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SCV Youth Project Gears up for its 3rd Annual Sweet Charity Auction

By Margie Anne Clark

Santa Clarita, Calif. The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project is getting more exciting every year and it’s not too late to join in the fun.

Providence Medical Center is Proud to Present The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project’s 3rd Annual Sweet Charity Cake Auction & Competition, judging panel coming up on on April 9, 2011 at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia.
A 2010 entry for the SCV Youth Project’s Sweet Charity fundraising event. This year April 9, 2001 event is expected to draw even more creative entries. Photo by Margie Anne Clark

Judges include: Jim Moret, chief correspondent for Inside Edition, Chef David Lawrence, the host and Creative Food Director of the hit web cooking series Good Bite, and Cindy Schwanke, culinary instructor at College of the Canyons.

Also joining in the fun will be the famous Porto’s Bakery & Café, siblings Margarita and Raul Jr. Porto

“It should be a great night. We have great new sponsorships and we continuing to see such excitement amongst the community members!” said Kim Goldman, Executive Director for the SCV Youth Project. “Having Jim, Chef David and of course Cindy, is going to add some spice to the night, it will surely make for a memorable evening.”

For more information call 661.257.YOUTH (9688) or visit the SCV Youth Project website at:
www.HelpNotHassle.org.

ROCK OF AGES: Triumphant Return To L.A. February 15 – 27, 2011 – Where It All Began!

Hollywood, Calf. – In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker—and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s. It’s ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison and many more.

Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on.CONSTANTINE MAROULIS TO REPRISE HIS TONY AWARD-NOMINATED PERFORMANCE
Tony Award Nominee and American Idol finalist, Constantine Maroulis, will reprise his acclaimed performance as Drew in the First National Tour of the five-time Tony Award nominated smash-hit musical ROCK OF AGES, which will mark its L.A. Premiere at the Pantages. As Rolling Stone magazine says, “ROCK OF AGES has found a perfect lead in Maroulis,” and so like Bartles & James, big hair and Dep, some things are just meant for each other.The Pantages Theatre
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Veluzat Family Opens Up Fabled Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studios during Santa Clarita’s Cowboy Festival

18TH ANNUAL COWBOY FESTIVAL RIDES BACK INTO TOWN –

By Margie Anne Clark
Santa Clarita, Calf. – It’s time to gussy up in your cowboy dudes and get your tickets for five days of cowboy culture and excitement! This year, the best performers in western entertainment will help celebrate the City of Santa Clarita’s 18th annual Cowboy Festival, April 27-May 1, 2011.
Image and video hosting by TinyPicThe Veluzat Family, pictured above, will be opening up Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studios to the Public during this year’s Cowboy Festival. Photo by Margie Anne Clark

There are several events throughout the Santa Clarita Valley with the main festival taking place on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 when visitors are invited to Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio, a real working movie ranch formerly owned by Gene Autry.

General Admission tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. A special two-day weekend pass is available for $30 for adults and $15 for children. The City offers a limited number of “Friends of the Festival” packages, which includes admission to Melody Ranch for both Saturday and Sunday, preferred seating at all Melody Ranch Stage shows, all-weekend access to the Melody Ranch VIP Bunkhouse. Weekend Passes and Friends of the Festival packages must be purchased by April 15, 2011.

“The annual Cowboy Festival event is consistently recognized as one of the best in the world, taking visitors back in time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and spirit of the American West,” commented Mayor Marsha McLean.

The festival’s 2011 headliners include: Hot Club of Cowtown, Don Edwards, Sons of the San Joaquin, Wylie and the Wild West, Waddie Mitchell, Belinda Gail, Sourdough Slim, Chuck Pyle and Larry Maurice.

For more information on the 2011 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, including tickets, event times, prices, venues and more, visit www.cowboyfestival.org or call the Cowboy Festival Ticket hotline at (661) 286-4021. 23920 Valencia Blvd., Suite 300 Santa Clarita, CA 91355 T.: (661) 259-2489 F.: (661) 259-8125
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‘Titanic’ star, Frances sheds light on energy concervation efforts in Old Town Newhall

OLD TOWN NEWHALL TRANSFORMATION BRINGS PRAISE –

By Margie Anne Clark
Newhall Calif. – Frances Fisher, actress and Environmental Media Association (EMA) Board Member paid a visit today to Old Town Newhall, home of the Walk of Western Stars – in support of green energy changes that are being made as part of the historic downtown area’s revitalization.
Frances Fisher, Actress and EMA Board Member addresses local dignitaries in Old Town Newhall. Photo by Margie Anne ClarkThe City of Santa Clarita is transforming the once-neglected area into a neighborhood of mixed residential and commercial uses that are strategically close to public transit services and centered on streets that are safe and pedestrian friendly.Santa Clarita’s vision for the Old Town transformation brought praise today from the Environmental Media Association (EMA) and California Green Communities.

