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Application Deadline For Production at Theatre Extended E-mail
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Monday, 05 July 2010 17:30

Auditon Application Deadline Extended Until July 10th for August 7th Show

 La Mirada~Put 10 promising young artists in a workshop environment with no creative limits, stir with the guidance of a veteran director and cook under the pressure of a public performance within weeks and what do you get?

A theatrical event that blends drama, hip-hop, poetry, comedy, film, dance and storytelling.

Phantom Projects Educational Theatre Group's Fourth Annual Young Artist Project is currently providing such the crucible for a talented troupe of strangers who have come together quickly to learn, create and experience the joys and pressures of creating professional theatre. Everything is original and created by the young participants.
The event brings together aspiring artists between the ages of 16 and 23 to merge their unique talents - whether writing, directing, acting, singing, dancing, etc. - in a collaborative effort to develop  performance pieces by members of the group.  All are asked to contribute in more than one area over a two-week rehearsal process leading up to the public performance at the La Mirada Theatre for the performing Arts on August 7.

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Last Cabaret of Season This Sunday at LMTPA E-mail
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Monday, 05 July 2010 17:03

Jill Burke, Doug Carpenter & Brenna Whitaker sing, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton!

 

La Mirada~La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & Upright Cabaret are thrilled to announce the performers for their fifth and final Upright Cabaret experience for the 2009/2010 season at the new  Cabaret Lounge at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.  Jill Burke, Doug Carpenter and Brenna Whitaker will be performing their own selections while highlighting the music of Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, under the musical direction of Gerald Sternbach in a one-night-only concert - COUNTRY ROADS on Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 8PM.

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"Dinner With Friends" Playing Through June 20th at LM Theatre E-mail
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Thursday, 03 June 2010 15:55

La Mirada~La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment present the fifth and final production of La Mirada Theatre's 2009-2010 season, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner with Friends, written by Donald Margulies and directed by La Mirada Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Brian Kite (Proof, Steel Magnolias).  

Playwright Margulies has been quoted as calling his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Dinner With Friends, "a rueful comedy."  The story is not just a thoughtful study on divorce, but a turbulent meditation on the minefield of middle age. Gabe and Karen, a happily married couple, have been friends with married couple Tom and Beth for many years. While having dinner at Gabe and Karen's home one night, Beth tearfully reveals that she is getting a divorce from Tom, who has been unfaithful.   Over the course of the play, we witness the effects of Tom and Beth's breakup on Gabe and Karen, who first feel compelled to choose sides, and then begin to question the strength of their own seemingly tranquil marriage. The play exposes the same, universal insecurities that people face every time there are shattering changes in their lives. Margulies' characters are real. They are normal. They are family, friends, and the people next door. 

Brian Kite (Director, right)) has directed across the United States and abroad. He is the Producing Artistic Director of La Mirada Theater where his credits include the critically acclaimed productions of Steel Magnolias starring Cathy Rigby, Driving Miss Daisy starring Michael Learned and David Auburn's Proof. He recently helmed a production of Cabaret in Bermuda under the patronage of the Queen's Governor and directed a production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie at The Actors Co-op in Hollywood. Before that he directed two Los Angeles revivals, J.B. by Archibald MacLeish, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, and the West Coast premiere of Václav Havel's The Beggar's Opera. He directed the Philadelphia production of Glenn Wein's Grandma Sylvia's Funeral and worked with Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan on The Geffen Playhouse's production of Hedda Gabler starring Annette Bening. He directed over 20 productions at French Woods Festival in New York where he was the Director of Theater Programs for over 7 years. Brian is currently a member of the directing faculty at U.C.L.A.'s School of Theater, Film and Television, serves on the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Stage Alliance, and is the Artistic Director of the award-winning Buffalo Nights Theatre Company. 

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Review: The Buddy Holly Story Thru May 2nd at LM Theatre E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 April 2010 21:37

WOW!  I wasn’t even born yet, and though I did not live this moment, I was still able to feel the shiver of the unforgettable tragedy that Americans endured and shared the day that Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson died in a tragic plane crash following their February 2nd performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa; in McCoy-Rigby’s latest La Mirada venture, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story now playing through May 2nd at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing arts.

The cast features: Brandon Albright as Buddy Holly; along with Steve Alderfer, Jack Bartlett, Omar D. Brancato, T.J. Dawson, Darrin Glesser, Bill Lewis, Christia Mantzke, Maegan McConnell, Manuel Romero, Arthur L. Ross, Brent Schindele, Andy Taylor, Jennifer Leigh Warren, Matt Wolpe and Cody Wood. Casting Director Julia Flores knew exactly what she was doing when she decided on this talented group.

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Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy Some Great Music in La Mirada E-mail
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Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:57

The third of five Upright Cabaret Shows at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is this Sunday, April 18th, at 8 PM. The lobby of the theatre is transformed into a night-club setting. The following is a review of the last show which was in February.

Have you been fortunate enough to experience a Cabaret Show? How about a cabaret with class acts? A cabaret with an ambiance so ideal, that the very moment you step through the doors you realize that you've taken in a deep breath of relaxation?

Well, I have, and it's all thanks to, The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.  Yes, the theatre house. Our very own theatre house here in the beautiful city of La Mirada.

Thanks to the braincases who decide what's hot and what's not, you too can enjoy a cabaret without having to fly to some fancy city. I am telling you, it was surprisingly great! I say surprisingly because, for one, you would not recognize the place. The detailed care and attention given was absolutely to the tee.

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