Entertainment briefs

College jazz band plays at swing dance

GLENDALE -- The Glendale College Jazz Band will perform at a big band

swing dance at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N.

Verdugo Road.

Raymond Burkhart is director of the band. Admission is $5. For

information, call the GCC music department at 240-1000, ext. 5621.

Burkhart also teaches several classes at GCC and is a trumpeter,

conductor and composer. He has toured as a trumpet soloist with Yanni and

has performed with Mannheim Steamroller, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra,

Melissa Manchester, Peabo Bryson, Lionel Hampton, Joel Grey, Cleo Laine

and more. The Pasadena resident has also received three prestigious

ASCAP Special Awards for his compositions.

Community can try out for talent contest

MONTROSE -- The Montrose Village Theatre will have its first Community

Talent Contest over three evenings to showcase local children, teens,

adults and seniors.

Cash awards will be given to the top three contestants with judging

conducted by an independent professional panel.

Preliminaries are from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 16, and Friday,

March 17, with finals from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

Actor, musician and director Archie Francis is producing the amateur

contest. To register or receive more information, call 248-3987 or e-mail


The contest is being hosted by the Montrose Church of the Nazarene,

2409 Florencita Ave., Montrose. A donation of $5 is welcome as an

admission fee with proceeds going to benefit the Bolivia Mission Project.

Residents direct 'Enchanted Sleeping Beauty'

HOLLYWOOD -- Two Burbank residents are working on the Nine O'Clock

Players production "Enchanted Sleeping Beauty" at the Assistance League

Playhouse, 1367 N. St. Andrews Place, Hollywood.

Providing leadership for the production are Nick DeGruccio, director

and Tom Ameen, music director.

The public performances are 2 p.m. Sunday and March 19 and 26; 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 2; and 2 p.m. March 25 and April 1.

Tickets are $8. Advanced reservations are advised and can be made by

calling the box office at (323) 469-1970.

Nine O'Clock Players, an auxiliary of the charitable organization

Assistance League of Southern California, support and manage the Theatre

for Children, as well as produce and act in each play.

Glendale resident performs in comedy

NORTH HOLLYWOOD -- Melissa Malone of Glendale is performing in a

revived production of Jules Tasca's "The Mind With The Dirty Man," at The

Raven Playhouse, 5233 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.

The comedy is set in 1973. Wayne and Alma Stone have problems. He is a

workaholic with an ulcer and Alma wants him to retire so they can travel.

Their son, Clayton, has become a pornographic movie mogul in Hollywood.

Thus sets the stage for the play directed by Larry Davison.

Performances begin March 31 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at

7 p.m. Sundays, April 9 and 16, through April 22. Tickets are $15. For

reservations, call (626) 794-0834.

'David's Mother' running at The Colony

SILVER LAKE -- The Colony Studio Theatre is producing the comedy

"David's Mother" through April 15 at its Silver Lake playhouse before it

moves to its new Burbank home in April.

Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays; and 7

p.m. Sundays. All seats are $10 and reservations can be made by calling

(323) 665-3011. The Colony is at 1944 Riverside Drive in Los Angeles.

"David's Mother" is the story of the mother of a developmentally

disabled boy who uses her wickedly funny tongue to hold at bay a world

that has the legal right -- and intention -- to take him away from her.

It is a straightforward look at mental retardation while mixing humor

with painful reality. Tom Knickerbocker and Michael David Wadler


The play was written by Bob Randall, who also wrote "6Rms Riv Vu, and

the screenplay for "Zorro: The Gay Blade." He died of AIDS in 1995.

Music Theatre announces 17th season

GLENDALE -- "Evita" will open the 17th season of The Music Theatre of

Southern California. The regional professional company performs each

musical 12 times at the Civic Auditorium in San Gabriel and moves to The

Alex Theatre in Glendale for five more shows.

All of Music Theatre's musicals feature seasoned actors with

professional orchestra and choreography.

The season opens with "Evita" Sept. 15 to Oct. 8 followed by Cole

Porter's "Anything Goes" Feb. 2 to 25. "Annie" rund May 4 to 27 and

"Cowgirls" will be July 6 to 29.

"Evita" is the story of Eva Peron, wife to Argentine dictator Juan

Peron. The musical score is by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

"Anything Goes," features everything an American musical comedy should

be -- a festival of memorable lyrics, smart dialog and campy humor.

"Annie" is family entertainment with an upbeat ending and bright score

and characters like Sandy the Mutt, Daddy Warbucks and the little orphan


"Cowgirls," set in rural Kansas, wraps up the season with a mix of

confusion, comedy and music.

Co-founders M. Roger Lockie and Bill Shaw plan to team once more with

their award-winning choreographer Rikki Lugo for the season.

Only season tickets are available at substantial savings. For a season

brochure and information, call (626) 308-2868.

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