Performances by Casts of ONCE, PIPPIN & More To Preview Segerstrom Center's 2014-15 Season, 8/18

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Performances by Casts of ONCE, PIPPIN & More To Preview Segerstrom Center's 2014-15 Season, 8/18

Segerstrom Center for the Arts will present a special preview of its exciting 2014 - 2015 Season with performances and guest artists on Monday, August 18 at 7 p.m. in the Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The evening will include songs and highlights performed by the casts from shows in the 2014 - 2015 Broadway Series, including Pippin, Motown the Musical and The Phantom of the Opera as well as ONCE, which opens the next evening, August 19 - the final production in the 2013 - 2014 Broadway Series. In addition to performing numbers from the shows, the artists will talk about the productions, their performances and entertaining behind-the-scenes stories. Audience members will have the opportunity to purchase their season tickets that evening.

Tickets to the 2014 - 2015 Season Preview are $10 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 TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Seating is not assigned. As a way of thanking patrons, guests who attend will receive a $10 credit back to their account which can be used towards the purchase of subscriptions or tickets to other Center performances through August 17, 2015. The $10 credit must be redeemed at the Box Office or by phone.

The Center's exhibit of Broadway-inspired LEGO art will be on display in the Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall lobby. This remarkable collection created by some of the most talented and imaginative members of LUGOLA (LEGO Users Group of Los Angeles) has drawn attention around the country and been featured in local news. The sculptures are themed to shows in the Center's 2014 - 2015 Broadway and Curtain Call Series: Pippin (November 11 - 23, 2014), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the Musical (December 10 - 14, 2014), Kinky Boots (December 30, 2014 - January 11, 2015), Dirty Dancing (February 3 - 15, 2015), Nice Work If You Can Get It (March 17 - 22, 2015), Guys and Dolls (April 14 - 19, 2015), Annie the Musical (May 13 - 24, 2015), Motown the Musical (June 16 -28, 2015) and The Phantom of the Opera (August 5 - 16, 2015). The colorful sculptures are filled with action and often iconic moments from the shows. The exhibit is currently running through Jersey Boys (June 24 - July 13, 2014), Solo for Two: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev (July 25 - 27, 2014), Ghost the Musical (July 29 - August 10, 2014) and ONCE (August 19 - 31, 2014).

The team of designers was led by Paul Lee of Placentia (Pippin), with a team comprised of John Cooper of San Diego (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the Musical), Mariann Asanuma of Escondido (Kinky Boots), James Banks of Long Beach (Dirty Dancing), Eric Tetangco of La Habra (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Peter Aoun of Azusa (Guys and Dolls), Guy Himber of Sherman Oaks (Annie the Musical) and Ray Silva of Lake Forest (The Phantom of the Opera).

Hundreds of pieces were used in each work to create the detailed representations. In addition to their design ingenuity, the artists drew from their knowledge of the individual shows in order to instill a sense of personality and communication into each tableau. To the Center's knowledge, this is the only LEGO exhibit of its kind that illustrates the fun of Broadway and the world of the great American musical.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is unique as both an acclaimed arts institution and as a multi- disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages, offering unsurpassed experiences, and engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring programs.

Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center traces its roots back to the late 1960s when a dedicated group of community leaders decided Orange County should have its own world-class performing arts venue.

As Orange County's largest non-profit arts organization, Segerstrom Center for the Arts owns and operates the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall, which opened in 1986, and the 2,000-seat Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006 and also houses the 500-seat Samueli Theater, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center's studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. A spacious arts plaza anchors Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is home to numerous free performances throughout the year as part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' ongoing Free for All series.

The Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages from throughout Orange County and beyond, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. It offers many education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. These programs reach hundreds of thousands of students of all ages with vital arts-in-education programs, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future.

In addition to the presenting and producing institution Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the 14-acre campus also embraces the facilities of two independent acclaimed organizations: Tony Award®-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region's major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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