ARTS AND LEISURE JUNE 5, 2014 AMPHITHEATER SCHEDULE
The Golden Rain Foundation is proud to present Amphitheater season 2014, which will begin Thursday, July 3, and end Thursday, Sept. 11. Shows begin at 8 p.m. until September when they will start at 7:30.
This year, three shows are designated as “popular,” as shown in bold print below. When a large audience is expected, Policy 5562 mandates that GRF members will be limited to one non-resident guest. GRF identification is required. Caregivers may not attend unless they are on duty and accompanied by their employer/foundation member, and caregiver badges must be worn.
The minibus will make a special evening run Thursdays to accommodate shareholders attending Amphitheater shows. See page 23 of the 2014 Minibus Schedule for more information.
Handicap bus service is available by reservation.
A bus will be waiting after the show to take passengers home.
The following is the show schedule:
•July 3: All American Boys Chorus
Rob Watkins, comedy host
•July 10: Count Basie Orchestra
Robert Lee, comedy host, sponsored by
CalMet Services Inc.
•July 17: ABBA Tribute
Steve Brunner, comedy host; sponsored by the
Los Alamitos Medical Center and the Health
Care Center on Golden Rain Road
•July 24: Kingston Trio, sponsored by John’s Landscaping
•July 31: Music in the Miller Mood, featuring Tex Beneke
Orchestra and the Modernaires
•Aug. 7: Debbie Reynolds, sponsored by Superwire
•Aug. 14: U.S. Navy Band, sponsored by the Y’s Service Club
•Aug. 21: The Rat Pack
•Aug. 28: Frankie Avalon
•Sept. 4: Country-western Tribute to Roy Orbison & Patsy Cline
Kelly McDonald, comedy host; sponsored by
the Golden Age Foundation
•Sept. 11: Terry Otte & Abilene
AMPHITHEATER SHOW RULES
The Golden Rain Foundation is proud to present the Amphitheater season from July 3-Sept.11 at 8 p.m. until September, when shows start at 7:30. To ensure an enjoyable season for everyone, people are asked to adhere to the following rules for the Amphitheater shows:
•No video or audio taping of performers. This could result in the performer walking off the stage and canceling the show.
•Do not save seats. Amphitheater seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
•Do not sing along with performers unless asked to do so by the performer on stage.
•Dancing is only allowed in the upper patio areas to the right or left of the Amphitheater seating area.
•All guests must be accompanied by a resident with a Golden Rain Foundation photo identification card.
•The number of non-resident guests will be limited to one per GRF member when a program is considered popular and will attract a large audience. Residents will be required to show their member photo identification card when entering the Amphitheater for these popular shows.
•No one is allowed to sit or stand in the aisles. It is against fire regulations.
•No smoking is permitted in the Amphitheater area. (GRF Policy 1412.2)
•Lower flags on scooters so people can see the stage.
•Walkers should be left in the aisle; do not take walkers to the seating area.
•Handicap seating is at street level where the blue handrails are located at the middle of the Amphitheater.
•No pets are allowed at the Amphitheater (GRF Policy 1023).
THE COMPANY OPEN AUDITIONS
Tommy Williams, with Tea Cup the dog, sang “Over the Rainbow” in the Copacabana show last month. He invites everyone to The Company’s open auditions to discover hidden talent in LW for the next club show.
Auditions will be held Thursday, June 26, in Clubhouse 1 at 6 p.m. It’s like “an evening at the Improv.” Dancers, singers, comics, magicians and other performers are encouraged to try out. People must live in Leisure World to participate. Each audition needs to be less than five minutes and a “new” act.
Steve Nichols, Sandi Post and Lynn R. Heath will check out the talent and see who is a good fit for the next production.
It’s a happy hour so come and meet club members and participate or just watch.
Bring favorite beverages and snacks for a free night of entertainment.
There will be a 50/50 cash drawing. The talent will be the feature of the evening.
Volunteers are need for the Behind the Scenes group, which helps with 50/50 drawings, costumes, stage crew, sound, scenery and other jobs that help make a production happen.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Performers should get there early to be one of the first 20 acts that will get on the stage that night. Bring a picture and bio.
