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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | July 14, 2011
Viva Cantina presents Jonny Whiteside's “Messaround” from 5 to 9 p.m., 900 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. Soul-pop legend Evie Sands will perform. Also performing will be Simon Stokes. There is no cover. Call (818) 845-2425. Falcon Theatre presents “Fleetwood Macbeth” at 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The show runs through Aug. 14. Tickets range from $27 to $48. The show is a mash-up of “Macbeth” with the sounds of Fleetwood Mac. It is recommended for ages 13 and up. Call (818)
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May 8, 2002
Maya Kukes MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- In the old days, the female roles in Shakespeare's plays were performed by men. The drama department at Burbank High School turned that idea on its head with its production of "Henry V," where many of the females will be playing men. Even Henry will be played by a girl -- senior Selin Mehrabian. "It's really different from traditional versions where guys played all the parts," Mehrabian said. The cast has been rehearsing for the play since early March.
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By Lauren Hilgers | May 31, 2006
Actors in the troupe Shakespeare at Play arrived at Monterey High School on Tuesday prepared to make the bard's "Hamlet" exciting, dramatic and short enough to fit into a one-hour period. "The play usually takes about three hours," said Steve Josefson, who plays Horatio. "We ain't got that time today." Rather than sprinting through the full play, the group fills in gaps with narration, picking and choosing the most important scenes in the play. "I gently cut it with a chainsaw," said Tony Potter, who geared the play for a high-school audience.
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January 14, 2004
Dink O'Neal Troubadour Theater Company has created another hilarious combination of Shakespeare and rock music with "Fleetwood Macbeth" at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank. In the same wacky vein of the company's critically acclaimed productions "Twelfth Dog Night" and "A Midsummer Saturday Night Fever's Dream," director Matt Walker and his Troubies have inserted some 1970s tunes from the group Fleetwood Mac into the bard's bloodiest of tragedies.
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August 15, 2007
The endlessly lovable Troubadour Theater Company has done it again. Ringmaster Matt Walker’s unique way of turning pop culture classics into over-the-top musical satires reaches a new high with “OthE.L.O.” William Shakespeare’s bizarre tragedy “Othello” is retold through the music of 1970s rock band Electric Light Orchestra. Walker has conceived and directed “OthE.L.O.” (now running in repertory with “Alice in One-Hit-Wonderland” at the Falcon Theatre)
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By Joyce Rudolph | August 20, 2006
The gap between the time of Queen Elizabeth I and 2006 closes a bit on Sunday evenings with the Burbank Library Shakespeare Summer Festival at Lincoln Park. Professional actors with Shakespeare at Play, a Burbank nonprofit performing-arts group, produces one of the Bard's works each week. The purpose of the event is to provide free family entertainment to the community, Executive Director Debbie Gates said. "We provide classical theater, which is something you don't get a lot of," she said.
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By Joyce Rudolph | March 19, 2008
Producers of Shakespeare at Play are keeping a promise to one company member and fulfilling a dream of another with the production ?Richard III? at The Colony Theatre in Burbank. Actor Jeffrey Paul Whitman expressed interest in playing Richard III 18 years ago to Shakespeare at Play Executive Director Debbie Gates, and she promised if they ever produced the play, he could. This event is a special engagement of the company ? which regularly performs William Shakespeare?s works and other classic plays in the Burbank Unified School District and produces Shakespeare in the Park at Burbank?
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By Joyce Rudolph | September 29, 2007
When he enrolled in an acting camp over the summer, little did Nicholas Apostolina know it would lead to a role in the theater company’s season kick-off production. The Burbank 9-year-old participated in the Summer with Shakespeare program produced by A Noise Within, a classical theater company in Glendale. “We had some great teachers,” he said. “They taught us a lot of stuff that I didn’t know before. We learned basic tools of improv, a lot of stage combat and how to use our voices and exercise your voice.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | December 6, 2006
Instead of reading Shakespeare from a book, students had the opportunity to see one of his most famous plays performed for them on stage Monday. Actors from Shakespeare at Play, a Burbank-based theater group, performed a 30-minute version of "Romeo and Juliet" for about 40 students at the school's auditorium. Dressed in traditional costumes from the Renaissance, six actors performed the play about the two young lovers caught in a feud between their families. "Shakespeare is meant to be seen and heard and not read," said Debbie Gates, executive director of Shakespeare at Play.
