June 14--Grace notes
Pacific Shores Chorale in Ventura and Oxnard
Gals of song honored in pop music are many: Peggy Sue, Donna, Mandy, Caroline, Barbara Ann. In classical music, the woman to hail is Mary, aka "Mother of God," "St. Mary," "Madonna," "The New Eve" and other names.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Pacific Shores Chorale, conducted by E. Burns Taft, will perform a concert program titled "The New Eve: A Litany of Song Honoring Mary," featuring such works as Mozart's "Regina Coeli," Thomas Tallis' "Magnificat," Julian Wachner's "Ave, Dulcissima Maria" and, of course, Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria," with Lisa Boyd of Ojai as soloist.
"Choosing a program of Marian song is a daunting task because there are so many splendid examples," said Taft. "Our concert includes both ancient and modern songs that explore Marian themes, including the Immaculate Conception, the Nativity and her suffering."
Concerts begin at 8 tonight at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura; and 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 850 Ivywood Drive, Oxnard. Tickets cost $20-$25 at the door. Call 620-1000 or visit http://www.pacificshoresphil.com.
"The Birthday of the Infanta": Senga Classic Stage Company presents this story by Oscar Wilde about a spoiled girl who is brought a deformed boy for entertainment on her 12th birthday. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, June 14-23, Ojai Valley Grange, 381 Cruzero St., Ojai. $12. 646-4885; sengaclassicstagecompany.com.
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof": Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the Tennessee Williams classic about a Southern family in crisis. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 23, 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. $18 general admission; $13 seniors, students and military; $10 children. 388-5716; skywayplayhouse.org.
"The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds": An all-woman cast presents Paul Zindel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a widow and her two daughters. 8 p.m. June 14-15, 7 p.m. June 16, Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. $15-$18. 640-8797; ojaiact.org.
"A Faery Hunt": This outdoor show geared toward kids features dancing and singing as audience members join the faeries on a quest for Faery Royalty. 10:30 a.m. June 15, Corriganville Park, 7001 Smith Road, Simi Valley. $12.50. 818-324-6802; afaeryhunt.com.
"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum": Panic! Productions closes its second season with Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy directed by Joshua Finkel. 8 p.m. June 14-15, 2 p.m. June 16, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. $20 general admission, $18 seniors and students. 381-1246; hillcrestarts.com.
"Girl Crazy": Musical Theatre Guild closes its 17th season with a concert staged reading of this Gershwin classic featuring songs like "Bidin' My Time," "Embraceable You" and "I Got Rhythm." 3 p.m. June 16, Scherr Forum Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $40. Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Information: 449-2787.
"Haunted House Calls: Twilight": The Elite Theatre Company's Between the Pillars program and Magic Castle magician Micah Cover present this show that blends theater with magic in a story about a husband and wife who vanish. 7 p.m. Sundays, through June 30, 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. $12-$20. 483 5118; elitetheatre.org.
"Las mujeres de verdad tienen curvas/Real Women Have Curves": Teatro de las Americas presents Josefina Lopez's play about five full-figured Latinas working in a Los Angeles sewing factory in 1987. In Spanish with English subtitles. 8 p.m. June 14-15, Oxnard College Black Box Theater, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. $15. 231-0127; teatrodelasamericas.org.
"Les Miserables": The High Street Arts Center presents the musical based on Victor Hugo's novel. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 7, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. $20 general admission; $16 seniors, students, teachers and military; $12 children. 529-8700; highstreetartscenter.com.
"Lit From Within": Santa Paula Theater Center presents a collection of one-act plays. Recommended for mature audiences. 8 p.m. June 14-15, 4 p.m. June 16, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. $12 general admission; $10 seniors, students and military. 525-4645; santapaulatheatercenter.org.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Elite Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's comedy. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, June 14 through July 21, 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. $18 general admission, $15 seniors and students. 483-5118; elitetheatre.org.
"The Miracle Worker": Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi presents William Gibson's play about Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 7, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. $22 general admission, $18 seniors and students, $16 children. 583-7900; simi-arts.org.
Plays-in-Progress: The Rubicon Theatre Company, as part of its Plays-in-Progress series, presents a free reading of a new play-in-development, "Edgar Allan Poe's Flawless Murder," a psychological thriller by Gary W. Marion about the bizarre circumstances of Poe's death. The reading will be followed by a talk-back with the audience. 2 p.m. June 15, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Free, but advance reservations recommended. 667-2900; rubicontheatre.org.
"Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune": Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara closes its 2012-13 season with Terrence McNally's romantic comedy about a cynical waitress and a romantic short-order cook who spend a night together. 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through June 23, Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara. $20-$65. 965-5400; ensembletheatre.com.
"My Fair Lady in Concert": Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts and Santa Barbara Symphony present the 1956 musical in a one-time-only performance by a star cast from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., including Gregory Jbara, Laura Michelle Kelly, Cloris Leachman, Florence Lacey, Jonathan Pryce, Max von Essen and Michael York 3 p.m. June 16, Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara. $43-$93. 899-2222; granadasb.org.
"Priscilla Queen of the Desert": The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical tells the story of three friends on a road trip in the Australian outback and features hits including "It's Raining Men" and "I Will Survive." Through June 16, Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. $25 and up. broadwayla.org.
"The Scottsboro Boys": This Tony Award-winning musical based on a famous court case in the 1930s tells the story of nine teenage African American boys unjustly accused of rape. Through June 30, Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. $20-$115. 213-972-4400; centertheatregroup.org.
"Yes, Prime Minister": Jonathan Lynn directs the American premiere of this award-winning British comedy about political power and intrigue. Through July 14, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. $37-$77. 310-208-5454; geffenplayhouse.com.
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