CAPTION: Jackie Speas dances the role of The Princess while Michael
Forscch is The Prince in “The Snow Queen” this weekend at The Lanterman
Theatre in La Canada Flintridge.
“The Snow Queen,” a ballet based on the story by Hans Christian
Andersen, has been redefined through a special partnership between a
local dance company and composer.
Burbank native Randy Tobin has written, produced and played all the
musical instruments on the recording for this production staged at 7
tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday at The Lanterman Theatre in La Canada
The second year this rendition of the ballet has been produced,
creators wanted to do something different with it this year. And it seems
to have evolved into quite a major theatrical work, Tobin says.
Those combining talents on the ballet are Erin Holt and her Dance Now
Academy of La Canada Flintridge, story adapter Marti Marhsall and Tobin.
The collaboration began in September 1998 with the premiere shows
slated for mid-December that same year. That left Tobin very little time
to create, arrange, orchestrate, perform, mix and master about 1 1/2
hours of music.
Amazingly the score, mostly orchestral with some specialyt instruemtns
and percussion, was delivered to Holt one compostion at a time over an
eight-week period. Tobin says he was so busy with the music, he didn’t
get to actually see the dances until three days before the opening
When “The Snow Queen” premiered last December with two performances a
tthe 700-seat Lanterman Theatre, Tobin wasn’t sure what to expect. But
perhaps the multiple standing ovations that occurred were a clue that the
show had captured the imagination of everyone attending.
Tobin promises the same wonderful show with some revisions by the team
to the choregraphy, costumes, staging, lighting and music.
The Lanterman Theatre is at 4490 Cornishon Ave., in La Canada
Flintridge. Tickets are available at the door and cost $12 adults, $8
for students and lapsitters are free. For information, call 790-7924.
Gay Men’s Chorus present ‘Joys of the Season’ concert
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will present “Joys of the Season”
today and Sunday at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.
The special guest performer is Broadway and television star Joanna
Gleason, who has won the Tony Award for Best Actress, and who is starring
in the Lifetime television series “Oh, Baby!”
Gleason will join the chorus at this concert, first for “The Christmas
Song,” in a production number with a humourous spin on the holidays in
Southern California, later for a version of “Our Favorite One” from the
musical “The Will Rogers Follies” with Rudolph and eight surprise guests,
and finally for “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with sign-language
interpreter Jon Maher.
This concert opens the 21st season for the chorus, and features a mix
of international carols and traditional holiday repertoire, including one
of the hallmarks of the chorus’ holiday concert, the audiene sing-along
in which audience and chorus join together to sing everyone’s favorites.
Jon Bailey is artistic director and Bill Bowersock is producer.
Show times are 8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday. The Alex is at 216 N.
Brand Blvd., Glendale. Tickets are from $15 to $35 and can be reserved by
calling Telecharge 24 hours a day at (800) 233-3123. For information
about the chorus, call (800) MEN-SING.
Classical holiday concert scheduled at Hall of Liberty
The New Valley Symphony Orchestra will present a classical holiday
concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.
The program will feature symphonies from Vivaldi and Mozart as well as
a Christmas carol sing-along and a Hanukkah celebration.
The orchestra includes Glendale and Burbank residents. Constantine
Yerdigarov, Nazareth Gevorkian and Karen Moore, all from Glendale, play
the violin. Burbank residents playing are Frank Morton on keyboard and
Bob Crosby on the oboe and Richard Dean on percussion.
Admission is free. For information, call 342-8400.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church has Christmas Cantata
The Clarion Choir and the Bells of Joy of Mount Olive Lutheran Church
will present their Christmas Cantata “Walk in the Light” at 5 p.m. Sunday
in the sanctuary.
This musical celebration features traditional, favorite carls as well
as new compositions.
The program begins will a medley of carols played as a piano-organ
duet, with Lynn Nickel at the organ and Emilie Heltsley at the piano.
Emilie, a student at Los Angeles Lutheran High School, is also a charter
member of the Bells of Joy, beginning when she was 8. The Clarion Choir
is directed by Ray Hardesty. The handbell choir is directed by Diane
Heltsley. The community is invited.
