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By Tom Titus | August 4, 2011
The new season doesn't start for another month, but the Costa Mesa Playhouse is getting a head start this weekend. Friday night through Sunday only, the playhouse will stage its annual musical fundraiser, this one entitled "That Was Then ... This is Now!" Revenue raised from the benefit will go toward replacing equipment stolen in a recent break-in at the theater. Jason Holland is directing "That Was Then" with musical direction by Stephen Hulsey. The show is described as a "musical journey through the best of Broadway hits from the 1940s to the present day. " Curtain time is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with Sunday's matinee scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday's show will feature a VIP gala with a silent auction and champagne and appetizer reception.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | March 29, 2013
Before C.J. Wilson turned 13 he made a serious decision about his lifestyle. Wilson believed alcohol or drugs could keep him from his dreams. Growing up in Orange County, he was introduced to the Straight Edge crowd. He decided to be one of them and refrain from booze and drugs. Baseball kept him out of trouble in Huntington Beach and the Straight Edge way kept him on his path to big-league dreams. "I made a decision that I never wanted to drink or do drugs because I've seen some bad stuff growing up," said Wilson, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 32-year-old pitcher who played for Edison High before transferring to Fountain Valley.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | June 13, 2013
The Midtown Men bicker all the way to the stage - as brothers might. The singers could be arguing about which socks look best or which attorney to bring on board, and the next instant, they're straightening ties or tossing towels to one another. "No matter what, we huddle before every show and give thanks," Christian Hoff said. "We encourage each other to go out there and have fun. " The unlikely foursome came together almost by accident nearly 10 years ago - a number that they find hard to believe - as original members of the Broadway hit "Jersey Boys.
NEWS
May 17, 2003
Tom Titus The works of a trio of theatrical giants -- Neil Simon, Oscar Wilde and Stephen Sondheim -- will be on display at the Newport Theater Arts Center during the playhouse's 2003-04 season First, however, the theater will close its current campaign with "Camping With Henry and Tom" -- the title characters being Henry Ford and Thomas Edison -- by Mark St. Germain. Described as a comedic drama, the show opens May 30 under the direction of Phyllis Gitlin.
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Tom Titus | May 14, 2010
T he Costa Mesa Playhouse — enjoying its 45th season — has mounted some impressive productions recently, which haven't drawn the sort of playgoers' response their talents warranted. So next season will be a bit more, shall we say, audience-friendly. The 2010-11 season, just announced, will feature three shows calculated to pack the seats — "The Odd Couple," "Forever Plaid" and "Steel Magnolias." The new season will begin next month with a fundraiser playing only three performances, June 25 to 28. It's titled "The Best of Times" and will offer a compendium of highlights from popular musicals such as "West Side Story," "Guys and Dolls" and "Hairspray."
NEWS
By: | September 10, 2005
History of film class enrolling The Burbank Adult School is offering a "History in Film" class from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 21 at Burbank High School. Kathleen Hitt, a film researcher for the History Channel, is the instructor. In the class, she will examine how history, from ancient through modern periods, has been told through film and how film can be used to teach history. To register, call (818) 558-4611. 'Othello' kicks off new season A Noise Within, Glendale's classical theater company, will launch its new season with Shakespeare's "Othello" starting in preview performances Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | August 27, 2008
With September now only a calendar flip away, local theater groups are busy preparing their initial offerings for the upcoming 2008-09 season. A few — such as “Godspell” and “Dial M for Murder” — have been around the block a few times, but most of the newcomers will be seen locally for the first time. Some for the first time anywhere. “Dial M” ushers in the new season Sept. 12 at the Newport Theatre Arts Center. A thriller by Frederick Knott that became a riveting Alfred Hitchcock movie a half-century ago, the drama focuses on a wife-killing plot gone awry.
FEATURES
By Andrea Jason | September 6, 2008
Back to school means back to books, but at the library you’ll find a lot more than books this fall. The Newport Beach Public Library is starting a new season of programs and special events for all ages, including ongoing computer classes, story times for children, craft programs, classical music concerts and special events. One of the most exciting programs being introduced is “Seasoned with Theatre,” a series of free performing-arts enrichment programs for young people.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | March 30, 2007
"My Fair Lady" will be back for an encore. So will "A Chorus Line" and "Phantom of the Opera." They're all ticketed for the 2007-08 season of the Orange County Performing Arts Center — which, for the first time, will include a non-musical play on the schedule. That would be Reginald Rose's landmark TV drama "12 Angry Men," now playing in Los Angeles in a revival starring another TV icon, Richard Thomas (John Boy from "The Waltons"). The jury will be out from Feb. 26 to March 9 of next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | May 13, 2010
The Costa Mesa Playhouse — enjoying its 45th season — has mounted some impressive productions recently, which haven’t drawn the sort of playgoers’ response their talents warranted. So next season will be a bit more, shall we say, audience-friendly. The 2010-11 season, just announced, will feature three shows calculated to pack the seats — “The Odd Couple,” “Forever Plaid” and “Steel Magnolias.” The new season will begin next month with a fundraiser playing only three performances, June 25 to 28. It’s titled “The Best of Times” and will offer a compendium of highlights from popular musicals such as “West Side Story,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Hairspray.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | June 13, 2013
The Midtown Men bicker all the way to the stage - as brothers might. The singers could be arguing about which socks look best or which attorney to bring on board, and the next instant, they're straightening ties or tossing towels to one another. "No matter what, we huddle before every show and give thanks," Christian Hoff said. "We encourage each other to go out there and have fun. " The unlikely foursome came together almost by accident nearly 10 years ago - a number that they find hard to believe - as original members of the Broadway hit "Jersey Boys.
