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Talk about entertaining...

December 29, 2001

-- Denyce Graves, opera singer, on the hurdles she faces as an African

American in opera. Graves performed at the Orange County Performing Arts

Center in January.

"I went from the digestion of analids to digesting Shakespeare."

-- Evan Hirsch, 15, on studying while getting ready for a performance

of "The Weather Started Getting Rough," a reinterpretation of "The

Tempest," as a member of Teen Players, part of South Coast Repertory's


Young Conservatory division.

"Songs are like children. And some of them behave better some nights

than others."

-- Noel "Paul" Stookey of Peter Paul and Mary, quoting Mary Travers as

an answer to which song he likes best. Peter, Paul and Mary performed in

May with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra Pops.

"It was my first taste of performing for people who were drinking, and

I really liked it. I'm much more entertaining when people are drunk."

-- Jason Graae, entertainer, on performing in "Forever Plaid" off

Broadway. Graae appeared as part of the Orange County Performing Arts

Center cabaret series in October.

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