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Iconic Shakespeare Festival Flips Gender Roles in 30th Production Year

The Sacramento Shakespeare Festival is shaking things up in its 30th year as an iconic local production by flipping gender roles in the classic plays, “Romeo and Juliet” and “As You Like It.”

“Romeo and Juliet” will star an all-male cast, while “As You Like It” turns the concept on its head, adapting to modern times by tapping women to play all roles.

Recent headlines have provoked much discussion on the topic of gender identity, but Christine Nicholson, director of “Romeo and Juliet,” points out that the practice of casting men for female roles in Shakespeare’s plays dates back to the Elizabethan era (the practice, in general, has been around even longer and can be traced to Ancient Greece). She said the decision to cast the productions this way came from a desire to honor tradition, while also striving for equitable opportunities for the actors.

“We have wanted to approach a production in the original manner of Shakespeare for some time,” Nicholson said. “We also are consistently trying to achieve gender equity in our productions. Shakespeare’s plays that have 20 or more characters have roles for only three or four women at most because he wrote for all-male productions. Although we always try to cross-gender where possible, this year we felt that if we did an all-male production, an all-female production alongside it would be both equitable and artistically challenging and exciting.”

It’s an experience, actress Nina Damer, who plays Orlando in “As You Like It,” could not pass up.

“It seems such a waste that I should only be able to play the roles that are designated appropriate for my sex. I am more than my looks. I am more than my voice. I am more than my name,” she said. “There are no emotions or behaviors in the realm of the human experience that are reserved exclusively for men, so why should more than half of the experiences in Shakespeare’s repertoire be reserved for them?”

Julian Ortega, an English major at SCC, will portray Lady Capulet In “Romeo and Juliet.”

“This may help people understand that gender does not have to be so defined, he said. “We’re bringing attention to the fact that even though the character may be male or female, it can be played by someone else, as well or better.”

Nicholson and “As You Like It” director Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin waited until they saw auditions before deciding which gender to assign to each play.

Actress Shelby Saumier, who plays Audrey in “As You Like It,” said it was a revelation to be able to audition for any role she wanted.

“For the first time in my life, my gender did not confine me in my art and I felt empowered and free as an artist,” Saumier said.

Zac Scovel, who plays Juliet this summer, said this experience has broadened his experience as an actor.

“It was always part of my process to put myself in the shoes of the character, but this one has been a challenge,” he said, “because I’ve never had the experience of being a 13-year old girl.”

Adding to the challenge is the desire of Scovel and the rest of the actors to play opposite gender roles in a respectful and realistic manner. “If we do our jobs right, they will see women on stage,” he said.

DeLappe-Grondin said she is thrilled to work with a stellar cast of hardworking, intelligent, funny and creative actresses, who often do not get many chances to shine in classical theatre due to the lack of female roles.

“This is their chance, and they are shining gloriously,” DeLappe-Grondin said. “We are working against caricature and for authenticity in all roles, not just the male roles. I’m inspired by the work they do and the spirit in which they do it. I think this will be a summer to remember, and hopefully not the last one of this nature.”

“Romeo and Juliet” runs July 3 through Aug. 1. The cast includes Sean Olivares as Romeo, Scovel as Juliet, Bill Gilbert as the Nurse, Tom Block as Tybalt, Ryan Canfield as Mercutio, Vernon Lewis as Frair Lawrence, Roderick Hickman as Benvolio, Sean O’Brien as Lord Capulet, Julian Ortega as Lady Capulet, Andrew Zelny as Paris, and Anthony Person as the Prince.

“As You Like It” runs July 10 through Aug. 2. The cast includes Dramer as Orlando, Tiffanie Mack as Rosalind, Denise Ivy as Duke Frederick, Natalie Jones as Touchstone, Christi Van Eyken as Celia, Emily Labowitch as Phebe, Shelby Saumier as Audrey, Theresa Vann-Stribling as Duke Senior, and Kathleen Poe as Jaques.

For dates, times and ticket information, visit www.sacramentoshakespeare.net. Performances are in the William A. Carroll Amphitheatre in William Land Park. Arrive early for best seats. Some concessions will be available, and picnics are welcome.

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Freshmen Welcome Aug. 4-5

Are you a new student?  If so, join us at the Freshmen Welcome to learn how to succeed in college!

You will have the opportunity to participate in exciting workshops, to meet new friends, and to connect to the campus community.

The Freshmen Welcome is on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration tables are open at 8:30 a.m.

Complete the online registration form online at www.scc.losrios.edu/411forsuccess.

Summer Success Academy

Summer Success Academy Begins Next Week

New students are encouraged to participate in SCC’s Summer Success Academy, which will be in motion between June 22nd and July 23rd (5 weeks).

The program will include a Math and English bootcamp, a leadership component, transfer informed trips to UOP, CSUS, and UC Berkeley, collaboration with Transfer Center to participate in mini-transfer fair, and a Sampler series – where faculty from multiple disciplines will come into each classroom to inform students about different majors and its relationship to careers.
In addition, the SCC Career Center will provide workshops on using campus resources to explore majors, careers, and job support. Lastly, student ambassadors will serve as mentors throughout the summer.

