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Ready For Take-Off: "Beyond The Valley Of The Flight Attendants--The Musical!

Permalink 02/24/15 15:01, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

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Grab your ticket and get onboard Super Saver Airlines Flight 666, where your decidedly strange stews--Penny, Debbie and Connie--will demonstrate their complete lack of regard for your comfort and safety.

First produced back in 1991, the best-selling show in Found Theatre history is back...with most of the original cast and brand-new musical numbers! Written by Cynthia Galles and Virginia DeMoss. Original songs by Terra Taylor Knudson and Lauren Nave.

Directed by Lauren Nave. With Virginia DeMoss as Debbie, Kathleen Gray as Penny, Melinda Parker as Connie, and John Sturgeon as Captain Vance Slaughter. Featuring passengers played by a rotating cast of Found Theatre regulars. See a different show every weekend!

Redeye: Friday & Saturday, February 27 to March 28, 8 p.m.

Afternoon Flight: Sunday, March 1 to March 29, 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20 First Class, $15 Penny Pincher

Reservations: 562-433-3363 or info@foundtheatre.org

Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802

 

STELLAR VOICES, FULL ORCHESTRA DELIVER PASSIONATE TALE OF DOOMED LOVE AS PACIFIC SYMPHONY’S NEXT SEMI-STAGED OPERA BRINGS TO LIFE BIZET’S “CARMEN”

Permalink 02/19/15 13:29, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts, Pacific Symphony

Milena Kitić

 

“CARMEN”

Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, Pacific Symphony’s opera-vocal initiative, “Symphonic Voices,” continues with what is often called the world’s most popular opera: “Carmen,” Bizet’s riveting tale of love and lust about the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the fiery Gypsy, Carmen.

Featuring the composer’s exquisite music, presented in a uniquely staged production over three nights, the orchestra is joined by a cast of world-class opera stars directed by Dean Anthony, including mezzo-soprano Milena Kitić as Carmen and tenor Andrew Richards as Don José, plus Pacific Chorale and Southern California Children’s Chorus.

This semi-staged production includes acting, staging, scenic design, special lighting, costumes and props. St.Clair and the orchestra deliver this newly inspired performance on Thursday, Feb. 19; Saturday, Feb. 21; and Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall; a preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $45-$119; for more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

“We’re so fortunate to have one of the consummate Carmens in our midst with Milena Kitić, who is artist-in-residence at Chapman University,” says Maestro St.Clair. “She’s sung this role in the major houses of the world. It’s her role, and it’s wonderful she’s here. And we’re surrounding her with a cast that has sung these roles numerous times with leading companies.”

Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage, “Carmen” is set in Seville, Spain in the early 19th century. The story follows soldier Don José, who falls for the tempting Gypsy, Carmen, the most popular worker at the local cigarette factory, who teasingly sings about the contrary ways of love.

José abandons his childhood sweetheart and agrees to a rendezvous with Carmen, whom he is supposed to arrest for fighting with another worker. He lets her escape and is arrested and released. To prove his love for Carmen, he leaves his military duties and joins her, but his world is turned upside down by Carmen’s desire for the striking toreador Escamillo and a life that is free. José is sent into a murderous rage, and… you’ll have to experience “Carmen” to find out how it ends!

“Carmen is a free spirit who values her freedom—and whatever she considers happiness—the most,” says soprano Kitić. “In the end of the fourth act she clearly says: ‘I am born free and will die free, if to die is my destiny. I know you will kill me, so go ahead.’ Carmen is a Gypsy, extremely superstitious, a woman with no real home. There are a good number of Gypsies in Serbia, where I grew up, and I observed them most of my life. I think I learned to understand Carmen well.”

Kitić is the fiery Carmen, a role this opera star performed throughout Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition to making her Metropolitan Opera debut as Carmen, local opera fans may recall her debut in 2003 with Opera Pacific as Herodias in “Salome,” and her performance in the company’s benefit concert with Plácido Domingo and conductor John De Main. In 2007, Kitić became the inaugural recipient of the artist-in-residence award given by Chapman University, where she is currently an adjunct professor and master class instructor. She also leads classes at USC and UC Irvine, and lives in Newport Beach.

“Kitić has turned into a powerful vocal performer, her lows ringing richly, her highs closely focused, her phrasing elegantly disciplined,” says Timothy Mangan for Opera News.

Bizet’s score contains intoxicating melodies highlighted by some of opera’s finest arias and best-loved moments, including the seductive “Habanera” and the heroic “Toreador Song.” “I’d say that the whole score is my favorite, truly phenomenal music and with good reason the most popular opera work,” continues Kitić. “For me, as Carmen, it’s especially interesting to illustrate the transformation of the first two acts that are so seductive and playful, and the last two acts that are the opposite, dramatic and fatalistic. I also appreciate the way Bizet captured the flavor of Spain.”

