Kelly "RISK" Graval "For the Greater Good" Solo Exhibition at California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks through September 4th

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is hosting a solo exhibit by Kelly “RISK” Graval through Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Writing under the pseudonym RISK, Graval rose to prominence as the originator of a bright, colorful, west coast graffiti style. He pioneered “hitting up the heavens” and tagging freight trains to spread his name across the country. By the early 90’s, RISK could be seen all over Los Angeles.

Graval’s mixed-media work follows in the rich tradition of Pop Art. Iconography from Buddhism, rock and roll, advertising, and cartoons figure prominently in his work. Working in neon translates his bright palette into light while painting on metal calls back to the many nights spent in the railyards of Los Angeles County. Graval’s work plays with visual and material juxtapositions to both draw in and push back on the viewer. Metal, lights, paint, grit, and shine are the materials of Graval’s practice and the materials of the city that raised him.

CMATO is located at The Oaks shopping mall 2nd floor, midway between Nordstrom and Macy’s. Hours are Thursdays 3-7PM and Fridays-Sundays noon-7PM. Suggested donation for admission is $6.

Visit cmato.org or call 805.405.5240 for more information.

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "Mary Poppins, Jr." May 3 - 19, 2019 in Thousand Oaks

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Young Artists Ensemble presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS, JR. directed by Georgeanne Lees with musical direction by Susan Trewory-Culkins. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays May 3 - 19, 2019. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

Mary Poppins, Jr. is the tale of a no-nonsense nanny with a heart of gold and a little bit of magic who helps a family struggling to break free of their assigned roles. With the help of a dancing chimney sweep, Mary Poppins turns the whole Banks Family household upside down on its way to right side up. The play has original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes and new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. It was co-created by Cameron Mackintosh, based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film.

“We are delighted to bring the magic of "Mary Poppins Jr" into the lives of young and old alike,” says director Lees. “Will Mary fly? Well, ‘anything can happen if you let it’!”

Mary Poppins, Jr. is the final production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 38th Annual Family Theatre Season, The “Season of Unexpected Magic”. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.

Young Artists Ensemble is an award-winning theatre company for young people that has received many accolades, including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts. It has received top honors in the National Youth Arts Awards for many of its Teen Summer Musicals and its Conejo Theatre For Everyone. When the Young Artists Ensemble started in 1981 it was a small group performing on a shoestring budget in the back room of a local park. Today it produces an annual Family Theatre Season as well as annual Teen Dramas and Teen Summer Musicals. YAE works to instill a seed of love for the arts in the youth of this community that will continue to grow and blossom throughout their lives. Yearly it provides opportunities for hundreds of kids between the ages of 10 and 19 to perform in well-known musicals and plays, and hosts an annual program that integrates developmentally delayed adults into the theatrical community.

Young Artists Forever Presents "Evil Dead: The Musical" April 5-14, 2019 in Thousand Oaks

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Young Artists Forever will present Evil Dead The Musical April 5 - 14, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00pm with on Thursday performance at 7:30 pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. Book and Lyrics are by George Reinblatt with Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris & George Reinblatt. Mark Andrew Reyes will direct with musical director Zachary Spencer. All proceeds benefit Young Artists Ensemble, and this play is recommended for mature audiences due to strong language, zombie violence, and fake blood. Parents are strongly cautioned as some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Evil Dead The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest, funniest, and bloodiest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… and all to music.

Director Mark Andrew Reyes has been a part of the Young Artists Ensemble and the Conejo Recreation and Park District Cultural Unit since 1988. He has directed over 20 of their productions including JESUS CHRIST SUPESTAR, JEKYLL & HYDE, LES MISERABLES, INTO THE WOODS, THE CRUCIBLE, WE WILL ROCK YOU, and CARRIE THE MUSICAL. He’s also directed shows for The Conejo Players, The Camarillo Community Theatre, The Marquie Dinner Theatre, and Oaks Christian High School. Also an actor, he’s portrayed King Arthur in CAMELOT, the title role of MACBETH, THE ELEPHANT MAN, Cinderella’s Prince in INTO THE WOODS, Che in EVITA, El Gallo in THE FANTASTICKS, and a 15 year run as Herr Drosselmeyer for the Pacific Festival Ballet’s annual THE NUTCRACKER at the Kavli Theatre.

