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July 31, 2003
Tom Titus Just because "Quilters" has paused its covered wagon at most of the community theaters and colleges in the area doesn't mean that the musical focusing on pioneer women of the 19th century can't be done a little differently. At the Huntington Beach Playhouse, where the show will be in residence in an expanded engagement through Aug. 17, director Marla Gam-Hudson has virtually doubled the cast, adding a six-girl "young daughters ensemble" to the seven-woman company.
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March 18, 2004
JIM ERWIN You're a celebrity author who occasionally attracts your share of wackos. A stranger shows up at your door, a big scary guy, who makes accusations that you've done him harm. He makes threats and says this must be settled between the two of you, no outsiders. After he leaves, do you notify the police or go back to sleeping on the couch? The answer is, you run back to the box office and try to get them to refund your $9.50 admission. The mystery in "Secret Window" relies on contrivances and illogical behavior to keep you in suspense.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2009
Two Huntington Beach youths will be among the finalists to perform in the finale of the OC Icon annual solo vocal competition at the Long Beach Carpenter Center on Sept. 19. Auditions have taken place all over Southern California. Thirty finalists were culled from a field of 200 semifinalists at a recent semifinal competition. Cole Fletcher, 12, has been performing for the last five years, and studies opera. He and fellow finalist Kadi Ellis, 16, attend Orange County High School of the Arts.
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By Kelly Strodl | October 19, 2006
Tim Nelson has a sure thing on his hands. He has directed the musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" four times now, in four different theaters throughout Orange County, and every time it was a hit. His fifth time directing the 1962 musical should be no different, and the cast composed of Academy of the Performing Arts high school students gives him an even greater confidence for the turnout of the show. For the next two weekends the bawdy musical written by Steve Sondheim will hit the stage at the Huntington Beach High School Theater.
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By Tom Titus | February 11, 2010
Take equal parts of Cole Porter and Agatha Christie, mix them in with TV’s “Love Boat,” stir vigorously for nearly two decades and you have the Rose Center Theater production of “Murder on the High C’s.” Tim Nelson, director of Huntington Beach High School’s Academy for the Performing Arts (who brings several members of his troupe and orchestra to the production), and Scott K. Ratner, an inventive comic/playwright, are two veteran showmen each with his own following.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | July 3, 2012
Every so often a theatrical property emerges which virtually catches fire with producing groups, such as "Steel Magnolias" or, more recently, "Proof. " Currently the flavor of the month is the quirky musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. " Already done several times locally, and ticketed for another outing in Westminster this month, the satirical spelldown is being conducted at the Huntington Beach Playhouse as a replacement for the previously announced but now unavailable "Fame.
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By Tom Titus | September 10, 2012
Mounting a Shakespearean play can challenge even professional companies, and colleges revive them chiefly as educational projects. Rarely does a community theater tackle the classical - and ancient - verbiage from the 16th-century works of the Bard of Avon. The Westminster Community Theater, which mounted an exemplary production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" back in 1981, is staging its second Shakespeare with the slightly altered title of "Much Ado About Nothin'. " It's set in 1930s Chicago with a cast that would fit right in with an episode of "The Untouchables.
NEWS
November 1, 2001
Vince Novack Following a brutal purse snatching at crowded Penn Station in New York, police question a man after he helps the battered victim to her feet. Though clearly innocent regarding the robbery, the man is taken into custody when he tells them he just arrived from another planet. The man's name is Prot (Kevin Spacey) and he claims to be from "K-PAX," one thousand light years from earth. Unresponsive to large doses of psychotropic drugs, Prot is assigned to the care of Dr. Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges)
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By Candice Baker | April 1, 2010
Ten years ago, Huntington Beach resident Temre Vouga’s 5-day-old grandchild underwent heart surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. She was just one of the estimated 200,000 children who step, are carried or wheeled through its doors every year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. This undertaking by CHOC, a nonprofit, comes courtesy of a variety of fundraisers, partnerships and community support. One of the county’s favorite fundraisers for the organization, the CHOC Follies, is celebrating its 13th anniversary this year with its campy, uproarious production of “The Wizard of OC.” Vouga is celebrating her 10th anniversary as a performer in the annual revue, following those harrowing days that her first grandchild spent in the hospital.
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By CHRIS EPTING | May 6, 2009
Heil Avenue, just east of Beach Boulevard, is not paved with yellow bricks. Still, the music floating out of the auditorium at Westmont Elementary School one cool spring evening conjures up images of not just a golden road, but of green witches, knee-length, black-and-white striped socks and ruby red slippers. Backed by a steady piano track, mostly Girl Scout voices belt out familiar classics from the Land of Oz along with some lesser-known pieces. In the middle of the couple of dozen young actors and actresses is the director, Chris Grisey — or, as she is simply known to friends and Girl Scouts cast members, “G.
