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Description:keywords: description: Thursday, February 18, 2021 My most vivid memory from first grade is my friends and I playing The Wizard of Oz every day at recess! There were no limits to our imagination! I was always the scarecrow. Wed follow the yellow brick road while everyone else was on the playground or playing kickball.
My worst day as a kid was the day my parents told me they were getting a divorce. I didnt understand what they meant at the time and I thought I had done something wrong. The idea of having my mom and dad in separate houses seemed like the most awful thing that could happen. But, everything turned out okayit had nothing to do with me or my siblings. My parents love us more than anything and theyre so much happier now! I have two wonderful step parents and they all get along. Im blessed to be loved so much.
If I were in charge of the world, I would. get rid of hate, solve world hunger, stop climate change and destroy cockroaches!
Janna CardiaI portray Alexanders mother. Shes very sympathetic, loving and nurturing. Shes also stressed out at times, frustrated other times and constantly multitasking as she tries to keep the household running smoothly.
I also portray Mrs. Dickens, the creative arts teacher. She is deeply passionate about teaching and encouraging her students to sing, draw, and be kind and respectful to others. Even though Mrs. Dickens is supportive of her students, she sometimes becomes impatient with Alexanders erratic behavior.
This is my SCR debut!
My other credits include The Music Man, Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz (all national tours), Victor/Victoria, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Crazy Ex Girlfriend and 12 Days of Christmas.
I love being in young audiences shows because the crowd is so excited and energetic! For some of these audiences, it is their first time ever seeing theatre and I feel so grateful to share the gift of theatre with them.
The fun thing about this show is that its not a fairy tale, like most kid shows, and I like that. I like how Alexander deals with a very universal experience and, at the end of the day, there is no genie or fairy godmother to fix it. I think it is a realistic portrayal of things maybe not going perfect and yet tomorrow is another day, so you can always pick yourself up and try again!
When I was growing up, I loved the Wheres Waldo book series. I loved looking at all the little pictures and scenarios. And, of course, I loved it when I could find Waldo.
My most vivid memory from first grade was because I didnt know how to spell Girls on my first day of first gradeand I walked into the Boys bathroom!
My worst day as a kid was when I begged my mother to wear my white Easter dress to school and I accidentally got red marker all over it. The dress was ruined and I got in big trouble!
If I were in charge of the world, I would. have parents not be in a bad mood for no reason!
Robert CollinsI portray Dad, Dr. Fields and the Shoe Salesman. All three of these characters are completely different and are supposed to be representations of how kids see certain adults in their life. Dad is definitely this all-American, loving father figure whom the kids always run to when Mother tells them no. Dr. Fields is the neurotic, scary dentist whom kids dont like going to see. Lets be real though, even adults dont like going to the dentist! The Shoe Salesman is the coolest guy you will ever meet. He is the flashiest, slickest and smoothest cat who ever lived. He makes all the kids feel powerful and confident with the new kicks they can show off at school.
This is my SCR debut!
The fun thing about this show is that we get to explore how it was to be a kid again. Even though I play an adult through the whole show, it is still fun to help create a life for the kids and remembering what it used to be like being a kid.
When I was growing up, I loved the classic Dr. Seuss books. The pictures were always what captivated me because I love drawing.
My most vivid memory from first grade was when we got painting time for being good in class. I always would try to be on my best behavior so that I could get time painting because its what helped me express myself.
My worst day as a kid wasOUCH!when I was playing tag at recess, I wasnt looking and I ran into a tether ball pole. I ended up having the biggest knot on my forehead because I hit it so hard. I still have an indentation on my forehead because of it.
If I were in charge of the world, I would. make it so that every school had an amazing arts program so that kids could express themselves creatively.
Cristina GerlaI portray Audrey, Philip Parker, a koala bear and a shoe sales clerk. Audrey aspires to be the top student in Mrs. Dickens first grade class. Later at recess, I play Philip and while he loves the cupcakes his mom packed in his lunch, he doesnt share with Alexander, which is not so nice. I have a lot of fun as a friendly koala in our Australia adventure and as a sassy sales clerk at the shoe store.
This is my SCR debut!
I love being in young audiences shows because being creative is really important for us and for our community. Theatre, especially, helps us practice working together, listening to each other and exploring both failure and success in a safe and supportive environment. So its a joy for me to share my passion for theatre with young audience memberssome of whom are attending a performance for the first timeand, hopefully, get them excited about theatre too!