The Summer Success Academy is a joint effort between many departments, and involves the collaboration of EOPS, Transfer Center, Career Center, Admissions, Financial Aid, Assessment, Student Leadership Department, Cultural Awareness Center, Library, Math and English departments, Facilities, Health Center, Student Ambassadors, Counseling, Allied Health, High School Counselors, Transfer reps at UOP, UCB, and CSUS, and various faculty.

We hope to see you here on Monday the 22nd!

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Video Highlights ‘Kinders Go To College’ Event

The Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium has produced a video about the “Kinders Go To College” event at Sacramento City College’s West Sacramento Center.

The program drew 90 kindergarten students from Riverbank Elementary School in West Sacramento, as well as junior high and high school students from area schools, to the West Sacramento Center on May 22 to get a glimpse of college life.

The students were treated to a number of special college “classes” (15 minute workshops) in fields such as dental assisting and hygiene, nursing, art, personal finance, and robotics.

“We need to increase the college-going rate in West Sacramento and Yolo County,” said Art Pimentel, Dean of SCC’s West Sacramento Center. “The earlier we start the process of getting students to know about college, the better we do at getting them here when the time is right.”

Sacramento City College partnered with the Yolo County Office of Education on this unique program.

In addition to the classes, students received a special T-shirt honoring them as the high school Class of 2027, a backpack and other goodies from SCC and the Yolo County education office.

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Kindergartners “Attend” College

Approximately 90 kindergarten students from Riverbank Elementary School in West Sacramento, as well as junior high and high school students from area schools, attended a special “Kinders Go to College” event Friday, May 22 at SCC’s West Sacramento Center. The students were treated to a number of special college “classes” (15 minute workshops) in fields such as dental assisting and hygiene, nursing, art, personal finance, and robotics.

“We need to increase the college-going rate in West Sacramento and Yolo County,” said Art Pimentel, Dean of SCC’s West Sacramento Center. “The earlier we start the process of getting students to know about college, the better we do at getting them here when the time is right.”

Sacramento City College partnered with the Yolo County Office of Education on this unique program.

In addition to the classes, students received a special T-shirt honoring them as the high school Class of 2027, a backpack and other goodies from SCC and the Yolo County education office.

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Sac City Holds 95th Commencement

Nearly 400 of the 2,100-plus members of the 2015 Sacramento City College graduating class walked in Wednesday night’s commencement ceremony to end the 2014-15 academic year.

Alison Barnard and Jennifer Hacker were named Distinguished Alumni and Jazmine Harris provided the student speech in front of nearly 3,000 attendees in windy Hughes Stadium.

Dr. Kathryn Jeffery noted in her address that sac City has been a pioneering institution of higher ed for nearly 100 years. The college is now in its 99th year, and will begin a centennial celebration as 2016 rolls around.

Congratulations to all 2015 graduates. And good luck as you use your degrees and certificates for furthering your education or applying for employment.

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EOPS Celebrates Year-End with Luau

The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services department at Sacramento City College took time out Thursday to honor students who graduated through the program and the outgoing Vice President of Student Services by holding a luau in the Student Center.

In addition to a feast of barbecue chicken, roast, potato salad and beans, the nearly 100 people who attended the event were treated to several performances by SCC’s Pacific Islanders dance team.

Congratulations to all students who use this vital service, which is designed to provide opportunities for students with academic potential who, historically, would not have attended college. We are proud of you.

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Students Display Talents & Accomplishments

Students in the Graphic Communications, Fine Arts, Fashion Design departments showed off their year-end designs on Thursday afternoon/evening throughout the SCC Main Campus.

Graphic Communications students displayed a variety of web and print-based designs, while art students presented both two- and three-dimensional pieces and fashion students held a runway show featuring clothes made throughout the semester.

Congratulations to all our student artists and their professors for creating such beautiful work. You should all be proud.

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Student Leaders Congratulated & Thanked

Congratulations and thanks to the 2014-15 team of Student Leaders, including outgoing President Sandeep Singh. The group of students and advisers was honored at a special celebration on Wednesday afternoon.

Sandeep leaves office after two years as Student Senate President. He will be followed by Marianna Sousa beginning in Fall 2015. Marianna was also introduced to the gathering.

In addition to student officers, Club leaders and advisers were also recognized for their hard work during the year.

Again, we congratulate the student leadership and development team at Sac City!

Graduation

Congratulations Graduates!

Commencement is now just a week away (6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 in Hughes Stadium) and Sacramento City College is excited to honor all of our degree completions.

In addition to the main ceremony, there are also numerous special graduation events happening throughout the next few days. We hope you will get an opportunity to attend one or more of these special graduation celebrations, as either a recipient or spectator.

Here is the list:

  • ADN Graduation, May 14, 11 a.m., PAC
  • Vocational Nursing Graduation, May 14, 1:30 p.m., PAC
  • Cosmetology Graduation, May 19, 6 p.m., PAC
  • College2Career Ceremony of Achievement, May 22, 10:30 a.m.

Once again, congratulations to all degree qualifying students.