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Performances, Special Guests Mark 10 Years of Clayes

Arts-Packed Open House Celebrates Performing Arts Center

Doc Severinsen

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and bandleader Doc Severinsen

Ten years ago, College of the Arts alumnus Marc Cherry, the creator of “Desperate Housewives” and “Devious Maids,” helped kick off a three-day inauguration of the Joseph A.W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center. This year, he’s back to celebrate the center’s 10th anniversary Sunday, Nov. 6, joining other arts alumni, students and faculty who will showcase their talent behind the scenes and on stages throughout the venue.

The Clayes 10th Anniversary Community Open House will highlight the talent and scholarship of students of music, dance, theater, design and technical production, and other disciplines within the College of the Arts through performances, backstage tours and an art exhibition.

The open house begins at 2 p.m. and will conclude with a 4 p.m. performance in Meng Concert Hall featuring the Fullerton Jazz Orchestra, directed by music professor Bill Cunliffe, with special guest Doc Severinsen, the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and former bandleader of the NBC Orchestra featured on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” 

“I’m thrilled that we’re setting time aside to honor the people who had the vision of such a facility,” said Dale Merrill, dean of the College of the Arts. “Clayes is unique in that it was built with our students in mind; it was designed to serve them and to serve our curriculum. I don’t know if these visionaries realize the impact this arts center would have on our students, but they are a big part of the reason why our graduates leave Cal State Fullerton with exceptional skills.” 

The 109,000-square-foot Clayes Performing Arts Center is the result of a $48.5 million expansion of the original performing arts center. It is named after Joseph A.W. Clayes III, who was part of Cal State Fullerton’s first incoming class in 1959 and helped develop the University’s first art shows. After his passing, his charitable trust made a $5 million donation to CSUF for performing arts scholarships and curricula.

Tickets for the open house are available online  for $10 and include access to all related activities and the concert, with general admission seating. 

The schedule of the Clayes 10th Anniversary Community Open House includes guided backstage tours departing from McCarty Grand Foyer with stops in the Lois M. Brockett Costume Shop and the Lee & Nicholas Begovich Scenic Laboratory, as well as an art exhibition by students in the Millie and Dale Hallberg Theatre.

Also part of the Open House:

Scene From “Pride & Prejudice”
2:15, 2:45 and 3:15 p.m.
James D. Young Theatre

Scene From “Drowsy Chaperone”
2:30 and 3 p.m.
Jerry Samuelson Musical Theatre Room

A Conversation With Emeriti Chair of Theatre and Dance Susan Hallman
3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
A conversation about the history of the Clayes Performing Arts Center, from A to Z.William J. McGarvey Family Dance Studio

Selections From “Fall Dance Theatre”
2:15 and 2:45 p.m.
William J. McGarvey Family Dance Studio

Cello Performance
A special presentation featuring students from the School of Music. 
2-3:30 p.m.
Kathryn T. McCarty Grand Foyer

“A View From Above” Canopy Tour
2:15-3 p.m.
Guests will see what five tons of tuning looks like by getting closer to the “Acoustic Canopy” that hangs in Meng Hall from the unique perspective of the choir loft behind the stage.
Vaughncille Joseph Meng Hall (upper level entrance)

"Sound Design: An Evolution From Studio to Stage"
2-3:45 p.m.
A look at the process of creating and designing theater production cues, which begin in a recording studio and are completed on stage.
Douglas R. Young, Terry Forrest Young and Megan Forrest Young Audio Studio

Media Contact:
Sarah Muñoz, 657-278-3801 

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