ACT (Actors, Clowns, Technicians) One Drama Club is the oldest club on campus!
Act One includes everyone involved in drama at the college. Members are actively involved in producing a Center Stage Theater production each quarter.
Elizabeth Richard (Director) is back for her sixth year of teaching and directing at LCC! Elizabeth holds a BA from CUNY, an Acting Certificate from The National Shakespeare Conservatory, and an MA from Eastern Michigan University. She has worked at the Portland Actors Conservatory, Artists Repertory Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Lakewood Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Prior to LCC, Elizabeth taught and directed at Central Michigan University, and acted for many years in NYC. Favorite directing projects outside of LCC include Ramona Quimby (OCT), Willy Wonka (Midland Center for the Arts, MI), and Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession, which toured Metro Detroit Schools.
Robert Cochran (Scenic Design) has held the role of technical director of the Rose Center for the Arts since its opening in 2008. He also serves as the instructor of the stage crafts class for the drama program. A Kelso native, Robert graduated from LCC then transferred to the University of Washington School of Drama. He has worked as a scenic and Lighting Designer and served in a multitude of backstage roles including Technical Director at Arts West, Lakeside, Mercer Island High, and Okoboji Summer Theatre at Stevens College. In his free time he enjoys biking, kayaking, making ice cream and flying.
Sam A. Mowry (Guest Artist) is an award-winning actor, director and producer in Portland, OR for over 40 years. Sam’s career runs the gamut, from Lennie in Of Mice and Men to Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew. Other favorites from over 100 possibilities include Macbeth, Leeds in Children of a Lesser God, Short Eyes, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Teveye in Fiddler on the Roof and King Lear as a guest artist at Mt. Hood Community College.
Co-Founder and Director of the Willamette Radio Workshop, he has won numerous awards for his work as an actor, director and producer. Communicator, Ogle, Mark Time and the New York Radio Festival. The Fall of the City, Frankenstein, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde and Next Year’s Girl to name a few. Sam’s work as a Voice Actor can be heard in commercials, animation and Video Games. Clients include Gizmo, Party City, El Pollo Loco, CocaCola, Nike, Microsoft, DotA2, Infamous, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Torchlight, League of Legends and Sly Fox. As well as animation work with Frank and Zed, The Horned Avenger and Zap Squad.
Savannah Zimmerman (Stage Manager) recently graduated from LCC with her AA Degree. She is now working on her BA in General Elementary Education through an online program at WGU. This is Savannah’s 11th show at LCC working both on and off stage. Savannah has recently discovered a love for stage management and being behind the scenes and has taken the role of Stage Manager whenever she can. She served as Stage Manager at StageWorksNorthWest for Some Enchanted Evening and for LCC’s productions of The Importance of Being Earnest and Sense and Sensibility. Savannah was last seen onstage in LCC’s production of Proof playing the role of Katherine. Theatre is her passion. Savannah gives glory to God for giving her the opportunity to do what she loves, as well as getting the chance to continue learning from and working with amazing people. Savannah would like to thank her family and friends for all their support and love as she continues to work in theatre.
Alyssa Wittrock (RCA Lead Technician) studied theatre education at Western Washington University. Then she spent seven years
teaching English in Asia, gracing the stage occasionally with Tokyo International
Players in Japan. She's a world traveler with twenty countries marked on her scratch-off
map, but while the planes are grounded, she is at home working hard on her Masters
in Applied Linguistics. She is thankful to Robert and Betsy for the chance to keep
making theatre magic.
Hannah Bussanich is a Lower Columbia College student. She will be graduating with her AA this spring. She is the President of LCC’s Anime Club and has been a part of other events on campus. She has been onstage since realizing her love for theatre through her work with CAST (Children’s After School Theatre). Hannah has been in a few plays at the StageWorksNorthWest for CAST, then moved to the Mainstage Theatre during high school. She’s wanted to be a part of a play at LCC since beginning school and has really enjoyed finally having schedules align to let her be a part of the group. Hannah plans to be a part of more plays in the future.
Ashley Jenkins is appearing for her 9th production at LCC’s Center Stage Theatre. She is happy to be a part of this production. She has taken part in A Doll’s House, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Antigone, Sense and Sensibility, and Number the Stars just to name a few. Ashley is working on a degree in theatre and her dream is to work with the Walt Disney Company. Ashley participated in the Disney College Program back in 2019 and is hoping to go back to complete another program. She wanted to take this time to thank her family and friends for all her support and she hopes you enjoy the show! Have a magical day!
Ryan McKay-Beach is a student at Lower Columbia College. This is their first time acting in a production for Center Stage, but they have been doing Box Office for Center Stage productions for the last two years. They are finishing up their Associate Degree through Running Start and are planning to transfer to WWU to continue their education to become a teacher of theatre and math at the high school level. When not schooling or acting, Ryan is usually found writing, making art, or unintentionally being life’s comedic relief. Ryan is very excited to participate in the radio plays and hopes you tune in and enjoy.
Ryan Mielcarek appeared in his first play in Winter quarter's Number the Stars. This spring quarter's radio show will be his first voice over work and second production. Ryan is working on a degree in theatre and looks forward to future productions. In his off time, he likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.
Alina Mirgorodskaya is a student at Lower Columbia College. It’s her second year and she is getting closer to earning her Associates Degree before transferring to a University. This is her third time acting in a Center Stage Production. Other plays you might have seen Alina in were Sense and Sensibility and Number the Stars. In her future, she is planning on earning a degree in criminology and will go traveling around the country solving crimes in a purple hippy van. She’s really excited about being in this production and gives a big thanks to Betsy for the opportunity!
Ariana Morvee is a student at Lower Columbia College and has worked on many plays at Center Stage Theater including A Piece of My Heart, True West, The Importance of Being Earnest, Proof, Sense and Sensibility, and Number the Stars. Ariana served as Assistant Stage Manager, props assistant, light board operator, and set builder/painter. Winter quarter of 2020, Ariana acted in her first show appearing as Mrs. Sophi Rosen in Number the Stars. Currently she is exploring her passion for theater as a voice actor in Center Stage’s three radio shows. She first discovered this love of theatre when she was a part of Mainstage at R.A. Long back in 2012.
Francisco Santana-h is a student at Lower Columbia College working towards his transfer degree in acting. This is his second time appearing in a production at Center Stage. During his time away from the theater Francisco enjoys serving as an Ambassador for both TRIO & MCC (Multicultural Club). He is thrilled to be a part of Center Stage for a fourth time and hopes you all enjoy the show!
Felipe Scardino has worked on three projects as a performer for LCC’s Centerstage. You might have seen him as Saul from True West or Mr. Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility. If not performing, he’s behind the scenes designing sound or running the light board. He’s very excited to be performing the radio plays and hopes you enjoy!
Center Stage Theatre in the Rose Center for the Arts is home to a variety of plays put on by Lower Columbia College students, community members, and visiting performers.
Enjoy live performances in an intimate theatre designed to enhance your connection with the performance.
Drama courses provide students with an understanding of the theatre and an appreciation of theatre, acting, technical theatre, and production experience through performance. Students develop the ability to express themselves in many ways: acting on stage, seminar discussion, play analysis, review writing, script interpretation, kinesthetic expression, and technical proficiency in set, costume, and light design.
One play is presented each quarter during the academic year. Participation is open to all students, college employees and members of the local community.
Students interested in acting can complete an associate degree or begin studies to transfer to a baccalaureate program. Drama courses can also be an important supplement for those who plan to major in the humanities or social sciences.
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