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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 8th...

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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) 745-3000....

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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 heritage...

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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. Seasons...

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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 in...

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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 your...

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Behind-the-Scene of Newsies The Musical

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the SCFTA Newsies The Musical will be at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts May 17 – 29, 2016 We were invited to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a behind-the-scenes tour of Newsies The Musical. Newsies The Musical is a Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical based on the 1992 musical film Newsies, which in turn was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City.  Here are some images of what goes on before the show begins. The very talented and crafty Gillian Austin gave us the 411 on the wardrobes. Due to all the splits while dancing, nickers are the number one casualties of the show. The theme of the era is checkered material and wool. Luckily for the dancers they have three complete sets of outfits to...

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MTOC Proudly Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

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

Sponsored Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is known for its iconic moments, first realized in the animated version that we all love and cherish.  All of the beloved songs, characters and magic come to life in this marvelous live stage presentation presented by the Musical Theatre of Orange County (MTOC). Belle yearns for something more than her provincial life. When her father gets lost in the woods, he seeks shelter in an old castle but is soon taken captive by the master of the house — a horrible Beast. Belle surrenders her freedom to save her father’s life and by taming the Beast, teaches him the meaning of love. MTOC’s Creative Team has pulled out all the stops to breathe new imaginative life into this thrilling production with stunning original sets, new costumes and captivating special effects. This show...

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Magical Performance of Cinderella at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We were invited as a guest of the venue My daughter and I were so excited to be able to attend the opening of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  The evening was magical from start to finish.   There were several pre-show activities and crafts that all guests attending the performance were invited to participate.  From a craft table where little girls could make their own magical wands to coloring pages and photo ops, it was a lovely start to our evening.  The “It’s Possible” photo opportunity gave children and adults alike the chance to write a wish on a star and place it next to a life-size decal of Ella and Marie, and there was a scene from the ball where you could hold the glass slipper. The Segerstrom Center for the...

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Stunning Modern Dance Theatre Production: Alvin Ailey

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the SCFTA Earlier this week, we had the wonderful pleasure of being a guest for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. If you have a passion for the theatre and dance, you need to take the time this weekend to see Alvin Ailey which plays this weekend from Friday, April 8th – Sunday, April 10th. It is a breathtaking, beautiful work of art, expressed through several modern dance performances; the most popular being Revelations. This is one of the most well known pieces and it was the first time we’ve seen an entire audience up clapping, dancing at the end with such enthusiasm!! The energy of the room was so lively and intense; emotions of happiness exuding from each person. We also saw a couple of...

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Segerstom Debuts Egg by Cahoots NI

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as guests of SCTFA. Segerstrom Center for the Art’s (SCFTA) wonderful Family Discovery Series debuted a new family friendly production this month entitled Egg. I took my two girls (ages 3 and 6) for a Mommy Daughter date day, and it was the perfect way to spend a beautiful spring afternoon! Egg, performed by Cahoots NI, a professional children’s theater company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is told through physical theatre, illusion and music. It is a funny, emotional, yet delightful story that tells of brotherhood, love, and leaving the nest, a theme that resonates as strongly with children as it does with adults. My girls got quite weepy at the scenes of the endearing brother birds leaving the comfort and routine of the nest and flying off to their own lives, a reality that even the youngest audience...

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The Book of Mormon Date Night

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue When was the last time that you had a date night? While we are typically good about having regular date nights, we have been so busy with our work and kid schedules that we haven’t found the time to go out together in quite awhile. When I got news that The Book of Mormon was coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, I immediately got on the phone with my babysitter to plan a date night with my husband. We began our evening by joining some friends for dinner next door at Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge for The Book of Mormon-themed dinner. The prix-fixe menu featured mouthwatering dishing including a tender lamb shank and tiramisu for just $47 per person. We savored every bite of the delicious cuisine prepared by the...

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American Premiere of Choré by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo at Segerstrom

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Ballet, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of SCFTA. Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo returned to the stage at Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the third time to bring the American premiere of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Choré, featuring music by Danny Elfman and John Cage. “Chord,” translated from French to mean “choreography,” is set in Hollywood’s Golden Age and explores the evolution of American dance and the political and word events that have shaped it.  Maillot’s stunning choreography and beautiful dancers are set off by music by Emmy and Grammy® winning composer, Elfman, and one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, Cage. Debuting on Valentine’s weekend, Choré was the perfect pre-Valentine’s date night for my hubby and me. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is one of our favorite activities for a date night because with it’s prime location it lends itself perfectly to dinner at one...

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Sensory Friendly Children’s Performance ‘Egg’ at Segerstrom Center

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

Segerstrom Center’s Family Discovery Series continues with Cahoots NI: Egg on March 19th and 20th in Samueli Theater, with the 10am March 19th performance being sensory friendly. Egg is told through the medium of physical theatre, illusion and music. It is a sad, funny and delightful tale that explores the theme of leaving the nest, a theme that resonates as strongly with the adults as it does with children. This gives Egg its real emotional power. The production is a magical experience, sharing the life of the little bird characters in their nest with the audience and telling a story of friendship, wonder and tender loving care. The 10 a.m. performance on Saturday, March 19 will be sensory-friendly. Sensory-friendly precautions are taken to reduce sound levels, particularly loud or startling sounds; reduce overwhelming stage lighting; provide low ambient lighting...

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Best First Musical for Young Children: Wicked

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

I love theatre, and I love sharing my love for theatre with my children even more. I have been bringing my children to see performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts since they were young children, and when I learned the “Wicked the Musical” was coming back to Orange County, I couldn’t wait to plan a night out at the theatre with my son. Out of my three children, it is my oldest son is the one who loves theatre the most. He had been waiting months for the night that we were going to see “Wicked the Musical” together, but when he ended up with a big test at school the following day, he was devasted that he was unable to come with me. At first, I was hesitant to bring my 9-year-old with me to see...

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Behind-the-Scenes of Wicked the Musical

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

The time has come for the Wicked Witch to fly into Orange County to bring the story of Wicked to life on stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Wicked the Musical. We are so excited to bring our children to see the musical and arrived a day early to watch the staff transform the stage for the upcoming production. It was a once in a lifetime experience to see the hard work of the backstage staff and details of the stage design that makes the show one of the best Broadway productions. At the front of the stage is the famous dragon. During the performance, the dragon’s eyes will be lit with red LED bulbs. The wingspan on the dragon is the same as a Cessna 172; it is that huge! There will be a lot...

