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March 17, 2001
Young Chang Something's blooming at the Trilogy Playhouse in Costa Mesa. The space may be tight -- with the seats all close and cozy and a stage placed intimately near -- but Trilogy's cast and crew know that good things often come in small packages. That's why the production of "The Secret Garden," with six sets, a cast of 21 actors -- including two young rising-stars -- and a story that is compelling for adults and kids alike, is viable for both the Broadway and Playhouse stage.
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By Candice Baker | August 3, 2009
A group of local children and teens has spent the summer working to bring a “Secret Garden” to life. The actors, members of South Coast Repertory’s Summer Players, are putting the finishing touches on a family musical version of “The Secret Garden,” based on the classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Before a recent run-through of the show, now in its final preparations, director Hisa Takakuwa encouraged the kids to take a few moments to visualize success and determine what they wanted to get out of the rehearsal.
NEWS
February 25, 2005
TOM TITUS FYI WHAT: "The Secret Garden" WHERE: Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse, 611 Hamilton St., Costa Mesa WHEN: Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. until March 13 COST: $15 CALL: (949) 650-5269 Any stage production adapted from a novel is bound to be particularly demanding on the show's technicians, if only because of its multiple setting requirements, and a project like "The Secret Garden" presents even further complications.
NEWS
February 11, 2005
Tom Titus Theater will be alive and well in Costa Mesa this weekend with three local venues lighting up their new productions, two of which will be particularly appealing to younger audiences. The Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse is bowing in with "The Secret Garden," a musical version of the children's literary classic. Children's theater also is represented at South Coast Repertory with "The Little Prince," while Orange Coast College students will be composing some "Valentines to Vonnegut."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | August 6, 2009
Kids will be both seen and heard, musically, this weekend and next at two local performing venues — South Coast Repertory and the Newport Theater Arts Center — where two summer shows are calculated to entertain the young and the young at heart. At South Coast, “The Secret Garden” — a popular show that has been presented twice locally at both the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Costa Mesa Playhouse — will be presented as the performance project for the theater’s Summer Players.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | December 29, 2006
    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series of four columns reviewing the year 2006 in local theater. William Shakespeare hasn't written anything of note in about 500 years, but one of his tragedies topped the 2006 list of local collegiate theater productions, and one of his comedies inspired the next most-impressive show. Vanguard University's brilliant staging of "Othello" proved to be the top production among the three local college drama departments.
NEWS
March 17, 2001
There was a time when Orange Coast College reserved the summer for large-scale musicals with full orchestration. This year, however, the warmer months will be filled with a wall-to-wall triumvirate of comedy. The OCC summer season will open with the local premiere of a new play, "Epic Proportions" by Larry Coen and David Crane, that turns the clock back to Hollywood in the 1930s. It's set in the Arizona desert, where two brothers are working as extras on a "Ben Hur"-type sword and sandal extravaganza.
NEWS
March 22, 2001
Those familiar with the musical version of the early 20th century novel "The Secret Garden" may have wondered, with some justification just how on Earth the Trilogy Playhouse ever could re-create the show's stunning scenic designs on the Costa Mesa theater's limited stage dimensions. The blooming realization of this effect in the play's final moments is the frosting on a most impressively decorated, dramatic and lyrical cake, baked to near perfection by director Alicia Butler and scenic artist James Mulligan, with enormous assistance from musical director Sharon Schwanz and choreographer Jimmy Hippenstiel.
NEWS
By: TOM TITUS | September 23, 2005
Costa Mesa's Vanguard University brings up the lights on its new theater season tonight, with two familiar offerings bookending a slate composed primarily of unfamiliar material. The opening selection, "Schoolhouse Rock Live," will be familiar to frequent playgoers at the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse and Newport Theater Arts Center, both of which have produced the show recently. Likewise, the season closer, "The Secret Garden," has been around the local block a few times as well.
NEWS
May 5, 2003
Coral Wilson Like a secret garden, many visitors to the Spring Perennial Sale this weekend at UC Irvine were discovering the school's arboretum for the first time. "I didn't even know it was here, and I've been in the area for 50 some years," Frances Royce of Costa Mesa said. "It's so pretty." While many people often have lunch in the gazebo and artists paint in the gardens, nursery manager Laura Lyons said that it remains unknown to the general public.
