Camille Gavin

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Young actor ready to graduate to adult roles

    By Camille Gavin
    Wednesday, Jul 16 2014 10:06 AM

    It seems to me that Kyle Gaines is a good example of the value of learning stagecraft at a young age and then continuing on that path throughout one's growing-up years.

    In a sense, his appearance as Donkey in "Shrek the Musical" this weekend at the East Bakersfield High auditorium is sort of a goodbye to youthful pursuits. After 13 years and more than 40 productions, this will be his final show with NOR Junior Theatre.

    "I started when I was 4; I was a squirrel in 'Winnie the Pooh,'" the East High graduate said in a recent phone conversation. "My first line in a play was not in the script; I ad-libbed 'Oh, I am so bored, Aladdin.'"

    Since then, and in addition to NOR productions, he's been in plays at East High and in the past two...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Beehive' revisits hair-raising '60s

    If "Beehive" sounds like an odd name for a musical, think bouffant hair styles of the 1960s. There's even a dance by that name written especially for the show, which opens Friday at Stars with the eight-member cast balancing top-heavy...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Still patriotic, even if a little late

    Pianist Warren Dobson's annual one-man show at the Gaslight Melodrama doesn't open until July 11, but he claims it still will have the zip-boom-bah flavor of Independence Day. "As it's happening after the Fourth of July, it's not quite...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Peter Pan' gets Disney touch

    Even though Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinkerbell sprang to life more than a century ago in the pages of a delightful fantasy by J.M. Barrie, they are still captivating today's children -- especially when the story gets the magical Disney touch,...

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    'Five Divas' who own the stage

    Imagine, if you will, a woman singing Tevye the fiddler's "If I Were a Rich Man," and you've got an idea of the gender switch planned for one segment of "The Five Divas" show this weekend at Stars. "We call it 'Broadway Backwards,'" said...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Arts Council on the right course

    Slow but steady stays the course could be the motto of David Gordon, who in May was appointed executive director of the Arts Council of Kern by the nonprofit's board of directors. As one who has criticized the council's actions and...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Write on! Summer workshops set

    Bilingual author Olga Garcia Echeverria is a hands-on teacher, says Maria Rutledge, supervisor of Beale Memorial Library. "When she gave a workshop at Southwest (Branch) a couple of years ago, she was very interactive," said the librarian...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Set in '30s, 'The Women' still rings true today

    Clare Boothe Luce's "The Women" may have been written in 1936 but its themes seem to have withstood the test of time. After all, the play has had three Broadway revivals, the most recent in 2001, and in 2008 was made into a movie starring...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Fund fuels students' art dreams

    Thanks to its newly established Einstein Scholarship Fund the Bakersfield Art Association is helping to support future generations of artists. At a recent meeting, the association awarded $1,000 each to Bakersfield College student Tatiana...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: CSUB takes a shot at 'Hairspray'

    Cal State Bakersfield is set to present a lively musical about exuberant teens who love to dance, underscored by a theme of racial inequality. "Hairspray," opening Thursday at the Dore Theater, is set in Baltimore in 1962 when records...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Taft students learn publishing ropes

    Anyone who's ever produced a magazine from start to finish for the first time quickly learns it's a path loaded with pitfalls. For that matter, and speaking as a veteran of many adventures in the realm of publishing, the pitfalls remain...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Blonde and gagged in Pismo

    Michael Prince's fascination with a famous movie character spawned the script for Gaslight Melodrama's new production, which opens Friday. "I've always been a fan of the James Bond film franchise," Prince said. "So this was especially fun...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Going bold for Cinco de Mayo

    With Cinco de Mayo only a few days away, Jennifer Shrader is previewing the celebrated day in Mexican history with artwork featuring bold colors and imaginary designs with an Aztecan flavor. "Latino art is just one of the many projects...

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