Drama students Sarah Garcia (from left), Dalton Allen, Erin Heflin and Kaylee Longoria rehearse for the play “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker.

The Drama Department is ready to take the stage with its first fall show since the start of the pandemic. 

Since the department had wrapped up its last show just a week before Del Mar College closed its doors for the pandemic, the costume shop, scene shop and Finley Theatre had no lights on to shine upon talent. However, those days are now in the past. Under the direction of Drama Professor Carl Yowell, Del Mar will present “Circle Mirror Transformation” in November. 

The show opens on Nov. 5 with five public performances spread over two weekends. The shows, which begin at 7:30 p.m. with no intermission, will be in the Finley Theatre. 

The play, by Annie Baker, is about “a group of people in the community who come together once a week for an adult acting class,” Yowell said, “and about what happens when strangers come together and how they are subtly transformed by the experience of encountering each other once a week throughout six weeks.” 

While the pandemic is still affecting the community, Yowell decided to go with a play “that didn’t involve a large cast, has relatively modest scenic demands, fits into the semester schedule, and fits the populations of the students.” 

Yowell hopes the changes will highlight student talent while also being conscientious of the pandemic.  

“Rehearsals are going great,” according to Yowell. Company members are rehearsing using masks on a large stage. Audience members can expect “an insight into what it’s like to be in an acting class.”

Masks will be recommended for audience members and there will be socially distanced seating to accommodate COVID-19 concerns. 

To keep up with the drama company visit delmar.edu/drama or follow the Facebook page Drama at Del Mar. 

IF YOU GO

What: “Circle Mirror Transformation”

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5-6 and Nov. 11-13

Where: Finley Theatre 

Tickets: Students $3; faculty, staff, senior citizens, military and veterans $7; general admission $11. Tickets available at delmar.edu/drama and one hour before show at the box office

Student Appreciation Night: Free student admission on Nov. 11

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