Author: Emily Dodi

DEFYING GRAVITY | The Aerial Studio’s Spring Showcase promises magic, mischief and high-flying adventure

It might be the year 2017, but for a few hours over the weekend it will be the 1930s. The Aerial Studio in Ventura will be transformed into Mister Mey Hem’s Magic Factory, a fantastical world filled with mischief, magic and hope rolled into an amazing performance. The Spring Showcase will feature the studio’s kids and teen troupe performing on the silks, trapeze, trampoline wall, Spanish web (a vertical hanging rope) and aerial cube, as well as doing dance, acrobatic and circus routines. In short, they’ll be sharing an amazingly good time while showing off some fierce skills. The...

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SETTING THE STAGE | Playhouse 101 debuts in Agoura Hills

There’s a new light shining in Agoura Hills: Playhouse 101, a brand-new theater that launched its inaugural season on April 28. At a time when there is plenty of fear circulating about the demise of the arts, Playhouse 101 is proof that public love for them remains strong. Strong enough to create a theater on the sheer momentum of word of mouth. “It’s amazing how much has happened in so little time,” says Jeff Wallach, founder and producing artistic director. “There was no advertising, no [official] launch, just word of mouth power.” Playhouse 101 went from being a wonderful...

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CHILD’S PLAY | Ojai Youth Opera brings high drama to Libbey Bowl

Opera isn’t known for being kid-friendly. There’s the high drama, not to mention all the lust, death and countless jilted lovers. There are classics like Mozart’s The Magic Flute that are suitable for young audiences, but not many. Still, Rebecca Comerford didn’t have far to look when selecting an opera for Ojai Youth Opera’s first full-scale production. As the founder and director of OYO, Comerford wanted a socially relevant, age-appropriate opera that would serve the company’s mission of creating transformative experiences for performers and audiences alike. Brundibár by Czech composer Hans Krása stood out. Brundibár tells the story of...

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MUSICAL JOURNEY | World Pathways Ensemble at Ventura’s Unitarian Universalist Church

“We’re all friends. We all have smiles. We create this feeling of a loving embrace in the room,” says John Zeretzke, director of the World Pathways Ensemble. He’s not just referring to the band, but to everyone in the room. It’s a collective thing that happens when remarkable music is played. “Audiences feel the energy. It’s about love and friendship. People respond to that.” World Pathways Ensemble will bring its “vision of traditional music of the world” to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura on Saturday, May 6. Mixing the ancient with the contemporary to “form new pathways in...

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INNOVATION EN POINTE | The Ventura County Ballet Company dances to a different beat at NAMBA

“Ballet isn’t always tutus and fairytales,” says Kathleen Noblin, founder and executive director of Ventura County Ballet Company, and the founder and owner of Ballet Academy Ventura. Audiences will be able to see that firsthand at VCBC’s special fundraising event on April 22 at NAMBA Performing Arts Space in Ventura. The program will be decidedly different than the usual fare, with contemporary and innovative pieces designed to highlight the skill and beauty of the dancers. There will be a mix of professional dancers, including Ryan Camou and Leila Drake, who perform with the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara,...

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    February 6 @ 7:00 pm - May 22 @ 8:45 pm
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    May 13 @ 10:00 am - May 22 @ 5:00 pm