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July 20, 2000
Andrew Glazer FAIRGROUNDS -- Dressed in a Holstein-patterned costume, glitter splashed across her pink face, the young diva shocked nearly everyone in her audience when she belted out her first growling note. "The cover certainly doesn't match the book," said Tom Shacklett, 76, of Long Beach. "Her voice is awfully big for a little girl." The little girl, 9-year-old Brandijo Kistler of Costa Mesa, is used to this reaction. Her voice is deep and loud.
February 9, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH -- While some people spend their whole lives trying to get to Carnegie Hall, a group of students from Ensign Intermediate School are planning their second appearance at the famed venue. The Ensign Madrigals, a choir of seventh- and eighth-grade students, has been invited to perform with the National Youth Choir 2001 on March 25 at the famous hall in New York City. "It's great. And you know what else? It's neat because we've been there, and so it's great not to be as nervous," said Donna Kelsen, the vocal music teacher at Ensign.
August 1, 2000
Danette Goulet SCHOOL'S OUT is a weekly feature in which Daily Pilot education writer Danette Goulet visits a summer camp within the Newport-Mesa area and writes about her experience. Clutching colorful sheer scarves, toddlers flit around the bright music room like a swarm of pastel butterflies. It was the first day of a weeklong camp at the Pacific School for Music and the Arts in Costa Mesa. The camp is designed to introduce young children to the arts.
By Michael Miller | October 17, 2006
At Adams Elementary School last week, music teacher Bridget Duffin led fifth-graders in a rhythmic exercise called "What's for Dinner?" To start, Duffin pounded four beats on a drum and sang the title phrase — "WHAAAT's-forDIN-ner?" — then had the students, in pairs, pound the same rhythm back and sing a response: spaghetti and bread, bean burritos and so on. The object of the lesson was to get the students drumming together as a band — following the same beat, picking up one another's cues.
By B.W. Cook | January 1, 2010
The holidays were filled with music on the Orange Coast. The Pacific Chorale, under the artistic direction of John Alexander John Alexander , presented their spectacular concert and dinner event at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, netting an impressive $115,000 for the Pacific Chorale. The annual Christmas fundraising gala is known as A Dickens Feast, and begins with the Pacific Chorale’s annual holiday concert “Tis The Season!” at the RenĂ©e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
By Michael Miller | October 24, 2006
Kurt Suhr, who is entering his third year as principal of Newport Heights Elementary School, has been selected to receive the Orange County Department of Education's Outstanding Contributions to Education Award next month. At a ceremony on Nov. 9, the department plans to honor Suhr at a reception at its headquarters. He is the second Newport-Mesa educator to be honored by the county this year, following Newport Coast Elementary School teacher Ingrid Ohanian in March. "We have so many people at this school who are making fantastic things happen," Suhr said.
By Dave Brooks | May 22, 2006
It can be tough to be a vegan with style. Take shoes, for example. Try finding a good pair that aren't made from leather. And most brands of lipstick are made with beeswax; some are even tested on animals. That makes it pretty tough for vegans like Lindsey Packer to follow a strict dietary system that bars eating or wearing anything made from animal by-products. No meat, no dairy, no eggs ? not even honey. Packer was used to purchasing her nondairy cheeses, spicy Tofurky and organic leeks, but it was becoming increasingly difficult to find shoes not made from leather.
By Beau Nicolette | August 8, 2013
The search is on for a new principal to lead Costa Mesa's TeWinkle Intermediate School. At the Wednesday night forum to gather input on what parents and residents want in a new principal, many comments centered on increasing community involvement. Nearly 50 parents, teachers and community members walked around the multi-purpose room and wrote their thoughts on large sheets of papers hanging from the walls. The papers were labeled with topics, including the school's greatest needs and strengths, their biggest concerns and the qualities they want to see in the new principal.
By Tom Titus | March 3, 2011
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" never was solved because its author, Charles Dickens, died before he could finish the novel. Imaginative playwright-composer Rupert Holmes, a fellow Briton, has given it an ending — or, more accurately, a half-dozen endings — while turning the book into a musical comedy. This creation is winding up a two-weekend engagement at Vanguard University as an ambitious, overlong but consistently entertaining production. "Drood" has brought out the best in its production team — director Vanda Eggington, choreographer Stephany Parker and costumer Lia M. Hansen — all of whom turn in superior achievements, which more than compensate for the somewhat creaky storyline of a music hall troupe playing out Dickens' drama.
February 15, 2000
Danette Goulet As the children stood in two curving rows facing the keyboard, their high-pitched voices rang out almost in unison. "I've been working on the railroad, all the live long day. I've been working on the railroad, just to pass the time away. Can't you hear the whistle blowing ..." Most of the first-graders at Park Private Day School belted out the old classic. A couple were even dancing around. Those simple songs we all loved as children are still as fun as ever.
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