Tenor Richards stars as Don José, a role he debuted at Metropolitan Opera during the 2012-13 season and has sung with opera companies around the world. Of his performance in the 2009 production of “Carmen” at Opéra Comique, The New York Times said Richards “proved a vocally rewarding Don José, singing with a strong, ardent voice that invested his big aria, the Flower Song, with delicate phrases.”

In addition to Kitić and Richards, the stellar cast includes Elizabeth Caballero (as Micaela), the stunning Cuban-American soprano whom Symphony audiences remember from her performance as Violeta in last season’s “La Traviata,” Bass-baritone Konstantin Smoriginas is Escamillo, mezzo-soprano Sarah Larsen is Mercédès, soprano Amanda Opuszynski is Frasquita, bass Andrew Gangestad is Zuniga, baritone Keith Harris is Moralès and Le Dancaïre and tenor Jonathan Blalock is Le Remendado. Pacific Chorale, led by Artistic Director John Alexander and Southern California Children’s Chorus, led by Founding Director Lori Loftus, are also featured.

Stage director Anthony has enjoyed a 25-year career as both a tenor and director. He recently directed productions of “Carmen” for Tulsa Opera, Pensacola Opera and Florentine Opera, and is a faculty member at the University of Memphis as opera stage director.

The technical team includes Matt Scarpino, scenic designer; Kathy Pryzgoda, lighting designer; Kathryn Wilson, costume coordinator; Ora Jewell-Busche, wig and make-up coordinator; and William Pruett, props coordinator.

“Symphonic Voices,” the initiative to return opera back to Orange County after the closure of Opera Pacific in 2008, has been drawing on the expertise of St.Clair since its inception—as it was his career in opera that set the stage for the ambitious venture. During his tenure at the Komische Oper Berlin, St.Clair led acclaimed productions of “La Traviata” and the world premiere of Christian Jost’s “Hamlet” as well as the heralded production of “Lear” by Aribert Reimann, one of Germany’s most distinguished composers. And as the former general music director and chief conductor of the German National Theater and Staatskapelle in Weimar, Germany, he led Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” to great critical acclaim.

 

“Symphonic Voices” began in 2012 with the highly successful production of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” followed by Puccini’s “Tosca” in 2013, Verdi’s “La Traviata” in 2014, and now in 2015 with Bizet’s “Carmen.”

Honorary Producers of “Carmen” are Paul and Marybelle Musco. The Tuesday, Feb. 24, performance is sponsored by Symphony 100. Pacific Symphony’s Classical series performances are made possible by the Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation, with additional support from Mercedes-Benz, Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel, KUSC and PBS SoCal.

 

Janelle Kruly

Public Relations Associate

Pacific Symphony

3631 S. Harbor Blvd. Suite 100

Santa Ana, CA 92704

Direct: 714/ 876-2385 │Tickets: 714/ 755-5799

www.PacificSymphony.org

FOUNDATION CLASSICAL SERIES Bizet's "Carmen"

Permalink 02/18/15 15:59, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts, Pacific Symphony

Thu, Sat & Tue, Feb. 19, 21 & 24 at 8 p.m.

Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with Alan Chapman

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage, “Carmen” is set in Seville, Spain in the early 19th century. The story follows soldier Don José, who falls for the tempting Gypsy, Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and, to prove his love for Carmen, leaves his military duties and joins Carmen and her band of smugglers. His world is turned upside down, however, by Carmen’s desire for the striking toreador Escamillo and a life that is free.

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Dean Anthony, stage director
Pacific Chorale
— John Alexander, artistic director
— Robert Istad, assistant conductor and chorusmaster
Southern California Children’s Chorus
— Lori Loftus, founding director

Cast includes:
Carmen -  Milena Kitić
Don José - Andrew Richards
Micaela - Elizabeth Caballero
Escamillo - Kostas Smoriginas
Mercedes - Sarah Larsen
Frasquita - Amanda Opuszynski
Zuniga - Andrew Gangestad
Morales/Le Dancaïre - Keith Harris
Le Remendado - Jonathan Blalock

Honorary Producers:
Paul and Marybelle Musco

Concert sponsors (Feb. 24):
Symphony 100

 

“Carmen” features a cast of world-class opera stars, including mezzo-soprano Milena Kitić as Carmen and Andrew

Milena Kitić

Milena Kitić

Richards as Don Jose, plus the Pacific Chorale and Southern California Children’s Chorus, in a semi-staged production that includes video elements, costumes and props.

