LANCASTER – Works from William Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett are among the offerings of the Antelope Valley College Theatre Arts Department’s 2005-2006 season. “Samuel Beckett Gets the Blues” incorporates the Nobel Prize winners’ absurdist short works against a blues soundtrack, performed live by three musicians. The play continues 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 senior and military, and $8 for students and AVC employees. The department’s Theatre for Young Audiences program tours local elementary schools from February through April, performing before nearly 10,000 youngsters with a series of scenes, songs, poems, dances and audience interaction pieces. This year’s show, “Cootie Shots,” celebrates American diversity and delivers an anti-bullying message. The show will also be presented to the general public in two public offerings at the college’s Black Box Theatre on March 4. “Nickel and Dimed” and “Tongue of a Bird,” will be offered in repertory over the course of three weekends as part of AVC’s annual Women’s Conference. Adapted from a best-selling book, “Nickel and Dimed” presents the story of an journalist who goes undercover to live and work on low wages. “Tongue of a Bird” centers around a search-and-rescue pilot’s quest to find an abducted girl. The plays will alternate performance days, with productions offered on either Fridays or Saturday from March 17 through April 2. On Sundays both plays can be seen for one admission price, with one play offered in the early afternoon followed by the second play at night. The Original One Act Festival that runs May 11-14 celebrates its 10th anniversary, showcasing new plays in a workshop setting. A tribute to playwrights from past festivals is planned for the evening. The Dance Dimensions performance on April 20 and 21 will offer a multitude of dance styles, performers and guest companies at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. Next summer, the college will present a modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” set in a Las Vegas nightclub. “Twelfth Night” will run July 21 to Aug. 5. Performance times, audition dates, and other information regarding the upcoming season are available on the Theatre Arts Department Web site at www.avctheatrearts.com. Season tickets and single show tickets can be purchased either online of by calling the ticket hotline at (661) 722-6300, Ext. 6728. For additional information, call (661) 722-6394. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!