Students get experience with showcase


Ida Fischer wants to give students of theater a place to showcase

their talents -- and get paid for it. That’s the purpose of the first

Dinner and a Show produced by her Burbank company Klok-Werk


Productions Inc.

Volunteers are helping the Burbank resident organize the event,

which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post 150 in



Guests will enjoy dinner prepared by Chef Alfred Cisneros before

sitting back to enjoy a variety show by students from Glendale

Community College.

It’s the first of many shows the former Hollywood talent agent

hopes to produce.

Funds raised will go to pay students to perform in future shows

and scholarships so they can continue their theater education, she



Tickets are $17.50 in advance and $20 at the door. For more

information, call 559-2238.


Three companies have merged their expertise on a theater

experience for the whole family titled “When Tigers Smoked Long

Pipes,” opening at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Victory Theatre Center in


The collaboration is between The Victory Theatre, The Lodestone


Theatre Ensemble and The Orphans Theater Company.

Angela Kang of Orphans Theater Company, wrote the play, which is

receiving its world premiere at The Victory. It is directed by

Lodestone actor-director-technical expert Robert Shinso.

It is a magical journey combining elements of narrative style,

movement and music, bringing to life Korean folk tale figures such as

the cunning Tiger, the strong single Mother, the patriarchal God, the

hapless young Woodcutter and the brave and devoted Maiden.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m.

Sundays through July 20. The Victory Theatre Center is at 3326 W.

Victory Blvd., Burbank. Tickets are $15, $13 for students, and can be

reserved by calling 841-5421.


Under the direction of Anahid Aramouni Keshishian, a group of

students have formed the Arena Theater Company to present previously

censored, oppressed and unexplored works.

The first production, “Props,” by contemporary Armenian writer

Aghasi Ayvazyan, opens Friday at MGN Paradise Studios, 1631 Maria

St., Burbank.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. and additional performances are Sunday and

June 20, 22, 27 and 29.

The play deals with the ongoing search for meaning and acceptance

-- lucidly abandoning four figures on stage, forcing them to create

and live among newly established borders of thought. Through absurd,

yet earnest verbal explorations, the characters inspire an aura of

intensity as they search for their place in their infinite


Ayvazyan will be in Los Angeles from Armenia to take part in

question-and-answer sessions following the first three performances.

Tickets are $20, and $15 for students with identification. Tickets

are available at Abril Bookstore at 243-4112, Sardarabad bookstore at

500-0790, IBEN Printing at 246-5553, or by calling 517-9896 or



“Hotel Spotlight,” a one-act play/showcase performed by the

professional actors of the June Chandler Actors Workshop, opens at 8

p.m. June 18 at the Little Victory Theatre, 3326 W. Victory Blvd.,


It will consist of 10 all-original scenes (comedy and drama)

written by two female members of the workshop, and interwoven over a

common hotel-room setting.

Performances continue at 8 p.m. June 19, 21, 25 and July 2.

Tickets are a $5 donation at the door. Reservations are required 48

hours in advance by calling (626) 355-4572.

Chandler has taught acting classes at Glendale Community College

for more than 11 years. One of the writers, Mara Williams, lives in

La Crescenta.


“Water/Works,” the annual juried exhibition of 80 paintings by

members of the Valley Watercolor Society, will be displayed through

June 26 at the Creative Arts Center in Burbank.

The Valley Watercolor Society has 280 members, most who live in

the San Fernando Valley or nearby communities. It began informally in

1977. The purpose of the society is to promote interest, knowledge

and appreciation of water media through meetings, exhibits, workshops

and other activities.

The top five winners are Mary K. Wilson of North Hollywood, who

received Best of Show; Heather Mackay Butler of Beverly Hills, second

place; Pong Apinyavat, Simi Valley, third place; Angela Hernandez,

Pasadena, fourth place; and Jean Sadler, Valley Village, fifth place.

The juror was Don Trout, who, among other activities, teaches

drawing, watercolor and mixed-media techniques for Glendale parks


Gallery hours for the free exhibit are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday

through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. The gallery is closed

Saturday and Sunday. The arts center is at 1100 W. Clark, Ave.,

Burbank. For more information, call 238-5397.


Supporters of the Colony Theatre Company will be interested in

attending a benefit performance of “Tall Tales,” starring French

Stewart, Stephanie Zimbalist, James Avery, Norman Lloyd, and other

stars, at 8 p.m. June 23 at the Burbank Center Stage.

Short stories will not just be read, but performed by the stars.

Tickets range from $50 to $100 and include a post-performance

reception with the stars. Tickets are available by calling the Colony

Theatre Box Office at 558-7000. Burbank Center Stage is at 555 N.

Third St., Burbank.

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