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Carol Channing.

Carol Channing.

I want to talk about some terrific local theatre, all of which deserves support from us,-the community, as we are lucky enough to be surrounded by such enriching talent. And, of course I need yet another last hurrah, a final bit of hurly-burly regarding the Screen Actors Guild election…

SAG Election

Our community abounds with actors. So, actors, your ballots should have arrived. Please vote. If you lean my way or not, this is the time when SAG can change course; a choice of positive versus negative. It’s no secret that I am a sincere supporter of the Unite for Strength group. Ken Howard will make a distinguished, calm and intelligent President of the Screen Actors Guild. Amy Aquino, running for Secretary Treasurer, says, “The go-it-alone approach has wreaked havoc, not only on members’ livelihoods but on the Guild itself. The actions of Membership First have seriously weakened SAG financially, saddling us with a $6.5 million deficit. Their year-long delay in negotiating the TV/Theatrical contract, their fight with AFTRA and other reckless decisions has caused deep-rooted fiscal damage. Unite for Strength has begun to address this crisis by resolving SAG’s two major contracts, and supporting measures to streamline Guild operations. Going forward, we’ll continue to make SAG’s financial health a top priority.”
It’s about time. Visit Unite for Strength to learn their priorities and meet their eminent group of actors running for the SAG Board of Directors. Take the time; it’s so vital to the community.

Time for Fun

It’s so heartening to see enthusiastic and wonderful community theatre. The Falcon Theatre is a beacon of Toluca Lake. If you haven’t been to Garry Marshall’s beautiful theatre, I’m sad (find it at 4252 W. Riverside Dr., across from Bob’s). The Falcon is now presenting the Troubadour Theater Company’s “Oedipus the King, Mama!” It’s a maternal musical that mashes up Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King” with the music of the King of Rock n’ Roll, Elvis. Created by the theater company that is considered “The Masters of Musical Spoofery,” and casually known as the Troubies.
MTG is one of my favorite companies. They keep musical theatre alive and awesome. The award-winning Musical Theatre Guild is opening its season with the 1962 Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley musical “Stop the World—I Want to Get Off.” The opening performance will take place on Monday, September 14 at 7:30pm at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. A second and final performance will occur on Sunday, September 20 at 3pm at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum. Make your plans now; it’s worth it! Check out musicaltheatreguild.com and learn about their sweet and admirable history… and their future!

Carol Channing

Carol is a woman who gives herself to her audience and to the community. Here’s a chance to see her do both. The Altadena Community Church presents “Carol Channing Raises the Roof!” as a benefit concert for ACC’s Roof Repair Fund. An unplugged evening that follows a simple format as Carol Channing offers memories, humorous storytelling and an advance preview of her new gospel CD entitled “For Heaven’s Sake” and several of her signature tunes, including “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “Little Girl From Little Rock” and, of course, “Hello, Dolly!” that bring the audience up close and personal with the ultimate Broadway Baby. Hurry! Don’t wait to make your reservations for “Carol Channing Raises the Roof!” on Sunday, September 6th at 7pm. Balcony tickets are $35 dollars for adults and $10 for children 13 and under. Main floor tickets are $75 per ticket. And the opportunity to give and receive the VIP tix, at $125, which includes a reception with Miss Channing is available. For tickets, call (626) 395-9923.
And check on the unstoppable Dr. Carol and her husband Harry at drchanningfoundation.org. Their arts foundation just may bring back the arts in public schools! We’ll talk…

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