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Theatricum Botanicum Opens with a Joyful ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’    

  LIBBY MOTIKA Circling the News Contributor Opening the 2021 summer season with “Midsummer Night’s Dream” after the pandemic-driven dormancy, the Theatricum Botanicum couldn’t have chosen a better play to confirm the joy and magic of theater. From its founding … Continue reading

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Theatricum Botanicum’s “Julius Caesar” Pertinent Toda

By LAUREL BUSBY Special to Circling the News A palpable joy filled the audience at Theatricum Botanicum when Julius Caesar began. After more than a year without local theater, the crowd exploded with applause when narrator and soothsayer Gerald Rivers … Continue reading

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Mollie B’s Cookies Take This Treat to a New Level

One of this editor’s favorite desserts is a cookie. It is not a fancy dessert, but if it is made correctly, there is no more satisfying way to end a meal—not too much, but just enough. During Covid-19, Rotary President … Continue reading

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MUSICAL REVIEW: PaliHi’s “First Date” Delivers Great Live Entertainment

The theatrical department at Palisades High School is widely admired for its talented singers, dancers and actors and the two major productions they perform every year, one a musical, the other a play. With the Covid-19 shutdown, it appeared that this year’s … Continue reading

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Ready for Some Live Theater? PaliHi Students Offer a Musical Comedy This Weekend

This Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Palisades High School will present “First Date,” a musical comedy, on the Quad. There will be a live band. To reserve a ticket go to palihighasb.square.site/. Attendees will be required to acknowledge they … Continue reading

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Bravo, Theatre Palisades Actors’ Troupe! 

The Theatre Palisades Actors’ Troupe presented a Zoom edition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on December 16. Annually the TPAT presents a radio play at Christmas for residents of Pacific Palisades. This year, more than 118 people registered to watch the … Continue reading

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One-person ‘Deconstructing Holly’ Is Presented by Theatre Palisades via Zoom

Holly Sidell is one gutsy, beautiful lady. She had a double mastectomy following a diagnosis of stage-2 breast cancer. Barely recovered, and questioning if she could have children, she learned she carried the BRCA 1 hereditary gene mutation, which meant … Continue reading

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‘Frozen Jr.’ Offers Spectacular Voices and Unbridled Enthusiasm at Theatre Palisades

Theatre Palisades Youth will present “Frozen Jr.” starting this weekend. If the Monday rehearsal is any indication, Director Lara Ganz will once again have a hit on her hands and sold-out performances. Forty-one talented youth will participate and, in an … Continue reading

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Westside Ballet Long-standing Production of ‘The Nutcracker’ Presents Palisades Talent

Southern California’s longest running production of “The Nutcracker” will return for its 47th season and feature nine dancers who live in Pacific Palisades or attend school here. The Broad Stage production, which starts Thanksgiving Weekend, will include the pre-professional dancers and … Continue reading

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At Theatre Palisades, ‘Ruthless! The Musical’ Is The Perfect Entertainment for Out-of-Town Guests

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and out-of-town guests arriving and wanting to be entertained, take them to “Ruthless! The Musical” at the Pierson Playhouse. This is the perfect musical for that fault-finding aunt or the uncle who is driving … Continue reading

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