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Canyon Theatre Guild sets up for busy July

Posted: July 11, 2009 10:06 a.m.
Updated: July 12, 2009 9:59 a.m.
The Canyon Theatre Guild will celebrate the past year of shows and the volunteers who helped make it all possible. The Goldies are a night for us at the theatre to say "Thank You," to everyone who helped make the 2008-2009 season such a memorable one.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Goldies and are celebrating by bringing back some of our favorite musical numbers from the past 25 years and the actors & actresses that made them so unforgettable.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the ceremony starting at 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be served immediately after the ceremony.

Tickets are $30 and include dinner.

Call the Canyon Theatre Guild at (661) 799-2702 to make your reservation.

Guests are invited to come celebrate the driving force behind the Canyon Theatre Guild, it's volunteers, on what is sure to be a fun and wonderful evening had by all.

STARS Workshop presents BEAUTY & THE BEAST
Sunday, July 12 - 1:00 & 7:00 p.m.

Most readers are familiar with the "Beauty and the Beast" fairytale, and this popular musical adaptation, based on the Disney movie, brings the tale to life on stage featuring a talented and energetic cast of teens. The Broadway version of the show was a huge success, and in 2007 the Santa Clarita Regional Theatre brought the show to our Performing Arts Center to standing ovations. The cast of this "Junior" version is made up entirely of students in the Canyon Theatre Guild's STARS Workshop. These young performers are 13 - 17 years old and they have been meeting for four weeks, learning the craft of musical theatre performance.

Under the direction of Michael Davies and Leslie Berra these teens have been spending the summer learning the songs, choreography (by Rebecca Coombs), and dialogue, in preparation for four public performances at the end of the workshop. While some of the students may be appearing in a show for the first time, others have taken past workshops at the CTG and some have been featured in main stage productions. "Besides learning the craft of acting in a musical," states Director of Daytime Programs, Patti Finley, "our students are making friends, and gaining self-confidence. Many of them come back summer after summer for our workshops. It's wonderful to watch them grow as performers and as people."

Featured in this year's production are: Kaylee Bodtke-Stout as the intelligent and independent Belle, Lawrence Patchin as the Beast, Presston Kennedy as the egotistical Gaston and JT Friedman as Lumiere, the animated candelabra. Madison Summers is Gaston's sidekick, Lefou, Natalie Fortman is Babette (the feather duster), Ryan Kenney is Cogsworth (the clock), Ashlyn Sanchez is Chip and Jenna Lanoil is Mrs. Potts. The Silly Girls are Katy Fortman, Bradi Mowry and Kirsten Rast; Erin Cravotta is the Wardrobe and Stephanie Aguilar is the Enchantress. Others in the cast are Taylor Kozlowski, Allison Kupfer, Kaitlyn Reuben, Amanda Tunison, Ashley Pfenning, Joshua David, Ian Hite, Emma Gould, Colin Miller, Tanya Madison, Emily Lyman, Morgan Desjardins, Marmar Zakhar, Denise Domingo,and Michelle Zeilinger.

$15 for preferred VIP seating in the first four rows.
$10 Adult General Admission Seating
$8 Juniors & Seniors General Admission Seating
Reservations may be made through the Canyon Theatre Guild box office (661) 799-2702.
These tickets are not part of the regular season tickets.

July 25 - August 16 @ The College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center
Saturday Evenings, July 25, August 1, 8, 15 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday Matinee, August 15 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Matinees, July 26, August 2, 9, 16 @ 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 14 @ 8:00 p.m.

The SANTA CLARITA REGIONAL THEATRE is bringing this Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors to the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons for a limited run this summer. Audiences of all ages will thrill to this delightful musical as it brings to life the story of Joseph, a boy blessed with the ability to interpret dreams, who shares the message, "Any Dream Will Do." Because Joseph is his father's favorite, his jealous brothers sell him into slavery to the Ishmaelites who take him to Egypt. Back home, his brothers tell Jacob that Joseph has been killed. They show his tattered coat smeared with his blood - really goat blood - as proof that what they say is true.

