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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | April 6, 2011
In one life, Chris Lancaster is a straightforward, churchgoing, career-driven young man. In another, Lancaster is a crook, involved in illegal business and unable to get his life in order. Lancaster, 18, a senior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, said learning to play an immoral character had its difficulties. But Lancaster is now ready. The musical "Guys and Dolls" opens Thursday at the Huntington Beach Union High School District Auditorium. Lancaster plays Nathan Detroit, a troubled man who runs illegal craps games in New York in the '50s.
NEWS
April 14, 2005
TOM TITUS You know the show, and you've seen the movie -- but probably not for some time. It's been a few years, quite a few in fact, since "Guys and Dolls" was performed on a local stage. Golden West College is about to correct that oversight with a splashy production, featuring a cast of 33 guys and dolls, mostly guys. Opening May 6 for two weekends, the Frank Loesser-Abe Burrows musical will have it all, according to director Marti Ramm -- "love, laughs, drama, memorable music and a happy ending."
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By TOM TITUS | December 22, 2005
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of two columns reviewing the year 2005 in Huntington Beach theater. When looking back on the four-production season at Golden West College in 2005, there is just one logical place to begin -- "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Director Tom Amen's staging of Charles Morey's adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo novel was rendered even more impressive by scenic designer Herbert L. Camburn's magnificent cathedral setting. It was an "involving, mesmerizing piece of epic theater," as this column observed at the time.
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March 25, 2004
Tom Titus If you like a little ham with your "Hamlet," you'll want to check out Golden West College's theater schedule next season. Shakespeare's classic tragedy will lead off the Golden West calendar and Ken Ludwig's frantic backstage farce "Lend Me a Tenor" will close out the 2004-05 season. In between, you'll find the French drama "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" and the Broadway blockbuster musical "Guys and Dolls." "We are very excited about our upcoming season," said Tom Amen, who'll direct three of the four productions, turning the reins of the musical over to Martie Ramm.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | January 25, 2007
He's been Hamlet, Oedipus Rex and "The Crucible's" John Proctor — all for the sheer fun of it. Now Mark Bedard is making all that stage experience pay off. Bedard — who appeared in many roles, mostly leads, at Golden West College before transferring to UC Irvine, from which he recently graduated — has been given a 10-month professional acting contract at the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore. For...
NEWS
May 12, 2005
TOM TITUS Let's hear it for the old shows -- specifically oldies but goodies given first-cabin treatment in revivals, introducing today's audiences to what tickled their parents and grandparents back in the good old days. "Guys and Dolls" is a sterling example. Created back in 1950 by Frank Loesser (music and lyrics) and the team of Joe Swerling and Abe Burrows (book) from the writings of Broadway denizen Damon Runyon, this is a show that's fun with a capital F from start to finish.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2011
YOUR WEEKEND FRIDAY: Malalai Joya reads and signs her book "A Woman Among Warlords" at Golden West College, Forum 1, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. The event is free and begins at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.afghanwomensmission.org. SATURDAY: ApologetiX, which specializes in biblical parodies of classic and modern rock songs, will stop at First United Methodist Church of Huntington Beach, 2721 Delaware Ave., at 7 p.m. Plan to arrive 15 to 30 minutes prior to the show.
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By TOM TITUS | April 20, 2006
Last year at this time, Golden West College was enjoying the success generated by its revival of the musical "Guys and Dolls," with book by Abe Burrows and music by Frank Loesser. This year, the college is reuniting with Burrows and Loesser for another revival of a musical set in the Big Apple. It's the satirical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," opening May 5 for a two-weekend engagement. "How to Succeed" succeeded quite nicely when it first hit the Broadway boards in 1961, winning the Pulitzer Prize for its pointed attack on corporate America.
