Segerstrom Center - Mariinsky Ballet's Raymonda - Photo by Valentin Baranovsky

Segerstrom Center: Mariinsky Ballet’s RAYMONDA

Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet, one of the world’s most important and historically rich dance companies, opens the Segerstrom’s 30th Season with RAYMONDA. Performing with the Mariinsky Orchestra, this will be the company’s eighth visit to the Center and the first time this masterpiece from the Golden Age of Russian classical ballet.  RAYMONDA has been called the “last grand ballet” of the 19th century. The choreography by Marius Petipa to Alexander Glazunov’s atmospheric and dramatic score is filled with dazzling solos and beautiful duets. The ballet is set in medieval Hungary and tells the story of a beautiful young noblewoman who is conflicted by her love for her betrothed, the crusader knight Jean de … READ MORE

Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge Themed Menu featuring Phantom of the Opera

My husband and I attended media preview night for The Phantom of the Opera which is now performing at Segerstrom Center for the Arts until August 16th. We were in for a night full of beautiful singing. I was delighted the moment they lit up that chandelier. Chris Mann (The Phantom), Katie Travis (Christine), Storm Lineberger (Raoul), and Jacquelynne Fontaine (Carlotta) delivers a powerful performance to a timeless classic. My favorite scene was when The Phantom takes Christine across the foggy lake as they sang their theme song, The Phantom of the Opera. I also loved their performance to All I Ask of You and Wishing You Were Somehow Here … READ MORE

Segerstrom Center: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Cameron Mackitosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA arrives at Segerstrom Center for the Arts August 5 through 16th! With new staging and scenic designs, this new version is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52 making it one of the largest productions on tour in North America! Chris Mann will perform as The Phantom with Katie Travis as Christine Daaé, Storm Lineberger as Raoul, Jacquelynne Fontaine as Carlotta Giudicelli, David Benoit as Monsieur Firmin, Edward Staudenmayer as Monsieur André, Anne Kanengeiser as Madame Giry, Frank Viveros as Ubaldo Piangi and Morgan Cowling as Meg Giry. Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “It’s wonderful to have a new … READ MORE

Segerstrom Center: LUGOLA’s AWESOME Broadway LEGO Displays

Now at Segerstrom Center for the Arts through August! If you come to performances at Segerstrom Hall, you’ll be able to check out the AWESOME Broadway-inspired LEGO art created by members of LUGOLA (LEGO Users Group of Los Angeles). The team of designers was led by Paul Lee of Placentia (Pippin), with a team comprised of John Cooper of San Diego (Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! the Musical), Mariann Asanuma of Escondido (Kinky Boots), James Banks of Long Beach (Dirty Dancing), Eric Tetangco of La Habra (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Peter Aoun of Azusa (Guys and Dolls), Guy Himber of Sherman Oaks (Annie the Musical) and … READ MORE

Walking With Dinosaurs Arena Spectacular Downloadable Activity Sheets

On Mother’s Day this year, we took our boys to Discovery Science Center to meet a life-sized Baby T-Rex from Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular. While we waited for the presentation to begin, the kids enjoyed running around the Prehistoric Plaza located toward the back of the center where they explored fossil digs. At Dino Quest: Kids can go on a fun and educational scavenger hunt at Discovery Cube Orange County. Jere Lipps, Director of the John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, came out to introduce himself. We learned that there were not too many Orange County dinosaurs, but there were findings. We’re about to see a … READ MORE

Greek Theatre: EEK at the Greek Halloween Event

Halloween is a big month for us. We all over the place, and we loved experiencing every bit of it. As we bid adieu and head into the next holiday season, I’d like to share with you one last Halloween coverage of Eek at the Greek (and a sneak peak inside the VIP Lounge at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles). Families were able to dress up and enjoy activities like costume contests (winners were announced during intermission), cupcake decorating, crafts, treat stations (I didn’t see that many), and photo ops. After the family-friendly activities, we enjoyed a live performance of ghoulish themed hits at the outdoor theater.   Inside the … READ MORE

Segerstrom Center: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Broadway Musical

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to the OC! Produced by NETworks Presentations, this theatrical production will come to life on stage at Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Segerstrom Hall from January 14 – 19, 2014, and they’re bringing back the original design team! “The theme of Beauty is about seeing past the exterior into the heart of someone, and this is reflected in the design for the show, which is about transparency and layers, seeing past one thing and into another.” – Director Rob Roth Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan … READ MORE

Disney Live! Pirates and Princess Adventure Show Review

If you have young kids who love “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” then you know just how crazy our kids get when they hear about the Merry Crew – Jake, Izzy, Cubby, Skully, Ahoy! Disney Live On Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure is an adorable play featuring young Never Land Pirates racing to find a mysterious treasure-filled volcano, but they have to also race against Captain Hook. Disney Live! is brilliant! They made the show interactive by creating a competition between the boys and girls. It was Pirates vs. Princesses – very clever! We also loved that the show was colorful, musical, and captivating. My kids were fully engaged, and the … READ MORE