“We’re so fortunate to have one of the consummate Carmens in our midst with Milena Kitić, who’s on faculty at Chapman University,” says St.Clair. “She’s sung this role in the major houses of the world. It’s her role, and it’s wonderful she’s here. And we’re surrounding her with a cast that has sung these roles numerous times in major houses.”

Kitić, a resident of Newport Beach, has performed the title role of “Carmen” throughout Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition to making her Metropolitan Opera debut as Carmen, local opera fans may recall her debut in 2003 with Opera Pacific as Herodias in “Salome,” and her performance in the company’s benefit concert with Plácido Domingo and conductor John De Main.

“Carmen is a free spirit, who values her freedom, and whatever she considers happiness, the most,” said Kitić of her character. “In the end of the fourth act she clearly says ‘I am born free and will die free, if to die is my destiny. I know you will kill me, so go ahead.’ Carmen is a gypsy, extremely superstitious, a woman with no real home. There are a good number of gypsies in Serbia, where I grew up, and I observed them most of my life. I think I learned to understand Carmen well.”

Kitić noted that she loves the score of “Carmen,” and that it’s truly phenomenal music.

“For me, as Carmen, it’s especially interesting to illustrate the transformation of the first two acts that are so seductive and playful, and the last two acts that are the opposite, dramatic and fatalistic. I also appreciate the way Bizet captured the flavor of Spain.”

Maestro St.Clair is no stranger to opera. “Symphonic Voices” has been drawing on his expertise as an opera conductor in Germany and elsewhere. He has conducted everything from “La Traviata” to Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” to great critical acclaim.

“Symphonic Voices” began with the highly successful debut in 2012 of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” followed by Puccini’s “Tosca” in 2013, Verdi’s “La Traviata” in 2014, and now in 2015 with Bizet’s “Carmen.”

Performances are Thursday, Feb. 19, Saturday, Feb. 21, and Tuesday Feb. 24, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall; a preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25-$109. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit PacificSymphony.org.

The red carpet rolls out for Dancing For a Cause 2015 on April 17, 2015 at the Casino San Clemente

Permalink 02/18/15 15:50, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable

Dancers Trip the Light Fantastic for a Fantastic Charity

 

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Dancing For a Cause 2015

The 5th annual gala fundraising event is a joint effort between San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club who organizes the event each year, and local charities to raise money for their organizations.

Based on TV’s very successful show, “Dancing With the Stars, this fun-filled evening showcases non-profit groups dancing to raise money for their organizations. A silent auction, delightful catered dinner and dancing for everyone will round out the evening.

 

This year, four dancers compete to take home the “Top Dancer” trophy and thousands of dollars in charity donations and prize money to help others.

 

Christina Carbonara, Carbonara Trattoria Italiana is dancing for Family Assistance Ministries in honor of her philanthropist father, Tony Carbonara, a former Dancing for a Cause winner.

 

Mike Stock is dancing for San Clemente Rotary Club. Mike runs the OneMeal program for the West Coast Region out of the San Clemente office for Kids Around The World, a non-profit relief food program.

 

Cheryl Osborn, President of Casco Construction, is dancing for Laura’s House. Her company has helped with construction of Laura’s House facilities.

 

Rhonda Tooker, owner of Sparkleyez , is dancing for San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club, which she and husband Randy both recently joined to give back to the community.

 

Tickets are available from all organizations. Please contact Chair Helen Del Grosso for more information:  Helen_delgrosso@yahoo.com.

 

Donia Moore

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J.R. Lander Joins Faith Episcopal Church as Vicar and Priest-in-Charge

Permalink 02/18/15 15:46, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Religions

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The Reverend J.R. Lander was welcomed by Faith Episcopal Church members late last month as their new Vicar and Priest-in-charge.  He replaces The Reverend Kirby Smith who was recently assigned to St. Luke’s of the Mountains in La Crescenta.

“I am thrilled to be joining Faith Church. Faith is a community which clearly lives out the radical hospitality of Jesus. I look forward to representing Faith in the Laguna Niguel community, and helping Faith to grow into the beacon of hope I believe it is called to be," said Lander.


J.R. is a life-long Episcopalian with passion for social justice, the nonprofit sector and leadership development. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but moved at a young age with his family to Jackson, Mississippi, which he still considers home. He is a graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School which was recently named one of the top 20 independent schools in the United States.

 

J.R. studied Religion and History at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and prepared for ordained ministry at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York. He completed a Master degree in Public Administration at the University of Washington, where his degree project, “Stewardship among Young Adults in the Episcopal Church,” introduced him to the world of stewardship, fundraising and generosity.