The fun thing about this show is that everyone is so talented, enthusiastic and kind. We have a great time together on and offstage.
When I was growing up, I loved the book The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. I made my parents read it to me almost every night and I always carried it with me on family trips. I must also give honorable mentions to The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown and Grandma and The Pirates by Phoebe Gilman.
My most vivid memory from first grade is the bi-weekly science unit we had. I learned how to take care of our class vegetable garden, plant seeds in soil, clean pennies and track the progress of the chicken eggs we hatched. Every science lesson was a bit of an adventure!
My worst day as a kid was on a whale-watching field trip. A seagull swooped down to the boat and stole my brown bag lunch. And, even though I didnt eat, I still got seasick. I dont think we ended up seeing any whales, either. Overall, it was a pretty unfortunate day.
If I were in charge of the world, I would. make certain that we all took better care of each other and of our Earth.
Mitchell Gerrard JohnsonI portray Nick and Albert. Nick is Alexanders brother and picks on him constantly with their oldest brother, Anthony. Although they tease Alexander a lot, at the end of the day, they love him. Albert is a kid who likes to have everything planned out.
This is my SCR debut!
My other credits include Mickeys Magical Lamp (Disneyland).
I love being in young audiences shows because I love being able to tell a story that kids can relate to. It really allows us to have fun while we create the show!
The fun thing about this show is working with the cast and Kari Hayter, the director. We all have so much fun together!
When I was growing up, I loved the book Mitchell is Moving by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. It was about a dinosaur that was moving and his best friend and next door neighbor was upset about it but it ends with the neighbor building a hut right next to his! I mainly liked it because my name was in the title!! I still have this book and read it every time I move.
My most vivid memory from first grade is playing with my toys for hours and creating stories with themand I was constantly told to put them away.
My worst day as a kid was when I went on a trip with my family and my parents kept scolding me because I was being bad. I remember going to look at something and, when I turned around, my family was gone! I thought they forgot about me or left me on purpose. I was lost for what felt like hours, but it ended up being only 15 minutes. I was SOOO happy to see my family again. I was good the whole rest of the trip.
If I were in charge of the world, I would. have free French fries for everyone every Friday!
Austyn MyersI portray Alexander.
This is my SCR debut!
My other credits include Les Misérables (national tour, plus the 2004 Broadway revival), Newsies, Meet Dave (opposite Eddie Murphy) and performances at The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre and Moonlight Amphitheatre.
I love being in young audiences shows because I love storytelling and getting to create theatre.
Monika PeñaI portray Anthony, Becky and a kangaroo! Anthony is one of Alexanders older brothers and, although he may like to tease Alexander, I think he also cares for him a lot. My second character, Becky, is Alexanders classmate. Theyre friends at school, but she doesnt quite care for some of his antics. And lastly, I play a happy, hopping kangaroo living the good life in Australia!
My SCR credits include A Christmas Carol (2018).
My other credits include Fancy Nancy (Chance Theater).
The best thing about being in young audiences shows IS the audience! Seeing and hearing the kids' reactions are the best. Especially when they leave the show not just entertained, but inspired.
The fun thing about this show is the music. The score has a lot of variety when it comes to style and is incredibly silly and fun!
When I was growing up, I loved Jon Scieszka books due to their dark illustrations and odd, silly stories. But, my favorite book in sixth grade was a spooky one by Betty Ren Wright called The Dollhouse Murders.
My most vivid memory from first grade is playing with little plastic shapes, no bigger than two quarters stacked in your palm. There were pentagons in green, squares in blue and triangles in yellow, and I liked them so much that I wanted to take them home and play with them so I put them in my pocket. My teacher saw and told my mom and that's when I learned what stealing was! Oops!
My worst day as a kid was at summer camp when we went on a field trip and played team games. First, my team didnt win the scavenger hunt and I was super bummed. Then, on the bus ride back, one of the older girls took my spot on the bus AND I got in trouble by my teacher for telling her it wasn't fair! Hmph!
If I were in charge of the world, I would. make every school have an arts and music department.
Learn more about Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayLabels:Alexander and the Terrible,Horrible,No Good,Very Bad Day Thursday, July 7, 2016 Hot Off the PressGala Entertainment UpdateTracy Kirwan and Sarah McElroySCR Associate Artistic Director John Glore and Gala Executive Chair Sally J. AndersonAudrey Greenfield and Barbara ClineCuisine, Decor Entertainment and Hospitality Committee member Jane Taylor shows off a dinner napkin.Therell be music galore during SCRs Stagestruck! Gala at The Westin South Coast Plaza on Sept. 10. Heres the scoop from the Gala Committees June luncheon meeting.