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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
May 29, 2003
Coral Wilson The curtains weren't opening in time, the props weren't in place and the students were still forgetting their lines. But the overall sentiment was mutual -- the production would come together in the end. Ethel R. Dwyer Middle School's cast and crew of 60 students were in their last week of rehearsal for the musical "Guys and Dolls Junior." "Tech week is usually the week that all the magic happens," choreographer Natalie Kollar, 17, said.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | February 20, 2013
A trio of monkeys, one with a pierced lip, kicking up a storm. Big-voiced Sour Kangaroo testing her moves. Styrofoam-headgear-toting Whos gallivanting with instruments made from PVC pipe, toilet plungers and badminton birdies. It's high school, so the hoopla continues. Pretzels, hugs and mismatched socks have all played a part in "Seussical the Musical. " Edison High School's annual production will debut Friday evening, with two performances slated for Saturday. After rehearsing at least three times a week since January, the 34-person cast will take the stage at Huntington Beach High School Auditorium, with the help of almost as many parent volunteers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2011
YOUR WEEKEND FRIDAY: Malalai Joya reads and signs her book "A Woman Among Warlords" at Golden West College, Forum 1, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. The event is free and begins at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.afghanwomensmission.org. SATURDAY: ApologetiX, which specializes in biblical parodies of classic and modern rock songs, will stop at First United Methodist Church of Huntington Beach, 2721 Delaware Ave., at 7 p.m. Plan to arrive 15 to 30 minutes prior to the show.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | April 6, 2011
In one life, Chris Lancaster is a straightforward, churchgoing, career-driven young man. In another, Lancaster is a crook, involved in illegal business and unable to get his life in order. Lancaster, 18, a senior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, said learning to play an immoral character had its difficulties. But Lancaster is now ready. The musical "Guys and Dolls" opens Thursday at the Huntington Beach Union High School District Auditorium. Lancaster plays Nathan Detroit, a troubled man who runs illegal craps games in New York in the '50s.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | January 25, 2007
He's been Hamlet, Oedipus Rex and "The Crucible's" John Proctor — all for the sheer fun of it. Now Mark Bedard is making all that stage experience pay off. Bedard — who appeared in many roles, mostly leads, at Golden West College before transferring to UC Irvine, from which he recently graduated — has been given a 10-month professional acting contract at the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore. For...
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | April 20, 2006
Last year at this time, Golden West College was enjoying the success generated by its revival of the musical "Guys and Dolls," with book by Abe Burrows and music by Frank Loesser. This year, the college is reuniting with Burrows and Loesser for another revival of a musical set in the Big Apple. It's the satirical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," opening May 5 for a two-weekend engagement. "How to Succeed" succeeded quite nicely when it first hit the Broadway boards in 1961, winning the Pulitzer Prize for its pointed attack on corporate America.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | December 22, 2005
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of two columns reviewing the year 2005 in Huntington Beach theater. When looking back on the four-production season at Golden West College in 2005, there is just one logical place to begin -- "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Director Tom Amen's staging of Charles Morey's adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo novel was rendered even more impressive by scenic designer Herbert L. Camburn's magnificent cathedral setting. It was an "involving, mesmerizing piece of epic theater," as this column observed at the time.
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
May 12, 2005
TOM TITUS Let's hear it for the old shows -- specifically oldies but goodies given first-cabin treatment in revivals, introducing today's audiences to what tickled their parents and grandparents back in the good old days. "Guys and Dolls" is a sterling example. Created back in 1950 by Frank Loesser (music and lyrics) and the team of Joe Swerling and Abe Burrows (book) from the writings of Broadway denizen Damon Runyon, this is a show that's fun with a capital F from start to finish.
NEWS
April 14, 2005
TOM TITUS You know the show, and you've seen the movie -- but probably not for some time. It's been a few years, quite a few in fact, since "Guys and Dolls" was performed on a local stage. Golden West College is about to correct that oversight with a splashy production, featuring a cast of 33 guys and dolls, mostly guys. Opening May 6 for two weekends, the Frank Loesser-Abe Burrows musical will have it all, according to director Marti Ramm -- "love, laughs, drama, memorable music and a happy ending."
NEWS
March 25, 2004
Tom Titus If you like a little ham with your "Hamlet," you'll want to check out Golden West College's theater schedule next season. Shakespeare's classic tragedy will lead off the Golden West calendar and Ken Ludwig's frantic backstage farce "Lend Me a Tenor" will close out the 2004-05 season. In between, you'll find the French drama "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" and the Broadway blockbuster musical "Guys and Dolls." "We are very excited about our upcoming season," said Tom Amen, who'll direct three of the four productions, turning the reins of the musical over to Martie Ramm.
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