For 17 years, Arts & Culture Commission has been recognizing arts leaders in area communities through the Arts Recognition Awards, which honor individuals, charitable institutions, businesses and charitable organizations. This is the department’s annual fairy tale performance, which are popular and often sell out before Jan. 1. The short story is made into an almost-full-hour of children-focused entertainment, all aspects carried out by Saint Mary’s College students enrolled in the “Jan Term” Children’s Theatre course under Michael Cook. Staying faithful to the Andersen text, the students will add their own imagination, theatricality, acting, sets and costumes.
For tickets, call 925-931-4848 or go to www.firehousearts.org, Berkeley’s Shotgun Players present a fresh take on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” by mixing up the casting at each performance, Seven highly capable actors have learned all the lines in this ultimate revenge play, and five minutes before curtain, director Mark Jackson has an audience member draw one of the many casting combinations out of Yorick’s skull, The cast then has five minutes to get into character, When I saw the show on opening ballet slippers real night, the casting was: Claudius/Guildentern (actress El Beh); Hamlet (David Sinaiko); Gertrude/Rosecrans (Megan Trout); Laertes (Beth Wilmurt); Polonius (Cathleen Riddley); Horatio/Ophelia/player (Nick Medina) and ghost/gravedigger (Kevin Clarke)..
Each of the actors believes they could survive together after learning from the mistakes the boys made in “Lord of the Flies.”. “I was a Boy Scout, so I know how to build a fire and stuff,” says Campbell resident Antonio Rojas. Rojas plays Piggy, the confidant of Ralph, who tries to establish order on the island among the boys. “I would just listen and help whenever I could. If there was a dispute, I would try to stop it. I would call a meeting.”. When asked if girls would fare better or worse if they were stranded under similar circumstances, many cast members said female castaways would probably have a better chance of survival.
Bigford and the band also play Mavericks Country Lounge in Pleasanton frequently, as well as Little Lou’s BBQ in Campbell, They perform at private parties and have a lot of ballet slippers real one-nighters coming up this summer, They’re putting together material for a new album, Bigford says, “We want to take this to the next level, playing festivals and rodeos and county fairs, I love doing that kind of stuff, Maybe being an opening act on some big shows would be a nice bonus, too, “We just like to make music that makes people happy, I get emotional, when I sing, whether it’s a ballad or a happy song, And I love being able to share that with people, They connect with it, …..
The surprise of the season may be Alek Skarlatos, one of the French train heroes. For someone who said he couldn’t dance a step, he performed an outstanding jazz number with Witney Carson. Judge Bruno Tonioli said it best: “I believe in you. Last week (doing a foxtrot) was not a fluke.” He provided a strong base for lifts with Witney and then did all the steps well. Last to perform but certainly not least was Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough. She shocked Derek by telling him her favorite music was heavy metal, so they did a tango to AC/DC! Judge Julianne Hough said she loved it, but Carrie Ann simply shouted, “You ROCK!” I don’t know if Bindi has natural moves or Derek is a superior teacher, but this couple is landing at the top of the leaderboard each week.
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