High Hopes Held for Upcoming MSJC Play

Mt San Jacinto College, Menifee Campus Theatre Arts Department is proud to present Passengers , a ra...

Mt San Jacinto College, Menifee Campus Theatre Arts Department is proud to present Passengers, a raucous comedy by award winning TV and Film writer Sam Bobrick. The Director for Passengers is also no stranger to the limelight: she is Riverside born and Broadway and London’s West End award winning actress, Shezwae Powell.

Moving to the Inland Empire after spending 20 years performing in London, Powell decided to take her acting experiences and turn them into a teaching career. “At this point in my life I prefer directing,” she admits. “Acting takes a lot more energy and concentration. 8 shows a week is HARD, it takes a lot out of you. Directing takes more of a mental energy that uses the brain instead of the body as well.”

Passengers is made up of eight vignettes that take place in a bus station, containing stories that range from touching to hilarious and hit all points between. Powell sums up the plot as one that shows us “love in a lot of different formats. Looking for love, losing love, re-finding love, and valuing the life we are given. Making sure we are making them most of each moment. It’s really a lot of laughs.”

Wanting something she would have fun working on, Powell not only hand selected this production, but the superb cast and crew as well.

MSJC student Joe Caldwell, who was heavily involved in the tv/film and video industry before returning to school, now has the privilege of working behind the scenes and watching this production grow.

“When she asked me if I would be interested in helping with this production, my answer was a quick ‘yes’,” he explains. “Being an assistant to Ms. Powell, I have been able to see how a show is cast and how the actors progress. I get to see how costumes, sets, and props come together, all those things that an audience member never even thinks about.”

Harlan Wilson, a retired Captain from the San Francisco Police Department, is another cast member who has returned to school and discovered their love for theater. “I know that I am not the polished type of actor to get involved in a major career in the theater,” Wilson admits. “As I am 70 now, my involvement with the theater is more for just fun. I enjoy role playing and I find that I am not uncomfortable on the stage."

Cast and crew alike have high expectation for this production and appreciate the support and attendance from the community. “There’ll be a lot of experience and heart on our stage and audiences should really have a good time and a good laugh,” Powell enlightens.

6 performances will be held from April 19th- 29th . To make reservations, please call 951- 639 – 5790.

Thurs April 19th – Sat April 21st at 7:30pm
Fri April 27th – Sat April 28th at 7:30pm
Sun April 29th at 2:00pm