In Egypt, Joseph is sold to Potiphar, a millionaire in whose house Joseph rises through the ranks of slaves and servants until he is running the household. When Mrs. Potiphar makes advances, Joseph spurns her, however Potiphar overhears, barges in, sees the two together - and jumps to conclusions. He jails Joseph and while incarcerated, Joseph helps two prisoners who were servants of the Pharaoh interpret their dreams. The Pharaoh hears of Joseph's gift and orders Joseph to be brought to him. By interpreting Pharaoh's dreams, Joseph becomes the most powerful man in Egypt. Meanwhile, Joseph's brothers, have suffered greatly since abandoning Joseph, and they come to Egypt to beg for food and mercy. Seeing that his brothers have truly repented, Joseph reveals himself and he and his father are reunited.

This popular and enduring musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber combines a cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western, and calypso to pop and rock ‘n' roll. Under the direction of TimBen Boydston, this Old Testament tale emerges as both timely and timeless. The musical direction is being handled by Leslie Berra, with Musette Caing doing the choreography. The key roles of Narrator and Joseph are being played by Jill Kocalis and Ryan Massey, respectively.

Tickets range from $16 - $30 and are on sale now through the SCRT box office only: (661) 799-2702. There are group discounts as well as discounts for Juniors (under 18) and Seniors (over 62). Call now for the entertainment experience of the summer! See "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at the beautiful Performing Arts Center. Only 10 performances of the musical spectacular. Don't miss it!

July 31 - August 29
Fridays, July 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Matinees, August 2, 16 @ 2:00 p.m.

The Canyon Theatre Guild's 2009-2010 Season begins with a double-header. The hilarious comedy, Who Was That Lady I Saw You With? opens on July 31. The story centers on an innocent University chemistry professor whose wife discovers him kissing a co-ed. In order to keep his wife from leaving him, the professor and his pal, a television writer with a fertile imagination, come up with a story in which they work for the FBI and the kiss was in the line of duty! The ruse seems to work until the real FBI come in and the heroes find themselves involved with not only the FBI, but with real spies - at least until it's all straightened out in a fast and funny finish.

Opening night of Who Was That Lady I Saw You With? features a champagne and wine reception on Friday, July 31.

Ticket prices:
$10 - $12 for juniors and seniors
$12 - $15 for adults.

August 1 - 30
Saturdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Matinees, August 9, 23, 30 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Evenings, August 2, 16 @ 6:30 p.m.

The first show of the new Family Season is Cinderella. This enchanting rags-to-riches tale of a handmaiden's chance at true love is perfect for both the young and the young-at-heart. Narrated by the King's Jester, we meet Cinderella, who is kind and caring in spite of the abuse from her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. The King and Queen plan a ball in an attempt to find a wife for their adventurous son, Prince Philippe. In order for Cinderella to make it to the ball despite her stepmother's orders, she must rely on her friends: the mice, her dog Algernon; and her magical, forgetful Fairy Godmother. But even with some magical help, when the clock strikes twelve, the magic will fade and her true identity will be revealed. This story will delight audiences of all ages.

Be sure to book before the magic ends!

Ticket prices:
$10 - $12 for juniors and seniors
$12 - $15 for adults.

Book by Arthur Kopit
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston

Saturday, July 18, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 19, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The American musical sensation, Kopit and Yeston's Phantom, is being directed for the CTG by Patti Finley, with musical direction by Tamarah Ashton-Coombs and choreography by Musette Caing. Auditions are being held on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19, from 11 AM - 3 PM. Performances September 26-October 31, 2009

There are principal roles for 6 men and 2 women; supporting roles for 10-20 men and women and 1 young boy who can play 8-10 years old. Please come prepared to sing 16 bars of a "legit" show tune (no pop, rock, etc) that demonstrates your range. Be prepared for a dance audition as well (not all roles require dancing and not all dancing roles will require singing, ballet is a PLUS). There will be cold readings from the script at the callbacks. Auditions will be held at the Canyon Theatre Guild's Studio (White Building) adjacent to the theatre.

If you have questions, please call the Canyon Theatre Guild box office at (661) 799-2702.


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