Broadway World

Gilman Named Santa Barbara Symphony Board President

Dr. Don Gilman, an internationally recognized author, speaker, and executive coach, has been elected president of the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors…  A Santa Barbara native and an alumnus of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, Dr. Gilman holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Westmont College. more

Santa Barbara Symphony Children to Present Year’s Final BRAVO! Concert

Local elementary students in grades four through six will present a free band and string concert at 6 pm on Monday, May 1, in the Marjorie Luke Theatre…  In addition to the Santa Barbara Symphony, SBUSD, and the Incredible Children’s Art Network, funding partners include Westmont College, the Mosher Foundation, and the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation. more

BWW Preview: BLOOD WEDDING at Westmont College

About ten years ago, I saw a production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding that has stuck in my brain, rearing itself up to serve as background visual for thoughts regarding (even slightly) related topics.. Produced by Westmont College and directed by Mitchell Thomas, Blood Wedding runs at the Porter Theater this week and next. more

Photo Flash: The Theatre Group at SBCC presents A FLEA IN HER EAR

COURTNEY SCHWASS (Lucienne Homenides De Histangua) was last seen in Westmont College’s production of Almost, Maine. Before moving to Santa Barbara, she studied acting at Diablo Valley College in the Bay Area with Beth McBrien. A Flea in Her Ear marks Courtney’s first performance with The Theatre Group at SBCC. more

Don Gilman Named Vice President of Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors

Don Gilman, an internationally recognized author, speaker, trainer, and executive coach, has been elected vice president of the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors… A Santa Barbara native and an alumnus of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, Dr. Gilman holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Westmont College, a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from UC Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in engineering management from West Coast University in Los Angeles, and a doctorate in organization change from Pepperdine University. more

SINNER/SAINT Gives History and Future of LGBTQ

Santa Barbara is a small enough town that when my timetable for producing reviews slacks, I inevitably run into someone involved in the production I’ve yet to write about… These two young playwrights conceived Sinner/Saint as a senior project at Westmont College. more 

Local Choruses to Unite with S.B. Symphony for Monumental Performances of Beethoven’s Ninth

The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will assemble singers from throughout the region for grandly thrilling performances of Beethoven’s jubilant and inspiring Symphony No. 9 at the Granada Theatre on October 15 and 16. Also featuring Rapture, a shimmering orchestral work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse, the season-opening concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, October 15, and at 3 pm on Sunday, October 16. Tickets are now available. The performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its rapturous choral setting ofFriedrich Schiller‘s “Ode to Joy,” will feature singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, Quire of Voyces, and San Marcos High School, as well as soloists Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Nina Yoshida Nelson (mezzo), Benjamin Brecher (tenor), and DeAndre Simmons (bass). more

BWW Preview: Westmont Has a GOOD DAY and Goes MAD & A GOAT with Alumni Talent

This fall has brought the kind of uncomfortably blistering heat to Santa Barbara that makes spending the afternoon in an air-conditioned theatre an appealing alternative to almost any other activity. Fall also means the beginning of a new semester and the impending performances of student productions at the high schools and universities in town, including UCSB, SBCC, and Westmont College. Despite its small size, the Westmont theatre program consistently puts out productions of excellent quality. The most recent example was the end-of-summer theatre festival featuring three shows: The Lover (by Harold Pinter), Poor, Poor Lear, Nina Sallinen’s one-woman Learadaptation (by Nina Sallinen and Katya Krohn), and a reboot performance of Lit Moon’s successful production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. more

BWW Review: THE INSECT COMEDY Exposes Humanity’s Most Basic Needs and Desires

The Insect Comedy (by Czech playwrights Karel andJosef Capek) is a satirical play originally written to highlight the cultural trappings of post-World War I Czechoslovakia. …Westmont College’s presentation of the Capeks’ work overleaps the dangers of producing an outdated allegorical play as mere theatrical exercise by emphasizing the most honest moments of the essence of humanity–and organizing them in a fresh and relatable manner. more

BWW Reviews: Under the Northern Lights of ALMOST, MAINE

The Westmont Department of Theatre’s production of John Cariani‘s Almost, Maine is friendly and unpretentious enough to resonate warmth with even the most cynical viewers. On a cold night in the unincorporated county of Almost, Maine, a town that isn’t quite a town because the denizens “never got organized,” a series of vignettes shows residents of this nowhere hamlet experiencing the purity and pain of love gained, unrequited, and lost; the slow fade of tenderness gone awry; and the sudden, stunning realization of affection. more

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