Young Artists Forever is a talented and generous group of Young Artists Ensemble Alumni and Friends who gather to donate their time and talents for the presentations of fun musical productions. This Ventura County based non-profit theatre was created with the goal of providing hands on learning experiences for graduates of the YAE program hoping to pursue careers in Directing, Producing, Designing or other jobs in the theatre industry. Recent Young Artists Forever productions include “Avenue Q”, “Spring Awakening”, “Into the Woods”, “Godspell”, “Rent”, “The Last Five Years” starring Veronica Dunne, “Urinetown”, and “The Rocky Horror Show”. These productions are created to support the performing arts and raise money for Young Artists Ensemble, while giving YAE alumni a chance to come back to perform in the place where they first began to develop their craft and deepen their love for the theatre.

Young Artists Ensemble is an award-winning theatre company for young people that has received many accolades, including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts. It has received top honors in the National Youth Arts Awards for many of its Teen Summer Musicals and its Conejo Theatre For Everyone. When the Young Artists Ensemble started in 1981 it was a small group performing on a shoestring budget in the back room of a local park. Today it produces an annual Family Theatre Season as well as annual Teen Dramas and Teen Summer Musicals. YAE works to instill a seed of love for the arts in the youth of this community that will continue to grow and blossom throughout their lives. Yearly it provides opportunities for hundreds of kids between the ages of 10 and 19 to perform in well-known musicals and plays, and hosts an annual program that integrates developmentally delayed adults into the theatrical community.

Reserved tickets in the Splatter Zone are $20, and tickets in the Non-Splatter Zone are $15 for Students and seniors and $20 for adults, and may be purchased by calling 805-381-1246 or visiting www.hillcrestarts.com. SPLATTER ZONES! rows are designated seats that will be on the receiving end of several ‘Blood Effects’ in the show. A Clear plastic poncho is included with each Splatter zone Ticket and while non-toxic ‘Stage Blood’ will not stain most fabrics, the producers make no guarantees. Says director Reyes, “I recommend wearing those old shoes, old jeans and old shirt everyone hates, or be bold and brave and just wear all white!” Guests who catch entrails or body parts must return them at the end of the performance.

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "The Little Prince" in Thousand Oaks February 1-24

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Young Artists Ensemble presents THE LITTLE PRINCE directed by Suzanne Tobin. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays February 1 - 24, 2019. Young Artists Ensemble performances are February 1 – 17, 2019 and Conejo Theatre for Everyone performances are February 22 -24, 2019.

The Little Prince is the beautiful and lyrical story, based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, about a little boy who finds magic in everyone and everything he encounters throughout the universe - from a single rose, to a wild fox, to a stranded pilot. An additional final weekend includes performance by CONEJO THEATRE FOR EVERYONE, teaming up YAE kids and performers with special needs for a unique theatrical experience.

THE LITTLE PRINCE is the second production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 38th Annual Family Theatre Season. The “Season of Unexpected Magic” will conclude with DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S MARY POPPINS, JR. May 3-19, 2019. Tickets can be purchased at a deep discount by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.

Young Artists Ensemble received 19 nominations and four wins for their 2017-19 Productions. Winners in the 13th Annual National Youth Arts Awards included Outstanding Production: Grease, Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical: Nick Meyer as Danny Zuko in Grease, Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical: Kristen Wisneski as Marty in Grease, and Outstanding Musical Direction: Zachary Spencer for Grease. Among the many nominees were performers and creative staff from Hillcrest Players Productions Shadow of a Pout and If the Shoe Fits, and Young Artists Ensemble’s production of Madagascar, Jr.

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 2018-2019 Season

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The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard.  Visit www.civicartsplaza.com for more information or call 805.449.2787. It is one of the largest performing arts center between Los Angeles and San Francisco at over 200,000 square feet.

The City of Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Department oversees theatre productions for the Civic Arts Plaza, which encompasses two theatres – the 1,800-seat Fred Kavli Theatre and the 394-seat Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com or at 800.745.3000.

Here’s the planned 2018-2019 lineup. New events added year-round at civicartsplaza.com/shows. There are also many local performers that perform regularly at the CAP, such as the New West Symphony, 5-Star Theatricals, Distinguished Speaker Series, Village Voices Chorale, Pacific Festival Ballet and others.