The Reverend Lander has served parishes in Los Angeles and Washington. He is the current president of TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship), an organization which helps Episcopal congregations in their efforts to raise funds, increase participation and inspire generosity.

Faith Episcopal Church is located at 27802 El Lazo in Laguna Niguel and services are held every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Faith Church also serves as the site of a weekly outreach dinner for homeless and at-risk every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.faithepiscopal.org.

 

Barbara Kimler

Talented PS Youth Ensembles perform FREE concerts!

Permalink 02/18/15 15:42, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Pacific Symphony

Youthful musicality soars as both Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) perform a phenomenal range of music for their spring concerts.

Both ensembles return to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at their prime after bonding at their annual retreats this past January. The students have prepared a difficult collection of masterworks guaranteed to transfix listeners and show off their hard work.

Taking place on Sunday, March 1, the day of music begins at 1 p.m. with the talented wind musicians of PSYWE, led by Music Director Gregory X. Whitmore, performing “OLDE School, New School,” a concert that highlights the variety of wind literature across the centuries.

Later at 7 p.m., the students of PSYO, led by Music Director Alejandro Gutiérrez, impress as they delve into the magic and power of superheroes through excerpts from popular film music and works by Dvorák and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Thanks to the support of generous sponsors, the concerts are FREE to attend, but tickets are required. For more information, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

Ocean Institute Tall Ship, Whale Watching Cruises for the Festival of Whales

Permalink 02/18/15 15:40, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

 

The Ocean Institute will add special tall ship and whale watching cruises as part of its participation in the City of Dana Point’s annual Festival of Whales celebration the weekends of March 1, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., March 2, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and March 8 & 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.  The event celebrates the annual migration of the gray whales off our coast.

Whale’s Tale Sailing Adventure – The Ocean Institute is offering a Whale’s Tale Sailing Adventure onboard its tall ship Spirit of Dana Point on Saturday, March 1 & 8, 2 – 4:30 p.m.  From “Devil Fish” to “Friendliest Whale,” explore how time and discovery has shaped man’s perception of the magnificent gray whale.  Participants will enjoy an exciting tall ship sail and gain new insight on man’s evolving relationship with the ocean and the whales that travel our California coastline.

Cost is $40 adults, $23 for children ages 4-12 and includes admission to the Ocean Institute.  (Members:  $36 adults, $21 children.)  For additional information, call (949) 496-2274 or visit www.ocean-institute.org.

Gray Whale Adventure Cruises – The Ocean Institute will present a series of Gray Whale Adventure Cruises on its 70-foot R/V Sea Explorer.  The cruises will give participants an opportunity to see fish, dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife along the Southern California coastline.  Cruise dates during Festival of Whales: March 1 &2, 8 & 9, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. each day.

Prices are $35 for adult, $22 for children (age 4 to 12).  Information may be obtained by calling the Ocean Institute at (949) 496-2274.  Register online at www.ocean-institute.org.

 

The Ocean Institute is open to the general public on weekends, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Cost:  $6.50 adults, $4.50 children (ages 4-12), Ocean Institute members free.  Unique maritime and ocean-themed items are available in the Chambers Gallery everyday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Institute address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point.

Jim Graves

Upcoming Events From Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Permalink 02/18/15 15:35, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

Singer-Songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates 
The Streisand Songbook at Segerstrom Center for the Arts


Platinum Award-winning singer-songwriter and Tony Award® nominated actress Ann Hampton Callaway performs in Segerstrom Center’s Samueli Theater May 7 – 9. In her show, The Streisand Songbook, Callaway performs songs made classics by her musical heroine, the incomparable Barbra Streisand, giving them her own personal style.

Selections will come from Streisand’s unforgettable catalogue of hits made during her multi-faceted, five-decade career that includes Broadway, film and concept albums. Callaway weaves humorous and inspiring anecdotes of how Streisand began as a role model for her and evolved into a mentor and even recording Callaway’s songs on six of her recent CDs, including “I’ve Dreamed of You,” the song that Streisand sang on her wedding day.

 

Full Casting Announced for

at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Full casting has been announced for NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at Segerstrom Center for the Arts March 17 – 22, 2015. The show features the incomparable music and lyrics of George and Ira GershwinAssociated Pressraved, “This is how you do it right! Beautiful tunes, a madcap plot, dozens of inventive moments, and visual delights in every scene.”

 

Comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts 
May 13 - 24, 2015

Special Ticket Offer and Pre-Show Activities Available 
for May 14 Matinee and Evening Family Performances

The new U.S. national tour of ANNIE will play Segerstrom Center for the Arts May 13 – 24, 2015. Audiences will see this new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning show, which is being directed for the 19th time by the show’s original lyricist and director Martin Charnin.