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The Equestrian Masterpiece: Odysseo by Cavalia

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

We attended as a guest of the venue Have you have been wondering what the big white tent is off the 405 and Laguna Canyon Rd? Lucky for you, I’m here to tell you all about it. It is Normand Latourelle’s creation, Cavalia: Odysseo.  Who is Normand Latourelle you ask? Well besides being an artistic genius, he was also one of the four pioneers of a little show called Cirque du Soleil. He left Cirque du Soleil in the mid 90’s to try out new ventures. In 2003, Latourelle decided to create an experience to show the historical relationship between humans and horses. Through the years the show, then called  Voltige, evolved and became Cavalia, which by the way is a  fabricated word, inspired by the Spanish and French words for a horse (caballo and cheval) and the English word...

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Behind the Scenes of Odysseo in Orange County

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 2 comments

Earlier this week, I had the extreme honor of going to see a sneak peek of Odysseo by Cavalia.  I live near Laguna Canyon Road, so I have seen the pre-production of the show from the of the posting of the sign to the arrivals of the trailers, and then the erection of metal beams and finally the rising of the tent. Watching the preparation of Odysseo has been a part of my everyday life for close to a month. When I went to the preview and was driving up to the tent, I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of it. The tent was so much larger than I had expected, but then again, of course, it would be, the tent’s height is equivalent to a ten story building. Walking into the tent, I feared that it would be...

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Idina Menzel’s Stellar Performance in IF/THEN

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Let me begin by saying that this performance is not for children. With my daughter being one of the biggest fans of Idina Menzel that I know, I couldn’t wait to take her to see IF/THEN at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Unfortunately, I missed reading the reviews that stated that the performance is full of bad language and sexuality. Thankfully, I am more of a progressive mom, and realize that she’ll be exposed to things like this in her life, and it opened up for some healthy discussions on the car ride home. Just because the show is not for kids, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t see it. In fact, “IF/THEN” is ideal for your next date night or mom’s night out. Idina Menzel gave an epic performance that for everyone attending will never forget. The...

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The Breathtaking Odysseo White Big Top Raises in Orange County

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

The time has come for the arrival of the massive white tent where the magical performance of Odysseo by Cavalia will come to life for families in Orange County. It took one hundred and ten semi-trailer trucks to transport the touring production to Irvine where guests will be invited to embark on an equestrian and acrobatic adventure featuring 65 horses and 45 humans. We were fortunate enough to be invited to attend the celebratory event where the big white tent was raised for the first time at the 405 and 133 freeway in the city of Irvine. The white tent stands 125 feet tall, is higher than the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, and is 58,397 square feet. There is seating for 2,000 people surrounding a stage that is approximately 17,500 square feet, bigger than the Honda Center ice...

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The Magic of the Nutcracker by American Ballet Theater at Segerstrom Hall

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as guest of SCFTA. The magic of Christmas has come alive with the American Ballet Theater’s (ABT) stunning performance of The Nutcracker at Segerstrom Hall. A long time family favorite, this classic story follows young Clara on a dreamlike adventure through fantastic scenery to find magical toy soldiers, sugar plum fairies, villainous mice, glittery snowflakes, and best of all, beautifully choreographed and executed ballet.  ABT’s newest Nutcracker, created by Alexei Ratmansky and featuring sets and costumes from Richard Hudson (Broadway’s Lion King) boasts a cast of more than 100 performers. Music by Peter Tchaikovsky with Pacific Symphony is the quintessential backdrop to the phenomenal dancers on stage. The Nutcracker has become one of our very favorite mother daughter Christmas traditions. This was my daughter’s fourth year attending a Nutcracker, and in the months leading up to Christmas, she greatly looks...

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Best Night of My Life at the 102.7 KIIS-FM Jingle Ball

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Verizon On Friday, I went to my official first concert, the iHeart Radio/KIIS-FM Jingle Ball! I still can’t believe it. Almost all my favorite singers and DJ’s were there. I went with my mom, and I have to say it was probably the best first concert ever! I had a blast singing and dancing along to all the songs I knew. The Staples Center was probably the most energetic place in the world throughout the entire evening. When we first got into the Staples Center, I was literally bursting with excitement. As we made our way over to our seats, I was already so overwhelmed with joy. Then I saw where we were sitting; I almost fell right down the steps as I said to my mom “These our seats!” I was so...

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A Snow White Christmas is a Perfect “Holiday Night Out” for the whole family

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 2 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue The Lythgoe Family Productions is thrilled to announce a SPECIAL HOLIDAY EVENT playing right here in our very own Laguna Beach, Laguna Playhouse!–“A Snow White Christmas”! With LIMITED ENGAGEMENT –NOW OPEN Thurs., Dec. 3rd – 27th. The Playhouse expects a SOLD OUT performance so call today before the seats are spoken for…(949)-497-2787! “A Snow White Christmas” stars Neil Patrick Harris as the on-Screen “Magic Mirror” and Glee’s Lindsay Pearce as “Snow White” and Star Trek: The Next Generation Marina Sirtis as the “Wicked Queen” and features many more talented actors ! Over Thanksgiving break, I was a guest at the rehearsal of “A Snow White Christmas” in the Laguna Playhouse Forum. As I walked through the theatre doors I could feel the energy of the performers! Laguna Playhouse is located right...

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Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

Sponsored The highly-anticipated time has come for Disney on Ice to bring the movie “Frozen” to life for children in Southern California this holiday season. Elsa, Anna and Olaf will put on their ice skates and tell the magical tale of “Frozen” in the Southland from December 9th through January 4th (with new date just added). The show will be performing at the Staples Center from Wednesday, December 9 to Monday, December 14; Honda Center/Anaheim from Wednesday, December 16 to Monday, December 21; Citizens Business Bank Arena/Ontario from Wednesday, December 23 to Sunday, December 27 and Long Beach Arena from Tuesday, December 29 to Monday, January 4, 2016. The heart-warming and Academy Award® winning tale of love and friendship, capturing the incredible dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa, has captivated audiences around the world will be told...

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The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the SCFTA We recently had a Mother-Daughte night out at the Rene and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall to see one of our all time favorite shows: The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China! The show incorporates amazing stunts in acrobatics, juggling, bicycling and traditional Chinese culture, to name a few.  By intermission, we had seen so many mind-boggling performances, the stunts on stage almost started to look normal.  The strength and grace of these performers are absolutely amazing! My six year old has aspired to be a gymnast, and for the second year in a row has sat in absolute amazement of the feats being performed on stage. It is a performance by which all ages will be mesmerized. I have two daughters and some of our favorite Mother-Daughter dates have...

