6-12th Graders Attend College’s Performance of The Matchmaker
On Tuesday, October 20, 400 area students from grades 6-12 attended a special discounted matinee performance of the Mendocino College Theatre Department’s spring production of The Matchmaker, Thornton Wilder’s uproarious farce about love and money. The special discount was made possible by donations to Friends of Mendocino College Theatre.
Students came from Pomolita Middle School, Ukiah High School, Redwood Academy, Willits High School, and Potter Valley High School.
“For many students in our area, this is their first exposure to live theatre, as well as an introduction to Mendocino College. Attending a matinee like this hopefully inspires these students with a love of theatre and may also help develop their interest in attending college” says Reid Edelman, Mendocino College Theatre Department director (and director of The Matchmaker).
To make college productions accessible to area youth, Edelman has traditionally offered a discounted student matinee to each of the shows ($5 per ticket versus the standard student rate of $15). This year, generous underwriting from donors John Magee and Jonathan Middlebrook made it possible to offer this performance for just $2 per ticket.
Within two days of going on sale, the performance was sold out, faster than ever before. Edelman notes, “The extra discount really made a difference. We could have done two of these performances, if it had been possible.”
Of 17 actors in the cast, 10 are in the college’s Theatre Conservatory Cohort Experience, and designated as such in the printed program. “The kids at this performance can look at the names in the program and perhaps they see themselves here one day,” says Edelman.
Edelman plans to offer the same discounted student matinee for the college’s spring production, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard.
Additional Friends of Mendocino College Theatre include Jack Crispin Cain, Linda Chapman, Peter & Lynn Chevalier, Phyllis Curtis, G. Christopher, Forest, Robin Goldner, Scott & Rene Lummer, Elyce Melmon, and other donors.
If you are interested in donating to the Friends of Mendocino College Theatre, an affiliate of the Mendocino College Foundation (a non-profit, 501(c)(3)), your contribution is tax-deductible. Contact Reid Edelman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-468-3172 for more information.