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February 9, 1993 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Lawrence Welk's motto for his television show was "We try to please our audience." The same could be said of Welk's family-run theater in Escondido. Like the famed bandleader, who died May 17, 1992, the Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre caters to an older crowd, but an extremely loyal one. They come from Orange County (25% to 30% of them, according to Welk figures), from across the country and from Canada.
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February 9, 1993 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Lawrence Welk's motto for his television show was "We try to please our audience." The same could be said of Welk's family-run theater in Escondido. Like the famed bandleader, who died May 17, 1992, the Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre caters to an older crowd, but an extremely loyal one. They come from Orange County (25% to 30% of them, according to Welk figures), from across the country and from Canada.
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April 7, 1991 | PAMM HIGGINS
Champagne music makes some people lightheaded. But not the fans who pile off tour buses to admire Lawrence Welk's first accordion, which has come to rest, along with other memorabilia and photographs chronicling his life, in the dim lobby of Escondido's Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre. They enjoy his arrangements of folk songs and ballads. And they delight in rubbing shoulders with the life-size wooden cutout of a smiling Welk in white tie and tails.
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July 6, 1990
Retired Broadway veteran Alicia Krug Freedman, now living in Oceanside, danced the part of Laurey in "Oklahoma!" for 1,128 performances on Broadway. Now she is coming out of retirement to play Laurey's Aunt Eller in the Carlsbad Community Cultural Arts Center production, under the direction of Frank Wayne, artistic director of the Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre. The show opens tonight and runs through July 29 at 3557 Monroe St.
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April 25, 1991
There are a dozen live theater and play groups in the North County area. They include professional, college and amateur groups that offer productions year-round. The Fallbrook Players, Mission Theatre, 231 N. Main Street, Fallbrook. 728-0998 La Jolla Playhouse, Mandell Weiss Center, UCSD. 534-3960 Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido. 749-3448 MiraCosta College, Little Theater, One Barnard Drive, Oceanside. 757-2121, Ext.
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August 10, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN
The Centro Cultural de la Raza will present "La Boda" (The Wedding) by the nationally known group Teatro Nuestro, with the musical group Sandunga, at 8 p.m. Aug. 24. In the play, the Sanchez family grapples with a daughter's pesticide poisoning and her father's threatened deportation. . . . The National Theatre for Children, which had planned a December performance of "Babes in Toyland" at the now-to-be-demolished California Theatre, has rescheduled for Dec. 13 and 14 at the Spreckels Theatre.
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September 19, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
The Old Globe Theatre dominated the sixth annual San Diego Theater Critics award nominations with 24 nominations for eight plays in the October, 1988, through Sept. 16, 1989, season. The La Jolla Playhouse, which presented fewer than half the plays the Globe did, picked up 14 nominations for five plays. The San Diego Repertory Theatre gathered 10 nominations for four plays. The awards ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Abbey Restaurant in Hillcrest.
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July 7, 1991 | JACK ADLER
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October 30, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
"The Misanthrope," the La Jolla Playhouse update of Moliere's classic about an artist's frustration with the shallow values of his culture, won for best production at the sixth annual San Diego Critics Circle Awards ceremony held at the Abbey Restaurant Sunday. But "The Misanthrope" picked up no other awards in a year when no one production swept the votes as the Old Globe's "Coriolanus" did last year and the La Jolla Playhouse's "A Walk in the Woods" did the year before.
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June 25, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN
You can see their eyes light up as they approach the bronze, life-size statue of Lawrence Welk. You can hear the excitement grow as they walk into the Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre, its entry packed with Welk memorabilia--from the giant champagne glass to the cutout of Welk (a favorite for snapshot takers) to the series of photographs and words that tell the story of his life.
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December 15, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
A bit of this, a bit of that. . . . Actress Nanci Hunter, filling in for a sick Susan Mosher as Fanny Brice in the Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre production of "Funny Girl" on Dec. 5, was injured in a fatal traffic accident between shows. On a 2 1/2-hour dinner break between the matinee and evening performances, Hunter collided with a motorcyclist on North City Parkway south of Jesmond Dene Road in Escondido at 5:08 p.m.
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