Cotton Patch Gospel

American Coast Theater Company Summer 2014 Season

Presents the Musical ‘Cotton Patch Gospel’

A Southern Bluegrass Spin on The Greatest Story Ever Told

Costa Mesa, CA, June 2, 2014 – The American Coast Theater Company, Vanguard University’s professional theatre company in residence, presents the Southern bluegrass musical, Cotton Patch Gospel. The production is directed by Vanda Eggington and is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning June 13, 2014 and running four weekendsthrough July 13, 2014.

Now this is a version of the story that you can relate to! Accurate representation of the Gospels of Matthew and John are presented through clever and inviting Southern-style music and down-home dialogue in this accessible rendition of the greatest story ever told.

Vanda Eggington, the show’s director, adds, “I first saw Cotton Patch Gospel, performed by the creator, Tom Key, back in the 1980’s. It was playing at a small theatre about the same size as the Lyceum, which provides a perfectly intimate setting for the power of the story and the connection with the actors. I loved both the music of Harry Chapin, one of America’s greatest songwriters and storytellers, and the fresh re-telling of the Gospel. This Bible story is not just for ‘church folks’. It seems to touch everyone who sees it. I have never forgotten the feeling I got when I watched this show. The actors’ passion; the humor; the words and music; and the message behind it have stayed with me all these years.”

This production is suitable for all ages. All performances are presented on the campus of Vanguard University, in the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $17 for general admission and $14 for seniors, children, college students and groups. Tickets may be purchased at www.actctickets.com or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-619-6425.

Performance dates and times are June 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, July 11, 12 at 8:00 pm; June 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 28, July 12, 13 at 2:00 pm.

All My Sons

American Coast Theater Company Summer 2014 Season
Opens with Arthur Miller’s Classic ‘All My Sons’

The Domestic Drama that Powerfully Reveals Unalterable Truths

Costa Mesa, CA, May 12, 2014 – The American Coast Theater Company, Vanguard University’s professional theatre company in residence, presents Arthur Miller’s powerfully compelling drama, All My Sons. The production is directed by Kevin Slay and is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning May 23, 2014 and running three weekendsthrough June 8, 2014.

Some 65 years after it was first produced, Arthur Miller’s American tragedy about the Keller family — entrepreneur father, devoted mother, and war-hero sons — still grips audiences today. This powerful post WWII drama won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and Tony Awards for Best Author and Director when it debuted in 1947. Two families and their two generations are united through business partnerships and then torn apart by business decisions. Greed and deception play against love and truth in this timeless soul-searing drama.

Kevin Slay, the show’s director, adds, “All My Sons is a play that speaks about our devotion to family and our responsibility to society. It presents the standard of conduct and behavior that we must hold ourselves to as we pursue the ‘American Dream,’ as well as what happens when the unspoken agreements of society fail and the common core standards of truth and hard work are maligned. All My Sons reflects the resultant consequences on a man and his family when he builds their ‘American Dream’ on a lie.”

This production is suitable for teens and older. All performances are presented on the campus of Vanguard University, in the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors, college students and groups. Tickets may be purchased at www.actctickets.com or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-619-6425.

Performance dates and times are May 23, 24, 30, 31, June 6, 7 at 8:00 pm; May 25, June 1, 8 at 2:00 pm.

Legally Blonde the Musical

Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Presents

The New Broadway Musical: Legally Blonde the Musical

 

Reinterpreting the Law of Love

 

Costa Mesa, CA, April 1, 2014 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents the new Broadway musical, Legally Blonde the Musical. The production is directed by Vanda Eggington and is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning April 11, 2014 and running three weekendsthrough April 26, 2014.

Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Legally Blonde the Musical’s peppy score and playful book stay true to the movie and provide ridiculously enjoyable entertainment from start to finish. Elle Woods appears to have it all, but her life is turned upside-down when her boyfriend dumps her and leaves to attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle charms her way into Harvard, and all havoc breaks loose. Legally Blonde the Musical was nominated in 2007 for seven Tony Awards, including Best Original Score.

The show’s director, Vanda Eggington, is passionate about the redeeming qualities of the story that run covertly under the air-head façade, “Legally Blonde the Musical is not the simple one-dimensional tale it might seem to be. It is a triumphant story about anyone who has ever let others dictate his or her own worth; in this case, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend. She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, and how her true worth is much more than skin deep, and greater than she ever could have ever imagined.”

This production is suitable for teens and older. All performances are presented on the campus of Vanguard University, in the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $17 for general admission and $14 for seniors, college students and groups. Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145.

