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Ensemble Theatre Company Of Santa Barbara Presents THE LOOK OF LOVE This Valentine's  Photo Ensemble Theatre Company Of Santa Barbara Presents THE LOOK OF LOVE This Valentine's Day
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2021

This Valentines' Day, Ensemble Theatre Company will present performances by renowned artists that look at love and healing. This free on-demand streaming event will feature Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Gregory Harrison, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Amanda McBroom, and others who will present an evening of short tales and music that are haunting, comic, bittersweet and uplifting.

Ensemble Theatre Company Of Santa Barbara Offers Two Streaming Family Holiday Events Photo Ensemble Theatre Company Of Santa Barbara Offers Two Streaming Family Holiday Events
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2020

This December, Ensemble Theatre Company will offer two holiday events the entire family can enjoy. First, ETC welcomes back Porgy and Bess cast members Elijah Rock and Frank Lawson for a rockin' musical Christmas variety show LIVE from Las Vegas.

Circle Theatre Kicks Off 2020 Season with Richard Bean's ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS! Photo Circle Theatre Kicks Off 2020 Season with Richard Bean's ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2020

In Richard Bean's hilarious comedy we find ourselves in Brighton, England. 1963. Francis Henshall is in the employ of TWO men: gangster, Roscoe Crabbe and Stanley Stubbersa?"mortal enemies of one another. However, it turns out that a?oeRoscoea?? is already deceased and Roscoe's twin sister, Rachel, has been posing as him. Fighting a mounting sense of confusion and distractions, Francis frantically tries to keep Roscoe and Stubbers apart so they cannot find out he's secretly been working for both of them. How long can he keep this charade up? Be sure to catch this splendidly silly comedy making its way to the Circle stage on January 30th.

BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at Ensemble Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at Ensemble Theatre Company
by Maggie Yates - Dec 14, 2019

Director Brian McDonald does a nice job of keeping the actors rotating around the multiple microphones on stage (or having them add and remove costuming items) to distinguish between multiple characters. The staging is dynamic and the sight gags are clever, and the actors give pleasant and efficient performances, bringing out the warmth and hopefulness of this holiday tale. Ensemble's production highlights humor and heart for an agreeable, well-produced night of festive entertainment.

Photo Flash: First Look at Ensemble Theatre Company's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE R Photo Photo Flash: First Look at Ensemble Theatre Company's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2019

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (ETC) presents the second show of its 2019-20 Season, the can't-miss, holiday event of the season, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, adapted by Joe Landry, from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra & Jo Swerling and directed by ETC's Director of Education and Outreach, Brian McDonald. It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play begins previews on Thursday, December 5, opens on Saturday, December 7 at 8:00pm, and runs through Sunday, December 22, 2019 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.

Photo Flash: First Look at IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at Ensemble Theat Photo Photo Flash: First Look at IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2019

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (ETC) presents the second show of its 2019-20 Season, the can't-miss, holiday event of the season, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, adapted by Joe Landry, from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra & Jo Swerling and directed by ETC's Director of Education and Outreach, Brian McDonald. It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play begins previews on Thursday, December 5, opens on Saturday, December 7 at 8:00pm, and runs through Sunday, December 22, 2019 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.

Ensemble Theatre Company Presents IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE:  A LIVE RADIO PLAY Photo Ensemble Theatre Company Presents IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2019

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (ETC) presents the second show of its 2019-20 Season, the can't-miss, holiday event of the season, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, adapted by Joe Landry, from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra & Jo Swerling and directed by ETC's Director of Education and Outreach, Brian McDonald.

BYU Ballroom Dance Company to COME ALIVE at Casper Events Center on October 22nd Photo BYU Ballroom Dance Company to COME ALIVE at Casper Events Center on October 22nd
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2019

Brigham Young University's Ballroom Dance Company (BDC) is one of the most distinctive and unique university dance companies in the world. Based in Provo, Utah, this company consists of 32 dancers, all of whom are full-time students at BYU.

McCarter Welcomes Robert J. Caruso As New President Of The Board Of Trustees Photo McCarter Welcomes Robert J. Caruso As New President Of The Board Of Trustees
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2019

At its final Board of Trustees meeting of the season, McCarter Theatre Center welcomed Robert J. Caruso as its new President. Mr. Caruso was elected to serve a three year term, succeeding outgoing Interim Board President Reginald Browne.

Ensemble Theatre Company Earns California Arts Council 'Youth Arts Action Grant' Photo Ensemble Theatre Company Earns California Arts Council 'Youth Arts Action Grant'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2019

The California Arts Council announced a grant award of $16,200 to Ensemble Theatre Company's (ETC's) 3rdAnnual Young Playwrights' Festival as part of its Youth Arts Action program.

Ensemble Theatre Co Announces 2019-20 Season; EMMA THE MUSICAL, AMERICAN SON, and Mor Photo Ensemble Theatre Co Announces 2019-20 Season; EMMA THE MUSICAL, AMERICAN SON, and More
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2019

Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) announces its 2019-20 Season of plays. ETC's 41st Season is the company's seventh year at The New Vic in downtown Santa Barbara, and features a thrilling selection of extraordinary works, including William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, a radio play version of the beloved holiday story It's a Wonderful Life, a musical adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, the West Coast premiere of the Broadway play American Son, and an inspirational pop and jazz musical about the legendary Rosemary Clooney. ETC's 2019-20 Season will build upon the momentum of its successful and celebratory 40thAnniversary 2018-19 Season.

