Van Hooten resigns as LB Playhouse executive director

David Haberbush, president of the board of directors for the Long Beach Playhouse has announced the appointment of Andrew Vonderschmitt as the interim managing director effective immediately. Vonderschmitt replaces Joan Van Hooten, who has resigned from her position as executive director effective May 3, 2010.  “I feel that much of what I was hired to…

Found Theatre says ‘Yes, we cannabis’ with ‘Medical Marijuana Telethon’

The Found Theatre will present The Medical Marijuana Telethon, an original comedy dealing with one of today’s burning issues, beginning Friday, April 16. Hosted by “Dr. Kenny Kushner,” the telethon will feature “an unbelievable group of celebrities” as they work their hearts out for an important cause– a co-op on every corner and affordable “medijuana”…

World premiere of new musical part of MTW’s upcoming season

Paul Garman, executive director/producer and Steven Glaudini, artistic director/producer of Musical Theatre West (MTW), have announced the 2010-2011 season at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. “We are thrilled to provide a season that truly has something for everyone,” Glaudini said. “From the Tony-Award winning musical Annie, which introduces many families to musical theatre for the…

Despite some inappropriate behavior, CSULB’s ‘Evita’ is an impressive show with a timely theme

By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer Sometimes it’s difficult to not let one particular unseemly aspect of a show ruin the whole theatrical experience. Cal State Long Beach’s University Players’ production of Evita is indeed an ambitious, successful undertaking with some exceptionally talented vocalists and dancers dramatizing the story of Eva Perón, the First Lady of…

Found Theatre bringing more SASS to adult audiences

As part of the Found Theatre’s Sunday Adult Storytelling Series (SASS), storytelling by adults for adults, Angela Lloyd will combine the warmth of ancient storytelling and the brilliance of new Vaudeville on Sunday, April 18 at 7pm. Known as being diagonally parked in a parallel world, Lloyd will share her views through story and song.…