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By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times | April 20, 2014
A legal fight over the use of jailhouse informants has thrown the emotionally charged trial of the man accused of committing the deadliest shooting in Orange County history into jeopardy and will probably have repercussions in other high-profile cases. The battle has shifted the spotlight from the case against Seal Beach shooting suspect Scott Dekraai to prosecutors and informants, who have testified for weeks in hearings over allegations by the defense that jailhouse snitches were unconstitutionally deployed to gather information, and their work was then routinely concealed from defense attorneys.
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By Tom Titus | September 10, 2012
Mounting a Shakespearean play can challenge even professional companies, and colleges revive them chiefly as educational projects. Rarely does a community theater tackle the classical - and ancient - verbiage from the 16th-century works of the Bard of Avon. The Westminster Community Theater, which mounted an exemplary production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" back in 1981, is staging its second Shakespeare with the slightly altered title of "Much Ado About Nothin'. " It's set in 1930s Chicago with a cast that would fit right in with an episode of "The Untouchables.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | July 3, 2012
Every so often a theatrical property emerges which virtually catches fire with producing groups, such as "Steel Magnolias" or, more recently, "Proof. " Currently the flavor of the month is the quirky musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. " Already done several times locally, and ticketed for another outing in Westminster this month, the satirical spelldown is being conducted at the Huntington Beach Playhouse as a replacement for the previously announced but now unavailable "Fame.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | December 21, 2011
The Westminster Community Theater marked its golden anniversary in 2011, and topping that playhouse's artistic achievements was a solid gold production of Michael Cristofer's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "The Shadow Box. " Directed by Lenore Stjerne, the show featured a particularly strong ensemble depicting three cottages at a hospice facility where a trio of residents are waiting to die. They and their loved ones interact in starkly contrasting situations,...
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By Tom Titus | March 16, 2011
Few plays in the American theater pose greater challenges — both dramatically and technically — than Frederick Knott's 1966 suspense thriller "Wait Until Dark. " Over the decades, several local theater groups have taken on this arduous but potentially greatly rewarding task. The latest is the Westminster Community Theater, which has mounted an ambitious production under Karla Abrams' astute direction that overcomes most of its pitfalls. Knott, who also wrote "Dial M for Murder," spins his suspense-packed story around Susy, a blind woman faced with three murderous thugs searching for a heroin-filled doll.
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By Candice Baker | April 1, 2010
Ten years ago, Huntington Beach resident Temre Vouga’s 5-day-old grandchild underwent heart surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. She was just one of the estimated 200,000 children who step, are carried or wheeled through its doors every year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. This undertaking by CHOC, a nonprofit, comes courtesy of a variety of fundraisers, partnerships and community support. One of the county’s favorite fundraisers for the organization, the CHOC Follies, is celebrating its 13th anniversary this year with its campy, uproarious production of “The Wizard of OC.” Vouga is celebrating her 10th anniversary as a performer in the annual revue, following those harrowing days that her first grandchild spent in the hospital.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | February 11, 2010
Take equal parts of Cole Porter and Agatha Christie, mix them in with TV’s “Love Boat,” stir vigorously for nearly two decades and you have the Rose Center Theater production of “Murder on the High C’s.” Tim Nelson, director of Huntington Beach High School’s Academy for the Performing Arts (who brings several members of his troupe and orchestra to the production), and Scott K. Ratner, an inventive comic/playwright, are two veteran showmen each with his own following.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2009
Two Huntington Beach youths will be among the finalists to perform in the finale of the OC Icon annual solo vocal competition at the Long Beach Carpenter Center on Sept. 19. Auditions have taken place all over Southern California. Thirty finalists were culled from a field of 200 semifinalists at a recent semifinal competition. Cole Fletcher, 12, has been performing for the last five years, and studies opera. He and fellow finalist Kadi Ellis, 16, attend Orange County High School of the Arts.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | May 21, 2009
Deidre Haren is following in Jo March?s footsteps this fall. Haren, 21, who plays the tomboyish, literary lead in UC Irvine?s upcoming musical production of the classic 1869 Louisa May Alcott novel ?Little Women,? will go to New York City to pursue her dream of acting on Broadway. ?Little Women? tells the story of a family of four daughters ? Jo, sentimental Meg, sweet-but-frail Beth and grandiloquent Amy ? who cope, along with their mother, Marmee, while their father is away during the Civil War serving as a chaplain.
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