Angie Bitsko, Director of JPCatholic’s recent productions, explains how the Fall Quarter production of Pride and Prejudice fits into the theater program.
“Part of my grand scheme of putting seasons together is, if you were a student for three years, especially an acting student…are they giving the student ample opportunity to practice their skills in a wide variety of genres?” said Professor Bitsko.
“One of the things that I’m always looking for are good, substantial roles, but also the number of female roles, to at least have it be a fair representation,” said Prof. Bitsko as she discussed the reasons that she chose Pride and Prejudice. “Looking at the season, we’ve got four slots. I had a dramatic piece last fall, so I wanted to have a comedic piece. I went through several scripts until I really found one where I thought it would really give it that period flavor… We’re going to have to move it up into the Victorian time period because of the costumes.”
“We have been informed that every quarter the show is automatically in the Center for the Arts!” Prof. Bitsko said. “There will be one show per non-musical and two for musicals at the California Center for the Arts.”
“When we staged Midsummer [Night’s Dream] at the Center for the Arts…we didn’t really know what to expect. It was very well attended…and it was very reassuring; now we have to consider what’s going to stage well there as well as the soundstage.”
“I think it’s great that we’ll have that opportunity, but it also brings to light the expanding needs that we have for our own facilities…And we’re limited here…because everybody gets a little taste of what’s possible, and then they want more, and more, and more! We want everybody to learn on all levels; cast and crew.”
Shrek the Musical will be performed at the California Center for the Arts on August 28th and 29th at 7:00pm. Tickets will be available soon.
General Admission – $20
JPCatholic Students – $15
High School Students – FREE with RSVP by Aug. 21st