Chance Theater Announces its 2017 Season of Shows
Anaheim, California: Chance Theater is thrilled to announce its lineup for 2017, which will be the third to employ both stages in its new home at the Bette Aitken theater arts Center. Next year will feature nine fully-staged productions, a workshop production, and three staged readings of new plays still in development.
5-Show Season 19 Series,
2-Show Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) Series
2-Show Holiday Series,
and a 4-Show OTR New Works Series
RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHT FOR 2017
For the 7th year in a row, Chance Theater will have a resident playwright whose work will be featured throughout the year in the On The Radar Series.
He will be Ted Malawer (pictured left), current Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Fellow at The Juilliard School. He is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and the recipient of fellowships from the Lecomte du Nouy Foundation, the NFAA/YoungARTS, and the Association for Jewish Theatre. Ted is a graduate of the Columbia University-Juilliard School Exchange Program, and received his Masters in Literature from Fordham University.
"We're thrilled to have Ted Malawer join the Chance family,” said Literary Manager Jennifer Ruckman. “His plays are diverse and exciting, exactly the kind of bold theater we want to bring to our audiences."
In 2017, Ted will have two of his shows featured in the OTR Series – a staged reading of a brand new play that he’s still writing, and a LAB Workshop of The Anatomy of Love, a play about two parents dealing with the gender fluidity of their child.
SEASON PRODUCERS - BETTE & WYLIE AITKEN
True and hearty supporters of the Chance, and one of them is the namesake for our new home, the Chance is honored to have Bette & Wylie Aitken as the producers of all nine shows being produced in 2017. Why? “Because Wylie and I love the Chance family and their incredible work,” said Bette Aitken.
The Aitkens played an integral role in helping the Chance move into its new home by contributing a major gift to the “Bold New Home” Capital Campaign. As an acknowledgement of their humbling support, the Chance officially named their new home the “Bette Aitken theater arts Center.”
January 27 – February 26, 2017 on the Cripe Stage
West Coast Premiere
Book, Music and Lyrics by Marshall Pailet and Drew Fornarola
Directed by Marshall Pailet
Musical Direction by Ryan O’Connell
Choreographed by Maxx Reed
Executive Producer: Mary Kay Fyda-Mar
A new musical comedy that follows a very super hero, his less super little brother, and one butt-kicking princess, as the three embark on a mission to overcome killer eggplants, a love-starved platypus, and their own 8-bit existential crisis.
April 21 – May 21, 2017
on the Fyda-Mar Stage
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE
by Will Eno
Directed by Trevor Biship
Executive Producers: Scott & Sandra Graham
Middletown is a deeply moving and funny new play exploring the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between.
June 30 – July 30, 2017
on the Cripe Stage
Book by Alfred Uhry
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Kari Hayter
Musical Direction by Robyn Manion
Executive Producers: Sophie & Larry Cripe
Associate Producers: Laurie Smits Staude and Rachelle Menaker & Eddie Schuller
Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, this stirring Tony Award-winning musical explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds. In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, was put on trial for the murder of a 13-year-old girl. Armed with a rousing score and a powerful script, Parade takes an unflinching look into the darkest corners of America’s history.
* Winner of 2 Tony Awards, including “Best Book of a Musical”
* Winner of 12 Drama Desk Awards, including “Outstanding Musical”
* Winner of NY Drama Critics Circle Award for “Best Musical”
September 8 – October 8, 2017
on the Fyda-Mar Stage
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE
IN A WORD
by Lauren Yee
Directed by Jocelyn A. Brown
Executive Producers: Rachelle Menaker & Eddie Schuller
Associate Producer: Nexgen Pharma
Today is the two-year anniversary of Fiona’s son’s disappearance, and still, nothing makes sense to her. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. As Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day, to uncover that crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.
NOTE: This show contains some adult language.
* Winner of the Will Glickman Playwright Award
* Winner of NETC John Gassner Playwriting Competition
September 22 – October 22, 2017
on the Cripe Stage
ORANGE COUNTY PREMIERE
by Nina Raine
Directed by Marya Mazor
Executive Producers: Tod & Linda White
Associate Producers: Sophie & Larry Cripe and Laurie Smits Staude
Billy was born deaf into a hearing family. He was raised inside its fiercely idiosyncratic and politically incorrect cocoon. He has adapted brilliantly to his family’s unconventional ways, but they’ve never bothered to return the favor. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood.
