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Meet THE FANTASTICKS Cast Member, Philip Anthony Rodriguez!

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1. How has your experience been at The Playhouse so far? 

It’s been absolutely spectacular! I’ve always wanted to perform at The Pasadena Playhouse. I get to play a dream role in a timeless and classic show like The Fantasticks. It’s also a legendary theatre with an extraordinary track record of putting out top-notch theatre and talent. I think in addition to being blessed with such wonderful cast-mates, a stellar production and creative staff, I can’t ignore the beautiful individuals behind the scenes. There is a love and passion one feels the minute they step through the doors. From the company management, to The Friends of The Playhouse and the administrative staff. I’ve been made to feel right at home from the start.

2. What are the pros and cons of stage acting compared to voice acting and film/TV acting?

Well, my origins are in theatre and musical theatre. From summer stock to Broadway. So for me, it’s kind of like riding a bike in some respect. I think I’ll always have a “first love” sentiment toward theatre. It was where I found my love and passion for acting. And I’m reminded of why I adore it so much nightly with The Fantasticks. Theatre is LIVE, which makes it alive and visceral for an audience. There’s a special connection that occurs between an actor, his fellow actors and the audience with live theatre that you may not always see with TV and film projects. Actors “feed” off the energy of the audience just as much as the audience feeds off the emotion and storytelling of the actors. That’s the unique connection that makes theatre so inspiring, entertaining and heartfelt. That said, I LOVE being in front of a camera as well. That connection tends to reveal itself through the actor’s eyes. And TV and film can be extremely powerful in conveying its stories though an actor’s eyes.

3. We found out you consider yourself a cinephile. What is your favorite film? 

Well, if I MUST pick ONE favorite, I’d have to say Star Wars. It’s a film I can never get tired of watching over and over again and I always manage to find something magical and unique about it. Yep, I’m a certified Star Wars nerd, haha!

4. What is your go-to cooking recipe? 

Oh, I’d have to say I make a pretty mean Grilled Miso Salmon with garlic mashed potatoes. My wife and daughter tend to “light up” when I suggest it for dinner. Knowing they love and appreciate it makes my heart soar!

5. Why should people come see The Fantasticks

Well, aside from it being a classic American musical, it is a timeless and poignant piece of theatre. It’s universal themes of love, love lost, love regained is something most of us can appreciate and relate to. One can find their own truth and experience with love within its story. Another reason I believe people should come see this particular version of The Fantasticks is because of the unique perspective of our director, Seema Sueko. From the beginning, she wanted us to explore not why we love or what love is but in fact HOW to love. One of the lines in “Try To Remember” states, “Without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” We can take that to mean that our love is tested or even stripped away from us before we can appreciate, experience and enjoy that love again. But we also live in very turbulent times, (not unlike the world of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt in the 50s and 60s) in an election year with a very divided country. We turn on the news only to see images and stories of hatred, animosity and divisiveness. I, for one, would not mind “escaping” to the theatre for a couple of hours and witness love…in all its glory.

Meet THE FANTASTICKS Cast Member, Alyse Rockett

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1. How has your experience been at The Playhouse so far? 

My experience at The Playhouse has been amazing! I get to play and explore with the most incredible individuals everyday in such a historical and beautiful theatre. It’s a dream.

2. What’s your favorite style of dance? 

I don’t have a favorite particular style of dance. I’m in love with so many. Each style holds something so beautiful.

 3. What’s your favorite play? 

A favorite of mine is A Raisin in the Sun.

 4. What’s your favorite musical? 

West Side Story. It’s timeless and the dancing is absolutely spectacular.

 5. Why should people come to see The Fantasticks at The Pasadena Playhouse? 

The story. A person of any age, ethnicity, or background can come and relate to The Fantasticks. We can all find a common ground inside the theme of this play: love and what love truly is. It’s absolutely amazing.

Fantasticks Meet and Greet -August 16, 2016

Pokémon play around The Playhouse

The Colony Theatre presents…CARNEY MAGIC!

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Limited Return Engagement
CARNEY MAGIC
May 6-8, 2016
Following a sold-out show in January 2016, the most-awarded magician in Magic Castle’s history – JOHN CARNEY – is returning to The Colony’s stage for ONE WEEKEND ONLY!

Carney Magic is a theatre show that blends mind-blowing sleight of hand with intelligence, taste, and wit into a unique evening of pure entertainment. This is definitely NOT your typical “magic show.” Carney’s approach is smart, engaging, and entertaining. Pin-balling between jaunty comedic riffs and astonishing sleight of hand, Carney will have you reeling with his hilarious audience participation segments, as well as his embodiment of multiple characters.Buy tickets online or call 866.811.4111.
The Colony Theatre
555 North Third Street
Burbank, CA 91502

Rockwell Presents: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Devil Wears Prada

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The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Devil Wears Prada

Directed by Tye Blue

The Boss from Hell is Back as Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Devil Wears Prada, running Thursday-Sunday through July 3rd.  While you’re out getting the boss’s coffee, get your tickets at www.rockwell-la.com. Brought to you by Executive Producer Kate Pazakis.

