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Spoofing holiday favorites for laughs

JOYCE RUDOLPH

Preview performances, at discount prices, begin tonight for the

Troubadour Theater Company’s world premiere of “It’s a Stevie

Wonderful Life,” opening Saturday at the Falcon Theatre.

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Troubadour’s previous hits include “Romeo Hall & Juliet Oates” and

last year’s holiday hit at the Falcon, “A Christmas Carol King.” This

time, the company spoofs the perennial American classic film, “It’s a

Wonderful Life,” by adding the musical styling of legendary

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singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder.

L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award-winning and Ovation

Award-nominated director Matt Walker has assembled a cast of actors,

musicians and circus folk for this fast-paced and family-friendly

musical excursion.

Shows are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays

through Dec. 28. There are no performances on Christmas Eve or

Christmas. Tickets range from $25 to $37.50. The Falcon Theatre is at

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4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank. For reservations, call 955-8101.

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The annual Holiday Boutique opens this weekend from 11 a.m. to 7

p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Creative Arts

Center.

Items offered are pottery, watercolor paintings, photographs,

porcelain and cloth dolls, jewelry and clothing, said Barbara Rog,

recreation program specialist.

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“All artwork is original and made by students enrolled in classes

at the arts center, staff and members of the Fine Arts Federation,”

she said.

The sale continues through Dec. 18. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The center is at

1100 W. Clark Ave. For more information, call 238-5397.

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The Colony Theatre Company, which won its second consecutive

Ovation Award for Best Play last week, has acquired yet another

honor.

It was also named one of the top 25 theater companies in the

United States two years in a row by Encyclopedia Britannica, Barbara

Beckley, producing director said.

“Coming to Burbank has been a perfect marriage for us,” she said.

“Support from elected city officials, city staff and residents has

given us the confidence to grow. And awards like these are the happy

result.”

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The Burbank Art Assn. has opened a Holiday Gallery showcasing

works of its award-winning members at the Media City Center. The

original framed paintings that are offered for sale are in

watercolor, oil and acrylic and vary in size.

Hours are from 1 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to

6 p.m. Sundays until after Christmas. The gallery is on the first

floor between Macy’s and the carousel.

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Burbank High School choir members will provide the holiday-themed

entertainment at the Burbank High Vocal Music Assn.'s Pancake

Breakfast fund-raiser from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Church of

Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recreation hall, 136 N. Sunset

Canyon Drive.

Pancakes, sausage, fruit and juice are on the menu. Santa Claus

will be available for photographs and his elves will be helping hand

out door prizes and face-painting.

Advance tickets are $7, and $5 for children 10 and younger, and

can be purchased by calling 558-4700, ext. 1227, or 954-8484. Tickets

at the door are $1 more.

Proceeds help cover choir costs for equipment purchases,

accompanist fees, financial aid for students, music clinics and other

production and travel expenses associated with local and national

show choir competitions.

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Providence High School has postponed its fund-raising production

of “Late Nite Catechism” on Dec. 13 because of other commitments the

school has taken on. Details will be published in this column when

the new date is announced.

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A musical extravaganza for all ages is planned for the Glendale

Symphony Orchestra’s “Christmas Celebration” Friday evening at The

Alex Theatre.

“It’s the largest event ever staged by the Glendale Symphony in

its 79-year history,” said Music Director/Conductor Norman Henry

Mamey.

For the older generation, the orchestra will play holiday carols

they’ve heard since they were young and classical pieces that were

written before they were born, he said. Youngsters will be able to

appreciate the talents of a 10-year-old pianist featured in the show.

Everyone will enjoy the familiar tunes from “The Nutcracker.”

Mamey has invited pianist Roger Williams and singer Roslyn Kind as

well as several gifted young musicians, including 18-year-old soprano

Lily Gevorkian, singing Mozart’s “Alleluia"; 15-year-old cellist Leah

Metzler, performing Aram Khachaturian’s “Elegy"; and 10-year-old

pianist Sophia Keshishian, who will play the first movement of Dmitri

Kabalevsky’s Piano Concerto.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $125. For

reservations, call The Alex Theatre at 243-2539. The theater is at

216 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale.

* JOYCE RUDOLPH’s column appears Wednesdays. For events happening

this weekend, read her 48 Hours column Saturdays. Reach her at

637-3241.


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