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November 23, 2004
Alicia Robinson Stranded on an island, dressed to the nines and followed around by cameras. It sounds more like a reality show than a vacation, but for Glenn and Mindy Stearns, it was both. The Pelican Hill couple spent most of September shooting "The Real Gilligan's Island," a reality show that will premiere Nov. 30 on the TBS network. On the show, two casts representing characters from the 1960s "Gilligan's Island" sitcom complete challenges in an effort to win spots in the final cast of seven.
By Kelly Parker | June 4, 2012
The Green Day-based musical "American Idiot" held its closing performance Sunday at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and a surprise guest made an appearance: Green Day's lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong.  According to the "American Idiot" Twitter page , "Costa Mesa  had some of our best audiences yet,  and quite possibly our favorite audience member: [Billie Joe Armstrong]. " Armstrong posed for pictures with the cast after the show. Did you see "American Idiot" while it was in town?
By Brianna Bailey | July 20, 2009
The cable reality series ?The Real Housewives of Orange County? is tossing a Newport Coast resident into the mix for season five of the hit series. Alexis Bellino, 32, will join cast members Tamra Barney, Lynn Curtin, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Gretchen Rossi. Married to entrepreneur Jim Bellino, Alexis Bellino is a stay-at-home mom to 3-year-old son James and 20-month-old twins Melania and Mackenna. A news release announcing the addition to the cast describes Alexis Bellino as ?
By Tom Titus | April 1, 2010
There have been a few shows (“Noises Off” comes to mind) in which one gag is piled onto another and the cast quickly establishes and sustains an atmosphere of perpetual pandemonium. One such play, which curiously has seen little attention locally, is George Furth’s early 1980s howler “The Supporting Cast.” It’s now holding forth (as a replacement vehicle) at the Newport Theater Arts Center under the inspired direction of Michael Ross. Furth wove some sure-fire location chuckles into his mix. Four of the five characters are New Yorkers transplanted briefly to the Malibu beachfront in the midst of California’s fire and earthquake seasons.
By Jim Carnett | May 5, 2009
He saw something in me — a 17-year-old Costa Mesa High School senior — that I couldn’t see myself. Don Miller cast me as a lead in our 1962 spring musical. “You were an introvert,” Miller conceded as we ate breakfast together the other morning. It had been 47 years since we’d last seen each other. He’d spied my column in this space a couple of weeks back and gave me a call. “But, I loved your spirit, and you were willing to take risks.
By Imran Vittachi | June 15, 2012
The artist and his ongoing creation began their relationship several years ago. Alrik Yuill was sitting in his old studio in Laguna Beach, sketching the earliest outlines of her form while listening to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. "I wasn't thinking about sculpture or painting, or even what my hand my was doing while I drew it," he recalled in a video describing the project that has consumed him since January, when he finally started the...
March 15, 2001
Play: "The Wizard of Oz" School: Andersen Elementary School Story line: The adventures of Dorothy, Tinman, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow in the wonderful land of Oz Producers: Jennifer Spindler, Jenny Tomlin Costumes: Vicki Brown Set designer: Gina Frisbee Cast: All of the roles are double cast, with the exception of Toto, which will be performed by four actors. The red cast is comprised of Cari Levine, Jenna Morris, Ford Noe, Stephanie Brown, Holly VanHiel, Ryan Hultman, Anna Fletcher, Kate Gritsch, Megan Splindler, Michelle Atkins, Haley Prickett, Taylor Canale, Julianne Piggot, Hailey McCarter, Chelsea Giger, Quinn Kawata and Melissa Hohl.
By Candice Baker | March 25, 2010
Ten years ago, Huntington Beach resident Temre Vouga’s 5-day-old grandchild underwent heart surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. She was just one of the estimated 200,000 children who step, are carried or wheeled through its doors every year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. This undertaking by CHOC, a nonprofit, comes courtesy of a variety of fundraisers, partnerships and community support. One of the county’s favorite fundraisers for the organization, the CHOC Follies, is celebrating its 13th anniversary this year with its campy, uproarious production of “The Wizard of OC.” Vouga is celebrating her 10th anniversary as a performer in the annual revue, following those harrowing days that her first grandchild spent in the hospital.
April 4, 2000
TUESDAY FEATURE FILMS EDWARDS ISLAND 7 CINEMAS 11:30 a.m. "4 Faces" Orange, 1999 Dir.: Ted Post Cast: Eugene Butler, Gabriel Dell, Lane Garrison, Julie Janney, Mehemiah Persoff, Orien and Peter MarkRichman Running time: 102 minutes Attended by director Four distinctly different people and the crisis each one confronts; how each handles relationship with God 1:15 p.m. "Never Be...
By Tom Titus | May 19, 2011
The one-act play is alive and well at Orange Coast College. A dozen of them will be unveiled this weekend only at OCC's Drama Lab Studio Theater. Billed as "original and published one-act plays for mature audiences," the program, which opened Thursday, continues Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Curtain is 8 p.m. for the evening performances Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. for the Saturday and Sunday matinees and 7 p.m. for the Sunday evening session. In Series A, which will be presented Saturday afternoon and evening, OCC student Shawn Greenfield kicks things off with "The Mediation," a play he wrote and directs, focusing on a divorced couple.