“Old Town Newhall – where Hollywood meets Heldorado – is being reshaped by the City of Santa Clarita into a real star,” said Debbie Levin, EMA President. “Old Town will become an inspiration for community design in other cities that want to become more sustainable.”

Speaking before an invited crowd of community and business leaders in front of the Canyon Theatre Guild, Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean spoke about the City’s Downtown Newhall Specific Plan. The Plan was adopted in 2005 and is guiding Old Town improvements.

“This is part of Santa Clarita’s ongoing commitment to smart, environmentally friendly development,” said Mayor McLean. “Our Plan calls for transit-oriented development – which means that people who live, work and do business in downtown Newhall will be able to rely less on their cars.”

The city has just finished the second phase of “streetscaping” work in Old Town Newhall, which has been spruced up with new brick sidewalks and crosswalks, drought-friendly landscaping and bicycle parking.

Santa Clarita is one of 10 southern California cities currently participating in the California Green Communities challenge. Each city has designed a unique plan to address sustainable activities from energy efficiency and conservation to green building, recycling and waste reduction, efficient transportation, land use and community design and other areas. View Santa Clarita’s action plan.

ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION

The Environmental Media Association (EMA) is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization founded in 1989 by Cindy and Alan Horn and Lyn and Norman Lear. www.ema-online.org

EMA is dedicated to harnessing the power of celebrity and the media to promote sustainable lifestyles and believes through positive role modeling the entertainment community can inspire consumers to take action. The organization has grown into a diverse group of industry professionals from film, television and music dedicated to the mission of promoting environmental awareness through the entertainment business and the media.  EMA serves as a valuable link between the entertainment industry and the environmental community.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA GREEN COMMUNITIES
California Green Communities (CGC) is a project of USA Green Communities, Inc., a non-profit benefit corporation. www.cagreencom.org
CGC is an environmental recognition program that fosters innovative ways for cities in southern California to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, while building vibrant, sustainable communities. Cities currently participating in the program include Claremont, Culver City, Los Angeles, Monrovia, Redlands, Riverside, San Gabriel, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica and Simi Valley.

NATIONAL TOUR OF BROADWAY’S SMASH HIT WEST SIDE STORY CELEBRATED ITS LOS ANGELES PREMIERE WITH A STAR-STUDDED OPENING at the PANTAGES THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD.

By Margie Anne Clark

Hollywood, Calif.– The stars came out to shine as West Side Story celebrated its Los Angeles Premiere with Celebrities from the worlds of Broadway, film and television celebrated on on the red carpet at the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday.  The fun continued with an after party at Ivan Kane’s Cafe to celebrate the arrival of this classic treasure of American theatre.
Jennifer Love Hewitt talks to Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet at the opening night of Broadway LA’s revival of ‘West Side Story’ at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Dec. 1, 2010. Photo by Margie Anne Clark / Los Angeles Life and Style
Vanessa L. Williams walks the red carpet at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood during the opening night of ‘West Side Story, ‘ Dec. 1, 2010.  Photo by Margie Anne Clark / Los Angeles Life and Style

Attendees included such Hollywood favorites as original West Side Story film stars George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Vanessa Williams, Eric Stonestreet, James Denton, Christopher McDonald, Cloris Leachman, Melora Hardin, Lea Thompson, Melinda Clarke, Sofia Milos, John McCook, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Robert Morse, Kenny Ortega, Masiela Lusha, Kate Linder, Barry Williams, Nia Vardalos, Jo Anne Worley, Kym Johnson, Nolan Gould, Ken Davitian, Marcia Wallace, Lainie Kazan, Jenna Leigh Green, Mindy Sterling, Jai Rodriguez, Robin Antin, Romi Dames, Lauren Storm, Charlene Amoia, Jason Robert Brown & Georgia Stitt, John Lloyd Young, Katherine Tokarz, Josh Sussman, Rosanna Pansino, Anne Jeffreys, Kat Kramer and Tim Martin Gleason.