ANNIE has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and Charnin’s award-winning lyrics. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards for their work. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who has incorporated selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography.

 

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents 
Multi-Platinum and Multi-Grammy®-Winning 
Artist Jason Mraz’s Yes! World Tour

March 15, 2015 in Segerstrom Hall

Tickets go on sale now

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Atlantic Records recording artist Jason Mraz as part of his Yes! intimate world tour. The concert in Segerstrom Hall celebrates the multiple-Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter’s acclaimed new album of the same title.

 

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts



Ah, Wilderness! A Tender Comedy that explores coming-of-age and young love in idyllic 1906 America - Vanguard University Theatre

Permalink 02/18/15 15:13, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

 

Vanguard University Theatre Department Presents:

Ah, Wilderness!

By Eugene O’Neill

Directed by Kevin Slay

 

Eugene O’Neill’s magnificent storytelling takes center stage in Ah, Wilderness! as he invites us to join the Miller family on the Fourth of July weekend in an idyllic 1906 Connecticut town. The story unfolds into a tender retrospective portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains, and young love. A breath of fresh air...A miracle of sense and sensibility....Vividly alive. – New York Post  |  Suitable for ages 6 and older

 

 

Friday, February 27 .................  8:00 pm (Open Forum)

Saturday, February 28 .............  8:00 pm

Sunday, March 1 .....................  2:00 pm

Thursday, March 5 ..................  8:00 pm

Friday, March 6 ......................  8:00 pm

Saturday, March 7 ..................  2:00 and 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 8 .....................  2:00 pm

 

Go to www.vanguardtickets.com to purchase tickets online

 

General admission -- $14.00

Seniors age 60 and older -- $12.00

Children age 6 to 12 -- $12.00

Groups of 10 or more -- $12.00

VU Faculty / Staff -- $12.00

VU Alumni -- $12.00

College Students with ID -- $12.00

 

All shows are presented at the Lyceum Theater located on the Vanguard University campus off Newport Boulevard.

 

Call the Vanguard University Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145 for more information.

“Like” us at Facebook/VUTheatre so our posts will show up on your News Feed!

 

 

Bill Hughes

Theater Manager

Vanguard University

714-619-6425

theatre.vanguard.edu

FOUND THEATRE PRESENTS: "BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS--THE MUSICAL!"

Permalink 02/18/15 15:10, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

 

 

In an age when "calculated misery" is the new business model for major air carriers, nobody does misery like SuperSaver Airlines!

Did you say cabin service? Our decidedly strange flight attendants--Connie, Penny and Debbie--are onboard to demonstrate SuperSaver's complete lack of regard for your comfort and safety. Welcome aboard!

More About BVFA:

First produced back in 1991, the best-selling show in Found Theatre history is back...with most of the original cast and brand-new musical numbers!

Written by Cynthia Galles and Virginia DeMoss. Original songs by Terra Taylor Knudson and Lauren Nave. Directed by Lauren Nave. With Virginia DeMoss as Debbie, Kathleen Gray as Penny, Melinda Parker as Connie, and John Sturgeon as Captain Vance Slaughter.

Featuring passengers played by a rotating cast of Found Theatre regulars. See a different show every weekend!

Redeye: Friday & Saturday, February 27 to March 28, 8 p.m.

Afternoon Flight: Sunday, March 1 to March 29, 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20 First Class, $15 Penny Pincher

Reservations: 562-433-3363 or info@foundtheatre.org

Venue: The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802.

News and Upcoming Events from The City of Mission Viejo

Permalink 02/18/15 14:20, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: News, Happenings, Schools, Charitable, The Arts

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Author, illustrator of popular ‘Fancy Nancy’ series to visit Mission Viejo March 1

 

Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, author and illustrator of the “Fancy Nancy”

series, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their award-winning series in Mission Viejo on Sunday, March 1.

Jane and Robin will roll into City Hall inside a special “Fancy Nancy” anniversary RV. The charismatic author and illustrator will delight audience members of all ages when they discuss their beloved series at 4:30 p.m.

“Fancy Nancy” is a 2005 children’s picture book that spent nearly 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, launching a series that now numbers more than 60 books, selling 28 million volumes. “Fancy Nancy” has been on Publishers Weekly’s bestseller list for picture books, was a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club selection and a Junior Library Guild Selection. It also won a “Borders 2006 Original Voices” award and has been translated into 18 languages, including Hungarian and Hebrew. In April 2012, Nancy was featured in her first chapter book, “Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth.”  Books in the series have now spent 330 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and in the fall of 2012, “Fancy Nancy the Musical” was produced by Vital Theatre Company in New York City.