A lively ensemble to provide the beat for the Galleria reception.A big band to entice guests into the ballroom.A hip DJ to select dinner tracksLater, the band will be backfor dancing the evening away. And for those who linger into the wee hours, the DJ wont leave until the last note has sounded.
Musical names are still under wraps, but the Gala Committee is ready to announce the big entertainment newsSCRs Stagestruck! Gala headliner will be Nicole Parker, MADtv and Wicked star (and SCR Theatre Conservatory grad).
Shell sing, of course, do a little standup, as is her wont, and reminisce about the years at South Coast Repertory, where she got her start as a member of the Young Conservatory Players.
I believe my entire childhood was shaped by SCR, Parker says, starting with classes when I was seven years old until my last show at age 12. Those were truly formative years. And they are years filled with fascinating memories that Parker will share when she headlines the SCR Gala.
Meanwhile, SCR Associate Artistic Director John Glore joined the Gala luncheon to fill everyone in on Nicoles career and share some memories of his own. They include the first time he saw her in rehearsal for Wind of a Thousand TalesFolk Tales From Far-Away Places, which Glore wrote for the Young Conservatorys 10th anniversary.
I had limited expectations for a nine-year-old actress, especially one who hadnt even completed SCRs Young Conservatory training, so I was astonished when Nicole took on the lead role in my play," Glore relates. "She was like this pint-sized professional, entirely natural on-stage while also projecting a huge personality and heart in the role. What a gift she was to me in my first venture as a playwright, and again in the follow-up a year later. I certainly wasnt surprised when she went on to stardom on television and on Broadway.
Learn all about Parker here.
Labels:Gala 2016,Special EventsFrom Kimberly Kay to Elphaba to Fanny BriceNicole Parker Comes Home to SCR as Gala HeadlinerParker gets a lift in Wind of a Thousand TalesNicole Parker, who will headline SCRs Stagestruck! Gala on Sept. 10, was nine years old when she wowed audiences as Kimberly Kay in the Young Conservatory Players production of Wind of a Thousand TalesFolk Tales From Far-Away Places. She was a dynamo then, and she hasnt stopped for a minute. That talent, energy and pizzazz is what made Parker a hit on the wildly popular "MADtv," where she was a regular and contributing writer for six years.
More recently, she won the coveted Ovation Award for her portrayal of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at 3-D Theatricals and portrayed Bea in Rolin Jones These Paper Bullets! at Atlantic Theater Company off-Broadway and L.A.s Geffen Playhouse.
If you traveled to New York City during the Wicked phenomenon, you may have seen her as Elphaba in that hit musical, but if you didnt catch her then, she repeated the role in Wickeds first national tour.
But lets go back to where it all began, during her first year of training, at the Young Conservatory recital. According to Parker, Thats when I decided I wanted to do this for a living. The moment happened when I sang a song as the comic character Little Lulu. I remember hearing the audience laughing and thinking, Oh, I definitely want this for the rest of my life. Done.
In the late 80s, Parker was on every stage at SCR, playing Belinda Cratchit in A Christmas Carol; a Russian boy scout (!) in Highest Standard of Living; and Reverend Parris daughter, Betty, in The Crucible.
That play really was life changing, Parker says. Even though I was only in the first scene (and spent most of it in bed, because supposedly Betty has been touched), the scene was long, and it was amazing to listen to those incredible actors every night. At only 10 years old, I was aware of The Crucibles success. It felt special, and it was crucial for me to witness what it was to be a professional working actor.
After her scene, Parker could have gone home, but she stayed every night, sitting in a little chair near the tech booth to watch the courtroom scene.
In Wind of a Thousand TalesFolk Tales From Far-Away Places, Parker had more than one scene; in fact, as Kimberly Kay, she was in all of them. SCR Literary Manager John Glore (now associate artistic director) wrote the playhis firstand isnt paltry with his praise, saying, The first time I saw Nicole onstage, I knew she was going to be a star.
That sentiment was recently echoed by Kris Hagen, who served for many years as SCRs Conservatory manager. Hagen played Gramma in Wind of a Thousand Tales and remembers the first day of rehearsalfor good reason. Nicole came to rehearsal knowing all of her lines, Hagen says. And the lines of all the other characters! She wasnt being boastful, just natural, as if thats what everyone did. She was a little girl with a big voice and a charming personality. And, yes, she exuded energy!