Kenny Ortega at the red carpet ceremonies during the opening night of ‘West Side Story‘ at The Pantages. Photo by Margie Anne Clark / Los Angeles Life and Style

WEST SIDE STORY is now playing in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre this holiday season through Sunday January 2nd, 2011.

For more information on WEST SIDE STORY, please visitwww.BroadwayWestSideStory.com.

The Pantages Theatre is located in Hollywood at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard at Vine Street.

The Pantages Theatre engagement of WEST SIDE STORY will feature two performance schedules. Performances now through December 19 will be Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. The performance schedule for holiday weeks, December 21-January 2, will be Tuesday & Wednesday at 8pm, Thursday at 2pm & 8pm, Friday at 2pm, Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.

Regular tickets for WEST SIDE STORY range in price from $25 – $100. Prices are subject to change without notice.

WEST SIDE STORY is produced by Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, Jeffrey Seller with Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman / Jill Furman Willis, Freddy DeMann, Robyn Goodman / Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller, The Weinstein Company and Broadway Across America.

WEST SIDE STORY is presented locally by Broadway/L.A. as the first show of its 2010-2011 Season.

For more information, please visit the Pantages Theatre’s official website:www.BroadwayLA.org.

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Los Angeles Premiere! More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back on Broadway mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director of Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely. WEST SIDE STORY remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album of WEST SIDE STORY recently won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

See LA Times review byhttp://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/12/theater-review-west-side-story-at-the-pantages-theatre.htmlhttp://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/12/theater-review-west-side-story-at-the-pantages-theatre.html

JOHN LLOYD YOUNG
The Pantages Theatre
Monday, December 13, 2010 at 7:30pm

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HAIR
The Pantages Theatre
January 5 – 23, 2011

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TRACES
The Ricardo Montalban Theatre
January 11 – February 13, 2011

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SPRING AWAKENING
The Pantages Theatre
February 8 – 13, 2011

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ROCK OF AGES
The Pantages Theatre
February 15 – 27, 2011

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AVENUE Q
The Pantages Theatre
March 1 – 6, 2011

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Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
The Pantages Theatre
March 9 – 26, 2011

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RAIN
The Pantages Theatre
April 12 – 17, 2011

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BURN THE FLOOR
The Pantages Theatre
April 26 – May 8, 2011

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SHREK THE MUSICAL
The Pantages Theatre
July 12-31, 2011

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Regular tickets for WEST SIDE STORY range in price from $25 – $100. Prices are subject to change without notice.

WEST SIDE STORY is produced by Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, Jeffrey Seller with Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman / Jill Furman Willis, Freddy DeMann, Robyn Goodman / Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller, The Weinstein Company and Broadway Across America.

WEST SIDE STORY is presented locally by Broadway/L.A. as the first show of its 2010-2011 Season.

For more information, please visit the Pantages Theatre’s official website:www.BroadwayLA.org.

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Los Angeles Premiere! More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back on Broadway mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director of Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely. WEST SIDE STORY remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album of WEST SIDE STORY recently won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

See LA Times review byhttp://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/12/theater-review-west-side-story-at-the-pantages-theatre.htmlhttp://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/12/theater-review-west-side-story-at-the-pantages-theatre.html

JOHN LLOYD YOUNG
The Pantages Theatre
Monday, December 13, 2010 at 7:30pm

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HAIR
The Pantages Theatre
January 5 – 23, 2011

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TRACES
The Ricardo Montalban Theatre
January 11 – February 13, 2011

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SPRING AWAKENING
The Pantages Theatre
February 8 – 13, 2011

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ROCK OF AGES
The Pantages Theatre
February 15 – 27, 2011

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AVENUE Q
The Pantages Theatre
March 1 – 6, 2011

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Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
The Pantages Theatre
March 9 – 26, 2011

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RAIN
The Pantages Theatre
April 12 – 17, 2011

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BURN THE FLOOR
The Pantages Theatre
April 26 – May 8, 2011

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SHREK THE MUSICAL
The Pantages Theatre
July 12-31, 2011

© Copyright 2001-2005 Broadway/LA -Nederlander.Inc – All rights reserved

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL COMING TO TINSELTOWN’S KODAK FOR 10 YEAR RUN: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL FOUNDER GUY LALIBERTÉ HONORED WITH STAR ON HOLLYWOOD’S WALK OF FAME, PRESENTED BY JAMES CAMERON