The Company will supply a CD player, mics, barstool and mic stand.
Clubhouse 1 has a new baby grand piano for people to try out. For more information, call Lynn at 296-5588 or lynnRheath@gmail.com.
THE DANCE CLUB
The Dance Club will meet Friday at 6:15 p.m. to learn the rumba and at 7:15, for Latin club dances. Both classes are held in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C.
Singles and couples are welcome. Invite your friends and family. Cost is $5 a class per person. Instructor Jeremy Pierson has 20 years experience. For more information, contact Jeanine Greb, 296-5921.
The Science Discussion Club will discuss history of science in the western world from 2-3:15 p.m., June 12, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
The club will examine the history and developments of the Scientific Revolution, specifically the work of Sir Isaac Newton. Emphasis will be placed on how history and science are still current and vital today.
The club meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The next meeting is June 26. There are no dues or membership requirements.
For more information, call Mark Barnett, 430-2435.
“Burlesque,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 2 p.m., June 8, in Clubhouse 4. After leaving Iowa with stars in her eyes, Ali arrives at a Los Angeles burlesque lounge with dreams of taking the stage with her soaring voice. Club owner Tess is about to lose the place and thinks Ali may help business.
The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Jim Gilman will play June 7.
Dancing Feet Club invites dancers for a free night of dancing from 6-10 p.m., Friday, June 13, at Clubhouse 4. All are welcome; bring favorite beverages. For more information, call (551) 998-4223.
LW LIBRARY AUTHORSPEAK!
The Leisure World Library invites readers, writers and lovers of books to its second annual summer program, AuthorSpeak! Authors from Leisure World and the wider community will share their books, ideas and experiences in writing at each of the following dates:
•Wednesday, June 25: Craig MacDonald, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of California history.
•Wednesday, July 30: LW shareholder Jorge Moy, will present his autobiography.
•Wednesday, Aug. 27: LW shareholder Greg Horbay will talk about his adult fiction eBooks.
•Wednesday, Sept. 24: Mariana Williams, former Los Alamitos resident and author of the Veronica Bennett series.
The program on Oct. 29 will be announced.
The program should last about one hour, including an open discussion following the author presentations. It will be held on the Library patio with refreshments being served.
LEISURE TIME DANCE
Leisure Time Dancers will continue rumba and tango lessons in June. The class meets on Mondays. Rumba is at 2 p.m. and tango, at 3 in Clubhouse 6.
For more information, call 434-6334.
The Leisure Whirlers will have a Meet Me in St. Louis, Meet Me at the Fair dance Friday, June 6, in Clubhouse 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $6. There will be music, dancing and an ice cream social potluck.
Bring a pint of ice cream and/or toppings to build an ice cream sundae. The potluck and socializing starts at 9 p.m. after the dancing. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. Square and round dances will be alternated from 7-9 p.m. There will be a singles rotation so everyone can dance. Parties are $6. For more information, call 237-2682.
A beginners round dance class, $5, is held Sunday from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Arrive at 5 p.m. for extra help. Classes are held at 5946 Westminster Blvd. at Springdale and Westminster in Westminster. Singles and couples are welcome.
For information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250.
Experienced square dancers are needed so everyone can dance at the class Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave., in Garden Grove. Singles and couples are welcome. There is a singles rotation so everyone can dance. The ongoing beginners line dance class is also held Mondays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the same place. For information call Mel Branham.
Leisure Whirler Dance Club parties are held the first Friday of each month. The next one will be Friday, July 4. Singles and couples are welcome.
A ballet class meets at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 6. All are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing.
There is a permanent barre and a portable one, and if the class grows, there are funds to purchase another portable, so there is room for all the students who want to learn, or continue, ballet. No experience necessary.
The class is $3 each. Teacher Mel Lockett has studied ballet at the Laguna Beach Ballet Co. and teaches at his own dance studio.
For more information, contact Diana Winkler at 493-0139 or Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or lynnRheath@gmail.com.
