Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Hager’

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.

Streeper is a student in Media Comm 132. He may be contacted at

Students will deliver a variety of monologues at ‘Inside the Actors’ Process’ Friday and Saturday

By Corey Streeper

Corey Streeper

GROSSMONT COLLEGE— Have you ever just sat and watched a play? Hopefully the farthest thing from your mind during the performance  was wondering what it took  to make that play happen.  But what was the process the actors undertook to portray their roles? How did they get chosen for those roles in the first place?

The answer is that the whole show is a process. Creating sound designs, designing costumes, and rehearsing scenes all take time.   For the actors, however, it all starts with the audition monologue.  It’s their chance to shine over all the others to get that dream role.

 I had an opportunity to speak with Jerry Hager, the director of ‘Inside the Actors’ Process.” When we first met I was hoping for just a little insight into what this showcase is all about; what I got was so much more. This showcase is not just a group of actors performing monologues, although it does have that. It is a fascinating exploration of what it takes to craft a jaw- dropping, tear- jerking performance .
Continue reading

Hager ‘masterminds’ a Chaplinesque slapstick comedy

OCEANSIDE, California (Press Release) — Believe, a sentimental slapstick comedy with a holiday spirit written and directed by Jerry Hager, will be staged at Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside.

Show times will be  December 4 and 5 (2010) at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm; and December 11 and 18 at 2:00 pm.

This is a Chaplinesque type play of mime style suitable for the whole family, which is “masterminded” by Hager, a professor at Grossmont College,  for San Diego Pantomime Theatre. Call 760-529-9140 or visit web site at for pricing information.

Preceding based on material provided by San Diego Pantomime Theatre

‘Tin’ has comforting message for elementary school students

By Donald H. Harrison

Donald H. Harrison


GROSSMONT COLLEGE–  Theatre Arts Prof. Jerry Hager wrote and directed Tin, an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s short story “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” that will be taken on tour at local elementary schools from now through Dec. 9.   Like many fairy tales, it has an important lesson.

Previewed on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre before an appreciative matinee audience, the dramatic fairy tale imagines that an evil Jack-in-the-Box (Ryan Payne) has stolen the laughter from a little boy (Franceso Valenti), causing great worry for the boy’s father (Adrian Brown), and aunt (Angela Luevano). 

The plight of the family prompts the toys of the household to devise a plot for getting the laughter back.  The ballerina (Shay Tyler), with the help of a teddy bear (Kelly-Noelle Henry) and a music monkey (Andrea Gardner) decide to lure Jack out of his box to dance while the soldier Tin (Alonzo Jackson) breaks into the box to find the laughter.  The toymaker (Jade Wise), who serves as the narrator of the story, heightens the excitement by drafting the audience to provide the sound effects of a tenth character in the play: the trapped laughter.

The one-act play includes a brief recitation by the toymaker of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, familiar to anyone who watched the Disney animated movie Fantasia 2000, in which a tin soldier with only one leg falls in love with a ballerina standing on one foot, mistakenly thinking that she is like him.  Clearly this story is different than that one, as is demonstrated when our tin soldier comes onto the stage with both legs very much intact.  But as the play progresses, the issue of a one-legged soldier is revisited.

Continue reading

‘Tin,’ based on a Hans Christian Anderson tale, to be produced at Stagehouse Theatre

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) — The Theatre Arts Department will present Tin, written and directed by Jerry Hager, October 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm and October 23 at 2:00 pm in the Stagehouse Theatre. All tickets for this event are $6 each.

The story, Tinis based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Steadfast Tin Soldier. In this adventurous tale the toys come to life in the shadows of night. Sleepy dreams are the path to an enchanted play world and the home of a tin soldier whose undying love for a little boy takes him on a journey where he will discover his true self. Tin is brought to life through imaginative characters.

Preceding provided by the Theatre Arts Department