The Pasqua

Theater by passion and trade

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Theater by passion and trade

LCCC’s resident theater instructor has a true passion for the art form.

Photo by Cody Fox Illustration by Isaiah Colbert

A shy middle and high school student didn’t say a word until he reached his sophomore year at Sterling High School in northeast Colorado. There wasn’t much of a standalone theater program in his high school. When he was a junior, he was cast in a version of the “Mikado,” a Gilbert Sullivan musical.

It felt great.

His senior year, he was cast again in “The Music Man.” Coming to performance coincided with Jason Pasqua figuring out who he is today.

Pasqua was born in the farming community of Sterling.

After he graduated from high school, he went to Northeastern Junior College and pretty much knew he wanted to be in theater. His first teacher there was a man named Rick Kuebler, who passed away last year. Pasqua said he found success there as well and more growth in different kinds of roles. “There, over the course of two years, we did a variety of straight plays, not musicals,” Pasqua said.

“My parents had questions at first but then hopefully, like all parents, came to the realization. If you’re doing what you like and it makes you happy, you’ll find your way,” Pasqua said.

There are no artists in Pasqua’s family. Pasqua said he comes from a middleclass background. His mom was a teacher and his dad delivered chips for Frito Lay.

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Student art exhibit hosted in Gallery

Laramie County Community College hosted a student art exhibit in the Clay Fine Arts Gallery starting April 5. The exhibit will be in the Gallery until Wednesday, May 3.

The art held in the exhibit is created by students taking art classes at LCCC.

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Student exhibit:

TOP: “The Refinery” by Lindsey Hand. LEFT: “Reading With my Children” by Lindsey Hand. CENTER: “Social Anxiety” by Caroline Pring. RIGHT: “Where Do They Go” by Esther Trevino-Neaslony.

Photos by Nikole Anderson

Vinyl night offers music-lovers connection

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The vinyl countdown:

Patrons Matt West and his daughter, Mariah West, pose with vinyl covers at Phoenix Books and Music.

Isaiah Colbert

Music lovers who long to share songs with others but have nowhere to go don’t need to look any further than the Knights of the Turntable at Phoenix Books and Music’s Vinyl Night.

During Vinyl Night, customers discuss why they like the music they share what they know about the artists or the group and their history and style of music. “It’s an educational thing as well as a lot of fun,” Don McKee, owner of Phoenix Books and Music, said.

Nights at the Turntable began nine years ago, during the resurgence of vinyl. Two huge vinyl collectors happened to be shopping in McKee’s store at the same time. McKee suggested that the customers get to know each other. When the three of them started to talk about music, they realized rather than having an accidental meeting with someone in a store, they needed to do so on a regular basis.

Knights of the Roundtable started out as a suggested name when McKee invited a few people over to listen and discuss music in his basement. Knights of the Turntable became the title of the group where everyone is invited to come and share music that they love.

Vinyl Night is an event that takes place the first Thursday of the month at Phoenix Books and Music. For two years, everyone who comes gets to bring their own music.

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Morality and Everyman

Spring play portrays values in uncommon ways

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Actions in life follow in one can escape judgement day.

Illistrations by Isaiah Colbert

This year’s spring play is “Everyman.” The original author of the play is unknown.

The play is set during the 14th century, and it was used by the Catholic Church to teach people about the right way to live. The main character, Everyman, represents all of the public and how they live their lives. The play revolves around Everyman and his journey to get help from fellowship, good deeds, forgiveness and others after Death has allowed him more time because he begged for some to get everything in order. In his life, Everyman hasn’t been paying attention to Good Deeds and the others, so they don’t want to help him.

All of them are found in different places; for example, Fellowship is in a bar, Good Deeds is in a nursing home, and Everyman needs to seek out Forgiveness. The play helps show how people tend to live their lives in compartmentalized ways. Director Jason Pasqua put his own spin on the play, adding a scene and allowing actors to contribute changes.

“The play offers many things to a 14th century audience, and an audience needs to know what was offered,” Pasqua said.

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The Small Ensemble concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the LCCC Playhouse. This concert will feature the LCCC Celtic Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Vocal Cantorei.

The Large Ensemble’s holiday concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 11 at South High School. Performances will be given by the LCCC Wind Symphony, Collegiate Chorale, and String Ensemble.

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