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    CAMILLE GAVIN: It's a rockin' Christmas -- and time to say goodbye

    By Camille Gavin
    Wednesday, Dec 03 2014 04:22 PM

    Director Bruce Saathoff didn't specify exactly what he's planning for "Winter Wonderettes" but I'm guessing that not all of the action occurs onstage in the show that opens Friday at Stars.

    "There will be some audience participation," he said. "In fact, the whole audience is part of the show."

    The story spins around a lost Santa Claus who's supposed to attend a holiday party at a fictional hardware store hosted by four singing and dancing clerks played by Sheryl Cleveland, Tamara Shepherd-White, Bethany Rowlee and Abby Bowles.

    Some of the songs they'll sing are reminiscent of the '50s and '60s -- "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Winter Wonderland," for instance, along with such perennial favorites as "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Even Santa needs some Christmas magic

    Like most of us on this particular day, the folks at Gaslight Melodrama are celebrating Thanksgiving but they're ready to jump right into the next holiday, and they mean business, with an extended schedule of 25 performances of the annual...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Winds ready to blow us away

    Aside from the stirring music, one of the things I enjoy most about the Bakersfield Winds concerts are the moments when Ed Hughes sets aside his clarinet and picks up a microphone to give the audience a few tidbits of background...


    CAMILLE GAVIN: Art Association gets primo location

    The Bakersfield Art Association's Art Center is moving around the corner from where it is now, but it will still be in the downtown Arts District. In fact, the new place, at 1705 19th St., is in an even more prominent location in the...

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    Review: Funniest farce in many a 'Moon'

    If you're yearning to sit back, relax and revel in some comedic on-stage high jinx this weekend, consider taking in "Moon over Buffalo" at Stars. I laughed my way through last Sunday's performance. It's set in 1953, in Buffalo, N.Y., and...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Hair' still has some bounce to it

    In historic terms, the 1960s was an era when many young people were actively engaged in a counter-culture movement that questioned the status quo. Those who actually lived during that decade might define its elements as long-haired...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Magic will put you under spell

    Wrapped in the spirit of Halloween, Mark Price says the magic performance he and two long-time friends will do on Saturday at Stars is "triple tricky." Price, aka Gus Flamingo, calls it The Three Amigos of Magic, which he says will be an...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Turning 50? Let's put on a show!

    Some folks are reluctant to admit they've reached the half-century mark; Bruce Saathoff is the smiling exception. "I'm turning 50 on the 28th of October and people kept asking me, 'What do you want to do for your 50th?'" said the Stars...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Young actors find the Spotlight

    Professional photographer Melissa Brazeal has embarked on a new venture called the Acting Out Theatre Company, which is geared toward instruction for young people and performances of traditional as well as more hard-hitting plays. Her...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: A taste of Korea this weekend

    When I spoke with Eun-Ja Park, an organizer of this weekend's Korean Festival, she mentioned that one of the attractions will be dancing robots brought here by representatives of Bucheon, South Korea, Bakersfield's Sister City. Dancing...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Stars getting Doll-ed up

    What appeals to me about "Guys and Dolls" is the sing-able tunes and the colorful language created by Damon Runyon, the late New York sports columnist and short story writer. It's like this: All I have to do is write "If I Were a Bell,"...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Friedman makes return to stage

    Hal Friedman, known for his innovative approach to staging live theater, is debuting his latest venture, the Hot Spot Theatre Troupe, with "The Last Five Years" this weekend in downtown Bakersfield. "It's a very different kind of theatre...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Hairspray' takes on sticky subject of race

    Teens are well-represented in "Hairspray," the feel-good show about a pleasingly plump girl who becomes a TV star in the 1960s when the civil rights movement was at the forefront and dancing to the beat of rhythm and blues was wildly...

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