Kingsmen Shakespeare Company Presents "The Two Noble Kinsmen" at Cal Lutheran 6/29 to 7/15

Director debuts with Kingsmen festival

Rarely produced Shakespeare play kicks off season

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company will kick off its 22nd year with its first staging of “The Two Noble Kinsmen” under the direction of a newcomer to the festival who has nearly 40 years of experience.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company will present the rarely produced play on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from June 29 through July 15 in Kingsmen Park on the Thousand Oaks campus of California Lutheran University.

In what is thought to be the Bard’s final work and a collaboration with his protégé, John Fletcher, Shakespeare reworked Geoffrey Chaucer’s already-famous “The Knight’s Tale.” “Kinsmen” tells the story of cousins and lifelong friends Arcite and Palamon finding themselves on opposite sides of a bitter love triangle.

“The only time I saw ‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’ was in 1987 at the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford, and I loved it, so I am thrilled that someone finally asked me to direct it,” said director Elizabeth Swain. “I love its mix of the tragic and the comic and its exploration of the foibles of chivalry and courtly love.”

Swain, who was born in England and moved to Los Angeles 10 years ago, is a member of the Antaeus Theatre Company and teaches with the Antaeus Academy. She has appeared as an actor on and off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country and has extensive experience as a director, mostly focusing on Shakespeare and other classics.

Also new to the festival is Rafael Goldstein, an award-winning actor who appeared with Swain in Antaeus’ production of “The Curse of Oedipus” and will play Palamon in “Kinsmen,” and Connor Sullivan, who brings experience with Palos Verdes Performing Arts, the Actors Co-op Theatre Company in Hollywood and the San Diego Repertory Theatre to his role as Arcite. Returning to the festival in other major roles are Samantha Eggers as Emilia, Angela Gulner as Hippolyta, Ross Hellwig as Theseus and Rachel Seiferth as the Jailer’s Daughter.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is the professional theater troupe of Cal Lutheran.

The play begins at 8 p.m. June 29 through July 1, July 6 through 8, and July 13 through 16. The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and entertainment.

General admission is free for those under 18, $15 for students with ID, $20 for seniors 65 and older, and $25 for everyone else. Reserved lawn boxes have room for six and are available online for $90 to $110. Individual tickets are available at the door only. For lawn box reservations or more information, visit kingsmenshakespeare.org or call 805-493-3452.

 

Santa Paula Theater Center Presents "Constellations" June 22 to July 29

The Santa Paula Theater Center will present Nick Payne’s time-bending  CONSTELLATIONS from June 22 through July 29 on its Main Stage at 125. South 7th Street, in historic downtown Santa Paula. Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 4 pm. Tickets are $24.00 for adults, Seniors/Students $22.00. Reservations may be made online atwww.santapaulatheatercenter.org or by calling our Box Office at 805.525.4645

Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can change the trajectory of a life, it’s anyone’s guess how cosmic collision is possible. Nick Payne’s Olivier and Drama League nominated hit is a charming, devastating and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. A play that balances on the question of “what if” is, at its core, a poignant picture of “what is.”

What if one moment--or one word—shifted the universe, altering your whole life?

This spellbinding, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know as we embark on a fantastical journey to parallel worlds where Marianne, a physicist and Roland, a beekeeper, fall in love, over and over again, in a multitude of ways.  Every choice they make has a different, life-altering outcome. CONSTELLATIONS is a charming, and sometimes devastating and profound, exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love.  Colorful language-recommended for audiences 17 and above

CONSTELLATIONS  is directed by SPTC's Artistic Director, David Ralphe. Cast Members include Jessi May Stevenson and Ron Feltner. Leslie Nichols produces with support from Artistic Design Team Mike Carnahan-set, Gary Richardson-lights, Barb Pedziwiatr-costumes, and Gail Heck-props. Alan Noel is the Stage Manager.

CONSTELLATIONS with successful runs in London, Broadway, and Los Angeles was nominated for both Drama League and Olivier awards.  The Santa Paula Theater Center Production features Jessi May Stevenson and Ron Feltner as Marianna and Anthony with David Ralphe, SPTC's Artistic Director, directing.  They are supported by Producer Leslie Nichols, Set Designer Mike Carnahan, Lighting Designer Gary Richardson, Costume Designer Barbara Pedziwiatr, Properties Mistress Gail Heck, Sound Designer Kevin Kahm, and Stage Manager Allan Noel.

WHO:               Constellations-a play by Nick Payne

WHERE:           Santa Paula Theater Center's Main Stage, 125 So. 7th St., Santa Paula, CA

WHEN:             6 weeks running on Fri. & Sat. eve at 8 pm, Sun. Mat at 4 pm  June 22-July 29

TICKETS:          Adults-$24, Seniors/Students $22  Info and purchase online at www.santapaulatheatercenter.orgsantapaulatheatercenter@gmail.com, 805.525.4645

Little Women, the Broadway Musical at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse June 15 to July 15

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Little Women, the Broadway Musical, based on the beloved classic novel by Louisa May Alcott – with book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, - will begin performances at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse on June 15.  