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Sensory-Friendly Children’s Theatre Performance of ‘Room on the Broom’

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is hosting a special sensory-friendly Performance of “Room on the Broom” at 10am on October 31st in Samueli Theater. Tall Stories’ magical musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom, the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, takes audiences aboard a magnificent broom for an unforgettable adventure. Sensory-friendly precautions are taken to reduce sound levels, particularly loud or startling sounds; reduce overwhelming stage lighting; provide low ambient lighting in the theater throughout the performance so patrons are able to see should they need to move around or exit the theater; leave some seats unsold to allow extra room for patrons who may need to move or exit during the performance; provide social story and other preparatory materials to parents and children so they know what to expect from the performance; allow...

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Step into a Musical Jungle with Lion King

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the SCFTA The world’s most beloved musical, The Lion King, has transformed the Segerstrom Center for the Arts into a musical jungle. We attended a performance last week and were swept into an immersive, magical world. The music, the costumes, and the emotion made the performance one of the best that I’ve ever experienced. We began our evening with dinner next door at Leatherby’s Café Rouge where were savored the amazing flavors of the limited-time Lion King dishes. They are offering an incredible three course Lion King menu for $45 per person that will take your family on an unforgettable epicurean adventure into the jungle. The captivating performance is perfect for younger children, and will make for an unforgettable first-time theatre experience. The performance began with animals walking through the audience before coming...

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Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Photos of The Lion King at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the SCFTA The curtain has lifted, and the beloved classic Disney film, “The Lion King” is coming to life on the stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from now until November 1st. The Tony Award-winning performance is like nothing else and guaranteed to make your children fall in love with the arts. In anticipation of the performance, we got a unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to capture this unforgettable images of the costume, stage, and more. Don’t wait until they are sold out, and purchase tickets for your family to experience “The Lion King” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $31 and are available in person at the box office at 600 Town Center Drive, online at SCFTA.org or by phone at 714-556-2787. Enjoy this special photo...

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Mariinsky Ballet Raymonda is Enchanting and Magical

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the SCFTA When I found out that the Mariinsky Ballet was coming to Orange County to perform Raymonda, I couldn’t wait to bring my daughter to see the performance. The Mariinsky Ballet is without a doubt one of the leading ballet companies in the world, and I was delighted to find out that they were performing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The music, the artistry, and the costumes told an enchanting love story. It was a performance that will live forever in the hearts of those who had the honor of watching. The Mariinsky Ballet that is well-known for their elaborate costumery, but it was the music in this performance that brought out such a strong emotion in the audience. I couldn’t help but fight back a tear from rolling down...

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Disney’s Beauty & The Beast Jr. at the Ebell Theatre (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 10 comments

The popular Orange County Youth Theater, Broadway on Tour, is performing Disney’s Beauty & The Beast Jr. on select dates from September 26th through October 11th at the historic Ebell Theatre in Santa Ana. Your children can enjoy listening to their favorite songs from the classic Disney movie while watching talented Orange County youth bring the story to life before their eyes. The performance is designed to be a “junior version” of the Broadway musical making it perfect for younger audiences to attend a theatre production for the first time. (There is a 15 intermission) Dates: September 26th, 27th. October 3rd, 10th, 11th. Time: 2pm Pre-sale ticket prices are available online: Adults $12, Children and Seniors: $10 At the door prices $2 additional per ticket. Location: Ebell Theater, 625 French Street, Santa Ana, California. Don’t miss watching some of...

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2015-2016 Segerstrom Center for the Arts Season Lineup

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

It’s that time of the year again to start planning on what Segerstrom Center for the Arts performances that your family will want to attend this season. It is going to be one of the best seasons yet as the center celebrates their 30th season. From “The Lion King” to “Cinderella,” there are more family focused performances planned for this season lineup than ever before. Start planning a family night at the theatre today, and stay tuned to learn more about all these upcoming performances here at the OC Mom Blog. Broadway Series Disney’s THE LION KING October 6 – November 1, 2015 42nd STREET November 10 – 22, 2015 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella April 19 – May 1, 2016 Disney’s NEWSIES May 17 – 29, 2016 THE SOUND OF MUSIC July 19 – 31, 2016 Roundabout Theatre Company’s CABARET August...

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Mariinksy Ballet: Raymonda at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet, one of the world’s most influential and historically rich dance companies, returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts September 24 – 27, 2015 opening the Center’s 30th Season with Raymonda. Performing with the Mariinsky Orchestra, this will be the company’s eighth visit to the Center and the first time this masterpiece from the Golden Age of Russian classical ballet will be performed in Southern California. Raymonda has been called the “last grand ballet” of the 19th century. The choreography – filled with dazzling solos, spellbinding duets and intricate ensembles – is by Marius Petipa to Alexander Glazunov’s atmospheric and dramatic score. The Mariinsky production includes revisions by Konstantin Sergeyev with choreographic fragments by Fyodor Lopukhov. Raymonda is known primarily through its Grand Pas Classique Hongrois from the third act, which is often performed independently. The ballet...

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Exposing Children to Musical Theatre with The Phantom of the Opera

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the SCFTA The highly acclaimed production of The Phantom of the Opera has recently opened at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts taking musical theatre to new heights. Exposing our children to the arts is very important to us as parents. We have brought our children to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts since they were young children, they have developed a true passion for theatre, especially musical theatre. My older son who has been working hard on developing his portfolio to apply at the Orange County School of the Arts for Culinary Arts and Production and Design couldn’t wait for The Phantom of the Opera to open in Orange County. The minute that he learned that the show was coming to Orange County, we planned a Mother and Son evening at the...

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Mary Poppins is Practically Perfect in Every Way

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue On Sunday my family and I took in the matinee showing of Disney’s Mary Poppins by the Musical Theater Orange County (MTOC).  I am a huge fan of MTOC and there productions. Last year I was invited to see Tarzan which blew my mind so I knew that Mary Poppins would be just as amazing.  Once again MTOC chose the beautiful PYLUSD Performing Arts Center located on the El Dorado High School campus as their home.  There truly isn’t a bad seat in the house.  The theater was comparable to that of South Coast Reparatory in size and sound.  With state of the art sound and lighting, any production held here would be supported well. First of all let’s start off with the impressive cast all singing and speaking in their...

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Magical Motown Musical at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of SCTA, affiliate link included There is something magical about a theater full of people singing along together to their favorite classic songs. That was the case on opening night of Motown the Musical at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. With my older son being a huge fan of Motown music, I surprised him with dinner at Leatherby’s followed by tickets to opening night of the show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. We participated in a couple of the pre-show activities including a fun photo opportunity before taking our seats inside of the theater for the performance. It was a full house without an empty seat anywhere in the theater. The lights began to dim; the curtain rose, and the musical performance began. We were dancing in our seats along with...