By Margie Anne ClarkHollywood, Calif. – “This has been a long love story,” Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, said Monday as he accepted his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Kodak Theatre where the international entertainment company’s newest show “Isis” will open in the summer of 2011. Image and video hosting by TinyPic Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté. Photo by Margie Anne Clark”We believe this marriage between Hollywood and Circus has the promise for a long life in Los Angeles,” said the man behind the internally acclaimed success of Cirque du Soleil. Image and video hosting by TinyPicGuy Laliberté amd James Cameron. Photo by Margie Anne Clark

Laliberté is bringing his new show “Iris, a Journey Through the World of Cinema to the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center debuting on July 21, 2011..
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Legendary film directorrJames Cameron and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, Photo by Margie Anne Clark

Presenting the honor to Laliberte was Canadian-born filmmaker James Cameron who lauded the vision and creativity of Laliberté amidst a backdrop of derby clad clowns, mime faced ballerinas – beneath sunny skies as blue as the humanoid species from his 2009 Academy Award winning film, “Avatar.”  Colorful Cirque du Soleil troupe members. Photo by Margie Anne Clark

“If you’re fans of cirque de solie, and I absolutely love them, those artists are empowered by this man here,” Cameron said. “To have the boldness and the courage to let that dream-like creativity be the most important thing is something that Hollywood could be inspired by.”

Laliberté who was born in Québec City in 1950, began his career as an accordionist, stilt-walker and fire-eater. He founded Quebec’s first internationally-renowned circus with the support of a small group of accomplices. A bold visionary, Guy Laliberté recognized and cultivated the talents of the street performers from the Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul and created Cirque du Soleil in 1984.

“When I went to see Avatar, I envisioned a journey which was very similar to what I was living when I started my own show,” said Laliberte, who said he sees many similarities between his career and Cameron’s. “I started my own career on the streets of Quebec and now, Lalibert said with a smile, “I have a permanent home on the streets of Hollywood.”Image and video hosting by TinyPicCirque du Soleil troupe members take in the festivities. Photo by Margie Anne Clark

*Cirque du Soleil recently announced that tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are available at cirquedusoleil.com or by calling 1-877-943-IRIS. Performances begin July 21, 2011.http://www.kodaktheatre.com/

CALLING ALL VAMPIRE FANS: MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR DEC. 11!! – TRUE BLOOD’S STEPHEN MOYER WIILL PERFORM LIVE READING OF DR. SUESS’S CLASSIC, ‘HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS AT UNIIVERSAL STUDIOS, HOLLYWOOD

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Hollywood, Calif. –
Stephen Moyer will read the classic children’s story, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Universal Studios in Hollywood at a special December 11th live performance.
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The event will kick off the theme park’s 18-day Grinchmas celebration. The reading will also feature the Grinch’s faithful dog Max, a heap of (through Hollywood magic) fresh snow and a “Whoville Whobilation” on the original sets where the 2000 live-action Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, starring Jim Carrey, was filmed.

SANTA CLARITA TO HOST TRIFECTA LIFESTYLE SUMMER SPORTING FESITVAL

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Santa Clarita Calif. – Tri-California, Inc. today announced the TRIFECTA, a new lifestyle-sports festival that is the first of its kind to bring together three running, three cycling, and three triathlon courses during a single weekend event.On June 2 – 5, 2011, Tri-California and the City of Santa Clarita will host these events with the support of Cycling Olympic Silver Medalist Mari Holden, Triathlon Olympic Bronze Medalist Susan Williams and United States National Cycling Champion Tony Cruz as patrons of the event.”We launched the TRIFECTA with the goal of bringing a new and diverse category of sporting events to athletes,” commented Terry Davis, owner of Tri-California, Inc.

“A trifecta occurs when someone chooses the top three finishers in a race in the correct order. We are expanding the definition of TRIFECTA to include bringing together the three worlds of active lifestyle sports in one spectacular event. TRIFECTA offers people of all ages and activity levels an opportunity to come together and celebrate leading a healthy and active lifestyle through running, cycling, and the sport of triathlon.”

