Press Release
Posted September 14, 2021

Lorain County Community College (LCCC) Theatre program director, Jeremy Benjamin, is thrilled to welcome back a regular live production, working alongside a production team of four LCCC Theatre program alumni for the Nov. 18-20 performance of “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl at Stocker Arts Center. LCCC’s Theatre program is again collaborating with Spark Theatre 4 Youth on the production and will hold auditions from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 and from 7-10 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20 at Stocker Arts Center.

Throughout his 31-years-and-counting career at LCCC, Benjamin, who also serves as production manager and technical director, has personally taught all four members of the production team, he said.

“I remember each and every one of them when they came through here as young adults exploring their interests in theater,” Benjamin said. “I worked on productions with them and knew each one would be successful with a career in theater or the performing arts.”

The production crew includes co-producer Rachel Endrizzi, co-founder of Spark Theatre; co-director Stephanie Wilbert, adjunct faculty member at LCCC; co-director Erin Dolan, playwright and early childhood educator; and Lindsay Carter, a professional stage manager.
During the last two years, the LCCC Theatre program has also collaborated with Spark Theatre 4 Youth, a non-profit that aims to bring theater to Elyria kids, on two different virtual productions filmed movie-style, but “Theater is only truly ‘theater’ with an audience,” Benjamin said.

“The live audience makes any given performance unique. How the audiences interact, every chuckle, is unique,” he said. “No two performances are ever the same.”

“It’s also really good for our student actors to experience performing for kids,” Benjamin added. “And access to children’s theater is important for the kids attending because it ignites their passion for theatre early on.”

More information or audition scheduling. All are welcome to audition. Spark Theatre Company and LCCC Theatre embrace diversity and inclusion and utilize a non-traditional casting policy.

Those interested in non-performing positions such as run crew, set, lights, costumes and stage management are encouraged to attend auditions, but may also email LCCC Director of Theatre Jeremy Benjamin at jbenjami@lorainccc.edu to express interest.

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 and Friday, Nov. 19, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 in the Cirigliano Studio Theatre.

LCCC and Spark Theatre Company are committed to safety. All rehearsals will be masked with temperature checks. Those who enter LCCC buildings are required to wear masks as part of the college’s COVID-19 safety policies.

LCCC theatre courses are part of the Arts and Humanities division. Class credits easily transfer to other colleges for four-year degrees.

For more information contact, LCCC Director of Theatre Jeremy Benjamin at jbenjami@lorainccc.edu.