Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s “Sleeping Beauty” Awakens the Inner Stars Inside Young Actors

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During the June 7 dress rehearsal for Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s (RJJT) “Sleeping Beauty Kids,” held at the Community Recreation Center, 37 young and spirited cast members performed the Disney-inspired story of how true love can reverse a curse. In the musical, kind fairies raised Princess Aurora. Cursed and tricked by the spiteful fairy Maleficent, the princess pricked her finger...

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Triton Museum announces plans for Native American art collection

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The Austen D. Warburton Collection of Native American Art and Artifacts has remained within the confines of the Triton Museum of Art since 1989 — but that could soon change. At a recent City Council meeting, the museum discussed its plans to make the collection more accessible to the public. “For years, we had it on semi-permanent display, but then after a while, we had to change it up...

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Santa Clara Players reveal the ins and outs behind productions

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At Santa Clara Players, a lot of work goes into putting on a production. The audience witnesses that firsthand when the actors bring the script to life on stage — but they don’t see everything else that goes on behind the scenes. Santa Clara Players (SCP) President George Doeltz pulled back the curtains to reveal the legwork behind SCP’s show. He is a testament to the hard work that goes...

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“Legally Blonde, the Musical” Storms the Stage at Santa Clara University

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With an extraordinary dancing and singing cast of 27, plus two scene-stealing live dogs, "Legally Blonde, the Musical" has stormed the stage of the Louis B. Mayer Theatre at Santa Clara University (SCU) with breath-taking force. The energetic and funny musical, a tale of female empowerment told through song and dance, premiered in San Francisco in 2007 and plays June 1 – 9 at SCU. It mostly...

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Santa Clara Players Hit a Hole-in-One with “The Ladies’ Foursome”

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"The Ladies' Foursome" by Norm Foster, Canada's most-produced playwright, is a steady-paced walk around an 18-hole golf course with four women as they delve into the timeless issues of life—love, sex (of course), children, death, God, dreams realized at a cost and dreams deferred. The Santa Clara Players (SCP) production, well-cast with veteran local actors, runs May 18 – June 9 at SCP's...

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There Are Only Happy Endings at the Parks and Recreation Department’s 2018 Spring Dance Recital

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At the May 15 dress rehearsal for a show in the City of Santa Clara’s Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Dance Recital, young dancers showed their flair for movement set to music. For example, students in Acro I and II did high energy cartwheels and back bends to “One Jump.” Tap dancers from Ballet and Tap II gracefully fast shuffled their way across stage to “If My Friends...

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Cast Members of Wilcox Stage Company Are “Hopelessly Devoted” to Production of “Grease”

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During the May 8 dress rehearsal for Wilcox Stage Company’s (wilcox.schoolloop.com/theater) “Grease” at the Mission City Center for Performing Arts, the T-Birds’ black leather jackets and the Pink Ladies’ shiny pink jackets marked the cliques that ruled Rydell High School in this timeless American musical set in the 1950s. Performed by a hard-working cast of Wilcox High School...

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Stars Aligned for Santa Clara Chorale’s Pinnacle Performance of Bach’s St. John Passion

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All the stars were in alignment for the Santa Clara Chorale's (SCC) performance of Bach's "St. John Passion" May 12 at Mission Santa Clara. Chorale Artistic Director Scot Hanna-Weir masterfully coordinated the 140 voices of the combined chorale and four Santa Clara University choirs, which he also directs. The featured solo stars were Dan Cromeenes, Jennifer Paulino, Nikolas Nackley, Steve...

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Young Change Enablers Perform in Bye-Bye Kids’ Cancer Talent Show at Santana Row

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"We shall overcome....We shall live in peace, someday, someday," sang 10 Kindergarten through 5th graders from Don Callejon Elementary School, Santa Clara, on stage at Santana Row's Park Valencia on May 12. "I'm proud to be an American," belted out Yuvan Gautam, an 11-year-old vocal powerhouse. (Check him out on YouTube.) Shazneen and Alyssa, both nine, sang "The Fight Song" by Rachel...

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Peanut McLean Foundation Dance Showcase Benefits Syrian and Rohingya Child Refugees

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Juliana McLean and her husband, Kyle, responded to personal loss by reaching out in love. After losing their unborn first child—whom they called Peanut—in 2011, the San Jose residents were inspired to establish the Peanut McLean Foundation to help children in need. "Peanut was carried for a short amount of time (early second trimester) but he made a huge impact on our lives," said...

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