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March 26, 1993 | HEATHER W. MORGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Heather W. Morgan is a regular contributor to Valley Life
Last year, Jean Levinson's daughter went to a Storybook Theatre production with her preschool. She was skeptical that her very shy 4-year-old, who also has some minor learning disabilities, would benefit from the experience. "She really came out of her shell during the show," said Levinson, a Woodland Hills resident who now takes her daughter and 6-year-old son to many children's theater performances. They have seen Storybook Theatre's present show, "Yippyayo!" three times.
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November 21, 2003 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Ever wonder why Goldilocks really gobbled up all that porridge? Storybook Theatre's newest musical, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," playing at Theatre West, explains it: The curly-haired moppet's own mom was a terrible cook whose porridge was the absolute worst.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2003 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Ever wonder why Goldilocks really gobbled up all that porridge? Storybook Theatre's newest musical, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," playing at Theatre West, explains it: The curly-haired moppet's own mom was a terrible cook whose porridge was the absolute worst.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 1998 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No wicked stepmother plotting to get rid of her stepchildren, no roaring oven and no evil witch with cannibalistic tendencies: Storybook Theatre's peppy "Hansel and Gretel" at Theatre West is downright nice. A Grimms' fairy tale, it isn't. That, of course, is the point. All of Storybook Theatre's lighthearted original musicals are aimed at very young children, preschool to about age 6 or 7, and all of them are designed to be cozily nonthreatening.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1996 | Lynne Heffley, Lynne Heffley is a Times staff writer
If you've ever taken your preschooler to one of the fairy-tale musicals that play Saturday afternoons at a small theater near Studio City, you may not realize that the affable man handing you a program or smiling a welcome is one of Hollywood's higher-profile producer-writers. Lloyd J.
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April 15, 1994 | HEATHER W. MORGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Heather W. Morgan is a regular contributor to The Times.
Carol Allen wasn't sure how to respond when her 4- and 5-year-old boys asked if they would see real lions and tigers and bears at "The Circus Is Coming to Town," a children's production at the Storybook Theatre. "I didn't know what to tell them, since we've been to birthday parties where ponies and farm animals are brought in to create instant petting zoos and rides. I guess almost anything is possible," said Allen, who lives in the Hollywood Hills. "But you know what?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 1995 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the giant in a recent performance of Storybook Theatre's musical "Jack and the Beanstalk" stopped at "Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman," it wasn't surprising that several young audience members felt free to fill in the rest: "Be he alive, or be he dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread." Audience participation is what the Theater West-based Storybook Theatre is all about.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 1997 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Variety is the keyword for this autumn's family theater options. A sampling: For Little Kids and Big Kids, Too: Storybook Theatre at Theater West is reviving its cheery, very interactive musical for preschool and early elementary-age kids, "The Circus Is Coming to Town," with new songs (Oct. 4-indefinitely).
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 1989 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Blast Off! A Musical Mission to Mars" is a definite hit with theatergoers 6 and younger, but one message it sends out is thoughtlessly pre- glasnost . This well-meaning Storybook Theatre production at Theatre West, staged by Lloyd J. Schwartz (he also wrote the book and lyrics), features audience participation, perky music by Ben Lanzarone and does make a valid point: "Different is OK."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 1988 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
How about a theater ticket in that hard-to-fill stocking? A gift of a different stripe for Hannukah? Southland theaters, humble and great, are brewing up seasonal offerings for all ages, from jingle bells and Santa Claus to Truman Capote and Isaac Bashevis Singer. It's also time to roll out the Dickens: No less than a baker's dozen "Christmas Carols." Following is an impartial partial list. For adults and families: "Babes in Toyland."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 1997 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Variety is the keyword for this autumn's family theater options. A sampling: For Little Kids and Big Kids, Too: Storybook Theatre at Theater West is reviving its cheery, very interactive musical for preschool and early elementary-age kids, "The Circus Is Coming to Town," with new songs (Oct. 4-indefinitely).
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1996 | Lynne Heffley, Lynne Heffley is a Times staff writer
If you've ever taken your preschooler to one of the fairy-tale musicals that play Saturday afternoons at a small theater near Studio City, you may not realize that the affable man handing you a program or smiling a welcome is one of Hollywood's higher-profile producer-writers. Lloyd J.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 1995 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the giant in a recent performance of Storybook Theatre's musical "Jack and the Beanstalk" stopped at "Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman," it wasn't surprising that several young audience members felt free to fill in the rest: "Be he alive, or be he dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread." Audience participation is what the Theater West-based Storybook Theatre is all about.
NEWS
April 15, 1994 | HEATHER W. MORGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Heather W. Morgan is a regular contributor to The Times.
Carol Allen wasn't sure how to respond when her 4- and 5-year-old boys asked if they would see real lions and tigers and bears at "The Circus Is Coming to Town," a children's production at the Storybook Theatre. "I didn't know what to tell them, since we've been to birthday parties where ponies and farm animals are brought in to create instant petting zoos and rides. I guess almost anything is possible," said Allen, who lives in the Hollywood Hills. "But you know what?
NEWS
March 26, 1993 | HEATHER W. MORGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Heather W. Morgan is a regular contributor to Valley Life
Last year, Jean Levinson's daughter went to a Storybook Theatre production with her preschool. She was skeptical that her very shy 4-year-old, who also has some minor learning disabilities, would benefit from the experience. "She really came out of her shell during the show," said Levinson, a Woodland Hills resident who now takes her daughter and 6-year-old son to many children's theater performances. They have seen Storybook Theatre's present show, "Yippyayo!" three times.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 1989 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Blast Off! A Musical Mission to Mars" is a definite hit with theatergoers 6 and younger, but one message it sends out is thoughtlessly pre- glasnost . This well-meaning Storybook Theatre production at Theatre West, staged by Lloyd J. Schwartz (he also wrote the book and lyrics), features audience participation, perky music by Ben Lanzarone and does make a valid point: "Different is OK."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 1998 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No wicked stepmother plotting to get rid of her stepchildren, no roaring oven and no evil witch with cannibalistic tendencies: Storybook Theatre's peppy "Hansel and Gretel" at Theatre West is downright nice. A Grimms' fairy tale, it isn't. That, of course, is the point. All of Storybook Theatre's lighthearted original musicals are aimed at very young children, preschool to about age 6 or 7, and all of them are designed to be cozily nonthreatening.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 1996 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Her father is vain and foolish; his mother has a larcenous soul--but love wins out for a princess and a would-be trumpet player in Storybook Theatre's latest fairy-tale frolic for young children, a musical version of "The Emperor's New Clothes" at Theatre West. Played for maximum giggles but with a clear message of right and wrong, Lloyd J.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 1988 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
How about a theater ticket in that hard-to-fill stocking? A gift of a different stripe for Hannukah? Southland theaters, humble and great, are brewing up seasonal offerings for all ages, from jingle bells and Santa Claus to Truman Capote and Isaac Bashevis Singer. It's also time to roll out the Dickens: No less than a baker's dozen "Christmas Carols." Following is an impartial partial list. For adults and families: "Babes in Toyland."
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