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June 15, 2002
Three musicals by four schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District earned their performers a total of 37 trophies for their mantels at the 32nd annual MACY (Music and Art Commendation for Youth) Awards. The shows were "Bells Are Ringing" from Estancia High School, "Hello, Dolly" from Costa Mesa High School and "Guys and Dolls," which was staged by both Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools earlier this year. Newport's "Guys and Dolls" led the local thespians in MACY hardware with 13 trophies.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | December 22, 2006
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series of four columns chronicling the year 2006 in local theater. Oldies definitely became goodies in local community theater during 2006, as two productions with their roots in the 1950s surged to the top rungs of the year-end ladder at the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse and the Newport Theater Arts Center. The Civic Playhouse's revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" was the most impressive local community production of the year, but right behind was Newport's musical romp, "Guys and Dolls."
NEWS
January 18, 2013
Friday night, Estancia High School's drama team was performing at the California Educational Theatre Assn. conference in Rancho Cucamonga because they'd won a prestigious Mainstage award. The team was overjoyed when they heard about the honor in December, calling it their version of winning a CIF championship. Now the award-winning students are asking for community support for their next production. As they return from performing "A Midsummer Night's Dream," their attention must turn to the next production, their biggest of the year — a musical using Newport Harbor High School's larger venue.
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By TOM TITUS | April 8, 2009
The comical denizens of Damon Runyan’s Broadway have spent the last six decades playing the ponies, making outrageous bets and searching for the perfect place to float the oldest established game of chance in New York. Those “Guys and Dolls” from the creative minds of writers Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, and composer Frank Loesser are back again, this time settling in at Vanguard University, where two magnificent voices, a strong orchestra and some terrific choreography turn this overly familiar show into a glittering package of entertainment.
NEWS
June 17, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Guys, dolls and some little folks are putting on a Broadway classic this weekend. A cast of 45, ages 7 to 21, are performing "Guys and Dolls" with the Newport Beach Theater Co. The local nonprofit company teaches children the ropes of play production from starring roles to behind-the-scenes action. "There's only one adult in the production, a guy who's working the sound board," said Peter Smith, the company's president. "Our stage manager is 16 years old, but you'd think she's been in the business for 25 years."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | December 26, 2012
This is the second of three columns reviewing the year 2012 in local theater. Home-grown theater, as practiced by community playhouses and collegiate drama departments, was particularly prevalent during 2012 in the cities covered by this column: Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Westminster. Here, in this summary, are the highlights of the year on community and college stages. At the Costa Mesa Playhouse, David Auburn's well-traveled "Proof" was the standout production of 2012, under the direction of Michael Serna.
NEWS
March 26, 2005
Elia Powers She was only 3 years old, going on 4, but that didn't stop Newport Beach wunderkind Brooke Thompson from singing along to "The Sound of Music." "When she was younger, she would stand on the table and belt out 'I am 16, going on 17,'" said Kim Thompson, Brooke's mother. "She's always had an interest in performing. Anytime a movie came on, she would have the songs memorized." A veteran of children's choruses, dance classes and Broadway-caliber shows, Brooke, now 13, is making her debut this month with Broadway On Tour, a nonprofit, all-volunteer community children's theater based in Yorba Linda.
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By: TOM TITUS | July 29, 2005
Theater runs in the family of Dawn and Ivar Vasco of Costa Mesa. In fact, to borrow one of Mortimer's lines from "Arsenic and Old Lace," it practically gallops. Dawn Vasco, a veteran of many local stage productions, is making a hard-knock life for the mischievous orphans of the musical "Annie" at the Westminster Community Theater. She plays the treacherous but hilarious Miss Hannigan, the tipsy proprietor of the orphanage -- a role definitely out of character for the bubbly singer-actress, but one she handles with expertise.
NEWS
June 14, 2001
The up and downs of 'Moulin Rouge' Gay: All I can say is "You ain't seen nothing yet!" If "Moulin Rouge" doesn't revive the Hollywood musical, nothing ever will. From the onset, director/writer Baz Luhrmann didn't hold back any of his creative juices. The unbound music, pulsating colors, untamed characters and fever pitch stagger the mind in this lyrically feral love story. You'll cancan and sing your way through gay Paris with a mix of psychedelic aura like no other, from full-blown scenery minutiae to fast-moving legs and people luring you into the infamous nightclub.