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By Joyce Rudolph | April 22, 2014
The Burbank Chorale will honor William Shakespeare's 450th birthday with its program titled “If Music be the Food of Love” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Burbank First United Methodist Church. Kyrian Corona, chorale president, said the program will range in genres from madrigals to works by George Shearing, Ralph Vaughn Williams and John Rutter, along with a medley from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein. The chorale has its own Romeo and Juliet story, Corona said, minus its tragic ending.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 24, 2014
About 1,300 students packed the Alex Theatre on Wednesday, including several from Burbank, to get a modern-day look at five of Shakespeare's classic plays, including scenes featuring sword fights, young lovers and tragic death - as well as an opening set to a chart-topping music hit by Pitbull and Ke$ha. “Shakespearience,” a production by Theatrical Education Group, has performed for about 70,000 students during the last 16 years in Glendale. PHOTOS: Students get a Shakespearience at the Alex Theatre “They come year after year after year,” said director Justin Eick of the many schools that have annually brought students to the production, which aims to introduce students to the Bard.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | July 14, 2011
Viva Cantina presents Jonny Whiteside's “Messaround” from 5 to 9 p.m., 900 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. Soul-pop legend Evie Sands will perform. Also performing will be Simon Stokes. There is no cover. Call (818) 845-2425. Falcon Theatre presents “Fleetwood Macbeth” at 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The show runs through Aug. 14. Tickets range from $27 to $48. The show is a mash-up of “Macbeth” with the sounds of Fleetwood Mac. It is recommended for ages 13 and up. Call (818)
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By Brian McGackin | October 1, 2009
The Burbank Public Library’s Buena Vista branch, together with the nonprofit acting group Shakespeare at Play, put on one of the Bard’s most popular plays — “Richard III” Saturday and Sunday evenings outside the library in Lincoln Park. The production was performed as part of Shakespeare at Play’s sixth annual Shakespeare in the Park program, though this year’s show, dubbed “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” was the first to be performed at night.
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By James Petrillo | September 3, 2008
Now a ubiquitous presence at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre, the Troubadour Theater Company is back yet again with a decidedly loose tribute to Shakespeare and Bono. The laugh-a-minute riot “As U2 Like It” parodies “As You Like It” while infusing it with music from the immortal rock band U2. The prolific mastermind of these ongoing shenanigans, Matt Walker, continues to amaze sold-out crowds with his seemingly endless wellspring of ideas. His sturdy formula combines a beloved work of writing with the songs of a productive musical artist.
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August 9, 2008
Burbank Certified Farmers Market is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. rain or shine every week at Orange Grove Avenue and Third Street. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Providence St. Joseph Foundation. Electronic Benefit Transfer Golden State Advantage Cards are accepted. For more information, call (818) 845-6851. ? The Immigrant Genealogical Society meeting will feature speaker Jean Wilcox Hibben who will present the types of proof used to assess the validity of findings in research at 2 p.m. at the headquarters, 1310 W. Magnolia Blvd.
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By Joyce Rudolph | August 6, 2008
A lot of new faces were seen alongside veterans on Sunday when Shakespeare at Play kicked off its fourth annual free Family Shakespeare Festival at Lincoln Park. “We’ve got a lot of new people with the company, and it makes it so much more fun,” said Debbie Gates, Shakespeare at Play executive director. Many Shakespeare at Play members have been with the Burbank-based nonprofit classical theater company for more than 30 years, Gates said. But interaction with the local schools through assemblies and a stage-craft class for high school seniors has inspired students to join Shakespeare at Play, she said.
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By Ken Stone | July 9, 2008
As the Burbank Leader has recently reported, a move is underway by the John Burroughs High School administration to relieve Scott Bailey of his duties as drama teacher (“Teacher files grievance,” June 25). I find this an ill-considered action that does an injustice to the individuals involved and threatens an admirable academic program. I say this as a parent of two Burroughs High students not enrolled in his classes, as an audience member at a number of recent productions directed by Bailey, as a theater professional resident in Burbank and not incidentally as a high school drama student of a generation ago. I know that the level of ambition and accomplishment shown in recent productions surpasses all my expectations and memories of high school theater.
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By Joyce Rudolph | March 19, 2008
Producers of Shakespeare at Play are keeping a promise to one company member and fulfilling a dream of another with the production ?Richard III? at The Colony Theatre in Burbank. Actor Jeffrey Paul Whitman expressed interest in playing Richard III 18 years ago to Shakespeare at Play Executive Director Debbie Gates, and she promised if they ever produced the play, he could. This event is a special engagement of the company ? which regularly performs William Shakespeare?s works and other classic plays in the Burbank Unified School District and produces Shakespeare in the Park at Burbank?
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