Thursday, September 6, 2012

What’s Happening Around Town for Sept 6


Ovation Nominees
The 2012 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominees will be announced on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 pm. The event will be hosted by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre, located within the Village at Ed Gould Plaza at 1125 N. McCadden Place in Los Angeles, 90038. On September 11, various 2011 Ovation Award recipients will announce the names of this year’s nominees. Scheduled to participate are 2011 Award recipients Beth Kennedy, Matt Walker, Oanh Nguyen, John Flynn, Henry Dittman, Cate Caplin, Brian Danner, and Paul Litteral, along with Terence McFarland, CEO of LA Stage Alliance. The event is free and open to the public. A light reception will be included, and RSVP is required. To RSVP, visit  www.LASTAGEOvations.com. The announcement can also be viewed live online at www.LASTAGETimes.com. This year’s Ovation Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:30pm at the historic Los Angeles Theatre, 615 South Broadway, in downtown Los Angeles.

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Bad Apples – Circle X Theatre
Circle X Theatre Co. announces the world premiere musical, Bad Apples, book by Jim Leonard, music, lyrics & musical direction by Rob Cairns and Beth Thornley, directed by John Langs, and featuring choreography by Cassandra Daurden. Bad Apples runs September 28 - December 1st, with opening night on October 13 at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. in Los Angeles, 90039.

This world premiere rock musical is inspired by the real-life prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and seeks to answer the simple question: How in God’s name did this happen? Two soldiers ended up pregnant by fellow soldier Charles Graner; both women wanted to marry him, competed with each other to win his love, and enthusiastically tortured prisoners together, documenting most of it in pictures that later leaked and shocked the world. The cast will feature James Black, Kate Morgan Chadwick, Meghan McDonough, Anthony Manough, Mueen Jahan, Larry Clarke, Mapuana Makia, Ian Merrigan, Lina Patel, Sean Spann, and Lauren Hillman. For tickets, please call 323-644-1929 or go to www.circlextheatre.org.

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A Snow White Christmas – Pasadena Playhouse
Lythgoe Family Productions and Pasadena Playhouse have announced casting for A Snow White Christmas featuring Ariana Grande as Snow White, an on-screen appearance by Neil Patrick Harris as The Magic Mirror, and Charlene Tilton as The Wicked Queen. It will be directed by Bonnie Lythgoe, with choreography by Spencer Liff, and musical direction by Michael Orland. A gala press opening will take place on December 12 at 7pm and regular performances continue December 13 – 23. The cast also includes Jonathan Scott Meza as Muddles and David Figoli as Herman the Huntsman. Snow White’s Prince will be announced shortly and the Seven Dwarfs will be cast from local children. Auditions will be held on October 6 – 7 at a location TBA.

In the style of a traditional British family Panto, the show features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), a live miniature pony and contemporary music from Katy Perry’s “Firework” to Huey Lewis and the News’ “Power of Love” to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and more. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages 2 – 102!  Before every performance, guests and their families are invited to enjoy a “Winter Wonderland” event sponsored by Parenting Magazine in The Playhouse’s Engemann Family Courtyard, complete with holiday carolers, crafts, activities, games and photo opportunities. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.  The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets and more information is available at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

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