Always a Bridesmaid

American Coast Theater Company Presents

the Southern California Debut of Always a Bridesmaid

 

 

Costa Mesa, CA, June 18, 2015 – Vanguard University’s professional theatre company in residence, the American Coast Theater Company, presents Always a Bridesmaid. The production is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning July 10, 2015 and running three weekendsthrough July 26, 2015.

 

The show’s director, Kevin Slay, is excited about presenting Always a Bridesmaid for the first time in the Southern California area. He adds, “Always a Bridesmaid is a fun, laugh-out-loud play. It’s a terrific story about the strength and bonds of friendship through the years, and what we are willing to do in support of our friends during the special occasions that come with life! If you enjoyed television comedies like Golden Girls or Designing Women, then you won’t want to miss these ladies and this play!”

 

Always a Bridesmaid was co-written by one of the writers and producers of the hit television show, The Golden Girls, and features the acting talents of Susan Berkompas, Maria Cominis, Vanda Eggington, Deborah Marley, Ashley Olson, Heaven Peabody and Amanda Zarr.

Always a Bridesmaid is the rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women who definitively answer the question, “Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?” If you have ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride’s bouquet, or seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying “I do,” or been forced to wear the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress, then this deliriously funny comedy is definitely for you… and your dearly beloved!

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 714-668-6145.

 

Performance dates and times are July 10, 11 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8:00 pm; July 12, 19 and 26 at 2:00 pm.

Comedy of ERROR

American Coast Theater Company Presents

the World Premiere, Comedy of <<ERROR>>

 

 

Costa Mesa, CA, May 18, 2015 – Vanguard University’s professional theatre company in residence, the American Coast Theater Company presents the world premiere production of, Comedy of <<ERROR>>. The production is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning May 29, 2015 and running three weekends through June 14, 2015.

 

The playwright, Rene Scheys, is a VU alumnus, and is eager to share his contemporary comic farce with the loyal ACTC audiences. Scheys says, “I found inspiration for this show when thinking about first dates and the influence the internet has had on romance. It’s interesting to consider how on first dates we project a version of ourselves that reflects our interests rather than our truest identities. The same could be said about social media and dating websites, and there is so much humor in the way we try to reconcile that disparity!”

 

As the story goes: Charles is a struggling web-developer who runs his own online dating website. He’d like nothing more than to quit his day job, focus on the website full time, and ask his girlfriend of four years to marry him, but there’s only one problem: the website is a failing business. When Charles’ best (and one of his last) clients threatens to cancel his subscription to the site due to a lack of results, Charles enlists the help of his best friend to make a last-ditch effort to keep his client and save his company through hilariously deceptive means. This charming romantic comedy entertainingly explores the nature of modern love in the digital age.

 

The Comedy of <<ERROR>> directors, married couple James and Christi McHale, add, “This play comically explores the disparity between the profiles we portray online versus our identity in real life. What happens when people intentionally manipulate those profiles? What happens when those edited identities end up on a date? Comedy of <<ERROR>> explores one man’s struggle to keep his personal romance alive in the real world while managing the love lives of people that exist online, and what can go wrong when best intentions and online manipulations collide with ‘real life’.”

 

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 714-668-6145.

 

Performance dates and times are May 29, 30, June 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 8:00 pm; May 31, June 7 and 14 at 2:00 pm.

 

Ah, Wilderness!

Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Presents

Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!

 

A tender comedy that explores coming-of-age and young love in idyllic 1906 America

 

Costa Mesa, CA, February 17, 2015 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! The production is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning February 27, 2015 and running two weekendsthrough March 8, 2015.

 

Eugene O’Neill’s magnificent storytelling takes center stage in Ah, Wilderness! as he invites us to join the Miller family on the Fourth of July weekend in an idyllic 1906 Connecticut town. The story unfolds into a tender retrospective portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains, and young love.

