Theatre


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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.

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It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play Program

Auditions Open for Good Fortune: A Cautionary Tale

Students and community members can now audition for Good Fortune: A Cautionary Tale, directed by Brian Fruits with Julie Giampaolo as designer coordinator and collaborating faculty member.

Synopsis
Let go from her job in the middle of the pandemic, Tarin spends her last $150 to be "certified" online as a fortune teller specializing as a "Finder," thinking she can scam money out of people who have it to burn. One day, a desperate father contacts her to find his missing daughter. Tarin makes up a vision and three days later, the daughter is found, alive and unharmed. News of the find spreads and Tarin, figuring she got lucky, leans into the new interest. Soon, many parents are clamoring for her guidance. One by one, she makes up stories and one by one, the children are found. Tarin begins to wonder if she really does have a gift - until she meets one mother whose child never turns up. 

To Audition
Please follow the steps below to audition.

  1. Fill out our audition form
  2. Record a 45-60 second video of a monologue. Please film from the knees up.
  3. By Jan. 21, 2021, send your monologue and a photo/headshot of yourself to bfruits@jjc.edu.

Questions? Email bfruits@jjc.edu.

First Rehearsal
Thursday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Rehearsals will take place Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with some possible Sunday rehearsals. 

Technical Design Opportunities
Information will be distributed at a later date. Please contact Julie Giampaolo at jgiampao@jjc.edu with questions.

Live Virtual Performances

  • Feb. 25 to 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 28, 2 p.m.
View JJC 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