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Motown: the Musical is coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

Do your kids love music? Then they are going to love Motown: The Musical that is coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from June 16th through June 28th. Children will learn all about how Motown music changed our lives by telling the stories behind the hit songs by Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown Family. The show will feature more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” along with the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Single tickets start at $29 and may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by...

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Win Tickets to Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Theatre | 15 comments

Hello Kitty®, the beloved pop icon, is hitting the road with her first-ever live North American tour: Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival. Going beyond a traditional live stage show, the event features a unique multi-component walk-around festival atmosphere for Sanrio fans of all ages. Each event features Hello Kitty and her friends with DJ-driven dance sequences, interactive exhibits, animation, fashion, photo ops, craft activities, event-exclusive collectibles and more! For the fashionista ~ preview Hello Kitty and Friends Couture Display is a fashion extravaganza; amazing couture-like pieces featuring Hello Kitty & each of her friends For the performer ~ watch DJ-driven dance sequences and the welcome celebration and participate in Sanrio’s Super Fun Memory Dance Challenge For the boys ~ Get temporary tattoos in Badtz-Maru’s garage; dance to the beats of DJ Keroppi; check out Dear Daniel’s moves in a...

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5 Reasons to go see Annie the Musical

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom I recently watched Annie the Musical and in was fantastic. I saw it at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the actors and actresses were great. I have always been a fan of the original film “Annie.” Once I found out that we were going to see the musical I screamed (literally.) I was super exited! Here are five reasons on why to go to Annie before it is gone on May 24th. 1. Annie is a great kids film and if you are like me and you love music you will adore this show. The orchestra plays wonderful music. 2. There are pre-show activities. Me and my brothers all agree that it is worth going early to do these super fun activities. 3. In the show there is non-stop...

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Leapin’ Lizards! Annie Comes to Orange County

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom/affiliate offer included The Tony Award-Winning musical production of Annie has come to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts until May 24th. I attended the opening night performance with my three children who were captivated by the music, acting and “Sandy” the dog. I was not 100% sure that my kids would make it through the entire performance that started at 7:30pm, but I couldn’t get them to leave at intermission even if I tried. We arrived early to the show to experience the pre-show activities in the lobby of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Children attending the performance are invited to share “what makes them happy” on sticky notes before placing it on a giant sunshine, read Annie comics and have fun photo opportunities. The pre-show activities expand on the...

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Idina Menzel National Tour of IF/THEN is coming to the Segerstrom

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

Tony Award-winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel will launch the National Tour of IF/THEN, reprising her critically-acclaimed, Tony-nominated performance in seven select cities. IF/THEN is an original Broadway musical which reunites composer Tom Kitt, book writer/lyricist Brian Yorkey and director Michael Greif, the creative team behind the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, Next to Normal. Ms. Menzel will launch the National Tour at the Buell Theatre in Denver (October 13 – 25), and will then play the Paramount Theatre in Seattle (November 3 – 8), the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco (November 10 – December 6), the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles (December 8 – January 3), San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego (January 5 – 10), ASU Gammage in Tempe (January 12 – 17) and Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa (January...

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The Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten Comes to Segerstrom

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

In a sea of Food Network’s celebrity chefs, The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten is a standout. Why do I adore her so? Is it because she turned her passion for entertaining into a career and successful business? Is it because she makes cooking delicious meals look so effortless? Is it that that you don’t have to be a trained chef or even that experienced of a cook to make her recipes work? Is it her simple yet elegant style? Is it that watching her show is a calming escape into a perfect world of lunch in the garden with friends and romantic date nights with her husband, Jeffrey? Yes. It’s all of these! Speaking of escaping, now I can escape into The Contessa’s world at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa where she will appear in...

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The Supercalifragilistic Mary Poppins Musical

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Mary Poppins is flying into Orange County this July for an entertaining family musical production at the PYLUSD Performing Arts Center. They recently cast the roles of Jane and Micheal Banks, a pair of siblings their names are: Olivia & Brendan Knox. They came prepared with song from the show already learned and a the british accent to match. The are truly adorable and beyond talented, and being that they are real life siblings their stage characters already has an advantage. All performances will be at the beautiful new 633 seat PYLUSD Performing Arts Center(on the campus of El Dorado High) at 1651 Valencia Ave in Placentia. Pre-sale tickets are currently on sale now, and selling out quickly! Performance Dates: JULY – 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 Artistic Director – Mitch Atkins Produced by – Lori Atkins Directed...

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Don’t Miss Guys And Dolls at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

We cannot wait for the Broadway Musical, Guys and Dolls, to come to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from April 14th through the 19th. Guests attending the show are invited to arrive early for interactive pre-show activities one-hour before the performance including: • What’s Your Mob Name? Take a gamble and find out your mobster name for the evening by playing the game on both the Orchestra and Orchestra Terrace Levels. Fun name tags will be provided for patrons. • Damon Runyon’s vibrant Runyonland illustration transforms into a photo opportunity on the Orchestra Terrace Level. • “The heat is on at the floating crap game you bet all your potatoes on.” For a rip-roaring good time, browse through the interactive GUYS AND DOLLS iPad glossary to discover what that may mean. The station will be located in the...

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Alice in Wonderland presented by the Maple Ballet

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest I’m a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, so much so that my children had a joint Wonderland birthday filled with flamingo center pieces, card soldiers and rabbits.  I’ve taken them to the Mad Hatter Tea Party at California Adventures, they’ve had pictures taken with all the characters and whenever a local production of Alice in Wonderland comes around, we go. The past week the Maple Conservatory of Dance brought to life the book in the most phenomenal way, ballet.  My daughter and I arrived to the Irvine Barclay Theater not really knowing what to expect.  I had no clue how they could possibly bring the story to life without any dialog.  To say that both my daughter and I were blown away is an understatement. Based upon Lewis Carroll’s famous stories Alice’s Adventures...

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Jake Shimabukuro Comes to the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

For one night only, one of the world’s most talented ukulele players, Jake Shimabukuro, is coming to the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. On Sunday, March 22nd at 7pm, families are invited to explore jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco and rock music all played on a ukulele by Jake Shimabukuro. Tickets are currently available starting at $20 and can be purchased online. This highly popular show is expected to sell-out quickly, so we highly encourage purchasing your tickets...

