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Love birds reprise roles on stage where they fell in love 10

years ago

48 HOURS

If it wasn’t love, it was something like it when Charlotte Carpenter

and Bill Lewis met at auditions 10 years ago for Glendale Centre

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Theatre’s “The Music Man.”

They both got the leads then, and are reprising their roles in

Meredith Willson’s romantic musical about a fast-talking,

fly-by-night salesman who falls in love with River City’s no-nonsense

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librarian.

“I thought he was adorable at the call-back auditions, so I was

really hoping I’d be cast in the play,” Carpenter said.

Lewis, who is directing the play, also noticed Carpenter at the

call-back auditions.

“The first time I saw her, I was infatuated!” he said without

hesitation. “There were three actresses up for the role, but it was

blatant to me she was the right one.”

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Lewis was cast as Harold Hill after the first call back, and when

he saw Carpenter at the second call back, he thought they had

probably chosen her to play Marian Paroo.

“And when I got to my first cast meeting, there was Charlotte

sitting there,” Lewis said happily.

Carpenter fondly remembers their first kiss on stage during

rehearsal.

“He was very polite and asked if it was OK,” she said. “I thought

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it was the sweetest thing ever. That was his idea of theater

etiquette, you always check first. That was mighty impressive also.”

The were married six years ago in the backyard of their Burbank

home.

They agree their favorite scene together is when they meet at the

footbridge and sing “Till There Was You.”

“I looked forward to it then and I still do now,” Lewis said.

Reuniting the couple on stage is a natural for the family-owned

theater, said Tim Dietlein, who co-owns the theater with his wife,

Brenda.

“A husband and wife playing romantic leads fits in with our motto

-- Glendale Centre Theatre, California’s family theater,” Dietlein

said. “We want to have them on stage together because they have real

good chemistry.”

Dietlein said couples coming together at the theater is not

unusual.

“Over the last 20 years, about a dozen couples have met at the

theater and have gotten married,” he said. “That’s how I met my wife

Brenda.”

“The Music Man” continues through July 12. Tickets range from $14

to $17. For reservations, call 244-8481. Glendale Centre Theatre is

at 324 N. Orange St., Glendale.

SPECIAL EVENTS

COLLEGE DANCERS PERFORM FREE SHOW

Dance Performance 2003, a free event, will be presented at 8

tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Glendale Community College Dance

Theatre.

The show, which has run for more than 30 years, offers many dance

styles, including jazz and ballet. Professor Lynn McMurrey is the

director. Students perform and choreograph the dances as part of

their course work. Faculty also create choreography.

One number, titled “Passages/Entanglements/ Ciphers,” is

choreographed by the spring artist-in-residence Celia Carey Weiss.

She has an master’s degree in dance from UCLA. Weiss has studied with

Marcel Nyam of the National Ballet of Cameroon and with Florencia

Pierre and Troupe JAKA in Haiti. She has performed in Los Angeles

with the Shirley Martin Dancers and Troupe Ayizan among others.

Children younger than 5 will not be admitted. Early arrival is

advised as seating is limited. The Dance Theatre is in the Sierra

Nevada Gym.

COLLEGE VOCALISTS IN SPRING CONCERT

Glendale Community College Choir and Vocal Ensemble will give a

concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in the college auditorium.

The College Choir will present music dating from the Renaissance

period through contemporary African American works.

The new GCC Vocal Ensemble will present some well-known vocal jazz

tunes, with a jazz combo backing them up. This ensemble has given

many performances around the community this year, and won top honors

at a statewide jazz festival in San Luis Obispo in March.

Peter Green is director of both groups. He also teaches piano,

keyboard harmony, music fundamentals and is an applied music

instructor.

Admission is $5, $3 for students and seniors.

ON STAGE

GROVE THEATRE CENTER UNVEILS ‘OTHELLO’

“Othello” continues this weekend at the Grove Theatre Center in

Burbank.

Othello follows the story of the title character, a very

successful Moorish soldier living in the very white society of

Venice. He secretly marries Desdemona, the white daughter of a

prominent Venetian, whose father immediately complains to the Duke.

But the strong love enjoyed between Desdemona and Othello carries

them through and on to Cyprus, where Othello is dispatched to repel

an invasion by the Turks. Tragedy ensues as Othello’s ensign, Iago,

craftily plays upon the trusting nature of Othello and slowly

convinces him of Desdemona’s infidelity.

Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays

through June 7. There is no performance on Sunday. Tickets are $17.50

for Fridays and Sundays and $19.50 for Saturdays. There is a $5

discount for Burbank residents.

GTC Burbank (formerly the Burbank Little Theater) is at 1111-b W.

