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ALC Thanks You For Being Our Guest And Experiencing….

March 28, 2019

For Immediate Release:

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Cheryl Cormier, Director of Operations
714-728-7100
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THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR GUEST
RE-IMAGINED “STEAMPUNK” BEAUTY AND THE BEAST,
LIVE AND ON-STAGE, MARCH 22-24 IN HUNTINGTON BEACH CLOSES

Costa Mesa, CA – As the Arts and Learning Conservatory’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast closes, we would like to thank everyone who attended and helped to make our show a huge success.

Our unique “Steampunk” re-telling of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast had over a thousand audience members in attendance. ALC had so much fun with the Girls Scouts of Orange County and we’re so excited to hear, that we helped over 70 Girls Scouts earn their Theatre Badge. ALC was proud to partner with the Kiwanis Club, to sponsor seats for The Costa Mesa Senior Center, the Costa Mesa Boys and Girls Club, and the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, for our private community outreach night. Lastly, the Arts and Learning Conservatory was so honored to have Costa Mesa Council Woman Arlis Reynolds speak at our opening night.

“These students are so talented, and many are from Costa Mesa,”said Council Woman Arlis Reynolds.

This production was a labor of love for the team at Costa Mesa’s Arts & Learning Conservatory, known throughout Orange County for their full-scale, professional productions and talented, young cast, ages 10-18 years old.

About The Arts & Learning Conservatory: The Arts & Learning Conservatory in Costa Mesa is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a solid and focused experience for each student – on & off stage – providing unique, musical-theater and performing-arts programs, and offering dynamic instruction in drama, voice, instrumental classes, and dance. The goal is to promote a hands-on experience in the arts, to all children, regardless of race, age, income or level of experience. Students in the Arts & Learning program receive university-caliber concepts presented at age-appropriate levels, allowing participants to achieve higher levels of excellence in their personal and artistic abilities. Each year, The Arts & Learning Conservatory performs for over 10,000 people and provides arts education to nearly 1,500 children throughout Orange County. For more information, visit www.artsandlearning.org
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Interactive production of Peter and the Starcatcher brings timely message of courage, commitment, and compassion to Orange County audiences

March 12, 2019

Director’s background as a woman of color helps connect play’s historical fiction with today’s realities

Costa Mesa, California – The Arts & Learning Conservatory’s (ALC) upcoming production of Peter and the Starcatcher is an opportunity for both parents and their children to spend an unforgettable few hours together – offline. The popular prequel to Peter Pan, which has dazzled audiences from La Jolla to Broadway over the last decade, will make its debut at ALC.

“This show is very appealing for a director,” says Vanessa Evans, the show’s director. “The way it was written accords a lot of freedom for artistic expression.” Evans, who directed the smash hit Hair Spray at ALC last summer, says her version stands apart from other productions on many levels, particularly in how it begins and ends.

The production boasts an unconventional yet highly effective approach to both design and execution that even playwright Rick Elice may not have conjured when he brought the book series to the stage in 2009. This is partially due to the “theater-in-the-round” style in which this version of the show will be performed, allowing for much greater rapport between audience and actors.

The intimate ambience helps capture one of the major themes of the show: overcoming adversity in the face of uncertainty and daunting situations. “As a woman of color, I can really relate to the struggles of power and social status that Molly experiences,” says Evans. “Growing up, my strong desire and drive to achieve was often misunderstood by others who were much more privileged both economically and racially. I admire Molly, who is ahead of her time in bravely and gracefully combatting gender discrimination as so many women are doing today.”

Another strength of ALC’s production lies in the strong synergy of its cast members, whose ages range from 10 to 14.

The cast – which includes both new and veteran ALC performers – are emphatic that “fun” and “exciting” are synonymous with this production. “It’s a great balance between over-the-top funny and serious,” says Makayla Campeau, who plays Molly.

Veteran ALC performer Rhys Cathey, who portrays Grempkin and Mack, among others, says, “It’s one of the friendliest environments I’ve ever performed in.”

“Ms. Vanessa has so many creative ideas that really highlight our talents,” says Colin Baiocchi who plays Peter and has performed with ALC for two years. “What I like is that she has a clear vision of what she wants, but she is very accommodating when we have our own ideas that work well.”

Katie Janechek, who is part of the ensemble, adds that the cast is really what makes this show special. This sentiment is echoed by Evans, who is a big believer in giving all cast members as much stage time as possible to develop their talent and impress audiences.

