Shasta College Theatre Arts Department

Fall 2018


REDDING, CA   This October, Shasta College is excited to bring Aaron Sorkin’s fast-paced and witty historical drama, The Farnsworth Invention, to the stage! The play centers on the parallel stories of Philo Farnsworth, a self-trained farm boy turned scientist and inventor, and David Sarnoff, a Machiavellian visionary and founder of RCA and NBC, as the two race to create a new and radical form of mass communication—television! This alternately hilarious and touching story examines the lives of the two brilliant men and questions the ideals and motives of a generation of pioneering inventors in the early 20th century.

Auditions for The Farnsworth Invention will be on 8/28/18 and 8/29/18 in the theatre at Shasta College. Please prepare a one minute monologue and meet in the theatre lobby at 6pm.

Performance dates are October 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th and 20th at 7:00pm. There are two matinée performances on October 14th and 21st at 2pm. There will also be a special matinée offered for local middle and high school students on October 19th at 11am. All performances are at the Shasta College Theatre.

The production is directed by Dr. Gregory Thorson with David Fraser as the set designer, lighting by Tim Dye, costumes by Hilary Fahey, and hair and makeup by Matthew McDonald. For more information, call 530-242-7573.



The Shasta College Theatre Arts Department operates 12 months a year.  Its activities include: offering classes, producing plays and musicals, promotion and box office, and program development. The Theatre Arts Department offers a variety of theory, production and technical theatre classes. The department features two main stage productions each academic year and a vigorous Summer Theatre Festival of popular musicals and comedies. Auditions are held at the beginning of each term and are open to members of the community. Rehearsals are scheduled during the evenings and on weekends. Technical theatre activities occur daily. Community involvement is very welcome. For additional information, call (530) 242-2369.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​