February New Briefs

Auditions for new Warehouse production set for March
RCC instructor Ron Danko will be casting for “Shakespeare’s Sonnets and A Will To Boot” to be presented by Rogue Community College’s Theatre Department on May 14, 15, and 16 and May 21, 22, and 23.

Danko has selected 45 of Shakespeare’s sonnets built around a theme. Sonnets will be accompanied by music, varying from rap to chants, dramatically presented by actors and actresses.

Danko has co-directed several productions at Riverside campus’s Warehouse theater, including last year’s hit “The Hot L Baltimore.”

Casting for the show will begin around March 1. In addition to actors, Danko is seeking musicians, mimes, and technicians. Students who have no acting experience are encouraged to sign up for the class as Danko plans to use a large company. There will be additional rehearsals outside the class meeting.

Everyone can be in the production by signing up for Rehearsal and Performance TA143 which meets Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. during spring term. Students can e-mail Danko to obtain a script and arrange individual auditions at RDanko@roguecc.edu.

Portland touring group to visit RCC

Portland-based touring group Teatro Milagro will present the performance “American Sueño” on Feb. 25 at the Redwood and Riverside campuses.

“American Sueño” is a play that is a “hopeful journey in search of a new era of acceptance,” according to a release from Teatro Milagro.

The play shares the stories of four marginalized individuals in search of their version of the American dream, the release said. They include musician Agustín Obrero and his sister Monica, who both struggle between living with their family traditions and searching for new lives of their own; Mimi, a drag performer, who yearns to find true love; and Cruz, a homeless woman, who is searching for her way off the streets.

“American Sueño” will be presented at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Rogue Building on Redwood and at 7 p.m. that night in room 132 in the Higher Education Center on Riverside.

Additionally, members of Teatro Milagro will conduct workshops on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The workshops will focus on breaking barriers of silence about social taboos using music, storytelling, and theater, according to the release. The workshop on Redwood will be from 4 to 5 p.m. in J-1. The workshop on Riverside will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in HEC 227.

The play and workshop is hosted by the Rogue Community College Diversity Programming Board.

For more information, contact Robin Williams at (541) 956-7093 or rrwilliams@roguecc.edu.

Morris Family Foundation earns national honor

The Morris Family Foundation, which has provided more than $850,000 in scholarships to RCC students, was recently honored by the Council for Resource Development as the Benefactor of the Year in Region X.

The CRD Benefactor Award embodies the ideals of philanthropy, leadership, and volunteerism in the service of community, technical, and junior colleges, a news release from the RCC Foundation said.

The Morris Family Foundation provides scholarships to students who are pursuing a career and technical degree at RCC and who have graduated from Butte Falls, Crater, Eagle Point, or Rogue River high school, the release said.

The Morris Family Foundation has supported many students who thought they were ineligible for scholarship, the release said.

Region X is comprised of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and the Yukon Territories.

For more information, contact the RCC Foundation office at (541) 956-7327 or http://www.rccfoundation.org.

RCC hosts conference for Latino high school students
Hundreds of Latino high school students will converge on Table Rock Campus Friday, Feb. 12, to take part in the RCC conference Educacion, Un Mundo de Oportunidades (Education, a World of Opportunities).

The conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., brings together Hispanic high school students for an inspirational and educational day of speakers, workshops, entertainment, guest speakers, food and more, said a release from the RCC marketing and community relations.

Dr. Charles Martinez, a clinical psychologist and research scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center and an associate professor at the University of Oregon, will be the keynote speaker.

For more information, contact Director of Student Programs Jodie Fulton at (541) 956-7200 or Latino Programs Coordinator Filiberto Bencomo at (541) 245-7722.

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