This is the first time Jane and Robin will appear in Mission Viejo together to discuss their series, which centers on the little girl with curls as wild as her imagination, who looks at a perfectly average world and sees nothing but glamour.

To reserve your seat for this anniversary celebration, call 949-830-7100 ext. 5107 and provide your name, e-mail address and number of people attending.

 

 

 

Take part in Rally For Life Tennis Tournament March 1

 

Rally For Tennis group croppedIf you want to play tennis for a great cause, then register today for the “Rally For Life Tennis Tournament” on Sunday, March 1.

This is the sixth year the City will host the event that jumpstarts fund-raising activities for the American Cancer Society’s June Relay For Life event at Saddleback College.

From the novice to the experienced tennis player, participants will enjoy an action-packed Round-Robin doubles style tournament that includes a catered lunch and silent auction. More than $1,000 in prizes will be awarded for first and second place, and all players will receive a special gift. The tournament is a great way to have fun while supporting a worthy and important cause.

The Rally For Life Tennis Tournament starts at 9 a.m. at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion, 23840 Marguerite Parkway.

Cost is $35 per person and $60 for doubles. Registration forms are available now at Montanoso and Sierra Recreations Centers and Marguerite and Felipe Tennis Centers. The form is also available by clicking here.

 

News and Upcoming Events from Saddleback College

Permalink 02/18/15 14:10, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Schools, The Arts

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International Pianist Daniel Pollack Presents a Master Class to Saddleback College Students

 

Reflections of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series is pleased to announce that international pianist Daniel Pollack will present a master class on Sunday, March 15th at 2:30 pm in the McKinney Theatre. Piano students will perform.

 

Tickets are $12 general; $10 seniors; $7 students; children FREE with paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC/CAPMT ID. For tickets call 949-582-4656 (Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4:00 p.m. or order your tickets online at any time at www.saddleback.edu/arts).

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Daniel Pollack began his studies at the age of four and made his debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of nine, performing the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School from the class of the legendary Rosina Lhévinne. Audiences worldwide, across five continents - North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa -- recognize the pianism of Daniel Pollack for its signature colors in sound, coupled with over-the-edge thrilling virtuosity, giving his performances an electrifying element that catches the imagination of concert goers.

Pollack has held several artist faculty positions including The Juilliard School and Columbia University and Yale's School of Music and is now on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School from the class of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit. Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the second left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

 

The Music Department has established a comprehensive program which is considered to be one of the finest in California: a complete lower-division curriculum for transferring music majors, numerous performance groups, private and group lessons, a full concert series with faculty and guest artists, and general music courses. The nationally-recognized faculty is dedicated to performance and to teaching in all areas such as vocal, instrumental, jazz, guitar, and piano.  Other music classes include harmony, musicianship, composition, history, and appreciation of western art music,

rock, jazz and world.

 

Into the Shade, Drawings by Yu Ji at the Saddleback College Art Gallery

The Saddleback College Art Gallery is pleased to present Into the Shade, drawings by Yu Ji on February 23rd through March 19th. Yu Ji’s artwork has been recognized for its elaborate compositions based on observational sketchbook studies and for pictorial interpretations of figurative form in space.

He has shown his drawings and paintings both nationally and Internationally. The Saddleback College Art Gallery is excited with this opportunity to exhibit Yu Ji’s latest drawings. On Saturday, February 28th at 2:00 p.m. in the Art Gallery, Yu Ji will give a drawing demonstration/lecture; an opportunity you don’t want to miss. For further information, log onto www.saddleback.edu/gallery or contact Gallery Curator Bob Rickerson at 949-582-4924.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday-Thursday noon to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, noon to 8:00 p.m. (closed Fridays). An Artists’ Reception will be held on Thursday, February 19th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

 

Steve Martin’s Absurdist Comedy
at Saddleback College!

 

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(left to right): Nikolas Marcinov, Chester Jensen, Mark Hay


The Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College is thrilled to present Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin on March 13 through the 22nd in the Studio Theatre.

Directed by Mark McQuown, this long-running Off-Broadway comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904 just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism.

One might wonder why Elvis is integrated into the plot.

Come and see this imaginative play and find out.

 

Dates:  March 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 15, 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (949) 582-4656 (noon-4 Tuesday-Friday) and online at www.saddleback.edu/arts.  Prices are $15 general; $10 students/seniors.

