Santa Fe's "Stars" come out tonight

Tonight's benefit for Santa Fe Community College's fines arts programs students of dance as well as music, theater and other programs.

Special to The Sun
Published: Friday, January 18, 2008 at 7:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 18, 2008 at 7:30 a.m.

"Stars Night Out," a benefit to raise funds for Santa Fe Community College's fine arts programs starts at 7:30 tonight at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.


"Stars Night Out"

  • •What: Santa Fe Community College Fine Arts Department presents fundraising performance of theater, music and dance.

  • •When: 7:30 p.m. today

  • •Tickets: $25, $50 VIP (392-2787)

The benefit presents a cross-section of performances from the college's fine arts department that offers audiences a performance from each discipline for the first time.

"It's the first time that we're having a multimedia performance like this," said coordinator Alora Haynes, also chairwoman of visual and performing arts at Santa Fe.

"It's amazing to see the talent that this department has. Everyone is brought forth in the best light all in one evening."

Some of the proceeds will be used to help fund a new theater planned at Santa Fe. "We are very enthusiastically in preparation for a new facility," Haynes said.

With such a project on the horizon, Santa Fe is planning the funding for the theater's box office, costume closet and draperies.

"This is our way of raising the funds to make sure that the inside will be as lovely as the outside for our programming," said production director Tari Kendall.

Mohammed DeCosta's dance piece will open the show with World Dance.

A projection of a Robert Malinowski landscape painting will serve as the backdrop for Kristin O'Neal's dance piece, "Thread," which borrows inspiration from Asian presentational theater.

"It's been important to utilize the stage space and enhance everybody's best parts," Kendall said. "It will be very up close and personal."

Among Santa Fe's musical entities, the school's Jazz Ensemble will play such favorites as "In the Mood" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)."

Careful planning has also gone into the pacing of tonight's program.

"Pieces will follow each other immediately after," Kendall said. "The technical crew has had to learn choreography so that it can be smooth."

After the performance, the black box theater will be transformed into a makeshift gallery for a reception.

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