NOTE: This show contains some adult language and themes.
* Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for “Outstanding Play”
* Winner of NY Drama Critics Circle Award for “Best Foreign Play”
February 17 – March 5, 2017
on the Fyda-Mar Stage
THE LITTLE PRINCE
by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
From the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Directed by Darryl B. Hovis
Executive Producer: Elizabeth Jones
A story that reminds us of all we leave behind to grow up and invites us to see the world again with the fresh eyes of youth. A journey of simple beauty, Saint-Exupery's tale has a different meaning for each of us. Young and Old alike will enjoy this visually alluring masterpiece. Join us for an adventure that spans from the Sahara to Outer Space and Beyond; a place where it's never too late to rediscover your dreams.
May 5 – 28, 2017
on the Cripe Stage
FANCY NANCY – THE MUSICAL
Book & Lyrics by Susan DiLallo
Music by Sam Viverito
Based on the book Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Directed by Kelly Todd
Musical Direction by Robyn Manion
Executive Producer: Robert Berman
Back by popular demand!
Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, “Deep
Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive, that’s fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted?
November 24 – December 23, 2017
on the Cripe Stage
THE SECRET GARDEN – THE MUSICAL
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Directed by Casey Long and KC Wilkerson
This enchanting classic of children’s literature is now a brilliant musical by a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. Orphaned in India, an 11 year old girl returns to Yorkshire to live with an embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. Her own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring life to a neglected garden. This Tony Award winner is a treasure for children and adults alike.
December 8-23, 2017
on the Fyda-Mar Stage
THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES
by Jeff Goode
Directed by Alex Bueno
The Chance Un-Holiday Tradition Returns!
We just couldn’t shut them up…. so for the 14th straight year, accusations, rumors and all-out attacks are (still) flying fast and furious around the toyshop. Hear the truth straight from the reindeer who know Santa best. When a doe says “No” she means “No.”
WARNING!! This show contains FOUL-MOUTHED REINDEER and very inappropriate ADULT HUMOR! Definitely no kids or anyone who doesn’t want to see the dark side of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the North Pole!
All tickets and subscriptions can be purchased by calling (888) 455-4212 or by visiting www.ChanceTheater.com.
To schedule press interviews, request photos, schedule press comps or for any additional information, please contact Casey Long at (714) 900-3284 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Timeless Holiday Tradition
You will be able to find several Nutcrackers around in December, but to my mind none are more wondrous than the versions created by Anaheim Ballet. If you are not completely enchanted and almost moved to tears with its sheer beauty I would be very surprised. It’s worth the best ticket you can afford to buy just to get closer to the front.
(Left: Clara, danced this year by Madeline Czekaj)
The holiday season comes to life in Anaheim Ballet's production of The Nutcracker -- the heartwarming tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Doll who changes her woeful winter into a fanciful feast in Candyland.
The Nutcracker ballet is a cornerstone of seasonal family entertainment and tradition. Athletic Russian dancers, prancing Bon Bons and Tchaikovsky's beautiful "Waltz of the Flowers" are sure to brighten your holidays. This year’s Clara will be danced by Madeline Czekaj.
Anaheim Ballet's Nutcracker is the production you and your family must see, a story presented with heart as only Anaheim Ballet can present it, as more than dance... Experience a spectacle of towering Christmas trees, waltzing flowers, battling toy soldiers and menacing mice. The enduring theme remains unchanged-good overcomes evil-but AB's staging of the family classic is constantly updated, which keeps the production fresh. The story is a source of inspiration for those of all ages and interests.
Anaheim Ballet celebrates its 30th season of Nutcracker performances featuring staging and choreography by Sarma Lapenieks Rosenberg, Anaheim Ballet's acclaimed artistic director.