Little Women, the Broadway Musical, follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. Jo longs to publish a novel. Meg longs for a fiancé. Beth longs for a piano. Amy longs to be admired. This timeless tale has been given new life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious song, dance, and a few tears. It celebrates personal discovery and coming of age in a time of challenge and transformation.  

“Louisa May Alcott’s autobiographical story of growing up during and after the Civil War in a house dominated by women was ripe for a musical makeover, its themes of sisterhood and female empowerment providing an automatic connect for women of all ages..” – Variety.  

Performances are June 15 through July 15, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students and military, and $10 for children 12 and under.  Group rates are available by calling the box office.  The show is open to all ages.  

Camarillo Skyway Playhouse is located at the Camarillo Airport Complex at 330 Skyway Drive in Camarillo.  For tickets and more information, visit www.skywayplayhouse.org or call (805)388-5716.

"Same Time Next Year" at Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard June 1 to July 1, 2018

SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR

Same Time Next Year
By Bernard Slade

In this touching and poignant play, New Jersey accountant George Peters and Oakland housewife Doris meet at a Northern California inn in February 1951. They have an “accidental” affair, and agree to meet once a year, despite the fact both are married to others and have six children between them. Over the course of the next 24 years, they develop an emotional intimacy deeper than what one would expect to find between two people meeting for a clandestine relationship just once a year. During the time they spend with each other, they discuss the births, deaths, politics, and marital problems each is experiencing at home, while they adapt themselves to the social changes affecting their lives. Debuting on Broadway in 1975, the play was then made into a beloved film in 1978. This timeless classic speaks to an unusual love and deep friendship that transcends the accepted boundaries of the time and matrimony. Please note: The play contains adult themes and parental discretion is advised. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, the play runs at the Elite Theatre Company from June 1, 2018 through July 1, 2018.

June 1, 2018 through July 1, 2018
Friday & Saturday evenings at 8pm
Sunday afternoons at 2pm

COST: $20 for Adults
$17 for Seniors, Students and Military
$12 for Children 12 and under
Group discounts available (10 or more)

WHERE: Elite Theatre Company
2731 Victoria Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93021 
Box Office (805) 483-5118

Artistic Director/Producer: L.J. Stevens
Director: James C. Stevens

Kevin Ellis as George
Jennifer Ridgeway as Doris

Website: http://www.elitetheatre.org

Good Earth:  Tilling the Soil Exhibit at Santa Paula Agriculture Museum through November 25th

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Good Earth: Tilling the Soil exhibit at the Museum of Ventura County's Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula shows soil preparation techniques from the late 1800’s to the mid-1900’s. The exhibit displays tilling equipment hand-picked from the Museum of Ventura County’s farm implements collection, on display in the Ag Museum’s beautiful native gardens. 

Since ancient history, man has manipulated the land to improve growing conditions and increase crop productivity. The earliest techniques of plowing are thought to have started with handheld digging sticks and over thousands of years evolved into the modern-day high-tech machines and implements seen in our local fields today. Good Earth: Tilling the Soil explores the museum’s impressive collection of antique local plows, cultipackers, harrows, subsoilers and cultivators. Visitors will discover the local history of farm implement manufacturers with factories in Oxnard that were instrumental in the development of the exhibit items on display.  

Good Earth: Tilling the Soil will be on display through November 25. The museum, located at 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 653-0323 ext. 308.

Playzapalooza! 2018 at Santa Paula Theater Center May 25 to June 10, 2018

Backstage at SPTC (Santa Paula Theater Center) announces its ninth annual production of original one act plays:  PLAYZAPALOOZA! 2018. Performances are at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday from May 25 through June 10, 2018, with a special Thursday performance on May 31 at 8 pm. There will be no performance Saturday, June 2.  Tickets are $18 General admission, $15 Students, Seniors and Military and can be reserved at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org or by emailing santapaulatheatercenter@gmail.com or calling the box office at (805) 525-4645.

Included in the evening are the following original plays, each lasting approximately 10 minutes.

A LITTLE CULTURE

In an attempt to expand the horizons of her blue-collared husband, Jane an aspiring culture-connoisseur, brings him to the theatre for a rousing series of short plays.

172 PUSH-UPS

A soldier, coming home for Christmas, meets up with a veteran in crisis, and makes a proposal.

YELLOW MEANS CAUTION

A passive-aggressive act of insane proportions wakes up a woman’s husband to give her the attention she deserves.

THE BEAUMONT TECHNIQUE

A quirky, aging, character actor offers acting lessons at a small theatre.  His first student is not impressed.

SWITCHING TRACKS

A woman, sitting in a self-imposed box, decides what is really worth risking.

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING

A young couple make eye contact for the first time… and it could change both of their lives.

THE MEMORY BOX

A man, filled with doubt and uncertainty during his transition meets a woman who shows him the goodness that he holds within him.

