Theatre


  • Liberal & Fine Arts

Audition for It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play

JJC will host an all-online, streamed production of It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, by Joe Landry on Nov. 19-22.

Audition Now
To audition for this production, please send us a voice-only audio recording by Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 11:59 p.m. to tperkins@jjc.edu.

More Audition Information

The Ulysses Blanket: A Zoom Play

JJC's first show of the 2020-2021 theatre season is The Brian Fruits, JJC TheatreUlysses Blanket: A Zoom Play, written by Andrew Pederson. This story revolves around the death of Ethel Augusta Taylor, an eccentric family matriarch. During quarantine and at the reading of Ethel's will, her family must face old secrets, broken alliances and bad deeds as they fight over a valuable family heirloom - a blanket once owned by Ulysses S. Grant.

Performances will run:

Thursday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m.

Register to Attend a Free Virtual Performance 
The Ulysses Blanket Playbill
The Ulysses Blanket Script

About the Play
Directed by Assistant Professor Brian Fruits, the production team consists of Assistant Professor Julie Giampaolo as production designer, Nicki Blowers as technical director and Bre Sakalis as sound and video designer. The stage manager for this production is Devan Zernia. 

The cast includes: Alex Mendez, Jamie Gossen, Jordan Willner and Victor Reyes Jr. of Joliet; Chloe McKinney of Minooka; Jasmine Moore of Lansing; Jeremy Gallagher and Liam McGuire of Plainfield; Jesse Hernandez of Braidwood; Kathy Quezada of Bolingbrook; Ryan Murphy of New Lenox; Sylmarie Soto of Naperville; Tommy Smith of Mokena; Nicholas Russell of Morris and Dona Mullen. 

Theatre Courses

What Will I Learn?

In addition to courses that cover every aspect of the theatre discipline, and which transfer to a four-year university, JJC students get an immersive practical theatre experience with several productions held every academic year. This is a comprehensive program for those interested in acting, directing, design and any other aspect of theatre. 

What is Unique About Our Theatre Program?

One of the most unique benefits the theatre program offers JJC students is the opportunity to act in a major role or a be a technician who designs or leads a team in the backstage areas. Typically, in four year programs, these opportunities are available to upperclassmen first, then underclassmen. JJC theatre transfer students who have acted in our productions or designed in our program then have an advantage over other students at a four year institution. This advanced preparation has led them to successful careers and numerous professional opportunities.

All JJC theatre performances are open to the public, with a subscription program also available for audience members. 

Brian Fruits, JJC TheatreLearn More About JJC Theatre Professor Brian Fruits

Watch this video for a Q&A, fun facts and to learn a little bit more about one of JJC's newest faculty members, Brian Fruits.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

  • Actor
  • Scenic Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Props Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Talent Manager
  • Teacher
  • Director
  • Arts Management
  • Arts Fundraiser
  • Lighting Engineer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Film Editor
  • Casting Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Playwright
  • Literary Manager
  • Producer
  • Dramaturge
  • Booking Agent
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Special Effects Technician
  • Radio/TV announcer
  • Theatre Critic
  • Events Planner
  • Advertising Specialist
  • Courses offered

    • Introduction to Theatre (Thea 101) that is an overview of the history and job opportunities available in Theatre.
    • Acting I and II (Thea 103, Thea 203) will introduce those interested in acting skills needed for this career and the second level builds upon the foundation laid in the beginning class.
    • In Technical Theatre I and II (Thea 104 and 105), students learn the basics of stagecraft and design, and the advances class builds upon Technical Theatre.
    • Stage Makeup (Thea 110) offers both the Actor and the technician skills in character analysis, basic application techniques, and design.
    • Costumes (Thea 108) Students learn basic garment history, sewing skills and design work in order to understand the role that costumes play in a production.
    • Directing (Thea 201) offers the opportunity for students to apply how a stage director functions and coordinates all the areas of theatre study to produce a performance.
    • Play Analysis (Thea 114) This course teaches the fundamentals of play analysis for a director, actor or designer/technician.  (Offered based on student demand and faculty availability only)
    • Special Topics in Theatre (Thea 299) This is a specialized class that is offered in a variety of topics, including American Musical Theaters, Improvisation, and children’s theatre to just name a few. (Offered based on student demand and faculty availability only)
    • Theatre Practicum (Theatre 106) This is credit for practical application of theatre skills in acting, backstage or front of house work. (Offered based on student demand and faculty availability only)

  • Current Audition Information

    Information about auditions for The Ulysses Blanket: A Zoom Play (a comedy written by Andy Pederson and directed by new JJC theatre faculty member Brian Fruits) are as follows.

    Auditions
    All auditions, rehearsals and performances will take place via Zoom. There will be no rehearsals held in person or on-campus.

    • Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 - 3 to 5 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Aug. 26 - 6 to 9 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 27 - 6 to 9 p.m.


    Callbacks
    If needed, callbacks will take place on Friday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m.

    To learn more about the play, see our Audition Event

     

    For additional information, contact Brian Fruits at bfruits@jjc.edu