The Cabrillo Music Theatre announced that stage and screen legend Shirley Jones, and her son Patrick Cassidy, will star in its annual holiday production at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Many people associate Jones with the ’70s television series The Partridge Family, but her award-winning stage performances comprise the fullest aspect of her long career. Carole W. Nussbaum, Cabrillo Music Theatre’s president and chief executive officer, said, “We’re pulling out all the stops, and bringing in all the bells and whistles” for the Holiday Spectacular, which is set to open Dec. 21 and continue through Christmas Eve.

Congratulations to Ventura jazz trombonist John Egizi, who has been awarded the Berklee College of Music Presidential Scholarship, which will pay for four years of tuition, housing and associated fees. Only six other students in the world were also awarded this scholarship.

The New West Symphony announced that it will debut its chorus in May with three performances of Carmina Burana, a collection of songs written in the 13th and 14th centuries, under the direction of Lesley Leighton, artistic director of the Los Robles Master Chorale and assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. This news comes on the heels of symphony director Boris Brott’s (pictured) announcement that the 2010-2011 season will be his last with New West. “I am immensely proud of what we have achieved during the orchestra’s first 15 years,” said Brott. “I look forward to our 16th season together as we celebrate this fine orchestra and our long relationship.”

Approximately 200 people turned out for the launch of Film Ventura, a citizen advisory committee that promotes local film and television production within the city of Ventura. The city and the county share an impressive history as a location for numerous motion pictures, but the city is stepping up its efforts to attract film production here to stimulate the local economy.

Ventura County arts contributors are gathering their resources to help stage actress Kathleen Silverman, who was in a serious automobile accident in August. There are a number of fundraisers being held for her, including a parking lot sale at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 23, and Hank Williams and Patsy Cline: the Concert That Never Was, at PC’s Bar and Grill in Simi Valley on Sunday, Nov. 21. To attend or donate to these events, contact Carol Harris at 587-3730 or caroldammit@yahoo.com. Cash donations can be made online by visiting http://kathleen.chipin.com/kathleen-silverman.

Opportunities
Bell Arts Factory in Ventura will present a grants workshop for artists and others seeking expert advice about finding grants and writing proposals. The workshop will be taught by representatives from Grant Writing USA on Nov. 18 and 19 for $425. For more information, contact the Bell Arts Factory at www.bellartsfactory.org.

Artist Sarah Kalvin is requesting that anyone who painted, drew, photographed or otherwise rendered the E.P. Foster House before it burned to the ground, please contact her for inclusion in an upcoming exhibition. Kalvin can be reached via e-mail at sarah@sarahkalvin.com.   

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