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By Chris Butler Special to the Valley Sun | January 4, 2007
Under the direction of new LCHS drama teacher Lacey Stanley, the LCHS Drama Department will perform the play "Brighton Beach Memoirs" by Neil Simon. This is the first play of what is known as the "Eugene Trilogy." Brighton Beach Memoirs is a semi-autobiographical comedy set in Brooklyn in 1937. Simon's alter ego, Eugene Jerome, is an irrepressible Jewish adolescent. He lives in a modest house with his father, mother, older brother, widowed aunt and her two daughters. Eugene, an aspiring writer who records everything in his journal, or "memoirs," is merely trying to get along with his family and, perhaps, learn a thing or two about girls from his older brother Stanley.
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July 22, 2004
Consider Bradly Horwitz, a young man with seven years of dance training, including appearances with the San Francisco Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Or Gabrielle Miles, who has won summer intensive places with American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet. Or Dawn Cantwell, who was recently offered scholarships to Carnegie-Mellon and NYU and won the prestigious Robert Preston Scholarship for Musical Theatre. Or Eric Bilitch, who won a scholarship to Syracuse University's renowned musical theater program.
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By Kathleen Fischman | February 23, 2006
La Cañada Flintridge residents tuning in to the Winter Olympics this month may have spotted a local teenager during the commercial break. Nick Koeppen, an eighth grade student at La Cañada High School, is featured in a Visa commercial that is airing during the Olympics. Koeppen can be seen bellyflopping into a swimming pool about 40 seconds into the 60-second ad. He spent one day filming the commercial and had to jump into a pool for four hours. Although this is the 13-year-old's first commercial, Koeppen has been acting for four years.
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By Sevan Gatsby Valley Sun | August 10, 2007
Last weekend, Crescenta Valley High School?s MacDonald Auditorium erupted with music and dancing as the stage filled with the cast of High School Musical, a Revolution Dance Center Summer Theater Project production. The audience greeted the cast, who were aspiring actors and actresses from foothill middle schools and high schools, with tumultuous applause. ?The community?s response was unbelievable and the cast rose to the occasion,? commented the producer, Julie Kay Stallcup.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2007
Trip back to the summer of 1959 with Grease , The School Version. With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, this beloved high school musical will be performed March 10 at 7 p.m. by Assistance League Fine Arts Drama under the direction of Koni McCurdy with choreography by Heather McNamara. A lively and talented cast brings the singing and dancing of Greased Lightnin' and Rydell High School to life on the stage at Lanterman Auditorium. This is a perfect evening of live family entertainment for everyone in the community.
NEWS
November 3, 2005
This community is fortunate to be able to choose from such an outstanding field of candidates for the LCUSD Governing Board. Indeed, the quality of the field makes it difficult to choose just three. As we cast our ballots, I am sure there will be many variations of those three votes. I hope one of your votes you will be cast for Andy Beattie. In this era of political glibness, I truly appreciate Andy's direct and common sense approach to problem solving. When we served together on the City Council/School Board Joint Use Committee, Andy was always a reasonable voice working toward effective and wise solutions to the sometimes complex problems we faced.
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By Charly Shelton | November 2, 2006
Monday, Oct. 30 was "Wicked Day L.A." when the Los Angeles cast of "Wicked," the musical based on a novel by Gregory Maguire about the lives of the witches of Oz, was announced to an amazingly large crowd attending the festivities at Universal City Walk. There were airbrush tattoos of witches and the show's title, green hair dyes, a "Wicked" singing contest and game booths to win prizes like green sunglasses, green monkeys or green sunblock all in honor of Elphaba, also known as the Wicked Witch of the West.
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August 2, 2007
Over 50 local students are participating in Revolution Dance Center's first annual Summer Theater Project's production of Disney's "High School Musical" which opens Thursday, Aug. 2 at Crescenta Valley High School's MacDonald Auditorium. The production features La Cañada residents Josh Adler (as Troy), Lindsey Trujillo (as Ripper), Doug Robbins (as Zeke), Alexis Slater and Lauren Gerard (as cheerleaders), Jungmin Lee and Megan Elmassian (as skaters), Tara Elmassian (as a brainiac)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2007
The set of the hit TV comedy "REBA", became even more "La Cañada-fied" October 17 when SOS auction winner Jenny Paynter joined the cast as a walk-on. The show donated the walk-on role as part of an SOS silent auction package to raise money for La Cañada schools. Jenny outbid other auction participants to spend the day at Fox Studios, rehearse the episode and later that evening, tape the show in front of a live audience. As an extra bonus, she was joined by her family for dinner with the cast after the taping.
