Preparation for a semester full of music and drama has begun this week.
By Monessa Chahayed, Valley Life editor
Valley College’s music and theater departments have a number of events planned for the next few months, including two plays and multiple concerts.
The theater department will be presenting Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? next month. The drama, written by Edward Albee, exploded on Broadway in 1962 and is making its way to LAVC’s Horseshoe Theater. Twenty-nine-year-old student director Ben Hernandez took on the project this semester after taking directing classes here at Valley.
“I am definitely feeling the pressure, but it is less overwhelming and more exhilarating,” said Hernandez. “It’s an opportunity that hasn’t been offered to a student before. So I’m working hard to make sure they made the right choice.”
Theater department faculty chose Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as an opportunity for students to direct. Hernandez was a nursing major and has recently switched to theater; his goal is to transfer to CalArts to further study directing. Kiki Bennet, Matthew McLaughlin, Michael James and Amy Lynn Perea are some of the incredible cast in the drama.
“All of them [are] acting students here at Valley, and they are going to put on an amazing show” said Hernandez.
Opening night is on Friday Oct 17 at 8:00 p.m. and performances will continue on Oct. 18, 24 and 25. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Auditions for In the Heights, the musical directed by associate professor Cathy Susan Pyles, were held in the theater building on Sept. 5 and 6, and an additional audition was also held on Sept. 8. The musical is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.
The cast list was posted on Tuesday in the theater building and rehearsals start Monday Sept. 16. For more information, check out the theater building callboard or visit lavctheater.com. Students can purchase tickets to either production on brownpapertickets.com.
The first Valley Symphony Orchestra concert of the semester will be on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater. Performances will include works by Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn. General admission tickets are $25 and Monarchs can purchase them for $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For a full list of Fall 2014 musical performances at Valley, visit lavc.edu/music.