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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Ye Gods! Ojai Does “The Music Man” by Cary Ginell

Summer is here and what better way to spend the week of the Fourth with a production of The Music Man, Meredith Willson’s tribute to small-town America in the early twentieth century. An o…

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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Agoura High Stages Opulent “Cinderella” by Cary Ginell

If you were a five-year-old girl going to see her first musical, Agoura High School’s recent semester-ending production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella would be the one to see. W…

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Friday, March 25, 2022

“South Pacific” Shows Its Age, But Is Still An Enchanted Evening by Cary Ginell

America was a different place in 1949 when Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific made its debut. World War II was still fresh in the minds of audiences but Oscar Hammerstein II, who wrot…

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Monday, March 21, 2022

Actor Gives A New Spin To The Enterprising Seabee Of “South Pacific” by Cary Ginell

American Theatre Guild’s current national tour of South Pacific brings Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most successful musical to Thousand Oaks, a show whose score boasts more hits than any ot…

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

“Kinky Boots” Kicks Up Its Heels At Moorpark College by Cary Ginell

In the 2013 Tony Awards, the big winner was “Kinky Boots,” a musical version of a 2005 film whose plot told of a failing shoe factory in Northampton, England that was rejuvenated when it…

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Monday, February 28, 2022

Anna Kotula Reprises Performance As Emily Dickinson by Cary Ginell

The life and writings of Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most treasured poets, comes vividly to life in the Elite Theatre Company’s production of The Belle of Amherst by William Luce…

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Monday, February 21, 2022

Matt Vaucher Talks About Being A “Jersey Boy” by Cary Ginell

On February 24, American Theatre Guild’s production of Jersey Boys makes a single appearance in Thousand Oaks at the Fred Kavli Theater. COVID forced the canceling of the show twice, first…

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Friday, February 18, 2022

Broadway Parodist Gerard Alessandrini Talks About “Spamilton” & “Forbidden Broadway” by Cary Ginell

Gerard Alessandrini (Creator, Writer & Director) is a Special Tony Award winner for Excellence in the Theatre. He created, wrote, and directed all 25 editions of Forbidden Broadway in…

SOURCE: vconstage.com at 05:27PM
Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Shakespeare Dismembered: An Interview With The Stars Of “Something Rotten!” by Cary Ginell

It’s always nice when we see a show that has never been performed in Ventura County so we were looking forward to seeing 5-Star Theatricals’ Something Rotten!, the 2015 sendup of Shakesp…

SOURCE: vconstage.com at 03:36PM
Monday, February 7, 2022

YAE’S “JUNGLE BOOK” PROVES MAN-CUB LIVES MATTER by Cary Ginell

With the worst of the pandemic hopefully in the rear view mirror, Young Artists Ensemble is back in action with another stellar introduction to children’s theatre. Joseph Robinette’s The…

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Monday, December 6, 2021

SVCAC Is Back In Business With “Always…Patsy Cline” by Cary Ginell

When producers of country music decided to try and appeal to pop audiences sixty years ago, the main recipient of this shift to a more accessible sound was Patsy Cline, a rough-and-tumble, t…

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

“The Band’s Visit” – An Exquisite Look At The Magic Of Music To Heal And To Inspire by Cary Ginell

It’s one of the most common themes found in Broadway musicals: a culturally stagnating town is rejuvenated when an outsider arrives on the scene, affecting everyone in the process. You’v…

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Conejo Players’ “Baby” Delivers by Cary Ginell

After watching Conejo Players’ production of “Baby,” which plays through November 21 at the company’s newly reopened theatre in Thousand Oaks, a better title for the musical might ha…

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Monday, November 1, 2021

Elite’s “Severance Play” Is Cutting Edge Dramedy by Cary Ginell

If you’ve ever worked in an office, you might be familiar with experiencing the panic of running late for an important meeting for which you are designated to play a key role. That is the …

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

5-Star Returns With “Mamma Mia!” by Cary Ginell

To show you how little importance the plot for the jukebox musical Mamma Mia! is, the printed program lists no scenes from the show, only an alphabetical checklist of the 22 songs inserted i…

