Monthly Archive:: December 2013

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

BY CARY GINELL As we close 2013, many theater critics not unexpectedly take stock of performances seen during the past twelve months. I am no different, and although many critics rank individual performances against

A Visit With Shirley Jones – Part 4: Filming “The Music Man”

BY CARY GINELL When Shirley Jones married actor Jack Cassidy in 1956, it was the beginning of an eighteen-year marriage that included many on-stage collaborations. As Shirley moved primarily into the world of film,

An Animated Broadway Musical for Christmas: “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol”

BY CARY GINELL Christmas season brings an abundance of seasonal musical entertainment, programs and movies that have been become traditional in American households. Broadcasts of movies such as “Holiday Inn,” “White Christmas” and “It’s

A Visit With Shirley Jones – Part 3: Why Frank Sinatra Left “Carousel”

BY CARY GINELL Today, we continue our interview with Shirley Jones as she talked about performing on the road in Broadway musicals and appearing in the film version of Carousel. VCOS: Tell me about Carousel. SHIRLEY:

A Visit With Shirley Jones, Part II: Playing Laurey in “Oklahoma!”

BY CARY GINELL Today we continue our recent interview with Shirley Jones. After finishing her initial Broadway run in South Pacific, Shirley was invited by Rodgers and Hammerstein  to appear in their next show, understudying

Scrooge Descendant a Wall-Street Raider? Writer Paul Gordon Talks About His New Musical, “Little Miss Scrooge”

BY CARY GINELL It’s always nice to see fresh, new productions come around Christmas time. It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, et. al. are always nice and comfortable, like a pair

A Visit With Shirley Jones: Part I: An Ingenue in New York

BY CARY GINELL Shirley Jones was born March 31, 1934 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, a small town outside of Pittsburgh. Blessed with natural singing talent, Shirley started singing at age 6. Teachers told her parents

A Memorial Tribute to Ventura County Theater Producer Kevin Traxler

BY COURTNEY POTTER – (special to VC On Stage) I may not have been one of his “best” friends, or even someone who knew him for particularly long, but I can honestly say that

“Godspell’s” Judas Reveals All! An Interview with Agoura High’s Adam Fisher

Our final interview with members of Agoura High’s cast of Godspell is with Adam Fisher, who plays the dual roles of John the Baptist and Judas. VCOS: How long have you been interested in theater and

An Interview with “Godspell’s” Erin Schafheitle

BY CARY GINELL Today we bring you the third in a series of interviews with members of the Agoura High School Theatre Department’s production of Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell.” The cast features two actors portraying