In those days, newspapers reviewed all the shows, even those for kids, by kids, as the Players deemed their productions. Los Angeles Times critic Lynne Heffley gave Wind of a Thousand Tales a rave review and called Parker irresistible.
Years later, StageSceneLA called her performance in Funny Girl, Dazzling(Shes) a comedienne who can sing, dance and act every bit as spectacularly as she can make you laugh.
Her next stop? (Well, maybe not the next stop; shell no doubt be onstage or on TV between now and then.) But count on her appearance Sept. 10 at SCRs Stagestruck! Gala. Shell sing, for sure. And maybe shell also talk about how she got her starthere at SCR.Labels:Gala 2016 Friday, July 1, 2016 Special Guests at Summer Acting WorkshopSara Guerrero, one of the Summer Acting Workshops daily instructors, leads students in movement exercises..Want to give your kids something fun to do this summer? Looking for arts camp options at family-friendly prices? SCRs Summer Acting Workshop is a theatre camp for young people, primarily those who are new to SCRs Conservatory. We work with many experience levels and age groups, from 8-18, grades 3-12. The purpose of the camp is to learn the process of making theatre in a challenging and fun environment. Students work on acting toolsvoice, body, imaginationto improve their individual creativity, confidence, and ability to work and communicate effectively with others.
Instructor Diana Burbano works with a student
on musical theatre.Each day of the 10-day session starts with a quick camp-wide warm up to promote energy and focus. Then, for two hours, students break into peer groups (grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12) of no more than 18 students for interactive instruction in voice, movement, character development and more, led by SCRs veteran staff of theatre professionals. The final hour is spent with special guests who bring to life various aspects of theatre, like improvisation, combat, singing and playwritingsomething different every day. Finally, at the end of the two weeks, there is an open classroom presentation of whats been learned.
Here's a look at the special guests who will visit visit the class throughout the week. All these experienced teaching artists have links to SCR, both past and present. Heres a little bit about them, what theyll be teaching, and how theyre connected to SCR:
Playwriting will be taught by award-winning playwright Kristina Leach, who worked at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. SCR Connection: Kristina was formerly on SCRs literary staff and is current Conservatory faculty member.
Putting it Together (the process of putting together a show: casting, theatrical design, rehearsal, performance) will be taught by Patrick Williams. SCR Connection: Patrick was once a stage management intern here at SCR.
Mask Physical Acting will be taught by Emily Heebner, who received her MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and has acted in many national tours and regional theatres. SCR connections: Heebner has performed in The Diviners and is an Adult Conservatory faculty memeber.
Improvisation will be taught by two familiar SCR faculty members. Chris Sullivan is one of the founding artists of the Modjeska Playhouse, as well as a trained clown, competitive improviser and ship captain (who appeared in the Pirates of the Caribbean, thanks to his skills). Amy-Louise Sebelius received her MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and currently teaches at Lakewood High School, while staying active as a director and performer in Long Beach. SCR Connections: Sullivan is a graduate of SCRs Acting Intensive Program, andSebeliusregularly teaches in the Conservatory.
Musical Theatre will be taught by SCR regulars Tom Shelton and Diana Burbano. SCR Connection: Both Tom and Diana have regularly graced SCRs stages: Burbano in Theatre for Young Audiences productions, and Shelton in more than 15 productions.
Instructor Richard Soto works with a student on stage combat.Stage Combat will be taught by Richard Soto, an actor, producer, writer, stunt performer and stage manager. SCR Connection: Soto spent 11 seasons at SCR as Young Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol!
Movement will be taught by Mercy Vasquez, who received her dramatic training at UCLA, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Kings College in London. For several years, she served as the program director for Voices Unheard at Greenway Arts Alliance in LA. SCR Connection: Vasquez is the Junior Players director (she recently directed The Witches), an actor in previous SCR productions (Our Town), and a graduate of the Acting Intensive Program.
Mime will be taught by Deborah Marley, who has experience teaching dance and movement all over the country, including at Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., and at Vanguard University. SCR Connection:She started in SCRs Conservatory classes when she was 8 years old and went all the way through until she graduated at 16!
Sound like fun? Make sure your kids dont miss out. There are four sessions this summer: July 30 - August 11 and August 13 - August 25, each with a morning and afternoon option. Enroll online nowor call (714) 708-5577 to enroll now!
