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Opening Night for Steele Canyon Players Annual Spring Musical “Les Miserables” Coming Up on March 20, 2019

The students of the Steele Canyon High School drama and music departments are rehearsing diligently to present their production of the world’s longest running musical, Les Misérables. Students have constructed stage sets, set the rigging, adjusted the lights, and are perfecting their cues and musical numbers. The production includes over 130 students in the cast, crew and orchestra. According to Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella and Music Director, Heather Luck, Steele Canyon High School musicals are unique as they are the only school in the area to perform with live orchestral accompaniment.

It is under one week until opening night: Wednesday, March 20th at 7 PM. The show’s run continues March 21, 22, & 23 at 7 PM and March 24 at 2 PM.

All performances are in the Steele Canyon High School Theatre, 12440 Campo Road, Spring Valley, CA 91978. Saturday night and Sunday afternoon shows are close to selling out so get your tickets soon. Tickets can be reserved and purchased online www.schscougars.org for $10 each, or at the box office on the day of performance for $15 each. Students with I.D., $10 at the door.

In 19th century France, Jean Valjean (Jackson Shaffer), released from years of unjust imprisonment, finds only mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption. He is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert (Sean Huitt), who does not believe Valjean can be reformed. Valjean aids a struggling working-class woman, Fantine (Rosie Barrack), by becoming a guardian to her child, who is poorly treated by her paid caregivers, the Thénardier’s (Tyler Hicks & Claire Doucet). The play progresses to the Paris student uprising of 1832, led by Enjolras (Ryan Singer), where a young Eponine (Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur) sacrifices everything for the love of a student revolutionary, Marius (Brice Cloke). Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves Marius, who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter, Cosette (Morgan Feeney Ingraham).

This production is made possible with the generous support of the Tim Abbott Family & the Michael J. Slater Family.

 

About the Steele Canyon Players & Instrumental Music Department –

Under Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella and Musical Director, Heather Luck, students in the Steele Canyon High School drama and music departments produce an annual Fall Semester play and an annual Spring Semester Musical. The Spring Production of The Sound of Music was named the Best High School Musical at the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards after the first year of entering the competition that celebrates excellence in San Diego County’s high school musical theatre.

 

 

London Stage Star of Les Miserables Dean Chisnall Visiting SCHS Drama in March

STEELE CANYON THEATER STUDENTS “DREAM A DREAM” WITH STAR OF THE LONDON PRODUCTION OF LES MISÉRABLES

Actor, Dean Chisnall, to visit East County High School in March

London stage actor, Dean Chisnall, will be visiting Steele Canyon Charter High School from March 7 through March 9 to help prepare the school’s theatre department for their own production of the award-winning hit, Les Misérables, premiering March 20th.  He will also be the main event in “Who Am I? An Evening with Dean Chisnall” benefit night for San Diego County theater students at Steele Canyon High School on the evening of Thursday, March 7 @ 7:00pm.  “I’m so excited and honoured to come to Steele Canyon – it’s a huge privilege to be invited to share my passion with such like minded students and staff. I’ll be there soon… See you on the barricade” -Dean Chisnall.

 

Chisnall will be the guest of honor in the Steele Canyon Theatre on March 7, @ 7:00pm. In an informal evening, through a Q & A session, Chisnall will share his story, training, inspirations, give a sneak peak at his favorite roles, as well as share his wisdom for success in the industry. Tickets are $20 online/$25 door. Visit www.schscougars.org.

 

Dean Chisnall is originally from Lancashire, England, and a 2005 graduate from The Arts Educational School of Musical Theatre in London.  In addition to his current lead role as Jean Valjean in the London cast of Les Misérables, Chisnall’s West End and international theater credits include The Woman In White, Never Forget, Blood Brothers, Mama Mia!, Evita, and La Cage aux Folles.

 

Steele Canyon music director, Heather Luck, befriended Dean Chisnall while on a trip to London last December.  Luck invited him to America to meet the students of the Steele Canyon Players so that he might offer them advice and tutelage as they get ready for their upcoming production of Les Misérables.  Chisnall accepted the invitation.  Along with Steele Canyon theater director, Nicole LaBella, Luck and Chisnall will team-up to instruct and inspire the young actors to capture the essence of some of most beloved characters ever created for musical theater.

