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Drama, Music of Eastside Story

UC Riverside, Community Produce “Eastside Story” Musical

Written and Performed by Eastside Youth, Directed and Supported by UC Riverside and Community

(December 19, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The University Eastside Community Collaborative Center for Public Service presents “Eastside Story,” a musical performance written and performed by youth from Riverside’s Eastside neighborhood. The first of three shows begins at 6 p.m., Saturday Jan. 10, 2004 at the University Theatre, University of California, Riverside, 900 University Ave., Riverside.

All of the two-hour performances are free and open to the public. A community reception follows the opening performance at UC Riverside where parking will be free. Space is limited and reservations are encouraged. To make reservations, call Lucia Ortega-Villasana, director of the U.E.C.C. Center for Public Service at (909) 787-7694 or send her an email message at

The other two performances are scheduled for:

  • 3 p.m., Tuesday Jan. 20 at the Riverside Poly High School Little Theater, 5450 Victoria Ave.

  • 9 a.m., Wednesday Feb. 25 at the Riverside Lincoln High School auditorium, 4341 Victoria Ave.

In the play, local high school students from Poly, Lincoln and North high schools voice their message of how to nonviolently resolve issues of racism and crime in the Eastside neighborhood of Riverside. The play’s directors are Lecturer Brian Brophy and Rickerby Hinds, an assistant professor, both in the UC Riverside Department of Theatre.

Live bands, music, digital art and dance from the 1960s, through the ‘90s will depict the history of Riverside’s Eastside as seen through the eyes of its youth. They have created an innovative public service message offering views on tolerance, respect, celebration of community, and non-violence to highlight the best in their community. The values are taken from great humanitarians such as Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Victor Villasenor, author of Rain of Gold and Thirteen Senses will give a spotlight performance. Music will also include a full gospel performance by “Soliders on Soul Patrol.”

The performance is made possible through a proposal the community submitted to the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism. The funds awarded to the UECC Center For Public Service have allowed for the administration of a service-learning project that meets state education standards in history, music, dance, digital art and literature.

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