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By Julie Hagy | March 8, 2010
Tomatoes, zucchini, cauliflower and grapes were just a few of the organic plants that students at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School placed into the soil of the campus’ new organic garden Friday. The garden was the fifth designed and donated by Savannah’s Organic Ranch, a nonprofit that strives to educate children about the importance of growing and eating organic food. Savannah’s Organic Ranch was created in memory and celebration of the life of Savannah Sachen, an elementary school student from Aliso Viejo who died of heart cancer in May 2007.
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FEATURES
By Heather Hart | December 26, 2009
Have you ever heard the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, while that may be true in many cases, in all honesty, covers have a lot to do with how we decide which book to read. Thankfully, the publishing world has taken note of this phenomenon and has judiciously started to repackage and redesign classic children’s books for today’s readers. Many new editions add modern artwork to classical works to inspire young readers to select great books that might otherwise be left on the shelf.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | August 6, 2009
Kids will be both seen and heard, musically, this weekend and next at two local performing venues — South Coast Repertory and the Newport Theater Arts Center — where two summer shows are calculated to entertain the young and the young at heart. At South Coast, “The Secret Garden” — a popular show that has been presented twice locally at both the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Costa Mesa Playhouse — will be presented as the performance project for the theater’s Summer Players.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | August 3, 2009
A group of local children and teens has spent the summer working to bring a “Secret Garden” to life. The actors, members of South Coast Repertory’s Summer Players, are putting the finishing touches on a family musical version of “The Secret Garden,” based on the classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Before a recent run-through of the show, now in its final preparations, director Hisa Takakuwa encouraged the kids to take a few moments to visualize success and determine what they wanted to get out of the rehearsal.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | December 29, 2006
    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series of four columns reviewing the year 2006 in local theater. William Shakespeare hasn't written anything of note in about 500 years, but one of his tragedies topped the 2006 list of local collegiate theater productions, and one of his comedies inspired the next most-impressive show. Vanguard University's brilliant staging of "Othello" proved to be the top production among the three local college drama departments.
NEWS
By: TOM TITUS | September 23, 2005
Costa Mesa's Vanguard University brings up the lights on its new theater season tonight, with two familiar offerings bookending a slate composed primarily of unfamiliar material. The opening selection, "Schoolhouse Rock Live," will be familiar to frequent playgoers at the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse and Newport Theater Arts Center, both of which have produced the show recently. Likewise, the season closer, "The Secret Garden," has been around the local block a few times as well.
NEWS
February 25, 2005
TOM TITUS FYI WHAT: "The Secret Garden" WHERE: Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse, 611 Hamilton St., Costa Mesa WHEN: Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. until March 13 COST: $15 CALL: (949) 650-5269 Any stage production adapted from a novel is bound to be particularly demanding on the show's technicians, if only because of its multiple setting requirements, and a project like "The Secret Garden" presents even further complications.
NEWS
February 11, 2005
Tom Titus Theater will be alive and well in Costa Mesa this weekend with three local venues lighting up their new productions, two of which will be particularly appealing to younger audiences. The Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse is bowing in with "The Secret Garden," a musical version of the children's literary classic. Children's theater also is represented at South Coast Repertory with "The Little Prince," while Orange Coast College students will be composing some "Valentines to Vonnegut."
NEWS
May 5, 2003
Coral Wilson Like a secret garden, many visitors to the Spring Perennial Sale this weekend at UC Irvine were discovering the school's arboretum for the first time. "I didn't even know it was here, and I've been in the area for 50 some years," Frances Royce of Costa Mesa said. "It's so pretty." While many people often have lunch in the gazebo and artists paint in the gardens, nursery manager Laura Lyons said that it remains unknown to the general public.
NEWS
December 12, 2002
Kathy Mader A peaceful Christmas is actually an oxymoron of sorts. Joyous? Yes. Exciting? Certainly. But peaceful? Hmmmm ... . Peace on earth? Absolutely. But peaceful Christmas preparation? Never experienced it myself. Running place to place, agonizing over those perfect gifts, biting off way more than I can chew when I say, "Sure, I'll wrap, bake and decorate this weekend" -- not my personal definition of peaceful. But if it exists anywhere, it exists at the Country Inn-Garden Cafe in Costa Mesa.
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