December 11 through 18, 2008, the Pulitzer Prize winning tragic comedy Crimes of the Heart  comes to the Black Box Theatre at Canyon Crest Academy presented  by a cast of seasoned student thespians under the direction of an inspired teaching artist.  The play tells the story of the three Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy's home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi after Babe shoots her abusive husband. Each sister has endured her share of hardship and misery, and during this strained reunion, past resentments come  to the surface and they're forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships and face the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" each has committed. 

            Crimes of the Heart features six very talented CCA students:  Nora King, Cindy Mersten, James Pratt, Eleot Reich, Ryan Sandrew, and Hannah Swenson.  Five of the six actors are members of Canyon Crest’s audition only Envision Theatre Conservatory, four of whom are in Level Three of the Conservatory (Seniors.)   Four of the six students have participated in the prestigious audition only La Jolla Playhouse Summer Conservatory.  Two of the students have won awards from the National Youth Theatre for prior performances at Canyon Crest, one for two consecutive years.  And one student attended the California State Summer School for the Arts and received a California Arts Scholar Award.   This talented cast is directed by an exceptional teaching artist, Lisa Berger, who presently teaches for UCSD, CSU San Marcos, Mira Costa College and the La Jolla Playhouse, and also worked as a teaching artist for Broadway’s The Lion King and Footloose.   Ms. Berger has directed plays for Diversionary Theatre, Compass Theatre, UCSD, and for the Metropolitan Opera Guild's Creating Original Opera program in NYC, among others.  Combine a Pulitzer prize-winning play with talented students and an amazing director and you get magic on stage that you don’t want to miss! 

            Crimes of the Heart will be presented in Canyon Crest Academy’s Black Box Theatre located at 5951 Village Center Loop Road in San Diego.   Shows are as follows:   December 11, 13 & 17 at 7:00 p.m., December 12 & 18 at 4:00 p.m., and December 13 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets range from $5.00 to $15.00 each and may be purchased online at   Bring some extra cash, for pie and fresh coffee will be sold before the show and at intermission and you won’t want to miss that Southern comfort!  Tickets are going fast, so buy soon!  Crimes of the Heart is a CCA Envision Theatre production, a unique, award-winning arts program which enriches the lives of all CCA students through a wide variety of classes -- both during and after school -- through opportunities for exploration and interaction with teaching artists in their chosen fields of study.   All proceeds from Envision Theatre shows and event will support the Envision Theatre program.   Envision is made possible by the generous support of the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation,   Coming soon to CCA “The History of Us!”  a CCA Dance production January 15-17, 2009 and RECYCLED – a “Green” CCA Music Conservatory Concert on February 6, 2009.  Don’t miss these upcoming events!



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