The church is at 3561 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta.
‘Texas Night Before Christmas’ featured book reading
Booker T. Frog’s Storytime Diner features “Texas Night Before
Christmas” by James Rice at 11 a.m. today at Barnes @ Nobel, 731 N. San
Fernando Blvd. Burbank.
Candlelight Tour planned by Glendale Historical Society
The Glendale Historical Society members will be hosting “A
Candlelight Tour” at the Victorian Doctors’ House Museum from 6:30 to 9
tonight in Brand Park in Glendale.
The house is festively decorated with greenery and antique ornaments.
Yuletide music will be sung by Michael Kouri. There will be a bake and
ornament sale. No reservations are needed.
Brand Park is at 1601 W. Mountain Ave., Glendale. Tours are free, but
a $1 donation is suggested. The museum is closed on Christmas Day. For
information, call 242-4290.
‘Twelfth Dog Night’ continues at Falcon Theatre
The Troubadour Theatre Company is producing “Twelfth Dog Night,” a
madcap combination of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and the rock ‘n’ roll
of the ‘70s pop band 3 Dog Night, at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank.
Songs such as “Joy to the World,” “One is the Loneliest Number,” and
“Just an Old Fashioned Love Song,” help tell the tale of Shakespeare’s
star-crossed lovers and their entourage of comic buffoons.
The Falcon stage will be filled with slapstick comedy appropriate for
the whole family. There will be actors on stilts, trampolines and
scaffolds, clowns, musicians who sing and dance and trip and flip their
way through this tale.
Tickets are $12. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2
p.m. Sunday. The production continues through Jan. 16. Special Christmas
week matinees begin Dec. 27 and run through Dec. 30 all at 2 p.m. The
Falcon Theater is at 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. There is free on-site
parking. For tickets, call 955-8101.
Las Vegas-style show at Beyond the Stars Palace
Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale is offering a unique dinner
theater production with music and dancing from around the world
Wednesdays through Sundays.
“Russian Extreme” features 26 famed Russian dancers in colorful
costumes in addition to daring circus acts, slapstick magicians, clowns
and audience participation.
Music in the show, spans the gamut from techno, jazz, Latin, ambient,
modern Jewish dance and even an African number with the “I Dream of
Jeannie” theme laced throughout. Another favorite number include a modern
dance version of “Back in the USSR.”
For dinner, there is an array of appetizers such as smoked fish and
meats, caviar, sushi, dolma, liver pate, vegetarian dishes and salads.
Entrees include baked salmon in a pastry shell, Saltimbocca, Chicken
Kiev, Beef Stroganoff and others. A variety of desserts is offered and a
full bar. After the show, dancing to a live band continues until 2 a.m.
Prices range from $48 to $75, which covers the food, show, dancing,
tax and tip. Valet parking is available.
For reservations, call 500-0151. Beyond the Stars Palace is at 417 1/2
N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Shows start at 8 p.m. Wedneday through
Saturday. On Sunday, doors open at 5 p.m. The palace is taking
reservations for New Year’s Eve.
HOLIDAY CONTINUING EVENTS
Descanso Gardens has holiday festivities for the family
Artists and local interior designers have transformed the former
residence of Manchester Boddy at Descanso Gardens into a holiday showcase
house featuring more than 60 paintings, holiday decorations, furnishings
and seasonal decor.
Designers have created the rooms and chosen the paintings to go with
their designs. All the paintings for this exhibit, a total of 86, have
been painted by 34 artist members of the Descanso Gardens Guild.
The Boddy House is open seven days a week. This exhibit continues
through Jan. 2.
Visitors to Descanso Gardens can also see the 35-acre camellia forest,
reportedly the largest in North America.
Admission to Descano is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, $1
for 5 to 12 and free for those under 5. For information, call 952-4401.
Glendale Centre Theatre staging ‘A Christmas Carol’
An uplifting, family version of “A Christmas Carol” is continuing
through Dec. 23 at Glendale Centre Theatre. The play runs Monday through
Saturday at 8 p.m. with 3 p.m. matinees on Saturdays. Tickets are $15.50
to $20. For reservations, call 244-8481. The theater is at 324 N. Orange