 

Performance dates and times are April 11, 12, 17, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 8:00 pm; April 12, 13, 19, 26 at 2:00 pm; April 13 at 7:00 pm.

Oedipus Rex

Vanguard University’s

Department of Theatre Arts Presents

The Classic Greek Tragedy: Oedipus Rex

 

Great Storytelling that Timelessly Spans the Millennia

 

Costa Mesa, CA, February 14, 2014 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents the classic Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex. The production is directed by Susan K. Berkompas and is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning February 28, 2014 and runningthrough March 9, 2014.

Aristotle called Oedipus Rex the perfect Greek tragedy, and it is as relevant today as when it was first performed in 429 BC. Come and see this contemporary translation and step into the reimagined world of Oedipus, a story that crosses all cultural boundaries.

The show’s director, Susan Berkompas, adds these further comments about her thinking behind the themes she wanted to communicate through this production, ”Our Oedipus Rex is set sometime in ancient Egypt, which could easily have been under Greek rule after Alexander the Great. At that time, the Egyptian rulers were actually Greek. But even this new setting gives rise to something unexpected. The themes I have plucked out of the text, ‘blinded to the truth’ and ‘reality is not what it seems’, eventually reveal themselves through the chorus and through the design aspects of the show. The timelessness of this ancient Greek tragedy speaks clearly and resonates to a contemporary audience through this particular translation. This is not our great grandparents’ Oedipus Rex!”

This production is suitable for teens and older. All performances are presented on the campus of Vanguard University, in the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors, college students and groups. Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145.

Performance dates and times are February 28, March 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8:00 pm; March 2, 8, 9 at 2:00 pm.

Next Theatre Show

Vanguard University’s Theatre Department Tells the Poignant, Tender Story of Five Fiercely Proud Irish Sisters in Dancing at Lughnasa

 

Live, authentic Celtic music and laughter bring the vicissitudes of 1930’s Rural Ireland to life in a lively, restorative way at Vanguard University

 

Costa Mesa, CA, October 15, 2013 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents Dancing at Lughnasa, Brian Friel’s gripping story about five sisters who strive to lift each other’s spirits while struggling to get by in rural 1930s Ireland. The production is directed by Susan K. Berkompas and is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning October 25, 2013 and runningthrough November 3, 2013.

 

Childhood memories from autumn 1936 dance through Michael Evans’ mind as he remembers his mother and her four sisters in the kitchen of their quaint cottage nestled in a small rural Ireland town. The five fiercely proud and unmarried sisters share lively conversations, healing laughter, and spirited dancing, which all seem to defy the searing hardships of their daily life. Live harp, flute and violin music serve to create an authentic Celtic atmosphere.

 

The New York Post says of Dancing at Lughnasa, “This is no way a play to be missed – simply a wondrous experience. Experience it!”

 

Dancing at Lughnasa is suitable for teens and older. All shows are presented on the campus of Vanguard University, in the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors, groups and college students. Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145.

 

Performance dates and times are September 25, 26, 31, November 1, 2 at 8:00 pm; October 27, November 2, 3 at 2:00 pm.

Next Theatre Show

Vanguard University opens its 2013-2014 theatre season with Narnia,
a musical story of adventure and enchantment

Narnia brings the magical realm of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
to Vanguard University

Costa Mesa, CA, September 17, 2013 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents Narnia, a musical version of the classic C.S. Lewis’ tale, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The production is directed by Vanda Eggington, the resident musical theatre faculty member who consistently brings high quality and entertainment to the Department’s musical productions. Narnia is presented in the Lyceum Theatre on the Vanguard University campus, beginning September 20, 2013 and runsthrough October 6, 2013.

This enchanting musical follows the adventures of the Pevensie children as they are transported through a mysterious wardrobe into the land of Turkish delights and talking animals. Music and song serve to enhance the wonders of the children’s journey, and to create an inviting environment into which all may escape for a while, if they dare.

Performance dates and times are September 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, October 4, 5 at 8:00 pm; September 22, 28, 29, October 5, 6 at 2:00 pm.

All shows are presented on the campus of Vanguard University, in the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $17 for general admission and $14 for seniors, children, groups and college students. Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145.

2013-2014 Season

Announcing the 2013-2014 Theatre Season!

