December 18, 2002
Dink O'Neal Although not sharply edged as previous offerings, the Troubadour Theater Company has again invaded the Falcon Theatre, this time combining Charles Dickens' immortal holiday classic with the works of an American pop songstress to produce "A Christmas Carol King." Company founder and show director Matt Walker adheres more strictly to Dickens' original dialogue and characterizations thereby shortchanging the improvisation for which the Troubadour is renowned.
October 7, 2000
Marguerite Richards, Weekend BURBANK -- Played in 14 different languages, "Evita" is a musical opera whose story line and musical score have rocked 28 countries around the world. Local actors were asked about the show's popularity and their enthusiasm to work together again, during this weekend's performance by the Music Theatre of Southern California at The Alex Theatre. Playing Dictator Juan Peron is 38-year-old Dink O'Neal, whose colorful career includes playing Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady."
December 10, 2008
Christmas is coming, and the Glendale Centre Theatre is a special place to get into the true spirit of the season. Here it is for its 44th year in a row — a bright, warm and wonderful production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” It’s a ghost story that’s not really about ghosts. It’s about families, for families, as created by a close-knit theater family — the Dietleins. In the unwanted company of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, hapless Ebenezer is forced to see himself as others see him. Ouch.
November 30, 2005
play reviewOther theaters have made it their mission to create wild, innovative, radical theater pieces. They mean to change the world. The Glendale Centre Theatre producers just want to do shows that you can see with your kids. They mean to make life a little happier. Where other theaters have failed in their mission, the Glendale Centre Theatre has succeeded -- for more than 59 years. Case in point, "A Christmas Carol," which is a staple of the Glendale Centre Theatre's holiday season, and it's done well, time and time again, and a whole lot of people come to see it. This year's production is no exception.
October 17, 2001
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- When Mayor Bob Kramer presents his State of the City Address and Luncheon today at the Burbank Airport Hilton, you can "bet your bippy" he'll do so with style at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon featuring cast members of "Rowan & Marin's Laugh-In." Cast members scheduled to appear at the function include Gary Owens, Dick Martin, Tom Rowan (the son of the deceased Dan Rowan), Ruth Buzzi, Jo Anne Worley, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson and Alan Sues.
December 16, 2000
Matt Verboys, Weekend GLENDALE -- It's that time of year again, folks. That time when Charles Dickens' immortal "A Christmas Carol" gets updated, re-imagined and thoroughly overhauled in every way, funneled through every conceivable medium -- with the story's humanity often lost in the gimmicky shuffle. Maybe that's why Glendale Centre Theatre's good ol' fashioned, reverent approach to the perennial classic is so refreshing. It's a welcome change of pace to watch Scrooge's saga unfold more or less the way Dickens' intended, in its proper time setting.
December 22, 2007
Young actors from elementary school to college are spreading their wings in ShowCamp’s production of “A Christmas Carol” in two performances today at The Colony Theatre. It’s a more unique take than the usual 19th-century-themed production, said artistic director Darrell Bishop. “Our version is more contemporary,” he said. “The music is not totally set in the 19th century. We are holding true to the story line but adding a variety of styles of music, from country to rap to swing and pop.” ShowCamp, a nonprofit performing arts organization, is going into its ninth year.
December 6, 2006
There are probably some Glendale Centre Theatre patrons who saw a production of "A Christmas Carol" as children, and now they are bringing their grandchildren. Going to see it has become a holiday tradition, like decorating the tree and leaving cookies out for Santa. And like other holiday traditions, it's there because it gives pleasure and meaning to a special time in our lives. If you've lost count as to how many times the Glendale Centre Theatre has produced "A Christmas Carol," (I think it's up to No. 42 now)