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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1995 | ALAN EYERLY
Under agreements approved by the City Council, two community-based theater groups will stage productions at Brea's Curtis Theatre. A total of 64 performances are planned, which will constitute the majority of the 1995-96 season. Prism Productions, which staged the counterculture musical "Hair" at the city-owned theater last season, plans to present "Cabaret" and "Follies" this season. "Cabaret," a musical set in a Berlin nightclub before World War II, will open Sept. 15 and run through Oct. 8.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1995 | ALAN EYERLY
Actors, singers and dancers are being sought for a Brea Youth Theatre production of "The Wizard of Oz" to be staged this summer by the city and Stagelight Family Productions. The Brea Youth Theatre is open to children of kindergarten age and older, as well as to teen-agers. All those who register will be given roles in the production. Registration fees are $85 for people who live, work or attend school in Brea, and $95 for everyone else. Scholarships are available for low-income residents.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Rita, the nearly illiterate but spirited London hairdresser of Willy Russell's "Educating Rita," is a woman hemmed in by circumstance. Uneducated, unexplored and with a husband who prefers a wife at home and pregnant, she lives a life of noisy desperation. In short, Rita's the type of woman that Don Laffoon and Stop-Gap, the Santa Ana-based drama therapy troupe he runs, can relate to.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1986 | CATHY DE MAYO
Even a seasoned murder mystery traveler needs a road map of clear characterizations in an Agatha Christie story, where plot twists and turns come with the territory. Unfortunately, a mishmash of accents and characterizations throws up endless roadblocks in the Brea Theatre League production of "Ten Little Indians," leaving the audience trying to figure out not only whodunit but exactly which country it was "dun" in.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 1990 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Have theater, will rent. This city's Community Services Department has embarked on a lengthy audition process for arts troupes interested in becoming resident companies at the 199-seat Curtis Theatre. "We're looking for groups who want to make Brea a home," said Ret Wixted, director of Community Services. "I hope after a year we'll have a working knowledge of the talent and the groups that are out there."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 1996 | CORINNE FLOCKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Toy Story" hero Buzz Lightyear has a keen spacesuit. So does Lt. Photeus. Lightyear has a jawline that could slice granite. Ditto for Photeus. Lightyear is on a bold mission to "infinity and beyond." Photeus? He's heading for Brea. On Sunday, Photeus and his computer sidekick, Thacker, will plot a course for the Curtis Theatre to star in "Celestial Odyssey," a laser spectacle that teaches about the solar system through animation, special effects and pop music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1996
The city's Curtis Theater will present two family-oriented holiday productions, "Nutcracker Suite" and "A Christmas Carol," next month. "Nutcracker Suite," the Tchaikovsky classic, will be performed by the Coast Ballet Theater of South Orange County, at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. Ticket holders are invited to visit with cast members from 2 to 3 p.m. on the plaza in front of the theater, with photo opportunities and refreshments available.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 1997 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If it's spring, it must be midsummer. Many playhouses, big and small, can't wait for the dog days to stage Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Spring comes, with its warmer, longer, giddier days, and this frolicking classic starts sprouting everywhere. Prism Productions has mounted a contemporary version of the comedy at the Curtis Theatre, meaning director Gary Krinke put the characters in current dress and tinkered with the settings.
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