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April 21, 2011

Cabrillo College Theatre Arts Students Learn About Community Service
While Presenting Nostalgic 1940s Radio Hour
Free performances at senior centers throughout May and on the Cabrillo campus May 27

Aptos, CA— Cabrillo College’s Theatre Arts Department students, calling themselves the Cabrillo Theatre Production Ensemble, are writing and producing their own rendition of a 1940s radio hour drama entitled, The KCAB Radio Hour.

“Twenty talented students will be presenting this production, which will include singing, dancing and comedy,” reports Cabrillo and UCSC instructor/director Don Williams, who developed the class at Cabrillo to teach students basic elements of the production process and to have them develop a greater appreciation for community service. “The students have an opportunity to work as a theater troupe, cooperating as a whole, to produce this show,” explains Williams. “They also will gain profound insight and knowledge not only for themselves, but of giving service to others.”

The student ensemble is accountable for stage management, production and costume design of the production. In addition to acting, dancing and singing, the students have learned to review and research plays from the 1940s to gain insight into the style of dress, and of events that were significant to that time period, all to assist their audience on taking a trip back in time. “We are attempting to reach out to as many convalescent and senior care facilities in Santa Cruz and its surrounding areas as possible. We want to touch the hearts and minds of each member of the audience in a profound way. It is our hope to bring back fond memories and good times,” says Williams.

The students will tour The KCAB Radio Hour to the following community centers, with a final presentation at at Cabrillo College:
Market St. Senior Center, May 6: 12:30 PM
Aegis in Aptos, May 7: 10 AM
Pleasant Care, May 7: 2 PM
Sunshine Villa, May 21: 10 AM
La Posada Santa Cruz, May 21: 2 PM
Valley Heights, Watsonville, May 22: 2 PM
Cabrillo College Black Box Theater, May 27: 8 PM (Donations accepted at the door).

The one-hour performance will be followed by a “visiting time” in which the audience will be able to interact with the cast members.
For more information please contact Don Williams at 459-1861 or dwilliam@ucsc.edu.

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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