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‘Les Miz’ takes on modern setting

For its 41st annual teen summer musical, Young Artists Ensemble didn’t pick a light, frothy show. Instead, it’s staging “Les Misérables,” an epic tale about a former prisoner’s lifelong struggle for redemption. The shortened “school edition” of this musical, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays […]

Rotary Wine and Beer Fest ready to pour again

The Thousand Oaks Rotary Foundation will hold the 20th annual Thousand Oaks Rotary Wine and Beer Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Sat., Aug. 28 at the Hyatt Regency Westlake, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. At the festival, guests can sample California limited-production handcrafted wines, microbrews and hors d’oeuvres while perusing auction items donated by local businesses and residents. […]

Hueneme festival comes back to the beach

After a hiatus and a cancellation in 2020 because of the pandemic, the City of Port Hueneme, in partnership with the nonprofit REACH, will host the Hueneme Beach Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Aug. 28 and 29 at 550 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. The festival will have live music on two stages, fair-style carnival […]

Flower power at the farmers market

BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS—Shoppers inspect the fresh flowers July 18 at the Westlake Village Farmers Market. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at 2797 Agoura Road in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks. Masks not required.

School stages safe musical with technology

PLAY RECAP /// ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’


In the waning days of the pandemic, school theater departments continue to observe distancing measures by producing musicals and plays using Zoom and having students record their parts at home. But this wasn’t good enough for Frank LaGuardia, music and drama teacher at Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary School in Thousand Oaks. Frustrated with the safety measures that prevented students […]

A good song can be performed by anyone

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Backwards Broadway’


In what was promised to be its last drive-in event, Conejo Players Theatre in Thousand Oaks presented a new twist on its series of flat-bed, parking lot musical revues with “Backwards Broadway,” which was staged June 18 to 20. The idea was to have performers sing songs from Broadway musicals that they would never get a chance to sing otherwise, […]

Buster Keaton shows ‘hospitality’ at drive-in

Celebrate the dawn of the Hollywood film era at a Date Night Drive-In Silents Under the Stars presentation of Buster Keaton’s comedy masterpiece, “Our Hospitality,” from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sat., July 10 at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills. Guests can watch the classic, historic movie on a starry summer evening with live in-film accompaniment by composer Michael […]

Live theater returns to campus

Live summer theater will return to Moorpark College with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The show will run July 22 through Aug. 8 outdoors on the Moorpark College campus, 7075 Campus Road. The show will be free and open to students and the community. The play is a comic tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six […]

Improv group vaxed and acting like it

Conejo Players Theatre presents Conejo Improv in “Vax’d and Better Than Ever” at 7 p.m. Sat., June 5 both online and also live in person at the theater, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The show is directed by Christopher Carlson. All performers will be fully vaccinated. Comedians will take audience suggestions and make everything up on the spot. The […]

Conejo Players stands tall with warm, melodic musical

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Daddy Long Legs’


During the pandemic, instead of going dark, the intrepid Conejo Players Theatre in Thousand Oaks has gone to great lengths to find shows that could be staged using a minimal number of actors and crew, shows that might not otherwise be seen. The latest is “Daddy Long Legs,” a charming two-person musical with warmth and heart that expresses the importance […]


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