Pico Playhouse’s “Next to Normal” Is Next to Perfect

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Last Sunday, we ventured into Los Angeles to see two Ventura County theater alumni in a production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Next to Normal, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning...

“See How They Run” Runs Amok In Ojai

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL After experiencing Philip King’s comic farce See How the Run, which opens tonight at the Ojai Art Center, one can easily figure out where the title came from: bringing to mind a trio of...

Local Favorites Harrison Meloeny & Michelle Lane Star Ride The Emotional Roller Coaster Of “Next To Normal”

BY CARY GINELL Occasionally we venture out of the sanctity of Ventura County to see how some of our locally raised theatricians are faring in their acting careers. Today we visit with Harrison Meloeny...

Brilliant, Spirited “In the Heights” Closes This Weekend At The Rubicon

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL It never ceases to amaze me what young talent can do given a near-impossible task and a short amount of time. Director Brian McDonald has worked a minor miracle, assembling...

New Sponsor Welcome: Creative Combustion Acting Studio

BY CARY GINELL VC On Stage would like to welcome a new sponsor for the months of August and September. Joshua Finkel’s Creative Combustion Acting Studio helps its clients build and polish audition or callback...

Katherine Bottoms Talks About The Manically Funny “Peter And The Starcatcher”

BY CARY GINELL Today we meet Katherine Bottoms, a young actress who we hope you will be able to see on stage some day before fame and fortune takes her away from us. Katherine was...

Musical Theatre Intensive’s “In the Heights” Challenges Young Actors With An Ambitious, Vibrant Production

BY CARY GINELL Last week we spoke with Fearless Shakespeare director Joseph Fuqua, dramaturg Jonathan Drahos, and Musical Theatre Intensive director Brian McDonald about their production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Today we continue our interview...

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Rubicon’s Education & Outreach Program’s Production Of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

BY CARY GINELL The Rubicon Theatre Company’s Education and Outreach program enables youngsters as early as five years old to become acclimated to the theatrical experience through a variety of programs.  The Fearless Shakespeare...

Local Teens Dive Into “The Little Mermaid”

BY CARY GINELL One important and valuable aspect of Cabrillo Music Theatre’s long tenure in Ventura County is its devotion to casting talented young local performers in as many of its productions as it can....

Senior Spotlight: Newbury Park High School’s Nick Glaab

BY CARY GINELL He’s hard to miss on stage. A husky, ever-smiling youngster with bright red hair and a big voice. Nicholas Glaab recently graduated from Newbury Park High School and will be missed...