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October 20, 2009

Cabrillo College Theatre Arts Department Presents Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath

As First Full production in New Crocker Theater
Production Will Showcase Special Effects, Live Music and Additional Events

Aptos, CA— Cabrillo College’s Theatre Arts Department will present the first full production in the new Crocker Theater with Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath, November 6 through 21.

With The Grapes of Wrath, audiences will travel across America with the Joad family, experiencing the Dust Bowl, floods, rain and the glory of the California orchards. The story is a majestic affirmation of the buoyancy of the human spirit. This stage version of Steinbeck’s classic work is an adaptation by Frank Galati, and will feature performances by both students and community actors. Exciting elements of this production, which show-off the virtues of the Cabrillo’s new theater, include a real rain storm and a real Colorado River flowing onstage, as well as use of the theater tower that flies scenery.

Cabrillo drama instructor Sarah Albertson directs, with choreography by Stephanie Golino and traditional and original music directed by Neal Hellman. Hellman, of Gourd Music, plays the dulcimer, and has put together a group of Santa Cruz renowned musicians for the live musical accompaniment, including Deby Benton Grosjean (fiddle), an independent recording artist and award winning fiddler, and Jewl Sandoval (harmonica) from the band Hip City Cruz, who has been playing blues harmonica in Santa Cruz for 25 years.

Additional special events and discussion groups:
Friday, Nov. 13
Special performance for high school and junior high students at 10 AM. Call 477-3257 for more information and special ticket prices.

Sunday, Nov. 15 (following the performance)
A Discussion of the Cultural Context of Steinbeck’s novel with Virginia Coe (English Instructor)
and Neal Hellman (Music Instructor) and other Cabrillo faculty members.

Friday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 PM (in the Black Box Theater)
A Discussion with Frank Bardacke, Historian of California Farmworkers, and Rosemary Brogan (History Instructor) with additional Cabrillo faculty members.
What: Cabrillo Theatre Arts presents The Grapes Of Wrath

When: November 6 - 21
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sunday Matinees at 3 PM.
NOTE: 11/21 Saturday matinee at 3 PM - No evening performance)

Where: Cabrillo Crocker Theater
Price: $18 general, $15 seniors/students, $12 w/SAC card and age 10 and under.
Tickets: 479-6331 or
Info: For school matinee, 477-3257. General, 479-6464

About Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.

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