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“The Beat Goes On” Inside Scoop

You’ve bought tickets to our shows and sat in our audience, but WHO are our Vanguard University Theater students? Let us introduce you -

Tyler Thoreson
Theater Performance/Directing major
Department of Theater Marketing Intern
Hometown: Saint Charles, Minnesota

You’ve seen him on the Lyceum Theater stage for – Metamorphoses,
Home for the Holidays, Ah Wilderness!, Kiss me, Kate!, and The Beat Goes On   “The Beat Goes On”.

A ‘whirlwind’ to describe the show in one word. So many thoughts come to mind when I’m asked how I enjoyed being apart of this show. Truthfully, it was one of the most difficult parts I’ve ever had. Likewise, it was one of the most rewarding. Not only because of the amount of lines (which in this case the question, “How did you memorize all those lines?” is actually appropriate), but because the role was unlike anything I had experienced before. With each decade came new content, new situations, and thus new characters. What was perhaps the most difficult about the role as narrator however was bringing to life the information of decades I haven’t lived through without it being just that – information. I had to personalize it and make it true to myself before I could relate it to the audience. Fortunately I had plenty of time, resources, and a great support system. Throughout rehearsal I struggled a lot with bringing characters to life that didn’t imitate those of the narrator in the original production. I had this great resource for ideas and inspiration, but I still had to find my own way of interpreting the role. Many, many long hours went into this process as I delved into what each decade and character demanded. With the assistance of fellow actors and guidance of our director/writer, Vanda Eggington, I was able to successfully navigate through each decade. After the long, but very necessary, rehearsals I was ready for the show to open. We had rehearsed and rehearsed for countless hours. We were ready for an audience long before we actually had one. By the time it did open I had it in my mind that this was just another show that would come and go like all the rest. You know how the old saying goes – “Another openin’ another show” (Shoutout to “Kiss Me, Kate!” last season). Not so. “Beat” became something truly special to me and earned itself a special place in my memory. To be able to be apart of a show so truly unique and amazing is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Come closing night I was struck with feelings of sadness and regret for having let the show rush by too quickly. Now, only a little more than a week past closing, I’ve realized that the reason it rushed by so fast was because I enjoying it so much. The show was a whirlwind. A rollercoaster of emotions that brought me up, down, and jerked me all around. I learned so much from this experience as narrator of “The Beat Goes On” and I have certainly cataloged it into the ‘valuable and precious’ section of my memory. If anything I’m looking forward to future opportunities here in the Vanguard Theatre Department.

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Curtain Call

    bill

After ten years of serving you as Theatre Manager here at Vanguard University, it is now time for me to take the final bow.

It has been my great joy to work with all of you over the years. After all of this time and all of our many interactions, I feel like we are good old friends. And I can assure you that one of the best parts of my job was developing and deepening these long-term relationships with all of you as we enjoyed season after season of wonderful theatre shows here at VU.

But now, please welcome your new VU Theatre Manager, Nick Lazaris.

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Nick is a graduate of the Vanguard University Theatre program, and you probably have already worked with him because he covered for me during the summers of 2011 and 2013. And, you have also seen him plenty of times performing in roles on the Lyceum Theater stage during his time here as an undergraduate student.

We will, of course, do everything we can to make this transition as streamlined as possible, and would greatly appreciate your patience as things evolve into Nick’s way of operating. I am confident that he will bring a lot of great improvements to the process, and that you will really enjoy getting to know him as he serves in this capacity.

So, please be prepared to hear a different voice at the other end of the phone line. And also be assured that you will continue to be well cared for in all of the ways that the Vanguard University Theatre Department has served you in the past.

“What am I going to do now?” you may ask. Well, I don’t exactly know, but I do have a few irons in the fire, so we’ll just have to see which one gets hot enough to light up the path in front of me.

I do extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you for making my job so enjoyable over the years. You have been great to work with, and I know that you will continue to enjoy the VU Theatre Department productions for many years to come.

Your friend,
Bill Hughes

The Beat Goes On

Back by Overwhelming Demand – Vanguard University’s

Department of Theatre Arts Presents The Beat Goes On

 Journey Through the Decades of Rock and Roll

 

Costa Mesa, CA, September 2, 2015 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents the reprise production of the wildly popular musical revue, The Beat Goes On. The production was created and directed by Vanda Eggington and is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning September 18, 2015 and running three weekendsthrough October 4, 2015.

 

The wildly favorable response to the world premiere of The Beat Goes On in 2014 convinced the VU Theatre Department to keep it Rockin’ and Rollin’ along! Join them again as they take you on a road trip of memories through the last half of the 20th Century, with stops in small town malt shops, sunny California beaches, mirror ball disco halls, and MTV studio extravaganzas. This is a high energy and family friendly look at music favorites that reshaped the world.

 

The show’s creator and director, Vanda Eggington, is intrigued by the affect that Rock and Roll music has had on society. She says, “When I started to put together a look at the history of Rock Music in America in the 20th century, it was a personal exploration into my own past as well as the past of our country and its music. Regardless of which music plays in your life, it’s a part of you. Rock music is a part of our culture and through all its ups and downs, smiles and frowns, sights and sounds… The Beat Goes On…”

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 $17 for general admission and $14 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 September 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, October 1, 2, 3 at 8:00 pm; September 19, 20, 26, 27, October 3, 4 at 2:00 pm.

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.

 

Kiss Me, Kate

Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Presents

the Broadway classic, Kiss Me, Kate

 

 

Costa Mesa, CA, April 3, 2015 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents the Broadway classic, Kiss Me, Kate. The production is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning April 10, 2015 and running three weekendsthrough April 26, 2015.

 

Through a trip back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and a tip of the hat to Shakespeare we enter the brilliance of Cole Porter’s music and lyrics in Kiss Me, Kate. This melodious and sophisticated play-within-a-play, where each cast member’s on-stage life is complicated by what is happening offstage, won five Tony Awards when it first premiered, and it has continued to be a regular crowd pleaser for decades.

 

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 $17 for general admission and $14 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 April 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 8:00 pm; April 11, 12, 18, 25, 26 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.