Ava Castillo, who also plays Molly, has been at ALC for five years in various shows. She admits she loves to perform with those with whom she’s formed strong bonds but adds, “I’m always so impressed by how good newcomers are!”

In addition to what is designed to be a spectacular ending with a twist, Evans hopes that younger audience members will also leave the show feeling empowered to seize opportunities in life that are right for them – no matter what other people think or say. She adds, “Don’t ask for respect; politely command it.”

Performances dates and times are March 22 at 7:00 pm, March 23 at 7:00 pm, March 24 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and March 25 at 2:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at artsandlearning.org or call 714-728-7100.

You Can’t Stop the Beat!

Arts & Learning Conservatory’s production of Hairspray striking a chord in 2017!

Costa Mesa, CA – The Arts & Learning Conservatory launches its 14th season with the big musical production of Hairspray. With a 60’s inspired score this production aims to show the parallel between the civil rights movements in the 60’s and what’s going on in our world today.

Produced by CEO, Debora Wondercheck, with Directing by Vanessa Evans, Musical Director, Charley Miller and choreography by Haley Bass.

HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnbald has only one desire to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When the host offers her a spot on the show, she is immediately thrust into stardom as a candidate for the Miss Teenage Hairspray competition. But Tracy’s got bigger dreams. On top of beating the competition for

Miss Teenage Hairspray and winning the heart of teen king Link Larkin, she plans to bring the civil rights movement to the studio by integrating the network. You will tap your feet to the beat as Tracy and friends triumph over high school bullies, racism, and enemies everywhere of big girls with big hair.

The show will be performed at Godinez Theater in Santa Ana and runs for one week; November 16th-19th. Tickets are available Online at artsandlearning.org for $15-$20, or at the door for $20-25. Call the Arts & Learning office at (714) 728-7100 for more information or group rates.

ARTS & LEARNING CONSERVATORY, a non-profit arts organization, founded in 2004, the award-winning conservatory has served the Orange County community offering high quality instruction in acting, voice, instrumental instruction and theater productions. We have developed Afterschool Programs, Musical Camps and School Productions. Classes occur on school campuses to all students regardless of their background or experience, allowing them to accessibility to the arts and opportunity to excel with confidence!

Arts & Learning Conservatory’s production of Annie brings new dimension to an old story with multicultural cast

Timeless message of hope and perseverance inspires us to come together and make our world a better place

Costa Mesa, California – The Arts & Learning Conservatory (ALC) will kick off its summer season with four upcoming performances of America’s beloved musical, Annie, at The Rock Church in Anaheim on June 28, 2018.

The story centers around the young Annie, a gutsy orphan who is desperate to find her long-lost parents. When billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks temporarily rescues her from the wicked Miss 2 Hannigan to improve his image, they all embark on an unexpected journey that proves to be as heartwarming as it is restorative.

Director Jenny Moon Shaw, who studied theater arts in England and works as a teaching artist at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, believes the show’s uplifting message of hope resonates with audiences of all ages and cultures. “Annie shows us that no matter what the circumstances life may present to you, helping others and having an optimistic outlook can change the course of life for the better.”

Vanessa Evans, who co-produced the show, agrees. “Annie’s story has been told through so many different mediums of entertainment and yet is still relevant from generation to generation – which is why it is consistently such a crowd pleaser.”

The iconic story – taken from an 1885 poem called “Little Orphan Annie” which morphed into a popular comic strip before becoming a musical – premiered off-Broadway in 1976. A year later, it ran for nearly six years on Broadway at the Alvin Theater (now the Neil Simon Theater), boasting two Broadway revivals since then.

The ALC cast consists of 68 actors who will be performing alongside a live orchestra including a brass quintet, string ensemble, wind musicians, two pianists, a drummer, and a bassist. We are very proud of the diversity represented in our cast,” says Evans. “We have broken the stereotypical mold by casting an African American actor to play the part of Daddy Warbucks.”

Despite age and cultural differences, the performers have cultivated remarkably strong bonds, thematic of the camaraderie Annie forms with her fellow orphans, and ultimately with Daddy Warbucks.

“My favorite part of this performance is being able to be surrounded by people I can proudly call my second family,” says Serena Thompson who plays Grace.

Veteran ALC actor Jewell Holloway who plays Daddy Warbucks, echoes this sentiment. “It’s not only important to know all of your lines and blocking, but it’s also important to really enjoy what you are doing and to share that enjoyment with others.”

Having a strong leader at the helm to help bring this family to life on stage doesn’t hurt either.

“Miss Jenny has taken an already beloved, classical musical and turned it into something even better,” says Ava Howe, who plays Miss Hannigan.

