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2012-13 Theatre Season Announced


The COD Performing Arts Department announces the upcoming 2012-2013 Theatre season.


Robin Cotton

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COD's Performing Arts Department Announces 2012-2013 Theatre Season


The College of the Desert Performing Arts Department is proud to announce the upcoming 2012-2013 Theatre season. The productions and dates are as follows.

All in the Timing by David Ives is scheduled for Oct. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28, 2012, in Theatre Too on the PD campus. The performances will be directed by COD’s Tres Dean, Instructor, Theatre Arts.

This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies (Winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award) combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun. Here’s what has been said about the play:

·         "Like sketches for some hilarious, celestially conceived revue; the writing is not only very funny, it has density of thought and precision of poetry…ALL IN THE TIMING is by a master of fun. David Ives spins hilarity out of words." —NY Times

·         "Theatre that aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart. Ives is a mordant comic who has put the play back in playwright…A wondrous wordmaster."  —Time Magazine

·         "An original turn of mind is to be saluted in our tired theatre…A playwright with ideas, his own ideas, in his head is relatively rare. Such a one is David Ives." —NY Magazine

The One-Acts are set for Dec. 7, 2012, in Theatre Too on the COD Palm Desert campus. This is an evening of student-directed one-act plays and new works featuring the talented COD theatre students.

Several free concerts will be held at 7 p.m. in the Pollock Theatre on the Palm Desert campus, in December. First up, on Dec. 11, 2012, is a Voice Class Recital with COD Adjunct Music Faculty Tim Bruneau. Dec. 12, 2012, is the Symphonic Band directed by Mary Stupin, COD Adjunct Music Faculty. On Dec. 13, 2012, led by Dr. Anthony Fesmire, COD Associate Professor of Music, will be the Jazz Band & Jazz Combos. Tim Bruneau will direct The Jazz Singers & Chamber Singers on stage Dec. 14, 2012. A Broadway Voice Recital is set for Dec. 17, 2012 led by Mark Almy, COD Adjunct Music Faculty.  

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the Novel by Ken Kesey, will be on Mar. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24, 2013. The production will be held in the Pollock Theatre on the Palm Desert campus and directed by COD’s Tres Dean, Instructor, Theatre Arts.

A charming rogue, Randle P. McMurphy, (portrayed by the likes of Kirk Douglas on Broadway and Jack Nicholson in the film) contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison.  This production is the winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony for Outstanding Revival. Comments in well-known publications include:

·         “Scarifying and powerful." - N.Y. Times

·         "Brilliant. The stuff of great theatre." - WQR Radio

·         "One of the finest, most meaningful and most moving play of recent times." - WPIX TV.

A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim, the annual musical is scheduled in the McCallum Theatre for May 2, 3, 4, 5, 2012. It is directed and choreographed by Sha Newman with musical direction by Dr. Darlene Romano. This COD production will be set in the Palm Springs area in the mid-1950s and will feature designs and costumes of the mid-century modern era. 

Sophisticated, literate and stylish, A Little Night Music is also disarmingly warm, funny, charming and very human. Its well-constructed book is one of the best ever written, featuring a strong ensemble cast of vivid, memorable characters that span all age groups. With book by Hugh Wheeler, the musical is based on Ingmar Bergman’s “Smiles of a Summer Night” and named after Mozart’s Sere-nade for Strings in G Major, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.” The score includes the popular “Send in the Clowns.”  

During the month of May 2013, several free concerts will be held at 7 p.m. in the Pollock Theatre on the Palm Desert campus. On May 13, 2013,Tim Bruneau, COD Adjunct Music Faculty, will lead the Voice Class Recital. On May15, 2013, is the Symphonic Band directed by Mary Stupin. COD Associate Professor of Music, Dr. Anthony Fesmire, will lead the Jazz Band & Jazz Combos in their performance on May 16, 2013. The Jazz Singers & Chamber Singers are on stage May 17, 2013, the groups will be also directed by Bruneau. The last performance of the year, on May 20, 2013,will be the Broadway Voice Recital led by Mark Almy, COD Adjunct Music Faculty.  

For more information, please call 760.773.2565 or 760.776.7370 or visit us on the web at, or visit our COD Performing Arts page on Facebook.

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