5/27/2017

THEATRE AND DANCE - A Life in Theatre Chronicle





A new app, Chronicle, enables cast and crews who were in the South Gate productions to share photos and annotate with their own stories.

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3/20/2011

SOUTH GATE STAGE




Most musicals have happy endings and likable characters, but not CHESS, a show that is about deception that leads to an endgame with the appropriate negative song, Nobody’s On Nobody’s Side.

ABBA, the composers of CHESS, musical Mama Mia, was a mega-hit, but CHESS was a Broadway flop.  Many revivals changed the plot, characters, music and lyrics in an effort to make CHESS work.  South Gate Stage takes on the challenge of this intriguing but difficult musical.

2/19/2008

FEVER GOES HOLLYWOOD


FEVER, an original musical, performs at the Ricardo Montablan Theatre in Hollywood. 

1/26/2008

SOUTH GATE STAGE PREMIERS NEW MUSICAL FOR “FESTIVAL OF NEW AMERICAN MUSICALS”

FEVER  flies to the stage at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood.  http://www.ricardomontalbantheatre.org/

FEVER, an adaptation of Midsummer Night's Dream,  is a 'play within a play' as disco era characters act out the lives of Shakespearean characters. Original script by Howard Dando.

South Gate Stage is proud to be invited to present this original musical for the Festival of New American Musicals with the following companies: The Old Globe Theatre (San Diego), South Coast Repertory Theatre (Orange County), Rubicon Theatre (Ventura), Sundance Theatre Program, UCLA, USC School of Theatre, LA Master Chorale, Ford Theatre, Rogers & Hammerstein Organization, etc.

Festival chairs are Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd), Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly), Jason Alexander and Angela Lansbury. 

1/25/2008

FEVER ON FRONT PAGE NEWS


FEVER on the cover page of the largest International English speaking newspaper, the Christian Science Monitor:

FEVER on Orange County Register:
The front cover of Backstage Magazine and more.


10/30/2007

SOUTH GATE STAGE WINS DTASC TROPHY


South Gate Stage wins DTASC Trophy in competition with 60 High Schools from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

8/23/2007

SOUTH GATE STAGE GRAPHICS AWARDS

South Gate Stage wins prestigious national, state, local and even international awards for Poster and Program designs for the following productions:


First Place - United States Graphic Association Award
First Place - California State Fair
First Place - Los Angeles County State Fair
Best of Show - Los Angeles County State Fair

PIPPIN

International Graphic Arts Education Association (National Competition) - First Place
Thummer Award (National Competition) only awarded in a year when a graphic exhibits Excellence beyond Standards
California State Fair - First Place
LA County Fair: First Place
LA County Fair - Best of Show
International - PIPPIN Poster - only 'non-commercial' graphic displayed at the European Union Guttenburg Festival


GODSPELL

First Place - California State Fair
First Place - Los Angeles County Fair

CATS

First Place - California State Fair
First Place - Los Angeles County Fair
Best of Show - Los Angeles County Fair

Poster and Program Designs click:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/south_gate_stage_posters/

8/22/2007

BACKSTAGE at SOUTH GATE STAGE

Stephen Schwartz, composer of 'Wicked' with South Gate Stage students.
Marcia Seligson, Producer with Broadway Tony and Golden Globe winner,  Judith Light; and Broadway and hit singer songwriter, Debbie Gibson.
John Rubenstein, the original Pippin in 'Pippin' speaks at 
South Gate Stage rehearsal of "Pippin.'

Ken Page, the original Deuteronomy
 in both Broadway and film of 'Cats' 

with South Gate Stage 'Cats' cast and crew members.

     
Jean Louisa Kelly, Film, Television and Broadway star at rehearsal of 
South Gate 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.'



Jennifer Leigh-Warren, Broadway star, and the original Crystal in
'Little Shop of Horrors' with Marcia Seligson, Producer of Reprise.


       Stephen Schwartz signs South Gate Stage production posters of ' Pippin.'

6/12/2006

CATS


South Gate Stage is the first school (University, Secondary or non-professional theatre) to present a production of CATS in California.





5/12/2006


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat





6/10/2001

FINAL CURTAIN
By Peter Harrison


Backstage at his final performance for South Gate Stage, director Howard Dando appears to be in several places simultaneously, discussing a sound cue with the stage manager, helping an actor with a line, and checking with the conductor about tempo.

His career includes producing and directing several Broadway productions, including the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Who’s Tommy, and directing Elvis at the Palace Theatre on Broadway. He was Founder and Director of the major ballet company, Stars of the American Ballet that the New York Times reviewed as "Leading the Dance Renaissance" as well as raves from every major newspaper in the nation, But tonight finds Dando directing a production of his original musical FEVER, not on Broadway, but at the West Coast Broadway equivalent Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. Why would a veteran of the New York stage, direct theatre at a high school? “To make a difference! That's why we're on this earth?” said Dando.

'Amazing' is the word heard after every performance. The students won trophies at the annual DTASC Competitions; and performed at several professional theatres,  “I wanted students to rub shoulders with professionals so we developed partnerships with professional Theatre companies including Reprise, Geffen Playhouse, Ricardo Montalban Theatre, The Actors Gang, the Skirball Center, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Festival of New American Musicals, The London Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, A Noise Within, and the Los Angeles Music Center.”

Dando was nominated for a Bravo Award by the Los Angeles Music Center for Outstanding Arts Teacher and received certificates from City Council. But he insists, “The students make it happen and deserve the awards. Working with these kids is my reward. They inspire me with their passion. At every rehearsal we laugh and that's a joy can’t be duplicated in commercial theater.”

It was fun for the audiences as well. A Middle School group was reluctant to attend FEVER because they heard is was based on a Shakespeare play. After the performance a busload of students asked their teacher if they could see it again the next night. After a show a family sought out the director to tell him their daughter wanted to see the show again, but it meant cancelling her birthday party, the young girl said, “FEVER was more fun than any birthday party.”

The Los Angeles Theatre Arts Division sent a letter, "FEVER was at level of artistic excellence above and beyond the norm in our district. ” Dando shared the letter with his students, “It means you made a difference.”

More information on FEVER at: http://www.dancetheatre.blogspot.com/


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