 

The Department of Theatre Arts program at Saddleback College produces several fully-staged shows each year.  All students are given the opportunity to audition for every production yet Theatre Arts students are given priority in the casting process.  In addition there are numerous opportunities for students to contribute in backstage activities through the Entertainment and Theater Technology program.

 

Saddleback’s Speech and Debate Team to Perform at Showcase Fundraiser

 

The Saddleback Speech and Debate Team is thrilled to perform award-winning speeches about social change and Reader’s Theatre presentations at its Showcase Fundraiser on Friday, March 6th at 5:00 p.m. in the McKinney Theatre. Tickets are $7 at the door.

With Larry Radden retiring as Forensics co-Director and coach, it is fitting that his final production of competitive reader’s theatre is in homage to his interpersonal investment in students. He therefore, is presenting a piece on learning disorders. According to Larry, the research has led to understand differences in learning styles, and how to more effectively access students on individualistic levels.

Larry says, “It is my goal to inform, persuade, enlighten, and of course entertain. These have been my impetus and my muse to write this year’s show. Dean of Fine Arts & Media Technology Bart McHenry stated, “Larry has worked hard as co-director to bring the team to a point where he feels comfortable handing off the team for a well-deserved break while he focuses solely on teaching speech classes.”

In a second reader’s theatre presentation, forensics coach Lucas Ochoa and his students will explore the theme of dirty cops and the controversial perception of modern day officers. The literature will cover reasons why police officers become corrupt. Furthermore, the theatre will attempt to bridge a dialogue between citizens and officers to offer a peaceful resolution during this tumultuous time. The underlying themes of the show are redemption, forgiveness, justice, and love. The show is called: Dirt.

The Saddleback Forensics Team started in the 1970s and prides itself on offering students the ability to create innovative arguments for future writing and speaking engagements to strengthen their critical thinking skills and to better communicate with others. On the forensics team, students write, rehearse, and perform at 6-7 tournaments against students from Universities and Community Colleges to qualify for the national tournament. The students representing Saddleback at the national tournament have placed above several competitors representing institutions throughout the year, including: Concordia University, Point Loma, California State University, Los Angeles, California State University, Long Beach, and UCLA.

 

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu.  For Fine Arts events, visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.

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Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

www.saddleback.edu/arts

Find out more details about your community Relay For Life event

Permalink 02/16/15 16:41, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable, Health

Relay For Life of Aliso Viejo

Sunday, June 14, 2015

9:00AM-12:00PM

Grand Park
City Lights Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA Map it


 

Relay For Life of Laguna Niguel - Saturday, May 30, 2015

Permalink 02/16/15 16:34, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable



Relay For Life of Laguna Niguel

Saturday, May 30, 2015

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Niguel Hills Middle School
29070 Paseo Escuela, Laguna Niguel, CA Map it


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Individuals, businesses, groups and organizations are invited to attend the first Relay For Life of Mission Viejo team meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19

Permalink 02/16/15 16:30, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable

 

Teams sought to finish the fight against cancer


The public meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 200 Civic Center.

 

So far, 21 teams have signed up for the American Cancer Society event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs. The event offers something for everyone – from the newly diagnosed and caregivers to friends and long-term cancer survivors.  This year's goal is to form 51 teams with more than 500 participants.

 

Team captains are sought to recruit groups, families, friends, neighbors or co-workers to raise money and attend the 24-hour summer event at Saddleback College. Relay For Life takes place from 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 6 to 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 7.

 

Thursday's meeting will give the public the chance to learn more about Relay and its importance for finishing the fight against cancer.

 

For more information or to register for the event, visit http://www.mvrelay.org.  Information about Thursday's meeting is available by contacting Denise Matson at 949-933-0732 or denisematson17@gmail.com.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

Ocean Institute News - Registration is open for two Spring break camps that teach children about ocean science

Permalink 02/14/15 13:09, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Schools

Junior Neptunes for kids ages 6-8 & Junior Oceanographer for kids ages 9-12, on Tuesday, April 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The programs include:

Junior Neptunes – In this program, discover what life is like underwater as you meet “Big Al,” the fish from the popular children’s book Big Al, interact with the animals in our lab, and conduct investigations in underwater adaptations.  You will also have the opportunity to venture out on the ocean aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, first exploring the harbor and then taking a brief trip outside to view the local sea lions.   Cost: $75.  (Become a member of the Ocean Institute and receive a discount.)

Junior Oceanographer – What is it like to be a marine scientist?  Step into their fascinating world by exploring the principles of marine biology and oceanography.  Your fun-filled day includes a two-hour Marine Wildlife Cruise on the R/V Sea Explorer, a tidepool walk, and hands-on laboratory activities, including a fish dissection.  This exciting experience will spark your curiosity as you dive into the magical marine world!  Cost: $75.  (Become a member of the Ocean Institute and receive a discount.)