Show A – Narnia | Directed by Vanda Eggington
Show B – Dancing at Lughnasa | Directed by Susan K. Berkompas
Show C – The Little Match Girl and The Gift of the Magi | Directed by Kevin Slay
Show D – Oedipus Rex | Directed by Susan K. Berkompas
Show E – The Music Man | Directed by Vanda Eggington

Spring 2013 Show Cast Lists

Auditions for our two upcoming spring 2013 shows, Development and Hairspray, were held on December 3. Here are the two cast lists:

Cast for Development showing in March 2013

Serena…………………………………………………… Madi Cooper

Travis……………………………………………………. Michael Fidalgo

Buddha………………………………………………….. Troy Iwata

Mr. Black / General Custer………………………… Ian Jenkins

Cliff………………………………………………………. Jordan Laemmlen

Evelyn………………………………………………….. Jessica Mogi

Sylvie…………………………………………………… Kimberly Monks

Walter…………………………………………………….. Tony Sutera

Marianne………………………………………………. Kelley Weeks

 

Cast for Hairspray showing in April 2013

Tammy / Hooker…………………………………….. Amanda Bihl

Link Larkin……………………………………………. Drew Bradford

Seaweed J. Stubbs…………………………………… Preston Butler III

Harriman F. Spritzer……………………………….. Vincent Catalina

Brad……………………………………………………… Josiah Dominguez

IQ………………………………………………………… Michael Fidalgo

Motormouth Maybelle…………………………….. Kaciny Emile

Shelley / Beatnik Chick……………………………. Sarah Hansen

Amber Von Tussle………………………………….. Janelle Harriman

Corny Collins………………………………………… Troy Iwata

Prudy Pingleton…………………………………….. Brandijo Kistler

Wilbur Turnblad…………………………………….. Jordan Laemmlen

Fender…………………………………………………… Nick Lazaris

Little Inez………………………………………………. Kristina Leopold

Tracy Turnblad……………………………………….. Ryanna Marsh

Brenda / Matron…………………………………….. Jennifer Maylon

Stooie……………………………………………………. Kimberly Monks

Gym Teacher…………………………………………. Katie Parker

Gilbert…………………………………………………… Marquis Ray

Edna Turnblad………………………………………… Luke Rhodes

Diane…………………………………………………….. Stephanie Richardson

Penny Pingleton……………………………………… Bretlyn Schmitt

Lorraine………………………………………………… Keziah Silva

Sketch……………………………………………………. Micah Stratton

Cindy…………………………………………………….. Dekontee Tucrkile

Velma Von Tussle……………………………………. Hailey Tweter

Mr. Pinky / Principal………………………………… Ben Wilson

Lou Ann…………………………………………………. Callie Zeigler


Behind the Scenes

Little Women

We invite you to take a look at what is happening behind the scenes during rehearsals for our next show.

Amanda Bihl, Assistant Stage Manager:A typical Monday night is anything but boring for the cast of Little Women. As they head into their last week of rehearsal before adding costumes to the mix, the actors hone in on their scenes. Tonight the cast got a chance to run through the show with lights and sound for the first time. The girls are still getting used to wearing corsets, learning how to have breath control while delivering lines, and going up and down the stairs. It’s more difficult than it looks. Little Women deals with love, loss, frustration, and conflict. Lots to confront in one rehearsal. But the actors continually show dedication and a professional attitude. There’s no doubt the audience’s hearts will be warmed and touched with the story of these little women.”

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Next Theatre Show

‘Little Women’

A Holiday Drama that beautifully illustrates the warmth and endurance of family love

Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents Little Women, which is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, November 30 through December 9, 2012.

Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is a wintertime favorite. It is both chilling and refreshing as it demonstrates that winter is always followed by spring and that winter’s shorter days, longer nights and cool crisp air always go hand in hand with the warmth generated by family togetherness. Alcott’s four beloved and indomitable sisters endure their hardships and reveal what is truly important in life. They prove that dreams always do come true even if they change a little along the way.

The show’s director, Kevin Slay, hopes that the production of Little Women will help the audience usher in the holiday spirit, “Christmas is the season when family arrives, when the house is full of the sounds of children playing, when fireplaces and kitchens fill the neighborhoods with welcome holiday aromas, and when people’s hearts well up with the cheer and anticipation of Christ’s birth. With Little Women, my desire is to tell this classic story with an invitation to enter into the tender relationship between these wonderful girls and walk with them as trials and triumphs shape their lives.

Performance dates and times are November 30, December 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 at 8:00 pm; and December 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 2:00 pm.

All shows are presented on the campus of Vanguard University, in the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors, children, groups and college students. Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145.