August 26, 2009
It?s a mystery. The Troubadour Theatre Company players should be mega-stars. They should have their own TV show. I shouldn?t even be able to get tickets to see them ? they?re that good. Luckily, you can see them in beautiful downtown Burbank. Not only are they funny down to their DNA, but they?re good singers, dancers, writers and storytellers. And they are brave provocateurs, messing with members of the audience without having any idea where a prank will lead. (Note to self: Do NOT fall asleep in the audience.
August 29, 2009
Send DATEBOOK items to Glendale News-Press, 221 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd Floor, Glendale, CA 91203 or fax to (818) 241-1975. Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. ? ONSTAGE Glendale Centre Theatre presents the final performance of the stage adaptation of ?Footloose,? at 3 and 8 p.m. today at the theater, 324 N. Orange St, Glendale. Ticket prices are $23 at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and $26 at 8 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (818)
May 18, 2005
An open letter to drama teacher Gale Caswell and the students of the La Canada High School Drama Department: Keythe Farley here. I wanted to send you a little "pep note" to encourage you to keep the faith as you move forward with your production of "Bat Boy: The Musical." Small-minded and intolerant people have become very well organized of late. But, as you have discovered, truth prevails. The truth you and your students have spoken has been recognized and endorsed by a majority of parents, administrators and school board members.
March 10, 2006
The St. Bede Music Ministry will present the internationally acclaimed University of Notre Dame Glee Club in concert at St. Bede The Venerable Church at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16. Founded in 1915, the 50-voice Notre Dame Glee Club has performed for millions on the concert stage and television. One of the best known and widely respected collegiate singing groups in the country, the glee club has a wide-ranging concert repertoire encompassing music from the Renaissance to the 20th century, as well as spirituals, folk and popular music, and songs of Notre Dame.
August 30, 2000
Glendale dancer to perform in Sydney GLENDALE - Glendale resident Rick Crunelle will travel all the way to Sydney, Australia, to perform for Rock Theatre's Olympics 2000 string of 12 performances. Crunelle will join 15 other performers in Sydney and perform in front of an international audience. Rock Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts organization in its 20th year, with members from Glendale, La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta. Crunelle and crew will do 12 performances, including the Sydney Opera House and the Newcastle Torch Relay Concert, a musical exchange with the Australia massed choir.
September 1, 2005
Classic theater, often gleaned from the library's great books section, has been a staple of the Golden West College curriculum, and that tradition will continue this fall. The stage versions of such novels as "Pride and Prejudice," "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" all have made their way to Golden West's Mainstage Theater, along with such equally renowned plays as "Hamlet," "Oedipus Rex" and "The Crucible." Now Golden West is about to bring another classic novel to the stage, one that certainly is a local premiere even though its origin dates back a few centuries.
June 20, 2000
If you love something, set it free and, if it was meant to be, it will come back. An adage that many may want to apply to the likely return of A Noise Within. Of course, there are other adages that could apply, some not quite as pleasant. This award-winning theater company was an astounding critical success in Glendale. It racked up numerous awards, more than any other theater company in the basin, and drew full crowds to a problematic venue. The city added its support with some large cash infusions meant to improve the theater and keep A Noise Within a vital part of Glendale's planning.
April 23, 2005
This high school show must go on I attended the school board meeting Tuesday night and, to coin Voltaire, I may disapprove of "Bat Boy," but will defend to the death the right for this production to go on. At 16, I was exposed to a play containing many of the controversial references and then some found in "Bat Boy": patricide, incest and even witchcraft. That play did not lead me down some dark, immoral path. To the contrary, Shakespeare's "Hamlet" illuminated the paradoxical world of human action and flamed in me a lifelong love of literature and theater.
September 22, 2006
The gods seemed to be smiling on the Getty Villa's Inaugural Theater Production of Euripides' classic Greek tragedy Hippolytus on a recent evening. The large August moon hovered just above the house museum directly across from the audience and shown down like a divine spotlight illuminating the production. Even a hawk perched in a nearby tree seemed to be heralding the start of the play with loud cries beckoning the audience to file in. The classical setting, the colorful ancient-style costumes, the use of video footage of ocean waves projected onto the house, the dramatic appearance of the legendary goddesses atop the theater steps — first Aphrodite and then at the end of the play Artemis — all conspired to enthrall and delight.