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Carmel Valley teen shares love of dance with Virgin Islands

Torrey Pines High School sophomore Brianna Haire brought dance classes to local kids on St. Croix and the surrounding Virgin Islands this past month.

Torrey Pines High School sophomore Brianna Haire brought dance classes to local kids on St. Croix and the surrounding Virgin Islands this past month.

Local cast shines in ‘Annie Jr.’ production at Lyceum Theatre

Top row (L-R): Alyssa DeVries, Emmy Farese, John Blackstone-Gardner, Troy Lingelbach, Lindsey Grant, Marisa Acosta. Middle row: Lauren Goldman, Grace Callstrom, Helen Blackstone-Gardner, Sophit Maretz, Brottany Barry, Alexa Gibilisco. Bottom row: Cary Barry, Kaia Leibo, Teresa Perez, Tess Maretz, Isabella Martini, Anna Ybarrola. Photo by Susan Farese

Let’s face it, the sun usually appears each day in San Diego, despite Gray May, June Gloom and the mysterious marine layer! It’s summertime, so you can bet your bottom dollar that the sun will come out — not only tomorrow, but from July 18-27, when the award-winning Actors Conservatory Theatre of San Diego brings its all-youth production of “Annie Jr.” to the Lyceum Theatre.

Bernard Baldan directs “Annie Jr.,” with musical direction by Tim McNight, choreography by Athena Espinoza, costumes by Janet Pitcher, and stage management by recent Canyon Crest Academy graduate Mandy Wirt.

Carmel Valley student competes as one of the top five male performers in San Diego at The Ben Vereen Awards

Cameron Chang — at the microphone — with contestants for the Ben Vereen Awards, June 14. Photo by Marty Foltyn.

Entertainment is likely in his future, says Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) student Cameron Chang and it appears that he has the talent for such a career path.

His performance in the lead role of Jean Valjean in CCA’s production of the musical “Les Misérables” last spring brought standing ovations. It also brought him into the running for the new high school musical theater knock-out competition, The Ben Vereen Awards, when he was invited to compete as one of the top high school males in a leading role for the 2014 school year. CCA student Sam Tullie was also nominated as a top female lead for her “Les Misérables” role as Fantine, but illness prevented her from competing.

Romance, then and now, unfolds in new offering at North Coast Rep in Solana Beach

Choreographer Jill Gorrie collaborates with director Rick Simas on ‘Romance, Romance,’ at North Coast Rep. Photo by Aaron Rumley

Has the art of romance changed from the days when face-to-face meetings were the way to woo, to these days when social media and cell phones are the harbingers of love.

Playwright Barry Harman explores the question in “Romance, Romance,” nominated for six Tony Awards in 1988 and opening July 9 at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach.

Acclaimed actor Malcolm McDowell visits North Coast Rep in Solana Beach

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McDowell visited from Los Angeles to see Faded Glory. The play, directed by Ellenstein, is making its world premiere and runs through June 22 at the Solana Beach theatre.

‘Faded Glory’ in Solana Beach takes rollicking romp through one man’s amazing life

Andrew Barnicle and Shana Wride star in the world premiere of ‘Faded Glory’ at the North Coast Repertory Theatre. Aaron Rumley

From scoundrel and murderer to military hero, Daniel Sickels lived an adventurous life in late-19th century America. “Faded Glory,” by playwright Tim Burns, explores Sickels’ journey, and will have its world premiere at the North Coast Repertory Theatre directed by David Ellenstein.

Canyon Crest Academy gearing up for Student Film Festival in Carmel Valley

Troy Lingelbach (actor), Jerrin Padre (actor), Allan Duan (director), Jennifer Smart (audio).

The film department is holding its annual Student Film Festival on May 30.

Carmel Valley performer to appear in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ at North Park Theatre

Taylor Coleman

San Diego Musical Theatre will present Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” through May 25 at the North Park Theatre.

The production will include Sage Canyon Elementary School student Taylor Coleman who, at the age of 7, auditioned and landed the role of Cindy Lou Who at The Old Globe. Taylor will play Minnie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun.”

Comedy ‘Faded Glory’ to open at North Coast Rep in Solana Beach

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Faded Glory previews begin Wednesday, May 28. Opening night, Saturday, May 31, 8 p.m. includes a post-show reception. There will be a special talkback on Friday, June 6, with the cast and director. It will play through June 22. North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Call 858-481-1055 or visit www.northcoastrep.org to purchase tickets.

Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Theatre Department to present six unique one-act plays

CCA Senior Theatre Conservatory students: Left to right: Ben Sutton, Troy Lingelbach, Grace Condon, Mark Steitz, Jerrin Padre and Nicole Belinsky. Photo by Susan Farese.

The theater department at Canyon Crest Academy has been buzzing with anticipation over its upcoming show dubbed “S’plantation,” which consists of six one-act plays written and directed by senior members of the school’s Conservatory Theater Department.

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