Guest Review: “The King and I” at the Pantages

BY MARY ZASTROW It’s two days later, and I’ve let my thoughts settle about The King and I. Let me first preface this by saying it is a musical that has been a part...

The 4th Annual “Vee-Cee” Awards for Top Performances in Ventura County Theater

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. As...

Taking Stock: Who We Talked To In 2016

BY CARY GINELL As each year comes to a close, we like to look back at some of the highlights of the past year in musical theater and plays in Ventura County. 2016 was...

Curtain Call Youth Theatre Finds A New Home

(Agoura Hills, Calif. – December 17, 2016) After 11 years of renting multiple local spaces and partnering with many local theatre groups and local high schools and colleges, the New Year will find Curtain...

Meet Singer/Actress Siena Avila – The New Kid On The Block

BY CARY GINELL Siena Avila is like many other 16-year-old high schoolers you know. Cheerful, friendly, enthusiastic, and just a little bit shy. But Siena has one thing that most kids her age don’t...

“Calendar Girls” – Wacky Performances Highlight Bawdy, Warm-Hearted Play

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Calendar Girls, a 2009 play based on a hit 2003 film, is Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi’s true-to-life comedy about six middle-aged women from a village in Yorkshire, England who raise...

The Historical Characters Of “Ragtime” – Part 2: “Make Them Hear You” – Louis Baker Talks About Playing Booker T. Washington

BY CARY GINELL Louis Baker has had a varied career in the entertainment world. As an actor, he studied under three prestigious performers: Bill Duke, Haile Gerima, and Debbie Allen. He has worked as...

To Thine Own Self Be True: A Female “Hamlet” Plays At Curtain Call Youth Theatre

BY CARY GINELL The idea of a woman playing the lead in Shakespeare’s Hamlet is not a new one. The first female Hamlet, Elizabeth Powell, performed the role at London’s Drury Lane Theatre in 1796...

Political Figures In “Ragtime” – Part 1: Emma Goldman

BY CARY GINELL The musical Ragtime, which plays through this Sunday, December 4, at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, is an important work that weaves actual historical personages into the fabric of its three intersecting...

“Like Herding Cats” – A Visit With Stage Manager Kimberly Kiley

BY CARY GINELL Everyone knows that the director is the person responsible for the look and content of a musical or play, but once the cast has been selected, sets and props are delivered,...