Dear Readers, in follow-up to our SHOWBIZ News feature we did last issue on the Teatro Mascara Magica production company - by all means, don’t miss “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon, at the Lyceum Theatre - starring “Stand Up” Comedian Paul Rodriguez, and special guest, actor Mike Gomez. This play is a laugh-a-minute - and this version with a Hispanic twist is a historical event - because it is the first time the show has ever had a Hispanic overtone ... and it is hilarious. The director William Virchis, always creates wonderful moments and stage pictures. This production, now performing at the Lyceum Theatre (an intimate setting) - with an 8 - member cast of kooky characters - and, if you want to feel alive with laughter ... this is a must see!
Mike Gomez & Paul Rodriguez
To carry-on ... do look for the personal "interview' with famed film dancer GENE KELLY's wife - Patricia Ward Kelly - by our columnist James Colt Harrison in the forthcoming posting this next week .... surprising and fascinating 'news' about America's favorite dancer - soon to be portrayed in "Gene Kelly - The Legacy" at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, on Saturday, Oct 4th (7pm) .... looks to be worth the drive up to the Moonlight ...in the meantime, watch for our reviewer Ann Conway's commentary on their Laguna Beach Playhouse engagement.
Patricia & Gene Kelly
Now, the latest word from Mo'olelo's Associate Producer Donnie Matsuda, is the announcement of three new top staffers for that ever-growing theatre production company - as follows:
Anjanette Maraya Ramey
Anjanette, is currently pursuing a professional certificate in Fundraising and Development - from UCSD Extension. Anjanette has served as the Company Manager for La Jolla Playhouse, Theatre Manager for the Lawrence Family JCC and Managing Director for CYT San Diego. She has provided consulting services for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture - providing event, volunteer and artist management - for the 2011 Americans for the Arts National Convention.
From USD, Andrew was awarded with Departmental Honors and the Christopher Wilson Ethnic Studies Community Scholar Award. As an undergraduate, Andrew co-founded and was the president of the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) - and the Senior Representative for the Black Student Union (BSU). Most of his time outside the classroom, was spent collaborating with other students and faculty - to organize events and raise awareness toward issues - surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender within the healthcare and prison systems. He also performed and studied music and dance in Bali, Indonesia - through a study abroad program ... where he developed an interest and appreciation for the arts.
Carly, graduated with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of San Diego - and was awarded the Christopher Wilson Award for excellence in contributions to the university - and the greater San Diego community. During her time at USD, she collaborated with students, to create socially conscious pieces of art - including a 'zine' that emphasized matters of sexual assault on campus - and a Chicana Art Exhibit - that focused on issues of race, class, gender, and immigration.
Now, while we are speaking of new theatre 'appointments' - ion theatre producer Glenn Paris introduced (at the opening Press performance of THIS WIDE NIGHT) - their new Associate Artistic Director Kim Strassburger ...
ion Associate Artistic Director
SD's Spreckels Theatre on Broadway
Well, by now ... you all may have heard or read about the "big move" of Erin & Gary Lewis' SD Musical Theatre, from their current home, at the North Park Theatre (where they soon will be opening their newest show "Next To Normal"), and then ... over this next year (2015 Season), to the SD downtown classic SPRECKELS Theatre ....
Without much doubt, for such a top quality theatre production company, the SD Musical Theatre, has been the most traveling show production company, having 'moved' from (originally), the Birch North Park Theatre ... to the East County Performing Arts Center ... to the downtown Lyceum Theatre ... and then, back to the North Park Theatre ... whew.... stay tuned for further news ...
Producers Gary & Erin Lewis
One way or the other - it is all excellent "entertainment" - provided by talented San Diego artists. And, if you haven't yet seen our new SHOWBIZ Calendar - click-on the LINK on the Table of Contents ... to see what James C. Harrison, gathers weekly on LIVE theatre, special events, recent FILMS, and dance - James' new manner to make a calendar listing interesting and entertaining in itself.
Enjoy, ROB APPEL - Managing Editor