The Fine Arts program starts fall on a high note

Nathalie Lozano and Melanie Roberts

Life returns to Saddleback College’s Fine Arts and Media Technology division with many shows and events scheduled in the next few weeks.

The events include a jazz faculty production, concert hours featuring artists like indie musician Ryan Lerman and theatrical performances such as “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.”

The jazz faculty concert will feature Jerry Pinter, Ariel Alexander, Ron Stout, Luther Hughes, Jamie Rosenn, Paul Johnson and Joey Sellers, director of jazz studies. They’ll be playing original student compositions. It will take place in the McKinney Theatre on Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Ryan Lerman will be joining students and faculty on Aug. 29 at noon in FA 101. Lerman will be performing a free show featuring selections from his newest CD, “Pinstripes, and The Sky.” His music was recently heard in NBC’s television series, “Parenthood.”

Fine Art Public Information Officer Nina Welch said she was most excited for the theatre arts department’s production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” by Sarah Ruhl.

The show is based on an incessantly-ringing cell phone that doesn’t seem to have an owner.

“There’s a whole mystery about it,” Welch said. “It feels like you’re up there with them.”

It will premiere in the Studio Theater starting Oct. 18 -26 at 7:30 p.m.  Special matinee performances will be on Oct. 20 and 27 at 2:30 p.m.

The Fine Arts and Media Techology division includes several departments including fine arts, cinema/radio/television, music, photography, speech and theatre arts.

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