Actress/Singer Marlie Rodriguez Addresses The Question: Is College For Everyone?

BY CARY GINELL Last month I went to a private showcase of music from the musical Hamilton. The showcase was organized by pianist/arranger/singer Justin Ramos, former director of vocal music at Newbury Park High School who...

Rubicon’s “Gulf View Drive” Is Superb Drama About Bravery and Family

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL In See Rock City, the second installment of Arlene Hutton’s trilogy about a post-World War II family, aspiring novelist Raleigh Brummett had left for New York to pursue his career,...

Lit Live Dramatizes The Life Of The Author Of “Frankenstein”

BY CARY GINELL There are three new events being unveiled at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Thursday evening: Lit Live, a new local production company, And Lightning Struck, a new play written by the...

“Dirty Dancing” Has Most Of The Right Moves

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL The success of the awkwardly titled Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage depends primarily on whether or not you were a fan of the motion picture it was closely modeled...

Conejo Players’ Upcoming 60th Year Celebrated In “Encore!”

BY CARY GINELL This fall, the Conejo Players will be celebrating its 60th anniversary, and in anticipation of that momentous occasion, the theater will be hosting a special evening event titled “Encore! An Evening Celebrating...

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...