SALES OF A DEADMAN

When the salesman atop the leader board passes away, his co-workers argue and finagle with their boss about who should claim his spot… and the first prize of a brand new car.       

Backstage at the Santa Paula Theater Center Presents "Full Disclosure - Jr. High" through May 6

Backstage at The Santa Paula Theater Center will presents FULL DISCLOSURE - JR HIGH - located at 125 So. 7th St. in historic downtown Santa Paula.  Performances is at 7:00PM Tickets are $18.00 for adults, Seniors and Students $15.00.  Reservations may be made online at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org or by calling our Box Office at 805-525-4645

Backstage at SPTC continues its wildly successful event, FULL DISCLOSURE.  Produced in conjunction with Surprisingly Good Productions, a personal video biography service, Full Disclosure is a bi-monthly storytelling event where local residents get the opportunity to share true stories from their lives in a casual evening that includes storytelling, live music and projections.  Modeled after other popular storytelling events like “The Moth” and “Mortified Nation”, each evening will be curated by a different producer with a different topic, which insures variety, diversity and rotating formats.  Each evening is designed to amuse, surprise and emotionally move audience members.  Shows have been selling out, so reservations are highly recommended.

Our next production is scheduled for May 6 and is titled “JR. HIGH” Curated by Leticia Mattson, the evening will feature six short stories inspired by those impressionable Jr. High years.   Some of the storytellers have professional experience, and some are stepping on stage for the first time to share their true stories. Refreshments will be available prior and at intermission the performance. 

The Santa Paula Theater Center has been providing first class local theater experiences to Ventura County since 1985. Each season SPTC produces five plays on our Main Stage that engage and entertain our audiences.  An in-house company produces plays, events, and classes on our Backstage providing a venue for a wide range of alternative theater heightened by a more intimate setting.

On the Main Stage, SPTC presents American Buffalo by David Mamet April 13, 2018 – May 20, 2018  A trio of misguided misfits who are out of luck and out of their league plot the theft of a rare coin collection. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for Seniors/Students. and Children 12 and under are $18.  For reservations go online at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org or call the Box Office at  805.525.4645 Performances are Friday and Sat. evenings at 8 pm and Sunday Mat. at 2:30 pm. 

Full Disclosure – Jr. High, May 6, 2018 can be found on SPTC Back Stage at 125 So. 7th St. in historic downtown Santa Paula.  Performance begins at 7:00PM Tickets are $18.00 for adults, Seniors and Students $15.00.  Reservations may be made online at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org or by calling our Box Office at 805-525-4645

Happenings at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum 2018 May-September

Planned exhibits, activities and events May through September 2018 at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. $7 admission adults, $5 seniors/students, $3 ages 6-17.

MAY

EXHIBIT: Ron L Clarke Exhibit (May 7 – June 24) This exhibit spans the lifeline of the age of sailing and the development in western civilization from the 5th Dynasty to the late 1900’s. Over 30 scale-models tell the story.

A.I.R.: Artist in Residence (May 3 - May 31) Begun in 2017, our Artist in Residence program brings artists and audiences together. In May and October, CIMM invites an artist (or artists) to the museum for extended periods of time to explore their practice, meet new people, use new materials, and experience life in a new location. The results are often provocative and wide-ranging.

May 16 SPEAKER: Creating Wooden Walls: The Navy that united America by Jim Kosinski & Jerry Leckie. This talk will be about the unexpected and transformative effect the building and launching of the first ships of the U.S. Navy had on our country, its spirit, its politics and its economy.    

 

JUNE  

EXHIBIT: Ron L Clarke Exhibit (thru – June 24)

June 17 EVENT:  Woodenboat Show, From Tree to the Sea: CIMM will host From the Tree to the Sea: the 3rd Annual Father's Day Wooden Boat Show - an event of the most enjoyable and rustic variety! It will feature a series of classic wooden boats on display for everyone to enjoy from 12 pm to 4 pm. Stunning wooden boats will grace the dock behind CIMM. A selection of classic cars will also be on display. Participate in fun and engaging maritime activities! 

June 20 SPEAKER: When China Ruled the Seas, the Treasure Fleets of the Ming Dynasty by Howard J Smith    

 

JULY

EXHIBIT: Nautica (July 1 – Aug 26) Local artists display juried
artworks of all things “sea”.

July 12 EVENT: Nautica Reception 6-8pm

July 18 SPEAKER: New Insights into Status & Threats to Blue and Humpback Whales by John Calambokidis    

July 22 EVENT: Chowderfest:   Join CIMM for the event of the Ventura County Summer: Chowderfest 2018! Selected local restaurants will compete for title of “Ventura County’s Best Chowder” at the 4th annual Chowderfest on Sunday, July 22, 2018, 2-6pm. 

