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.

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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.

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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.

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The Joys, Tensions, and Rhapsodies of Love are Center Stage Again in Vanguard University’s Love Makes the World Go ‘Round

 

Back by popular demand, musical revue at Vanguard University takes an old story line to new heights with memorable Broadway tunes

Costa Mesa, CA, June 17, 2013 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents a reprise of Love Makes the World Go Round, created and directed by Vanda Eggington. Love Makes the World Go Round is presented in the Lyceum Theatre on the Vanguard University campus, June 21through July 7.

While the story is the usual one – boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl – it’s the unexpected twists and turns of this clever musical revue that will keep audiences at the edge of their seats, tapping their toes.   With memorable Broadway songs spanning the decades from the 1920’s to the present, it’s an original musical revue full of good old-fashioned romance and surprise.

“We all know how the boy girl theme goes in musical theatre, and yet, we delight in seeing how these familiar circumstances unfold and how the lovebirds’ story progresses,” says Vanda Eggington, director of Love Makes the World Go ‘Round.  “Using this familiar formula, I’ve compiled a piece where songs from musical theatre are used to tell this heart thumping story.  Audiences should be prepared to take the usual ride on the rollercoaster of love in a not-so-usual way.”

Performance dates and times are June 21, 22, 28, 29, and July 5 at 8:00 pm; June 22, 23, 29, 30 and July 7 at 2:00 pm; and July 7 at 7:00 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.

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Arlene Hutton’s Quintessential Love Story,
Last Train to Nibroc, Makes Three-week Stop
at Vanguard University

Last Train to Nibroc carries Vanguard alumni and a powerful message of acceptance and friendship

Costa Mesa, CA, May 30, 2013 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents Last Train to Nibroc opening on May 31 and running through June 16, 2013 in the Vanguard Lyceum Theater.

Set in the 1940s, Last Train to Nibroc tells the story of Raleigh and May, two strangers who meet on a cross country train during World War II (WWII).  This funny and touching tale of an unlikely romance follows the two as they search for their own happiness.  Two favorite Vanguard theatre alumni – Ryan Miller and Heaven Peabody – will return to the Lyceum stage to portray Raleigh and May.

“I cannot remember the last time I was so instantly enchanted by two characters from a first read,” says Sasha Stewart, director and Vanguard theatre alumna.  “Their story is one of acceptance and friendship; simple concepts yet powerful ones when told by the right people.  Raleigh and May are those right people.”

Stewart’s passion for this story comes to life on the stage.  Characterizing the story of Raleigh and May as a unique one, Stewart points out how rare it is for a play to lack an antagonist and how that dynamic leaves audience members rooting for both sides.  Stewart adds that what resonated to her is that while May and Raleigh are hard workers, they are also risk takers, and dreamers, with struggles that are tangible and sincerity that is infectious.

“I have been nothing short of humbled each time I have had a hand in presenting this very relevant and poignant story,” continues Stewart.  “Those seeing this show for the first time are about to journey into the lives of two very honest individuals living in an endearing time period, discovering what their own lives need to be. I envy them the trip.”

Performance dates and times are May 31, June 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8:00 pm and June 2, 9 and 16 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.