Everyone—men and women—are welcome.
Everyone is welcome to use the Genealogy Library in Clubhouse 3, Room 10. It is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. It is a cool place during hot summer days, with computers and staff to help with research. Join the Genealogy Workshop for $10 a year. The following discussions will be from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Genealogy Library:
• June 11: “Digging Up Dirt” on cemetery research, by Kay Fluharty and Andrea Thresh
• June 18: Scrapbooking Your Heritage with Linda Johnson
The Genealogy Workshop will meet June 25 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Speaker will be Alvis Ward on DNA and African American Genealogy. Social time is from 9:30-10 a.m., when the meeting begins.
The club is planning a visit to the Family History Center in Orange, and suggestions for other programs and field trips are welcome.
The Genealogy summer picnic will be held Wednesday, July 23, at Clubhouse 1; RSVPs are required. Sign up at the Genealogy Library in June. The club will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, tea, lemonade and water. Sign up to bring side dishes.
The Genealogy Library is in need of 18-inch or larger monitors. Donations would be appreciated. Also, the library needs volunteers.
PHOTO ARTS CLUB
The Photo Arts Club will meet from 1:30-3 p.m., Thursday, June 12, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. There will be a discussion on aperture control. Cameras today feature sophisticated automatic settings but many do not explore other options. The meeting will go beyond the “auto zone” by discussing and sharing examples of how the apperature control setting can influence the creative quality of photos.
All levels of photographers are invited to attend and learn more about their cameras. This will be a hands-on discussion, so bring camera.
“Next Fall,” the Orange County premiere of a play by Geoffrey Nauffts; presented by Stages Theatre, 400 E. Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, 92832, through June 7, 714-525-4484, www.stagesoc.org; ticket prices: $18-$20; running time 2 hours, 15 minutes.
by Larry Blake
In the beginning of the evening, “Next Fall,” by Geoffrey Nauffts, appears to be a frothy comedy. With its television situation comedy structure, the play seems more like a television or film screenplay than a play. Then the fun and fireworks develop, and “Next Fall” turns out to be a contemporary comedy with class, now being given a solid production at Stages Theater in Fullerton.
The story is told mostly as a flashback. The play begins in the present in a hospital waiting room. Luke (Robert Downs) has been in an accident and is in a coma. His parents, Butch (Rick Kops) and Arlene (Jackie Melbon), have been summoned from Florida. Also in the waiting room are his soulmate Adam (Robert Dean Nuñez), and friends Holly (Amanda DeMaio) and Brandon (Michael Jon Keeney).
The play then goes back to when Adam and Luke first met. This odd couple are at the center of the play. On the surface they seem completely mismatched. Both bring plenty of baggage to a relationship that we watch develop through the flashbacks. They meet at a dinner party where Luke, as one of the waiters, administers the Heimlich maneuver to a choking Adam. The contact they make sticks and a relationship develops.
They face several problems. Luke is still in the closet with his parents about his lifestyle. Luke is also a devoutly religious person. He is concerned about Adam’s not having a religious life and therefore in danger of not having an afterlife. This debate is the heart of their conflict. Luke’s beliefs are solid and non-negotiable. And yet, there is something about their arguments that is endearing and compelling to watch. Their arguments are based not on ideology, but on the basis of their individual personalities.
As the flashbacks get closer to the time of Luke’s accident, we slowly learn of the biggest conflict of the evening. Because Adam is not a blood relative, he is denied access to Luke in the Intensive Care Unit by Luke’s parents.
Unable to overcome their bigotry and prejudice, Arlene and Butch use the current law as a weapon to satisfy their own needs, regardless of what their son Luke may need.
This is a contemporary play about issues of our time. Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2010, “Next Fall” strings the audience along to its predictable conclusion. Luke and Adam have essential differences, but somehow you watch and are convinced that these two belong together.
The production at Stages Theatre is smooth and compelling. What mostly floats it above other community theater productions is the performance of Robert Dean Nuñez as Adam. Nuñez never goes for the tears in his telling of this sad tale, and yet there wasn’t a dry eye in the audience the evening this critic attended.