Thu 9/20: Engelbert Humperdinck

Sun 9/23: Pacific Festival Dance Theatre “Carmen”

Fri 9/28: Benise - Guego! Spirit of Spain

Fri 9/28: The Outsourced Comedy Tour

Sat 9/29: Loudon Wainwright III

Sun 9/30: Kenny G

Sat 10/6: Ivan Amodei Secrets & Illusions

Sat 10/6: New West Symphony “Rhapsody in Blue”

Sun 10/7: Popovich Pet Theater

Fri 10/12: Mark Wills

Fri 10/12: Lily Tomlin

Sat 10/13: Justin Willman

10/19-10/28: Shrek the Musical

Sat 10/20: Tom Papa

Thu 10/25: Jesse Colin Young

Fri 10/26: The Undeportables

Sat 10/27: Five for Fighting with Strong Quartet

Fri 11/2: Johnny Boyd

Fri 11/2: C.S. Lewis Onstage

Tue 11/6: Distinguished Speaker Series - Annie Leibovitz

Wed 11/7: The Tenors

Thu 11/8: America

Fri 11/9: Mark Synnott - Life on the Vertical

Sat 11/10: David Crosby & Friends

Sat 11/10: Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along

Wed 11/14: Estas Tonne: The Breath of Sound

Thu 11/15: Johnny Mathis

Fri 11/16: The Every Woman Comedy Tour

Sat 11/17: Rodney Crowell

Sat 11/17: New West Symphony “The Romantics”

Sun 11/18: #IMOSO Hard Mom’s Night Out Round 2 (18+ only)

Fri 11/23: Postmodern Jukebox

Sat 11/24: A Magical Cirque Christmas

11/30-12/1: Village Voices Chorale - A Gift of Music

12/13-12/14: An Irish Christmas

12/15: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas Movie

12/15-12/16: Pacific Festival Ballet “The Nutcracker”

Thu 12/20: Brian Wilson presents the Christmas Album Live

12/27-12/30: The King and I

Jan 15: Distinguished Speaker Series - Chris Wallace

Jan 1/18: Whose Live Anyway

Fri 1/25: Bertie Gregory - National Geographic Live!

Sat 1/26: Rhythmic Traditions

1/31-2/1 - The Sound of Music

Tue 2/12: Distinguished Speaker Series - James Comey

Fri 2/22: Kara Cooney - National Geographic Live!

Fri 3/1: Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey

Sat 3/2: New West Symphony “Northern Lights”

Tue 3/5: Distinguished Speaker Series - Jon Meacham

Fri 3/15: Thomas Peschak - National Geographic Live!

3/22-3/31: 5-Star Theatricals “Matilda the Musical”

Sat 4/6: New West Symphony “Indescribable Beauty”

4/11-4/14: Legally Blonde - The Musical

Tue 4/16: Distinguished Speaker Series - Alan Alda

Sat 5/4: New West Symphony “Russian Troika”

Sat 5/4: Live From Laurel Canyon - Songs & Stories of American Folk Rock

Sat 5/18: Camelot

Sun 5/19: Keb Mo

Tue 5/21: Distinguished Speaker Series - Paul Nicklen

7/11-7/14: The Book of Mormon

7/26-8/4: 5-Star Theatricals “West Side Story”

Voltaire's "Candide" at Conejo Players Theatre March 16 through April 15, 2018

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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.)

March 16 through April 15, 2018
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8:00pm / Sunday at 2:00pm
Special Saturday matinee performance on March 24

Conejo Players Theatre  351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks

For tickets, visit www.conejoplayers.org.

 

"This is Hunger" Touring Exhibit in Thousand Oaks February 10th to 14th

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Temple Adat Elohim and Ascension Lutheran Church are proud to host the last stop for “This Is Hunger,” a national touring exhibit that will be in Thousand Oaks from February 10th to 14th. This first-of-its-kind free exhibit will bring Conejo Valley residents face to face with the stark realities of hunger through state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and interactive elements.

