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Hairspray

A Musical Comedy that blasts stereotypes and racial discrimination into thin air

Vanguard’s Department of Theatre Arts will present a toe-tappin’ musical classic that’s all about taking hair and equality to new heights.

Opening Friday, April 12, at 8:00 p.m., the Department of Theatre Arts’ rendition of the musical comedy, Hairspray, will capture audience’s attention with humor, a good time and a message that blasts stereotypes and racial discrimination into thin air. The play runs until Sunday, April 28, in the Lyceum Theater located on Vanguard’s campus.

Written by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray is set in 1960s Baltimore when the loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, follows her passion for dancing and wins a spot on a local TV dance program. The music is by March Shaiman and the lyrics are by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The show’s director, VU musical theatre professor Vanda Eggington, has this to say about the show:

The first time I watched Hairspray and saw the first few numbers, I got what I call my “musical theater high”. Admittedly, the show was a little cartoonish. But oh my, the craft that went into it! The stunning choreography, the brilliant imitations of rock tunes from the 60’s, even the musical arrangements, with their hair-raising modulations and complex back-up singing – clearly, this show was put together by professionals working at the very top of their game. Hairspray has a kind of old world craftsmanship that you don’t see much these days, and I settled back in my seat expecting a riotous good time.

But then, about 10 minutes in, the cast sang a line that surprised me so much that I literally let out a yelp in the crowded theater. I won’t give away the moment here, but I was stunned to find this silly musical suddenly grappling with a serious issue. I know I might not look it (!), but I grew up during the period of this musical, and to have these old political and musical conflicts resurface, in a silly musical no less, was equally shocking and satisfying.

So, Hairspray turns out to be meaningful. To place the grand old musical comedy at the service of something other than a love story, to sing and dance our way through our checkered past – well, that’s just a little bit revolutionary, which matches up perfectly with the cultural and musical revolutions at the heart of Hairspray.

So, join us in the world of big songs, big hair and big dreams as we journey back to 1962 Baltimore where trend-setting Tracy Turnblad needs the help of her best friend, Penny, her big-hearted mother and the sassy Motormouth Maybelle to present a world in which, all it takes to make a dream come true is a toe-tappin’ beat and a lot of hairspray! Enjoy!

Ticket prices are $17 for general admission and $14 for seniors and children. To purchase tickets, click here or call the VU Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145.

To learn more about the play, click here.

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Development

A Drama that plumbs the depths of human minds and hearts

 

Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents Development, which is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, March 1through March 10, 2013.

 

Development was written by Warren Doody, a Vanguard University English professor whose courses include playwriting, screenwriting and Shakespeare. In describing the genesis of this project, he says, “In the spring of 2009, Susan Berkompas, Chair of the Theatre Arts Department, asked me to write a play about mental illness. In our preliminary discussions, she suggested that the script be focused on a family, rightly contending that a ‘disease of the mind’ carries consequences for every one of its members; however, given the stigmas attached, it’s an issue that is often swept under the proverbial rug and hidden from public view. Development is the result of those early talks: a contemporary drama, steeped in the tenets of Greek tragedy, designed to enlighten and educate and hold a mirror up to the shadowy world of mental illness.

 

The story of Development draws audiences into an isolated medical clinic in the Mojave Desert, where a dying man is visited by the two sons he abandoned, twenty years earlier. This reunion proves more Pandora’s Box, than reconciliation, releasing a lineage of madness and mayhem, with only the slimmest chance at redemption. Through the lens of theatre, Development reveals the nature and tragedy of schizophrenia, its secrets and symptoms, and the potentially healing powers of family.

 

Performance dates and times are March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 8:00 pm; and March 2, 9 and 10 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.

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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‘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.

Little Women

Little Women

 

Little Women

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

Adapted by John Ravold
Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Kevin Slay

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.  |  Suitable for ages 6 and older

Friday, November 30 ……………  8:00 pm

Saturday, December 1 ………….  2:00 and 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 2 ……………  2:00 and 8:00 pm

Thursday, December 6………….. 8:00 pm

Friday, December 7 ……………..  8:00 pm

Saturday, December 8 ………….  2:00 and 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 9 ……………  2:00 pm

All shows are presented at the Lyceum Theater located on the Vanguard University campus off Newport Boulevard. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors and children. Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Vanguard University Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145. Season subscriptions and group rates are available.

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The Pajama Game

A Musical Comedy from the recent Broadway revival with Harry Connick Jr.

 

Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents The Pajama Game, based upon the novel, “71/2 cents” by Richard Bissell, with book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The Pajama Game is presented in the Lyceum Theatre on the Vanguard University campus, April 5 through April 22.

The hazards of workplace romances are explored to hysterical effect in this musical comedy about tightly knit working conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. Discord is sown in the ruffled relationship between the new superintendent and the leader of the union grievance committee as they attempt to smooth out the wrinkles of a worker’s strike. USA Today says, “At last, pure escapist fun has come back to Broadway…it’s a treat to watch a game in which all the players are winners.”

The show’s director, Vanda Eggington, says, “Since The Pajama Game was originally produced in 1954, we have decided to set our production in that same year. However, we are not creating nostalgia about the 50’s, but rather art from the 50’s. This musical is a look at life in that adventurous and rousing decade as the story explores the nuances of work, home, romance and relationships. Having survived World War II, it was a time when the nation was filled with hope, vigor and excitement for the future.”

Performance dates and times are April 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 8:00 pm; and April 7, 14, 21 and 22 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.

Behind the Scenes

The Servant of Two Masters — Third Look

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

McKenzie Riley, Assistant Stage Manager: “We just integrated Josafat (guitar) and Charis (flamenco dancer) into our dinner scene and it is so much fun. The actors loved rehearsing this and really enjoy showing off their “wonderful” dancing skills. We are a week and a half away from opening night and it is definitely looking like we are ready to open! The actors can’t wait to have an audience!

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The Servant of Two Masters

A Farcical comedy from eighteenth century
classic Italian commedia dell’arte

Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni. The Servant of Two Masters is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, February 24 through March 4.

Audiences get served with a smile as physical comedy, clowning and general hilarity are heaped on the table through mistaken identity, double-booked events, and lovers who don’t quite know who to fall for. In this Carlo Goldoni commedia dell’arte masterpiece, the wily—and chronically hungry—servant, Truffaldino, hatches a zany scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once. The Washington Post says, “The laughs may drive you into a state of goofy euphoria. It’s as delightful and delicious a farce as you’re likely to see.”

The show’s director and Theatre Department Chair, Susan K. Berkompas, is extremely pleased with how the rehearsal process is going, “It was wonderful to have Physical Theatre and Clowning specialist, Gale McNeeley, come in to work with the students on this style. Mask work and commedia dell’arte are rarely produced in this country, and I am thrilled to bring it to our Orange County audience. It is broad comedy at its best!”

Performance dates and times are February 24, 25, March 1, 2, and 3 at 8:00 pm; and February 26, March 3 and 4 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 and college students. Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145. Season subscriptions and group rates are available.