Theatre and Dance Productions
The Department of Theatre and Dance is committed to providing students and the surrounding community with a variety of engaging performances throughout the year. Join us and be entertained while supporting theatre arts education at CRC!
Performances take place at the Black Box Theatre, located in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on CRC's main campus at 8401 Center Parkway, Sacramento, 95823. See CRC Maps and Parking.
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Announcing our 2023-24 Season: #TheTiesThatBindUs
“Love…Sweet…Love…What have you done to me?”
July 7 to 16, 2023
A new musical that chronicles the cycle of domestic violence based on the concept album Domestic Disturbance available on Spotify.
- Music by Joe Archie
- Lyrics by Carla Fleming
- Adapted for the Stage and directed by Anthony D’Juan
“Conviction is strong in me.”
October 13 to 22, 2023
A futuristic twist meets the classical in the Greek tale of Electra. A daughter's honor is tested as she seeks justice for the murder of her father at the hands of her mother.
- Written by Sophocles
- Translated by Anne Carson
- Directed by Janey Pintar
#justice #conviction #TheTiesThatBindUs
“Find your courage. Find your rage.”
December 1 to 10, 2023
Luis Alfaro’s adaptation of Sophocles’ Electra transforms the Ancient Greek story into a modern day Chicano tale. Set in East Los Angeles, Electricidad vows to avenge her father “El Auggie”, the former leader of the East Side Locos.
- Written by Luis Alfaro
- Based on Electra by Sophocles
- Directed by Ryan Perez Adame
“Everybody’s got the right to be happy.”
April 19 to 28, 2024
John Wilkes Booth leads an unlikely ensemble of presidential assassins and would-be presidential assassins in Sondheim’s darkly comedic musical investigation of the American Dream.
- Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
- Book by John Weidman
- Director to be announced
The Importance of Being Earnest
“In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.”
July 2024 (Dates TBA)
Oscar Wilde’s classic satire of Victorian social hypocrisy has it all: double identities, politely savage insults, social climbing, and lots of tea.
- Written by Oscar Wilde
- Director to be announced
CRC Department of Theatre Arts Presents "Antigone"
CRC Department of Theatre Arts will perform the timeless ancient Greek tale by Sophocles, Antigone from April 21 through April 30, 2023 in the Black Box Theatre.
About the play: The new King Creon is desperate to gain control over a city ravaged by civil war and refuses to bury the body of Antigone's rebellious brother. Outraged, she defies him and honours her brother. Creon takes action against her, risking the wrath of the gods.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
On stage December 2 to 11, 2022
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin, and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn. This bee is one unforgettable experience.
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves a champion! At least the losers get a juice box.
A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.
The Comedy of Errors, by William Shakespeare
On stage May 2022
A rollicking explosion of mistaken identity and general insanity!
One of Shakespeare's earliest, silliest, and most delightful plays presents an opportunity for CRC performers to stretch themselves in new, exciting ways that are fun, outrageous, surprising, and rarely "Shakespearean" (or boring). Don't miss out on this farcical tour-de-force.
In Love and Warcraft
On stage March 2022
The CRC Department of Theatre and Dance presents an exciting, contemporary play, In Love and Warcraft.
When your world is all URL, how do you fall in love IRL? A delightful intersection of humor, love and subculture, In Love and Warcraft offers a fresh comedic look at the collision between online gaming and In Real Life (IRL) relationships.
Evie Malone - gamer girl, college senior, and confirmed virgin - has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online boyfriend; she also makes a little cash on the side writing love letters for people who've screwed up their relationships. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It's all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks.
Junie B. Jones
On stage December 2021
Junie B. Jones, First-Grader, is excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.'s fun. So when Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park.
Tommy and the Time Machine and Other Stories
On stage December 2020
Tommy is a young mouse who lives with his scientist father in a grand laboratory. Tommy’s father has invented a time machine and despite his father’s warnings Tommy can’t help but try it out. Chaos ensues as Tommy zips back and forth along the timeline altering the course of history. The future is doomed if Tommy can’t fix his mistakes in the past. All of the characters will be various styles of rod puppets. The production is geared toward children 5-10 years old.
My Mother *&^%$#! College Life
On stage October 2020
What’s in the minds and hearts of college students today? In a collection of monologues, poetry, spoken word and a few dialogues, this diverse ensemble questions everything they encounter: social justice and gender identity, self-awareness and relationship boundaries, future prospects, Covid - 19 and roommate etiquette. What emerges is a humorous and heartbreaking portrait of a new generation struggling with higher education’s promise of “personal transformation.”
Structured in three acts, the play begins with matriculation and ends with graduation. The monologues in Act I, titled “Great Expectations,” focus on encounters with new friends, financial aid, antidepressants, homework, sex, sleep deprivation and online courses in physics and math. Act II, “Paradise Lost,” features parties, budding and broken relationships, unexpected encounters with race and religion, sexual orientation, pandemics and promises and hitting rock bottom. Act III, “Metamorphoses,” portrays students emerging from years of challenge and change with surprising insights, political convictions and plans for a scary, uncertain future.
The mixture of serious and comedic monologues captures the extreme difficulty—sometimes absurd and at other times overwhelming—of self-discovery and community-building. While the monologues convey the sense that students often feel alone in their quest for great success or simply survival, the ensemble itself presents a very different truth—at least they’re alone together.
The Servant of Two Masters
On stage December 6 to December 15, 2019
Identities are mistaken, engagements are broken and lovers are reunited in Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece.
Mayhem erupts when the wily servant Truffaldino hatches a zany scheme to double his wages by serving two masters at once. The virtuosic physical comedy of The Servant of Two Masters is a delight for young and old alike.
$12.00 - General admission
$10.00 - Students, faculty, staff, seniors and emeritus
Performance Dates and Times
December 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 7:30 pm
December 8 and 15 at 2:30 pm
Special Event Campus Matinee:
(All seats $5.00)
December 12 at 12:30 pm
For the latest on-campus safety protocols please see COVID-19 Updates.