Elite Inaugurates “Pachyderm Project” With “At the End of the Day”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Last October, Elite Theatre Company’s artistic director Tom Eubanks raised the curtain on a new play development and acting program called “The Pachyderm Project,” whose mission is to provide local...

Set Designer Will Shupe: Making Magic On A Shoestring

BY CARY GINELL Will Shupe is a familiar presence in Ventura County, whether it’s in his many chameleon-like roles on stage at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center or providing character voices to the...

Choreographer Supreme Becky Castells Talks Dance And “Billy Elliot”

BY CARY GINELL Anyone who has seen a musical at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center is familiar with the work of Becky Castells. For some years now, Becky has been responsible for creating...

Kendyl Yokoyama: Proving Them Wrong

BY CARY GINELL Kendyl Yokoyama is a young performer with a mission. The 18-year-old recently graduated from high school and is preparing to attend Boston Conservatory in the fall. Her ascendancy in theater began...

Cabrillo Music Theatre Changes Its Name To 5 Star Theatricals

COMMENTARY BY CARY GINELL In what was, to some, a bold move towards progress and expansion, but to others, an unnecessary decision of questionable reasoning, Cabrillo Music Theatre has chosen to change its name to 5...

Jacques Brel Is Alive And Somewhat Well At L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Nearly fifty years ago, a new type of musical made its debut on the Off-Broadway circuit. Despite its bulky title, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris was a huge...

“Caesar” To Go On After Director’s Death

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company mourning John Slade (THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – July 11, 2017) The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is mourning the unexpected death of John Slade, who was directing this summer’s production of “Julius Caesar,”...

Carly Bracco: Thinking Lovely Thoughts About Growing Up to Play Peter Pan

BY CARY GINELL Most people never come close to realizing a lifelong dream, but that’s not the case with Carly Bracco. The Conejo Valley native graduated from Thousand Oaks High School 11 years ago and...

Apocalyptic Tale Not Tweetworthy

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL As a lifelong fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense-filled films, I was looking forward to the play version of Daphne DuMaurier’s 1952 novelette The Birds, mainly to see how it could possibly...

Director Jolyn Johnson Discusses CSP’s “When We Were Young And Unafraid”

BY CARY GINELL This weekend, Camarillo Skyway Playhouse will be presenting When We Were Young and Unafraid, a play about a quiet bed-and-breakfast in 1972 that serves as a sanctuary for victims of domestic abuse....