Monthly Archive:: August 2013

Musicals That You Should Have Heard Of: “The Golden Apple”

BY CARY GINELL “The Golden Apple” was one of those shows that was praised for its ability to charm, delight, and entertain without insulting your intelligence, but nevertheless was a dismal flop when it

The Coach’s Corner – Part 3: The Audition Checklist

BY JOSHUA FINKEL Before going into the audition room, and actually before every rehearsal of your number, declare what you want to accomplish in positively phrased goals. Don’t write something like “I won’t be

Notes from the Orchestra Pit: Les Amis de L’ABC

BY CARY GINELL They arrived at the theater for their first rehearsal in early summer. By the end of August, they were a family. What is this odd dynamic that makes up a musical

Assessing Javert – with Ben Deschaine

BY CARY GINELL The character of Inspector Javert in “Les Miserables” is, to me, one of the most fascinating and complex in all of musical theater. Because of this, it is difficult for an

“Behind the Curtain” – Some Dos and Don’ts of “after the audition”

BY LEWIS WILKENFELD After auditions are completed, I frequently get inquiries from actors who don’t receive a callback, or, later, don’t get cast in a role.  “Thank you for seeing me at auditions.  Can

Carlos Penaranda talks about playing the dastardly funny M. Thénardier in “Les Miserables”

Carlos Penaranda portrays one of the more colorful characters in ARTS’ production of “Les Miserables,” the opportunistic bumbling innkeeper, M. Thénardier. A versatile character actor, Penaranda also has a fine singing voice, which he

Kimberly Hessler talks about playing Anne Frank in “The Diary”

In the new musical “The Diary,” Kimberly Hessler plays the role of Anne Frank. Kimberly is a recent graduate of USC with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. She lives in the

The Coach’s Corner: Great Auditions, Part 2

This is the second in a series of audition hints presented by Joshua Finkel of the Creative Combustion Acting Studio in Studio City. RULE #2.  Do consistently great auditions. That is your job. The rest

Need a character? Farley’s your girl!

Any theater director will tell you that although there are plenty of talented leading players out there, vying for roles, a solid character actor or actress is as good as gold. That’s why many

An interview with playwright Logan Rica Smith on her new comedy “Selling Love”

It’s always great when a Ventura County venue debuts a new production. Logan Rica Smith has written a new romantic comedy called “Selling Love” that will be making its premiere at the Elite Theatre