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Eric Martsolf On Moving From Soap Operas To The Stage In “Mamma Mia!” by Cary Ginell

In 5-Star Theatricals’ current production o Mamma Mia! the role of Sam Carmichael is played by veteran soap opera star Eric Martsolf. Although he’s known to his fans mainly for the roles…

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Kim Huber Talks About Coming Out Of COVID Quarantine For 5-Star’s “Mamma Mia!” by Cary Ginell

On October 15, 5-Star Theatricals becomes the next theatre company to emerge from its COVID-induced hibernation with its production of the feel-good musical, Mamma Mia! Playing the central r…

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

YAE’s “Les Miserables” A Stunner by Cary Ginell

Of all elements of society hit by the pandemic, the one that got hit the hardest was the performing arts. Many theatre companies were forced to close their doors while those that managed to …

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

World Premiere At The Geer: Ventura County’s Own “Our Town” by Cary Ginell

Welcome back, regional theatre! For the past 16 months, we’ve been sporadically seeing a variety of virtual and drive-in plays, musicals, and revues, but it’s great to get back to live, …

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The 8th Annual “Vee-Cee” Awards – COVID edition by Cary Ginell

It’s time once again for the annual “Vee-Cee” Awards, in which we honor some of the most memorable performances on Ventura County stages over the course of the past year. Because of th…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

The Revolutionists: Four Frenetic Feminists Fight Fate In France by Cary Ginell

In The Revolutionists, Lauren Gunderson’s 2017 black comedy about four (in)famous women of the French Revolution, comedy meets tragedy in a fictionalized what-if? premise that brings to mi…

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Second Generation “Lucy” Helps Mark SVCAC’s 25th Anniversary by Cary Ginell

It’s hard to believe, but 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, one of the prime community theaters in Ventura County. In 1995, the center’s first prod…

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

David Krassner Adds Personal Experience To Agoura High’s “Rent” by Cary Ginell

An interview with David Krassner, director of Agoura High School’s current production of Rent. Krassner uses his experience as an actor on Broadway and in national tours to guide young act…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Margaret Edson’s “Wit” Provides Insight Into Life’s Endgame by Cary Ginell

Can a play about cancer be uplifting? That’s the question posed by Margaret Edson in her Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Wit, currently showing at the Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard. The pla…

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

“It Shoulda Been You” – A Show That Shoulda Been A Hit by Cary Ginell

Occasionally, Broadway audiences miss the target. Such is the case with It Shoulda Been You, a musical that somehow lasted less than five months before slinking off into tours and community …

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Memories Of “Rent” From Original Cast Member Gilles Chiasson by Cary Ginell

On Wednesday, February 26, Agoura High School’s drama department, under the direction of David Krassner, will be staging the high school production of Rent, Jonathan Larson’s groundbreak…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

“Beautiful” – A Flawed But Effective Chronicle Of The Rise Of Carole King by Cary Ginell

The appeal of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which arrived in Thousand Oaks on February 13 for a four-day run, can be summed up by the comments of an elderly couple leaving the Fred Kav…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Kennedy Caughell Talks About Channeling Carole King In “Beautiful” by Cary Ginell

Beautiful, the musical that chronicles the life of singer/songwriter Carole King, comes to the Conejo Valley for the first time in American Theatre Guild’s national tour. Many performers h…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

“Shirley Valentine” Teaches Us How To Live & Love Life by Cary Ginell

The sudden death of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant on Sunday cast a pall over not just Southern California basketball fans, but people around the world who admired Bryant for his devoti…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Time-Twisting Tale Of Love And Regret In Elite’s “Bloomsday” by Cary Ginell

Steven Dietz’s play, Bloomsday, which made its debut at the Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard January 17, is a Twilight Zone-like story that mixes past and present, using James Joyce’s nov…

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

“Finding Neverland” – A Charming, Delightful Anatomy Of A Fantasy In The Making by Cary Ginell

In Finding Neverland, reality is blurred by imagination as J. M. Barrie, the creator of the characters and the original play version of Peter Pan, struggles with writer’s block as he tries…

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