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Hilarious Musical Comedy “Nice Work If You Can Get It” Coming to the Segerstrom Center

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

The hilarious musical comedy “Nice work if you can get it,” is coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from March 17th through the 22nd. The show will feature music from the incredibly talented George and Ira Gershwin, and book by two-time Tony Award® winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), inspired by material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. Don’t miss this action-packed show filled with incredible music, dancing, comedy and more! Single tickets start at $29 and may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714)...

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Alice in Wonderland at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

The Maple Youth Ballet is presenting the story of “Alice in Wonderland” at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on April 4th at 1:30pm and 6:30pm. The performance is based on Lewis Carroll’s story of Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass presented with brilliant costumes and colorful scenery. Audiences will enjoy their favorite characters and moments from the classic story including Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole to Wonderland Garden, her encounter with the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter’s wacky Tea Party, the court of the Queen of Hearts, as well as the Caterpillar, wily Cheshire Cat, and the endearing Tweedledee and Tweedledum. When: April 4th at 1:30pm and 6:30pm Location: Irvine Barclay Theatre 4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA Pricing: General admission $33; children and seniors 65 and over $28. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the Irvine...

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Marvel Universe Live is Coming to the Southland

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 2 comments

All your kids favorite Super Heroes are coming to the Southland for an epic mind-blowing stunt show. Spider-Man, The Avengers and Villains will captivate audiences during Marvel Universe Live from March 26th through May 3rd. The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe. Feel the energy and excitement with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and stunning video projections that completely immerse the audience into the epic action and story. Nearly...

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The American Ballet Theatre World Premiere of The Sleeping Beauty

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Ballet, Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the SCFTA Romantic, classic and timeless, American Ballet Theatre elegantly performed the World Premiere of The Sleeping Beauty for a packed audience at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Princess Aurora and Prince Desire, danced by Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes, delighted southern California ballet lovers as they shared the fantasy story of Sleeping Beauty with precision and grace. Misty Copeland also made an appearance as the Fleur de Farine Fairy during the Prologue. Her pirouettes were perfection and her poise was undeniable. ABT, known for their elaborate costumes, spared no expense in creating this production. The glistening, colorful, and intricately designed costumes were breathtaking and a character in their own right. Tchaikovsky’s music was performed beautifully by The Pacific Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ormsby Wilkins. The Sleeping Beauty, directed...

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Gustafer Yellowgold at the Segerstrom Samueli Theater

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Entertainment, Theatre, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom Gustafer Yellowgold is a friendly little guy who came from the sun and landed in a lake in Minnesota. He has been entertaining kids and adults for the past few years and today we were lucky to see what he was all about. Morgan Taylor is the illustrator and singer behind this fabulous show and all its characters. You not only get the great visuals on screen, but the musical journey he and his band take you through is great as well. Along the way we met Slim and Forrest Applecrumbie. These are very funny characters that Gustafer Yellowgold interacts with in the songs. During the show Morgan gets the audience to sing, clap and have some interaction with the characters. The songs are very catchy and easy to understand. I...

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Irvine Improv Launches Family Friendly ‘Laugh-Fest’ Series

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the Improv My youngest daughter had her mouth full of a grilled cheese sandwich as she started to slide under the booth table. I gently pulled her up, and looked to see the “problem.” She was not crying or choking, but laughing. She was hysterically laughing at her first comedy show at the Irvine Improv. As a guest of the Irvine Improv, our family thoroughly enjoyed the comedy of comedian juggler Ron Pearson in his “Love to Laugh” performance this past Valentine’s Day. Pearson’s family-friendly show hit across all topics from awkward family moments, parenting, retirement, dating – and the age-old struggle between child and parent with Pearson’s signature joke tagline: “I don’t waaaaanaaaaa.” The family-friendly comedy show is part of the Improv’s “Laugh Fest” entertainment series that serve a wider range of audiences...

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ANNIE is Coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

Partner link included The sun will come out at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from March 13th to the 24th with the arrival of the nationwide tour of ANNIE. The first production of ANNIE opened at the Alvin Theatre on April 21, 1977. The performance has been shown around the world for 37 years with 2,377 performances in 28 different languages. Parents are invited to save on tickets to the May 14th performance with a free second child ticket with the purchase of a regular adult ticket using the promotional code FAMILY. Free tickets are limited to one for each full-priced ticket. And everyone is encouraged to arrive 90 minutes before the shows to enjoy the free, fun activities in the lobbies. Performance Dates and Times: May 13 – 24, 2015 Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday...

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‘Dirty Dancing’ Musical Gives Audiences the Time of their Life

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the SCFTA You’ll have the time of your life when going to see Dirty Dancing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The highly acclaimed musical production of Dirty Dancing has been bringing the classic film to life around the world and will be in Orange County through February 15th. Audiences will be swept into the era of the 1960’s with sensational music and electrifying dancing. Jillian Mueller (Frances “Baby” Houseman) and Samuel Pergande (Johnny Castle) stole the show with their performance. The two actors had a genuine connection with each other on stage and were able to tell the iconic love story with magnificent dancing and infectious tunes. All of our favorite songs from the film including “Hungry Eyes,” “She’s Like the Wind,” and “I’ve had the Time of my Life,” and...

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Dancing & Music Spectacular: Opposing Forces at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Entertainment, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the SCFTA When you reach the intersection of hip hop, modern and contemporary, you find the choreography of Amy O’ Neal. Opposing Forces, a performance exploring gender roles, is part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Off Center Festival. World class B-Boy dancers, Alfredo Vergara (aka “Free”), Brysen “Just Be” Angeles, “Fever One”, Michael O’Neal, Jr. and Mozes Lateef exuded athleticism and emotion. Always powerful, they knew when to push and when to hold back with each piece. The movement was strong and expressive, even when they were exploring the “soft” side of the hip-hop world. Ms. O’Neal’s choreography was a blend of styles, with each piece conveying a message about the masculine and feminine roles through the lens of hip hop. At times upbeat, and other times dark, the performance explored...

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Billy Elliot at the La Mirada Theatre

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 1 comment

We attended as a guest of the La Mirada Theatre My love of theatre is all due to my mom.  My first play was Peter Pan when I was 4. When I saw Peter flying across the stage, I was hooked. I have been to hundreds of productions, mostly in London.  I do love going to LA or even Segerstrom but it’s not something that I can do often.  It’s a bit pricey to see a show here in SoCal which puts a damper on catching a show.  A few weeks back, my friend Katie told me about her brother being in Billy Elliot at the La Mirada Theatre and I knew I had to go and see him.  She had been telling me about him for years and this was my chance to see him.  So opening night...

