December 20, 2006
My wife and I have been in a rush of activity over the past few weeks. We heard a concert at the new Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, saw the St., Petersburg ballet perform "The Nutcracker" at the performing arts center, and caught "A Christmas Carol" at South Coast Repertory. That combination was no doubt what the creators of the arts venues, particularly the Segerstrom family, had in mind. Sort of something-for-everyone places. With the addition of the concert hall, the collection of theaters makes it very attractive.
December 15, 2001
Can it be that eight years have passed since South Coast Repertory opted to add a second holiday tradition on its Second Stage to the traditional "Christmas Carol" playing upstairs on the main stage? And can it be that young Tiffany Ellen Solano -- who doesn't appear much older than the 14-year-old girl she's portraying -- already is in her third season at the core of "La Posada Magica," the Latino-flavored contemporary Christmas story that so skillfully melds hilarity and heartache?
November 25, 2005
As the song goes, there's no place like home for the holidays, and South Coast Repertory's veteran actors will be surrounded by friends and family on the Segerstrom Stage for the 26th consecutive year next month. Once again, Hal Landon Jr. will don the flowing white locks and assume the miserly "Bah, humbug" attitude as he steps into the familiar character of Ebenezer Scrooge in the annual production of "A Christmas Carol." The show opens tonight and runs through Christmas Eve. And, once again, John-David Keller will be doing double duty as director and performer (as a charity solicitor)
January 30, 2003
'Nickleby' full of the Dickens spirit Many years back, I remember when the Royal Shakespeare Co.'s eight-hour production of "Nicholas Nickleby" was the hottest ticket in town. The play featured about 100 characters and numerous plots and subplots. The latest film adaptation of this classic Charles Dickens novel has been pared down to just over two delightful hours without sacrificing the essence of the story or its charm, thanks to the direction and screenplay adaptation of Douglas McGrath ("Emma")
December 9, 2010
TODAY Sailor Music Program Holiday Concert Newport Harbor High School's Sailor Music Program holiday concert is at 7 p.m. at the Robin Loats Theater, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call (949) 515-6300. Flashback Heart Attack Flashback Heart Attack, an 1980s KROQ cover band, will perform at 9 p.m. at the Harp Inn, 130 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa. The show is 21 and older only. For more information, visit http://www.
December 23, 2010
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Anyone who says you are lazy is crazy. You have more joy in life than most people and are willing to put your muscles to work to create pleasure and delight for others. Enjoy jolly holiday pastimes. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your heart is homed in on holiday hospitality. The desire to spend time with family and loved ones is at the top of your list. There is still time to run last minute holiday errands or complete preparations. GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
December 7, 2000
After 21 years, it's not always easy to detect subtle transitions in South Coast Repertory's annual holiday production of "A Christmas Carol," but this time around a number of changes are visible. New faces grace the characters of Bob Cratchit, the ghost of Jacob Marley and the Spirit of Christmas Present -- all injecting vital characterizations into their assignments. The newcomers blend with the regulars in creating a bountiful yuletide stage package.
November 24, 2011
Looking for a quick way to get into the Christmas spirit? Three theater groups in Costa Mesa will be mounting holiday-flavored shows this weekend and next. The main event, of course, is South Coast Repertory's 32nd annual production of "A Christmas Carol," which opens Saturday and runs through Christmas Eve. This stage version of the classic Charles Dickens story has become a local holiday tradition. Since its inception in 1980, SCR's yuletide celebration has featured Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge under the direction of John-David Keller, who also plays Mr. Fezziwig.