Performances dates and times are June 28 & 29 at 7:00 pm, and June 30 at 1:00 pm and at 6:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at artsandlearning.org or call 714-728-7100.

‘Tale as Old as Time’ for the Modern Age

RE-IMAGINED “STEAMPUNK” BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, LIVE AND ON-STAGE, MARCH 22-24 IN HUNTINGTON BEACH

Costa Mesa, CA – What if Belle were more “inventor’s whimsical whiz of a daughter” and less “perfect princess”? What if she fell for a mechanical Beast with a whir instead of fur? That’s the creative, steampunk vision for The Arts & Learning Conservatory’s latest production: Disney’s Beauty And The Beast.

“When we first meet Belle, she’s a little dirty, her hair is messy and she’s in pants instead of a dress,” said Director Vanessa Evans. “She’s definitely her father’s daughter, busy fixing things and working in the shop alongside him. Her love of inventing and learning is why everyone in town thinks she’s odd. Our Belle’s quirky charm will win over the modern audience by bringing realism to the character, and serving as a good role model.”

The production is a labor of love for the team at Costa Mesa’s Arts & Learning Conservatory, known throughout Orange County for their full-scale, professional productions and talented, young cast, ages 10-18 years old.

“It took a lot of collaboration to pull this off,” emphasized Evans. “Lots of research into steampunk and the Victoria era, and close attention to every conceivable detail. It’s our

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philosophy at A&L that there are no small parts. Every member of our team is crucial and we focus a lot on togetherness as a cast.”

She continued: “We hope local families will ‘be our guest’ and join us at the Huntington Beach Library Theater, this March.”

Tickets for Disney’s Beauty And The Beast are on sale now, ranging from $15 – $25 online. VIP tickets are available for the Friday, March 22nd at 7 pm, $45. For more information, and to order tickets, visit: www.artsandlearning.org/tickets

SHOW DATES:

Friday, March 22 at 7 pm

Saturday, March 23 at 2 pm

Saturday, March 23 at 7 pm

Sunday, March 24 at 2 pm

LOCATION:

Huntington Beach Library Theater at Huntington Beach Central Library,

7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

About The Arts & Learning Conservatory: The Arts & Learning Conservatory in Costa Mesa is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a solid and focused experience for each student – on & off stage – providing unique, musical-theater and performing-arts programs, and offering dynamic instruction in drama, voice, instrumental classes, and dance. The goal is to promote a hands-on experience in the arts, to all children, regardless of race, age, income or level of experience. Students in the Arts & Learning program receive university-caliber concepts presented at age-appropriate levels, allowing participants to achieve higher levels of excellence in their personal and artistic abilities. Each year, The Arts & Learning Conservatory performs for over 10,000 people and provides arts education to nearly 1,500 children throughout Orange County. For more information, visit www.artsandlearning.org

Creepy, Kooky and Altogether Ooky

ADDAMS FAMILY : THE MUSICAL SLITHERS INTO TOWN

NOV.15 – 17 AT SEGERSTROM HIGH THEATER IN SANTA ANA

The Arts & Learning Conservatory presents Addams Family: The Musical live, on stage,

for four performance dates:

Thursday, November 15th at 7pm

Friday, November 16th at 7pm

Saturday, November 17th at 2pm

Saturday, November 17th at 7pm

 

Segerstrom High School Theater in Santa Ana, California.

 

Tickets on sale now: $12-25 online. For more information visit www.artsandlearning.org

Santa Ana, CA – Join Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsly, Fester and rest of your favorite

Addams Family characters as they bring their crazy, kooky and hilariously-horrific antics to

stage with Addams Family: The Musical! Live, Broadway-inspired musical theater performed by

a stellar cast of young, local talent ages 10-18. Tickets for all shows – November 15th, 16th and

17th at Segerstrom High School Theater – are on-sale now at www.artsandlearning.org

About The Arts & Learning Conservatory: The Arts & Learning Conservatory in Costa Mesa

is a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating a solid and focused experience

on & off stage for each student through its unique musical theater and performing arts programs

offering dynamic instruction in drama, voice, instrumental classes, and dance. Our goal is to

promote a hands-on experience in the arts to all children regardless of race, age, income or

level of experience. Students in the Arts & Learning program receive university-level concepts

presented at age appropriate levels, allowing participants to achieve higher levels of excellence

in their personal & artistic abilities. Today the Arts & Learning Conservatory performs for over

10,000 people yearly and provides arts education to nearly 1500 children of Orange County

annually. For more information, visit www.artsandlearning.org