To raise awareness about the prevalence of hunger in the Conejo Valley, Temple Adat Elohim and Ascension Lutheran Church partnered with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to bring “This Is Hunger” to a local audience. The exhibit features portraits by an internationally renowned photojournalist, and the stories of dozens of Americans who have had difficulty putting enough nutritious food on the table each day. Through digital and hands-on activities, “This Is Hunger” takes participants on a compelling journey that draws them into the real-life circumstances of these individuals and deepens their awareness about who in America struggles with hunger and why. Visitors are then encouraged to educate others and advocate for change.

“This Is Hunger” is housed in a 53-foot-long double expandable semitrailer that, when parked and opened on both sides, provides nearly 1,000 square feet of exhibit space. The exhibit is wrapping up a 16-month national tour that has stopped in more than 40 cities across the country.

There is NO charge but RSVPs are a must. For free ticket reservation and tour times, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/this-is-hunger-ca-temple-adat-elohim-with-ascension-lutheran-church-tickets-41029910567

Location: 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

Website: https://alcto.org/events/this-is-hunger/

Phone: (805) 495-0406

A Christmas Story: The Musical in Thousand Oaks November 3-9, 2017

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Young Artists Ensemble presents A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL directed by Michael Fischer with Musical Direction by Susan Treworgy-Calkins. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays November 3 - 19, 2017.  Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm. 

YAE brings this new Holiday favorite to life onstage. Will Santa bring Ralphie his beloved Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas? Will his Dad win a MAJOR AWARD? Will Flick get his tongue unstuck from a frozen flagpole?

Tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for children, students and seniors and are available by calling (805) 381-1246 or visiting www.yaeonline.com.

A CHRISTMAS STORY is the first production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 37th Annual Family Theatre Season.  The “Season of Family” will continue with DREAMWORKS’ MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR. performing February 2 – 18, 2018 and will conclude with CHARLOTTE’S WEB May 4-20, 2018.  Season tickets can be purchased at a deep discount by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com. 

Young Artists Ensemble received 38 nominations and thirteen wins for their 2016-17 Productions.  Winners in the 12th Annual National Youth Arts Awards included Outstanding Production: , Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical: Lyda Jade Harlan as Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Julia Lester asCarrie White in Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Lead Actress (Junior Division): Jaden Levinson as Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, Outstanding Supporting Actress (College Division): Katherine Steele as Margaret White in Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Kate Fruehling as Sue Snell in Carrie: The Musical, Arielle Jacobellis as Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Outstanding Featured Actress (Junior Division): Marissa Margolis as Young Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Outstanding Lighting Design: Ken Milbrett for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Set Design: Mark Andrew Reyes for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Choreography: Anthea Stobie for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Musical Direction: Zachary Spencer for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Direction: Mark Andrew Reyes for Carrie: The Musical. 

Conejo Players Theatre Presents "A Murder is Announced" September 8-30, 2017

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Agatha Christie adapted play "A Murder is Announced" presented by Conejo Players Theatre

PLOT: An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution -- at some risk to herself, in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain… 

LOCATION: Conejo Players Theatre 351 S. Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks

PERFORMANCES: September 8th – 30th, 2017, Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8:00pm / Sundays at 2:00pm

TICKET PRICES: $18 Adults / $16 Students, Seniors, & Military

TO ORDER TICKETS:  Visit www.conejoplayers.org or call the Box Office at 805.495.3715

 

Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era? Exhibit at California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks Sept 7 to Dec 9, 2017

Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era?

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks
September 7 to December 9, 2017
Wednesday - Saturdays
12PM - 4PM

Opening Reception: September 7, 2017 at 7PM

Part of Femmes Photo Fest Art Crawl

Photographic examination of identity through the artistry of some of the most compelling female photographers
working in California today.

Jo Ann Callis
Arden Surdam
Gay Ribisi
Andréanne Michon
Sant Khalsa
Sandra Klein

Curated by:
Lynn Farrand
Laura PG Lewis

Femmes Photo Fest Continues at
Four Friends Gallery with images from the Janss Collection

Location: 1948 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks

www.cmato.org

Family Theatre Performances of A Christmas Story, Madagascar and Charlotte's Web in Thousand Oaks 2017-2018

Young Artists Ensemble announces its 37th Annual Family Theatre Season: The Season of Family.  This season audiences are first invited to celebrate the holiday season, then travel to exotic locations (like the Central Park Zoo) to join a group of lovable "wild" animals on their adventures, and finally visit a farm to meet Wilbur and Charlotte, whose unlikely friendship will warm all hearts.

