BC Theater Program To Present Something Rotten!

By Bakersfield College | 06/18/24
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Bakersfield College’s Theater Program announced today the details of their annual summer musical, a traditional collaboration with the Choral and Instrumental Music programs. This year's presentation will be Something Rotten, with a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, directed by Professor Brian J. Sivesind, with Vocal Direction by Professor Caley Mayhall and Music Direction by Dr. Scott Dirkse. The musical will play in the Edward Simonsen Indoor Theatre on the Bakersfield College campus from July 12 through July 21; full schedule listed below. Please visit the Performing Arts Tickets page for details and purchasing.

Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz. Something Rotten has been lauded by audience members and critics worldwide, receiving several Best Musical nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years.”

An annual collaboration between the Theatre, Choral, and Instrumental Music programs at Bakersfield College, the summer musical is returning for another summer at BC. The on-stage ensemble will consist of Theatre majors and Choral program students alongside other BC students and community members; the orchestra will be comprised of instrumentalists in the Instrumental Music program. Professor Caley Mayhall, a member of the Choral program faculty, is serving as Vocal Director, while Dr. Scott Dirkse, Director of Instrumental Music at BC, is providing Music Direction; Professor Brian J. Sivesind directs the full production.

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