The South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Theatre Collective presents Sunday in the Park with George at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Main Stage from May 26 to June 4, 2023.
Sunday in the Park with George, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, pays homage to art and artists as it explores the challenges and sacrifices artists make to innovate and survive. It imagines episodes in the brief life of George Seurat, finishing his now-famous pointillist painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte from 1884 to 1886. In the second act, which takes place 100 years later, Seurat's great-grandson is introduced, an artist who creates electronic sculptures and is struggling to reignite his creative spark.
The cast includes Chris Bolduc, Jesse Morrow, Sue Rudisill, Sara St. Clair, Ben Matthews, Brianna Hines, Jed Slaughter, Lesley Gordon, Daniel Overton, Cass Manalastas, Kyle Murphy, George Dougherty, Dan Cutter, as well as SPSCC students Laura Kohut, Michelle Wall, and Maiya Tate.
SPSCC graduates Jordanna Averett and Bonnie Reese join the production crew as Stage Manager/Set Designer and Properties Designer respectively. Jordanna has worked on SPSCC Theatre Collective’s recent productions of The Moors and Far Away. Both Jordanna and Bonnie have worked in community theatres as well, including Olympia Family Theater and Harlequin Productions. SPSCC students Milla Bord, Johanna Chhay, Charlie Owen, Kinsley Satterfield, Jess Stotsenberg, Bethany Venuto, Annaliese Johnson, Elyette Millar, Kit Pries, and SPSCC employee Maliya Patterson will be joining Jordanna and Bonnie on the production crew.
“I love the themes of striving for creativity, human connection, and legacy circulated in the show,” said Dr. Lauren Love, Director and Drama Professor at SPSCC. “Musical Director Dr. John Guarente and I are excited to bring the great Stephen Sondheim's music and lyrics to the SPSCC stage!”
No tickets are required for the show. Admission is a suggested $15 donation at the door and free to SPSCC students, staff, and faculty. More information, including performance dates and times, is available on the college’s Arts & Entertainment page.