Olive Ave., in Burbank. For reservations, call 238-9998. The box

office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and prior to

all performances. Tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day via

the Internet at www.gtc.org.

FALCON THEATRE PRESENTS ‘3 LITTLE PIGS’

The Falcon Theatre is producing “3 Little Pigs,” written by Carole

Unter and directed by Joseph Leo Bwarie, through June 22.

Embarking on a fun-filled adventure in storytelling and

architecture, the “3 Little Pigs” playfully rewrite their own classic

tale as they learn about the power of the imagination and the

importance of friendship.

Show times are 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. Tickets

are $10. The Falcon Theatre is at 4252 Riverside Drive, in Burbank.

For information and reservations call 955-8101.

BURBANK RESIDENT DIRECTING NEW PLAY

Jhennifer Webberley, a Burbank resident, is directing and

producing an original play, “Sebastian and the Tattooed Love

Librarian,” at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood.

Webberley, who recently graduated with a master’s in fine arts

from USC film school, has found her way back to theater with this

contemporary comedy about relationships.

The play by Debra Neff Nathans is a story that examines the

relationships between gay men and the women who adore them. Dora, a

self-proclaimed “fag hag,” struggles to combine her flamboyant fruit

fly lifestyle with her new found secret straight love.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 7 p.m.

Sundays through June 8. Tickets are $20 with discounts for groups,

students and seniors. For reservations, call 845-5148. The theater is

at 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood.

BURBANK ACTOR STARS IN ‘MEET ME AT THE OAK’

Burbank actor Phil Hawn is starring in the play, “Meet Me at the

Oak,” at the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre in North Hollywood.

This is the inaugural production of The Los Angeles African

American Repertory Company, written and directed by award-winning

playwright, Layon Gray. Hawn plays Frank Beaudoin, the father of a

Caucasian family that moves into an all African American Louisiana

neighborhood in 1955. When his little girl falls from an old oak tree

in a neighbor’s yard, the local law, on Frank’s behalf, informs the

African-American family that the tree must be chopped down. They

refuse due to the history of the tree -- many of their ancestors were

hung from it.

Hawn, who appeared in the feature film “Supreme Sanction” and the

Internet short “Spoof! An Insider’s Guide to Short Film Success,”

recently completed three festival award-winning short films and TV

commercials.

Show times are 8 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays. The play runs

indefinitely. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling

761-0704. The theater is at 11006 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood.

ART EXHIBITS

SETSU DISPLAYS ‘PORTRAITS AND PANORAMAS’

The Art of Japanese-American artist Setsu is featured at The

Forest Lawn Museum in Forest Lawn, Glendale through Aug. 3.

The exhibit represents the journey one has on the path of life as

well as experiences that touch the lives of Los Angelenos each in a

unique and personal way. Setsu specializes in portraits capturing the

story her subjects have to tell and reflecting on her experiences as

a Japanese American citizen. All of her paintings bring together the

influence she has felt, from her background to the painting styles of

Van Gogh and Renoir.

The exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Aug. 3.

Forest Lawn Museum is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, 1712 S.

Glendale Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call (800)

204-3131, ext. 4545.

SAGHATELIAN EXHIBIT EXTENDED AT HARVEST GALLERY

The exhibit of works by Armenian artist Samuel Saghatelian has

been extended through June 15 at the Harvest Gallery in Glendale.

One of the most prominent artists of The Armenian Center for

Contemporary Experimental Art in Yerevan, Saghatelian has had group

and solo exhibitions in Russia, Europe and South America. He was one

of the artists whose work was shown in the Armenian Pavilion in the

2001 Venice Biennale in Italy, and his works are part of the

permanent collection of the Yerevan Museum of Contemporary Art.

Working with oils on canvas and paper, Saghatelian presents

colorful, dramatic and startling insights into human nature,

relationships and existence itself.

Harvest Gallery is at 938 N. Brand Blvd. Hours are from 11 a.m. to

7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, call 546-1000.

ART ASSOCIATION HAS SPRING SHOW

The Burbank Art Assn. is sponsoring its annual Spring Show at the

Burbank Central Library.

The winners are: Best of Show, Honors Division, Tony Provenzano

for the entry, “India Woman;" Best of Show, Open Division, Veli Bill

Saame for the piece “Land of Midnight Sun;" first place, Honors

Division, Tony Provenzano; first place in landscape, Open Division,

Dortha Enquist; first place, Still Life, Floral and Life, Adele Styk;

and Special Category, first place, Joan Hutton.

In addition, the association presented monetary awards to local

students for their entries. Winners are Carolina Bubler, first place,

John Burroughs; June Jewel, second place, Burroughs; Wong Jong Lee,

third place, Burbank High School; and honorable mentions, Susan

Estrada, Burroughs; Gina Bang, Burbank High and Aikui Kalonyan,

Burbank High.