 

AUGUST

EXHIBIT: Nautica (thru – Aug 26) See above 

August 15 SPEAKER: Speaker Series TBD

 

SEPTEMBER

EXHIBIT: Tattoos and Tenacious Women (Sept 2 – Dec 30) Explore the rich and surprising history of women and tattoos in California at History San José’s newest exhibit, Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California History. The exhibit will open to the public Sunday, September 2, 2018; 12:00pm – 4:00pm at the CIMM.

September 6 EVENT: Tattoos Exhibition Opening Reception 6-8pm     

September 20 SPEAKER: Saving History! By DAVID-BRYDEN PEASE, Retired Director of Natural & Cultural Training for DOD (Dept. of Defense), Civil Engineer Officers Corps School; Retired Army Reserve Major

Charlotte's Web at Hillcrest Center Thousand Oaks May 4-20, 2018

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Young Artists Ensemble presents CHARLOTTE’S WEB directed by Directed by Laura Mason and assistant directed by Peyton Pugh at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays May 4 - 20, 2018.

Charlotte’s Web is the beloved story of a little girl who is given a piglet, which she names Wilbur, to raise as a pet. As Wilbur grows though, he becomes too costly for the farmers’ daughter to keep and is sold to her uncle. Wilbur has trouble making friends with the other animals on this new farm, until he meets Charlotte, a smart and caring spider, who becomes his savior and his most loyal friend. 

CHARLOTTE’S WEB is the final production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 37th Annual Family Theatre Season: the “Season of Family”.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com

24th Annual Ventura Music Festival in July Announces 2018 Artist Lineup

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24th Annual Festival to Feature World-Class Artists, including Pink Martini, the John Jorgenson Quintet and many more in July 2018

Each year, the Ventura Music Festival fills venues across the city with top-tier music for two weekends of multi-genre music, dance performances and world-class culture.  This summer, the festival is returning with a lineup that promises to be bigger and better than ever.  Headlined by genre-defying “little orchestra” Pink Martini and supported by world class acts such as celebrated guitarists John Jorgenson and “El Twanguero” Diego Garcia, the festival has something for every musical taste.


In the hands of renowned conductor and Ventura Music Festival Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta, the 2018 musical lineup consists of:

7/12: American Gypsy Jazz featuring star guitarist John Jorgenson at the historic Olivas Adobe

7/13: Latin Grammy-winner and “fire breathing guitar hero” vocalist and composer Diego Garcia (“El Twanguero”) alongside his trio at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/14: “Rollicking, multi-lingual, around-the-world musical adventure” and festival headliner Pink Martini at the Oxnard PACC

7/15: Dynamic classic music ensemble Trio Céleste at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/20: Celebrated and imaginative Akropolis Reed Quintet at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/21: Stunning singer-songwriter Perla Batalla will present her “Frida Kahlo song cycle”, inspired by the works of Kahlo and Diego Rivera  at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/22: Pas de deux series depicting the ups, downs and sideways of relationships – Malashock Dance at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

Additionally, the festival will host a “Tea & Trumpets” at the Ventura Pierpont Inn, where guests will enjoy a four-course English tea with the Festival Brass Quintet’s hallmark wit, humor and fanfare on 7/13, as well as a free public concert with electrifying mariachi-meets-American classics ensemble Jarabe Mexicano at Mission Park in Ventura on 7/18.  For times, updates and more details in the coming months, follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The 24th annual Ventura Music Festival will take place on July 12-15 and July 20-22, 2018 at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, located at 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura CA 93003 unless otherwise noted above. Tickets will range in price from $25-$50 (special student rates excepted) and will be available for purchase in April. For more information please visit www.venturamusicfestival.org or call (805) 648-3146.

ABOUT VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Since 1994, the mission of the Ventura Music Festival has been to bring world-class music to the community, build audience-Festival and audience-artist relationships, and enhance the joy of music through diverse education offerings for all ages. For more information, please visit www.venturamusicfestival.org.

Performances at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center April to December 2018

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Upcoming performances at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue. Visit www.simi-arts.org or call 805-583-7900 for more information and to purchase tickets to these shows.

NEXT TO NORMAL

April 21 – May 27, 2018

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

No performance Friday, April 26th.

Added performance Thursday, May 24th at 8 pm.

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the powerfully provocative musical NEXT TO NORMAL from April 21 - May 27, 2018. With poignant lyrics by Brian Yorkey and a powerful contemporary rock score by Tom Kitt (American Idiot), NEXT TO NORMAL is an insightful and fiercely honest story of love, loss and family life, exploring how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Boasting the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards including best musical score, NEXT TO NORMAL was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Cathartic and ultimately uplifting, NEXT TO NORMAL challenges us to ask the question, 'What is normal?' SVCAC presents this award winning musical in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month of May 2018. This show is recommended for audiences 14 & older due to mature themes. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students/Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 Children 12 & Under.

