On the Town

Special actors fill some iconic roles

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The Lion King Jr.’


Cast members of “The Lion King Jr.” definitely felt the love from the audience. The enthusiastic crowd that packed the Hillcrest Center for the Arts’ Black Box Theatre in Thousand Oaks on Aug. 9 roared with approval at the conclusion of the Tim Rice/Elton John musical and gave the performers a standing ovation. Scaled down, “junior”-sized productions of Broadway musicals […]

Music circles

Acoustic song circles are free to attend and are open to singers, musicians, songwriters and listeners of all levels. For location, call the circle leader or go to Songmakers.org. Woodland Hills Library Song Circle from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mon., Aug. 19 in the upstairs activity room, 22200 Ventura Blvd. An elevator is available. Call Linnea Richards at (818) 818-3004. […]

Dark musical is a case of male fraud

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Assassins’


Imagine, for a moment, that John Wilkes Booth, the actor who shot President Abraham Lincoln, was a woman. Find it hard to believe? This is the dilemma faced by audiences viewing Young Artists Forever’s current production of “Assassins,” Stephen Sondheim’s dark, serio comic musical that assembles all of America’s would-be and successful presidential assassins under one carnival-like big top in […]

Musical a love letter to theater and record lovers

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’


Record collectors and theater lovers alike will have the most fun with the wacky musical “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and if you happen to be both, you should have a whale of a time with the latest version of the show, staged by the Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi and directed by Robert Craig, which opened its six-week run at the […]

‘Addams’ auditions

Young Artists Ensemble will hold auditions for “The Addams Family, School Edition” Sat. and Sun., Aug. 24 and 25 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Time slots for the appointment-only auditions will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 and 10 a.m. Aug. 25. The production is directed by Autumn Bodily. All participants must […]

A night of casino games, music and dinner

The Agoura Hills Harmony Chorus, aka Ahh! Cappella, will host a Casino Night Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 7 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Hall, 1 Church Road, Thousand Oaks. The group is not affiliated with the church or any religion. The event will feature blackjack, Texas hold ’em poker, craps, roulette, bingo and numerous raffle drawings. Attendees will […]

A ticket to kill with YAE’s musical ‘Assassins’

Young Artists Forever will present a gender-blind production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” Aug. 16 through 25 on the outdoor patio stage at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fri. to Sun., Aug. 16 to 18 and Wed. to Sun., Aug. 21 to 25. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim […]

A frightfully good show

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Young Frankenstein’


It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 45 years since Mel Brooks brought “Young Frankenstein,” his broad spoof of Universal Pictures horror movies, to the big screen. As with “The Producers,” Brooks would create a musical adaptation, which made its Broadway debut in 2007, including songs written by Brooks that celebrate the glory days of vaudeville and Hollywood musicals. It’s […]

A hot night of laughs at Hillcrest center

Live Standup Comedy on the Hill returns at 8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 10 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. July’s lineup has Robert G. Lee, Jeff Johnson, Forrest Shaw and Jim McDonald. Professional local comedian Jason Love will host and produce the monthly show, which features a new […]

Cult musical explores deep, dark issues

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Heathers’


During the intermission for Youth Musical Theatre’s production of the cult musical “Heathers,” a parent was heard asking her companion, “Was this really on Broadway?” The answer is, not exactly (it appeared off-Broadway in 2014), but we can understand the concerned parent’s incredulity that a show dealing with taboo subjects like date rape, suicide, bullying and school bomb threats could […]


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