A Christmas Story, The Musical is a Holiday favorite coming to life in this new onstage production. Will Santa bring Ralphie his beloved Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas? Will Dad win a MAJOR AWARD?  Will Flick get his tongue unstuck from a frozen flagpole? Why watch the movie marathon on TV, when you can experience all the musical magic LIVE onstage November 3 – 19, 2017?

Dreamworks' Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.  reminds audiences that you have no choice but to “MOVE IT, MOVE IT” as Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo, and some crafty penguins escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, this Zooful of fun will perform February 2 – 18, 2018.  An additional weekend includes performance by CONEJO THEATRE FOR EVERYONE.

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 third and final production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 37th Annual Family Theatre Season and is presented May 4 – 20, 2018.

Season tickets are available for all three shows starting at only $30 for adults, children, students and seniors for the Super Discount Friday performances on the second or third Fridays of each production, or tailor your season for $39 adults and $33 children, students and seniors.  Individual show tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for children, students and seniors.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office, or by calling (805) 381-1246 or visiting www.yaeonline.com. 10% discount for groups of ten or more for a single performance only, not available for season tickets. 

Hillcrest Players Presents "Shadow of a Pout" in Thousand Oaks October 14, 21

SHADOW OF A POUT – When Santa’s temper tantrum results in the cancellation of every single holiday, an overlooked groundhog sheds light on the subject. Note: This is not a Christmas play, this is an everything play!

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. 

WHEN: Saturdays, October 14 & 21, 2017 at 1:00 and 3:00 pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

Tickets $12 for all ages. Free parking. More info at 805.381.1246 or www.yaeonline.com.

 

Youth Musical Theatre Presents "The Drowsy Chaperone" in Thousand Oaks May 25-28

Youth Musical Theatre is pleased to bring The Drowsy Chaperone, the five-time Tony Award winning parody of 1920s musical comedy, to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum Theater, May 25 - 28, 2017.  

With awards including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a rollicking send-up of the Jazz Age, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. The hilarious musical farce focuses on a die-hard yet anti-social musical theater fan who plays his favorite cast album – the fictional 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone – and then provides acerbic commentary as the musical comes to life right in front of him.

The show is directed by Raymond Saar, well-known in the West Valley for directing musicals which mix Broadway-quality production value with high-caliber student performances. Mr. Saar serves as the Artistic Director of Youth Musical Theatre, a non-profit performing arts group which consists of some of the most talented young performers in Southern California.

Performances are set for 7:30 pm May 25 - 28, with additional Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $19 – 29 and can be purchased at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office (civicartsplaza.com) or Ticketmaster (800-653-8000).

DISCOUNTED TICKETS AVAILABLE ON LIMITED BASIS AT bit.ly/DrowsyChaperoneTO (affiliate link)

ABOUT YOUTH MUSICAL THEATRE

Youth Musical Theatre, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a theater company whose mission is for our actors to work together to develop self-confidence and self-esteem while working towards a complex and concrete goal: an outstanding theatrical production. To learn more, visit www.youthmusicaltheatre.com or call (818) 884-9909.

Cabrillo Music Theatre Presents "Peter Pan" in Thousand Oaks July 14-27

Cabrillo Music Theatre, the resident, professional theater production company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, has cast Thousand Oaks native Carly Bracco as lead in Peter Pan. Beginning July 14, Cabrillo Music Theatre will conclude its 2016/17 season with ten performances of the musical based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, with its final performance on July 27. Slated for only a two-week run, Cabrillo Music Theatre has added an additional matinee performance on Wednesday, July 19, due to early ticket sales.

Bracco, who graduated from Thousand Oaks High School, and then UCLA’s Musical Theater program in 2010, has performed in the roles of Tootles, Jane and Wendy in the Peter Pan National Tour, having the opportunity to perform alongside Cathy Rigby. Bracco currently stars as Elsa in Disneyland’s live musical production of Frozen at the Anaheim-based theme park.

Peter Pan will feature the score by Morris "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne, with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. In this Tony Award-winning musical, Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and — with a sprinkle of pixie dust — begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. Featuring the iconic songs "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up" and "Never Never Land," the musical intends to capture the full magic, warmth and adventure of the popular Disney film and musical of the same name.