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SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | March 29, 2013
Before C.J. Wilson turned 13 he made a serious decision about his lifestyle. Wilson believed alcohol or drugs could keep him from his dreams. Growing up in Orange County, he was introduced to the Straight Edge crowd. He decided to be one of them and refrain from booze and drugs. Baseball kept him out of trouble in Huntington Beach and the Straight Edge way kept him on his path to big-league dreams. "I made a decision that I never wanted to drink or do drugs because I've seen some bad stuff growing up," said Wilson, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 32-year-old pitcher who played for Edison High before transferring to Fountain Valley.
NEWS
By Len Bose | May 15, 2012
Place the finishing touches on your boat, go for a sail, put your favorite shirt on, break out the band, your red Solo cup, and head down to the yacht club. That was the order of business within our harbor last week as we celebrated the opening days of the 2012 season. The events started on May 9, with 38 boats sailing in Newport Harbor Yacht Club's Opening Day race from Long Beach to Newport. The weather was clear with a southwesterly breeze that provided us with a close reach down the course.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | September 1, 2011
No sooner does September check in than local stage productions flood in. The honor of kicking off the 2011-12 season goes to the Costa Mesa Playhouse . This weekend it revives Noel Coward's ghostly comedy "Blithe Spirit. " That's the antique chuckler about the guy who must put up with two wives, one of whom is dead but very much in the picture. Orange Coast College launches its new season next weekend with "Seascape for Shark and Dancer," billed as a "quirky comedy about a destructive relationship.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | August 4, 2011
The new season doesn't start for another month, but the Costa Mesa Playhouse is getting a head start this weekend. Friday night through Sunday only, the playhouse will stage its annual musical fundraiser, this one entitled "That Was Then ... This is Now!" Revenue raised from the benefit will go toward replacing equipment stolen in a recent break-in at the theater. Jason Holland is directing "That Was Then" with musical direction by Stephen Hulsey. The show is described as a "musical journey through the best of Broadway hits from the 1940s to the present day. " Curtain time is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with Sunday's matinee scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday's show will feature a VIP gala with a silent auction and champagne and appetizer reception.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | July 7, 2011
The British are coming — to the Newport Theatre Arts Center next season. Of the six productions just announced for NTAC 33rd season, four of them have their origins in what is now officially known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. After the first two definitely American shows — George M. Cohan's "Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway" and Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" — the English accents take over for the rest of the season. "Forty-Five Minutes" launches the new season Aug. 11 with a showbiz story stitched between Cohan songs like "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "You're a Grand Old Flag.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | June 30, 2011
South Coast Repertory will begin its first season under new artistic director Marc Masterson with a trip back in time with Jane Austen followed by the world premiere of a modern drama set in the American Midwest. The Costa Mesa professional theater's 2011-12 season gets underway Sept. 9 with the stage version of Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice," which already has entertained audiences at Golden West College and Vanguard University. It's a story of five young sisters, all but one in pursuit of an eligible bachelor newcomer, and will be directed by Kyle Donnelly.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bradley Zint, bradley.zint@latimes.com | February 7, 2011
COSTA MESA - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 is a memorable one for Carl St.Clair. He first saw it played on a 1948 black-and-white Westinghouse television. The orchestra: the Boston Symphony. The conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Some years later, things came musically full circle. Again, the piece was Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. The orchestra: the Boston Symphony. The conductor: Carl St.Clair. St.Clair, who's approaching his 22nd season as music director of the Pacific Symphony, recalled the anecdote at a conference Monday morning before about 175 attendees in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
NEWS
Tom Titus | May 14, 2010
T he Costa Mesa Playhouse — enjoying its 45th season — has mounted some impressive productions recently, which haven't drawn the sort of playgoers' response their talents warranted. So next season will be a bit more, shall we say, audience-friendly. The 2010-11 season, just announced, will feature three shows calculated to pack the seats — "The Odd Couple," "Forever Plaid" and "Steel Magnolias." The new season will begin next month with a fundraiser playing only three performances, June 25 to 28. It's titled "The Best of Times" and will offer a compendium of highlights from popular musicals such as "West Side Story," "Guys and Dolls" and "Hairspray."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | May 13, 2010
The Costa Mesa Playhouse — enjoying its 45th season — has mounted some impressive productions recently, which haven’t drawn the sort of playgoers’ response their talents warranted. So next season will be a bit more, shall we say, audience-friendly. The 2010-11 season, just announced, will feature three shows calculated to pack the seats — “The Odd Couple,” “Forever Plaid” and “Steel Magnolias.” The new season will begin next month with a fundraiser playing only three performances, June 25 to 28. It’s titled “The Best of Times” and will offer a compendium of highlights from popular musicals such as “West Side Story,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Hairspray.
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