January 9, 2002
Joyce Rudolph Shakespeare's 'Romeo' put to Hall and Oates music BURBANK -- Troubadour Theatre Company, known for combining Shakespearean plays with contemporary music, is producing "Romeo Hall & Juliet Oates" at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. The classic Shakespearean play becomes a madcap romp set to the 1980s rock and roll music of Hall and Oates. L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award-winning director Matt Walker assembled the cast of actors, musicians and clowns who sing and dance and trip the flip their way through the 90-minute musical excursion of potions, sword fights and star-crossed lovers.
November 24, 2001
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- Nearly 100 homebound senior adults had a complete, hot Thanksgiving dinner delivered to their home Thursday by Boy Scouts and other community volunteers. The McShane family has been volunteering with the program for four years. Carol McShane, 44, said she sees the deliveries as "a real education," because her 15-year-old son, J.P., doesn't have the opportunity to interact with older people very much. J.P. is a scout with Burbank Troop 209. "We see a part of our community that otherwise remains hidden," she said.
November 27, 1999
BURBANK -- It was an effort that warmed the hearts -- and stomachs -- of 85 Burbank residents who might otherwise have gone without this Thanksgiving. A few dozen local Boy Scouts, their families and city employees fanned out across Burbank Thursday, volunteering their time to deliver freshly prepared Thanksgiving meals and a bit of holiday companionship for seniors and other residents whose conditions prevent them from easily leaving their homes.
April 24, 2004
Jackson Bell The federal pie was up for its yearly slicing as City Council portioned more than $1.6 million in grant money among several community groups and city programs. "This is the most difficult night of the year," Councilman Dave Golonski said at Tuesday's council meeting. "It's nice to be able to provide support to a lot of worthy organizations, but hard to make the tough choices between how much they get." The annual grants, given by the federal government to be doled out by the city, will bring about $250,000 to a dozen community groups.
January 14, 2009
Filmmaker Hollis Zemany-McLachlan wants to help smooth the road for actors with disabilities who are pursuing a career in film. The Glendale resident is in the casting stage for a comedy that her independent film company, Pie Head Productions, is scheduled to start shooting in April titled “Pie Head (A Kinda True Story).” It will be her first full-length feature. “I am hoping that this will be a groundbreaking film in that we are casting a wide variety of actors with disabilities in ‘traditional’ roles, and of course, a few roles that were specifically written to accommodate special needs and disabled actors,” she said.
July 19, 2006
Regarding letter writer Patricia M. Griffin's Mailbag letter, "Adding Chinese makes no sense," July 12: As someone who took an Asian language in high school, I wanted to share my experience. In the '60s, I took Japanese in my junior and senior years through a program funded by the Ford Foundation. After graduation, I continued studying Japanese at the University of Washington to fulfill my undergraduate language requirement. In my early 20s, I got a job teaching English in Kobe, Japan, which I did for three years.
November 24, 2004
Rosette Gonzales When Maria Alvarado walked into the Burbank Temporary Aid Center Friday afternoon dressed in business casual clothing, she appeared to be an employee, not a beneficiary, of BTAC's help. But Alvarado had just come from an interview. She's a single parent, struggling to provide for five children, and she's been unemployed for the last eight months. It's because of BTAC, Alvarado said, that her family will have a happy Thanksgiving.
November 27, 2004
Rosette Gonzales When Maria Alvarado walked into the Burbank Temporary Aid Center dressed in business casual clothing, she appeared to be an employee, not a beneficiary, of BTAC's help. But Alvarado had just come from an interview. She's a single parent, struggling to provide for five children, and she's been unemployed for the past eight months. It's because of BTAC, Alvarado said, that her family will have a happy Thanksgiving. She signed up for a "basket" that includes turkey, canned vegetables, pie-filling, stuffing mix and more.
November 1, 2006
Just like a triple chocolate sundae with whipped cream, bananas, extra cherries, and a crisscross of hot fudge on top, "The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!" is a very tasty show — not filling, but fabulously frothy. If there's a single theater in the Valley where the chefs always serve up scrumptious gourmet musicals, it's the Colony Theatre. "The Musical of Musicals" is a deliciously funny parody on five different musical-comedy styles by way of five different one-act plays — Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander and Ebb. As with any successful parody, the writers — in this case, Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart — do it well because they truly love the shows they are roasting.
July 26, 2006
Don't be lured into seeing this "You, Me and Dupree" unless you are a film-lover with infinite patience for flaws. The film has been billed as a delightful romance, a date movie, something to make you laugh. It isn't. I don't know why Hollywood thinks they must make movies about couples so depressing. Even if romance is on the rocks these days, we still might like an escape from bickering and passive-aggressive behavior on the screen. This is a story about Dupree, played by Owen Wilson.