2011-11-10 / News

Rising Phoenix debuts tonight

The newly formed Rising Phoenix Student Theatre Company at Kirtland Community College will present its inaugural production, “God of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7 p.m. followed by a question and answer with the cast and crew.

Founding members of Rising Phoenix are fulfilling four acting roles as well as set design, lighting design, sound design, box office and technical crew responsibilities. Students majoring in theater who attend workshop classes are responsible for all the physical aspects of the show, including a slide presentation and a rig to simulate projectile vomiting on stage.

Area students involved in the production are Josh Jurgess of St. Helen, playing “Alan Raleigh,” and Dustin Babcock of Roscommon, working on sound design.

“This is a way to integrate the theater arts curriculum into hands-on learning for our theater arts and humanities students,” said Kirtland Center Director and theater arts instructor Jomarie Gurnow. “The dress rehearsal will take place during our Introduction to Theater class, so those students will have a chance to analyze the script, then see the show live on the tremendous stage we have here at the Kirtland Center.”

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. The proceeds will benefit Rising Phoenix Student Theatre Company as well as Alternative Spring Break at KCC. The public is cautioned that the play contains some strong language and may not be suitable for all age groups.

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