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REVIEW: Award Winning 'God of Carnage' Now Playing Through February 16th at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 19:32

Jamison Jones, Amy Sloan, Maura Vincent and Hugo Armstrong star in the LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT production of GOD OF CARNAGE, written by Yasmina Reza and directed by Michael Arabian.

La Mirada~With a talented cast and production team, the Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage was successful in its comedic ventures to keep audience members at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts completely riveted. Director Michael Arabian commits to the challenging task of staging French playwright Yasmina Reza’s complex and sagacious tale.

God of Carnage revolves around two sets of Brooklyn parents meeting to resolve an altercation between their eleven-year-old sons. As the play begins, tactful and polite exchanges are made, but by the end of the night, four professional adults find themselves at a stand-off with each other that test the limits of human nature.

The small cast of four, starring actors Hugo Armstrong, Jamison Jones, Amy Sloan, and Maura Vincent, demonstrated outstanding chemistry in a story with such unexpected twists and turns. Respectively, each actor portrayed their unique character in an impeccable manner. Landing one punch line after another, audience members spent most of the hour-and-half run in hysterical laughter. God of Carnage didn’t just keep the audience laughing, but contained various shocking, unpredictable moments that had them perplexed, yet excited. With a successful first weekend, God of Carnage is quickly becoming characterized as a must-see for all theater fanatics.

Performances are at 7:30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8pm on Fridays; 2pm and 8pm on Saturdays; and 2pm on Sundays. Ticket prices range from $20-$70. For purchasing and information visit the La Mirada Theatre’s website at or call the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Discounts are available for students, seniors, and groups.

The Four B's Highlight Second Symphony Concert of Season E-mail
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Monday, 13 January 2014 18:23

La Mirada~Bernstein, Berlioz, Beethoven, and Brahms are the composers featured in the upcoming concert by the La Mirada Symphony on Sunday, January 19 at 3 pm at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The program includes Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein, Wellington's Victory by Ludwig van Beethoven, Roman Carnival Overture by Hector Berlioz and Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms.

Dr. Robert Frelly of Chapman University conducts this mixture of musical styles for the second concert of the season.

Admission and parking are free, no reservations required. A $5 donation is suggested.

For more information visit the La Mirada Symphony Website or call 714-420-0262 or 562-941-5779.

Phantom Projects/La Mirada Presents California Premiere of The Watsons Go To Birmingham, 1963 E-mail
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Monday, 18 November 2013 16:38

La Mirada~September 15th marked the 50th Anniversary of the tragic bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Senators and members of Congress marked the recent anniversary with ceremonies and speeches, recalling the tragic event as a major turning point in the civil rights movement. The bombing, which killed 4 young girls, prompted calls to action from Martin Luther King, Jr, in his famous “What murdered these four girls” speech.

On November 21st, at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, this historical event will be commemorated with a one-day-only performance of THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM, 1963. The play, based on a popular book by Christopher Paul Curtis, will be performed for the first time in California.

The production, directed by Phantom Projects’ founder and Producing Artistic Director Steve Cisneros, will first be performed for 1,300 middle school students at 10AM, before a public 7pm performance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be obtained by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at 714.994.6310 or visiting:

The show stars Moah Pollas as Kenny Watson, Matthieu Jean-Pierre as Byron Watson, Kiarah Pollas as Joetta "Joey" Watson, Danika Butler (NAACP Theatre Award Nominee) as Wilona Watson, Freddie De Grate as Daniel Watson, Jamason Coles as Buphead, Carla Eugenia Mitchell as Grandma Sands, Isaac Clay as Mr. Robert, Elijah Green as Rufus.

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Wins Three at LA Ovation Awards Including Best Season E-mail
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San Gabriel~The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts took home three awards during the 24th Annual LA Ovation Awards ceremony this past weekend on November 3rd.

La Mirada Theatre won the award for Best Season for its 2012-13 season featuring productions of Boeing Boeing, Jekyll & Hyde, Next to Normal, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Spring Awakening. Brian Kite, producing artistic director for the La Mirada Theatre, earned the award for Best Director of a Musical for his production of

Lori Larsen and Deborah Puette in “Rabbit Hole” now playing at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Through November 17th-photo courtesy LA Stage Times

Spring Awakening, while Beth Malone earned the award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her role as Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Hosted by the LA Stage Alliance, the Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles, created to recognize excellence in theatrical performance, production and design throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.

La Mirada Theatre's 2013-14 season is now underway. Subscriptions and individual tickets are available for Rabbit Hole-now playing through November 17th-and remaining shows, God of Carnage, Cats, and Les Misérables by calling the box office at (562) 944-9801 or by visiting online at

Read the LA Stage Times of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole here.

International Artist Highlights LM Arts Meeting E-mail
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Saturday, 02 November 2013 08:39

La Mirada~The Arts Colony of La Mirada will hold its November meeting on Monday, November 4 at the Resource Center in the La Mirada Civic Center Complex at 13700 La Mirada Blvd beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The demonstrator will be Juan "McGoo" Valencia, a watercolorist. McGoo is originally from the Philippine Islands and is an internationally distinguished artist.

The meetings are open to the art appreciating public.

For further information you may call 562-941-4116, 563-245-7940, 562-325-5954 or visit


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