It’s SHOW time! Associate Professor Tom Cochran celebrates 20 years of developing theater productions for Colorado Mountain College, repeating a show he presented in the spring of 1985, not long after starting with CMC. “Spoonriver Anthology” is set in 19th century middle-class America and told through voices of the past, based on poems of Edgar Lee Masters. Charles Aidman adapted and arranged the poems into the play about the town of Spoonriver.
Cochran says, “I first saw this play at 19 years old, and I think it’s wonderful. It speaks to all the aspects of life from personal relationships to dreams and aspirations. It has messages for today because the things that matter in life are universal regardless of time; why study Shakespeare or medieval poems or paintings from Greece and Rome? Because they are universal!” The play is April 23-25, 29 and 30 in the New Space Theatre at the Spring Valley location of CMC. Show times are 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. April 25. Tickets are $12 adults and $9 for students and seniors. Call Cochran at 947-8252 or Ruth Sante at 947-8258 or buy at the door.
On a related note, you can buy theatre seats to help cover theatre improvements. The seats are $300 each. The name in which donations are made will be permanently displayed on a plaque on the seat. Cochran says needed improvements include new drapes, an electrical system overhaul, improved sound equipment and ongoing supplies. About 20 out of 90 seats have already sold.
Comedian Daniel Tosh brings a few laughs to CMC April 21. He performs at more than 100 campuses a year, and at the Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival in Montreal, as well as comedy festivals in New Zealand and Ireland. Tosh is preparing for his fourth appearance on David Letterman’s Late Show. He hosted his own popular late-night show interviewing and mocking models on South Beach in Miami. You are invited to his show in the Recker Room at Spring Valley at 9 p.m.; the cost is $5.
Graduation for Roaring Fork Campus is at 10 a.m. May 1 at Spring Valley. Rifle CMC students graduate at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Rifle High School, and Michael Reyelts, Assistant Professor of ESL and Spanish, is the keynote speaker.
Esta vez es nuestro turno a aprender. That is, its time for us to take a turn learning. Frontline Roaring Fork Campus staffers want to communicate with Spanish-speaking students more clearly and so will become students themselves! May 26 is the starting date for a five-week Spanish class for CMC staff. Administrative Assistant Beth Zukowski says, “Our students have a growing interest in English as a Second Language classes, and we hope to communicate to students when they start and when the next one is. We want to be conversational, and we see them hesitate at times to ask us for information. The staff in the class will range in ability from those speaking a little Spanish to some who haven’t spoken it at all.”
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