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2020 Success for Napa Valley College Performing Arts

Napa Valley College (NVC) Performing Arts ends 2020 with high acclaims, innovative storytelling on the digital stage and new partnerships.

Kicking off 2020, NVC Performing Arts partnered for the first time with This Is My Brave, as part of the NVC Performing Arts Emergence Festival, an annual festival showcasing new and original works by NVC students, faculty and staff. This Is My Brave, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental illness through storytelling, in conjunction with NVC Performing Arts, showcased local youth telling their stories through spoken word, poetry, music and dance. This Is My Brave presented 11 works with 14 youth performers and The Emergence Festival presented an additional 10 works featuring more than 30 performers.

The NVC Faculty Music Series presented two faculty concerts in February, including “Natural Wonders” by Dr. Christina Howell, a vocal concert of songs inspired by nature, and “Letters and Hits from Nat King Cole” performed by Dr. Roberto Gonzalez.

In March, NVC Theater Arts presented “The Addams Family Musical,” directed by Reed Martin. Although show dates were cancelled due to COVID-19 safety measures, the production preview was performed in a student matinee to over 30 Napa County students.

With the end of the academic year in June, two NVC music students were featured online in video performances. Students included Andrea Gutierrez on flute performing “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” by Claude Debussy and Allan Flores on tenor saxophone performing “Tenor Madness,” by Sonny Rollins.

In summer of 2020, Shakespeare Napa Valley (SNV) and NVC Performing Arts partnered to present a summer celebration of Shakespeare. The partnership included the creation of the Shakespeare Napa Valley Student Company, a performance intensive providing classical training through the rehearsal and performance of works written or influenced by William Shakespeare. With the creation of the SNV Student Company, two new series were launched, Sonnet a Week and the Romeo and Juliet Prologue Collection. These new programs engaged the Napa Valley community with the global arts community by showcasing community members, NVC students and staff and individuals worldwide reciting Shakespeare sonnets and prologues in eight languages and more than 25 videos.

Culminating the summer celebration, Shakespeare Napa Valley Student Company premiered its first production virtually through a live stream performance of “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Jennifer King, garnering high acclaim and audiences across the globe.

Bringing theater to the digital stage once again, NVC Theater Arts presented a reimagined virtual production of “Night of the Living Dead,” directed by Jennifer King, in October. Featuring 16 NVC alumni, students and community members, the production received rave reviews, named a “brilliant addition to what is becoming a new pandemic-era art form,” by the “Napa Valley Register.”

In the spring of 2021, Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center theater and music programs will present a joint production of the Broadway show, “A Chorus Line,” directed by Olivia Cowell and Jennifer King with Dr. Christina Howell as music director. The production will be a virtual live stream performance on Friday, March 19, 2021. “A Chorus Line” is the story of 17 Broadway performers auditioning for spots on a chorus line of a new Broadway musical. Zach, the director, seeks to understand each performer through a series of questions which reveal the rich lives of the performers as they describe the events that have shaped their decisions to become dancers. To learn more, visit PerformingArtsNapaValley.org.

All 2020 virtual performances are available to view online at PerformingArtsNapaValley.org.


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