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The very model of Gilbert & Sullivan back live

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

There is much to celebrate in Ventura County these days with the gradual return of musical theater, but most gratifying of late is the reappearance of that rollicking band of cutthroats from the rocky western shores of England, “The Pirates of Penzance.” The Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company had completed one weekend of their production of G&S’ “The […]

Rotary Club takin’ it to the streets Sunday

After taking a pandemic hiatus like so many other popular community gatherings, the Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair returns this weekend. The sight of thousands of shoppers making their way up and down Moorpark Road between Hillcrest Drive and Wilbur Road (the area will be closed to traffic between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday) is sure to delight Rotary […]

Coming out of COVID with the stars of ‘Mamma Mia!’

PLAY PREVIEW /// ‘Mamma Mia!’

Slowly but surely, the world of live theater, which has been dormant for more than a year and a half, is coming back to life. The latest troupe to return is the standard bearer for musical theater in Ventura County, 5-Star Theatricals, which is staging “Mamma Mia!,” the show that was shut down when the theater industry reluctantly pulled the […]

Innovative staging of play in parking garage

The Moorpark College theater arts department will present, in person and virtually, “Nell Gwynn,” a comedy that chronicles the true story of a prostitute turned orange-seller who becomes the mistress of King Charles II in 17th century London. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thurs. and Fri., Oct. 7, 8, 14 and 15; 10 a.m. Wed., Oct. 13; and 2 p.m. Sat. […]

5-Star reopens its doors with ‘Mamma Mia!’

Also taking nominations for Top Mamma contest

5-Star Theatricals returns to in-person live performances after 17 months with the first show of its 2021-22 season, the musical comedy “Mamma Mia!” Performances run Oct. 15 through 24 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 17 and 1 p.m. Sun., […]

Grammy-winning Gullah quintet in concert

From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the Charleston-based quintet Ranky Tanky will perform the music of Gullah culture at 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 7 the Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. The concert will take place outdoors on the museum lawn. Guests can bring their own chair, food and […]

Female vocal quartet debuts

Seraphour, an all-female classical vocal quartet, celebrates the release of their debut album with their first live concert in Thousand Oaks at 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 3 at Samuelson Chapel, Cal Lutheran University, 165 Chapel Lane. The Thousand Oaks-based group says it was founded in 2020 to create beauty and light during the pandemic. The debut concert will include music […]

Conejo Players returns to in-person live theater

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Almost, Maine’

After 19 months of staging mainly musical revues in its parking lot, Conejo Players returned to live theater Sept. 17 with its production of “Almost, Maine,” staged inside the building where it has produced hundreds of plays and musicals for more than a half century. Due to COVID precautions, audiences have been sparse (there were only about 20 in the […]

Lotta love comes from Led Zeppelin act

The Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the Led Out will perform at 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 1 at the Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live. Using the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-creates the songs in their depth with the studio overdubs that […]

Multi-band musician to share his stories, songs

CONCERT PREVIEW /// Chris Hillman

On Sept. 24 and 25, a California music legend will take to the stage when Chris Hillman and his longtime performing partners Herb Pedersen and John Jorgenson play the Scherr Forum at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center in Thousand Oaks. The gig, Hillman’s only California appearance, coincides with the release of “Time Between,” a fascinating and illuminating autobiography […]

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