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LAKEPORT – This year there will be a new opportunity for actors and actresses to perform at the Soper-Reese Community Theater.
Mendocino College is offering two new classes for the Lake County area, one in theater acting and performance and the other in theater production and performance.
The classes will both take place at the Soper-Reese Community Theater, 275. S. Main St., on Tuesday and Thursday nights, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Carol Dobusch, a long-time drama teacher and performer in Lake County, will teach the classes. Dobusch was most recently the director for "Zombies from the Beyond" and "Nunsense," both wonderful musical comedies. It is no wonder, then, that she has chosen to present a new and hilarious version of "Cinderella," a musical comedy that will set the old story back on its heels.
This new "Cinderella" has parts for the usual suspects, i.e., Cinderella, Prince Charming, the ugly stepsisters and their mom, and a few other strange characters that you have never heard of -- including sheep with attitude.
The biggest difference between this version of the story and the others, however, is that you can be male or female and try out for any part ... except Cindy, herself. Cinderella needs to be a sweet young thing that can sing like a bird. (All fairy tales need a heroine!)
So, are you interested? Here's what you do. Come to the first class at the Soper-Reese Community Theater at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18. Auditions will be held on that date and Dobusch will be there to explain the particulars and hand out information regarding Mendocino College enrollment.
If you are interested in set design, lighting, makeup, costumes or stage managing rather than acting, you may indicate that at this first meeting.
You may also enroll on line at www.mendocino.edu. You will sign up for "Theater Arts 220” and/or “Theater Arts 225.” Both classes are one-unit classes.
This is a new adventure, a new opportunity to perform and be a part of the theater community in Lake County. How many times have you said, “I think I would like to do that, but I don't know how or where to start"? How many of you have said, "I already know how to do that, but there aren't enough opportunities for me to get a part”? Well, here's your chance. Get started – with Mendocino College!