The show runs through Thursday in the second floor auditorium of

the Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. The

auditorium is open to the public during library hours except when in

use.

PAINTINGS ON EXHIBIT AT WAX POETIC SALON

Under the title, “Maladies and Other Disappointments,” Chad Bell

is showing his most recent collection of oil paintings at Wax Poetic

Salon in Burbank.

The self-taught draftsman and sculptor, Bell was inspired by the

loose paint strokes of Lucian Freud’s later pieces and turned to

painting. He is also influenced by the works of Egon Schiele, Chuck

Close, and the dark sensibilities attributed to the folk of the

upper-Midwest.

The exhibit runs through June 30. Wax Poetic Salon, specializing

in skin care, waxing and massage, is also a boutique and art gallery.

It is at 3208 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank.

ARTISTS SHOW AT DESCANSO GARDENS

Six regional artists, known for depicting nature in a variety of

styles and media, are exhibiting their works until Thursday at

Descanso Gardens’ Boddy House Gallery.

Louise Forbes will bring her creatures of the woods -- painted in

oil on wood panels --back to the Boddy House Gallery. Her animals,

exotic flowers and birds “emerge” with the grain of the wood.

Margot Lennartz, who organizes the exhibits at the Boddy House,

will exhibit a collection of plein-air paintings titled “From the

Desert to the Sea.” Her oil paintings are created on location

throughout the Southland and are inspired by the California

Impressionists.

Sallie O’Neill will return for the ninth year with a collection of

earthy sculptures and reflect spiritual and emotional interactions

among people.

Barbara Rog offers practical pottery that integrates form,

function and beauty, recognizable by colorful glazes that have become

her trademark.

Nancy Shiershke, who has exhibited at Descanso since 1995, brings

her “California Light” collection, vibrant, impressionistic

watercolors of California scenes.

Carol Sils adds another dimension to this month’s rich array of

ceramics with high-fire porcelain reminiscent of pottery of the

Chinese Song Dynasty of 960-1278 AD. Her work includes functional and

sculptural pieces and includes a new original “Women Series.”

The Boddy House Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and

accessible by foot path or, in the afternoons, by tram. Admission is

free with admission to the Gardens.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The exhibit continues

through June 5.

Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Parking is free. Admission fees

are $5; $3 for seniors and students; $1 for children 5 to 12, and

free for members and children 5 and younger. For more information,

call 949-4200.

ARMENIAN ARTISTS SHOW AT FOREST LAWN MUSEUM

“From Ararat to America,” an unprecedented collection of art by

contemporary Armenian artists, is featured in a exhibit at Forest

Lawn Museum in Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Glendale.

Artists in the exhibit are Martiros Adalian, Raffi Adalyan,

Vladimir Atanian, Vahe Berberian, Vahe Fattal, Charles Garabedian,

Gaspar Gharibyan, Kaloust Guedel (Guedelekian), Vachag (Vachik

Der-Sarkisian), Samvel Harbardzumyan, Narine Isajanyan, Emil Kazaz,

Alina Mnatsakanian, Alexander Sadoyan, Sev (Henrik Khachatryan),

Zadik Zadikian, Zareh, and Suren Karapetian.

The exhibit continues through July 13. Forest Lawn is at 1712 S.

Glendale Ave. For more information, call (323) 340-4561.

A LITTLE JAZZ WITH DINNER

RESTAURANT OFFERS MUSIC FROM ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s

The Oceanview Bar and Grill offers live entertainment six nights a

week for diners.

Entertainers perform a combination of piano and jazz guitar

pieces, and some accompany with vocals. Musical selections include a

mix of music from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s to opera to Celine Dion.

Some entertainers also perform their original pieces and invite

diners to sing along with them.

Jennifer Russell and Michael Gayle sing jazz while playing piano

and guitar from 7 to 10 tonight. Singing behind the piano the rest of

the week are Bill Howe on Monday; Travis Warren, Tuesday; Mary Ekler,

Wednesday; Alexandra Caselli, Thursday; and Bob Fetherolf, Friday.

The Oceanview Bar and Grill is at 3826 Ocean View Blvd. For more

information, call 248-2722.

RUSTY PELICAN COOKS WITH LIVE MUSIC

Glendale’s Rusty Pelican, 300 Harvey Drive in Glendale, serves

dinner and Sunday brunch, but really cooks with its live singing and

music.

There’s karaoke from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays, live jazz from

7:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and live blues from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Saturdays. For information or to make reservations, call 242-9191.

MUSEUMS

BURBANK HISTORICAL SOCIETY OFFERS EXHIBITS OF BURBANK

The Burbank Historical Society’s Gordon R. Howard Museum Complex

features exhibits of early Burbank. There are extensive collections

of vintage vehicles, costumes, dolls, cameras and special sections on

the history of Lockheed, Disney and Warner Bros. studios.

Hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The complex is at

1015 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. Parking is available at George Izay Park

lot off Clark Avenue.

For more information, call 841-6333.

BURBANK MUSEUM DEDICATED TO AVIATION

Burbank Aviation Museum is dedicated to the memory of the men and

women who made aviation history in the San Fernando Valley.

Located at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Cemetery, artifacts are

displayed in the Portal of the Folded Wings-Shrine to Aviation, an

ornate domed building that is listed on the National Register of

Historic Places. Visitors can enter on Valhalla Boulevard behind

Fry’s Electronics, off Hollywood Way or use the main entrance at

10621 Victory Blvd.

The Portal building is accessible from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for

viewing the cenotaphs and burial stones.

The aviation displays can be viewed from noon to 4 p.m. on

Sundays. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more

information, call 845-3300.

THE DOCTORS’ HOUSE FEATURES GLENDALE HISTORY

The Doctors’ House, tucked inside Brand Park in Glendale, is a

Victorian home in Queen Anne Eastlake-style open to the public from 2

to 4 p.m. Sundays. Built in the 1880s by real-estate entrepreneur

E.T. Byram, the house has been restored. Brand Park is at 1601 W.

Mountain St., Glendale.

BOLTON HALL FEATURES EARLY SUNLAND, TUJUNGA

Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga, run by the Little Landers

Historical Society, features historical displays relating to the

Sunland and Tujunga areas. It is open to the public at 1 p.m.

Tuesdays and Sundays. Admission is free. The museum is at 10110

Commerce Ave., Tujunga.

For information, call 352-3420.

KARAOKE

SWING DANCING, KARAOKE COMBINE AT THE MIX

The Mix, at 2612 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose, offers Top 40 music

played by a disc jockey on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. On

Wednesday, there is swing-dancing instruction from 8 to 9 p.m.

followed by swing dancing from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Karaoke is offered

at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. There are also 12 pool tables and a pool

league, dart boards and a darts league, and the occasional live music

band. Cover is $3 on the weekend, $2 on Tuesdays and $5 on

Wednesdays. Call 248-3040.

DANCING

GO TO GIGGLES FOR SALSA, LATIN HOUSE

Giggles night club, 215 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale, is offering a

mixture of dancing and salsa lessons Fridays.

Salsa and merengue dancing are offered on the lower level Friday

and Saturday. On the main floor, Spanish rock and pop are played

Friday, while Latin house, trance and Top 40 are offered Saturday.

There is a strict dress code. The club is open 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Friday and Saturday. Admission is $12 both nights. Call 500-7800.

ATTRACTIONS

SKATING IS COOL FUN AT PICKWICK ARENA

Pickwick Ice Skating Arena, 1001 Riverside Drive in Burbank, has

public skating, figure skating and ice-hockey lessons. It is also

available for private parties. Public sessions are from 2:30 to 4:30

p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 8 to 10 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 8:15 to 9:45 p.m. Wednesdays.

Admission is $6, $5 for 17 and younger, and $3 extra for skate

rentals. Call 846-0035.

EQUESTRIAN CENTER GREAT FOR HORSING AROUND

The Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive in Burbank,

has horse events throughout the year but also rents out the animals

from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Horse rentals are $20 for one hour, $30

for 1 1/2 hours, and $35 for two hours, all with a $15 deposit, cash only. Private hourlong lessons are $35.

Private parties can take night rides or, for the summer only,

sunset barbecue rides. The sunset rides are also open to the public.

To horse around, call 840-8401, or for general information about the

center, call 840-9063.

TALK TO THE ANIMALS AT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO

The L.A. Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is

$8.25, $5.25 for seniors 65 and older, $3.25 for kids 2 to 12 and

free for kids younger than 2. Parking is free and strollers and

wheelchairs are available to rent. The zoo is at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los

Angeles. Call (323) 644-6400. It is closed on Christmas Day.

CONCERT

PASADENA POPS UNVEILS SUMMER SEASON AT DESCANSO

The programs have been announced for the Pasadena Pops Orchestra’s

summer season performed at Descanso Gardens.

A “Red, White and Blue” salute featuring the music of the Andrew

Sisters is June 27 and 28. Then it’s a night of music “Fit for a

King,” with highlights from “The King and I” and Elvis July 18 and 19

followed by a dance theme on Aug. 15 and 16. “Beyond the Stars” is

the topic Sept. 5 and 6 and Cherish the Ladies, a non-subscription

event, is Aug. 2. Rachael Worby is music director and conductor.

For tickets, call (626) 792-7677.

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