KIKI EBSEN PRESENTS THE JONI MITCHELL PROJECT

Friday, April 28, 2018

Preshow Dessert Reception at 6:30 pm

Concert begins at 8:00 pm

For the past two years Kiki Ebsen has enjoyed bringing the diverse catalog of Joni Mitchell's songs to those who resonate in the elegant music and profound lyrics. Kiki's Joni Mitchell Project has received wide acclaim in performances from intimate jazz clubs to outdoor festivals. You'll enjoy this special evening and the genius of the Joni Mitchell songbook. Kiki solos on piano on "Both Sides Now" and "Case of You," and shifts to guitar on "Coyote" and "Chelsea Morning," among others. You'll enjoy her band arrangements of "Woodstock," "Big Yellow Taxi," and "Free Man in Paris," "Blonde in the Bleachers," "Twisted," and "Sex Kills." From Joni's earliest years to her later, more edgy, material, Kiki and her band pay tribute to Joni Mitchell, her music, style, originality and pure artistry. Don't miss it!

Featuring: Kiki Ebsen-vocals/keys/guitar, Terry Wollman-guitar, Grant Geissman-guitar, Steve Lawrence-bass and Matt Starr-drums.  Tickets are $50 and include a dessert and wine reception before the show.

RAYMOND MICHAEL’S MOTHER’S DAY WITH ELVIS CONCERT

Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm

World renowned Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael returns to SVCAC for a special Mother’s Day salute featuring all the King of Rock n Roll's big hits in one spectacular evening! Don't miss this concert! Tickets sell fast, so buy yours early! Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 60 & above and students, and $20 for children 12 & under.

BIG RIVER

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi

June 9 – July 15, 2018

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Presented by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi. Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a musical with a book by William Hauptman and music and lyrics by Roger Miller. Based on Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it features music in the bluegrass and country styles in keeping with the setting of the novel. Mark Twain’s beloved classic takes us back to old “Muddy Waters” as Huck Finn and the runaway Jim escape down the mighty Mississippi River in search of freedom. Featuring a score from country music legend Roger Miller, Big River is certain to become a fan favorite! Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students/Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 Children 12 & Under.

RAYMOND MICHAEL’S BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

World renowned Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael returns to SVCAC with his annual BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS concert featuring holiday favorites as well as all the King of Rock n Roll's big hits in one spectacular evening! Don't miss this holiday tradition at the Center! Tickets sell fast, so buy yours early or it truly will be a Blue Christmas for you! Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 60 & above and students, and $20 for children 12 & under.

CLUFest 2018: Retrofuturism Multimedia Show at Cal Lutheran April 14 to May 12, 2018

‘Retrofuturism’ exhibit merges old, new

Cal Lutheran seniors created multimedia show

 Graduating multimedia majors at California Lutheran University are presenting an exhibit that looks at the future through the eyes of the past.

“CLUFest 2018: Retrofuturism” will run from April 14 through May 12 in the William Rolland Art Center lobby on the university’s Thousand Oaks campus. A reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

Seniors in the multimedia capstone class began working on the exhibit in fall. A custom-built, old-fashioned arcade cabinet will contain new original games with characters and backgrounds the students designed. They digitally produced animation of a moon landing that will be featured in a large shadow box. And they designed an interactive photo booth and a 3-D display that pairs retro exhibit hardware with contemporary digital media.

The seniors also curated a collection of works in print and digital media after calling for submissions from all Cal Lutheran students.

As a whole, the display showcases cutting-edge technology and the capabilities of student innovators in graphic design, gaming, high-definition digital cinema, visual effects and interactive media.

This is the first time the annual exhibit will be held in the new 20,000-square-foot William Rolland Art Center. The high ceilings and exposed beams and ducts in the two-story building lend an appropriate industrial feel to the exhibit. The $8 million building, which opened in August, houses offices and classrooms for the art and multimedia departments including a screening room and computer, multimedia and editing labs.

The seniors who created the exhibit are Rian Atherton of Laguna Beach; Victor Cerny of Van Nuys; Alison Cervelli of Thousand Oaks; Heather Chandler of Livermore; Nicholas Covey of Alta Loma; Ashley Espinoza of Winnetka; Hussam Faqih of Thousand Oaks; Troy Fukutomi of Oxnard; Allie Kuritani of Tacoma, Washington; Katrina Layton of Langley, Washington; Tyler Lofquist of Kirkland, Washington; Colin MacDonald of Calabasas; Kyle Mays of Moorpark; Alyssa Pasetta of Simi Valley; Derek Reed of Portland, Oregon; Chelsea Robinson of Windsor Hills; and Lane Young of Gilroy.

Admission to the exhibit and reception is free. The Rolland Art Center is open from 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday. It is located at 3350 Campus Drive. The art center is not to be confused with the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art housed inside the doors to the athletic stadium.

For more information, contact Tim Hengst at thengst@callutheran.edu

"Sylvia" at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse April 6 through May 6

“Sylvia,” the endearingly sweet comedy about a man, his wife, and a very special dog – written by A.R. Gurney - will begin performances at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse on April 6.

