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John Patrick Rice Ph.D. Director of Theatre Great Basin College Phone: 775-753-2240

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Great Basin College Theatre Program to hold auditions for OUR TOWN!

Great Basin College Theatre Program to hold auditions for OUR TOWN.The Great Basin College Theatre Program begins its 2016-2017 season with a production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. The play, an American classic, follows the lives of the residents of the fictional town of Grovers Corners, New Hampshire.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30 and 31 at 7 PM, on stage at the Great Basin College Theatre. GBC students, high school juniors and seniors and community members are encouraged to participate. The auditions will be conducted in a workshop-like setting, with actors working together and reading from the script.

The play will be directed by John Patrick Rice. Our Town is a beautiful play, a simple and tender story of everyday life, love and marriage and death and dying,” said Rice. The play is typically produced on a bare stage with simple props. “More than anything, this play is about its story, and the telling of it will be reliant on the actors’ ability to use their voices and their bodies to bring the story to life.” Vocal and physical work will be the center of the rehearsal and production process. “Everyone involved in this production will have a wonderful opportunity to build on their fundamental acting skills.”

The production dates are October 18 through the 22. Rehearsals will begin on September 6. For more information contact Rice at 753-2240 or e-mail

Who We Are and What We Do!

The Great Basin College Theater Program has been transforming the American Theatre Experience since 1996. As part of the Great Basin College Arts and Letters Department, students and faculty join together for enlightened experiences of fine arts, humanities, English, foreign language and communication. The programs are critical components of every academic and training degree program offered by the college.

GBC Theatre offers courses in acting, oral interpretation, stage voice, movement for the stage, theatre technology, dramatic analysis and more. Special Topic courses are added to the schedule regularly, generally taking advantage of the specific skills GBC Theatre’s many guest artists and instructors can provide. In the past, courses in playwrighting, armature, effects makeup, Suzuki Movement Training, stage combat and comedy improv have been offered.

As the mission of Great Basin College has expanded, so has its reach. The college service area now includes more than half of Nevada’s seventeen counties, covers 80% of Nevada’s geographical area, and serves five percent of the state’s total population. It’s a big state, and Great Basin College intends to educate it. Using state of the art distance learning technologies, students in even the furthest reaches of Nevada will have equitable access to the opportunities higher education has been providing to their urban counterparts for decades. It requires fierce commitment from the college and creates a tremendous opportunity for the entire state of Nevada.

GBC theatre now offers almost all of its courses using distance-learning technologies. By combining traditional theatre teaching techniques with advanced technologies, students are accessing a learning experience with seasoned theatre professionals that heretofore had not even been conceived. And, what’s more, they are being prepared for the theatre of today. Added to other fine arts and humanities courses already offered with distance technologies, and it is easy understand why Great Basin College is recognized as one of the most efficient and innovative colleges in the state.




For More Information Contact

John Patrick Rice Ph.D.
Director of Theatre
Great Basin College
Phone: 775-753-2240

Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 3,800 students are enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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