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SCC's Theatre Collaborative Invites Artists and Audience Participation

Somerset Community Colleges Theatre amp; Film Department invites any interested community member to come to SCCs Stoner Little Theatre on Tuesday, January 17th at 7 p.m. to participate in building the colleges Theatre Collaborative program. The new project is designed to explore the complete process of theatre from conception to production.

The meeting on January 17, which SCC Theatre Director Steve Cleberg is titling The Raw Material of Theatre and its Role in the Collaborative Process, will lay the groundwork for what the SCC Theatre amp; Film Department hopes will be a series of independent projects that are written and produced by local theatre artists.

It is my hope that this new program will give our regulars an opportunity to engage in theatre more deeply than ever before, Cleberg said. I also hope that new people will join the process, both actively and as audience members, to bring a richness to the theatre experience in our community.

Cleberg has already enlisted the assistance of three local theatre artists whose individual backgrounds spring from playwriting, theatre management and Broadway experience.

Ron Kidd will serve as the design advisor though his background is deep in all areas of theatre. Kidd has appeared on the Broadway stage and in films with Tom Hanks, Robin Williams and John Malkovich. Kidd has designed many productions at SCC including Arsenic amp; Old Lace, The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild and The Good Doctor. He also staged SCC Teen Theatres production of Youre a Good Man Charlie Brown.

The producing artistic director of Somersets Flashback Theater, Sommer Schoch, will bring her unique perspective to the collaborative as well. Since beginning Somersets first semi-professional theatre company two years ago, Schoch has staged such productions as Last Train to Nibroc, The Importance of Being Earnest and Nightmare on Backstreet: A Boy Band Musical Parody.

SCC English Professor Betty Peterson will serve as the playwriting advisor. Peterson has a vast background in the art of theatre having her plays produced at venues including Horse Cave Theatre. Cleberg worked with Peterson previously when he staged her adaptation of Harriet Simpson Arnows novel, The Dollmaker.

Cleberg has been working with the organizers of the colleges annual Arnow Conference on Appalachian Literature and Culture in planning a showcase performance of the work of the collaborative in early April.

The SCC Theatre Collaborative is a part of the effort of SCC Theatre to couple its education mission with outreach programs to the community. The January meeting is open to the entire community and encourages participation to whatever degree those in attendance desire.

For further information about SCCs Theatre Collaborative, contact the director at Steve.Cleberg@kctcs.edu. Regular updates on the work of the collaborative can be found on Facebook at SCC Theatre Collaborative.