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Tony Award-Winning Kinky Boots Opens at Segerstrom

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

“Kinky Boots”… the name alone made me want to see this show. Add Tony Award-winning music and lyrics by the colorful and lovable 80’s icon Cyndi Lauper and when I scored an invite to last night’s opening at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, I was all in. I even wore boots. Produced by Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig with the musical book written by Harvey Fierstein this winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical follows the unlikely friendship of Charlie, a straitlaced shoe factory owner whose inherited business is spiraling downward after the death of his father and Lola, a cross dressing entertainer who helps Charlie breath new life into his floundering factory with her eye for fabulous shoes and her generous soul, or should I say sole, that wins over even the toughest of the factory workers,...

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It’s a Merry “Grinchmas” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Christmas, Entertainment, Featured, Holiday, Theatre, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom “Stink..Stank..Stunk!” Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas comes to life for families this year with an epic holiday performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The play is narrated by Bob Lauder, who plays an old Max the dog who is reflecting back on the story of that one Christmas when the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes. Along with an older version of Max all of our kids favorite characters from the book take the stage including Cindy-Lou Who, The Grinch, Grandpa Who, Young Max and more. Before the performance, guests were invited to have their photo taken on a sleigh with “Max the Dog” and participate in an interactive story time by the highly-acclaimed storyteller, Jim Cogan. During the show, our kids were on the edge of their...

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Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Christmas, Entertainment, Featured, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

Your kids favorite holiday book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will come to life this holiday season at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on December 10th through the 14th. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical was hailed by the NY Times as “100 times better than the bedtime story.” The performance had breaking box office records for two years on Broadway during the holidays. The musical features the hit songs “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss), from the original animated television special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” Tickets are currently available starting at $29 online at SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787....

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Tony Award Winning Pippin Revival Comes to Segerstrom

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom Growing up in the 70’s in Chicago one of the things I always looked forward to was when my mom, dad, sister and I would get dressed up and drive into the city to see the latest Broadway Musical that was playing. One musical I was disappointed I never did get to see live however was Pippin. So needless to say, I was excited to finally have the opportunity to see the 2013 Tony Award Winning production of “Pippin” last week at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts. “Pippin” tells the story of a young prince, Pippin (Kyle Dean Massey) seeking to find fulfillment and his purpose in life. In his quest, The Leader (Sasha Allen), who is really a ringmaster of sorts and her circus troupe lure him down an...

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Comes to The Segerstrom Center

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

The legend of Robin Hood will come to life for your children as Scotland’s Visible Fictions presents The Adventures of Robin Hood at the Samueli Theatre (located the at the Segerstrom Center) on November 8th and 9th. Families are encouraged to attend the show early to take advantage of the pre-show activities starting one hour before the performance.The Center’s Education and Community Programs Department offers these activities to provide young people and their families more opportunities to play creatively together. Studies show creative play is critical in helping children develop their ability to think and problem solve. The Adventures of Robin Hood is recommended for families and children ages 7 and up. Single tickets are $20 and are now available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714)...

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The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom Segerstom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) is one of Orange County’s gems, providing quality entertainment and cultural experiences for a wide range of theater goers. From well-known broadway hits to smaller scale live concerts, there is something for everyone at one of their several venues. Recently my daughter and I had a fabulous Mother-Daughter afternoon seeing the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, which visited the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Founded in 1951 and based out of Beijing, the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China has long been one of the most acclaimed acrobatic groups in China. They are known for their superhuman strength and flexibility, preforming some of the most amazing feats seen onstage. Since the Company began, more than 200 of their talented artists have...

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National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Your family is invited to see the performance of a lifetime at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this weekend. The world’s largest acrobatic company, The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, will perform daring feats and beautiful artistry during the special performance. The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China started more than six decades ago and have been entertaining families around the world with tumbling, juggling and jaw-dropping acrobatic acts. Your kids will cheer and love every moment of this unforgettable family performance. There is only one show happening in Orange County on Saturday, September 13th at 3pm. Tickets start at $19 and are available online at scfta.org, by phone at 714.556.2787 or at the box office located at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa...

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‘Let it Go!’ Disney Frozen Sing-a-Long at El Capitan Theatre

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Disney Do you have a Frozen fan at home?   You’re probably laughing because you have the mega fan that wakes up singing Do you want to Build a Snowman or Let it Go.  As a mother to a 6 year old girl my iPhone has the movie soundtrack and we often listen to it (by often I meant it’s on repeat). Last April we missed the Frozen sing-a-long at El Capitan so when I heard it was coming back for an encore engagement it was a no brainer that we were going.  If you haven’t been to the El Capitan then you must take the trek up to Hollywood and experience it. The El Capitan has movies and sing-a-longs all year round, next one up is Tangled which runs September 12 – October...

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Walking with Dinosaurs Invade the Discovery Science Center

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Events, Museums, Theatre | 1 comment

We attended as a guest of Discovery Cube Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand next to a dinosaur and see how it looked, moved & acted in real life? Well it was mom’s choice on Mother’s Day & I couldn’t resist the temptation of an up-close encounter with a “real” baby T-Rex from the worldwide sensation Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, coming to the Honda Center September 3-7. The Discovery Science Center hosted the sneak preview and added the extra special touches, as usual, to make it an afternoon we wouldn’t forget. We were greeted at the door with gift bags full of lots of dino goodies and of course a flower for mom in honor of the special day. My little guy was all smiles in anticipation of meeting a “real...

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Inland Pacific Ballet to Hold Open Auditions for the Nutcracker

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Inland Pacific Ballet will hold auditions for all children’s roles in its annual production of The Nutcracker on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 at its studios at 5050 Arrow Highway in Montclair, between Central and Monte Vista. Audition details, schedule, dress code requirements and fees are available online at ipballet.org or by calling (909) 482-1590. Casting selections and rehearsal schedules will be announced by September 29, with rehearsals beginning on October 3. Young dancers ages six to twenty from any school or studio in southern California are welcome to audition. Three to four separate casts will be selected to perform. There is a $20 audition fee and additional production fees for those who are selected. This audition also serves as the Apprentice/Trainee Audition for the 2014-2015 Season. Inland Pacific Ballet will perform its spectacular 20th annual production...

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Magical Nights at Quinn’s Old Town Grill

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Dining, Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Quinn’s Are your kids ready to be amazed? Get ready to surprise them with a jaw-dropping magic show while dining at Quinn’s Old Town Grill in Tustin. My kids have never seen a magic show before, and they had no idea what to expect when I surprised them with the news that they were going to explore their inner sense of mystery while witnessing close-up magic. We had made reservations in advance and were guided to our table for dinner. With a cranky kid in toe that had too much fun during the day at the beach, we took our seats for the dinner show. After we ordered our drinks, the magical magician came to our table to amaze us! Magically he turned our cranky, moody toddler into a happy giggling boy within...

