Theatre cast shines with first play in Spring

By Corey Streeper

Corey Streeper

GROSSMONT COLLEGE-Drama students presented vivid examples of the craft of acting in “Inside the Actors’ Process: Improvisation,” directed by Grossmont theater professor Jerry Hager. The production played both at Grossmont College (on Feb. 4 and 5) and at various high schools.

Many in the audiences were astonished by the unorthodox monologue styles of the cast.

Paul Rossi’s contrasting monologues, where he performs as Hook from Peter Pan and seamlessly transforms into Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a performance that this reporter will remember for years to come.

The cast of Grossmont's February production of "Improvisation"

Then you have Geoffrey Alejo (who was recently hired to play a student in a Coleman University commercial). He gave a very animated portrayal of Howard in The Last Cigarette that really smoked.

Another highlight was Katherine Bothwell, whose performance as Tilly in the Melancholy Play had the audience on the edge of their seats, faces flushed with emotion.

All in all, this was an outstanding showcase. For those of you who were unable to attend you can watch for many of the same performers in the upcoming plays this semester, beginning with another well-known showcase for actors – William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. That production opens at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theater on March 10 and will run through March 19.

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Streeper is a student in Media Comm 132. He may be contacted at coreys@gcsummit.com

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