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

    By Camille Gavin
    Wednesday, Oct 22 2014 09:48 AM

    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 artistic director. "Well, the answer was, I want to put on a show. So I asked a bunch of my friends to help me."

    His celebration, "Bruce Turns 50," is a two-nights-only musical revue this weekend at Stars. "There really isn't any theme or story," he said. "It's just all my favorite songs and I'll be providing a narrative to kind of tie everything together."

    His "bunch of friends" ended up being a cast of 15 singers and dancers performing mostly show tunes that he loves.

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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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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Series opens with a Celtic flair

    For the first of its five concerts of the 2014-15 season, the Dukes Concert Series will present a lively ensemble on Sunday that specializes in Celtic music. Banshee in the Kitchen, as the group is known, plays music that revolves around...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Life imitates art in musical

    Two famous paintings -- the "Mona Lisa" and "The Scream" come to life in a startling way in Adam Matthew Fernandez's original one-act musical this weekend at The Empty Space. Titled "The Art Gallery," it's about a young couple, Arthur...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Artist maps out imagination

    In terms of the subjects for his artwork, Greg Hauss is eclectic, but his new exhibit at the Access Center has a single focus -- maps. On the surface, that may sound rather hum-drum but in Hauss' hands, cartography inspires detailed...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Stars Theatre playing 'Dirty'

    Director Joe Lowry gave me a rundown on what he's planning for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," the musical opening Friday at Stars. Like the 1988 film on which it's based -- the stars were Michael Caine and Steve Martin -- the show is set on...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Bet bottom dollar on 'Annie Jr.'

    "Annie Jr.," a shorter version of the popular musical based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip, is bound to chase your end-of-summer blues away with sing-able tunes like "Tomorrow." Eight-year-old Bella Stine has the lead role in...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Young actor ready to graduate to adult roles

    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...

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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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