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January 18, 2013
Friday night, Estancia High School's drama team was performing at the California Educational Theatre Assn. conference in Rancho Cucamonga because they'd won a prestigious Mainstage award. The team was overjoyed when they heard about the honor in December, calling it their version of winning a CIF championship. Now the award-winning students are asking for community support for their next production. As they return from performing "A Midsummer Night's Dream," their attention must turn to the next production, their biggest of the year — a musical using Newport Harbor High School's larger venue.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | December 26, 2012
This is the second of three columns reviewing the year 2012 in local theater. Home-grown theater, as practiced by community playhouses and collegiate drama departments, was particularly prevalent during 2012 in the cities covered by this column: Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Westminster. Here, in this summary, are the highlights of the year on community and college stages. At the Costa Mesa Playhouse, David Auburn's well-traveled "Proof" was the standout production of 2012, under the direction of Michael Serna.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | April 8, 2009
The comical denizens of Damon Runyan’s Broadway have spent the last six decades playing the ponies, making outrageous bets and searching for the perfect place to float the oldest established game of chance in New York. Those “Guys and Dolls” from the creative minds of writers Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, and composer Frank Loesser are back again, this time settling in at Vanguard University, where two magnificent voices, a strong orchestra and some terrific choreography turn this overly familiar show into a glittering package of entertainment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | December 22, 2006
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series of four columns chronicling the year 2006 in local theater. Oldies definitely became goodies in local community theater during 2006, as two productions with their roots in the 1950s surged to the top rungs of the year-end ladder at the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse and the Newport Theater Arts Center. The Civic Playhouse's revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" was the most impressive local community production of the year, but right behind was Newport's musical romp, "Guys and Dolls."
NEWS
By: TOM TITUS | July 29, 2005
Theater runs in the family of Dawn and Ivar Vasco of Costa Mesa. In fact, to borrow one of Mortimer's lines from "Arsenic and Old Lace," it practically gallops. Dawn Vasco, a veteran of many local stage productions, is making a hard-knock life for the mischievous orphans of the musical "Annie" at the Westminster Community Theater. She plays the treacherous but hilarious Miss Hannigan, the tipsy proprietor of the orphanage -- a role definitely out of character for the bubbly singer-actress, but one she handles with expertise.
NEWS
March 26, 2005
Elia Powers She was only 3 years old, going on 4, but that didn't stop Newport Beach wunderkind Brooke Thompson from singing along to "The Sound of Music." "When she was younger, she would stand on the table and belt out 'I am 16, going on 17,'" said Kim Thompson, Brooke's mother. "She's always had an interest in performing. Anytime a movie came on, she would have the songs memorized." A veteran of children's choruses, dance classes and Broadway-caliber shows, Brooke, now 13, is making her debut this month with Broadway On Tour, a nonprofit, all-volunteer community children's theater based in Yorba Linda.
NEWS
June 17, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Guys, dolls and some little folks are putting on a Broadway classic this weekend. A cast of 45, ages 7 to 21, are performing "Guys and Dolls" with the Newport Beach Theater Co. The local nonprofit company teaches children the ropes of play production from starring roles to behind-the-scenes action. "There's only one adult in the production, a guy who's working the sound board," said Peter Smith, the company's president. "Our stage manager is 16 years old, but you'd think she's been in the business for 25 years."
NEWS
June 15, 2002
Three musicals by four schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District earned their performers a total of 37 trophies for their mantels at the 32nd annual MACY (Music and Art Commendation for Youth) Awards. The shows were "Bells Are Ringing" from Estancia High School, "Hello, Dolly" from Costa Mesa High School and "Guys and Dolls," which was staged by both Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools earlier this year. Newport's "Guys and Dolls" led the local thespians in MACY hardware with 13 trophies.
NEWS
June 14, 2001
The up and downs of 'Moulin Rouge' Gay: All I can say is "You ain't seen nothing yet!" If "Moulin Rouge" doesn't revive the Hollywood musical, nothing ever will. From the onset, director/writer Baz Luhrmann didn't hold back any of his creative juices. The unbound music, pulsating colors, untamed characters and fever pitch stagger the mind in this lyrically feral love story. You'll cancan and sing your way through gay Paris with a mix of psychedelic aura like no other, from full-blown scenery minutiae to fast-moving legs and people luring you into the infamous nightclub.
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