Monthly Archive:: July 2015

Claire Adams Talks Theatre, Stephen Schwartz, and “Assassins”

BY CARY GINELL Last week we spoke to Claire Adams about her role as Gertie in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of Oklahoma! Now that Oklahoma! has concluded its run, we conclude our discussion with Claire about her

Chekhov “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike” on Your “Shows-To-See” Bucket List

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Although I am not as familiar with the plays of Anton Chekhov as some, Christopher Durang’s play, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, doesn’t require a pop quiz of Chekhovian references

Splashy “Mame” Staged at Ojai Art Center

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Broadway actresses who dread getting older for fear of losing leading parts have Jerry Herman to thank for writing Hello, Dolly! and Mame. The two musicals, which are virtually interchangeable, provide ample

Oak Park High’s Claire Adams Comes Home to “Oklahoma!”

BY CARY GINELL When we last saw Claire Adams, it was 2011, and the Oak Park High School graduate was off to USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. Now, freshly graduated, Claire is appearing in

Local Faces Shine in Cabrillo’s “Oklahoma!”

BY CARY GINELL Regular theatergoers in Ventura County will be pleased to find an array of familiar faces sprinkled throughout the cast of Cabrillo Music Theatre’s Oklahoma!, which concludes its ten-day run this weekend at

Part 2 of Interview with “Godspell” Director Janelle Phaneuf

BY CARY GINELL We conclude our visit with Janelle Phaneuf, who is making her directorial debut in Conejo Players’ current production of Godspell.  VCOS: I always saw parallels between the ensemble in Godspell and the Tribe

The Folk Songs of “Oklahoma!”

BY CARY GINELL The 1943 musical Oklahoma! was a touchstone in the history of Broadway theater. It marked the first of a series of groundbreaking collaborations between composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein, broke

Janelle Phaneuf’s Directorial Debut is a Revelation

BY CARY GINELL Just like a position player aspiring to become a manager in baseball, some actors feel compelled to try their hand at directing musicals some day. When it happens, and goes well,

Actor/Director/Dramaturg Bill Keeler Dies at 71; Celebration of His Life to Be Held on July 19

(Ventura, Ca)- Actor, director and dramaturg Chester William (Bill) Keeler, Jr. died on May 28, 2015 at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California. He had a heart attack on May 27, 2015 in his

Directing Youth Theater: An Interview With Ella Bowen

BY CARY GINELL For many, the road to a career in theater has twists and turns that one doesn’t always anticipate. Twenty-three-year-old Ella Bowen is currently on that road. As a featured performer at