February 15, 1991 |
Plans by the Orange County Black Actors Theatre to open a permanent theater in June have been dashed, according to Adleane Hunter, the company's producing artistic director. The troupe, now using a leased basement space in Santa Ana for its office, has failed to obtain a zoning variance from the city to transform the space into a 99-seat theater, Hunter said. Efforts to get the variance will continue, she said.
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June 4, 1993
Stagelight Family Productions will conduct the city's children and teen-age theater programs for another year, according to an agreement unanimously approved this week by the City Council. For two years, the Yorba Linda-based company has provided acting, dancing and voice lessons to Brea residents and non-residents. The company runs the Youth Theatre and the Young Actors Theatre.
October 2, 1990 |
The Orange County Black Actors Theatre has taken what its founder described as "a first step toward a permanent home." The 8-year-old amateur troupe, which has produced shows most recently in Brea and Anaheim, on Monday leased a basement space here at 410 W. 4th St. Adleane Hunter, the troupe's founder and producing artistic director, said she hopes to put in a 100-seat theater by next June--if $15,000 can be raised to equip and renovate the 2,000-square-foot space.
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September 3, 1993 |
The 11th annual Brea Fest will take place next Friday with food samplings and free entertainment including shows by dancers, comedians, jugglers, painters and bands. The event, which will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Brea Civic Center on the corner of Birch Street and Randolph Avenue, is expected to attract about 4,000 people. Tickets will be sold to buy samples of food provided by 33 area restaurants including El Torito, Outside China Cafe, Renaissance Cafe and Jojo's Pizza Kitchen.
August 6, 1997 |
Is Harold Hill, the Broadway musical's greatest shyster, too much for kids? Perhaps he used to be. Not anymore, though. In fact, in the Brea Youth Theatre revival of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" at the Curtis Theatre, old Harold is a tad boring. Randy Catiller as Harold has the con man's Cheshire Cat grin and brimming confidence but lacks the commanding talking-singing voice that Willson tailored to the talents of Robert Preston.
May 16, 1994 |
Some measure of success can be assumed for a Flamenco program when the audience in the underground parking lot afterward cannot resist clapping wildly in furious rhythms and looking for all the world as if by drumming their heels into the pavement they could bring parked cars to life. The Saturday night performance of "Flamenco Talavera" at Curtis Theatre had that effect, even though technical difficulties occasionally interfered.
September 22, 1998 |
In years to come, "Jesus Christ Superstar," the first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will probably be the only Webber opus done by small theaters. His later work depends too much on immense stage machinery to be effective without it. The ease with which "Superstar" makes the transition to the smaller stage is evident in the current Good Guys Productions being staged at the Curtis Theatre in Brea.
November 17, 1997 |
Sometimes success can breed mediocrity. After the success of Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite," a nosegay of one-acts that all take place in one hotel room, the playwright churned out the decidedly inferior "California Suite," set at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The program for this "California Suite" revival at the Curtis Theatre says it takes place at "a hotel in Beverly Hills." This anonymity of locale might have been inserted to explain Martin G.