Blue light rippled across a pile of clothes, creating ocean waves on the stage of Pomona College’s Seaver Theater. Anon(ymous), a play directed by Sylvia Cervantes Blush, ran for six shows from November 16 to 18 on the mainstage at Seaver Theater. Adapted from Homer’s “The Odyssey”, it tells the story of a refugee finding his way back to his mom after they were separated by a storm during the journey to the United States.
A mother and daughter united, supporting their family. A kindergarten teacher learning to teach without a classroom and make friends without leaving his house. A couple planning a wedding without a guarantee that guests will be able to make it.
These interweaving pandemic stories coalesced in the student-produced musical “It Takes Time,” which played at Pomona College’s Seaver Large Studio from April 21 through April 23.
This past weekend Spotlight MT, the 5C student-run musical theater club, connected past and present with its production of “Spring Awakening.” A coming of age musical about young teenagers newly exploring their bodies without adult guidance, the show covers lightning-rod topics such as abortion, sexual violence and suicide.
Three Sisters, the third of four productions in “Inevitable Evolutions,” the title of Pomona’s theater department season, delivers a powerful portrait of growing up. The 5C production, which opened at the Seaver Theatre on Thursday, demonstrates why Chekhov has continued to captivate audiences for more than a century.
Actor Bryan Terrell Clark was a guest speaker at a forum hosted by Scripps College in the Garrison Theater this past weekend. A seasoned actor, Clark is best known on the stage for playing George Washington in the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” as well as Marvin Gaye in “Motown: The Musical” and Cory in “Fences” opposite Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett at the Pasadena Playhouse.
This Valentine’s Day, Spotlight MT — the 5C student-run musical theater club — subverted expectations with a “Villaintines Day Queer Cabaret” at Dom’s Lounge on Feb. 10 and 11. In 13 acts, a cast of 16 performers re-conceived some famously nefarious roles from Disney films and Broadway musicals through a queer prism.
Over Halloween weekend this year, 5C students put on two nights of The Rocky Horror Picture Show; but there lies a large community for this cult-classic beyond the Claremont campuses. TSL spoke with the people who brought this energetic and inventive show into being.
At the Garrison Theater on Saturday, Oct. 29, father-son duo Hao Huang and Micah Huang PZ ’13 performed “American Dreams/Asian Nightmares.”
Over Halloweekend, cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show returned to the 5Cs, generating large crowds and two memorable shows.
In efforts to celebrate diversity in drama, Spotlight Musical Theater staged an all-BIPOC Musical Theater Showcase.