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Young Frankenstein @ Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Simply because of its universal infamy, the story of Frankenstein’s monster is heralded as one of the most well-known horror stories of all time. You don’t need to read the book to get the reference.  Anyone and everyone who has gone trick-or-treating at least once is familiar with the image of the stocky green monster staggering about with his arms stretched rigidly outward.  If you HAVE acquainted yourself with the original source material, you know that the story of the gargantuan creature cast out from society is tragic as well as terrifying.  But fear not –over at the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, they have opted for a significantly brighter approach.  They are doing the Mel Brooks’ musical Young Frankenstein, which although quite long, is well acted, well sung, and brimming with trollish humor. Continue Reading

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Peter Pan – Broadway’s Timeless Musical playing @ Orange County Children’s Theatre @ Huntington Beach High School Theatre Jan 12 – 21 2017

Synopsis:

Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris “Moose” Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years.

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.

Featuring the iconic songs, “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us… who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. Peter Pan is a dream come true for theatres looking to spread their technical wings and entertain countless families. Taken from link

 

Show dates:

Friday, January 12, 2017  – 7:00 PM

Saturday, January 13, 2017 – 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, January 14, 2017 – 2:00 PM

Friday, January 19, 2017 – 7:00 PM

Saturday, January 20, 2017 – 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, January 21, 2017 – 2:00 PM

Huntington Beach High School Historic Theater | 1905 Main Street Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Tickets $15-$20 at

Group rates available at boxoffice@occt.org

CONTACT

www.occt.org | (714) 502-2244 | boxoffice@occt.org

 

Jan 12 – 21 2017

 

 

Paid for by OCCT

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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

(photos by: Nancy Hickey)

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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