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Goldilocks

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Goldilocks, the fairytale, has also been called The Story of the Three Bears, as well as Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The prose narrative is traced to an anonymous 1837 collection of writings, now thought to belong to British poet and author Robert Southey.

Over the decades Goldilocks has become so influential in our culture, and throughout the English-speaking world, that a storytelling technique from Goldilocks – what journalist Christopher Booker has termed the “dialectical three,” where “the first [thing] is wrong in one way, the second [thing] is wrong in another or opposite way, and only the third [thing], in the middle, is just right” – has become a mainstay not only of western literature; it’s also as a marker used by disciplines as varied as biology, economics, engineering, and psychology to indicate a more or less optimal state of affairs. In this context it’s known as the Goldilocks principle.

Now Storybook Theatre, at Los Angeles’ Theatre West, has – using the standard four-character title, Goldilocks and the Three Bears – creatively tweaked the story so that in an hour’s running time seven song and dance routines are skillfully delivered by a dedicated cast of performers. There’s Lukas Bailey as Daddy Locks/ Papa bear (switching off with Anthony Gruppuso); Constance Jewell as Mommy Locks/ Mama Bear (taking turns with Bonnie Kalisher); Caitlin Gallogly as Goldilocks; and Nick McDow as Teddy Bear (alternating with Jason Galloway).

And, when this sextet performs "We’re a Happy Family" or "A Little Like Me", the audience – both adults and children – are brought into the story not only vicariously. In the case of the kids, many are brought onstage and given plenty of opportunity to participate. The joy is palpable. Along with the hardworking cast, thanks to Rob Meurer’s lyrics, Richard Berent’s music, the fun-filled and fulfilling vision of co-directors Barbara Mallory Schwartz and Lloyd J. Schwartz, this Goldilocks and the Three Bears provides a valuable lesson on diversity and tolerance.

Storybook Theatre’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears continues indefinitely at Theatre West. Theatre West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles (near Universal City).  Performances are Saturdays at 1 p.m. For reservations and information, call (818) 761-2203. For online ticketing, visit www.theatrewest.org.

 

*Storybook Theatre is available for birthday parties, field-trips, and school-based creative drama workshops. For more information, refer to the phone number above.


 

Spotlight

Laguna Playhouse Announces Ellen Richard as its Interim Executive Director

May 3, 2016…Laguna Beach, Calif…Laguna Playhouse Board of Directors announced today that, later this month, Ellen Richard will be joining Laguna Playhouse as its Interim Executive Director. The Playhouse announced late last year that it was undertaking a national search guided by Arts Consulting Group (ACG) for an Executive Director to succeed Karen Wood who had held this position for the past eight years.

Commenting on the appointment Joe Hanauer and Paul Singarella, Co-Chairmens of the Board of Directors, said “In the midst of our search we encountered this wonderful opportunity to engage Ellen while we continue to seek appropriate long-term leadership. To have found someone with the extraordinary qualifications that Ellen has is thrilling. She is the recipient of six Tony Awards as producer at New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company where she was Managing Director. Ellen also has strong successes in supervising the construction of theatres in New York and also in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theater, a rare and valuable skill set considering the contemplated major remodel and expansion of the Laguna Playhouse.” Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham adds, “We are pleased and proud to have Ellen Richard, truly a rock-star in our field, join us as our interim Executive Director who will help guide the Playhouse during this transition.” Comments Ellen Richard, “I have quickly grown fond of Laguna Beach and the Playhouse. I embrace this extraordinary opportunity to join one of the country’s top regional theatres at this time in its remarkable 95-year history. I look forward to helping the Playhouse and working with their incredible Board of Trustees and Ann E. Wareham.”

ABOUT ELLEN RICHARD

Ellen Richard served as Executive Director of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 2010 through 2015.  During her tenure, Ms. Richard negotiated a deal to buy the Strand Theater in tech corridor of Mid-Market San Francisco, helped raise the $34,000 million to renovate and operate it and steered the design and construction for the project which opened in May of 2015. The complex featured two performance spaces and has won multiple awards.  She opened the 50 seat Costume Shop Theater, a 49-seat “black box” venue used for the company’s Master of Fine Arts students and for shows by other local companies.  Ms. Richard was also credited with expanding the company’s educational efforts, coming up with programs like the San Francisco Semester, which brings undergraduate acting students to ACT from around the world, and Stage Coach, a community theater mobile unit that reaches into diverse neighborhoods

She was also Executive Director of The Second Stage Theatre in New York City. During her tenure at Second Stage, which began in 2006 (through 2009), she was responsible for the purchase contract of the Helen Hayes Theatre, growth in subscription income of 48 percent, and growth in individual giving of 75 percent, as well as conceptualization of a highly successful gala format and “Second Generation,” a giving program through which donors enable deserving New York City youth to experience live theater. Under Ms. Richard’s leadership, Second Stage provided the initial home for the Broadway productions Everyday Rapture, Next to Normal, and The Little Dog Laughed.

From 1983 to 2005, Ms. Richard enjoyed a rich and varied career with Roundabout Theatre Company. The Roundabout that Ms. Richard joined was a small nonprofit theater company in bankruptcy. By the time she departed as Managing Director, Roundabout had become one of the country’s largest and most successful theater companies of its kind, with net assets in excess of $67 million dollars. Ms. Richard is the recipient of six Tony Awards as producer, for Roundabout productions of Cabaret (1998), A View from the Bridge (1998), Side Man (1999), Nine (2003), Assassins (2004), and Glengarry Glen Ross (2005). As producer of more than 125 shows at Roundabout, she had direct supervision of all management and marketing functions. She created Roundabout’s “Theatre-PLUS” programs, which include singles, teachers, family, gay and lesbian, wine tasting, and the 7 p.m. “Early Curtain” series, all of which grew to represent more than 10 percent of Roundabout’s 40,000 subscribers.

As director of design and construction at Roundabout, Ms. Richard was responsible for more than $50 million of theater construction for 11 projects. She conceptualized the three permanent Roundabout stages — The Broadway venues of Studio 54 and the American Airlines Theatre, and the Off-Broadway venue The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre She directed the location search for Cabaret and oversaw the creation of the production’s environmental Kit Kat Klub. Prior to her tenure at Roundabout, Ms. Richard served as business manager of Westport Country Playhouse, theater manager for Stamford Center for the Arts, and business manager for Atlas Scenic Studio. She began her career working as a stagehand, sound designer, and scenic artist assistant.