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In Laguna, ‘Aladdin’ weaves magic for kids and adults alike

Most Christmas holiday theater productions operate at one level – a basic G-rated approach everyone in the family can relate to and enjoy.

Lythgoe Family Panto’s shows, though, aren’t like their peers.

The British entertainment form of panto works at two levels – one for kids, the other for the rest of us.

“Aladdin and His Winter Wish,” the Los Angeles-based troupe’s latest new show to visit Laguna Playhouse, is no different in that respect from past LFP shows.

The story, characters and songs will appeal to kids of all ages. The double-entendres of Kris Lythgoe’s script, meanwhile, tickle adult funny bones while

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/13/in-laguna-aladdin-weaves-magic-for-kids-and-adults-alike/
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Kira Kosarin from Nickelodeon’s ‘The Thundermans’ joins local talent and Broadway actors in ‘Aladdin and His Winter Wish’ at Laguna Playhouse

Since filming the last episode of Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans” this past summer, the sitcom’s leading lady, Kira Kosarin, 20, said she has been going to a lot of auditions and working on new music for an album she hopes to release in the near future.

Kosarin has also been rehearsing to play the part of Princess Jasmine in “Aladdin and His Winter Wish” at the Laguna Playhouse on Dec. 7-31. She will star alongside fellow T.V. actor Jason Earles of Disney’s “Hannah Montana” and “Kickin’ It” and several Broadway performers including Jason Gotay of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” who

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JSerra football players tackle a new role in the school’s 1st ever handbell choir

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Take 12 guys from the freshman football team, put them in a room with 37 handbells and a teacher, add a crash course in reading music and before you know it, they’re making beautiful music.

It’s a different kind of team building – creating the first handbell choir in JSerra Catholic High School’s 14-year history.

“I have wanted to start this program for the last six years,” says director of choral music Brian Dehn. “We are the only Catholic school in the diocese that doesn’t have (a handbell choir) so it was time. Creating

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/06/jserra-football-players-tackle-a-new-role-in-the-schools-bell-choir/
Date: 1504737098

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In Long Beach, ‘Timing’ is everything it should be

Single tickets available at Segerstrom Center, but not for “Hamilton” or “Book of Mormon”

Single tickets to upcoming 2017-18 season shows at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts go on sale today. Most events are available in the Broadway, Curtain Call, Dance, Chamber, Jazz, Cabaret and Family series. However, two popular musicals will not offer single ticket sales: “The Book of Mormon” and “Hamilton.” Go to SCFTA.org , visit the box office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, or call 714-556-2787. For group tickets purchases of 10 or more, contact the Group Services office at 714-755-0236.

Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/21/single-tickets-available-at-segerstrom-center-but-not-for-hamilton-or-book-of-mormon/
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Box office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ outdoes ‘Logan Lucky’ with $21.6 million take

Critics loved “Logan Lucky” and gave a big collective shrug to “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” but when it came to the test of the marketplace, audiences went their own way.

The two action flicks faced off this weekend, and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” emerged the victor with a chart-topping $21.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, while “Logan Lucky” sputtered on arrival with $8.1 million.

Both had notable stars, “Logan Lucky” has Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig, while “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” boasts Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, both were opening in over 3,000 theaters and both cost around $30 million to produce.

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/20/box-office-hitmans-bodyguard-outdoes-logan-lucky/
Date: 1503257583

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HGTV’s Scott Brothers throw ‘House Party’ in Costa Mesa

Somewhere in between filming a new season of their HGTV show “Brother vs. Brother,” writing a new book and launching an indoor furniture line, twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott have prepared a new platform to display their multiple talents for their first live theatrical show “The Scott Brothers House Party.”

The entrepreneurial duo – best known for their Emmy Award-nominated television show “Property Brothers” – will perform a variety show that will present everything from magic tricks (yes, Jonathan is a magician) to providing room consultations for audience members with their real estate agent and contractor eyes.  The

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‘Hairspray’ opens Laguna Playhouse’s 98th season