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Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical @ Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

There is a reason The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is as famous as it is.  The essential idea behind all the action is delightful.  Stevenson’s novella is centered on the increasingly strange behavior displayed by the well known and well respected Dr. Henry Jekyll. As it turns out, Jekyll has been performing experiments on himself, which transform him into the immoral Mr. Edward Hyde.  Thus we have what is loosely considered by many to be a story focusing on the good and evil battling inside every person.  It’s one of the most delicious plot concepts ever put to paper.  In 1997 Jekyll & Hyde the Musical made its Broadway debut.   It has a score requiring powerful singing and a story calling for skilled actors, yet I find something is missing from it.  While I appreciate its intellectual aspects, I often find myself irritated because of the story’s lack of shock value and emotional pain. Fortunately, the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts has taken any pressure they might have felt from tackling such a show and used it as a propellant to overcome those issues.  In short, these youthful performers are excellent. Continue Reading

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The Producers @ Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts – Review

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Written by Daniella Litvak 

The first thing you need to know about The Producers is that Mel Brooks created it (and fortunately the playbill tells you this right upfront).  Mel Brooks is the creative giant behind so many beloved masterpieces: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Spaceballs to mention only a few.  Brooks has a very distinctive style.  Some of his trademarks are bawdiness, meta-humor, and merciless mockery.  The Producers is no exception.   Continue Reading

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Quills @ Golden West College in Huntington Beach – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

It’s one of those pieces that is both educational as well as intriguing– prior to Friday night I had never heard of the Marquis de Sade, or if I had, his name quickly passed from my memory.  But last week I went to see Quills, a play written by Doug Wright and directed over at Golden West College by Tom Amen.  The story can be considered less based-on-the-life-of and more loosely-inspired-by-the-life-of–and not the least because there are scenes involving visitations from evil spirits or a talking head.  Regardless of technicalities, 18th century France was indeed home to a man called The Marquis de Sade, he was indeed imprisoned for writing stories the Catholic church deemed blasphemous, and he did die inside an insane asylum.  Quills focuses on his time spent inside the Charenton Asylum, and the lengths to which the Marquis will go to make his voice heard.  It’s an interesting storyline with beautiful language, but the actors could have used extra rehearsal time to prepare for the more passionate scenes. Continue Reading

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Pippin @ Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

These are high school students, but this is not a high school play. At least it’s not the high school plays I’m use to.  It takes about a minute, but you’ll check your bias expectations at the door and get a heavy heaping of pure Pippin satisfaction.  The voices, movement and overall feel of Huntington Beach’s Academy for the Performing Arts hinges on epic. Continue Reading

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APA’s Musical Theater department presents “Pippin” – Video

Synopsis : The title character, here called Pippin, is a naive, inexperienced young man looking to make his mark in the world. He seeks glory and personal fulfillment first as a soldier, then as a lover, and finally as a revolutionary leader promoting progressive social ideas. After every attempt at success has left him disappointed and frustrated, until he is on the brink of utter despair, Pippin finds himself attracted to the widow Catherine and her young son.

Ultimately, he is given a choice between either performing a single great deed that will bring him instant fame and glory but just as instantly cut short his young life, or settling for a long, comfortable, but mediocre existence as a domestic non-entity taking care of his sweet but completely unremarkable family. Taken from Website

Mar 11 – Mar 20, 2016

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