Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mazel Tov Movie Mondays!

Contestants in pink boas during Movie Mondays trivia
It was an evening complete with boas, trivia, Streisand mash-ups and rugelach during last night’s screening of Yentl. Guests arriving were greeted with the music of Barbra Streisand as the Arts Plaza filled with movie goers. The Center’s Movie Mondays MC Jonathan Vietze conducted the ever popular pre-film contests and no one walked away without a yummy bag filled with rugelach from Corner Bakery. Donning fabulous pink boas, contestants competed for various prizes which included tickets to see La Cage aux Folles (at the Center through August 5th).

Movie Mondays 2012 concludes next week with The Music Man starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones, which was chosen as the Audience Favorite by last summer’s attendees.
The Center’s very own “Music Man” invites you to join him in making a flute from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on the Plaza. John Zeretzke, from the Center’s Arts Teach Program, will teach movie fans of all ages how to make and play their own West African bamboo flute. Mr.  Zeretzke works on behalf of Segerstrom Center for the Arts to provide opportunities for the community to experience the joy of creating and listening to multicultural music. 

(L-R) Kevin Stutzke, Caitlin Stutzke, Lucy Stutzke, MaryAnn Reeve,
Nancy Bush and Matthew Stutzke from La Mirada.
Notice their awesome pink sequined table cloth?

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Center Honors Philanthropists

Larry Higby and Zee Allred
Each year, Segerstrom Center for the Arts honors donors of $25,000 or more as well as Candlelight Concert sponsors and underwriters at the Fire Bird Dinner. This year it was held on the Tier I lobby of Segerstrom Hall beneath Richard Lippold’s sculpture, Fire Bird, which has become a local landmark and signature of the Center. 

Larry Higby and Eileen Cirillo
At the conclusion of the evening, Center Chairman Larry Higby presented the annual Chairman’s Cup award to board member and donor Zee Allred and volunteer extraordinaire and donor Eileen Cirillo. The Chairman’s Cup is given in recognition for extraordinary volunteer service and generosity to the Center.

Photos by Xuong Do

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Christmas in July

Cindy Ramirez, Paul Fulmer & Amy Ramirez of Costa Mesa
Everyone got into the holiday spirit during last night’s free Movie Mondays showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Before the main event, Center artist and puppeteer extraordinaire, Ellen Schulze, was on hand helping people to make their own Nightmare-inspired puppets. Ellen works on behalf of Segerstrom Center to share the art of creating puppets with many organizations, such as Children’s Hospital of Orange County and AIDS Services Foundation.
Stella & Gabi from Orange w/ their puppets
And the ever popular movie-themed contests had children and adults playing holiday-themed games with candy canes and chocolate. They were vying for prizes such as tickets to see Broadway shows La Cage aux Folles and The Addams Family, goodies from Corner Bakery and passes to the OC Fair. Throughout the evening the Center held a toy drive and many generous guests brought items to be donated to charity. Thanks to those who donated toys!
Angel & Ben from Huntington Beach w/ their creation
The Nightmare Before Christmas was screened in partnership with public radio station KCRW and Matt Holzman, host of Matt’s Movies, stopped in to say hello and get the night off to a fun start. Our friends at Newport Beach Film Festival are providing the animated shorts seen before each feature film. Movie Mondays continues next week with Yentl starring Barbra Streisand.
Alexa & Benny from Santa Ana

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Center "King" Joins Mikhailovsky Ballet

Marcelo Gomes, a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, has thrilled Center audiences many times. He has added a new title, Guest Principal Dancer of the Mikhailovsky Ballet for its 2012-13 Season. In recent seasons at Segerstrom Center, Gomes was seen as the Rogue in the West Coast premiere of Twyla Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue (August 2008), which was a co-commission of the Center with ABT, Tour de Force II (April 2011); Kings of the Dance (October 2011) and as Prince Ivan in ABT’s new Firebird, which had its world premiere here in March, 2012.  