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Ghost the Musical at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom The new Broadway and West End show, Ghost the Musical, came to Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) this week. Based on the Academy Award winning movie, the show has been seen by more than one million people worldwide and has been nominated for numerous awards, including five Olivier Awards and three Tony Awards.  GHOST – THE MUSICAL does not disappoint audiences with it’s classic love-story plot, but the truly unique part of the show are the special effects never before seen in an onstage musical. Based in modern-day New York City, two lovebirds, Sam (Steven Grant Douglas) and Molly (Katie Postotnik), portray just how much the supernatural power of love is capable of. When Sam meets an untimely death by a mugger on a dark city street, his love for Molly, who...

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Solo for Two at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Ballet, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom Center Natalia Osipovio and Ivan Vasiliev stunned us Friday night in their beautiful contemporary ballet performance of three premier pieces in their new program, Solo for Two. Natalia was originally a gymnast and you can see her athleticism in her dance. She has unbelievable control of her body, performing isolations which do not even seem real. The athleticism does not compromise the gracefulness and she commands the stage at all times. Ivan Vasiliev makes every move seem effortless and his core strength is amazing to watch. The two danced together as principals with Boshoi Ballet, but left together to pursue artistic opportunities. Shockingly violent in the beginning, the first piece, Mercy, choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, explores forgiveness and tenderness. Passo, the second piece choreographed by Ohad Naharilin, began with very...

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Sing-along Returns to the El Capitan Theatre

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Film, Theatre | 0 comments

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Frozen” Sing-along version Aug. 22 – Sept. 7, 2014. Each screening will be accompanied by Elsa, live on stage, snow inside the theatre, plus the all-new short “Feast” from Walt Disney Animation Studios. “Pajama Night” screenings will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., where El Capitan guests are encouraged to wear their favorite PJs for a slumber party like no other! For the “Pajama Night” screenings, El Capitan guests can pre-order an “In Summer” Slumber Party Pack for an additional $10, which includes a Ghirardelli frozen cocoa, a “Frozen” fleece blanket and a travel toothbrush. Showtimes are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, and available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.),...

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Tarzan presented by MTOC

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of MTOC Last night I was invited by Musical Theater Orange County (MTOC) to experience their production of Disney’s Tarzan. This full-scale production blew my mind away. From the amazing technical talent of the cast to its gorgeous setting, this production would be held equal to its Broadway counterpart. Tarzan closed on Broadway 7 years ago after 486 performances.  Due to its large-scale, very few local companies could take on the task of showcasing it. A few years ago the team at MTOC explored Tarzan for a possible production and were moved by the music of Phil Collins.  After that they poured they heart, soul and love into this production and they opened with a bang. They chose the newly opened PYLUSD Performing Arts Center located on the El Dorado High School campus as...

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The Jersey Boys Interview

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

I was given the opportunely to interview Production Stage Manager Matthew Leiner as well as cast members Hayden Milanes & Quinn VanAntwerp of Jersey Boys at the load-in. It was my first time interviewing anyone since my college days so I was a little rusty to say the least. I first sat back and watch the other press member as they interviewed the cast. Once I felt comfortable I sat down with Matthew, Hayden and Quinn and learned about their parts in making the magic happen. Before I start with the interview, let me just say that everyone was extremely kind and warm. I was blown away with the energy of the 3 interviewees even though they had just arrived from their last tour just the day before. The Jersey Boys production is a well-oiled machine. They travel across...

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Jersey Boys The story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom Oh what a night! Yes that’s right I’m going to start my blog off with one of The Four Seasons most popular songs, but in all honesty is truly did live up to that title. Today I had the completely Jersey Boys experience. It started off with dinner at Leatherby’s which served a Jersey Boy themed three course meal; you can read about that at OC Mom Dining. Once we had dinner we took a 1 minute walk over to The Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) to start our adventure. The show started at 7:30 and by 7 the entire building was crawling with fans. Once we received our tickets at Will Call, my husband and I ran into the hall to hit up all the interactive fun on the...

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Jersey Boys Coming to Segerstrom

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Are you ready to get your Jersey on? By Jersey I mean The Jersey Boys not Sooki or Paulie D. Yes that’s right it’s too good to be true, the loved musical is here at the Segerstrom Center June 24 – July 13, 2014. Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. They were one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. A group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks, who wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they were 30. Guests can enjoy pre-show fun offered one hour prior to show time and during intermission for each performance. There will be themed snacks available for purchase at the Fire Bird Cafe...

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Disney’s Tarzan the Musical is Coming to Orange County

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan the Musical, features heart-pumping music by rock legend Phil Collins. Academy Award winning hits like “You’ll Be in My Heart” as well as “Son of Man” and “Two Worlds” make Tarzan the Musical an unforgettable theatrical experience. – Tarzan as Jeffery Bonser – Jane as Dayna Sauble – Terk as Tiandre McGee – Kale as Krissy Atkins – Kerchak as Hunter Berechochea – Porter as Dave Avanzino Dave Avanzino – Dave Avanzino is a fine artist and scenic designer living in the Southern California area. Over the past decade, Dave has created numerous one-of-a-kind, limited and open edition pieces for Disneyland®, Walt Disney World® and the Disney Cruise Line. He typically works in 3-D style and creates mixed-media paper sculptures in shadowbox frames...

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Jersey Boys Comes to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

You are invited to the party of the year as the hit musical, Jersey Boys, comes to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from June 24th through July 13th. Guests attending the show can celebrate one hour, prior to the show time, with a retro 60’s themed party. Bring your camera to take photos while posing with your favorite band on a mini stage that will be decked out with fun themed props. Don’t forget to share all your photos from the night on your favorite social media site with the hashtag #JerseyBoysOC. After taking your keepsake photo from the night make your way over to an interactive display that features information from the era and fun facts. Before taking your seat to see the performance of a lifetime, enjoy a themed snack from the Fire Bird Cafe on...

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Behind the Scenes of the 2014 Pageant of the Masters

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Pageant of the Masters Art will come alive this summer during the 2014 Pageant of the Masters. The theme of the summer performance is “The Art Detective” inspired by the show “The History Detective” and the Sherlock Holmes stories. The Pageant of the Masters will perform nightly from July 9th through August 30th in Laguna Beach. Advance tickets are currently available from $15-220 online at pageanttickets.com or by calling 800-487-3378. The show will be performed at the Festival of Arts Grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Earlier this month, we got a sneak peek into the 2014 show by going behind the scenes of the Pageant of the Masters. We are thrilled to give you an inside look into the upcoming summer performance by bringing you along with us through...