“Sylvia” is a smart, silly, sophisticated, and occasionally salty comedy about the relationship between man and wife, dog owner and dog, nature, and growing older. "Gurney's mad comedy is the most endearing good time to trot down the pike in many a moon. Howlingly funny…" —BackStage.

Performances are April 6 through May 6, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students, and military. Group rates are available by calling the box office, and the show is rated PG-13 due to mature language. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse is located at the Camarillo Airport Complex at 330 Skyway Drive in Camarillo. For tickets and more information, visit www.skywayplayhouse.org or call (805) 388-5716.

"The Outsiders" at Hillcrest Center of the Arts in Thousand Oaks April 6-8

True Hazel Productions presents THE OUTSIDERS, a play written by Christopher Sergel based upon the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton.  The play is directed by Micah Meyers and presented April 6 – 8, 2018.  Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm, at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, located at 403 W. Hillcrest Dr. in Thousand Oaks.  This play is presented by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company and is performed in the Theatre on the Hill, inside the Center.

            A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers, is perpetually at odds with the Socs (a shortened term for “social” and pronounced “soshes”), a rival group. When Greasers Ponyboy and Johnny get into a brawl that ends in the death of a Soc, the boys are forced to go into hiding. Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with the intense Dallas and their other Greaser buddies, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives. While some Greasers try to achieve redemption, others meet tragic ends.

            True Hazel Productions is made up entirely of area teens that have been talking about doing this show for years. “So now to be a bunch of teens banding together to produce something that’s going to be so special, not just for kids but for adults as well, it’s a dream come true for all of us,” says 15 year old director Micah Meyers.  “Like Ponyboy reads from Robert Frost in the show, Nature’s first green is gold. This show is gold for us. Look, we’re young and we don’t have a lot of money. But what we do have a lot of is passion.”

            “The Outsiders is a classic with themes that hold even truer today with the greasers, the socs and the meaning of family,” says Meyers.  “In 2018, going to high school, we have cliques and stereotypes too. Plus, the Conejo Valley is all about family, so the cast and I feel that the story of The Outsiders is totally relevant to what we’re all going through as well.”

            Tickets are $15 for reserved seating and may be purchased at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling (805) 381-1246 or www.hillcrestarts.com.    

“Encaustic & Stone” Art Show in Ventura April 18 to May 19

Two Ventura women are joining forces to exhibit their artistic visions and range in an April 18-May 19 show at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

“Encaustic & Stone” will feature two- and three-dimensional pieces by Joyce Lombard and Virginia Buckle, both longtime Buenaventura Art Association members with numerous awards to their credit. They will attend a 5-7 p.m. reception on April 28, the second Saturday of the monthlong show.

Lombard’s specialty is encaustic paintings and paper sculpture, which employ beeswax, resin and pigments, built up in layers with other inclusions. Buckle sculpts in stone, and will present several acrylic paintings and collage artworks as well.

“With encaustic there are many ways to use the materials, from painterly to casting encaustic medium of various formulas into molds,” said Lombard, who will give a demonstration and discuss the history of the medium at 2 p.m. May 6. “I am inspired by contemporary encaustic artists and the many ways they work with the medium. Many of my layered and collaged works reference the natural world; much of it I abstract.”

Buckle said she has been involved in creating art since childhood, but took up sculpting only since retiring from teaching high school English literature in 1994. Among her favorite art subjects are mythology, nature and the female form.

“My joy as an artist is the discovery of the beauty of color and design that lies within the rough stone,” she said. “My goal is to reveal that beauty by sculpting that stone in a way that will please the eye and soul of the beholder.”

In her sculpture and painting, she said, her favorite part is “seeing my idea come into being under my guidance with stone, paint, tools and fabric.”

Buckle plans to exhibit 11 sculptures and six paintings and collage pieces; Lombard will have about 25 encaustic and mixed media works on display. Concurrent with their show will be a juried exhibition of artworks by BAA members.

Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit the nonprofit cooperative’s website, www.buenaventuragallery.org, or call 648-1235 during gallery hours.

Footworks Youth Ballet Spring Performances

Ventura’s FOOTWORKS YOUTH BALLET presents three productions this spring in Ventura County showcasing a variety of ballet styles—the story ballet PETER AND THE WOLF, companioned with the Balanchine-inspired CLASSICAL SYMPHONY (both with music by Sergei Prokofiev), and lastly, the classic Romantic ballet, GISELLE.

1st Performance: PETER AND THE WOLF and CLASSICAL SYMPHONY 

Ventura College Theatre – 4700 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura

General Public Saturday, April 21st, 2 P.M. and 5 P.M.

Outreach Performances for Students (K-8 ) – PETER AND THE WOLF Thursday, April 19th
10:00 A.M. and 11:45 A.M. (Cost: Sliding scale of $0-$5 per ticket)

Contact: outreach@footworksyouthballet.org

Tickets: $22. Buy tickets online at: www.footworksyouthballet.org

2nd Performance:

GISELLE and PETER AND THE WOLF and CLASSICAL SYMPHONY
Oxnard Performing Arts Center – 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA

When:

General Public – GISELLE
Saturday, June 2nd, 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.

