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June 17, 1994 | MAKI BECKER
Remember Koko? And that musician guy with the curly hair who was always playing on synthesizers? How about the pirouetting around the fountain? That was television's "Fame" of yesteryear. But today in the '90s, the "Fame" style education is more than just a way to see your name in lights--it's an innovative means of keeping kids off the streets by teaching them dance, drama, vocals and behind-the-scenes production. On June 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Positive Results Corp.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1989 | HECTOR TOBAR, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles teachers and school district officials might not agree on much these days, but harmony prevailed Saturday when 50 teachers volunteered to work on their day off to help young musicians get a start on their careers. The sounds of flutes, pianos, saxophones and other instruments filled the hallways of the Los Angeles City College Music Building as 150 nervous elementary school students auditioned for a chance at scholarships offered by the Los Angeles City Elementary School Music Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1989
Baritone Kevin Bell, 28, of San Bernardino was awarded first place at the Western Regional Auditions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council, last weekend in Bovard Auditorium at USC. As the top winner, Bell will receive $3,900 and will represent the region in national semifinal auditions in New York in March. Second place and a prize of $2,800 went to soprano Michele Lyn Patzakis, 26, of San Marino; soprano Cynthia Clayton, 24, of Los Angeles, won third place and $1,700.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1991 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A weird thing happened Sunday when television producers held an open audition for "strange acts and weird people" to be in a new fall series. Instead of the Hollywood onslaught that studio executives expected, only 13 people were waiting in line at a Burbank sound stage at the start of the eight-hour tryout session. Oddly, even though trade-paper advertisements urged performers to come in "unusual costumes," only three of the 13 did.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2007 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
As was entirely predictable, the New York City stop of "American Idol" produced a packed-to-the-rafters two hours of trying-too-hard-to-be-crazy drama queens -- a chorus line of borderline personalities with itchy fingers on the hissy-fit button. That said, there is something compelling about watching summer stock dropouts play out the poles of their emotional range. If we didn't enjoy high drama, we probably wouldn't be watching "Idol" in the first place.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
Soprano Jennifer Smith, 27, of Tustin, came in first; Mel Whitehead, a 33-year-old bass from Anaheim, came in second, and Laura Fries, a 31-year-old soprano from Fountain Valley, came in third on Sunday among the 12 participants in the Orange County district Metropolitan Opera auditions held at Chapman University. Each winner will compete in regional finals Nov. 1 and 2 at USC.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1998
About 100 local youths auditioned at the Westside School of Ballet on Monday in the hope of gaining admission to the School of American Ballet's prestigious summer program. Only 200 of the 2,000 children and teenagers will be chosen in the ballet's 22-city tour, said spokeswoman Karen Hostettler. Admission to the program is by audition only and one-third of the participants have some form of scholarship. Founded in 1934, the school's purpose is to train dancers for careers in classical ballet.
NEWS
February 8, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"5, 4, 3 ..." The disembodied voice of the director in the control room filled the tiny studio as the floor manager standing next to the television camera counted down with her fingers. But the young man sitting behind the brightly lit anchor desk for the first time displayed no signs of nervousness as he peered intently at the TelePrompTer waiting for his cue. "2, 1 . .. " "A national crackdown on child labor has little effect on Orange County . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1999 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since she first saw "Swan Lake" as a young child, Anna Chang has dreamed of being the ballerina in the spotlight. After five years of hard work, Chang got her shot Sunday to prove she had the talent to dance with the best--the School of American Ballet in New York City. Jittery, Chang peered through a window at her competitors. Mirror images of one another in black leotards and white tights, dozens of young dancers glided and pirouetted their way through auditions.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 1989 | Chris Pasles
The 200 candidates for the 14 openings at the Pacific Symphony have come and gone, leaving behind memories, broken hearts, seven happy potential new hires and many fatigued audition committee members. "It was tremendously exhausting," said concertmaster Endre Granat, who heard about 75 musicians try out in the last 2 1/2 weeks for just 11 spots in the string section. "It's a tremendous responsibility. The person's fate is in your hands. . . . Also, the orchestra's future was in your hands."
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