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By Tom Titus | September 27, 2012
Art, much like beauty, often is in the eye of the beholder. One man's masterpiece might easily be another man's rubbish. It's not, after all, like sports where there are clear-cut winners and losers. Yasmina Reza's caustic comedy "Art," however, is a slam-dunk winner. First unveiled at South Coast Repertory several seasons ago, it's now on view at the Newport Theatre Arts Center where even a directorial switch in mid-stream hasn't compromised its comedic impact. When original director Michael Ross became seriously ill midway through rehearsals, NTAC called on another A-list director, Gigi Fusco Meese, to bring the show home in grand style.
By Patrice Apodaca | September 22, 2012
Trends in education come and go, and sometimes come back again. Straight from the everything-old-becomes-new-again department comes a theme that's generating attention at the moment. It's a bit squiggly to grasp — think: eating Jell-O with a fork — but it loosely involves a set of core qualities known as character, resilience and grit. This line of thinking argues that, instead of focusing so intently on traditional measures of intelligence, we should gear our efforts toward building these real-world traits.
By Tom Titus and By Tom Titus | August 2, 2012
Think of striking oil in your own backyard and you'll have the perfect metaphor for "," the second and final offering of Vanguard University's professional arm, the American Coast Theater Company. The playwright, Warren Doody, has taught English at Vanguard for 14 years and written several other scripts, one of which, "Development," will be part of Vanguard's 2012-13 season. As for "," it's as sharp, fresh and funny as anything you'll see this year.
By Lauren Williams | June 29, 2012
Four local high school graduates received scholarships Thursday morning from Newport Beach police for their outstanding character and good grades. Newport Harbor High School alumnus Jaime Chavez and Corona del Mar High School alumnae Sarah Hostetler, Ariana Naaseh and Melinda Green each received $1,000 from the Newport Beach Police Assn. The ceremony was at the Police Department's headquarters. Green received an additional $2,000 for her 2 1/2 years in the department's explorer program, where she mentored 25 to 30 other young adults, said Sgt. Lloyd Whisenant.
By Britney Barnes | April 30, 2012
Although the set included the familiar bucolic trees, a blue sky sparsely spotted with clouds and a barn-red doghouse, the "Peanuts" gang was almost unrecognizable. The Corona del Mar High School's play "Dog Sees God" depictsCharles M. Schulz' beloved characters as expletive-spouting high school students dealing with issues often untalked about: drugs, suicide, sex and sexual exploration, bullying, depression and abortion. The play follows the high school students as they learn the serious, and potentially fatal, consequences of bullying.
By Steve Virgen | March 6, 2012
Everything you need to know about Tatum Norton can be found in the recent decision she made for college. Alabama had offered the Newport Harbor High senior a scholarship to play volleyball for the Crimson Tide. She said it was a three-year scholarship, something rare when it comes to the position Norton plays. Norton is a libero, a defender who must also provide accurate passing. An NCAA Division I scholarship for a libero? It almost seemed too good to be true. Apparently it seemed to be too easy for Norton.
By Sarah Peters | January 28, 2012
IRVINE - Standing on a grassy hilltop overlooking the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, filled with overgrown fields and abandoned runways, developers on Wednesday pointed to where the first of 5,000 new homes will open by early next year. "If you use a little imagination, you can see what this area can become," said Emile Haddad, president and chief executive of FivePoint Communities, the Aliso Viejo-based developer of the Great Park Neighborhoods. With the groundbreaking of the first 726 homes Tuesday, the project, which has been marked by challenges, is finally underway.
By Sarah Peters | November 18, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Chase Valentine, 3, wanted something for Christmas that's little difficult to come by in Orange County: snow. "It was so cool. On the way over here he said, 'Mom, the twee is so big,'" said Chase's mom, Tiffany Valentine, while nestled on a blanket with the shy tyke at Fashion Island's annual tree-lighting ceremony Friday night. The Valentines from Newport Beach showed up at 4 p.m. to grab prime real estate in front of the stage where students from Laguna Beach's Musical Theatre University performed alongside Mickey, Minnie and Goofy from the Disneyland Resort.
By Britney Barnes | October 28, 2011
Families wanting to get into the Halloween mood without the spooks and spirits can head over to a fairytale-themed haunted house. The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina is hosting its first family-friendly Haunted House that takes children through the story of "Snow White," complete with dwarfs and prizes throughout. "It's a story basically," said Executive Director Thomas Giulioni. "It's patterned off the story 'Snow White,' but we threw in some fun wrinkles. " The Haunted House is less haunted and more a show, with six scenes featuring more than 20 characters, Giulioni said.
By Tom Titus | September 29, 2011
Among the works of literature recognized as classics finding their way to the stage, it would be difficult to find a more overrated example than Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice. " Yet it continues to enjoy its 200-year shelf life, with two local colleges having produced it over the past few years. Now South Coast Repertory has given this well-ripened chestnut the full-blown professional treatment, adding a modern character to the mix and mounting a visually entrancing version as the opening production of its 48th season.
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