The annual trek to Nevada is somewhat of a tradition. Wander into the home of Anaheim Ballet right now and you will see volunteers sewing dresses, racks of tutus everywhere, newly whitened ballet shoes, props and scenery all ready to be loaded into trucks and shipped off to the Riverside Resort in Laughlin, NV. The full company will board a coach for the five hour journey and during the 5 or 6 day trip will perform the Nutcracker five times! Then they come back to Anaheim
Thursday-Sunday December 8-11, 2016
3:00pm Performances Dec 10th & 11th
7:00pm Performances Dec 8th-10th
at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort in Laughlin, NV
Get your tickets at www.RiversideResort.com
or call 1-800-227-3849
Saturday December 17, 2016
2:00pm and 7:00pm
Performances at City National Grove of Anaheim, Katella Blvd. CA
Get your tickets at www.AXS.com,
or visit or call the City National Grove of Anaheim's Box Office at 714-712-2700
About the year's Clara
Madeline Czekaj is a junior, with straight A's, from Whittier High School. The youngest of three siblings (Nicholas 27, and Natascha 20,) she's always loved ballet, and the violin. As luck would have it, when her mom, Sylvia Flores, couldn't find a violin instructor, Madeline found formal training for two years at Anaheim ballet! She has seen incredible the growth under the guidance of great profesionals at AB. "It's been a blessing," says Sylvia.
Below: Madeline enjoying a day at Big Bear.
Creative Identity Winter Concert - Dec 10
At the end of a year which has witnessed mindless vandalism at the Anaheim facility for Creative Identity, and the generosity of the arts community to help them recover some of their losses, they are bouncing back with their Winter Concert. They always put on a great, heart-warming show – so this comes warmly recommended.
Creative Identity's 20th Anniversary Winter Concert "BEYOND SELF" will be held on December 10th at 6 pm. The location is at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at 2580 W. Orange Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92804. There is a $5 (or more) suggested donation at the door.
The client made One-of-a-Kind artwork and ceramic ware will be offered for sale with sales providing commissions to the adult clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Boutique will open at 5:30 pm for Early Bird shoppers.
Come and celebrate Creative Identity's 20 years of music and expressive arts educational services and the creative musical and artistic talents of their clients.
Just a sampling of the ceramics C-I clients make. Come buy holiday gifts here!
External links: Creative Identity website
World Choral Day with Meritage
The Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble Proudly Presents
“Holly-Days” -- ‘Tis The Season, Here and Everywhere:
With Dr. Cristian Grases, Director
Sunday Dec. 11, 2016 - 4:00 PM
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 S State College Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92806
$20.00 - General AdmissionTickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the Meritáge website: www.Meritage-VocalArts.org.
What would the holiday season be without attending at least one magnificent choral concert? So we want to give a loud shout-out that here, in the heart of Anaheim, we are fortunate to have a magnificent chorale – The Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble. As you plan your December arts program, pencil in the date for a spellbinding experience on December 11th.
For its second concert of the season, Meritage will explore music of the holidays as it is composed and performed in Europe and America. American selections include traditional Christmas carols such as O Holy Night and Jingle Bells, the ever-popular hymn Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, and Mark Thomas’ stunning Ave Maris Stella with a gorgeous violin solo woven into the solo soprano line. Meritage will contrast these selections with music from the European tradition, including music from Germany written by Mendelssohn, and timeless pieces from Israel, and Spain.
The highlight of the performance will be John Rutter’s Gloria, performed on this occasion in its arrangement for organ and choir. This ageless and enduring masterwork has captivated audiences around the globe for over 40 years.
Our concert on December 11th coincides with World Choral Day, a global celebration in which tens of thousands of choirs sing for millions in celebration of peace, unity, and understanding through choral music. Meritáge invites you and your family to be a part of this special event and kick-off the season in style. Join us, and we wish you the happiest Holly-Days.
And because everyone loves to sing Chistmas carols you will be able to join the choir and sing along with two seasonal favorites!
Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the Meritáge website: www.Meritage-VocalArts.org.
$20.00 - General Admission
About Dr. Cristian Grases joined the University of Southern California faculty in the Fall 2010 semester and is currently an associate professor of choral music and conductor of the USC Thornton Concert Choir. As a sought out conductor, clinician, academic, and adjudicator, he has traveled to Europe, North and South America, and Asia conducting in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall, and presenting in international conventions and symposia. Grases is also an award-winning composer whose works have been commissioned and sung by numerous prestigious ensembles such as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
OC Symphony Creates Fresh New Sound
After a somewhat choppy summer during which the Orange County Symphony sought to settle a new conductor in post, Brazilian Maestra Aline Sardaõ finally raised her baton on Sunday November 13th and unleashed Mozart!
Unleashed is the right word, because although the number of musicians in the ensemble appeared to be small compared with previous concerts, the sound they generated was terrific. The orchestra played with such crystal clarity, so on the note the whole time, so committed to every entrance, and so responsive to Sardaõ’s conducting that you could easily believe that they were twice the size! Close your eyes and the experience was complete.