‘IRIS’ TICKETS SET TO GO ON SALE BEGINNING NOV. 22 FOR CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S EXCLUSIVE DEBUT AT THE KODAK THEATRE SET TO KICK OFF IN THE SUMMER OF 2011 – IRIS IS A LYRICAL AND KENTIC DEPICTION OF ART AS A WAY OF TRANSCENDING REALITY

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Hollywood, California – Cirque du Soleil has announced the upcoming presentation of the summer debut of the brand new production, IRIS, which will open exclusively at Kodak Theatre, home of the Academy Awards® on July 21, 2011. Tickets go on sale Nov. 22, 2010 at 10 a.m. via Cirque’s website or (877) 943-IRIS. Prices for single tickets range from $43 to $253.

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The show will feature a cast of more than 72 performing artists from around the world. We can’t wait to see the clowns take on silent films. Is that a kind of perfect pairing? Keystone Cop-like antics and Cirque du Soleil pantomimery? Or wait. Harlequins reenacting famous scenes? Norma Desmond dancing on stilts? The mind reels over the reel-based clowning to come.

“The inspiration for the show comes from a performance Cirque gave at the Oscar ceremony [in 2002]

The word “iris” refers to the adjustable opening—or diaphragm—that controls the amount of light that passes through a camera lens. The word also refers to the colored part of the eye. IRIS will take a unique look at the world of cinema.

Directed by French director-choreographer Philippe Decouflé, IRIS is a lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray into the seventh art. Bringing together dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation, the show takes spectators on a fantastic voyage through the history of cinema and its genres, taking them into the heart of the movie-making process. From illustration to animation, black and white to colour, silent films to talkies, fixed shots to swooping camera movements, spectators witness the poetic construction/deconstruction of this art as an object and as a way of transcending reality.

Along with Philippe Decouflé, the creative team consists of 13 creators under the artistic guidance of Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberté:

Philippe Decouflé – Writer and Director
Trained in multiple disciplines including miming and circus arts, French dancer and choreographer Philippe Decouflé founded his own company – DCA – in 1983. His career path also led him to create videos and a series of outstanding advertisements during the 1980s. Teaming up with costume designer Philippe Guillotel, he staged the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in Albertville in 1992, which attracted considerable attention. Philippe Decouflé also created the show Désirs that has been running at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris since 2009. IRIS is his first show with Cirque du Soleil.

Jean-François Bouchard – Director of Creation
The signature of Jean-François Bouchard is associated with many interior design concepts (bars, restaurants, boutiques, etc.) brought to life in Montreal between 1985 and 1995. He joined Cirque du Soleil as a designer in 1988 to create the interior design of the boutique connected to the La Nouba theatre in Orlando. He later became one of the key players in Cirque du Soleil’s special events team. IRIS is Jean-François Bouchard’s first show as Director of Creation.

Jean Rabasse – Set Designer
Jean Rabasse has earned an enviable reputation in the world of film, theatre and dance as a set designer and decorator. He has been the resident designer for Philippe Decouflé’s dance company DCA for more than ten years. His film credits include award-winning movies such as Vatel, directed by Roland Joffé, as well as Delicatessen and La Cité des enfants perdus, both directed by Caro and Jeunet. After Corteo and The Beatles LOVE, IRIS marks Jean Rabasse’s third participation in a Cirque du Soleil show as Set Designer.

Philippe Guillotel – Costume Designer
After a decade in the world of fashion, designer Philippe Guillotel discovered dance, and through it, his true calling—costume allied to movement. His signature is associated with the works of some of the most prominent stage and film directors in France. Since 1985, he has worked extensively with renowned French choreographer Philippe Découflé for whom he designed the costumes seen in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. In cinema, Philippe Guillotel designed the costumes for the feature Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre, directed by Alain Chabat. He has also made his mark in the worlds of show business and music. IRIS is Philippe Guillotel’s second Cirque du Soleil show following The Beatles LOVE.

Danny Elfman – Composer
Danny Elfman is a musician best known for composing music for television and cinema and leading the rock band Oingo Boingo as singer/songwriter for almost 20 years. He is a frequent collaborator of long-time friend Tim Burton and has scored most of his films. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards and won a Grammy Award for Tim Burton’s Batman and an Emmy Award for his Desperate Housewives theme. He is also known for creating the main title theme for The Simpsons. IRIS is his first Cirque du Soleil show as Composer and Musical Director.

Daphné Mauger – Choreographer
Daphné Mauger has been active on the French artistic scene for a number of years. Former graduate of the Conservatoire de danse de Paris, she pursues her career as a dancer and choreographer on a number of productions. In 2008, she worked with Philippe Decouflé on the production Triton 2 ter. IRIS is her first collaboration with the Cirque du Soleil.

