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July 2, 1990 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time in two years, Rick Sparks is getting the opportunity to play football for a team on which Tim Manning is not the star. Sparks, who led Orange County in interceptions in 1988 and intercepted three more passes than Manning did over the past two seasons, always seemed to get second billing to his Trabuco Hills High School teammate. Manning set the county career interception record with 24 during three seasons.
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September 28, 2011 | By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A new musical-comedy tribute to an old favorite — TV's "I Love Lucy" — aims to be more than just another rerun. For starters, says director Rick Sparks, "I Love Lucy Live on Stage" offers the rare chance to see "those beloved black-and-white characters in living color. " The show, which premieres Saturday at the Greenway Court Theatre, also takes audiences out of their living rooms and into the studio to watch the "filming" of two episodes from the classic '50s sitcom, which starred Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2011 | By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A new musical-comedy tribute to an old favorite — TV's "I Love Lucy" — aims to be more than just another rerun. For starters, says director Rick Sparks, "I Love Lucy Live on Stage" offers the rare chance to see "those beloved black-and-white characters in living color. " The show, which premieres Saturday at the Greenway Court Theatre, also takes audiences out of their living rooms and into the studio to watch the "filming" of two episodes from the classic '50s sitcom, which starred Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2009 | Karen Wada
Rick Sparks and "Schoolhouse Rock"? That may sound like an odd match, given the director's other hits include several very adult comedies, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and the falling-out-of-love story "Divorce! The Musical." In fact, Sparks tried to beg off when Greenway Arts Alliance asked him to stage "Schoolhouse Rock Live Too!," a perky one-act inspired by the educational TV cartoons that first popped up in the 1970s. "I told them, 'I don't think I'm your guy,' " he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2009 | Karen Wada
Rick Sparks and "Schoolhouse Rock"? That may sound like an odd match, given the director's other hits include several very adult comedies, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and the falling-out-of-love story "Divorce! The Musical." In fact, Sparks tried to beg off when Greenway Arts Alliance asked him to stage "Schoolhouse Rock Live Too!," a perky one-act inspired by the educational TV cartoons that first popped up in the 1970s. "I told them, 'I don't think I'm your guy,' " he says.
NEWS
July 15, 2004 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
Based on the updated 1999 Broadway revival, Musical Theatre West's production of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate" at the Carpenter Center is well timed. Following as it does on the heels of a musical biopic about Porter's life, the show is a vivid affirmation of Porter's brittle yet enduring genius. In this case, Rick Sparks' direction doesn't always measure up to the material.
SPORTS
September 30, 1989 | TIM MARTINEZ
Trabuco Hills 37, Simi Valley 13--Quarterback Tim Manning passed for 366 yards and one touchdown and ran for two more scores to lead the Mustangs (3-1) at Simi Valley. The defeat was the Pioneers' 14th in a row. Running back Eric Hale rushed for 156 yards and one touchdown in 19 carries for Simi Valley (0-4). Receiver Kip Wilson caught two passes for 101 yards, including a 70-yard first-quarter score from quarterback Aaron Fisher. Manning completed 20 of 28 passes to seven different receivers.
SPORTS
November 11, 1990
Saddleback 19, Golden West 0--Four Golden West turnovers--three of which led to Saddleback scores--doomed the Rustlers (5-4, 1-3) at Saddleback (5-4, 2-2). A fumble recovery by Michael Coe at the Golden West 36 set up a 19-yard pass from Jeff Bailey to Terry Isles for Saddleback's first touchdown. Another fumble recovery at the 36, this one by Damon Psaros in the second quarter, set up a 34-yard field goal by Scott Hannah.
SPORTS
October 21, 1989 | LEN HALL
Trabuco Hills High School atoned for last year's upset by Laguna Beach with a 49-14 Pacific Coast League victory Friday night. Laguna Beach beat Trabuco Hills, 9-6, in 1988, the last loss during Trabuco Hills' march to the Division VIII championship. In fact, Trabuco Hills had never beaten Laguna Beach in football until Friday. Quarterback Tim Manning, running back Peter Burke and wide receiver Rick Sparks led the offensive attack for Trabuco Hills (6-1, 2-0).
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Small theaters dominate the nominations for the 2001 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. But the larger South Coast Repertory led the pack in total nominations for a single company (nine) and in the special awards that were announced with the nominations Tuesday. Four productions that were in sub-100-seat theaters garnered the most nominations for individual shows. "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
NEWS
July 15, 2004 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
Based on the updated 1999 Broadway revival, Musical Theatre West's production of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate" at the Carpenter Center is well timed. Following as it does on the heels of a musical biopic about Porter's life, the show is a vivid affirmation of Porter's brittle yet enduring genius. In this case, Rick Sparks' direction doesn't always measure up to the material.
SPORTS
July 2, 1990 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time in two years, Rick Sparks is getting the opportunity to play football for a team on which Tim Manning is not the star. Sparks, who led Orange County in interceptions in 1988 and intercepted three more passes than Manning did over the past two seasons, always seemed to get second billing to his Trabuco Hills High School teammate. Manning set the county career interception record with 24 during three seasons.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" was the biggest winner at the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award ceremony Monday, taking home seven awards. Rick Sparks' and Gary Carter's dramatization of the Horace McCoy Depression-era novel, presented last year at Greenway Court Theatre in L.A., was one of three winners of the best production award. (The critics' group customarily hands out multiple awards in all 14 categories.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2000
* Kilroy Realty Corp. acquired 19 acres of land adjacent to the company's Carmel Mountain Technology Center near Interstate 15 and Camino del Norte in San Diego for $12.6 million from TRW. Kilroy plans to build 348,000 square feet of office space on the site beginning in April, according to Steve Scott, a Kilroy senior vice president. The company plans to develop the property in three phases, with completion due in February 2003.
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