The beauty of theater, and often the most overlooked thing, is that none of our lives are the same. The way one person experiences something is not the way the next person will.
Students involved in the Stanislaus State Theater Department propel themselves with passion in what theater means to them. A small but stimulating group of students and alumni share their insight, struggle and love for the art they work day and night to prepare.
Elena Marisol Gonzalez, (Alumnus, Theater Arts) is currently playing the role of a servant girl in Stan State’s upcoming play, La Casa de Bernarda Alba.
“Your performance in the show is part of your education if you’re a student,” Gonzalez said. “The directors always make sure to pick the students first. Which is important and it should be done that way.”
She explained that Stan State’s theater community is tight-knit and there’s always a need for more actors, which the department invites guests, alumni, or members of the community to audition.
“I think right now there are about 50 students, but not all of them are playing. And with auditions, sometimes you need specific actors,” Gonzalez explained. “Most of the time the department just has an open casting call for the show. They have auditions here.
Renata Navarro is a guest performer who auditioned for the show. She landed the role of playing Bernarda.
His interaction and collaboration with students allows purpose and efficiency to seep into the atmosphere. By allowing outside artists, students can experience what it is like to work in a regional theater environment.
“I’ve done a few guest spots here at Stan State before. I like the program and I like the opportunities. I’m a freelancer, as an actor,” Navarro explained.
She also shared how effective the exhibition is in a theater.
“It’s the fact that the directors put the students in the most professional environment possible without jumping in,” she said. “It’s really amazing and cool to see.”
Rubi Jimenez (Freshmen, Theater Arts) plays Magdalena and María Josefa and describes what theater is like behind the scenes and wishes more people knew it’s not as easy as they think .
“There’s a lot in there,” she said. “You have to analyze your game, your character. It’s a very open space.”
Jimenez smiled to herself as she explained, “Theater has taught me that sometimes things don’t turn out the way you want them to,” she said. “But sometimes it still works. You can always find ways to make it work.
Connie Sarmiento (junior, liberal studies) expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the program and said she felt very welcome.
“The cast is amazing. As a new student, it helps a lot that they’re very understanding,” she said. “I love that I can come here and escape. I can be a different person. I can be whatever I want.”
She explained that theater is one of those fun places that lets you get into any character or state of mind and be a different person for a few hours.
“It’s an escape from realism. You tap into another side of yourself,” she said. “It gives you a different meaning. Theater helps me have empathy for things that I wouldn’t necessarily go through on my own.”
Guadalupe Yepez (senior, Theater Arts) plays the role of Martirio.
“What makes a good actor is immersing yourself in the reality you’re in,” she said. “To act is to react. To put yourself in someone else’s shoes, the real reaction is what theater is.
Ashley Mendez (Junior, Theater Arts and English) stars as Adela, calling theater a reflection of society.
“It’s a reflection of the world around me,” she says. “It’s a way of understanding. And I think it made me a better person because of it.
Mendez understands the impact that is often overlooked by an audience.
“I think my favorite thing about theater is that it’s an educational experience. Someone can walk into the theater, sit down, watch a story, maybe even relate to it, come out as a completely different person.
Maribel Torres (Graduate, Theater Arts and Social Sciences) stars as La Poncia.
“A lot of people think of theater as entertainment, which it is, but I think it also influences humanity and our culture a lot,” Torres said. “It’s also a really good way to describe what people are going through. You can relate to any character. We always find each other, one way or another.
Aléta Mascorro (Graduate, Theater Arts) plays the role of Angustias and encourages others to take the first step to becoming known, even if they are afraid.
“You never know, you might be the voice they’re looking for, but they just don’t know it exists,” Mascorro said. “You are always one step away from completely changing your life. When you put yourself forward, what’s for you will find you.”
La Casa De Bernarda Alba begins on September 28, 2022. The show will then continue from September 29 to October 2. Tickets can be purchased online only.