Patrice Besombes – Lighting Designer
Patrice Besombes began his training in theatre before he discovered dance. After joining Maison de la danse de Lyon as a technical director in the early 1980s, he worked with the emerging generation of French choreographers of the time. He became one of the official lighting directors of creators such as Carolyn Carlson and Philippe Decouflé. Patrice Besombes’ credits as a lighting designer include the works On the Other Side for the New York City Ballet and Triade et Amoveo for the Paris Opera, both by choreographer Benjamin Millepieds. His work can also be seen in theatre and opera. This is Patrice Besombes’ first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

Anne-Séguin Poirier – Props Designer
For the past 10 years, Anne-Séguin Poirier has worked as a set and costume designer for theatre, circus, opera and exhibits. Since 2005, she has created sets for multimedia creators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, including DELIRIUM (Cirque du Soleil) and the Starmania opera they both directed. She has also designed costumes for choreographers and directors Peter James, Gypsy Rider, Shanna Carroll and Guy Alloucherie, at Montreal’s National Circus School. Anne-Séguin Poirier’s credits as a costume designer include the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic games. IRIS is her first Cirque du Soleil show as Props Designer.

Olivier Simola et Christophe Waksmann – Projection Designers
Olivier Simola and Christophe Waksmann are both members of the dance company DCA founded by French director Philippe Decouflé, with whom they have worked closely for many years. Olivier Simola has worked on many productions either as film director (video and cinema), stage director or dancer. Christophe Waksmann works as a dancer, camera operator, director, film editor and image designer for numerous dance companies in France. IRIS is their first Cirque du Soleil show.

François Bergeron – Sound Designer
François Bergeron is a long-time collaborator with Cirque du Soleil. Since 1990, he has worked in Europe, Asia and North America for numerous museums and producers of variety shows, plays and musicals, including Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby, which toured or ran on Broadway from 1997 to 1999. He created his own company in Los Angeles that produces shows worldwide, including in Asia and the Middle East. François Bergeron took part in the creation of the Tokyo DisneySea theme park in Japan for Walt Disney Entertainment.

Boris Verkhovsky et Shana Carroll – Acrobatic Performance Designers
A former athlete in the Russian Men’s National Team in Sport Acrobatics, Boris Verkhovsky immigrated to Canada from Byelorussia in 1978 following studies in physical education and sports (specializing in coaching). Later, he became head coach of the Canadian National Trampoline and Tumbling Team and, in 1993, was approached by Cirque du Soleil to consult on a proposed act for the show Mystère. Boris Verkhovsky was named head coach of acrobatic training and is currently director of acrobatic performance and training at Cirque du Soleil. He also contributes his expertise to the design of acrobatic acts for new shows. This is his first Cirque du Soleil show as an Acrobatic Performance Designer.

Pierre Masse – Acrobatic Rigging and Equipment Designer
Pierre Masse’s career spans just about every genre of the performing arts. He was involved in major productions with the Opéra de Montréal, the Grands Ballets Canadiens and Céline Dion as well as a production of Les Misérables. He has collaborated with Cirque du Soleil since 1996 and took part in the creation of Quidam, Varekai, Zumanity, KÀ and CRISS ANGEL Believe. This is Pierre Masse’s second Cirque du Soleil show as Acrobatic Rigging and Equipment Designer following TOTEM.

“We are thrilled to have found such a spectacular home in LA,” said President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre. “The city is at the forefront not only of film, but music, architecture and art as well. It is our hope that IRIS will be a welcome addition to Hollywood as a destination for visitors. “

IRIS features a cast of over 72 performing artists from all over the world and will be presented exclusively at Kodak Theatre next summer.

Tickets information
Tickets are currently on sale for parties of 12 or more through Cirque du Soleil group sales by calling 877-504-7164.

For advance ticket information, join Cirque Club at www.cirquedusoleil.com.

For Preferred Seating and other American Express® Cardmember benefits, please visitwww.cirquedusoleil.com/amex.

Sponsors
Infiniti and American Express are the official sponsors of this new production.

