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A Magical Experience at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Before my mother and I moved to California we lived in London.  Summers in London consisted of concert series in the park.  My uncles and aunts would pack picnics and we would head to Hampstead to listen to the orchestra play.  I would love playing about listening to the music as the sun set and watching the stars appear.  It was quite lovely and the memory is something that lives deep instead me.  When we moved here in the early 80s it was a bit of a culture shock.  Gone were the days of theater and concert in the park with my family which caused a void in my soul.  It wasn’t until 1986 that a spark of joy was lit again.  I was in 6th grade and Segerstrom Center for...

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Laguna Playhouse Presents Sleeping Beauty

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight is coming to the Laguna Playhouse from December 7th through December 30th. Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy, and this production is one of their best yet. Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight is based on the European fairytale where a Princess called Aurora has a curse put on her by an evil fairy Carabosse. By her 18th birthday, Aurora will prick her finger on a spindle and fall asleep for 100 years. The Royal family live under the protection from Silly Billy and Nanny Tickle but Aurora does prick her finger and falls asleep for 100 years. A handsome Prince saves the day by defeating the wicked fairy and giving Aurora a true love kiss. The production previews on Wednesday, December 7th & Thursday, December...

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 15 comments

  The “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will be live on stage with the critically acclaimed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (www.rudolphthemusical.com) at Dolby Theatre on December 23rd and 24th for 4 performances. Following two successful years of touring North America, the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster will help Santa save Christmas during three North American tours visiting more than 50 cities this holiday season. The national tour — a “holiday staple” (The Boston Globe) and an “utterly charming, top-notch production” (Orlando Sentinel) – kicks off November 14. Tickets range from $38-$104 and can be purchased at the Dolby Theatre Box Office, through all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling (800)...

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Odysseo by Cavalia Returns to Orange County

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 Affiliate If you missed seeing Odysseo by Cavalia the last time it was in Orange County, you know have your chance. Odysseo by Cavalia returns to Orange County for the 2016 holiday season from November 16th to January 8th under the White Big Top in Orange County at the junction of the I-405 & the SR-133 in Irvine. Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-beforeseen levels. A veritable revolution in live performance, Odysseo comprises a list of superlatives: the world’s largest touring production and traveling big top, the biggest stage, the most beautiful visual effects, and the largest number of horses at liberty. Odysseo features 65 horses of 11 different breeds of horses, riders, acrobats and musicians as together they embark on a soulful journey from the Mongolian steppes to Monument Valley, from...

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Live Symphony

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Entertainment, Film, Theatre | 0 comments

 Featured Affiliate Calling all Harry Potter fans!! The Segerstrom Center for the Arts recently announced that a live symphony will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on November 11 – 13, 2016 as part of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The film concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing to picture every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Tickets for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series start at $49 and are available online at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call the Group Services office...

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A ‘Beautiful’ Love for Music

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom I had the incredible opportunity to take my youngest son, Tyler, to see “Beautiful” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts earlier this week. The performance has to be one of my most favorite shows that I saw at the Segerstrom Center. I loved every part of the performance from start to finish. I have always enjoyed listening to Carol King’s Music. She had many popular songs when I was growing up. I remember her songs were always on the radio, and I would sing along to them as a child. This performance was a great reminder that life does not always go as you plan it, but what life provides is truly beautiful if you stop and appreciate the life you are living. I had no Idea Carol King wrote...

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ELF the Musical is Coming to Orange County

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 sponsored Just in time for the holiday seasons, the Broadway musical ELF is coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. The exclusive Orange County premiere of the musical will be from December 20, 2016 through January 1, 2017. ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. Tickets to ELF THE MUSICAL start at...

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Escape Bus Epic Adventure

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Cool Places, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My kids have been begging me to let them do an “escape” experience. They have heard all of their friends talking about the different escape experiences around OC, but when I researched them, they all seemed the same. That was until I learned about a new escape experience called the Escape Bus. I anxiously awaited the announcement of their first stop, and when it was going to be just a couple of blocks away from my son’s school in Santa Ana, I made reservations right away. The bus is a traveling escape room experience, so you need to check their website to find out where is going to be their next stop. When we arrived, the yellow school bus was parked on the street in front of the 4th Street Market...

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Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China Returns to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Lauded as one of the leading acrobatic companies in the world, the award-winning Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China has been entertaining generations of audiences for five decades, both at home and abroad. For its debut at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the company will perform a spectacular new show, “Shanghai Nights” on Saturday, October 1 with performances at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. “Shanghai Nights” tells the story of a dreaming boy who enters a world of fantasy where he finds a beautiful fairy phoenix and follows the mesmerizing and graceful creature on an adventure. With more than 100 top aerial acrobats, trampoline artists, jugglers and contortionists performing in “Shanghai Nights,” Orange County audiences will experience a thrilling show that beautifully blends high-flying adventure and China’s rich cultural...

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Hilarious and Relatable Menopause The Musical

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We were guests of the venue at the Laguna Beach Playhouse. Menopause The Musical is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” Now celebrating 15 years of female empowerment, the grassroots movement of women who deal with life’s adjustments in an open fun forum has returned to Laguna Beach. The musical comedy is here for a two-week return special engagement! Last curtain call is scheduled on September 11th. Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30 pm at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Tickets start at $60.00 All women eventually walk the plank of “unknown territory” of menopause at some time or another in their life. It greets us as early as age thirty and definitely lets us know of its...

