The College of the Siskiyous’ Performing Arts Club presents Eugene Ionesco’s raging absurdist political satire, Rhinoceros opening Friday, February 24th at 7:00 pm in the COS Kenneth Ford Theater.
Ionesco wrote "Rhinoceros" in the late 1950's in Europe and is generally considered as a response and criticism to the sudden upsurge of Communism, Fascism, and Nazism during the events preceding World War II, and explores the themes of conformity, culture, mass movements, mob mentality, philosophy and morality.
With an all student cast, director, and crew the COS Performing Arts Club choose to produce "Rhinoceros" because of how the themes of the show directly relate to the recent presidential election of Donald Trump and how many negatively preceive his policies.
Isaiah Olson debuts as director with a seasoned cast, many who appeared in the COS Theatre Department's well received fall production of "The Wizard of Oz." Mikala Thompson stars as Berenger, Rienna Renae as Jean, and Megan Smith as Daisy. The cast also includes, Jesse Mullin, Amber Rightmyer, Chance Clark, Alex Semler, Liz Henson, Devon Tiffany, Dylan Jeffries, and Anne Bakke.
The COS Theatre and Music Departments co-produced the original script for The Wizard of Oz.
All performances were held in the College of the Siskiyous Kenneth W. Ford Theater at the Weed Campus. For information about COS Theater productions or classes call (530) 938-5206(530) 938-5206.
This original stage version of THE WIZARD OF OZ premiered at the Municipal Theatre of St. Louis (MUNY) in 1942. The first Muny production featured Evelyn Wycoff as Dorothy and Al Downing as the Munchkin Mayor. The musical includes songs "Over The Rainbow," "Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead)," "If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve," "We're Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road)," "The Jitterbug," and "The Merry Old Land of Oz," as well as a song called "Evening Star."
Using L. Frank Baum's book – and not the MGM film – as its source, this version employs story and songs as elements of a classic stage musical. This original script also includes the characters of Gloria and Lord Growlie.