The pre-concert talk: Ms. Sardaõ comes over as young, fresh, eager and passionate. Her introductory remarks, all delivered with a delicious, soft accent (for which she had no reason to suggest an excuse) drew us into the story of the genius of Mozart and how his own life story emerged in his music, especially his operas. Ever active on her feet, engaging the audience with her eyes, her easy use of the mic. and rhetorical questions, she drew us into the story worlds created by the great composer.
The first half of the concert consisted of overtures from Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute, and the opening of Symphony No. 4. The program up to the intermission was a little short.
After the intermission we were treated to all four movements of Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony No 41.
I had chosen to sit on the front row so I could get new pictures. When I turned round to see the audience – the First Christian Church auditorium was packed. This was a tremendous start for what was in effect a relaunch of the OCS. There were a few familiar faces in the orchestra, and those who have played with OCS in the past are well recommended to come back for future concerts. Ms. Sardaõ, who has good connections to the LA Phil. has certainly found some excellent musicians. I am sure their number will grow. (Left, Concert Mistress, Noriko Yamaga.)
Bonus concert coming up! On Sunday January 29, 2017, Maestra Sardaõ and the musicians of the OCS will present the Brandenburg Concertos at the First Christian Church of Anaheim.
The repertoire will showcase selected OCS musicians as soloists. These much beloved concertos are recognized as the benchmark of Baroque music. I believe this program will solidify Maestra Sardaõ’s image as a fine conductor!
The Orange County Symphony takes applause.
Catch the Holiday Trains At Muzeo
Muzeo Express: Holiday Model Trains is an all-new annual exhibition that is sure to become a holiday tradition, delighting children and enthusiasts alike. The display includes themed layouts such as Thomas the Train, California landmarks and a vintage department store window sponsored by Macy’s. Brought to you by Toy Train Operating Society and Train Collectors Association, the former creators of the Nixon Library display.
Muzeo Express will be open in Anaheim through January 8, 2017 and is sponsored by Macy’s, Metrolink, Freeman, Bachmann Trains, Custom Model Vehicle Lighting (Toronto), GarGraves Track, MTH Trains, Milepost 38 Train Store (Arnie’s), LGB Trains, Lionel Trains, The Train Crossing (Costa Mesa), Visit Anaheim and the City of Anaheim.
Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for ages 4–12, and free for children 3 and under. For group rates and membership information, call 714-956-8936.
Where: Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805
Shannon Amborn, Marketing Director
(714) 765 - 6466
Ceramics and Glass Exhibition
November 3, 2016 (Anaheim) – The Association of Clay & Glass Artists of California (ACGA) presents SoCal Ceramics and Glass at Muzeo Museum’s Carnegie Building, November 12, 2016 through January 1, 2017. The exhibition features the artworks of eight invited southern California artists: Caroline Blackburn, Pierre Bounaud, Beverly Crist, Maria DeCastro, Paul Harrie, George Jercich, Alone Larsen and Cheryl Tall.
The opening reception of SoCal Ceramics and Glass will be on Saturday, November 12 from 6-8pm during Downtown Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience (A.C.E.). Both the exhibition and the opening are free and open to the public.
The exhibition presents a diverse array of techniques and approaches to handmade ceramics and glass, with each artist showing a group of original pieces in their respective media. Artworks produced using various firing temperatures and working methods, from functional to sculptural, are displayed.
ACGA is an artist run membership organization dedicated to the advancement of ceramic and glass arts. The mission of ACGA is to establish and maintain high standards of craftsmanship and design in clay and glass, to encourage research, innovation and professional growth, to promote public appreciation and understanding of ceramic art, and to provide an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and concerns within the field. For more information, please visit www.acga.net.
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About Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center
The Muzeo is a unique community center and museum for the arts, education and culture dedicated to serving youth and adults. Its goal is to deliver high quality, relevant and diverse programming to celebrate the richness of culture, history, and people through exhibits, workshops, lectures and outreach activities. The 25,000-square-foot Muzeo complex features a state-of the art gallery space that includes Anaheim’s original Carnegie Library, built in 1908.
Muzeo is located at 241 South Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, California 92805. Museum hours are 10am-5pm, Tuesday through Sunday. For more information on Muzeo’s exhibitions and programming, call 714-956-8936 or visit www.muzeo.org.