Following Peter Pan, Cabrillo Music Theatre will begin its 2017/18 season, which features Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and a Disney classic whose title can’t be announced until July 1. To buy tickets for Peter Pan or to learn more about Cabrillo Music Theatre and how to become a season ticket holder, visit www.cabrillomusictheatre.com.

ABOUT CABRILLO MUSIC THEATRE

Cabrillo Music Theatre is the Ovation Award-winning resident professional theatre production company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and a nonprofit theatre organization. For more than three decades, Cabrillo has been enriching the cultural life of Ventura and Los Angeles counties and the surrounding areas by providing an extraordinary performing arts experience through live, Broadway-quality productions of musical theater. It is Cabrillo Music Theatre’s mission to provide the highest-quality theater experience, foster educational opportunities, and promote cultural and artistic enrichment to enhance the quality of life in Southern California. For more information, visit www.cabrillomusictheatre.com.

“Plastic Oceans: A Sad Reality” Exhibit at William Rolland Gallery at CLU 4/22 to 5/13

A small interactive exhibit created by California Lutheran University students to educate people on the state of the world’s oceans will be on display April 22 through May 13.

“Plastic Oceans: A Sad Reality” will be exhibited in the alcove of the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus.

In just a few short centuries, human achievement and industrial advancement have brought our world into an unprecedented technological landscape. But what have these accomplishments cost the largest ecosystem on our planet? This exhibition provides a snapshot of the current state of some of the world’s oceans.

Complete with model fish and an interactive station, the exhibit is perfect for families and is educational for all age groups.

Students in the university’s Arts Management and Museology class curated the exhibit. They are Danielle Nguyen from Chatsworth, Hannah Long from Albany, Dillon Lutza from Valencia and Michaela Bunker from Sacramento.

Entrance to the gallery is free.

The gallery is located in William Rolland Stadium, which is north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.

It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact curator Rachel Schmid at rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

“Forward: CLUFest 2017" Exhibit at Kwan Fong Gallery at Cal Lutheran 4/21 to 5/14

Robots, virtual reality and interactive projections will be part of CLUFest 2017, a California Lutheran University exhibit highlighting multimedia students’ work with cutting-edge technology.

“Forward: CLUFest 2017” will run from April 21 through May 14 in Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture on the Thousand Oaks campus. A reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

The 13 graduating seniors in the multimedia capstone class planned and curated “Forward” to explore technological growth through unconventional uses of design and storytelling. It highlights the work of students of all class levels majoring and minoring in multimedia by showing their capabilities as emerging innovators in design, gaming, cinema, visual effects and interactive media.

Unique features of this year’s exhibit will include a demonstration of robots designed by computer science students, an interactive projection on the floor that responds to motion, and a student-designed virtual reality space. An upside-down-room photo booth created by the capstone students gives the illusion of standing on the ceiling. Other features include videos and projected artworks.

For a series titled “Rewind,” each of the capstone students re-created one of their earlier works to show how their skills have developed in a range of specialties during their years at Cal Lutheran.

The capstone students are Audrey Askegard of Simi Valley, Matthew Bianchi of Granada Hills, Jordan Bowlby of Alpharetta, Georgia, Tyler Chinappi of Oak Park, Tyler Graper of Simi Valley, Will Houser of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Joey Luau of East Los Angeles, Allyssa Moscotte of Granada Hills, Alexandria Pico of Saugus, Nikki Snook of Simi Valley, Jacob Steagall of Thousand Oaks, Morgan Terhar of Bothell, Washington, and Kevin Zucker of Thousand Oaks.

The gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

Cal Lutheran’s Multimedia Department is sponsoring the free exhibition. For more information, contact Tim Hengst at 805-493-3241 or thengst@callutheran.edu.

Disco-Style Adaptation of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at Cal Lutheran April 20 through 30

‘Hamlet’ takes a disco turn in production   

Cal Lutheran professor wrote musical adaptation

The California Lutheran University Theatre Arts Department will present an original disco-style adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in April.

The Mainstage Production of “Hamlet, Disco Dane of Denmark” will be performed at 8 p.m. April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29. A 2 p.m. matinee will be presented on April 30. All performances are in the Black Box Studio Theatre on the Thousand Oaks campus. The run time is one hour and 10 minutes.