Friday, May 20, 2016 SCR Artisans: Building a Little StructureSouth Coast Repertory's Cutter/Drapper, Catherine Esera
Amadeus rendering by costume designer Alex JaegerWhen a costume designer meets with the show's director, they talk about the concept, look and needs for the production. When the final costume designs are turned in and approved, renderings are made and sent to South Coast Repertory's Costume Shop.And then, the next phase of building costumes happens.
So, how does an illustration go from page to fully realized and functional costume on stage? Catherine J. Esera, South Coast Repertory's cutter/draper, is a part of the team that makes it all happen. Esera first joined SCR as an overhire for the Costume Shop in 2003. Eventually, she was hired full-time as the cutter/draper in 2009.
"When I explain to people about what I do, my first step is to correct them: I am not a costume designer," explains Esera. "Then I tell them that once the designer draws the costume renderings and selects the fabrics, I am given those, along with the actors' measurements, and am told, 'Make it happen!'"
Marco Barricelli with Camille Thornton-Alson in a different pannier.Over seven seasons, Esera has worked with numerous designers, crafted clothing spanning multiple eras and even built costumes that transformed actors into bugs and animals. A few shows have stood out over the years for her.
"In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play was a huge costume show and my first big build on staff," says Esera. "Pride and Prejudicewas fun to work on because of the huge fan base behind that title and because Paloma Young's designs were beautiful! Most of our Theatre for Young Audiences shows are a blast to work on.They're fast builds, but to pull off the fantastical with such unique materials is very challenging and fun."
For Amadeus, structure rules the designs, because many characters wear corsets, bum rolls and panniers. Esera was tasked with creating a pannier hoop skirt, which is a structure worn underneath women's skirts during late 18th century to create the overall shape and silhouette popular during that time. The pannier hoop is distinctive for its oval shape, rather than being formed in a circle.
Esera takes us inside her process with a step-by-step guide to building a pannier hoop.
Step 4Step 1
"It's important to use several different sources for period research. I use research as a guideline, rather than a law book. Since modern bodies are shaped differently than those of the past eras, putting all of the period seams in all the same spots just won't work. I also have to consider all the actor's physical needs, quick changes and maintenance for the performers' costumes. One of my sources was a book in our Costume Shop about Colonial Williamsburg clothing, which had photos and a pattern for a pannier hoop skirt. I read the description many times and scrutinized each photo. Then, I looked in other books and online for more photos and paintings of the same type of structure."
"I scaled up the pattern from the book. Then, I took the "original" pattern and made it the proper size for the actor. I also made a few changes so it would be more theatre friendlyalteration points, added length, etc. I can never make anything just the way the books show. There's always some hot-rodding to be done!"
Step 5Step 7Step 8Step 3
"I washed, dried and pressed the natural linen that was chosen for our piece. I cut out all but the yoke from the linen. Since the yoke had the most changes, I cut those pieces out of muslin to make it easier for any possible adjustments during the first fitting."
"Then, I sewed the cut fabric together, including the padded side openings and the drawstring waist."
"Amy Hutto, our Costume Shop manager, and I bought lengths of natural round reed at a local reed and cane store. To make the frame to shape, I traced out my shapes from the scaled/graded pattern onto a piece of plywood and hammered nails into the plywood at about 1" apart. There are four hoops in the skirt: one small, two medium and one large."
"One at a timebecause I've never done this beforeI soaked each reed for a minimum of three hours using a rain gutter that I borrowed from our Scene Shop."
"I removed the reeds from the water and slowly bent it around the frame of the nails. The top hoop was the most difficult because it was the smallest and had compound curves."
"I let the reeds dry on the frame for several days each."
Step 11"To join the ends of the reeds together, I had to come up with my own method. According to my research, the original period method would have not been suitable for our needs. I used lengths of bamboo that had the appropriate size hollow that would fit around the reed. Too small wouldn't fit, but too big would not be secure enough and would potentially be dangerous for the actor. Since the bamboo was a bit brittle once the reed ends were inserted, I wrapped each piece with gaff tape to help stabilize it."
"I threaded the reeds into the linen skirt to build the structure."
"Finally, we fit the whole piece on the actor, made the necessary changes to the yoke, cut the modified yoke pieces out of the linen, sewed them onto the skirt and voila! Pannier hoop skirt complete with reed hoops!"
Learn more and get your tickets to Amadeus.
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