 

The Steele Canyon Players are rising stars in the local high school theater scene.  Under Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella and Musical Director, Heather Luck, students in the Steele Canyon High School drama and music departments produce an annual Fall Semester play and an annual Spring Semester Musical. The Spring Production of The Sound of Music was named the Best High School Musical at the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards after the first year of entering the competition that celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre.

 

Steele Canyon Charter High School is a California charter high school located near the eastern San Diego County communities of Jamul, Rancho San Diego, and Spring Valley.  Opened in 2000, the school serves students in grades 9 through 12. Steele Canyon has operated as a charter school since July 1, 2007.

Top Musicians from Around the Region Featured in Cuyamaca College Spring Concert Series

A wide assortment of musicians ranging from a San Diego mariachi band that has played at the Super Bowl to one of the most in-demand French hornists in the country will be performing in this year’s Spring Concert Series at Cuyamaca College beginning Feb. 28.

All performances, except the Coyote Music Festival, will be held at the Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre in the Samuel M. Ciccati Performing Arts Center. The annual Coyote Music Festival will be held at Cuyamaca College’s Grand Lawn.

Tickets are just $5 – the Coyote Music Festival is free – and can be purchased online via the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Department’s webpage.

On tap for the Spring Concert Series:

Thursday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.
Mariachi Real de San Diego. Founded more than four decades ago, this band has established itself as a mariachi leader and has performed in movies, two Super Bowls, a World Series, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and countless festivals and corporate events.

Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Danny Green Trio. This jazz group whose debut CD won the 2009 San Diego Music Award for Best Jazz Album is led by pianist and composer and Grossmont College music instructor Danny Green. The trio also includes Grossmont College music instructor and jazz bassist extraordinaire Justin Grinnell and the versatile Julien Cantelm on drums.

Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
The Cuyamaca College Concert Band. Under the direction of James Sepulvado, the Cuyamaca College Concert Band makes the first of two appearances in this year’s Spring Concert Series. The band comprises approximately 40 musicians and the group will showcase several standard and contemporary band compositions.

Monday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.
French hornist Joshua Paulus. Paulus performs regularly with almost every major orchestra on the West Coast and is playing this season with the San Diego Symphony as Acting 2nd Horn. This concert, dubbed “Exploring the Fantasie,” includes guests Tina Chong on piano and Marcel Gemperli on viola. This recital explores the genre of musical fantasy by highlighting works written during the middle of the 19th century.

Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Kembang Sunda. Led by Cuyamaca College music instructor Amy Hacker, Kembang Sunda is an Indonesian Gamelan ensemble that has performed throughout Southern California since 2007. Gamelan ensembles developed in the ancient courts of Java and Bali, and primarily consist of tuned bronze percussive instruments.

Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.
Angham al-Sharq Eastern Melodies Ensemble. Al-Sharq has performed at Cuyamaca College on a number of occasions over the past several years.

Saturday, May 4, noon to 4 p.m.
The 11th Annual Coyote Music Festival. This entirely student-run festival provides the community with free music and culminates a semester for students studying music, technology, recording and business.

Thursday, May 9, 7:30 p.m.
The Nathan Hubbard Trio. The trio consists of a vibraphone, bass and drum and it uses modular notation, often with each member performing different pieces simultaneously, to create a kaleidoscopic sound where interplay between musicians switches at the turn of a page.

Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.
The Cuyamaca College Rock, Pop, and Soul Ensemble. Under the direction of Performing Arts Department Chair Taylor Smith, the ensemble will perform music from the Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things. Stranger Things soundtracks are composed by Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon of the electronic band Survive.

Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.
The Cuyamaca College Choir. Directed by Paul Infantino, the Cuyamaca College Choir is known for its contemporary and standard choral works both on campus and in the larger East County community.

Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Cuyamaca College Concert Band wraps up this year’s Spring Concert Series with its second performance of the year.

First Tuesday Concert: Leonard Patton and Danny Green – February 5, 2019

Join us for February’s First Tuesday concert at the Rancho San Diego Library on February 5 at 6:30 pm!

This month’s “First Tuesday” is presented by Leonard Patton and Danny Green. Prepare for a wonderful  evening of jazz and much more featuring the rich, smoky voice of Leonard Patton paired with the virtuoso keyboard work of Danny Green.

The Rancho San Diego Library is located at 11555 Via Rancho San Diego.

 

Women’s Coffee Night at Jamul Community Church – December 15, 2018

Women, join us for coffee and tea at the church in the Adult classroom at Jamul Community Church!

Saturday, December 15th
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Jamul Community Church
15058 Jamul Drive
Jamul, CA 91935