Rubicon Theatre Presents KIDS FOR KIDS BENEFIT CONCERT - THE CIRCLE OF LIFE Photo Rubicon Theatre Presents KIDS FOR KIDS BENEFIT CONCERT - THE CIRCLE OF LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2018

Rubicon Theatre Company has announced what is expected to be the biggest and most extraordinary Kids for Kids Benefit Concert in the company's history for Saturday, December 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the theatre, located at 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura's Downtown Cultural District. More than 70 young people will be performing onstage or via video in an entertaining musical variety show that raises funds for scholarships for next summer's education and outreach participants. 

WaterTower Theatre Announces Casting And Creative Details For A DOLL'S HOUSE Photo WaterTower Theatre Announces Casting And Creative Details For A DOLL'S HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2018

WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director, Joanie Schultz, today announced casting and creative team details for A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Joanie Schultz.

Enrollment Now Open For Spring Classes At Rubicon Theatre Company Photo Enrollment Now Open For Spring Classes At Rubicon Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2018

Enrollment is now open for spring acting classes at Rubicon Theatre Company for adults and children ages 5 and older. Classes will be taught by Rubicon Associate Artistic Director Brian McDonald, an award-winning professional actor and director and graduate of Boston Conservatory, whose credits include national tours and work with prestigious regional theatre companies including Denver Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, McCoy-Rigby at La Mirada, Musical Theatre Guild at Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center, and Rubicon.

Photo Flash: First Look at Rubicon Theatre Company's BUYER & CELLAR Photo Photo Flash: First Look at Rubicon Theatre Company's BUYER & CELLAR
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2018

Rubicon Theatre Company presents the outrageously funny, critically-acclaimed comedy Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins. The production is directed by Ovation Award-winner Stephanie A. Coltrin and stars award-winning actor and Rubicon's Associate Artistic Director Brian McDonald.

BWW Review: BUYER AND CELLAR at Rubicon Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: BUYER AND CELLAR at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Jan 28, 2018

Brian McDonald brilliantly plays multiple roles in the one-man comic fantasy 'Buyer and Cellar,' about serving as shopkeeper in Barbara Streisand's ornate underground personal shopping mall. A tour de force for McDonald and the Rubicon Theater Company.

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents Brian McDonald Starring in BUYER & CELLAR Photo Rubicon Theatre Company Presents Brian McDonald Starring in BUYER & CELLAR
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2018

Rubicon Theatre Company presents the outrageously funny, critically-acclaimed comedy Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins. The production is directed by Ovation Award-winner Stephanie A. Coltrin and stars award-winning actor and Rubicon's Associate Artistic Director Brian McDonald. Inspired by Barbra Streisand's book My Passion for Design, Tolins' one-man, tour-de-force is described by the N.Y. Times as a seriously funny slice of absurdist whimsy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. Winner of the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Best Play, this Off-Broadway sensation follows a struggling actor named Alex who winds up working for an unnamed show-business legend in her Malibu basement mall. An unlikely friendship develops between the two from which Alex learns profound lessons about himself.

Rubicon Theatre Company Reaches Out for Thomas Fire Relief Photo Rubicon Theatre Company Reaches Out for Thomas Fire Relief
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2017

A week ago, the artists of Rubicon Theatre of Ventura were in final dress rehearsals for the first show of the company's 20th Anniversary Season - an original adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol by Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns. The next day, rehearsals came to a halt when the electricity went out in the building; staff, cast and crew were evacuated, and fires throughout the area came within blocks of the theatre. The Thomas Fire, as it has come to be called, has since engulfed more than 230,000 acres and destroyed more than 500 homes and structures in the area (135 in the City of Ventura). At this time, the fire is 15% contained. Recognizing that the whole community is affected and that local support must go to basic needs in Ventura, Rubicon is reaching out across the nation to ask for support from other theatre communities.

Rubicon Theatre Company presents CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL Photo Rubicon Theatre Company presents CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company kicks off its 20th Anniversary Season with the return of the critically-acclaimed holiday hit CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Broadway, TV and film veterans Peter Van Norden (RTC's Taking Sides, Copenhagen) and Emmy Award-winner Joe Spano ( NCIS, RTC's Bucky) reprise their roles as Scrooge and Marley, respectively, in this innovative telling of Dickens' timeless tale of transformation and redemption. Adapted by Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns and directed by Brian McDonald, the 27-member cast features many of the same actors from the original production that earned a Critic's Pick in the Los Angeles Times and rave reviews from Ventura County Star, CASA Magazine, VIDA Magazine and the Ventura Breeze. This imaginative version of Dickens' novella offers a revealing portrait of the yearning, lost child inside the cold-hearted miserly man. Actors perform in the storytelling style of the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Nicholas Nickleby, playing characters, animals even dressing gowns and doors! CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL opens in Ventura on Saturday, December 9at 7:00 p.m. followed by an after-party at Rhumb Line Restaurant. Low-priced previews are December 6-8. The show runs Todays through Sundays through December 23.

WaterTower Theatre Announces Details For The Remainder Of The 2017-2018 Main Stage Se Photo WaterTower Theatre Announces Details For The Remainder Of The 2017-2018 Main Stage Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2017

WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director, Joanie Schultz, today announced casting and creative team details for the remainder of the 2017-2018 Main Stage Season, which includes the Regional Premiere of Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue by Quiara Alegr a Hudes, Bread, a World Premiere by Regina Taylor, The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown, and the Regional Premiere of Hand to God by Robert Askins. The directors for the remainder of the Season include David Lozano, Leah C. Gardiner, Kelsey Leigh Ervi, and Joanie Schultz.

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