The Frida Cinema: Owned by a non-profit arts organization, this old-school styled theater has volunteers in the ticket booth and concessions. The auditorium’s former seats have been recently replaced by cushy, high-backed ones. The venue touts itself as “Orange County’s year-round film festival” and screens independent, classic, short, anime and avant garde films, along with current movies. And as a bonus, each ticket comes with a discount offer for a local restaurant. 305 E. 4th St. #100, Santa Ana, 714-285-9422, www.thefridacinema.org.
There is a story about an adult, modern theater performer, She or he says, “I’ve been taking dance lessons since I was 3 years old! Voice lessons since I was 4! I’ve been acting in school and taking acting lessons since I was 5! And finally, today, I’ve been cast! I will be in the ensemble for (insert name of oft-seen musical) at (insert ballet shoes video name of obscure community theater)!”, Max Tachis, who has built a fine career as an actor, including at City Lights, Palo Alto Players and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, skipped all of that..
Director Scott also has played both Wendy and Peter on Broadway and in regional theaters, giving her a very intimate understanding of this show. You can put Farbstein’s name right up there with those superstars — she’s that terrific. For one thing, she’s got a natural physicality that enables her to move naturally. There’s something about the way she cocks her head, slow grin spreading across her face, expressive eyes twinkling, that makes the audience feel they are, indeed, seeing the real deal. She even makes it sound sincere after Wendy sews on Peter’s shadow and he proposes that Wendy become his mother. “None of us have any pockets,” he helplessly explains.
Murphy has performed with Alameda Civic Ballet since she was six, She’s a Snowflake and Dew Drop this year, but played the role of Clara years ago, Murphy’s friend and fellow classmate Isabel Saxty, 15, snagged the well-known part for this year’s production because “she’s an amazing dancer.” Saxty, also a sophomore at Alameda High said it was her time, “I’ve been kind of on the verge of getting it for a long time and this year, I guess I was just chosen, Since it’s only the one show, I always look forward to rehearsals,” said Saxty, who will play Clara during ballet shoes video the Dec, 18 performance, “There’s new choreography this year, We’ve advanced and progressed a lot so we’re able to do a lot more choreography now, Plus, we’re a lot older now.”..
Artistic director Graham Lustig swept in five years ago, as the company came back to life after a brief 2006 closure. Lustig provided a financial foothold with his exemplary production of “The Nutcracker.”. Now he has programmed a May 23-24 weekend of dance that simultaneously celebrates Oakland Ballet’s past triumphs, and looks to its future with a bevy of newly commissioned world premieres. Lustig also hopes the company can play a new role as a community-building catalyst, helping bring the disparate elements of the East Bay dance scene together.