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March 15, 2006

Former college trustee never misses an act

GILROY, CA - Dr. Carol Briggs served on the Board of Trustees at Gavilan College from 1979-1993. Now 78 years old, Dr. Briggs is an example to the wise that education is a never ending journey. He has appeared in over 40 productions at Gavilan College over the past 20 years, beginning in 1979 with the role of "Grandpa" in You Can't Take It With You. In addition to his stage work, Carroll is frequently behind the scenes at GavTV channel 18, where he serves on crews and operates cameras. Most of the theater students to whom he is a familiar face don't know that he was once a college trustee.

Carroll received his early theater training in the Readers Theater Program at College of Southern Idaho with Fran Tanner. Early credits include Assistant Director/Stage Manager with Neil Barth The Mousetrap, 1969. Since then, he has appeared as a member of the Gavilan Theater Ensemble in over forty shows with eight directors. His credits include: The Mousetrap, The Hostage, Mid Summer Nights Dream, Wicked Enchantment, The Hobbit, Romeo and Juliet, Matchmaker, Grease, Ought To Be In Show Business, The Dining Room, Caine Mutiney Court Martial, Taming Of The Shrew, Equus, Christmas Carol, Othello, Enchanted Woods, Charlottes Web, Cinderella, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Robinhood, Pinocchio, Alice In Wonderland, Man of La Mancha, Don Quixote, Peter and the Wolf, Twelth Night, Jungle Book, Lady Windermeres Fan, Sleeping Beauty, King Lear, Fishtales, Miracle Worker, Macbett, It'll Happen, Palace of the Minotaur, Laramie Project, The Drunkard, Christmas Carol, Rocky Horror Show, and James and the Giant Peach. His credits also include writing the play Wicked Enchantment, 1981.

His next appearance at Gavilan College will be as the moon in Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding. Blood Wedding is a tragedy that plays out the conflict between individual wishes and societal decrees and laws. It is a tragedy insofar as two of the central characters, Leonardo and the Bride, were once in love, but due to unknown impediments, were never married. Their tragedy is the tragedy of love missed. In the meantime, Leonardo has married another and the Bride is betrothed and about to be married herself. The thought of a definitive loss of his first love to another man drives Leonardo to instigate the major event of the play, which is the lovers' flight on the very day that the Bride marries.

Where: Gavilan College Theatre, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.
When: March 31, April 1, 6, 7 and 8
Time: 8 pm
Tickets: 408-846-4973

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