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Theater, classical music and culture events: Kingsmen Shakespeare Company's 'Hamlet' opens July 19 in Thousand Oaks

July 19, 2013

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July 19--What dreams may come

"Hamlet" in Thousand Oaks

To direct or not to direct. That was the question.

Brett Elliott answered himself in the affirmative.

Elliott, an associate artistic director for Thousand Oaks' Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, had received good notices for guiding recent Kingsmen productions of "All's Well That Ends Well" and "Romeo and Juliet." His next challenge, he decided, would be to helm Shakespeare's biggie: "Hamlet."

He knows the show well, having played the title role in a Kingsmen production way back in 2001. Rita Moran, The Star's arts writer, wrote in her review a dozen years ago that Elliott delivered "the play's many famous lines with a conviction brushed by a sense of spontaneity that makes them all the more effective."

As director, Elliott wants to highlight Hamlet's internal, spiritual struggle as the Danish prince seeks to avenge the death of his father. His aim is to keep the show deep enough for Shakespeare sophisticates, but accessible enough for young people and newcomers.

Ty Mayberry, making his Kingsmen debut, will star as Hamlet. It's a role that he has both performed and directed. Ted Barton, Elyse Mirto, Marc Silver, John Slade and Harold Dixon will round out the cast.

"Hamlet" will open tonight at 8 in Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Performances will continue at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 4. The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and preshow entertainment begins at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets are $20 general admission, free for youths younger than 18. Premium box seats are $90 and side box seats are $75; both accommodate six adults. Call 493-3014 or visit http://www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.

THEATER

Ventura County

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee": Moorpark College presents this Tony Award-winning musical about six adolescents competing to win the county spelling bee. 8 p.m. July 25-27, Aug. 1-3, 8-10 and 2 p.m. July 28, Aug. 4 and 11, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. 378-1485; moorparkcollege.edu/pac.

"42nd Street": The Young Artists Ensemble of Thousand Oaks presents this play about a chorus girl going on in place of an injured star. 7:30 July 26-27 and Aug. 2, 2 p.m. July 28, 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 3, Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center, 2323 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. $19 general admission, $17 seniors, children and students. 381-1246; yaeonline.com.

"Fiddler on the Roof": Ojai Art Center Theater presents this Broadway musical about a dairy man and his family in Russia around the turn of the century. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 11, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. $25 general admission; $20 seniors and students. 640-8797; ojaiact.org.

"Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.": Young performers ages 9 to 15 from Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi's Summer Musical Theatre Workshop will stage this one-act version of the classic Broadway musical. 11 a.m. July 20, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. $8. 583-7900.

"Forever Plaid": Conejo Players Theatre presents this musical that celebrates 1950s-era male harmony groups. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 3, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. $20 general admission; $18 seniors, students and military. 495-3715; conejoplayers.org.

"Legally Blonde, the Musical": Cabrillo Music Theatre presents this musical based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the major motion picture about a sorority girl who makes it her goal to get into Harvard Law School. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, July 19-28, and 7:30 p.m. July 25, Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $34-$69. Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Information: 449-2787.

"Les Miserables": Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi presents its production of this classic musical by Victor Hugo. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, July 20 through Aug. 25, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. $22 general admission, $18 students and seniors, $16 children 12 and younger. 583-7900; http://www.simi-arts.org.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Elite Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's comedy. 8 p.m. July 19-20, 2 p.m. July 21, 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. $18 general admission, $15 seniors and students. 483-5118; elitetheatre.org.

"Second Samuel": Santa Paula Theater Center presents this comedy by Atlanta playwright Pamela Parker that takes place in the small town of Second Samuel, Ga., after the death of the town matriarch. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 4, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. $18 general admission, $15 seniors and students, $12 children. 525-4645; santapaulatheatercenter.org.

"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody": The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents this parody based on the erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy. 8:30 p.m. July 19, 4 and 8:30 p.m. July 20, 4 p.m. July 21, Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $39-$49. Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Information: 449-2787.

Down south

"Chicago": Ashlee Simpson will play Roxie Hart in this Kander and Ebb musical about greed, murder, corruption and show business. Brooke Shields is directing the production, which will feature Stephen Moyer as Billy Flynn, Samantha Barks as Velma Kelly, Drew Carey as Amos Hart and Lucy Lawless as Mama Morton. 8 p.m. July 26-27, 7:30 p.m. July 28, Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. $15-$171. 323-850-2000; hollywoodbowl.com .

"A Parallelogram": Center Theatre Group presents this darkly comic play by Bruce Norris about a woman who believes she has the ability to know what happens in the future. Norris won a Tony and a Pulitzer for his play "Clybourne Park." Through Aug. 18, Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. $20-$70. 213-628-2772; centertheatregroup.org.

"Sister Act": The Pantages Theater presents this musical comedy based on the hit movie of the same name, about a disco diva who witnesses a murder and is put in protective custody in a convent. Through July 28, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. 800-982-2787; hollywoodpantages.com.

Ventura County

"Convergence": Dancers from Ventura County Ballet will become part of the canvas for Gerd Koch's art in this Focus on the Masters benefit, which will be set to the music of Camarillo composer Miguel Aguila. The evening, which includes dinner, also will feature an art exhibit and art auction. 6:30-10 p.m. July 19, 20 N. Oak St., Ventura. $100 for FOTM members; $150 general. 653-2501; focusonthemasters.com.

Up north

Music Academy of the West Summer Festival: The 2013 festival will run through Aug. 10, featuring almost-daily master classes and concerts by vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles at the academy and other Santa Barbara venues. For a schedule and tickets, visit musicacademy.org or call 969-8787.

CULTURE

Ventura County

The Channel Cities Jazz Club: This month's meeting features a performance by Mark Tortorici and the Torchlighters. 1-4 p.m. July 21, Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. $10 general admission, $7 members. 487-3062; channelcitiesjazzclub.org.

Ojai Community Band: The Rotary Club of Ojai West will host a summer concert series with the Ojai Community Band performing a range of music, from George Gershwin to the Beatles. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 14. Free. 509-0214.

Camarillo Community Band: As part of its 28th outdoor summer concert series, the ensemble will perform musical favorites with guest conductors (Tony Cason on July 25). 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 1, Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. Free. 484-8050; camarillocommunityband.com.

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