General Public – PETER AND THE WOLF and CLASSICAL SYMPHONY Sunday, June 3rd, 2:00 P.M.

Outreach Performances for Students (K-8) – PETER AND THE WOLF Friday, June 1st
10:00 A.M. and 11:45 A.M. (Cost: Sliding scale of $0-$5 per ticket) Contact: outreach@footworksyouthballet.org

Tickets:$22, $18, $14 

Ticket Hotline: (805) 486-2424

Online Ticket Orders: www.footworksyouthballet.org

Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet is proud to present three very different ballets this spring starting with PETER AND THE WOLF by Sergei Prokofiev. Come see this lively performance with the usual characters—the Wolf, Peter, Grandfather, the Bird, the Cat, and Ducks—as well as leaping Frogs, Villagers, Squirrels and Hunters. The story takes an unexpected twist at the end with Artistic Director Kirsten Oakley’s entertaining interpretation of this well-known children’s classic.

Along with PETER AND THE WOLF will be a special performance of Prokofiev’s CLASSICAL SYMPHONY, a Balanchine-inspired ballet in the Neoclassical style. Choreographed by Kirsten Oakley’s friend and mentor Yvonne Mounsey, who danced in George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, it showcases a more sleek and modern style based in classical ballet but features increased energy and speed, pared-down sets and costumes, and less reliance on a story.

To round out the offerings this spring, Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet will also bring GISELLE to the stage. GISELLE is the epitome of Romantic ballet. First performed in 1841 to the music of French composer Adolphe Adam, it is the story of love lost, remorse, and forgiveness. Not often performed, GISELLE will offer Ventura County residents a special opportunity to experience a ballet that is often dubbed as moody and ethereal with a touch of the supernatural.

Footworks Youth Ballet is a nonprofit ballet company whose purpose is to provide educational opportunities to young people through the art of ballet. 

Shakespeare's Macbeth at Ojai Art Center Theater 4 Weekends Starting March 16th

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Macbeth’s director Michael Addison has tapped into the creative community of Ojai, bringing actors, artists, musicians, and more to expose the pure core of this classic play—power—in a multi-sensory production. The audience will have their senses pricked by not only the dialog and drama, but audibly and visually. The play opens Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Art Center Theater.
 
A key visual element will be a nonlinear set design. “I did not want it to be immediately representational because I felt that would be limiting,” said Addison. “It’s clearly a castle, but also out on the heath, in the field, hither and yond. Therefore, we moved in an abstract direction. I brought together two designers: Kenny Dahle who’s designed a number of extraordinary sets for the Art Center, most recently his set for Animal Crackers which was rich and perfectly detailed; and fiber artist Carol Shaw-Sutton.
 
“I had seen Carol’s work early on when she first came to Ojai. I was struck by how she manipulates fabric to create haunting images, some which are purely abstract. Some of Carol’s pieces looked like flayed creatures dried out in the sun. The idea I developed with her and Kenny was to mount these fabrics to suggest walls so that we could have ghosts floating in the air or could be portraits hanging on the wall inside a castle, depending on scene and lighting.

“Another element I wanted was a certain decrepitude. Carol and a number of fabric artists worked as a team, drawing on the rich body of talent we have in Ojai. They’ve created pieces to be like trophies or trees in the forest, whatever Claire Cleary the lighting designer makes them appear to be. Team members are from the Ojai Fiber Collective: Kyle Crowner, Pat Edwards, Mary Mohr, and Wendy Osher.

“In the costume department, happily, I’ve worked with our costume designer Mary Crane who has a rich background and strong visual eye. For this production, Mary has strongly reinforced the nature of the various characters through fabric and color choices.”
 
To raise the audiences sensory experience, Addison added a musical score of percussion created by professional percussionist John Lacques. A wide variety of sounds will make up the aural background for the action and bring another dimension to the total effect of the play. Jaye Hersh is the production’s vocal consultant.
 
What does Addison hope for from all of this preparation? “I’m hoping we will have a production that will scare the bejesus out of people!”
 
Opening night will be marked with a sparkling celebration after the show. Meet the director and the cast and hoist a glass of bubbly to this innovative interpretation of the Scottish play. Macbeth is a joint production of OPAT and OACT.  It opens March 16 for four weekends, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2:00, ojaiact.org or call 640-8797.                         

About the Ojai Art Center Theater

The Ojai Art Center is the longest continuously-operating multi-disciplinary center serving the arts in the State of California. Opened in 1939, the Center has eight branches for the various art disciplines. The Theater Branch presents a variety of dramatic productions, ranging from comedy to drama and musicals, annually. The branch has its own directors and monthly meetings to address all theater-related issues. The Artistic Director annually screens proposals for future productions and presents a tentative schedule for approval to the Center’s Board of Directors.

Ojai Art Center is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The Ojai Art Center Theater is located inside the Art Center at: 113 South Montgomery Street. 

