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The Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors Announces 2018 Winners

A panel of nationally recognized judges-including casting director Michael Donovan, producer, director and choreographer Andy Ferrara, and actress Wendy Rosoff-announced the 2018 winners of The Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors held last night at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts. Sponsored by Children's Musical Theater San Jose (CMT) and Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, this yearly regional awards competition is coordinated by CMT's Rita Moreno Awards Program Director Deanna Knudsen and recognizes outstanding achievement in high school musical theatre in the greater California region. The evening's showcase of leading actors and actresses was staged by CMT's Artistic Director Kevin Hauge. read more here

Redlands City Council is planning on working with a committee formed by the Citrus commission to discuss options on for replanting the citrus at Prospect Park. (Staff Photo by Sarah Alvarado/ Redlands Daily Facts)

Here's what you'll see this summer at the 2018 Redlands Theatre Festival

The Redlands Theatre Festival has announced its 46th season of plays in repertory under the stars in Prospect Park. The summer season runs from July 6 to Aug. 18, featuring a company of 90 area actors, musicians and technicians in three plays and two musical productions. read more here

Rehearsal for the ninth annual Jimmy Awards Marc J. Franklin

3 High Schools Recognized for Raising Awareness of Impact of Theatre Education

The theatre troupes of the schools are recipients of Theatre in Our Schools Outstanding Impact Awards.

Three high school theatre troupes have been recognized with Theatre in Our Schools Outstanding Impact Awards for their excellent contributions during March's Theatre in Our Schools (TIOS) Month.

Throughout the month of March, thousands of students and theatre educators from schools across the country spread the word online, in their communities, school boards, and to elected officials, demonstrating the values of their school theatre experiences. read more here

Audio Interview: Karla Mosley - Maya Avant Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful stars in "The Giant Void in My Soul" at The Pico

When Fool 1 discovers the giant void in their soul, their best friend Fool 2 joins them on a mission to fill it. Will alcohol and food do the trick? What about religion or activism? Could a job or a “partner-house-baby” do it? Confronting their past should work, no? Will anything fill this damn void?!?!?! (Synopsis taken from site) listen to the Podcast on our SoundCloud channel here

Voices from the 2018 Hollywood Fringe: Daniel Donohue, Co-Star of ‘Coke and Mirrors' Comedy Magic Show

Daniel Donohue and Eric Siegel, the stars of last year's hilarious The New Bad Boys of Magicare staggering back to the Hollywood Fringe to continue the story of their misbegotten magicians and to demonstrate some more inebriated prestidigitation.

In anticipation of Coke and Mirrors‘ June 3rd premiere, Donohue took some time to answer questions for me about the new show. read the interview here


The York Theatre Co to Award Susan Stroman the 2018 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement

The York Theatre Company will honor Five-time Tony Award-winning musical theatre director/choreographer Susan Stroman (Crazy for You) with the 2018 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at the 27th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala to be held on Monday evening, November 12, 2018. Venue will be announced. read more here

Bogus Broadway ticket ring smashed in joint investigation after 7 On Your Side report

Philip Roth was one of America's greatest novelists

His real subject was not Jewishness, or New Jersey, but the human condition

IF THERE is one detail of Philip Roth's biography that is worth knowing, it is not that he was Jewish or that he had no children or that he was born in New Jersey—it is that he preferred to write standing up at a lectern. There are pages of his work where the irrepressible vitality of his writing seems to glow on the page as if charged with some kind of existential incandescence—the great and persistent question of his novels being no less and no more than: what the hell do human beings think they are doing here on Earth? read more here

Photography by Rosalie O'Connor / ABT

Making Noise at the Ballet

One of the primary rules for ballet dancers is “don't make noise with your feet.” It's a central illusion in an art form built upon multiple illusions. Look, this is easy! (Not.) This doesn't hurt at all! (It does.) These human beings we're lifting don't weigh a thing! (They do.) And, perhaps most important: I can jump really high and do amazing tricks on my toes without making a sound! For the most part, that last bit is true, though. Dancers train for years to land in relative silence, like a cat, using their feet and legs to cushion the sound of human bodies coming in contact with the ground. read more here

Historic Newport theatre hosting Royal Wedding watch party

Many people in Newport are getting ready for the Royal Wedding. Hundreds plan to watch the big day on the big screen at the historic Jane Pickens Theatre. read more here

The Good Places

Many theatres consider ‘excellence' a priority, even a mission. But what do we mean by that word?

The Tonys. The Obies. Drama Desk. Pulitzer.

It is that time of year again, when excellence is celebrated in the American theatre. Apart from the high-profile awards, I confess I'm perplexed by how we define excellence. A vast majority of theatres nationwide have put the word “excellence” in their mission statements. But after a career in theatre management and multiple stints as a producer or judge for theatrical awards in major metropolitan areas, I've become increasingly convinced that as a field we do not have a cohesive definition of excellence. read more here


Word for word: Anna Deavere Smith interviewed 250 people to create her show Notes From the Field

Why verbatim theatre gives a voice to the voiceless

Telling truth is a revolutionary act. Especially when we're living through a time at which facts seem to be less important than the prevailing narrative and you can cry “fake news” at anything you don't agree with.

We all love stories and we want to hear them straight from the horse's mouth, or as close to that as we can possibly get. read more here