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(Photo Story) Opera program prepares for fall production

professor conducting the orchestra

Clare Calzada

November 9, 2018

Every year, CSUN's opera program puts on two theatrical productions through the collaboration of the Theatre and Music Department. This semester, under the stage direction of Ray Saar and the new musical direction of Mercedes Juan, they will perform "Serse" by Baroque composer George Frideric Handel...

Avenue Q gets four stars for opening weekend performances

Taylor Villescas

May 3, 2012

With Sesame Street-like animations and fuzzy puppet characters, Avenue Q has all the makings of a children’s show. But don’t let the puppets fool you: These cute little characters can get pretty vulgar. And audiences will love it. The show revolves around the lives of the tenants of Avenue Q, while they d...

“Big Love” boldly tackles controversial and political themes

Angela Melero

February 17, 2011

CSUN students performed for the first time in the Valley Performing Arts Center’s black box theater Friday night. The theater department presented Charles Mee’s “Big Love”, a bold rendition of the classic Greek play, “Suppliant Maidens” by Aeschylus. Although the Greek drama was originally...

Black box theater designed for student performances and productions

Christiaan Patterson

February 3, 2011

Students will be able to perform at the new black box theater housed in the Valley Performing Arts Center. The first student performance scheduled is “Big Love,” a retelling of an ancient Greek story about the battle of the sexes that is set to open Feb. 11. The current black box theater was built 50 years ago and has limited seating capacity and is a single-story structure. The new experime...

‘Ballad of Baby Doe’ serves as a reminder of love in tough times

Antoine Abou-Diwan

November 4, 2010

In spite of a slow start on its opening night, “The Ballad of Baby Doe” hit the mark. The latest production from the department of music and department of theater is an American folk opera about success, failure, love and faith.  It is a story about one man’s boom-and-bust in America’s west. “The...

“Ballad of Baby Doe” brings folk opera to CSUN with a classic love story

Antoine Abou-Diwan

October 20, 2010

"Ballad of Baby Doe” is a classic American love-story told in a 400-year-old Italian art form. It is a story about the boom-and-bust days of the Colorado mines in the Wild West, just before the turn of the century. “The Ballad of Baby Doe” is an opera about the American West. Music director...

CSUN singer portrays “Baby Doe,” a lonely widower in an infamous affair

CSUN singer portrays

Mandi Gosling

October 20, 2010

As a teenager in San Francisco, when Maria Elena Altany’s parents would go out for the night, she threw a party like no other kid her age was having. But, she wasn’t blasting Beyonce or Christina Aguilera from the speakers like the other girls her age.  Those pop stars couldn’t riff anything...

CSUN students perform at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai

Angela Melero

September 6, 2010

CSUN theatre students got a chance to strut their stuff in May at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China. It was the largest expo in history as more than 200 countries participated.  The expo was visited by almost 100 foreign leaders throughout the world. “(The students) got the chance to visit...

Theater preview: “A Doll’s House”

Liana Hofer

September 6, 2010

This month at CSUN, theater buffs, feminists and fans of 19th century Scandinavian literature have something in common; they can all look forward to the school’s upcoming production of “A Doll’s House,” written by Henrik Ibsen and adapted by Christopher Hampton. At first glance, it may seem...

Peter Grego to step down as theatre department chair

Anastasia Atkins

September 1, 2010

Peter Grego flips hotdogs and burgers on the large grill outside Nordhoff Hall. Laughing and joking with the crowd of staff and students awaiting their lunch, Grego’s informal demeanor may seem atypical of a department chair.  In a bright red apron which reads “Caffe Grego,” a chef’s hat and...

‘Polaroid Stories’ mixes poetry with the profane

Stephanie Bermudez

January 27, 2010

CSUN’s theater department will start this semester off by performing Naomi Iizuka’s, “Polaroid Stories.” “We’re always trying to broaden our repertoire past the ubiquitous group of old, dead, white male playwrights, and were delighted to find Miss Iizuka’s acclaimed script,” said William Taylor, CSUN’s theater department manager....

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