Tuesday, July 26, 2011

There are Only Winners at Free Movie Mondays

Last night’s Victor/Victoria pre-screening contest was a fun gender-bending name game. The game was won by the men (pictured above). They all received tickets to see jazz legend Sonny Rollins when he visits in September. Whoopie pies from Corner Bakery were given to the women’s team.

Before last week’s showing of Harold and Maude, people were encouraged to come dressed as their favorite odd couple. The grand-prize winners were Mike Evert and Matthew Bell from Orange (pictured above) and they won tickets to see Mary Poppins. Other odd couples who participated in the contest won cookies provided by Corner Bakery.

The Centers’ Jonathan Vietze and KCRW’s Matt Holzman at Harold and Maude (pictured above from L to R). KCRW was a media sponsor of the movie.

There are two more movies left this summer: Chicago on August 1 and The King and I on August 8.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Mary Poppins Cast Pops into Newport Beach Public Library

Steffanie Leigh, who portrays the legendary nanny in Disney’s Mary Poppins now playing at the Center and her colleagues in the show, Hannah Chin and Anthony Christian Daniel, stopped by the Newport Beach Public Library on July 21. During this special visit, the artists read the first chapter from P.L. Travers book, which introduced Mary to the world of literature and imagination in 1934. They answered questions about the show and their careers from the nearly 100 children plus parents who gathered for the afternoon event. The highlight had to be when Steffanie, Hannah and Anthony got everyone to their feet and showed them how to spell out ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ just as they do it in the show.

These afternoon gatherings organized by the Center and the library illustrate how shows and ballets and other stage productions so often originate from great works of literature. Reading them as well as seeing them provides wonderful insight into the stories and their journey through time from page to stage.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mary Poppins Cast Visits CHOC Children's

Nicolas Dromard, Rachel Wallace, Neka Zang and Nic Thompson from the cast of Mary Poppins visited CHOC Children’s on Wednesday. They visited children in the playrooms and stopped into a number of private rooms. They colored with them, played air hockey, posed for photos and even sang a little bit of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” All agreed that Mary Poppins herself would have said they brought a very special spoonful of sugar into their young lives.

Pictured above: Rachel Wallace and Nic Thompson at CHOC Children's

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mary Poppins welcomes KTLA to the Center

KTLA's Allie MacKay spent the morning at Segerstrom Center for the Arts as she went behind the scenes of Mary Poppins, now onstage at the Center.

MacKay talked with Nicolas Dromard who plays Bert as she begins her transformation into the world's most beloved Nanny.

Next, she's on to costumes, hair and make up


With her transformation complete, MacKay talks with Steffanie Leigh, who stars as Mary, on what it's like to play such an iconic role.


Mary Poppins is onstage now through August 7.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

And BINGO was his Name-O

Before the screening of Beach Blanket Bingo last night, the Movie Mondays’ crowd joined in on a rousing game of…you guessed it, BINGO. Lucky grand-prize winner Paul Fabares (pictured above with his winning card) won a fabulous four-pack of tickets to see Disney's Mary Poppins, which plays the Center starting this Thursday. Other winners received Mary Poppins merchandise and gift certificates to Quattro CaffĂ©. As everyone is a winner at Movie Mondays, attendees were offered a one-night-only opportunity to buy Mary Poppins tickets at a 50% discount. We’re already working on more fun prizes and discounts to give to the Movie Mondays faithful.

Next Monday, moviegoers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite odd couple (fiction or real-life) in anticipation of the showing of Harold and Maude. Prizes will be given to the best couples so don’t hold back. Hope to see you!

Pictured above: Cody Nunes and Ashley Morales from Costa Mesa

Pictured above: Cheri Wilson, Anna Vrska, Erica Tucker from the Newport Beach Film Festival; NBFF selects a selection of the best animated short films to show before each movie

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Free Movie Mondays Starts Tonight 7/11

Free Movie Mondays returns tonight, July 11 with the '60s surfside party film, Beach Blanket Bingo. Arrive early to join in on a rousing game of BINGO for a chance to win tickets to Disney's Mary Poppins, which will run July 14 - August 7. BINGO starts at 7:30 p.m. with the movie beginning at dusk. Guest are encouraged to bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items, as well as snacks and picnic suppers.

Here's the rest of the Movie Mondays line-up:
– July 25 Harold and Maude
– July 25 Victor/Victoria
– August 2 Chicago
– August 9 The King and I

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