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Four Star Theatre Alliance Awards Handed Out

A report from our far-flung correspondent from up north (Ojai). BY JOHN HANKINS While the film community was handing out Oscar awards somewhere in La La Land on Sunday, February 26, nearly a hundred

Guest Review: “The King and I” at the Pantages

BY MARY ZASTROW It’s two days later, and I’ve let my thoughts settle about The King and I. Let me first preface this by saying it is a musical that has been a part

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

A Remembrance of Ricardo Cota Jr.

BY JOLYN JOHNSON Ricardo Cota, Jr., a member of the VC theatre community, passed away the morning of August 30th after battling a long time with a rare form of lymphonic cancer that had

Theater League’s “West Side Story” – A Revival of Rumbles and Romance

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL When West Side Story burst upon the Broadway scene in 1957, audiences and critics were stunned by the frank violence of the show. In The New York Times, Brooks Atkinson called the

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Musical Direction With Spamalot’s Rachael Pugh

BY CARY GINELL In addition to featuring local performers in musical theater and plays, VC On Stage also celebrates the work of the folks who are behind the scenes. Costume designers, set decorators, choreographers,

Brushing Up Shakespeare With Cabrillo’s “Kiss Me, Kate”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Over the years, Cabrillo Music Theatre has staged just about all of Broadway’s classic musicals, but one that they had not yet attempted was “Kiss Me, Kate.” Thankfully, they can

“Lost” actor to discuss varied roles at CLU

BY KARIN GRENNAN Actor Harold Perrineau Jr. will discuss his varied roles ranging from drag queens to hardened criminals from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at California Lutheran University. Perrineau will speak

Part 2 of Interview with Gary Saxer

BY CARY GINELL To anyone who has never seen a Gilbert & Sullivan show, you don’t know what you are missing. It can be argued that W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan introduced musical

The Coach’s Corner: Top 10 Things to Remember in the Audition Process

Today we begin a series by Joshua Finkel called “The Coach’s Corner.” Finkel is an acting coach, director, and performer. He runs the Creative Combustion Acting Studio in Studio City. This is the first