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By Hector Gonzalez
Special to The Lookout

October 27, 2015 -- A diverse schedule of arts offerings at Santa Monica College will feature two nights of dance performances ranging from hip-hop to ballet and a theater department production of “It's a Wonderful Life,” director Frank Capra's ode to Small Town U.S.A.

SMC's Synapse Dance Theater showcases its repertoire of contemporary dance, from hip-hop to ballet on Friday, November 6,  and Sunday, November 8, in The Broad Stage inside the college's Performing Arts Center at Santa Monica Boulevard and 11th Street. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Synapse Dance Theater
SMC’s Synapse Dance Theater performs Nov. 6 and 8 in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center

Synapse co-artistic directors and choreographers Jae Lee and Mark Tomasic will debut new works in ballet and contemporary dance, and guest artists Laura Karlin and Chisa Yamaguchi and Dusty Alvarado of Diavolo Dance Theater also will be featured, SMC spokesperson Grace Smith said.

Dancer Lindsay White

Co-Director Tomasic has created works for Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Ashland Regional Ballet, Loyola Marymount University and others. He holds a master's degree in dance from University of California, Irvine, according to his website.

Lee graduated as a dance major from Seoul Art College and Hansung University, and also has won numerous awards for choreography and dance in South Korea, his website bio said.

“Synapse has a longstanding reputation for artistic excellence and innovation,” Smith said, adding the student troupe has been featured performers at American College Dance Association conferences throughout the nation.

Tickets for both nights are $18.

Synapse dancer Lindsay White

“It's a Wonderful Life,”  a SMC Theater Department production, opens Friday, November 6, and continue through Friday, November 15, at the Theatre Arts Studio Stage on SMC's main campus, 1900 Pico Boulevard.

This production was adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers from the still-popular 1946 film starring James  Stewart as George Bailey, who experiences a miracle on Christmas Eve in Bedford Falls.

Nicolas Lozano performs as George Bailey and Sierra Jackson as his wife, Mary.

Shows start  at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 6 and 13, and Saturday, November 7 and 14. Early shows are on Sunday, November 8 and 15, and Thursday, November 12, at 7 p.m.   

Matinee performances will be on Saturday, November. 7 and 14, and on Sunday, November 8 and 15, at 2 p.m. Late arrivals will be seated at management's discretion. No video feed will be offered in the lobby area.

Advance tickets are $10, plus a service charge. Tickets are $3 more at the door.

Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 310-434-4319, or 310-434-3005, Monday through Friday.

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