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(L-R) Antonio Hernandez, Victoria Chung, Brenna Dunivan, Isabella Ignacio, Anthony Tran, Ella Acosta and Mia Kaanapu in “Everybody” at Playwrights Theatre inside Shasta Hall Wednesday, March 8, 2023. They all play multiple characters in this production.

This production is for ‘Everybody’

Hailey Valdivia March 13, 2023
Sac State theater department prepares for “Everybody,” running at Playwrights Theatre
(L–R) Jacqueline Sandoval, Josue Sanchez and Andrea Obando stomp their feet in unison on the dance floor of Solano Hall during their performance Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. Their set, “Suhu (Life’s Ritual)” showcases a Chinese ritual dance with choreography by Philip Agayapong.

GALLERY: The dance that connects your mind, body and soul

Madelaine Church and Hailey Valdivia March 2, 2023
Sacramento State presents Vessels for its spring dance performance.
The cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in Playwrights’ Theatre  Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. The performance will feature multiple musical numbers.

Can you spell: T-H-E-A-T-E-R? The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee comes to stage at Sac State

Hailey Valdivia November 1, 2022
The Sac State theater department prepares for upcoming show “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
Lead actress McKenna Sennett sits on a bench in front of Shasta Hall theater on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Sac State’s production of “Hamlet” runs from April 1 to April 10 and can be attended in the theater.

‘To be or not to be’: Meet the leading lady of Sac State’s ‘Hamlet’

Jack Freeman, staff writer April 8, 2022
Senior theater major McKenna Sennett performs live for her first time at Sac State as the leading role of “Hamlet.”
The tone of the scene shifts early into ‘The Best Man’ when Former President Art Hocksteader (Stephen Kauffman, right) announces he is dying to presidential candidate Bill Russel (Tom Loeprich, left). Russel struggles to pursue political success while still staying true to his ethical principles.

Review: Gore Vidal’s ‘The Best Man’ at Sutter Street Theatre

Odin Rasco March 18, 2022
Odin Rasco reviews Sutter Street Theatre’s production of Gore Vidal’s play ‘The Best Man.'
Gabriel (Anthony M. Person) calls on St. Peter to open the pearly gates at the close of ‘Fences’. Left to Right: Cathleen Riddley, Anthony M. Person, J’cyn Crawley, Sincee J. Daniels. (Photo courtesy of Cindy Lawton)

REVIEW: August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ at Sacramento Theatre Company

Odin Rasco March 7, 2022
Odin Rasco reviews Sacramento Theatre Company’s production August Wilson’s play ‘Fences.'
Isela Ortiz graduated from Sac State in 2012 with a journalism degree and is the founder and owner of Sac Dance Lab. The studio provides classes in commercial dance which were once exclusively available in larger cities like Los Angeles. Photos taken by Marin Perego. Graphic created in Canva by Marin Perego.

How a Sac State alumna moved from journalism to choreography

Marin Perego, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 3, 2022

Bright red lights flooded the walls of Sac Dance Lab’s Studio 2 as music surged through the speakers. Dancers cheered each other on before one last run of choreography that culminated in a contemporary...

Graphic created in Canva by Alex Muegge

Finding gender identity through theater: THE FANATIC FULCRUM

Alex Muegge November 15, 2021

Welcome to “The Fanatic Fulcrum,” a hub for fans to express themselves.  Oftentimes in journalism a source might be a professional in a field. CNN interviews Dr. Anthony Fauci about COVID-19 and...

Shuga Cain from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” returns to Sac State’s University Union Ballroom stage with a performance Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. Cain is a drag queen who came in seventh place during season 11 of the show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2019.

GALLERY: Shuga Cain drag show returns to Sac State with energetic event

Ayaana Williams and Nicque McMullen November 9, 2021
Drag queen Shuga Cain from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” returned to Sac State Thursday night with a performance filled with jokes, stories about herself and other drag queens, and lip-syncing.
J.J. Jones stands outside of the University Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Jones plays the lead character Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Sac State’s “The Rocky Horror Show” production that opens on Oct. 20, 2021.

Sac State’s lead in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ shares experiences being Two-Spirit, drag artist

Nicque McMullen October 25, 2021
Jones proceeded to send an email to the director of the show Michelle Felten because she said this was the first time there was a specific role that she really wanted. “I got that email from J.J. saying ‘would you consider casting a woman in this part?’” Michelle Felten, director of “The Rocky Horror Show,” said.
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