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 (Betsy) Richard, Director, teaches drama and directs three theater productions a year at Lower Columbia College. Betsy completed her Acting Training Certificate at the National Shakespeare Conservatory, NYC and holds degrees from CUNY and Eastern Michigan University. Locally Betsy has worked with the Portland Actors Conservatory, Artists Repertory Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Lakewood Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Prior to LCC, Betsy 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 (Technical Director) 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.
Akitora Ishii, Film Production Coordinator and Editor ~ The Story of the Tattoo, is a proud alumnus of Lower Columbia College and Center Stage Theater. He graduated from LCC in 2017 and continued to study Theater and Film at Portland State University, completing his bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts in June of 2020. His most recent work was as Michael/The Wolf in PSU's production of Wolves Eat Elk, and as Assistant Director for PSU STAGE's production of The Language Archive. He is thrilled to work with Betsy and Robert again in a new capacity, and hopes you enjoy our exploration of storytelling mediums in the current situation.
Ariana Morvee is the Production Stage Manager for Fall Quarter 2020 at Center Stage. This is her first-time stage managing, but she has assistant stage managed in the past at Center Stage. In addition to stage managing this quarter, Ariana is also playing Bethany in the project Now We’re Really Getting Somewhere. A 2017 graduate of LCC's CEO program, Ariana has been an LCC college student since Fall of 2017. Ariana has worked on shows such as A Piece of My Heart, True West, The Importance of Being Earnest, Proof, and Sense and Sensibility. In addition to her work on the set, she appeared on stage for the first time as Mrs. Sophie Rosen in Number the Stars, and then as the lead Candy Matson in LCC Drama's Spring 2020 Radio Shows. Ariana loves the community at Center Stage and is looking forward to being a part of Center Stage again this year.
Casey Halleck is serving as Assistant Stage Manager for two of the projects this fall and as Stage Manager for Now We’re Really Getting Somewhere and is an aspiring playwright. She is mother to 15-year-old Gustober Jombes and two-year-old Tony Nominated Tveit (a yorkie and a cat respectively). They are the light of her life.
Joy L. Cowan is the graphic artist for The Story of the Tattoo. She has been in one previous show at Lower Columbia College, and is ecstatic to be involved. Joy is not currently a student at Lower Columbia College but plans on taking more classes involving art and drama in the future. Joy loves visual and theatrical arts and is very grateful to be helping in this production. For more of her art she has an instagram @joydrawsart.
Marcello Baeza is a freshman at LCC in his first quarter and he will be playing the role of Joe in the project, The Story about the Tattoo. Marcell loves working in the theater, both as a technician and as an actor.
Lindsey Carrigg is a senior in high school and is finishing her last year as a running start student at LCC. This will be Lindsey’s second Center Stage show, where she will be playing Tania de Valle in Native Gardens. Lindsey's first production was as the lead Annemarie Johansen in the winter 2020 production of Number the Stars. Lindsey has returned for a second show because she had a great time during the winter production...and because Betsy Richard is a surprisingly persuasive drama instructor.
Robert duPlessis Jr. is a freshman at LCC and although this is his first performance at LCC’s Center Stage, he has done multiple shows while at Rainier High School. Robert is playing Jack in the project Now We’re Really Getting Somewhere. Robert has always enjoyed theatre groups and enjoys LCC’s Drama club, even if it may not be the traditional theatre feel being online. Robert hopes you enjoy all the projects LCC’s Drama club is putting out this term and all the projects to follow.
Andrew Gomes is an actor for Fall Quarter 2020 at Center Stage. He is playing the Flight Attendant in the filmed play project The Story About the Tattoo. He has been a student at LCC since Fall Quarter 2020 and is currently in the Running Start Program. His acting history includes a few amateur skits, along with acting in LCC's Winter Quarter 2020 production, Number the Stars, playing the roles of Samuel, a Nazi soldier, and a Nazi officer. He is excited to be a part of Center Stage theater again and is grateful for this opportunity. Andrew also wrote the zoom prologue to The Story About the Tattoo.
Ashley Jenkins is so happy to be back for another production at Center Stage Theatre! This is Ashley’s 10th show at LCC. Most recently she was part of Sense and Sensibility, Number the Stars, and The Radio Shows that Center Stage put on last spring. This quarter she is a part of two different shows: Native Gardens and The Story About the Tattoo. She has had a lot of fun being a part of the different productions this fall and can’t wait for you all to see them!
Ryan Mielcarek is enjoying his 2nd quarter at LCC and his 3rd Center Stage Production. He is playing the character of Frank Butley in the reading of Native Gardens. When he isn’t procrastinating schoolwork, he likes to work on his own art projects of various mediums. Unfortunately, due to a cancellation, his beard will not be featured in the upcoming reading.
Alina Mirgorodskaya is a past LCC student who has transferred this year to Washington State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. She has been part of three LCC Drama productions including two live stage performances and three radio shows. You might remember her as Ellen from Number the Stars or as Fanny in Sense and Sensibility. Her hobbies include painting, skateboarding, and traveling around the country in a purple van solving crimes. She thanks Betsy for an opportunity to participate in this theatre production and work once again side by side with her favorite theatre nerds. She wishes everyone to stay safe and enjoy the show!
Francisco Santana is a student at Lower Columbia College working towards his transfer degree in acting. This is his fourth time acting in a production at Center Stage. He will be playing both the part of Pablo in Native Gardens, and the part of Taylor in The Story of the Tattoo by Karen Zacarías. He is excited for the filming aspect of both projects. During his free time, Francisco enjoys listening to True Crime Podcasts (especially during Autumn season) as well as spending quality time with those who mean the most to him. He hopes you all enjoy the shows and simply cannot wait to be back on stage performing in front of all of you when it is safe to do so.
Katrina Shaw is a newly turned fanatic for the delightfully exciting art of theater. Ever since her first foray into acting in Fall Quarter 2019, taking the part of Lucy Steele and Sir John in the play Sense and Sensibility, acting has awakened an eager passion and appreciation for the craft. This fall, she is playing Jen from Now We’re Really Getting Somewhere and reading the Stage Directions for Native Gardens. Katrina is planning on graduating from LCC and transferring to Brigham Young University where she aims to pursue a major in Theater Arts.
Elizabeth (Eli) Stol is playing the part of Elaine in Now We're Really Getting Somewhere. This is her first formal production and official acting. Eli fell in love with theatre when her Mom first took her to see the stage addition of A Christmas Carol at the age of 6 years old. Since then, she has seen every play she could. Last year, Eli took an acting class with Betsy Richard, and fell in love all over again. She says that working on this production has been "A dream come true" and is looking eagerly forward to working with theatre more in the future.
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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