Male Swing: Alec Cyganowski

Nigel: Tom DeTrinis

Miranda: Drew Droege

Miranda: John Flynn

Andy: Kelley Jakle

Christian: Sebastian La Cause

Christian: Matthew Merchant

Andy: Lana McKissack

Emily: Marla Mindelle

Nigel: Alex Mohajer

Lily/Jaquline/Giselle: Corbin Reid

Female Swing: Megan Reinking

LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

Join us next Friday at the annual

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PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

Real-life stories of ordinary people and their extraordinary things they accomplish or overcome. These five short films from LA and international filmmakers convey moving, contemplative, and even whimsical portraits of people and places that we willingly want to make time to know. Spend a day in the lives of a San Gabriel Valley noodle restaurant, an Asian American family battling Hepatitis B, five queer and trans Asian-Americans exploring their family relationships, a Korean American singer/songwriter as he returns to the States from living in South Korea, and a Southeast Asian Indian family in 1920s Chennai (formerly Madras), India.

Friday, April 22, 2016

6:30 p.m.

Downtown Independent

Purchase discounted tickets by entering the code, PLAY16.

PANTO CAMP COMES TO THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE

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PANTO CAMP COMES TO THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE

It’s the Summer Camp Experience that’s like NO OTHER!

Session 1: July 18-23, 2016

Session 2: July 25-30, 2016

PASADENA, CA (April 7, 2016) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) and Lythgoe Family Productions announce Panto At The Playhouse’s Panto Camp, the summer camp experience that’s like no other, is coming to The Pasadena Playhouse this July in two separate sessions, from July 18-23, and July 25-30, 2016.

A Panto is interactive fun for all ages. Based on the Grimm fairytales and others, each Panto story is modernized with topical scripts and well-known pop songs for kids. Panto Camp offers campers aged 8 to 13 the chance to learn the songs, rehearse the moves, polish the jokes, get into costume, and perform in a Panto of their very own. Panto Camp week is capped off by an exclusive Saturday matinee starring Panto Camp participants for family and friends, followed by a Premiere Party!

Panto at The Playhouse, now in its fifth year, has become a “must do” holiday tradition for Southern California residents and the camp counselors for Panto Camp are actors from past Panto at The Playhouse productions.

Joe Witt, General Manager of The Pasadena Playhouse says, “It’s going to be a blast. The kids will be learning acting from the same performers, songs from the same accompanist, and dance moves from the same choreographer they cheer and applaud when they come see our Panto at The Playhouse productions every December. I have kids of my own, and know first-hand how important it is to find them fun, challenging and engaging activities during the summer.

Panto Camp is an amazing way for kids to build confidence, make friends, and learn communication skills they’ll use the rest of their lives. ”

LFP producers Kris Lythgoe and Becky Baeling Lythgoe say, “Panto is growing fast in America and schooling the next generation in the art of song, dance and improvisation will continue its growth.”

Panto Camp will also include improv classes, singing classes, dancing classes, rehearsals, a private backstage tour of The Pasadena Playhouse, a headshot photo shoot, and even a walk down the Red Carpet for all of the Panto Campers before the Panto Camp Saturday show.

Panto Camp will be offered in two sessions. Session 1 will run from July 18-22, with a performance on the 23rd. Session 2 will run from July 25-29, with a performance on the 30th. Panto Camp is held Monday through Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm, with a performance on Saturday at 1:00pm. Panto camp is open to children aged 8-13, and space is extremely limited. Only 30 Campers per session!

Panto Camp has a special Early Bird rate of $390 (through May 2) and a $425 standard rate (after May 2). Special rates for Playhouse Subscribers and anyone who has purchased a ticket to a past Panto at the Playhouse production are also available.

To register for Panto Camp call: (626) 737-2867, email: PantoCamp@pasadenaplayhouse.org, or visit: www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org/pantocamp

POMONA COLLEGE SHOWING URINETOWN

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We are proud to support Pomona College’s upcoming production, Urinetown.

In a dystopian future, an unflinching water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious Urinetown. A brilliant satire, Urinetown is a wickedly funny, fast-paced and intelligent comedic romp that empowers the working class and satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility and municipal politics – issues that we continuously have to face in our global society today.

Catch the play from Thursday, April 7 – Sunday, April 10.

L.A. Times names CASA VALENTINA a Critics’ Choice!

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BUY TICKETS TO CASA VALENTINA NOW!