Theatre Program

The COS Theatre program is dedicated to the advancement of the theatre arts, through traditional study and performance, and to the development of new theatrical ventures. We prepare students for further study and for an ever-changing profession.

Spring 2017 Productions - "Sorry, Wrong Number" and "The Water Engine"

The College of the Siskiyous' Theatre Department presents an evening of staged radio dramas, including Louise Fletcher’s "Sorry, Wrong Number" and David Mamet's "The Water Engine," opening Friday, April 14 at 7:00 pm in the COS Kenneth Ford Theater at the Weed Campus.

Sorry, Wrong NumberMany remember "Sorry, Wrong Number" as the classic 1948 film starring Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster. However, the College of the Siskiyous will perform it in its original radio drama form. "Sorry, Wrong Number" is a mystery thriller which tells the story of a neurotic invalid, whose only contact with the outside world is her phone, and because of a crossed wire, hears the plans for a murder. This radio classic, originally done by Agnes Moorehead on Suspense, was one of radio's ten "bests" and is still being repeated as an outstanding study in suspense.

"The Water Engine," set in 1934 during the Chicago World Fair, tells the story of a young inventor who has found a way to run an engine on distilled water. When he attempts to patent his invention he is at first ridiculed, but then is threatened when he refuses to sell and then decides to go public with his earth shattering discovery. The New York Times describes the play as "extraordinary... verbal brilliance" and the New York Daily News called it "a vivid theatrical experience."

The Water Engine

Theatre Arts faculty member Neil Carpentier‐Alting directs these classic radio dramas with Nick Fabrio, Theater Manager designing both the sets and the sound environment. The ensemble cast includes Alex Semler, Megan Smith, Liz Henson, Ryder Emerson, Rienne Renae, Mikala Thompson, Michael Pelfrey, Anne Bakke, Jesse Mullin, and Donna Fox. Students are also involved backstage in key positions; Devon Tiffany designing lights, Shasta Stewart and Tiffanie Ramirez stage managing the production.

Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings April 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 pm in the COS Kenneth Ford Theater. Advance tickets may be purchased from the COS Weed Campus Bookstore, Yreka Campus Business Office, or from Snow Creek Studios in Mt. Shasta. Tickets will also be sold from the Theater Box Office beginning one hour prior to each show. Cost to attend the performance is $15 general and $10 students/seniors (60+). For more information contact the Public Relations Office at (530) 938-5373(530) 938-5373.

Camp Broadway 2017

Saturday, May 13th COS Kenneth Ford Theatre

Shrek, The Musical

Due to overwhelming popularity, Camp Broadway will now be open to students by audition only. Actors ages 8-16 must prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song (accompanist will be provided). They must prepare a joke to tell and submit a short paragraph (in their own words) about why they would like to be a part of the camp this year. Auditions will be moderated by Wendy James: Director, Neil Carpentier-Alting: Production Director.

Actors will be evaluated by these five qualities:

  • Vocal ability
  • Movement ability
  • Audition preparation
  • Attitude
  • Enthusiasm

Email for an application and audition time.

Auditions will begin at 10:00 am and run every 5 minutes until all actors have been seen. Every 10 actors will be asked to stay and learn a short dance combination. Those interested in stage management should sign up for an audition appointment, turn in their application and be prepared for a short interview with the production director. Students will be notified by mail within 10 days of their audition whether they have been accepted this year or not. There are only 50 spots available. 45 Actors and 5 Students to be mentored in the young stage manager program.

If for some reason you are unable to attend the audition, you may send a video audition to the same address before May 13th for equal consideration. If accepted, there will be a $25 material fee as well as a $65 costume rental fee for all actors. Below are some helpful links to prepare for the audition:


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