This is not an in-your-face drama, but rather a clever glance at problems of our times. Playwright Nauffts creates characters we can recognize and; therefore, feel sympathy for. “Next Falls” is for people who enjoy learning.
It is about contemporary problems of today, showing that even in today’s world, man can still be inhumane to his fellow man.
“Come On – Be Happy” was the theme last week for the Community Karaoke crowd last Wednesday night. Singing the right song can perk people up or make them cry.
Everyone enjoyed birthday cake for Tommy Williams as Shalla Callahan changed her song to “Fifty-Four Candles” instead of “Sixteen Candles.” Tommy stunned the audience with “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” a favorite for friend Bob Fritz.
New couple Sue and Walter Pippin did a cute number, “Love Will Keep Us Together.” Ellen Brannigan sang the crowd-pleasin “Manana.”
Newbie Ken Harpham got kudos for his “Blue Berry Hill.”
Ric Dizon did a smooth “Spanish Eyes,” and Joe Sabroso included a hula dance while singing “Lovely Hula Hands.”
There were about 30 vocalists with a wide mixture of talent and tunes. All are welcome for a night out to enjoy Leisure World entertainment.
People bring snacks and drinks, and sometimes celebrate with birthday cake at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in Clubhouse 1.
ROSSMOOR SUGAR BEET FESTIVAL
Southland Credit Union is the title sponsor for the second Sugar Beet Festival and 5-K Sugartown Challenge—an obstacle run spread out over two courses—June 7 at the Shops at Rossmoor, Seal Beach.
The festival will feature bands, local youth performing groups, pie-eating, cooking, photo and other contests, and all kinds of exhibitors. There will be food and a beer garden.
Southland Credit Union will showcase new automobiles, and new enrollees will get to spend a minute in the money booth and a chance to grab as many dollar bills as they can.
In the Sugartown Challenge, runners will tackle obstacles at the Shops at Rossmoor, then take a short ride aboard the Big Red Bus to Old Town Los Al where the race will continue through St. Isidore Plaza, Trend Offset Printing and the streets and alleys of Old Town Los Alamitos.
Over 30 non-profits are participating in the race — with each one receiving up to $20 per each runner they register. Help your favorite non-profit by signing up at www.sugarbeetfestival.com. A complete list of participating non-profits and sponsors and contests is available at the website.
The Emperors and Flyer will be two of the bands performing. The Emperors will take the stage following the Sugartown Challenge, and will perform from 10 a.m.-noon. The group started playing in the 1960s and built up a strong local following until disbanding in the 1980s. After a successful reunion concert in 2002, the group got reunited and have been playing all over Southern California, most regularly at Phil Trani’s and the new Boathouse on the Bay (formerly McKenna’s on the Bay).
The Emperors are comprised of Steve Watts on drums, keyboards, vocals; Randy Budihas on drums, vocals; Joe Marques on bass, guitar, vocals; Dave Quintana on guitar, vocals; and Chip Walsh on keyboards, harmonica, vocals. More information on the group is available at its website www.emperorrocks.com.
Flyer, a trio composed of Todd and Nancy Hartmann and Joe Forney, have been entertaining locals with classic Eagles, Beatles, Stones, Doobie Brothers, Clapton, Santana and more for the past 34 years. They will take the stage at 1:30.
Also performing will be the Oak Middle School Jazz Band, and the students from Onstage Dance Center in Los Alamitos.
COPACABANA DANCE DVD
“An Evening with The Company at the Copacabana” is on Superwire channel 995 and Channel 95.861 at 8 p.m. and will be showing on SBTV Channel 3 in June (check SBTV.com under programming for the schedule). DVDs of this production are available for $10 by contacting Steve Nichols at email@example.com or call him at 221-4745.
ART LEAGUE—First-place winners at the May 29 Art League meeting are John Harper, popular vote (front row, l-r); Martha Lannon, three-dimensional; and Chin Feng Chang, intermediate. In the back row are Janet Schnyders, best of show (l-r); Williams Hayes, advanced; and Barbara Simundza, masters.