"The Importance of Being Earnest" at CSU Channel Islands March 29-31, 2018

More than the truth will be bent in the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) interpretation of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” set to go onstage at 8 p.m. in Malibu Hall on March 29, 30 and 31 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Friday, March 30.

Half of the Oscar Wilde classic play will feature women playing female roles and men playing male roles, but after intermission, the play will continue with a gender-swapped version.

“The expectations of a male and female were dictated by Victorian society,” said Performing Arts Lecturer Laura Covault, who directs the show. “What we’re examining with the way we’re putting on the show is the expectations of gender in the Victorian age versus the gender expectations today.”

The theme is topical, Covault said, with Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of Senate Bill 179, the “Gender Recognition Act,” which allows Californians to choose a third, nonbinary option on their driver’s licenses and birth certificates. The law went into effect in 2018.

Covault said the pronouns in “Earnest” were changed, but the play is largely true to Wilde’s original lines so that the audience can consider what a man’s line sounds like coming out of a woman’s mouth and vice versa.

“Women will be proposing to men and men will be taking the more submissive role in the gender-swapped half of the play,” Covault said.

One night, the first act will be gender-bent and the second act traditional, and the next night, the first act will be traditional and the second act gender-swapped. Students from other academic majors are also cast in the play along with Performing Arts majors.

Performing Arts and Psychology double major Annelise Gaetano plays Algernon in the gender swap version. In the traditional version, Algernon is a playful bachelor in love with a woman named Cecily. In the gender swap version, Algernon is a playful bachelorette in love with “Cecil.”

“Usually in plays, when girls fall in love with boys, they’re googly-eyes and head-over-heels,” Gaetano said. “In this version, Cecil is more of the doe-eyed one who falls in love and Algernon is trying to stay in control, not showing his emotions.”

Gaetano said delivering male dialogue in the play has transferred into her life offstage.

“I’ve learned to be more confident in my own life,” she said. “I feel that I’m not as timid and shy as when we started this play.”

Art major Jonathan Zachary, a junior, is the assistant stage manager and also plays the part of Lane, the butler, in the traditional half of the show. In the gender-bent half, he plays Mr. Prism, a male version of Miss Prism, Cecily’s governess and the picture of Victorian propriety.

“He is very studious and very proper and thinks he’s better than everyone else, but tries to hide his big mistakes,” Zachary said.

Zachary said it wasn’t too difficult to deliver lines meant for a female as “I think my own sense of self is not founded in traditional masculine or feminine roles,” he said.

One more twist to the play is the set and costume design, which will be steampunk, a mix of modern and Victorian style rooted in science fiction. The students felt the aesthetic best represented their old versus new twist on the classic tale.

Tickets for CSUCI students are free. Faculty $10.00, General Public $15.00. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3339349.

Hillcrest Players Presents "If the Show Fits" in Thousand Oaks March 17, 24

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Young Artists Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players presents IF THE SHOW FITS, by Karen Woodford and directed by Ivy Ratafia with performers age 7-14.   Performances are Performances are Saturdays, March 17 and 24, 2018 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive.

About the play: It’s Cinderella told from the Prince’s point of view! Complete with kidnapping! Romance! Mystery! And a robot! Where the past intersects with the present! Will the Prince survive the ball? Will the kingdom ever get their website? Will everyone live happily ever after?

Hillcrest Players gives young people an opportunity to flex their artistic muscles in a less demanding arena than a full-length production.   The one-act plays provide young performers with a positive experience to increase self-esteem, self-awareness and self-discipline. 

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.  Reserved seats are $13 for adults, children, students and seniors. 

Conejo Players Theatre Announces 2018 60th Anniversary Season

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Conejo Players Theatre, the longest-running community theatre in the Conejo Valley, is excited to announce its 2018 Season -- celebrating its amazing 60th anniversary year!

Tickets for the following shows at www.conejoplayers.org or call the Box Office at 805.495.3715. The theatre is located at 351 S. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks.

Candide

March 23 - April 15, 2018

Based on Voltaire’s classic story with music by Leonard Bernstein, Candide is a fast-moving musical that travels through “the best of all possible worlds” with intrigue and seduction from Germany to Spain. Pirates and raging seas; gold, jewels, and debauchery; love and passion lost; trial by inquisition; escape to the new world; abundant riches found; return to Paris and Venice ... and love reunited. In other words: an adventure of music, dance, and laughter where frivolity flirts with danger at every turn! (rated PG.)

Into the Woods Jr.

April 21 - 29, 2018

Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical.  Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

May 18 - June 9, 2018

Winner of the 2001 Tony® Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outer Critics Circle Award and Outstanding Revival of a Play. Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison.

West Side Story

July 20 - August 19, 2018

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. 

Is He Dead?

September 14 - October 6, 2018

Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor's prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a rich "widow," he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie. 

Guys and Dolls

November 16 - December 16, 2018

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, GUYS AND DOLLS is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result.