Written and directed by theater arts professor Ken Gardner of Thousand Oaks, the play is set in Club Elsinore, the hottest disco in the Big Apple, in 1978. It contains original songs as well as parodies of classic disco songs.

Originally performed at Cal Lutheran in 2004, the play has since undergone rewrites, including the revision of three songs and addition of one new tune. Singer Michael Falcone, a Cal Lutheran alumnus from Newbury Park who played the original Hamlet, returns to play the role of his dead father, King of the Disco Floor.

In the play, the King of the Disco Floor roams the club at night as a ghost and appears on the club video screen. Sad collegian Hamlet leaves Denmark University for New York City to get to the bottom of the death of his father. The opening video montage of Hamlet hitchhiking to the Big Apple will include cameo appearances, including one by Cal Lutheran President Chris Kimball.

Jordan Erickson, a theater arts major from Thousand Oaks, will play Hamlet. Other cast members are Carrie Bower, a biochemistry major from Brea; theater arts major Chris Clyne and theater arts/political science major Peter Johnson of Camarillo; Bridget DeMaria, a theater arts/communication major from Los Alamitos; theater arts major Janelle Detina of Chicago; theater arts majors Will Haddock and Gaby Reublin of Thousand Oaks; and biology major Ruth Smitherman of Roy, Washington.

Alumnus Seth Kamenow, who designs sets for the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in his hometown, transformed the entire Black Box Theatre into a disco. Liz Murphy, a theater arts major from Thousand Oaks, devised the lighting and Christopher Baldwin Reynolds, a theater arts major from Moreno Valley, designed the video and sound. Faculty member Noelle Raffy created the costumes, complete with bell bottoms and other disco regalia, and faculty member Josh Clabaugh is the technical director. Ron DiBuccio, a member of the band 3 Strange Daze, helped with musical composition. Glenn Jordan, an Emmy Award-winning composer and former member of Sha Na Na, created and recorded the musical accompaniment.

The theater is located at 141 Memorial Parkway. Admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at CalLutheran.edu/theatre-arts. They may also be available at the door. For more information, call 805-493-3452.

Premiere of Photography Exhibit at Four Friends Gallery in Thousand Oaks

The Four Friends Gallery will hold a Public Opening Reception on March 11th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm of its premier exhibit, “Open Intake” and first in a series of gallery shows.   The exhibit includes 130 pieces of original photography from over 35 local professional artists.  Sizes range from 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches "Tiny Photographs" by Larry Janss to 6 feet by 4 feet by Sol Hill.  Complimentary light snacks and drinks will be served.

Four Friends is located at 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 111, Thousand Oaks.  This exhibit, which held its “soft” opening on February 24, closes on Wednesday, March 22nd. Gallery hours for this show are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30PM to 5:30 PM and by appointment.  The next show is slated to open on Friday, March 24th featuring the work of photographer Zoe Marieh Urness.

This is the premiere event of this new space as an emerging center for the arts.  Weekend evenings are often host to Brogden Bay Presents: a concert series focusing on folk, American Roots and, occasionally, good old Rock and Roll/Blues. Past concerts have featured performers such as Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur, A.J. Croce, Albert Lee, Corky Siegel and Danny Kortchmar.  Next up in the concert series is An Evening with Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

If you stop by on Saturday mornings between nine and noon beware of a group of small but mighty actors, learning their craft from Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory’s professional staff, Billy Parish and Stephanie Wilson.  Students study all aspects of theatre arts with master classes in comedy and audition technique and a free performance on May 4 at the Civic Arts Plaza for area schoolchildren, A CELEBRATION OF CALIFORNIA’S NATIONAL PARKS. 

Also to be offered are insightful lectures as part of the Four Friends’ Salon Series, live theatre by Equity Actors from Gold Coast Plays and photography workshops taught by masters in the field.

Gallery Director Christopher Broughton was engaged to direct the gallery from the Brooks Institute of Photography which recently closed its doors after over 70 years of operations. During Chris’ three decades’ tenure at Brooks he taught courses in Digital Photography, Advanced Studio Applications, Optics of Fine Art and Photographic Theory in both Undergraduate and Graduate programs as well as heading the Brooks’ Masters Program. Chris has influenced and inspired over 3,645 students, many of whom are currently working professionally and are master artists in their own right.

