South Coast Repertory Theater Cast of The Wizard of Oz Looks Back at Production

The Wizard of Oz, one of golden age cinema’s most timeless classics, arrived at South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa from August 10 to 18. Fans had the chance to see one of their favorite musicals on stage in a production run by director Hisa Takakuwa. “I think this story and the score have a distinctively deep connection in all of us,” Takakuwa said. Originally a book written by …

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Fulfilling a Childhood Dream at the Happiest Place on Earth

The happiest place on Earth just celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic attractions — The Haunted Mansion. This Disneyland ride became notorious for its sinister art, creepy narration and spooky ghouls. And just in time for the anniversary, one of the voice actors from the ride revealed some fun facts about becoming one of Disneyland’s most notable characters. Kat Cressida — also known as “The Bride” …

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Lobsterfest at Newport Beach Was a Success

More than 600 people attended the 11th Annual Lobsterfest in Newport Beach Civic Center Park on August 11, where they enjoyed delicious meals and live music from Pinch Me! Band. There was also a $7,500 check presented to the Make-A-Wish foundation and more than 50 pounds of freshly made on-site lobster consumed. The freshly made meals came from different companies, including Anderson Seafood, who delivered the lobster. The produce was …

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is Frightfully Fun with Lots of Nostalgia

Remember the good ol’ days of being 10 years old and going to a friend’s sleepover and deciding to give all your buddies a good scare? The best way to do this was with the iconic horror series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. These stories had some of the most frightening tales filled with chills, thrills and jump scares. Now the stories have been brought to life in …

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EXCLUSIVE: Unstoppable Director Aaron Lieber Discusses Documentary and the Brave Journey of Bethany Hamilton

Unstoppable takes on the true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton, the girl who lost her arm in a shark attack at the age of 13. Her attack became a massive story in the media, but it was Hamilton’s motivation and courage to go back to surfing that became an even stronger story. Following her attack, Hamilton went on a number of interviews and toured the world giving speeches about how …

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Barclay Theatre’s 2019-20 Season Is Focused on Creating Community

Irvine Barclay Theatre is about to expand its horizons with more events than the venue has ever seen before. This consists of music, cabaret, dance, speakers, jazz and so much more. Beginning on July 12, the season will have the National Theatre Live screening of All About Eve starring actresses Gillian Anderson and Lily James. This will be followed by more events, including an evening of Broadway hits with Linda …

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Summer Theater Preview: High School Musical and Phantom of the Opera

It’s going to be a nostalgic summer in musical theater as audience favorites come to Irvine and Costa Mesa. Some of these shows include Phantom of the Opera (Segerstrom Center for the Arts) and High School Musical (Musical Theater Village), based on the iconic film starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.  Fans of High School Musical will have the experience to watch their favorite numbers such as “What I’ve Been …

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Irvine Barclay Theatre’s Diverse Range of Performances

The new season at the Irvine Barclay Theatre will have a diverse selection of performances that all residents of Orange County are bound to appreciate. Performances include the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, the Mozart Classical Orchestra and the National Geographic Live Speaker Series. Fans can also enjoy a performance by Boy Bandz, who will sing a number of popular hits by different boy bands including New Kids on …

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A Taste of Irvine During O.C. Restaurant Week

One of the biggest and most delicious events in Southern California has arrived. O.C. Restaurant Week will be held on March 3-9 with more than 100 popular restaurants serving a number of tasty treats. Participants have the opportunity to experience as many restaurants as they desire – enjoying discounted three-course meals with a beverage. Last year the event celebrated its 10-year anniversary, and it’s still expanding. Some notable restaurants that …

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