College of the Siskiyous


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Winter Melodramas

Bigfoot's Revenge

Come boo at the villains and cheer on the heroes! College of the Siskiyous is excited to announce the performances of two melodramas, "Bigfoot's Revenge" and "The Perils of Pusher."

As part of a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of COS's Kenneth Ford Theatre, the acting department has chosen to highlight the work of James Witherell, who was instrumental in getting the theatre built.

"Bigfoot's Revenge" and "The Perils of Pusher" are two of Witherell's published works. They were originally directed and produced by him in the early 1990's.

The 2020 production of these melodramas will be performed on the main stage in the Kenneth Ford Theatre under the direction of Kim Nile. An actor herself, but new to teaching at College of the Siskiyous, Nile brings the experience she gained in producing New Frontier Theatre Company shows to the table.

"I feel honored to present these fun melodramas to the community. I hope to honor the memory of James Witherell and provide an enjoyable break in the January blues that often come this time of year. I'm really proud of the actors for each show. We have two strong very strong casts who have embraced the essence of melodrama. I'm also excited to have the addition of pianist Dave Reynolds, who will add a musical element to the shows."

Being a community theatre class, these casts are multi-generational and have a wide scope of acting experience, ranging from college-level actors to seasoned professionals. Two of the performers, sisters Riley and Brynn Witherell, are granddaughters of James Witherell. The other actors are: Jonathan Gravish, Persia Taylor, Kim Harper, Paul Johnson, Nathanael Lathrop, Kayla Steele, Becky Jo Adams, Chance Clark, Stephanie Darger, Jonathan Zadok, and John Kalayjian.

Performances are on January 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:00 pm. Matinee performances are January 19 and 26 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for Students/Seniors with a Family 4 pack available for $35.00 and may be purchased in advance at the COS Bookstore or at the theatre door on performance day.

Audition Notice - Spring 2020 Production "The Singularity Machine"

The Singularity Machine

The College of the Siskiyous' Theater program is seeking performers to participate in our spring 2020 production of "The Singularity Machine." This is an original play written and directed by Neil Carpentier-Alting. This will be a "Devised Theater" production with Wendy James serving as the the movement director along with an original score written by Dave Theno and Tristan Behm.

The Singularity Machine is about a family trying to escape a world in crisis through the use of a device that will transport them into the future. While the father seeks the mysterious "exotic matter" to power the device, the mother attempts to enlist others to join them on their quest to help save humanity. But, their true hopes lie with their daughter who must ultimately lead them to a new world.

The primary question that the play attempts to address is how we are going to survive the effects of the impending climate catastrophy? While it's unclear as to the specific manifestations we can safely assume it will be severe and will test humanity's ability to adapt in fundamental ways.

While there will be no auditions you will be required to a have a brief interview with the director before registering for the class. You can contact Neil Carpentier-Alting by calling (530) 938-5206 or set up an appointment by emailing him at

Rehearsals will run Monday through Friday from 3:30pm to 5:50pm starting Janurary 27 through March 20. After spring break rehearsals move to the evening with performances Friday, April 3, Saturday April 4, Sunday April 5, and the next weekend Friday April 10 and Saturday April 11. Accommodations for conflicts wth the rehearsal schedule can be made in advance, please contact Neil Carpentier-Alting with questions.

Registration Information

All COS degree seeking and K-12 students should sign up for this class: THEA 1001 - Rehearsal and Performance - CRN: 3251.

Non traditional students and those not wishing degree applicable credits may take: THEA 0531 - Community Theatre - CRN: 3381.

Contact Theatre

Phone: (530) 938-5206

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