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Art viewers are on display in Canyon Crest Academy’s ‘Museum’

Brooke Patterson with Phillip Magin in ‘Museum.’

If modern art has you baffled, the play “Museum” by Tina Howe, opening Nov. 7 at the Proscenium Theatre at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley, will make it crystal clear. But rather than gaining clarity about fine art, it’s the wacky characters viewing the art who are truly the exhibits. And the plot will make it hard not to laugh throughout the entire production, said cast member Brooke Patterson.

Canyon Crest Academy Envision teachers’ expertise extends beyond Carmel Valley school, but returns to enrich it

Carol Limbach, CCA visual arts teacher, on her recent painting trip to Provence, France.

Envision arts offered through Canyon Crest Academy invite visiting artists to enrich the students’ experience. Supported by the school’s foundation, these professionals are role models and show students what is possible. A recent event at CCA’s Proscenium Theatre presented the artists’ work to an appreciative student audience.

Also taking part were several of CCA’s Envision faculty who performed on stage or had art pieces exhibited in the lobby. Like the visiting artists, CCA staff are fully engaged in their respective fields and each has strong views as to why the myth of “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach!” is just that: a myth.

Carmel Valley school’s ‘Zombie Prom’ pokes fun at ‘50s-era musicals

Kion Heidari as Jonny and Alyson Tharp as Toffee. Courtesy photo

For the first time, Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Theatre is presenting the musical “Zombie Prom,” beginning Oct. 24 through Nov. 1 at the Black Box Theatre.

‘Freud’s Last Session’ at North Coast Rep in Solana Beach imagines meeting of two great minds

North Coast Repertory Theater’s newest production is “Freud’s Last Session,” a lively, witty Off-Broadway production about a fictional meeting between famed psychotherapist Sigmund Freud and the writer C.S. Lewis.

Near the end of his life, Freud invites a final visitor, the writer C.S. Lewis, who will soon gain wide fame for his book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Not only are their views highly divergent — Freud is a committed atheist; Lewis, once an atheist, is now a committed Anglican — the two are a study in contrasts. Freud is irascible and adamantly opinionated; Lewis is sunny, warm and unflappable.

Musical ‘Zombie Prom’ lurches onto Canyon Crest Academy stage in Carmel Valley

‘Zombie Prom’ will be performed at Canyon Crest Aca-demy’s Envision Theatre on Oct. 24-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1.

Canyon Crest Academy Envision Theatre presents the musical “Zombie Prom” over the Halloween season at the school’s Black Box Theatre.

This girl-loves-ghoul rock-and-roll Off-Broadway musical by Dana Rowe and John Dempsey is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High. A teen’s encounter with the local atomic waste dump causes him to return “transformed” — but he still has the All-American dream of taking a pretty senior to the prom. History comes to his rescue while a selection of original ’50s-style songs keeps the action rocking across the stage.

Upcoming performance at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley blends drumming, dance

Faith Jensen-Ismay, artistic director of the Mojalet Dance Collective, looks on as two of the company’s dancers rehearse one of their routines, as members of Rhythm Talk play drums and percussion.  The rehearsal took place at the studio in Jensen-Ismay’s Poway home.

Those who attend a drum and dance performance at Canyon Crest Academy on Friday, Oct. 3, will experience a fusion of two art forms that local audiences rarely, if ever, get to see.

“It’s completely unique. I’ve been performing and working in San Diego for 25 years, and I’ve never see anything like this,” said Faith Jensen-Ismay, artistic director of the Mojalet Dance Collective.

“It’s an explosion of the arts. You get it all. It really magnifies the production, makes it bigger than life,” said Del Mar resident Alyssa Kinnear, who has been dancing with Mojalet for two-and-a-half years.

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.

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