CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1990
Josephine (Jody) Steinhofer, who taught elementary school-age special education students in the San Fernando Valley for more than 20 years, has died at a Reseda convalescent home. She was 87. Mrs. Steinhofer died Friday of natural causes, her daughter Sally Cypher said. Born Josephine E. Coleman on Oct. 24, 1903, in Cross Plains, Wis., she came to California in 1942.
February 17, 1994 |
The Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera has corralled the first performance rights to "Western Star," a new musical by Dale Wasserman, company representatives announced at a news conference yesterday. In "Western Star," Wasserman, who wrote "Man of La Mancha" and the stage adaptation of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," brandishes his signature themes of rebellion, idealism and the search for identity amid the birth of a new town in the Old West.
November 4, 1993 |
However unfortunately named, "The Great American Backstage Musical" gets some things very right. It's undeniably a musical, written in 1976 by Billy Solly and Donald Ward in the style of those classic comic songfests of the 1930s and '40s. The backstage plot concerns the show-biz shenanigans of an enthusiastic though unevenly talented barroom troupe. And its romantic, rags-to-riches themes are as American as apple pie.
April 13, 1995 |
To say that "Me and My Girl" isn't all it could have been is an understatement of colossal proportions. After hyping as its season centerpiece the world premiere of "Western Star"--a new musical by Dale ("Man of La Mancha") Wasserman--the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera was left scrambling to fill the slot when the show's creators withdrew the production rights last August in a reported dispute over missed deadlines.
June 8, 1995 |
For all the considerable advance publicity regarding the casting of Olympic medalist Cathy Rigby in the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera's revival of "South Pacific," the production's most compelling attraction has nothing to do with gymnastics.
September 29, 1994 |
"I've always been a woman who arranges things--like furniture and daffodils and lives," offers matchmaker Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly." She's also a woman who's withdrawn from life since the death of her husband, living vicariously through her intervention in the romances of others.
December 31, 1998
What's happening the next few weeks: * At the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, "American Photographs: The First Century" will close Jan. 31. The exhibition features 160 works by familiar and unknown photographers that were recently acquired by the National Museum of American Art. On Jan. 15, the museum will open "An Artful Life: Margaret Mallory," a previously unscheduled exhibition.