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February 23, 2006
Crescenta Valley High School Drama Department presents Woody Allen's "Don't Drink The Water" at 7 p.m. on February 23, 24 and 25 at CVHS The Under Ground Theatre, aka the Drama Room. The comedy takes place in 1961 at the height of the Cold War. A New Jersey family traveling behind the Iron Curtain take what they think are innocent photographs, throwing them into a international spy scandal. They find refuge in an American Embassy where a bungling Ambassador's son is in charge. They work on escaping with the help of a nun, who does magic tricks as a hobby, and is always under the watchful eye of the Communist police.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | October 30, 2013
In 1946, a journalist who was associated with Adolf Hitler and John F. Kennedy met an actor who was known for playing a cowboy in Hollywood films. Tim McCoy, who was 55 at the time, was overcome by Inga Arvad's beauty when he saw her at a dinner party in Hollywood. They quickly married and had two children together, Ronald and Terry. At first, the family lived on an estate in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. But in 1956, they moved to La Cañada - - then an unincorporated area in Los Angeles County - where they resided for a few years.
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October 20, 2012
It might not look like it locally, but the Nov. 6 election really is important. Civics lecture aside, we all have a stake in the outcome - especially when it comes to a variety of state ballot measures affecting everything from taxes to public education funding, state criminal justice policy and labels on the food we eat. The trouble with ballot initiatives is that most fail to capture nearly as much voter attention as contests for public office,...
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 8, 2011
Melissa Rajala was never afraid to make the midnight trek to the bookstore to pick up the newest book of the Harry Potter series as soon as it hit the shelves, even if she didn’t fit J.K. Rowling’s primary demographic. “I was one of the oldest people there, but it’s one of my favorites,” Rajala said. Rajala, the children’s librarian at the La Cañada Flintridge Library, began wondering what Harry Potter could do for her library after having made such an impact on her. She came up with the idea to host a Wizard Movie Marathon and screen all the available Harry Potter films at the library.
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By Cary Ordway | January 28, 2010
When you’re checking off the list of reasons why you should plan a visit to Palm Springs — sunshine, great resorts, shopping, outdoor sports and spectacular scenery — don’t overlook live musical theater. We’re talking specifically about the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, a professionally produced show that has proven so successful that it is now in its 19th season. The cast of the Follies is an incredibly talented group of older folks — somehow the term “senior citizens” just doesn’t seem to apply here — who all had long careers performing on Broadway, on national television and in some of the best theater groups in the country.
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By Walter Campbell | July 17, 2008
The most noticeable thing about La Crescenta resident Garry Michael Kluger as he speed-walks into Hill Street Café is that he?s short. Not extremely short (5?4?), but just short enough for his early acting opportunities to make sense. Before he was writing for a living he was acting, and it didn?t take him long to realize that the only roles he was being offered were as elves. He?s even been in a commercial with Shaquille O?Neal, where the giant O?Neal and Kluger auditioned for the same elf acting job. Kluger left behind acting as small mystical creatures and started writing, and in the early ?
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July 17, 2008
Although 76 trombones will not be leading the parade, over 100 youth and adults from the Foothills and Glendale area of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be on stage performing Meredith Willson’s, “The Music Man.”Four performances by two casts will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 24-26 at 7 p.m. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. The shows are free to the public and will take place at the LDS Church on 4550 Raymond Ave. in La Crescenta, located behind the Ralphs shopping plaza.
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By Ruth Longoria | August 30, 2007
Take a couple of talented La Cañada and La Crescenta youths, add a group of about 55 other energetic local actors, mix in a generous share of music, choreography, drama and merriment and you’ll have The Stepping Stone Players’ upcoming musical presentation of “Oliver,” based on Charles Dickens’ classic tale, “Oliver Twist.” The show starts Sept. 7 and runs through Sept. 23 at the Hoover High School Theatre in Glendale. The lead role of Oliver is portrayed by both Carter Thomas, 7, of La Crescenta and Joey Wulke, 12, of La Cañada Flintridge.
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By Sevan Gatsby Valley Sun | August 10, 2007
Last weekend, Crescenta Valley High School?s MacDonald Auditorium erupted with music and dancing as the stage filled with the cast of High School Musical, a Revolution Dance Center Summer Theater Project production. The audience greeted the cast, who were aspiring actors and actresses from foothill middle schools and high schools, with tumultuous applause. ?The community?s response was unbelievable and the cast rose to the occasion,? commented the producer, Julie Kay Stallcup.
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August 9, 2007
Over 50 local students are participating in Revolution Dance Center's first annual Summer Theater Project's production of Disney's "High School Musical" which opens Thursday, Aug. 2 at Crescenta Valley High School's MacDonald Auditorium. The production features La Cañada residents Josh Adler (as Troy), Lindsey Trujillo (as Ripper), Doug Robbins (as Zeke), Alexis Slater and Lauren Gerard (as cheerleaders), Jungmin Lee and Megan Elmassian (as skaters), Tara Elmassian (as a brainiac)
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