience the courageous tales of Los Valientes

LosValientesIn celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from September 15 to October 15, CCA’s School of Liberal Arts and Office of Student Life will present “Los Valientes” on Monday, October 12. “Los Valientes” (The Courageous Ones) is a musical theater production by The Core Ensemble.

The theatrical interpretation of “Los Valientes” will feature the stories of three influential and audacious men, Diego Rivera, Archbishop Oscar Romero and Joaquin Murrieta. All three will be played by Kevin Melendez, who will be backed by a musical trio consisting of cello, piano and percussion. The Core Ensemble, who hail from Lake Worth, Fla., have redefined chamber music and are on a mission to spread their compositions to a wide-reaching demographic. Continue reading »

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CCA’s Theatre Production: Mok’ing-burd to open minds and hearts

mok'ing-burd-imageUnderstanding the human experience is the key to both acceptance and harmony. CCA’s Theatre Director, Stacey D’Angelo, tackles the misconceptions of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through theatrical interpretation in the Spring 2015 production:

ASD is represented as a spectrum because it is quite different in each person, with varying levels of severity. It is known to affect communication, socialization and sensory processing, and is often misunderstood by people not on the autism spectrum. Many people with ASD have an average or above average intellect, but may struggle with how they interpret social cues, experience a sensitivity to sounds, lights or even smells, and sometimes calm themselves with repetitive behaviors. Misunderstanding can often manifest itself in the form of judgment, fear or ostracizing individuals that don’t fit in. But the antithesis to misunderstanding is education and empathy, which are both key lessons in this semester’s production. Continue reading »

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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.

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 Vidasâ€� 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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