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Accomplished Carmel Valley theatre actor thrives on challenge of award-winning musical ‘Next to Normal’

Robert J. Townsend (far right) with other “Next to Normal” cast members director Nick DeGruccio. Photo by Samantha Tatro

Carmel Valley actor Robert J. Townsend stumbled upon musical theatre by complete accident.

No longer ‘Invisible’: Actor depicts stories of 10 homeless people Sept. 13-14 at Rancho Bernardo theater

Jerry Hager describing a character from his show, as he holds up the mask for that character.

Jerry Hager will perform Sept. 13 and 14 at the Vine Theater in Rancho Bernardo in “Invisible,” a one-man show depicting the lives of 10 different homeless people.

‘Angels’ a sexy, witty opener for NC Rep in Solana Beach

'Fallen Angels' runs Sept. 3-28 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.

Prepare for an entertaining trip back to 1925 when North Coast Repertory Theatre opens its 33rd season Sept. 3 with Noël Coward’s “Fallen Angels.”

Teacher thrilled to be back in Carmel Valley as new Canyon Crest Academy Envision Theatre Coordinator

‘I have a lot of passion and energy for theater,’ says Jeannine Marquie, who will be the theater coordinator of Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision program.

Jeannine Marquie landed her dream teaching job when she began working at Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision in 2007. But when schools were hit by the recession and her position went from full time to part time, the actress-turned-teacher had to relocate to Orange County. Now starting her 18th year as a teacher, Marquie is back in Carmel Valley as the new theater coordinator of Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision.

Solana Beach’s North Coast Rep creates powerful lineup for 33rd season

A scene from ‘Fallen Angels,' playing at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach.

Solana Beach’s North Coast Repertory Theatre has created a powerful lineup of entertainment for its 33rd season.

‘Fallen Angels’ a devilish good time at North Coast Rep in Solana Beach

‘Fallen Angels’ showcases the wit of Noel Coward.

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents Noel Coward’s “Fallen Angels,” previewing Wednesday, Sept. 3.

This is Coward at his inimitable best. “Fallen Angels” provides a continuously entertaining two hours of delight, combining two slightly bored British women, an amorous Frenchman, clueless husbands and one very cheeky maid.

When it premiered in 1925, audiences were shocked by its theme of female sexuality and longing. Veering from witty asides to uproarious slapstick, this fast-paced show will have you in stitches.

‘Words by Ira Gershwin’ returns to North Coast Rep in Solana Beach

Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper as lyricist Ira Gershwin. Photo by Aaron Rumley

The musical play is back for a limited run beginning Aug. 14.

San Diego play-reading group’s skits liven up senior centers

Bud and Mary Ann Emerson of the Script-in-Hand Players perform Bob Newhart’s ‘The Driving Instructor’ at Vista Village Senior Living recently. Photos by Kristina Houck

With a red curtain, velvet rope and props, the community room at Vista Village Senior Living was transformed into a theater July 17. A senior acting group known as The Script-in-Hand Players created the makeshift stage to perform about a dozen short skits for the center’s residents.

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.

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