Monthly Archive:: March 2016

Conejo Players’ Lion and Tin Man Talk About Creating the On-Stage Magic of “The Wizard of Oz”

BY CARY GINELL We conclude our discussion from a few weeks ago about the production of Conejo Players’ The Wizard of Oz, featuring David Colville as the Lion and Jared Price as the Tin Man.

Cabrillo’s “Children of Eden” Touches the Heart & Soul With Parable About Family

SPECIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM CABRILLO MUSIC THEATRE Before his retelling of the Witches of Oz in Wicked, composer Stephen Schwartz took on a contemporary retelling of some of the most popular Biblical tales known

Lewis Wilkenfeld: Candid Thoughts on Dropping the Curtain on Cabrillo – Part 1

BY CARY GINELL Cabrillo Music Theatre’s recent announcement of the production company ending its 22-year existence at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza was a devastating bombshell to dedicated theater fans throughout Ventura County,

Warn the Duke! Theater League’s “Ragtime” Falls Short With Pre-Recorded Music

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL At the beginning of Act II of Ragtime, Terrence McNally’s masterful musical adaptation of E. L. Doctorow’s novel, journeyman pianist Coalhouse Walker Jr., decimated by the murder of his beloved Sarah,

Cabrillo Music Theatre to Suspend All Productions After July 2016

BY CARY GINELL We just received the following news release from Cabrillo Music Theatre: It is with great sorrow that the Board of Directors of Cabrillo Music Theatre announces that it will suspend its

Ojai Art Center’s “Addams Family” – A Critical Look at What Happens When All Cylinders Don’t Fire

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Those who are experienced in theater know that a show’s success varies based on a number of factors, including the quality of the product, good casting, effective production values, and

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” Explores the Lighter Side of Love & Relationships

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL When you look at the track record for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, 5003 performances during a 12-year run, you begin to wonder what made this little revue, consisting

Rubicon Stages U.S. Premiere of “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL John Ford’s 1962 film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, is one of the all-time greatest westerns. So when I heard that a play version was making its American premiere at

Jared Price (Tin Man) and David Colville (Lion) Take Us to Oz

BY CARY GINELL The Wizard of Oz may be one of the most daunting musicals to stage as any – not just because of the technical challenges (making a house fly away in a

“Mary Poppins” Takes Off in New Oak Park High School Production

BY CARY GINELL Oak Park High School, which has never shied away from tackling ambitious musical productions in the past, is now taking on Mary Poppins, the popular stage version of the classic 1964 Disney