Register for either of these activities online at http://www.ocean-institute.org/programs/spring15.html or call (949) 496-2274.

 

Jim Graves

MISSION’S SWALLOWS VOCALIZATION PROJECT UNDERWAY FOR LAST TIME

Permalink 02/14/15 13:07, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Religions

Mission San Juan Capistrano's enterprising Swallows Vocalization Project is now underway for the fourth and final season, an effort to lure the popular birds onto the mission grounds.

 

The Swallows Vocalization Project incorporates speakers that play swallows courtship calls and songs in an effort to lure the swallows, which migrate from Argentina each March before returning to Argentina in October.

 

The number of swallows nesting at the mission has diminished over time because of urbanization, which has given the swallows more options to build their mud homes.

 

The Swallows Vocalization Project idea came from swallows expert Dr. Charles Brown, who was summoned to the mission in 2012 from the University of Tulsa, where he is a professor of biological sciences.

 

Dr. Brown's idea has worked. Swallows that flew overhead and might not have explored the mission and considered it a place to nest are now descending to the mission grounds, where they can build nests.

 

"The recording is of courtship songs that males use to attract females. And males would be attracted too because they are very social birds," Dr. Brown said. "It's a matter of attracting them in; we know they are overhead and in the area.”

 

The project involves a systematic program of playing the courtship calls and songs a few times a day, when the weather is good and during the times the swallows would be foraging.

 

Dr. Brown has suggested that this be the final year of the Swallows Vocalization Project so that he can incorporate a new phase in attracting the bird. Stayed tuned for Dr. Brown's next idea.

 

 

About Mission San Juan Capistrano:

Known as the “Jewel of the Missions,” Mission San Juan Capistrano is a historic landmark and museum that boasts of quality permanent exhibits featuring original artifacts as well as traveling and temporary exhibits on a wide variety of topics.

 

The site itself serves as a living outdoor museum with original buildings constructed by Native Americans in the 18th century including the Serra Chapel, Great Stone Church, and the original padres’ quarters of the South Wing.

 

The Mission was founded on November 1, 1776 by Padre Junipero Serra as the seventh in the chain of the twenty-one California missions established by Spain, and is Orange County’s  only mission. Every year, over 50,000 students visit the Mission and engage in an inspirational learning experience via the Mission Matters programming, as part of their State required California history studies.

 

Mission San Juan Capistrano is owned by the Diocese of Orange and is supported by the Mission Preservation Foundation, which is comprised of business and community leaders committed to ensuring the long term preservation and viability of Orange County’s only Mission. The Mission receives no funding from either the Church or the State of California and charges admission funds as a means of providing public access.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is located at 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Open Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Good Friday afternoon. Admission is $9 adults; $8 seniors (60 years or over); $6 children (ages 4 to 11); and children ages 3 and under are admitted free. Free audio guide with senior and adult admission. For more information, call (949) 234-1300 or visit www.missionsjc.com.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents London’s Tall Stories Theatre Company

Permalink 02/14/15 12:48, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the Southern California premiere of Tall Stories Theatre Company’s The Gruffalo’s Child on April 18 & 19, 2015.

Combining the London-based company’s unique storytelling style with catchy songs, humor and puppetry, The Gruffalo’s Child is the “perfect children’s entertainment,” says The Scotsman.

The U.K.’s Evening Standard praises the show as “lovingly and simply brought to the stage.”

The Gruffalo’s Child is recommended for families and children ages 4 – 8.

 

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Performs a Trio of Passionate Piano Quartets at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Exclusive West Coast Engagement

Permalink 02/14/15 12:47, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

The renowned Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in a remarkable program titled Passionate Piano Quartets, pairing three works by Schumann, Brahms and the rarely performed Mahler Piano Quartet, which is the composer’s only surviving instrumental chamber work, written while still a teenager.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is soon embarking on a North American tour that will include 11 cities, and their visit to Segerstrom Center on April 15 in Samueli Theater will be the quartet’s sole West Coast appearance.

 

scfta.org

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Marie Osmond Comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with My Life Through Music Tour

Permalink 02/11/15 09:52, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

 

 

Segerstrom Center Welcomes Marie Osmond in Concert, 3/29


Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Marie Osmond in her exciting new show My Life Through Music March 29, 2015 in Segerstrom Hall.

One of the world’s most loved and respected entertainers, Osmond's magnetic presence is recognized across generations and will thrill audiences in this special one-night-only performance.

 

scfta.org

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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