Top: Marcelo Gomes in King of the Dance 2011; photo by Doug Gifford
Bottom: Marcelo Gomes and Natalia Osipova, from Lady of the Camelias; photo by Gene Schiavone

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

S'Wonderful at Segerstrom Center

Macy Uhoman of Laguna Hills, Mary Dumivin of Lake Forest with their Eiffel Tower cake
To honor Bastille Day, the Center screened An American in Paris for its July 16 free Movie Monday. More than 2,500 people – parents, kids, families, Center fans – gathered to hear George Gershwin’s award-winning score and watch Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron meet and fall in love in the City of Lights. The evening began with a special French inspired quiz conducted by the Center’s Jonathan Vietze. Contestants left with prizes from Quattro CaffĂ© in South Coast Plaza, the Orange County Fair and Corner Bakery. It was all tres bien! Up Monday – Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.

Jenni Stenson, Kevin Grant, Dorothy McClelland, Kelly Bishop, Brian Eastman in their French stripes

Jessica and Brett Kelly with Nicole and Ashley of Laguna Beach

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Music to the Ears

Stephen Sondheim and Michael Kerker
Music legend Stephen Sondheim appeared at the Center on Friday, July 13 to discuss his life, his works and his thoughts on creating great musical theater with ASCAP Vice President Michael Kerker. Performing a number of his songs were Tony Award®-winners Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Sondheim is the eight time Tony Award-winning composer for shows such as Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Company, Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along, Into the Woods and the lyrics for Gypsy and West Side Story.

Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes Mitchell
Photos by Doug Gifford
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Center Helps Make Music in the Park

For an educational overture to the free July 10 “Concert in the Park” sponsored by the City of Costa Mesa, Center Arts Teach artist Dr. Craig Woodson taught families how to make a “drumpet” - a drum/ trumpet/ guitar - using everyday materials.  More than 400 people attending the concert in Fairview Park made instruments and learned more about the Center from members of our Education Department. 

On Tuesday, July 31, Center artist and puppeteer extraordinaire Ellen Shulze will guide them in making their own hand-made, hand-held characters that they can use to sing along with the concert.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Six Days of Broadway – Summer of 2012

Tony Award®-winner Susan Egan was a special guest instructor for the junior high school level students. The entire class above with Susan in the middle, rear with bangs and Erin Dilly far right

The Center held its annual Six Days of Broadway Summer Musical Theater Camp in June and July. This year’s program offered two sessions, during which participants, ages 11 – 24, develop and hone their craft in such areas as musical performance, scene work, audition technique, dance and monologue interpretation.

Six Days of Broadway was led by Tony Award nominee and Broadway/film star Erin Dilly, along with Broadway veterans Stephan Buntrock, Danny Gurwin, Hank Stratton, Chryssie Whitehead and such noted guest instructors as Tony Award-winner Susan Egan.
Chryssie Whitehead with high school students

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'Billy Elliot' Brings in a Big Crowd for Movie Mondays

Summer kicked off officially last night at the Center with the start of our annual free Movie Mondays series. More than 2,000 movie-goers turned out to watch Billy Elliot, the coming-of-age story about an English coal miner’s son who dreams of being a ballet dancer. The movie was a sneak peak for when the musical comes to the Center as part of the 2012-13 Broadway Series.

Before the screening, there were fun Billy Elliot-themed contests and a raffle, all with fun-filled prizes. People were encouraged to come dressed as a ballerina, coal miner or boxer (photo left of some of the contestants). Winners Abby (in blue) and Delaney (in pink) won tickets to see Billy Elliot the Musical when it visits the Center in April 2013.

There was also a jump roping contest and all the lucky participants received tickets to the OC Fair. And Macy’s, one of this year’s sponsors of Movie Mondays, held a free raffle with $100 and $25 shopping gift cards and snack gift bags. 

On Monday, July 16, we’ll show the classic film An American in Paris featuring a score by George and Ira Gershwin and starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron and Oscar Levant. Click here for more info.

A big thanks to all the generous supporters of last night’s movie: Macy’s, OC Fair, Billy Elliot the Musical and Corner Bakery.

We hope to see you next week!

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