• MPC Theater Works on 20 Percent Budget: Announces Spring Schedule

    Gary Bolen, longtime director of many productions at Monterey Peninsula College has announced that a “compromise proposal” has been reached with MPC administration to meet the need of the Board of Trustees to cut millions of dollars from the upcoming budget at the community college. Some 80 percent has been slashed from the theater department’s budget, meaning the loss of two employees and other curtailments.

    Bolen, in a letter to supporters, said that he and other members of the theater staff will be telling the Board at the upcoming Jan. 22 Board meeting that the theater group seeks to supplant cut funds with private money, grants and donations and will tell the Board how they see it working. The group seeks supplies, contacts, cash, grants, business assistance and more from the public.

    Meanwhile, the theater department has released its upcoming performance schedule:

    Monterey Peninsula College Announces Spring 2014 Stage Productions:

    Taming of the Shrew will be presented on the Morgan Stock Stage at MPC
    March 13 (preview) and  March 14 – 30

    Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare’s classic “Battle of the Sexes” knockabout comedy is reimagined in a brawling, boozy Prohibition era speakeasy of the late 1920s. This hilarious, delirious tangle of love, lust and misdirection plays out against a backdrop of gangsters, rum runners, Good-time-Charlies, floozies and flappers. Kate, Petruchio, Bianca and her suitors flirt, brawl and test each other’s mettle in this timeless farce.

    MPC Theatre Company presents Taming of the Shrew directed by Gary Bolen, Mar 13 – 30 on the Morgan Stock Stage at MPC, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey CA 93940. Tickets $10-$25; 831-646-4213, mpcboxoffice@mpc.edu, or www.mpctheatre.com

     

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be presented on the Morgan Stock Stage at MPC
    May 8 (preview) May 9 – 25

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of “overachievers’ angst” chronicling the experience of six high school outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime! All of the characters you encountered growing up (“The Boy Scout” “The Nerd” “The Overachiever”) vie for the spelling champ title in a contest overseen by “grownups” more neurotic than they are! This audience participation (!) musical is fast, funny and facetious! Can you spell “Hilarious?” – We hope so!

    MPC Theatre Company presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee directed by Gary Bolen, May 9 – 25 on the Morgan Stock Stage at MPC, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey CA 93940. Tickets $10-$25; 831-646-4213, mpcboxoffice@mpc.edu, or www.mpctheatre.com

    http://www.mpctheatre.com/Calendar.htm

     

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 18, 2014

    Topics: Arts & Music, Front PG News

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