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Life is a Cabaret

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the SCFTA We were invited to attend the opening night of “Cabaret” now playing thru August 21, 2016 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Performed by The Roundabout Theatre Company while they are celebrating their 50th Anniversary Year. As big fans of the arts and the theatre, we were thrilled to be invited to see Cabaret! In the opening scene, the Emcee, played by Randy Harrison; introduces you to the ladies and gentlemen of the Kit Kat Klub! They all have wild personalities that are perfectly executed by the dancers. Randy’s voice is strong and we watch while he glides across the stage with such ease and purpose. He’s wonderful! Sally Bowles, played by Andrea Goss steals your heart with her beautiful voice. We found ourselves in complete awe...

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Creating Summer Memories at MTOC Production of Beauty and the Beast

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 Sponsored Once Spring break is over and we are on the tail end of the school year my mind starts thinking about summer.  I am blessed to be a stay at home mom but by making that choice, we went from a dual income home to a single one which means less money on summer camps and more creative planning.  So once Spring break is over I go into plan mode.  From museums to parks, festivals to random road trips our summer days are filled with memory making moments.  One of my family’s favorite summer musts is going to Musical Theatre Orange County’s (MTOC) summer production. I got turned on to MTOC in 2014 when I saw Tarzan The Musical.  From the jaw dropping sets and phenomenal acting I was hooked. As I was researching our summer activities I...

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The Segerstrom is filled with The Sound of Music

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We were invited as a guest of the venue. The Sound of Music has always been one of my all time favorite movies that I enjoyed sharing with my daughter so when I heard that the musical production was coming to the Segerstrom, I was filled with excitement to be able to have her see a live version! The visual aspect of the film is just amazing, and I wasn’t sure of how they would translate the beautiful scenery in the film to the stage, but this brand new production of The Sound of  Music is directed by three-time Tony Award Winner Jack O’Brien, and it is absolutely remarkable.  According to director Jack O’Brien, “The Sound of Music has been in our ears for decades, but it might be time to look once more, and more closely, at this...

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Octonauts Live Ticket Giveaway

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 3 comments

  Explore. Rescue. Protect! “Octonauts” announced a brand new, action-packed and interactive theatre show for the very first time in the U.S. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure features brand new and fan favorite songs led by the entire Octonauts eight-member crew including Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, as they invite audiences aboard an underwater quest through a world full of adventure, interactivity, and tons of sea life surprises. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is a high-tech production featuring costume characters and animated projections to a massive screen on stage. Southern California Dates: September 22nd in San Diego at the Balboa Theatre September 23rd in Riverside at the Fox Performing Arts Center The tour comes on the heels of new Octonauts episodes premiering throughout the year on Disney Channel and Disney Junior....

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Concert

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 Segerstrom Center for the Arts recently announced that a live symphony will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on November 11 – 13, 2016 as part of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The film concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Tickets for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series start at $49 and go on sale Sunday, July 17 at 10 a.m. and will be available online at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call...

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Behind-the-Scenes of the 2016 Pageant of the Masters

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended the preview as a guest of the venue In just a short few weeks art lovers from around the world will flock to Laguna Beach to see art come to life. The Pageant of the Masters will run from July 7th through August 31st at the Festival of Arts grounds. We were honored to be invited for a behind-the-scenes look at how the art and characters come to life, and I documented every moment to share with you. The Pageant made its debut in 1933 ran for only eight days.  Year after year art and theater lovers would travel to Laguna Beach to watch real people be magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of art. The popularity of the Pageant has grown so much that now it has 56 sold out performances a season and has...

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Epic Animal-Free Family Fun Circus

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Get ready for some fun under the big blue and yellow circus tent. Circus Vargas has debuted their new show iLUMINOUS, and it is fun and eye catching, and animal-free. They have successfully mixed death-defying stunts with stories, techno lights, and music to create a one of a kind show that everyone is sure to enjoy. During the show, guests will see some incredible acts. It’s a smaller circus, so, in my opinion, every seat in the house is a good seat. We had some fantastic seats that were in the front row of seats behind the ringside seats. For some of the higher acts like the Trapeze, I believe it is easier to see them from seats that are not right next to the circus ring. If you are used...

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Royal Swedish Ballet’s Juliet and Romeo

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  The Royal Swedish Ballet, one of Europe’s first and most revered ballet companies, returns to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from June 10th through June 12th with the West Coast debut of Juliet and Romeo by choreographer Mats Ek. This production provides a contemporary twist and retelling of Shakespeare’s most treasured and tragic love story (Romeo and Juliet). Juliet and Romeo was created in honor of the Royal Swedish Ballet’s 240th anniversary in 2013 and garnered the 2015 Olivier Award winner for Best New Dance Production. This tour marks the company’s second visit to the Center, they last performed here in 1999. Pacific Symphony will perform, conducted by Eva Ollikainen, who conducts for the Royal Swedish Ballet and many other orchestras and opera companies in Europe. Swedish choreographer Mats Ek is a master of interpreting beloved classics...

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Under the Sea with The Little Mermaid Musical

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 1 comment

 We attend as a guest of the venue. My daughter and I went under the sea with Ariel for The Little Mermaid at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. The Little Mermaid is based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney Film. This musical is brought to life beautifully by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken’s music and an amazing cast.  The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, a young mermaid who longs to leave her life under the sea for life in the world above.  This extraordinary cast brings your favorite characters to life, and the amazing set designs transport you under the sea in this magical fairy tale. The talented team of set designers has outdone themselves with sets that bring the sea and human world to life.  From Ursula’s underwater lair to Prince Eric’s ship,...

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La Mirada Theatre Presents The Little Mermaid

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

  The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment invite families for a journey “Under The Sea” for their the fifth and final show of its 2015-2016 season, The Little Mermaid, music by Alan Menkcn, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, book by Doug Wright, musical direction by Colin R. Freeman, choreography by John MacInnis and directed by Glenn Casale. Full of Disney magic! In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken, this fun for the whole family, fishy fable will capture...

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