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May 25, 2006
Students, teachers, and volunteers at La Cañada High School are in full rehearsal mode for this year's All-School Musical, "West Side Story." The show will open at 7:30 p.m. on May 31 and will run through June 3, with five performances in all. The story line, fashioned after Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," is still a timely one. In a description of the 1961 film of "West Side Story," the West Side is referred to as "the slums of New York City,"...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2004
The Stepping Stone Players, Glendale's community theatre group, will soon present the Tony-award winning musical, "West Side Story." Nine performances are scheduled for September with two Sunday matinee performances that will have American Sign Language interpretation. Now in their fifth season, the troupe continues to attract both deaf and hearing audiences to their "near Broadway quality" performances of popular Broadway musical shows. The Stepping Stone Players is a nonprofit Glendale-based community theater group with the vision to inspire a sense of community by encouraging the participation of people of all ages and backgrounds in their annual production.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2004
George Chakiris, who received an Academy Award for the role of Bernardo in the 1961 film "West Side Story," will grace The Stepping Stone Players' rehearsal stage Aug. 19. Chakiris played the role of Riff (leader of the Jets) in the London stage production and later played the role of Bernardo (leader of the rival Sharks) in Robert Wise's film version of "West Side Story." Chakiris made his acting debut singing in the chorus for the film "Song of Love" and has worked regularly on stage and screen since his debut at the age of 12. When he heard of the Stepping Stone Players production, Chakiris enthusiastically contacted the producers to offer his presence during rehearsals and performances.
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By Joe Puglia | July 20, 2011
The curtain rises on a bleak scene somewhere on the west side of the South Bronx. For the next 12 minutes, not a word is spoken. Instead, the finger-snapping hooligans emerge in a dance sequence. The mood is sinister, establishing the emotional climate and a warning of the impending doom of both the Jets and the Sharks. In 1961, the film “West Side Story” captured 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Overnight, the gang culture was elevated to iconic status. In the neighborhoods, you were either a Jet or a Shark.
FEATURES
By Mary O’Keefe | August 16, 2007
Descanso Gardens Pasadena Pops series will be looking back at the year 1957 this weekend for ?76 Trombones and More.? To celebrate, the Pops will be exploring not only music but cultural influences of the baby boom era. The diverse program will also include a salute to Humphrey Bogart with music from ?Treasure of Sierra Madre? and Erich Korngold?s ?The Sea Hawk Overture.? But it is the influence of 1957 that will take center stage when Richie Ramone joins the orchestra to perform the Buddy Rich drum tribute to ?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2007
Direct from Broadway, two-time Tony Award-winner Chita Rivera is coming to the Wilshire Theatre-Beverly Hills, in a dazzling new musical that celebrates her astonishing career for only eight performances from Tuesday, March 27 to Sunday, April 1. "Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life," a musical celebrating the life and career of one of America's most beloved stage performers, is written by four time Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally, and directed and...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2004
Six La Cañada High School musicians will perform solos with the LCHS Symphony Orchestra at the fourth annual Pops-Concerto Concert at Lanterman Auditorium on May 17. "These students have worked hard to reach this level of achievement," said Susan Hamre, director of LCHS Instrumental Music. "This is college-level musicianship." The six students were selected several months ago to perform a major work with the award-winning orchestra. The students and their works are: Erin Kim, piano, "Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 22" by Camille St. Saens; Daniel Chi, oboe, "Concerto for Oboe and Strings" by Cimarosa; Derik "Sam" Kumagai, saxophone, "Saxophone Concerto Op. 109" by Alexandre Glazunov; Kyle Chen, violin, "Symphonie Espagnole" by Edouard Lalo; Miranda Yoo, flute, "Concerto for Flute" by Carl Nielsen; and Brook Speltz, cello, "Cello Concerto, Op. 85" by Edward Elgar.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2006
La Cañada High School is getting ready for its 2006 all school musical, "West Side Story." Five performance dates are scheduled, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on May 31, June 1 and 2, with two performances on Saturday, June 3, at 3 and 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for reserved seats, and $10 for general admission in the balcony. General admission tickets will be sold only at the door the day of the performance. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning May 8 via the Ticket Hotline, 952-5583.
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By Joe Puglia | February 28, 2013
I had the lead role in the fifth-grade St. Patrick's Day play at Saint Frances of Rome School. But my career ended when I threw Thomas Thouey off the stage for saying something nasty about my momma. I could have been a Shakespearean actor, but I was banned from the stage and relegated to the stage crew. As a boy I had a passion for theater. I could create any fantasy and be anything as long as I could imagine it. Theatrics is a composite of every emotion, sound and gesture with a language that resonates life.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jane Napier Neely | October 21, 2004
There is nobody more surprised than me that I would be writing a Stephen Sondheim review and liking it. Sondheim, was until just recently, my least favorite of the composer/lyricists. I became his instant fan last week when his "Side by Side by Sondheim" opened at the Pasadena Playhouse. This production with singers Davis Gaines (of "Phantom" fame) Julie Dixon Jackson and Teri Ralston, was energetic, fun and fantastic. This compilation of Sondheim lyrics from plays such as "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "A Little Night Music," "Company," "Follies," "Evening Primrose," "Anyone Can Whistle," "Do I hear a Waltz," "The Mad Show," Pacific Overtures," "West Side Story" and "Gypsy.
