Theater department wins $900 grant towards future production

Kylie Corbett

Saddleback College’s theatre department won a grant of $900 to go towards producing a puppet play known as “La Guida di Bragia.”

The Associated Student Government has decided to start reaching out to groups on campus that may be insufficiently funded by giving grants.

The recipient, Diane Lewis, was awarded the grant early last week.

Lewis has been the theatre department’s costume designer for the past 14 years. Before she came to Saddleback, she freelanced for community theatre groups and dancers.

“I was surprised but very pleased that the project had been deemed worthwhile by the ASG,” said Lewis. “I am [incredibly] proud of the work my puppetry students produce and this helps to validate their efforts and the enterprise of puppetry in general.”

“La Guida di Bragia,” will be the fifth show presented and produced by Saddleback’s theatre group “The Spinners of Puppet Tales.” Other puppet shows put on by Saddleback were children themed, fairy tales including “Rumpelstiltskin” and “Sleeping Beauty.”

“Puppetry is an art form which draws from many areas of the arts and humanities. Sculpture, theatre, painting, literature, history are but a few,” Lewis said. “Puppeteers are challenged to create a universe to fully engage and inspire the audience!”

Lewis greatly appreciates her students and ASG’s support.

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