 

The show’s director, Kevin Slay, adds, “Ah, Wilderness! is a play that takes us into the idealized childhood memory of one of our brilliant American playwrights, Eugene O’Neill. O’Neill explores the simplicity of his ‘Norman Rockwell’ Americana childhood and gives us a glimpse into the bygone world of American life at the turn of the last century – when life was a bit slower, filled with literature, family, laughter, and the hope for a strong and enduring future in the 20th century. We are excited to share O’Neill’s boyhood story in expressive, poetic and emotional ways for the eyes and ears of our theatre audience.”

 

This production is suitable for ages 6 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, children, 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 27, 28, March 5, 6, 7 at 8:00 pm; March 1, 7, 8 at 2:00 pm.

Ed and Dixie Arnold Stage

Vanguard University Department of Theatre Arts Dedicates Stage to Orange County Leaders, Ed and Dixie Arnold

Costa Mesa, CA, August 28, 2014 – The Vanguard University department of theatre arts dedicates its Lyceum Theater stage to Orange County community leaders and Vanguard University supporters, Ed and Dixie Arnold. The dedication of the Ed and Dixie Arnold Stage will take place at the Theatre Gala, Friday, September 19th on the campus of Vanguard University.

With a 60-year career in broadcasting, Ed Arnold is best known for his years as a sportscaster at KABC-TV Eyewitness News and KTLA-TV Sports. Also a retired Marine Corps veteran, Arnold also recently retired from broadcasting. Together with his wife Dixie Arnold, the couple has been named top supporters to prominent Orange County charities throughout the years, including Vanguard University’s acclaimed department of theatre arts. Dixie Arnold, in her 50th year in education, joined the Vanguard University faculty twelve years ago, where she now serves as chair of the department of liberal studies.

“When Dixie joined the Vanguard University faculty, we thought it would be a good idea to support as many campus activities as we could,” says Ed. “We quickly discovered the campus’s Lyceum Theater, and what we called ‘Orange County’s hidden treasure,’ added Dixie. “We are dedicated to supporting the exceptional plays performed by talented theatre students from this award-winning department.”

The ¾ thrust Ed and Dixie Arnold Stage will bring a new vibrancy on the campus of Vanguard University, to a stage where theatre majors and future actors, and producers, directors spend countless hours shaping their future careers. The department of theatre arts has a reputation for rigorous academics, proven by its own productions. The department’s National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accreditation validates the high standards of excellence, and ongoing invitations to the western region Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival proves stellar production value. Graduates of the program go on to work professionally on stage, film and television, including Emily Rose ‘03, star of SyFy’s Haven, and Kristina Kuzmic ’01 from Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network.

“We so appreciate the way they have championed our students who make themselves vulnerable every time they get on that stage,” said Sue Berkompas, chair of the department of theatre arts. “That is why it is so appropriate to name the stage after this amazing couple who give so much of themselves. Ed and Dixie Arnold have been pillars in our theatre community for years, and will forever be part of our legacy!”

To RSVP to the historic theatre dedication and the Theatre Gala at Vanguard University, please contact Lindsay Bodwell at lindsay.bodwell@vanguard.edu or 714-966-5458.

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.

Two Holiday Classics

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Vanguard University’s Theatre Department Presents

Two Classic Christmas Favorites

 

Tales of hope and generosity remind us of the true gift of the season: everlasting love

 

Costa Mesa, CA, December 3, 2013 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents two short classic Christmas stories, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl, and O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. The production is directed by Kevin Slay and is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning December 5, 2013 and running through December 15, 2013.

 

Juxtaposed against the wonderful joys and fantasies of Christmas are the real-life human hardships that the Child of Christmas is destined to redeem. The Little Match Girl draws us into the realities of homelessness and exposure, and then illuminates the promise of everlasting warmth in the embracing arms of love. Then the beloved holiday story of The Gift of the Magi unwraps the sacrificial giving aspect of true love as a young married couple both exchange their most prized possessions as their singular Christmas gifts to each other.

 

Presented together, these two shows are suitable for age 6 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, 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.

 

Performance dates and times are December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 8:00 pm; December 8 at 7:00 pm, and December 7, 8, 14, 15 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.