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Welcome from Dr. John Lawton Haehl -- Fall 2011

Last year was a wild and event-filled year and 2011-12 looks just as exciting! The California Folkorico Festival (CAFF) has moved to October 15th & 16th. We look forward to the vibrant costumes and dances during the performances, as well as a wonderful selection of workshops open to the community on Saturday. Check out the webpage and link to the festival schedule and registration form. The PG&E South Bay Employee Resource Group Collaborative is fundraising to help sponsor attendance for one of our local children’s groups, Las Estrellas. Thanks PG&E South Bay Employees!

Historias de mi Madre, Community Solutions play concerning Domestic abuse and violence will return in early November, followed quickly by the opening of the Gavilan Children’s Theatre production of Tales from the America’s. This year’s play focuses on origin stories and myths from tribes from North and South America, school performances open November 15th. Please contact Noemi Naranjo (nnaranjo@gavilan.edu) for reservations. We will have one public performance December 3rd at 5PM. Tickets will be available November 1 at the Gavilan College Bookstore and BookSmart in Morgan Hill.
In November we will audition for V-Day 2012’s production of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues. Julie James is returning to direct – check out exact times and dates for the auditions in October!

TADA (The Theare ASB Club) is having a welcome meeting for new returning students Monday September 12th at 2:30PM in the Theatre. Come by, grad a snack and hear about the club and this year’s plans!

The Spring production will be a Comedia dell’arte inspired production of William Shakespeare’s  The Taming of the Shrew. Randall Stuart (Upon These Boards) will adapt the script for our production and spend time with our students in March exploring Shakespeare’s lively comedy of the sexes. Tickets will be available April 1 at the Gavilan College Bookstore and BookSmart in Morgan Hill.
I am exploring new ways to collaborate with Christopher High, as well as working with Dr. Kathleen Rose in the Office of Instruction at Gavilan Collegeto pursue options in the new AA transfer degrees to the State system. Looks like another busy year in Theatre Arts!

I look forward to seeing you at a Theatre Arts event soon.


John Lawton Haehl Ph.D
Director, Theatre Arts Program

P.S. I’m very proud of all the theatre Arts degrees we’ve awarded the last several years, in particular our two Theatre Arts majors at U.C. Berkeley, Greg M. Smith (2010) and Vincent Amelio (2011), who also graduated with President’s list honors.  Just look where a degree from Gavilan College can get you!


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