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By Joe Puglia | February 28, 2013
I had the lead role in the fifth-grade St. Patrick's Day play at Saint Frances of Rome School. But my career ended when I threw Thomas Thouey off the stage for saying something nasty about my momma. I could have been a Shakespearean actor, but I was banned from the stage and relegated to the stage crew. As a boy I had a passion for theater. I could create any fantasy and be anything as long as I could imagine it. Theatrics is a composite of every emotion, sound and gesture with a language that resonates life.
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By Joe Puglia | July 20, 2011
The curtain rises on a bleak scene somewhere on the west side of the South Bronx. For the next 12 minutes, not a word is spoken. Instead, the finger-snapping hooligans emerge in a dance sequence. The mood is sinister, establishing the emotional climate and a warning of the impending doom of both the Jets and the Sharks. In 1961, the film “West Side Story” captured 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Overnight, the gang culture was elevated to iconic status. In the neighborhoods, you were either a Jet or a Shark.
FEATURES
By Mary O’Keefe | August 16, 2007
Descanso Gardens Pasadena Pops series will be looking back at the year 1957 this weekend for ?76 Trombones and More.? To celebrate, the Pops will be exploring not only music but cultural influences of the baby boom era. The diverse program will also include a salute to Humphrey Bogart with music from ?Treasure of Sierra Madre? and Erich Korngold?s ?The Sea Hawk Overture.? But it is the influence of 1957 that will take center stage when Richie Ramone joins the orchestra to perform the Buddy Rich drum tribute to ?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2007
Direct from Broadway, two-time Tony Award-winner Chita Rivera is coming to the Wilshire Theatre-Beverly Hills, in a dazzling new musical that celebrates her astonishing career for only eight performances from Tuesday, March 27 to Sunday, April 1. "Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life," a musical celebrating the life and career of one of America's most beloved stage performers, is written by four time Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally, and directed and...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2006
Students, teachers, and volunteers at La Cañada High School are in full rehearsal mode for this year's All-School Musical, "West Side Story." The show will open at 7:30 p.m. on May 31 and will run through June 3, with five performances in all. The story line, fashioned after Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," is still a timely one. In a description of the 1961 film of "West Side Story," the West Side is referred to as "the slums of New York City,"...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2006
La Cañada High School is getting ready for its 2006 all school musical, "West Side Story." Five performance dates are scheduled, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on May 31, June 1 and 2, with two performances on Saturday, June 3, at 3 and 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for reserved seats, and $10 for general admission in the balcony. General admission tickets will be sold only at the door the day of the performance. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning May 8 via the Ticket Hotline, 952-5583.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jane Napier Neely | October 21, 2004
There is nobody more surprised than me that I would be writing a Stephen Sondheim review and liking it. Sondheim, was until just recently, my least favorite of the composer/lyricists. I became his instant fan last week when his "Side by Side by Sondheim" opened at the Pasadena Playhouse. This production with singers Davis Gaines (of "Phantom" fame) Julie Dixon Jackson and Teri Ralston, was energetic, fun and fantastic. This compilation of Sondheim lyrics from plays such as "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "A Little Night Music," "Company," "Follies," "Evening Primrose," "Anyone Can Whistle," "Do I hear a Waltz," "The Mad Show," Pacific Overtures," "West Side Story" and "Gypsy.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2004
George Chakiris, who received an Academy Award for the role of Bernardo in the 1961 film "West Side Story," will grace The Stepping Stone Players' rehearsal stage Aug. 19. Chakiris played the role of Riff (leader of the Jets) in the London stage production and later played the role of Bernardo (leader of the rival Sharks) in Robert Wise's film version of "West Side Story." Chakiris made his acting debut singing in the chorus for the film "Song of Love" and has worked regularly on stage and screen since his debut at the age of 12. When he heard of the Stepping Stone Players production, Chakiris enthusiastically contacted the producers to offer his presence during rehearsals and performances.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2004
The Stepping Stone Players, Glendale's community theatre group, will soon present the Tony-award winning musical, "West Side Story." Nine performances are scheduled for September with two Sunday matinee performances that will have American Sign Language interpretation. Now in their fifth season, the troupe continues to attract both deaf and hearing audiences to their "near Broadway quality" performances of popular Broadway musical shows. The Stepping Stone Players is a nonprofit Glendale-based community theater group with the vision to inspire a sense of community by encouraging the participation of people of all ages and backgrounds in their annual production.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2004
Six La Cañada High School musicians will perform solos with the LCHS Symphony Orchestra at the fourth annual Pops-Concerto Concert at Lanterman Auditorium on May 17. "These students have worked hard to reach this level of achievement," said Susan Hamre, director of LCHS Instrumental Music. "This is college-level musicianship." The six students were selected several months ago to perform a major work with the award-winning orchestra. The students and their works are: Erin Kim, piano, "Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 22" by Camille St. Saens; Daniel Chi, oboe, "Concerto for Oboe and Strings" by Cimarosa; Derik "Sam" Kumagai, saxophone, "Saxophone Concerto Op. 109" by Alexandre Glazunov; Kyle Chen, violin, "Symphonie Espagnole" by Edouard Lalo; Miranda Yoo, flute, "Concerto for Flute" by Carl Nielsen; and Brook Speltz, cello, "Cello Concerto, Op. 85" by Edward Elgar.
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