In partnership with the Gold Coast Plays & Theater Conservatory and Brogden Bay Presents, Chris envisions the gallery becoming a local and accessible center for visual and performing arts.

Larry Janss is a fifth-generation Californian, born on the Conejo Ranch in Thousand Oaks. He attended the California Institute of the Arts and, in 1967, attended the first of many Ansel Adams’ Summer Photography Workshops. He later assisted Adams on many of his myriad projects over the course of Adams’ life. Larry’s photographs have been featured in two New West Symphony classical music commissions and performances – one a photographic interpretation of Ferde Grofé’s symphonic masterpiece, the Grand Canyon Suite; the second, a multimedia presentation with Robert Kyr’s original symphonic piece, Yosemite: Journey of Light.

For more information, visit www.fourfriendsgallery.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Four-Friends-Gallery-455275737841255. Or call 805/497-7691.

Art Exhibit at Cal Lutheran Explores the Myth of Arcadia February 3 through April 6, 2017

David Ligare’s oil painting “Et in Arcadia Ego”

David Ligare’s oil painting “Et in Arcadia Ego”

Contemporary approaches to the age-old myth of Arcadia will be the focus of an exhibit in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University.

“Et in Arcadia Ego” will run from Friday, Feb. 3, through Thursday, April 6, on the Thousand Oaks campus. Curator David Molesky of Brooklyn will lead tours of the exhibit at 8:45 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

The exhibition explores the idea of Arcadia, a place of rural peace and simplicity, as it has been reinterpreted and reinvented through the eyes of contemporary artists. The featured artists all work with Arcadian themes such as idealized landscape, contemplation of mortality and what it means to be human in the temporal world while standing on the precipice of the next world.

Highlights include works from renowned Norwegian figurative painter Odd Nerdrum and Los Angeles artists Sandow Birk and Astrid Preston. Other featured artists include former NASA engineer Kim Keever, who photographs complex miniature scenes that he builds underwater; Brad Kunkle, who places idyllic images of figures in autumn forest landscapes; and David Ligare, who is known for his pastoral paintings. Other participating artists are Agostino Arrivabene, Seamus Conley, Julie Heffernan, Maria Kreyn, Holly Lane, Stephanie Peek, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Aron Wiesenfeld, Robin F. Williams and Jason Yarmosky.

The exhibit was inspired by and named for a 17th-century painting by Nicolas Poussin. “Et in Arcadia Ego” can be translated, “Even in Arcadia, there am I,” an ambiguous phrase that may allude to impermanence of the ideal and death. A work attributed to Poussin, “Promised Land,” will be featured in the exhibit.

Molesky curated the exhibit and organized it in conjunction with the New Museum Los Gatos. The internationally recognized fine artist is known for his landscapes and figurative works. His paintings have been exhibited in museums throughout the world including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Pasinger Fabrik in Germany, Casa dell’Architettura in Italy and Telemarksgalleriet in Norway.

Admission to the exhibit and events is free.

The gallery is in William Rolland Stadium, which is located north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "The Little Mermaid" in Thousand Oaks February 3-19

Young Artists Ensemble presents Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID directed by Suzanne Tobin.  Performances are February 3-19, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00.  All performances are in the Theatre on the Hill at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive.

There will be four performances with the addition of actors with special needs on one additional weekend, February 24-26, 2017.  This is part of the award-winning Conejo Theatre For Everyone, teaming up YAE kids and performers with special needs for a unique theatrical experience,

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is a musical undersea adventure.  Family audiences can swim “Under the Sea” with Ariel and her friends as she pines for life on land and the love of a prince. This production is adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture, and features the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music, along with some new songs written especially for the play. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is also a part of the award-winning Conejo Theatre For Everyone, teaming up YAE kids and performers with special needs for a unique theatrical experience. Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be presented in Theatre in the Round.

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is the second production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 36th Annual Family Theatre Season.  The season will continue conclude with ALICE IN WONDERLAND May 5-21, 2017.  Mini-Season tickets can be purchased at a deep discount by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.  Mini-Season tickets for both shows provide a 25% savings.  Individual show tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for children, students and seniors.