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The Valley Line: Kudos to St. Francis High's 'Titanic – The Musical'

April 09, 2014|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Harriett Hughes, left, catches up with Martha and Tom Burns at the Happy Hour held in support of La Cañada's float in next January's Rose Parade.
Harriett Hughes, left, catches up with Martha and Tom… (Courtesy of Barbie…)

This past weekend we had a preview of summer with high 80-degree weather. Surprise, I loved it!

On Saturday night I went to see St. Francis High School's production of "Titanic – The Musical," story and book by Peter Stone with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. This was a joint theatrical effort by St. Francis students and young women from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

Directing the production was Emmanuel "Manny" Eulalia, who heads up the performing arts department at St. Francis. Associate director was Kevin Rutkowski, Vincent Richards oversaw production design, the scenic artist was Jeni Reiz, Mary Ekler was music director and serving as choreographer was Mimi Rosales.

Principal roles were played by Taylor Hancock, Andrew Parker, Gabriel Najera, AJ Absy, Aaron Baker, Matthew Ursitti, Brady DeMattei, Gabrielle Current, Allie Pilmer and Julia Byrne.

Other cast members included Casey McCreary, Luis Ho, Zade Dardari, Isaak Momsen, Raphael Gonzalez, Liam Molina, Frederick Ballian, Harrison Duffy, William Hurtado, Matthew Gonzalez, Sofia Gonzalez, Brikk Bralley, Jennifer Miranti, Michael Brian, Daniel Stratz, Kaitlyn Glynn, Camryn Christiensen, Patrick Gibbons, Johan Appels, Carolyn Grimes, Noelle Rosales, Clyde Johnson, Dylan Hankis, Samuel Holtz, Josh Olona, Nicholas Cesario, Sebastian Duzian, Priscilla Moreno, Alison O'Neil, Matthew Arnall and Edward Ballian.

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Everything about this production was first rate — sets, costumes, lighting, scenes and a fabulous orchestra. It was so well done and with such amazing young talent that I didn't want it to end.

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It was an upbeat gathering recently when supporters of the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. gathered for their annual Happy Hour at the La Cañada Flintridge home of City Councilman Dave Spence. On hand to greet the lively crowd was Bill Pounders, new president of the Tournament.

Guests came laden with their offerings of hors d'oeuvres that are always fabulous. Some of the delectable included bacon-wrapped dates, shrimp cocktail, quiche, pastries and other goodies.

Of course there was much chatter about our float, "To the Rescue," that will make its way down Colorado Boulevard on New Year's Day. It was a great evening of community doings and friendship bonds.

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