APACF Passes Major Milestone
After years of persistent planning and advocacy the Anaheim Center for the Performing Arts Foundation (APACF) got the green light from the Anaheim City Council (October 6th) to press on with its efforts to build a state of the art performing arts center here in Anaheim.
We have known for a while that the intended location will be the City National Grove of Anaheim, but the fully completed project will far exceed the wildest imaginations of the casual observer. I am told that Phase I will see the construction of an underground parking lot and brand new theatres added to the east end of the current building. Phase II will then be the refurbishing of the existing Grove which, in the meantime, will continue functioning as usual. Then the two parts of the total building will be integrated.
In all likelihood Nederlander, the current management company, will continue to be a strong partner into the future.
Even more exciting than the technicalities of planning permissions and construction will be the groups that will come in to perform in the Center. They are literally clamoring to use the PAC. In fact the wider vision for the center will make it a huge cultural arts center which will be the envy of the arts communities up and down the whole west coast (and probably beyond).
Do not be afraid to imagine in that one day the Golden Globes or the Oscars may be hosted here in Anaheim. The facility will be that good.
The next immediate task is the launch of the major capital campaign. APACF already has powerful sponsors. We might reckon that with this City resolution of support, the pledges will come and the coffers will open.
Contrary to ideas that some have latched on to, APAC is not a musical theatre production company. All types performing arts will shine in the new Center including drama, and orchestral music. And certainly we expect to see the finest Broadway musicals without having to drive to LA!
This has been a long haul in which the determined supporters doggedly pressed on, in spite of the doubts and disagreements from some quarters. At times, even this website has voiced concern that the vision might become stuck in soirees and big summer events. But what we could not see was the persistent drive of APAC leadership to bring their plans to fruition.
Now we are delighted to offer praise and congratulations both to APACF and the City Council for their resolution to add yet another jewel in the crown of what Anaheim has to offer. The cultural and economic benefits to Anaheim are incalculable.
The documentation of the City resolution is here:
External links: Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation
Stage Door Repertory Announces 2016 Season
Now in its fourth year as a high quality Anaheim theater Stage Door Rep, has announced the line up for the coming year.
This company has moved fast to reach the standing it now enjoys. Audiences come back time and again to enjoy the rich variety of theatrical fare. Their facility has expanded, sound and lighting has improved and the quality of set design and build is excellent. There is a growing band of dedicated volunteers who, under the direction of Nick Charles and his wife Julie, have made this all possible.
On September 26th the doors opened for a Gala event with dinner, show and announcement of the season. And what a delightful mix of comedy, drama, family delight and Halloween horror this promises to be. Here’s the line-up:
- A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
- Smokey Joe's Café
- Private Lives
- Lilies of the Field
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Miss Saigon
- The Real Desperate Zombies of Orange County
- A Christmas Carol
I don’t have the time to comment on all of these shows, but if you happened to see SDR’s production of Les Miserables, which was superb, I’m sure we will be thrilled by Miss Saigon with it’s powerful music and story line. Should I audition for Private Lives with the immaculate, clipped Englishness of Noel Coward? You will need a box of tissues for Lilies of the Field, and maybe a partner whose arm you can grip when SDR joins the ranks for theatres serving up Zombies!!
Curtain up! Whether or not you are a theatre fan you owe it to yourself to visit and experience the thrill of live theatre at Stage Door Repertory.
External links: Stage Door Rep Facebook Page
APACF Gets Closer To The Goal
For several years the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation (APACF) has been holding elegant Sunday afternoon soirees at Fox Pointe Manor to help generate interest and funding for the proposed center. And the introduction from APACF President, Linda Knohl, has always been much the same – a quick survey of the needs and the vision. But the last soiree was different. All of a sudden there was real news and a new sense of excitement!
The program was hosted by Natalie Sanchez and Mark Grabador, two very fine drama students from Brookhurst JHS, who performed Shakespeare's "All the wordl's a stage." Under the general title of Hooked on Classics the select audience enjoyed first-class live music performance from a cello trio from Corona, a splendid operatic bass soloist and a saxophone quartet.
After an intermission for desserts and cheese the program resumed with a brass quintet and a wonderful variety of classical and pop music from Vern Nelson. Linda Knohl commented, “I have never every heard my piano played like that!”
- Corona Symphony Cello Trio
- Bass soloist, John Herceg, accompanid by Vern Nelson
- Western Saxophone Quartet
- South Coast Brass Quintet
- Piano, Vern Nelson
But what about the exciting news?
Earlier this year a team of consultants met with representatives of various arts organizations in Anaheim, including, of course, APACF. What would be the requirements if APACF were able to set up shop in the City National Grove of Anaheim? The consultants conducted surveys on the desirability of such a performing arts center (PAC) in locales as far away as Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Garden Grove. The results were overwhelmingly positive. People WANT Anaheim to have its own PAC.
As far as we know the news coming from City Hall is also very good and it’s expected that staff will make it’s presentation to the Council in a few weeks’ time. The mood of optimism is palpable.
If, after all these years of persistent promotion and planning, the dream becomes a reality we at the Arts Council will be thrilled.
APACF is member organization of the Arts Council.
External links: Broadway Under The Stars details
90 Foot Fashion Stretch for Anaheim Ballet
Coming off the success of its Street View Dance series, performing in unexpected and unconventional urban spaces, Anaheim Ballet has been tapped to perform at the opening gala of Los Angeles Fashion Week on a 90’ runway at Union Station, downtown Los Angeles on October 7th.
"LA Fashion Week is honored to present Anaheim Ballet at the Opening Gala of our inaugural season, as we believe that fashion and the art of movement go hand in hand,” said Landra Dulin of LA Fashion Week.
While continuing to expand its local footprint with Street View Dance performances, sponsored by the James Irvine Foundation, the company has maintained its presence outside the region with its online dance series, and is excited to be performing at its sister county in Los Angeles.
Anaheim Ballet performs throughout Southern California and in Nevada, and is the city of Anaheim’s resident ballet company. The organization also provides a training school, a community outreach program for underprivileged youth and an online dance series on YouTube that has accrued over 56 million visits to date.
For information about Anaheim Ballet, visit anaheimballet.org, or call 714 520-0904.
Photo Credit: Todd Lechtick