Monthly Archive:: June 2014

Cabaret Night for Young Performers at the Mermaid Tavern

BY CARY GINELL Ventura County is known for being a training ground for performers in musical theater – many young artists who started here have “graduated” to national tours, like Natalie Storrs, who just

For High School Graduate Caitlin Kilgore, Theater Is Her Only Option

BY CARY GINELL Eighteen-year-old Caitlin Kilgore has been passionate about musical theater for as long as she can remember. Caitlin comes from a show business and musical background: her father, Brian, is a professional

What Ho! Elite Theatre Company Presents British Farce in “Jeeves in Bloom”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL This month, Ventura County welcomes a new company, Cool Brittania, which plans to stage British-themed comedy and drama in VC theaters. The brainchild of longtime VC actor/director Terry Fishman, the

A Brief Chat With Sweeney Todd’s Damian Gravino

BY CARY GINELL Actor Damian Gravino is playing one of the “meatiest” roles (Sondheim should appreciate that pun) in musical theater history, performing in the title role of the Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi’s

Rubicon’s “Collected Stories” Balances Friendship, Loyalty, and Betrayal

PLAY REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Donald Margulies’ play, Collected Stories, which concludes its run at the Rubicon Theatre Company this weekend, follows the relationship between an accomplished, celebrated writer of short stories and her

Getting to Know Jessamyn Arnstein, New Managing Director for YA4Ever

BY CARY GINELL Twenty-one-year-old Jessamyn Arnstein is one of many talented young performers on the Ventura County scene who has shown not only skills as an actor and singer, but in other facets of

Dunne & Miller, Part 3: The Stars of “The Last Five Years” Talk About Their Own Futures As Actors

BY CARY GINELL Veronica Dunne and Austin Miller are both just 19 years old, but each has already embarked on promising roles in television, in addition to their long list of credits here in

Young Artists Ensemble’s “42nd Street,” “Wonka” Win Awards

BY CARY GINELL Young Artists Ensemble, the Conejo Valley’s premiere performing arts company for young people in the arts, won seven awards and seventeen nominations for their productions of 42nd Street and Willy Wonka at the

Dunne & Miller, Part 2: “The Last Five Years”

BY CARY GINELL Continuing with our interview with Veronica Dunne and Austin Miller, who will be starring in YAE4Ever’s production of The Last Five Years next weekend. The chronology of Veronica and Austin’s characters oppose