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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.

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.

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