Cary Ginell Archive

Cabrillo Music Theatre Changes Its Name To 5 Star Theatricals

COMMENTARY BY CARY GINELL In what was, to some, a bold move towards progress and expansion, but to others, an unnecessary decision of questionable reasoning, Cabrillo Music Theatre has chosen to change its name to 5

Jacques Brel Is Alive And Somewhat Well At L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Nearly fifty years ago, a new type of musical made its debut on the Off-Broadway circuit. Despite its bulky title, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris was a huge

“Caesar” To Go On After Director’s Death

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company mourning John Slade (THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – July 11, 2017) The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is mourning the unexpected death of John Slade, who was directing this summer’s production of “Julius Caesar,”

Carly Bracco: Thinking Lovely Thoughts About Growing Up to Play Peter Pan

BY CARY GINELL Most people never come close to realizing a lifelong dream, but that’s not the case with Carly Bracco. The Conejo Valley native graduated from Thousand Oaks High School 11 years ago and

Apocalyptic Tale Not Tweetworthy

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL As a lifelong fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense-filled films, I was looking forward to the play version of Daphne DuMaurier’s 1952 novelette The Birds, mainly to see how it could possibly

Director Jolyn Johnson Discusses CSP’s “When We Were Young And Unafraid”

BY CARY GINELL This weekend, Camarillo Skyway Playhouse will be presenting When We Were Young and Unafraid, a play about a quiet bed-and-breakfast in 1972 that serves as a sanctuary for victims of domestic abuse.

For Kayla Bailey, a “Wish” To Vocal Direct Comes True

BY CARY GINELL Any time a high school theater department takes on a Stephen Sondheim musical, the intensity level cranks up a notch. So when drama teacher Joseph Donia took on Into the Woods, which

Moorpark High’s “Les Miserables” Concludes Extended Run With Sold-Out Finale

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Les Miserables, the emotion-packed 1985 Broadway musical, received a rousing sendoff on Saturday, April 22, when Moorpark High School’s run, extended by popular demand, concluded with a sold-out performance. Audiences’ great

This State Fair Was A Great State Fair

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL (special to The corn was high as an elephant’s eye at the Alex Theatre in Glendale last Sunday as Musical Theater Guild presented a staged reading of Rodgers and

Jesse Johnson Talks About Playing Roger Miller In “King Of The Road”

BY CARY GINELL Last week we reviewed the Laguna Playhouse’s production of King of the Road: The Roger Miller Story. The show stars Jesse Johnson, a veteran of Lonesome Traveler, the successful Off-Broadway musical that told