Play Explores ‘Variations’ of Chekhov’s ‘Seagull’

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Westmont graduating seniors Brynn Mitchell, Elaine Pazaski and James Wong present a fresh, fierce homage to the central characters of Anton Chekhov’s classic, “The Seagull,” in “The Nina Variations” by Stephen Dietz on Friday, Feb. 6, and Saturday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. in Porter Theatre. The play, directed by Mitchell with scenography by Wong… [Continue Reading]

Music, Theater Offer Opera Classics

Soprano Christine Nathanson

The Westmont Theater and Music Departments, which won three national awards for the 2013 co-production of “Pirates of Penzance,” combine forces for “An Evening of One-Act Opera Classics” on Jan. 30-31 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 1 at 3 p.m., all in Porter Theatre. Tickets, which cost $15 general admission and $10 students/seniors/children, can be… [Continue Reading]

Dance Concert ‘Unfolding’ at Westmont

Senior Prudence Gordon

The Westmont Fall Dance Concert, “Unfolding,” which features choreography by students and faculty members Susan Alexander, Christina Sanchez and Brooklyn Hughes Melton, is Friday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., all in Porter Theatre. General admission is $10; $7 for students, seniors and children. Tickets may… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Hosts California Premier of Tire Sculptor

Chakaia Booker

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, hosts the West Coast premiere exhibition of internationally famous sculptor Chakaia Booker Dec. 11-Jan. 31. A free, public opening reception with Booker is Thursday, Dec. 11, from 4-6 p.m. The exhibition features about two dozen of Booker’s reinvented rubber tire sculptures and works… [Continue Reading]

Christmas Fest Celebrates 10 Years in SB

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The Westmont Christmas Festival, one of the most popular holiday events in Santa Barbara, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with performances Dec. 5-6 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6-7 at 3 p.m. all at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Tickets to “Behold I am Making All Things New,” which cost $15 apiece,… [Continue Reading]

Musicians Star in November Concerts

Senior bassist Luke Mizuki

Westmont student musicians and composers show off their talents at five free concerts this month, all in Deane Chapel on Westmont’s lower campus. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. The Composer’s Concert, a showcase of new works by student composers, is Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. The Vocal Chamber… [Continue Reading]

Grotenhuis Estate Gift Will Fund 12 Scholarships Each Year at Westmont

David and Anna Grotenhuis with President Gayle D. Beebe

David and Anna Grotenhuis have planned a gift from their estate to Westmont College that will endow approximately 12 full-tuition scholarships focused on attracting culturally and ethnically diverse students and rewarding those with extraordinary musical accomplishment. “David and Anna’s gift will make a huge impact on our diversity initiative and our music programs,” says President… [Continue Reading]

Christmas Festival Tickets Go On Sale

Violinist Han Soo Kim performs during the Christmas Festival

Tickets to the 10th annual Westmont Christmas Festival go on sale Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. This year’s performance, “Behold I am Making All Things New,” will be Dec. 5-6 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6-7 at 3 p.m. all at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Tickets, which cost $15 apiece, can… [Continue Reading]

Musical Revue Offers Popular Opera Songs

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Westmont’s Music Drama Workshop offers a variety of songs from Broadway to opera Sunday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The Musical Revue, which will last about an hour, is free and open to the public. The show will feature songs from “Les Miserable,” “Camelot” and “Into the Woods” as well as other… [Continue Reading]

Blondell Circles Globe with Shakespeare

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John Blondell, professor of theater arts at Westmont and director of Lit Moon Theatre Company, shares his experiences of staging classic works for contemporary audiences on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. No tickets are required; the limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more… [Continue Reading]