Romeo and Juliet fall in love at Vanguard University

Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard campus April 8 through April 17.

This production of Romeo and Juliet is directed by Susan K. Berkompas, VU’s Theatre Department Chair, who studied Shakespeare with John Barton at the British American Drama Academy in England. Her vision for this production includes setting the story in a fictional modern day Verona with an industrial, urban backdrop that is juxtaposed with two very colorful gang families that couldn’t be more different from one another in philosophy and temperament.

Romeo and Juliet was the first Shakespeare play that I read and performed in. It has such timeless themes, and no matter where and when it is set, it always resonates with its audience because of the nature of dramatic tension and the complexity of human relationships,” says Berkompas.

Romeo and Juliet are a pair of star-crossed teenage lovers who pursue their passion for each other despite the fact that their families have been bitterly feuding since long before they were born. The story combines sword fighting, disguise, misunderstanding, tragedy, humor, and some of the most romantic language found in literature.

Performance dates and times are April 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 8:00 pm; and April 10, 16 and 17 at 2:00 pm. All shows are presented on the Vanguard University campus in the Lyceum Theater off of Newport Boulevard. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors and children. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145. Season subscriptions and group rates are available.

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Vanguard Alums Maureen and Gene Rickman Premiere Christian Musical

Vanguard University alums Maureen Rickman ’89 and Gene Rickman ’90 have been doing big things since they graduated from Vanguard.

Now the music pastor at Pacific Christian Center, Maureen has been presented with an exciting opportunity for her and her children’s choir to premiere the Dove Award winning Celeste Clydesdale’s new Christmas musical for 2011 entitled “The Great Christmas Giveaway.” Rickman, affectionately called Pastor Moe by most of her church member, and her choir will also be traveling to Universal City to premiere it at MusiCalifornia, the largest Christian music conference on the west coast.

“I have loved and performed many of Clydesdale’s musicals over the years and to be asked to work with her and her equally respected husband David T. Clydesdale is a total God thing,” says Rickman. “This is a dream God gave me many years ago and to see it come true shows you that God still specializes in things thought impossible!”

Gene taught in the classroom for 16 years before deciding to continue his education and receive his Administrative Services Credential. He has been a vice principal for four years and is currently at Lakeview junior high, where he has also added District Testing Coordinator to his title and in which he oversees all state, federal, and local mandated testing for the Orcutt Union School District. Gene is also a key member in Maureen’s music ministry as he helps her in a variety of capacities and makes her visions of set designs become a reality.

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Vanguard Alum Reba Toney Enjoying New Career Path

Vanguard alum Reba Toney ’03 has a TV show, a new book, and a job as a new spokeswoman for “Dreams” by Neihule Nail Lacquer and Salon.

After finding out that she was suddenly out of a job as the morning co-host on “The Family Friendly Morning Show with Bobby Shaw and Reba Toney” on Christian music station KFSH/95.9 FM, “The Fish”, she decided to turn that negative into a positive.

Toney has continued to move forward on her new career path and looks to the future. She is currently focusing on “Top 3,” her twice-weekly young adult talk show that is carried on TBN affiliate JCTV and on She is also speaking around the county on relationship issues with regards to her recently published book, The Rating Game and its website, the In The Rating Game, Toney gives readers a “fun system” to assess their compatibility with others. Finally, Toney is enjoying her new spokeswoman position for “Dreams,” a beauty product featured in the highly-desired gift bag at the Oscars this year.

Toney has strong ties to Orange County as she attended Vanguard University. “I loved Vanguard,” said Toney. “The professors were always very knowledgeable. It was good training.”

Toney was the World Vision Radio Personality of the Year in 2006 and 2007, and traveled with World Vision to Ethiopia to garner support for the Aids and Children relief campaign. She has also traveled to Ecuador with a relief organization and raised over $75,000 for aid to the Latin America radio campaign, while also raising nearly $100,000 through KKLA for Hope Gardens, a group home for single moms and their children in downtown Los Angeles.

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Vanguard Chapter of American Chemical Society to Host Undergraduate Social

The student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) at Vanguard University has been asked to host the Undergraduate Social Event at the 241st National American Chemical Society Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA. The event is scheduled to take place March 27, 2011 from 8:30-11:00 pm.

Hosting the Undergraduate Social Event is a great opportunity for Vanguard’s student chapter of ACS. “It is a big honor that our student group was asked to this, especially in light of the fact that our group is young, only being established in 2008,” says faculty advisor of the student group, SAINTS, Dr. Tara Sirvent.

With more than 163,000 members, the ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. As a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress, ACS is on the frontline of the constantly evolving chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe. The National American Chemical Society Annual Meeting will feature nearly 9,500 presentations that encompass all of science, from astronomy to zoology.

“It should be a lot of fun,” says senior Sara Gunter, the chairwoman heading the committee and organization of the event. “We want to make it exciting for students and celebrate chemistry at the same time! We are planning an international theme since 2011 is designated as the International Year of Chemistry,” says Gunter.

For anyone interested in helping planning the event, organizational meetings are on Fridays at 10:00 am in Science Room 1. All interested students are welcome to attend.

For further information on the Vanguard University student chapter (SAINTS) of the ACS, or for further event information, please visit the Chemistry Department.

UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCEMENT: Delivery Boys & Entourage

Dear Vanguard Community –

I would like you to be aware that the Entourage and Delivery Boys Programs are being suspended at this time. The decision to suspend the programs was reached by President’s Cabinet and affirmed by me after careful and prayerful review.

The University remains committed to nurturing student talent teams that serve churches and their youth. Student talent teams (e.g. worship bands, vocal ensembles, drama troupes) have a rich legacy of participation in both churches and youth camps. Vanguard will strive to connect student talent with local churches and camps. Entourage and Delivery Boys are a valued part of Vanguard’s legacy. The University leadership will continue to evaluate outreach programs that are relevant to today’s church.

I want to personally thank the current team members and all camp team alumni for sharing your talents over the years. I look forward to a new direction in using a broad range of student talent in ministry.

With appreciation,