State Street Ballet's "Secret Garden"
State Street Ballet's "Secret Garden" - A full-lenght ballet choreographed and directed by Josie Walsh with original score by Paul Rivera Jr. and multi-media scenic design by David Bazemore. World premiere performance at Santa Barbara's Granada Theatre February 26th, 2012.
Peter Pucci's "Dream On By"
State Street Ballet's Finale of the 2012-2013 Season featured a premiere of Peter Pucci's new work "Dream on By" set to some of Paul Simons most-loved songs. Also featured were 2 more new works: "Yoruba," set to music by Zap Mama, chorepgraphed by former SSB dancer Autumn Eckman, and "Pistolero" by current SSB dancer Samantha Bell. "Patsy & Hank" and "B.A.N.D." by Emmy-winner Robert Sund rounded out this fine and enrgertic program.
John Cleese & LAGQ - "Don Quixote"
An excerpt from the DVD of "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote" read to hilarious effect by the incomparable John Cleese with music from the time of Cervantes performed by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. We join our two "heros" midway through Book II – in chapters III & IV, Don Quixote wrestles with a cat and Sancho Panza nearly starves.
Music Academy of the West's "Magic Flute"
The Music Academy of the West's fully staged production of "The Magic Flute," overseen by Marilyn Horne and conducted by Warren Jones, was a triumph and a lot of fun too! Featuring highly talented singers and musicians from the 2013 Summer Festival. Sound by Opus 1.
Lit Moon's "Hamlet"
Lit Moon Theater Company has done it again: gone boldly beyond where only they have not feared to tread. This is a new update of their reworking of "Hamlet," the (depending on your point of view) timeless classic or tired old chestnut. This daring interpretation certainly breathes new vitality and insight into that venerable staple of the stage. Featuring an all new soundscape by veteran Lit Mooner James Connolly, actors Erin Brehm, Victoria Finlayson & Stanley Hoffman playing multiple roles, and Jeff Mills as the dithering Dane, all directed by magic-maker John Blondell, it made for a brief but riveting bout with the the bard.
Ballet Santa Barbara, Fall 2010
BSB's first Lobero Theatre residency took place over three days in October, 2010, performed free of charge for over 1300 school children from Santa Barbara. Two works by Carrie Diamond were created especially for this residency: Wisperfal, a ballet inspired by Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, choreographed to music by Eric Valinsky, also inspired by Vivaldi, and "Haringduet" choreographed to music by Daniel Levitan.