The Valley Line: Kudos to St. Francis High's 'Titanic – The Musical'

This past weekend we had a preview of summer with high 80-degree weather. Surprise, I loved it!

On Saturday night I went to see St. Francis High School's production of "Titanic – The Musical," story and book by Peter Stone with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. This was a joint theatrical effort by St. Francis students and young women from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

Directing the production was Emmanuel "Manny" Eulalia, who heads up the performing arts department at St. Francis. Associate director was Kevin Rutkowski, Vincent Richards oversaw production design, the scenic artist was Jeni Reiz, Mary Ekler was music director and serving as choreographer was Mimi Rosales.

Principal roles were played by Taylor Hancock, Andrew Parker, Gabriel Najera, AJ Absy, Aaron Baker, Matthew Ursitti, Brady DeMattei, Gabrielle Current, Allie Pilmer and Julia Byrne.

Other cast members included Casey McCreary, Luis Ho, Zade Dardari, Isaak Momsen, Raphael Gonzalez, Liam Molina, Frederick Ballian, Harrison Duffy, William Hurtado, Matthew Gonzalez, Sofia Gonzalez, Brikk Bralley, Jennifer Miranti, Michael Brian, Daniel Stratz, Kaitlyn Glynn, Camryn Christiensen, Patrick Gibbons, Johan Appels, Carolyn Grimes, Noelle Rosales, Clyde Johnson, Dylan Hankis, Samuel Holtz, Josh Olona, Nicholas Cesario, Sebastian Duzian, Priscilla Moreno, Alison O'Neil, Matthew Arnall and Edward Ballian.

Everything about this production was first rate — sets, costumes, lighting, scenes and a fabulous orchestra. It was so well done and with such amazing young talent that I didn't want it to end.

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It was an upbeat gathering recently when supporters of the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. gathered for their annual Happy Hour at the La Cañada Flintridge home of City Councilman Dave Spence. On hand to greet the lively crowd was Bill Pounders, new president of the Tournament.

Guests came laden with their offerings of hors d'oeuvres that are always fabulous. Some of the delectable included bacon-wrapped dates, shrimp cocktail, quiche, pastries and other goodies.

Of course there was much chatter about our float, "To the Rescue," that will make its way down Colorado Boulevard on New Year's Day. It was a great evening of community doings and friendship bonds.

Coming up on April 26 is the association's annual Bingo Night, which will be held at the La Cañada Thursday Clubhouse. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. and Los Gringos Locos will provide the grub. Tickets are $50 per person.

Some of the happy people attending the recent Happy Hour event were Sherrill Carbonetti, Andy Spence, Joey Mitchell, Pat and Otis Hutchins, Nancy Thurston, Betty Jones, David Granish, Julia Cameron, Anthony Portantino, Liz and Bob Craven, Caroline Craven, Jim and Adene Misamore, Sarah and Mayfield Marshall, Eileen St. Amand, Dave Moffett, Lorie MacKenzie, Carl and Irene Christensen, Diane and John Landrum, Pam Wiedenbeck, Pam and Bud Carney, Chuck Terhune, Helen and Bob Zieman, Malak Peterman, Doris Horwith, Mary and Daryal Gant.

More were Bob Wallace, Gloria and Terry Beyer, Stuart and Gloria Lee, Fraser and Dee Draper, Patti and Ross Newton, Gloria Winkley, Dena Hardin, Vera and Garth Gragg, Charlotte Layland, Nancy Wyman, Jennifer and Fritz Allison, Lee Johnson, Larry Oliver, Pat Anderson, Brenda Gant, Jeff Hughes, Jenny Pass, Doris Coates, Becky and Chuck Gelhaar, Leticia Gonzales, Peggy Hotaling, Mark Alexander and Sue Beatty.

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JANE NAPIER NEELY covers the La Cañada social scene. Email her at jnvalleysun@yahoo.com with news of your special event.

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