April 29, 2022
Each week, Arts Orange County and Voice of OC are excited to deliver to you this look at the stories and events happening in our arts and cultural community.
Segerstrom Center For the Arts transports you back to Beatlemania with this one-of-a-kind theatrical concert tracing the music and career of the legendary Fab Four MORE
♦ Theater ♦
As awards shows go, the inaugural Orange County Theatre Guild Awards Monday made a fine debut. The 375-person-capacity Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center of the Arts was full; the Michael Serna-directed show sped by in about 90 minutes; the hired gun performers, hosts Deanna Anthony and Chris Chatman, may not have known they were in Orange County let alone any of the nominees, but they sold the hell out of all it; and while two shows dominated (the Chance Theater’s “Fun Home,” winning five musical awards, and the Maverick Theater’s “The Crucible” winning six play awards) 20 of 84 nominees won awards in 16 categories.

But the evening was bigger than that.

Not so big that a slap would have made international news, but big enough for the approximately 400 people in the seats and behind the stage. Monday night was the first night in far too many nights that the Orange County theater community felt whole. It was the largest gathering of that community since the pandemic started — if not the largest in at least 15 years. Representatives of nearly every producing entity in the county attended, many of them presenting, from big dogs like South Coast Repertory’s artistic director David Ivers, to Tucker Boyes, a company member of the 7-year-old Alchemy Theater Company, which is still looking for a permanent home.

And just as important, after nearly two years of few to no shows to be in, or to watch, Monday’s awards ceremony gave theater people the opportunity to do something they do really well: dress up.

But the evening was bigger than that.
♦ Theater ♦
The teen-oriented La Mirada-based theater company, now in its 25th year, has become the historic La Habra venue’s resident troupe.
Each week, we recommend a variety of events and experiences from the listings at SparkOC.com, our free website for Orange County's arts and cultural community. We always suggest you be mindful of the most recent health and safety guidelines in California, Orange County, and the venue for the listing.
♦ Local Spotlight ♦
Restaurants in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa play host to a special series of concerts, giving patrons the joys of professional live music as a reminder of all the places the arts appear in our lives MORE
♦ Wallet Friendly ♦
The City of Brea annually puts on this multimedia exhibition of artwork created throughout the Golden State, and this Saturday will see the official Opening Reception MORE
♦ For the Family ♦
The beloved annual family fair, featuring live music, arts-and-crafts, and performers who specialize in delighting and inspiring children, expands to a second site with this special day of events in Fullerton MORE
♦ Wildcard ♦
If you haven't yet visited the Bowers Museum's special exhibit of the jewelry and other costume accessories worn by characters in beloved Disney films, this special evening tour is led by a guide from the Walt Disney Archives, and culminates in a champagne toast MORE
"Arts Orange County continues to play a significant role in galvanizing the community around support, participation and advocacy for the arts and arts education."
- Paula Tomei,
Managing Director
South Coast Repertory
Voice of OC is Orange County's nonprofit newsroom with a mission to consistently deliver fair, focused and thorough journalism on critical quality of life and local issues for Orange County communities.
Arts Orange County builds appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County. Event information provided by SparkOC, an Arts OC program.