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AVC Performing Arts Theatre Events News

The 2016-17 Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre season gets underway in September, with a full line-up of events sure to please audiences across the Antelope Valley. We have a wide variety of events scheduled: concerts featuring stirring orchestral classics and contemporary rock and jazz; dance performances that will enthrall and inspire you, and theatre productions and festivals for all ages. Not to mention cultural showcases, recitals and community workshops – many of which are free to the public. Come and experience the diversity and excitement of the performing arts at AVC!
The theatre is located on the south side of the Antelope Valley College Lancaster campus, 3041 W. Ave. K. Box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and two hours prior to each performance. View our full event schedule and purchase tickets online at, or contact the box office at (661)722-6580. Discounted season ticket packages are available.
Here are some of the events that will take place at the AVC Performing Arts Theatre from now through the end of December 2016:

Hidden Entropy Movement Project (HEMP), Sept. 24, 2016 at 7:30pm – Hidden Entropy Movement Project is a dance company dedicated to providing local artists opportunities to share, collaborate and perform.  We have a passion to share work that opens up imaginative spaces and teases through the web of human consciousness.  Often using theoretical physics as inspiration, we look for entry points into movement, imagination and the study of the self.  There we explore, burrow, get lost and emerge in pursuit of finding meaning (and meaninglessness) and sharing our journey. Admission $20/$16.

AVC Anthropology/ Dance/ Theatre Arts, Break Open Breath, Sept. 28, 2016 at 7pm – Which animals breathe? How do we do it? Why do we breathe? Join anthropologist Dr. Darcy Wiewall, choreographers Cindy Jundy and Rochelle Guardado, and playwright Genie Trow as they work with students to break open our bodies and minds to our most basic drive - to take breath. Free Admission - Donations Accepted.

Youth Talent Extravaganza, Oct. 7, 2016 at 7pm – Sponsored by Finley-Robles Youth Foundation, this event is open to community youth ages 3 to 20 years old to display their special talents in singing, dancing, instrumental performance and spoken word. Admission $20/$15/$10/$5.

AVC Symphonic Band, Performing Arts Showcase, Oct. 8, 2016 at 7pm – Please join us for this special evening showcasing several of the Performing Arts programs at AVC. Performances will include the Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Dance, and Theatre Arts. Admission $7.

Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Sojourn, Oct. 15, 2016 at 8pm – Guitarist David Leisner performs Joaquin Rodrigo's romantic Spanish portrait, Concerto de Aranjuez. Dello Joio's New York Portraits are as diverse and unique as the Big Apple itself. The musical tour concludes with Mendelssohn's tribute to sunny Italy. Admission $21/$19/$11.

Antelope Valley Ukulele Festival, Oct. 22, 2016, 11am to 6 pm – Join us for ukulele workshops and play-a-longs, open mic and more! AV Ukes for Schools brings the joy and the learning of making music with ukuleles into local classrooms. Using a tried and true program, AV Ukes for Schools is bringing music education back into our classrooms. Each AV Uke Fest ticket sold will help fund instruments and instructors for AV Ukes for Schools. Help make a difference today by coming out to AV Uke Fest and sharing your love of ukulele with new friends and the next generation of music makers. All-Access Admission $40/$20, Concert-Only Admission (4pm) $25.

Antelope Valley College Theatre Arts, Three Sisters, Nov. 4, 5, 11 & 12, 2016 at 8pm; Nov. 13, 2016 at 2pm– Discover the humor and heartbreak of one of the world’s greatest plays, revealed through the lyricism of Sarah Ruhl, two-time Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright of Eurydice and In The Next Room (The Vibrator Play). We all have dreams and ambitions in our youth that can be tempered by the life we end up living. Transplanted from their beloved metropolitan life to a provincial small town, Three Sisters yearn for the city of their childhood, where they imagine their lives will be transformed and fulfilled. The eldest sister an “old maid” school teacher, the middle sister an unhappily married wife who has wandered outside her marriage, and the youngest sister an idealist: Three Sisters is the portrait of a family grappling with the bittersweet distance between reality and dreams. Admission $12/$7.

AVC Symphonic Band, The Amazing Music of Frank Ticheli, Nov. 19, 2016 at 7pm – Frank Ticheli is Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California and has composed nearly 40 major works for concert band. Tonight we will feature several of his greatest works for band or choir along with our special guests the Sunday Night Singers, under the direction of Michael McCullough. Admission $7.

Applied Music Recital, Nov. 22, 2016 at 7pm – AVC music majors present an evening of solo performances featuring piano, guitar, voice, strings, winds and percussion. Admission $7.

Dance Final Showings, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2016 at 7pm – A showcase production of some of the best work by students in AVC Dance Department classes. Selected by their instructors, students present a variety of dances they have worked on during the semester to experience dance as a performance art. Admission $11/$7.

AVC Jazz Ensemble, Dec. 2, 2016 at 8pm – Semester recital for the Beginning Jazz Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Improvisation and Advanced Jazz Ensemble, directed by Lee Matalon. Admission $11/$7.

Miss High Desert Scholarship Pageant, Dec. 3, 2016 at 7pm – Join us for an exciting night and find out who will be crowned Miss High Desert. The Miss High Desert scholarship program is not just a beauty pageant, but a preliminary competition to select a young lady to represent the entire Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and parts of Kern County at the highly regarded Miss California pageant, held annually in late June. That successful young woman is then eligible to compete for the ultimate title of Miss America, held annually in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Admission $20.

A Night at the AVC Improv, AVC Black Box Theatre, Dec. 5, 2016 at 7pm – Taking suggestions from audience members, the quick wit and creative imagination of the AVC Improv players creates a wonderful, off-the-cuff night of comedy that leaves everyone in the house laughing! Admission $7.

AVC Playwrights Showcase, AVC Black Box Theatre, Dec. 7, 2016 at 7pm– Readings of selected scenes from plays written by students in the Theatre Arts Department. This is how theatrical storytelling begins - come witness the process. Admission is free.

AVC Theatre Arts, Our Stories, Our Voices, AVC Black Box Theatre, Dec. 8, 2016 at 7 pm Our Stories, Our Voices is an evening of theatre celebrating the diverse voices of the American stage through performances of published plays, original theatrical works, and devised ensemble pieces. From the scope of women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community, these diverse voices will be honored and explored as an integral part of theatre and our community. Free Admission - Donations Accepted.

Test Flight, AVC Black Box Theatre, Dec. 9, 2016 at 7pm – This popular music performance class for singers and instrumentalists presents a concert of music from various decades. Join them for an evening of electrifying performances of well-known rock songs. Admission $7.

Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale, Classics and Carols, Dec. 10, 2016 at 8pm; Dec. 11, 2016 at 4pmThe AVSOMC presents a FREE Holiday concert.  Two performances only.Doors open 1 hour prior to show time.

High Desert Lutheran Chorale, Dec. 18, 2016 at 4pm – Please join the High Desert Lutheran Chorale for an afternoon of beautiful Christmas music featuring a 40 voice chorale directed by Sharon Hartwig, Rosalind Darbeau on violin, pianist Arash Parravicini, a 30 voice children’s choir and audience caroling. 10% of proceeds to go to a music scholarship for a local student. Admission $15/$10.

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