Theatre & Film

The Theatre discipline teaches understanding of current acting techniques and modern vocational skills to encourage student success in their artistic endeavors.

The Theatre discipline at MiraCosta College is committed to artistic enrichment and appreciation of the theatre arts for all students. The academic discipline seeks to present opportunities for students (1) to develop an appreciation for theatre; (2) to improve the knowledge and skills required to work in the theatre arts professionally and in related careers; (3) to gain awareness, as participants or audience members, of the influences of theatre in the world.

The faculty is dedicated to excellence in Theatre education that emphasizes transfer education, personal growth, professional preparatory training and community involvement. For the major, public performance is at the core of the discipline’s program.

Consequently, participation with theatre production activities is vital for all majors as is challenging scholastics and theoretical study. The main stage production season is composed of four stylistically different plays each year. For further training, The Actor’s Academy offers a conservatory style program that focuses on classical actor training. 

The theatre facilities include a 247 seat proscenium theatre has many unique features including a vomitorium and flexible thrust stage and the Little Theatre, a small proscenium space used primarily for experimental theatre.

MiraCosta College Theatre: your stage to outstanding theatre.

AUDITIONS - The School for Scandal

WHEN: September 7th at 5:00- 7:00 pm by appointment (sign up at the Theatre Bldg. 2000 office counter)
CALLBACKS: By invitation only, September 9th at 7:00- 9:00 pm; *Cold Reading from the script
WHERE: MiraCosta Theatre Stage, OC2000
WHAT TO PREPARE:
1 classical monologue not to exceed 1 ½ minutes in length. Use of accent/dialect is okay but not necessary.
Read the play so that you are ready for Callbacks!!!

This play requires a variety of types.  Please don’t stay home because YOU think that you are not right for the roles available.  Let the director choose! You might be just perfect for the role!
CHARACTERS
Charles Surface: Young bachelor notorious for his extravagance and dissipation. However, his dissolute behavior may only be a passing phase. At heart, he is a good and generous person. He and Maria are in love.
Joseph Surface: Young bachelor who pretends to be an honorable gentleman but is really a double-dealing scoundrel. He is the older brother of Charles Surface. Joseph is in love with the fortune Maria is to receive. He plots with Lady Sneerwell to break up Charles and Maria. Meanwhile, he attempts to seduce the wife of Sir Peter Teazle.
Maria: Desirable and wealthy young ward of Sir Peter Teazle. She is a woman of principle who refuses to gossip.
Sir Peter Teazle: Upright gentleman of about age fifty who has recently married a young woman. Fooled by Joseph Surface's pretensions, he promotes a marriage between Joseph and Maria.
Lady Teazle: Young wife of Sir Peter. She and her husband have their little spats. When he visits Joseph Surface one day, he discovers his wife hiding behind a screen and at first thinks she has been having an affair with Joseph, whom he now brands as a villain.
Lady Sneerwell: Young widow of a knight. She is attracted to Charles Surface and plots with Joseph Surface to break up Charles and Maria.
Snake: Cat's paw of Lady Sneerwell. He spreads false rumors designed to help Lady Sneerwell achieve her goals.
Sir Oliver Surface: Wealthy uncle of Charles and Joseph Surface. After returning to England from the East Indies, he disguises himself to find out the truth about his nephews.
Mrs. Candour: Prolific gossip who says how wrong it is to spread rumors, then indulges in her favorite pastime—spreading rumors.
Sir Benjamin Backbite: Annoying young man who pursues Maria and engages in slanderous conversation.
Old Crabtree: Backbite's uncle and a tale-bearer.
Rowley: Helpful servant and friend of Sir Peter Teazle and a former servant of the father of the Surface brothers. He is an upright fellow who sees through Joseph's hypocrisy. Aware of Snake's nefarious behavior, he pays him to reveal that the stories he has been spreading for Lady Sneerwell and Joseph are lies.
Careless: Rowdy friend of Charles Surface.
Sir Harry Bumper: Friend of Charles Surface.
Trip: Servant of Charles Surface.
William: Servant of Joseph Surface.
Moses: Moneylender who assists Sir Oliver in his scheme to find out the truth about Charles and Joseph Surface.
Mr. Stanley: Dublin merchant who was ruined by business reversals. He is related to Charles and Joseph Surface, to whom he wrote for financial assistance. Sir Oliver assumes Stanley's identity when he is investigating his nephews.
Gentlemen, Maid, Servants