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 24, 2014
Filming "Brahmin Bulls" was not a breeze. Director Mahesh Pailoor valiantly balanced budgetary issues and his cast's schedules while shooting the entire movie out of order. He even faced an unexpected foe - the 85th annual Academy Awards. "We only had one day to shoot in a hospital and that day happened to be the day of the Oscars, which Mary Steenburgen was presenting at," he recalled. "We were running up against the clock and only had time to do a few takes per shot. Mary and Roshan [Seth]
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 23, 2014
For Charlie Darby, love is intimately linked with lunacy. From the outside, the grade-school principal in the movie "Lovesick" - played by actor Matt LeBlanc - has everything: a great circle of friends, a supportive family and a satisfying job. All that's missing is a relationship. He seems to have trouble in that department because while he is perfectly sane, it's a different story when he falls in love. Although not biographical, the story is based loosely on the experiences of Bel Air-based writer Dean Young.
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 19, 2014
Dennis Baker is inclined to associate with winners. That's not to say he won't help an organization, initiative or individual get closer to victory. But, when that doesn't work, he has no misgivings about cutting loose or moving on. "My energy goes to where I see success," the Corona del Mar resident said. "I like being associated with things that work. I like to think that I'm part of why they work. " One such alliance is with the Newport Beach Film Festival. In 2001, Baker, then a member of the city's Arts Commission, attended an event where he met Leslie Feibleman, director of special programs and community cinema.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 13, 2013
A defense attorney for a Newport Beach man accused of sexually abusing seven boys over more than 15 years has subpoenaed the confidential school records of an undisclosed number of students. Legal counsel has specifically asked about times the students may have lied about inappropriate activity. A Newport-Mesa Unified School District employee on Friday turned over the documents to an Orange County Superior Court judge, who immediately sealed the records. Christopher Bryan McKenzie, a pool man who also volunteered with children at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, is accused of sexually abusing his victims between March 1996 and October 2011, often maintaining a sexual relationship over the course of many years, according to police.
By Patrice Apodaca | December 8, 2012
Say you're an educator and you had an opportunity to save money, do something beneficial for the environment and provide an excellent teaching opportunity for students. It would be a no-brainer, right? So why isn't every school district in California racing to imitate Irvine Unified's successful solar panel project? The answer is that too few school districts are run like IUSD. That is, they lack the vision, flexibility and willingness to experiment, and the entrepreneurial framework.
By Bradley Zint | November 28, 2012
Looking dapper with his slicked-back hair and gray vest, Sawyer Stahl was all the part of George Bailey, the well-meaning banker of Bedford Falls whose frustrations nearly end him before he realizes that his is a wonderful life indeed. But while some may turn to Frank Capra's iconic 1946 film for inspiration, the 17-year-old Newport Harbor High School senior - who's playing the lead role for his school's production "It's a Wonderful Life" - isn't going to. "I don't want to want watch the movie until I've done the show because I don't want to act like Jimmy Stewart," Sawyer said.
Jill Cowan | November 5, 2012
Voting in the Newport-Mesa area Tuesday? Here's some information you might need: Newport Beach residents will vote on Measure EE, which would make 38 amendments to the city's charter, ranging from a ban on class-action lawsuits to correcting typos. They can also vote for City Council members in districts 2, 5 and 7. Although the city is divided into districts, Newport has an at-large voting system, wherein any resident can vote for any candidate - regardless of whether or not they live in the candidate's district.
By Danny O'Dell | September 28, 2012
Promos are everywhere for the new fall TV shows, with their big stars (Matthew Perry, Kevin Bacon!) and amazing supporting casts (Ellen Barkin, Bill Pullman!). But what happens when a cast isn't helping the star of the show, but instead contributing to his or her downfall? That's the story of addiction. Every addict has his or her supporting cast, each of whom unwittingly acts out an all-too familiar role in the sad drama — until something forces a change. September is National Recovery Month, a time when we celebrate those individuals who have reclaimed their lives.
By Tom Titus and By Tom Titus | August 16, 2012
South Coast Repertory's Summer Players, the cream of the theater's conservatory crop, are the professional actors of tomorrow and, judging by their marvelous production of "Seussical," tomorrow may not be too far away. These are actors from 9 to 22 years old, all students in or graduates of SCR's Theater Conservatory. Their "term paper" each year is a full-scale musical production under the tutelage of Hisa Takakuwa, director of the conservatory program. By choosing "Seussical," a popular musical by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and based on the writings of children's guru Dr. Seuss, Takakuwa has given her 27-member ensemble an opportunity to shine both individually and collectively.
By Candice Baker | August 9, 2012
"After all of those years being stuck on a page, Did you ever imagine you'd see me onstage? Now I'm here, there's no telling what may ensue!" - The Cat in the Hat, "Seussical" * The Broadway darling and family favorite "Seussical" will run over the next two weekends at South Coast Repertory. Performed by SCR's Summer Players, the massive musical features characters fromDr. Seuss' most beloved stories, including "The Cat in the Hat,""The Lorax,""Horton Hears a Who" and "Green Eggs and Ham. " The overarching theme is the value of friendship and the notion that even the smallest person has value.
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