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Rain, I Don’t Mind, Shine, the Weather’s Fine

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Theatre | 0 comments

I’ve been a huge fan of the Beatles since sixth grade. Like super crazy fan. I know all sorts of random facts about each of them and I’ve collected as much memorabilia as I can afford and my mom will allow. So I consider myself a pretty qualified judge of tribute bands and the like. That considered, Rain was absolutely f a b u l o u s. Their harmonies were fantastic and goodness gracious they were super adorable. Their acting was spot on and their accents were near perfect. You could tell that they were really into it and that they loved what they were doing. They had each Beatle’s personality perfect from the way they interacted with the audience down to the way that they played their instruments. Also they were really quite unbearably cute. The chemistry...

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Sharing a Love for Music with Children at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Events, Theatre | 0 comments

My love of The Beatles started; well I can’t remember a time that I didn’t love The Beatles. At 4 I announced that one day I would marry Paul McCartney, he was about 38 at that point so you knew it would happen. I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard that John was murdered and one of the saddest days of my life was when I was old enough to realize that I would never ever see The Beatles live in concert. It’s one of those bizarre things in life, seeing people going to concerts of their ultimate favorite bands but never being able to go to yours. Mind you I have been to a lot of concerts. In my 20’s I would go so often that it became a joke amongst my...

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Calling All Beatles Fans..

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Theatre | 0 comments

Have you ever wanted to be a part of Beatlemania? Do you own the complete Beatles collection? Can you name that Beatles song with just a few notes? Well you’re in luck, April 25 & 26 at the Segerstrom Center you can rock out to RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES. Not only that you are invited to partake in pre-show activities that include a photo opportunity depicting a replica of the iconic album cover from The Beatles Abbey Road. For you Beatles trivia buffs, there will also be Abbey Road trivia on display. RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome. From the early hits to later classics, this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love and a little help from your friends. To learn...

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The Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Culture, Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

There’s nothing like exposing your children to California culture. I’m not talking beaches and hiking, but instead museums, architecture and theater. In a forgotten part of downtown Los Angeles under a freeway exit ramp, lives the oldest puppet theater in America. Founded by Bob Baker and Alton Wood in 1963, The Bob Baker Marionette Theater which was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2009 entertains families daily. My family and I were invited by the Bob Baker Theater to attend their 2:30 show and decided to make a historical LA Fun day out of the trip. The drive is long so why not enjoy all that Downtown LA has to offer. We left Orange County at 12:30 expecting the usually LA traffic. By 1:30 we were amongst the towers of a surprisingly busy Downtown LA. Before my...

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RAIN A Tribute to the Beatles Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Featured, Film, Giveaways, Theatre | 6 comments

Do you have a Beatles fan in your home? Then they are not going to want to miss the limited-time engagement of Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles that is coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from April 25th through the 26th. The cast for the Orange County engagement includes Paul Curatolo as Paul McCartney, Steve Landes as John Lennon, Ralph Castelli as Ringo Starr and Joe Bithorn as George Harrison. Chris Smallwood joins as the keyboardist. Tickets start at $30, and are now available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. The New York Times says, “The audience is enraptured. They get a chance to sing along, twist and shout!” And Entertainment Weekly states, “Just turn off your mind, relax and float downstream...

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The Book of Mormon Ticket Lottery Announced

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Your family is not going to want to miss The Book of Mormon that is coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on May 13th through the 25th. The community is thrilled to have the performance coming to Orange County, and the tickets are already in high demand. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts just announced today that they will be offering a pre-show ticket lottery two and a half hours before each performance. The lottery will feature a limited number of tickets for just $25 each, and names will be drawn from a lottery drum at the box office (600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa). The tickets will be orchestra seats, and can only be purchased with cash with a limited of two tickets per person. Fans must present a valid photo ID when entering the...

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MAMMA MIA! A Smashing Hit at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical arrived at Segerstrom Center for the Arts Tuesday evening and by the end of opening night guests couldn’t stay in their seats! Seen by more than 54 million people worldwide, MAMMA MIA!, is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new-found family. Over its history MAMMA MIA! boasts more than 5,000 performances on Broadway and is hailed as the tenth longest-running show in all of Broadway history.* MAMMA MIA! is staged in the exotic Greek Isles.  The show is led by Donna Sheridan (Georgia Kate Haege) who has worked hard to raise her beautiful daughter, Sophie Sheridan (Chelsea Williams), all on her own. But, in the time preceding Sophie’s wedding, her longing to find her father, and as such understand more about her true self, becomes unbearable and she sets off a series...

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RAIN A Tribute to The Beatles Comes to The Segerstrom Center

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Opening April 25 for a Limited Engagement at Segerstrom Center for the Arts TICKETS ON SALE NOW Our family is thrilled that RAIN, a Beatles tribute band, is coming to perform at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. We are what I like to call “a music family” – as opposed to a sports family and The Beatles’ music is a favorite in our house. Dubbed “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” by The Associated Press, RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition, new songs are being included with the 2014 tour. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s...

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To Be American Coming to The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Events, Theatre | 0 comments

The Millennial Choirs and Orchestras is coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to perform “To Be American” on May 31st at 5pm and 8pm. The performances will feature original music and American classics composed and arranged by Brett Stewart and the recorded narrative of American raconteur Glenn Beck. The production is a tribute to our faithful Founding Fathers, to Old Glory, to the U.S. Armed Forces, to Americans past and present, and to God. This event is extra special to me because my daughter, Ella, will be singing in both performances. My daughter, along with a large group of Orange County kids, have been training for months to prepare for this family friendly event that your family will not want to miss. Your children will be exposed to a beautiful musical production at this event while celebrating...

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I Love Lucy Live on Stage

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Events, Theatre | 0 comments

My friend Pam and I hit the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on opening night to see the stage version of the enormously popular “I Love Lucy” television series, I Love Lucy Live on Stage. If you go, arrive early to take advantage of the photo booths set up for the audience. You’ll find a nice “I Love Lucy” backdrop on the main level for your pictures. Be sure to go upstairs for the Vitameatavegamin booth where you can photograph yourself in the famous television commercial. As we entered the theater, we found ourselves whisked back to the 1950s and discovered we were part of the Desilu Playhouse soundstage. The television studio host welcomed us to the filming of two familiar “I Love Lucy” episodes. We were treated to 50s style musical commercials and sat back to enjoy the...

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