HOLIDAY ENCHANTMENT SPARKLES AT DISNEYLAND RESORT WITH FIREWORKS, PARADE, SNOWFALL KICK-OFF TO THE HOLIDAYS

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Holiday Enchantment Sparkles at Disneyland Resort With Fireworks, Parade, Snowfall Marks Weekend Kick-Off CelebrationHeartwarming Favorites Make Spirits Bright
At Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks
ANAHEIM, Calif. When it comes to enjoying the magic of the holiday season with family and friends, there’s no place like Disneyland Resort. The holidays will shine brightly throughout the resort which kicked off on Sunday and will run through Jan. 2, 2011, as guests create memories for a lifetime.

Guests will enjoy the return of Disneyland Resort’s most popular offerings, including special holiday versions of “it’s a small world” and Haunted Mansion, along with “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, colorful holiday décor and a nightly snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Other holiday highlights at Disneyland will include the traditional snowdrifts and icicles adorning Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle. After dark a sensational holiday lighting and special effects show will carry the magic of the holidays from the castle all the way to the Christmas tree in Town Square.
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The 60-foot-tall Disneyland Christmas tree is specially designed to present a nightly holiday light show like no other with more than 62,000 energy-efficient LED lights.
The Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle presentation unfolds throughout the evening in three acts, each of them featuring a touch of winter snow on Main Street, U.S.A. The finale of the show includes the legendary “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, which takes guests on a journey of sights and sounds of the season and ends with a touching rendition of “White Christmas,” along with a climactic snowfall swirling down on Main Street, U.S.A., “it’s a small world” Mall and New Orleans Square.
A holiday tradition in Disneyland is “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, in which Disney characters join together to celebrate the magic of the season. Guests can watch as the characters wrap gifts, bake holiday treats and prepare for the arrival of Santa Claus, who shouts a jolly greeting to spectators along the parade route. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse even take to the ice for some skating fun.
Themed entertainment, sparkling decorations and tasty treats add festive warmth to holiday fun at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Guests also will be able to book guided holiday tours that provide entry into “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday, reserved seating for the Disneyland “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a keepsake remembrance, and entertaining information about the history behind Disneyland holiday traditions. For information and reservations guests can visit Disneyland City Hall or call 714/781-4400.
Returning holiday favorites at Disneyland park include:
· “it’s a small world” Holiday transforms “it’s a small world” into a worldwide celebration of the season, boasting more than 300,000 glittering lights on its facade.
· Haunted Mansion Holiday presents a madcap celebration as the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide. The ghoulish but well-meaning Jack Skellington from the film “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” has come to Haunted Mansion to transform it with his skewed vision of the holidays.
· Santa Claus and his reindeer will return to greet Disneyland guests at Santa’s Reindeer Round-up in Big Thunder Ranch, Frontierland. Kids and their families will chat with St. Nick and see real reindeer grazing in a corral.Disney California Adventure park celebrates the season with fanciful park-wide decorations and lively entertainment.
· Guests approaching the park will immediately get in the holiday mood as they encounter the iconic “CALIFORNIA” letters transformed to appear as swirling red and white peppermint sticks.
· “a bug’s land” transforms as Flik and his bug buddies spread giant Christmas lights and oversized ornaments throughout their realm.
· The holiday scene along the Paradise Bay boardwalk includes a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and lampposts decorated with seasonal wreaths.
· Santa Claus will greet guests on the boardwalk near Ariel’s Grotto on Paradise Pier.Guests in Disney California Adventure won’t want to miss the other park entertainment, highlighted by the all-new “World of Color” nighttime water spectacular, which brings its own brand of after-dark magic to the Paradise Bay lagoon. Meanwhile, in the entry plaza of Disney California Adventure and the adjoining Hollywood Pictures Backlot district, the immersive “ElecTRONica” nighttime street party will put guests of all ages “on the grid” and into the environment of the new Walt Disney Pictures feature, “TRON: Legacy.” “ElecTRONica” parties take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and nightly from Dec. 17 through Jan. 2. “ElecTRONica” will continue into spring 2011.
Also part of the regular Disney California Adventure attractions and entertainment lineup:
· “Pixar Play Parade” is complemented by two new shows: the energetic “dance-off” competition of “Disney Dance Crew” on the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Pictures Backlot, and the rock concert-style “Disney Channel Rocks,” featuring music from Disney Channel movies and series, performed on the Palisades Stage in Paradise Park, alongside Paradise Bay lagoon.
· In Blue Sky Cellar at Golden Vine Winery, the Imagineers’ workshop offers guests a preview of what’s coming to Disney California Adventure, including The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure in 2011.
· Guests along Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure also will enjoy the newly enhanced Toy Story Mania! and Silly Symphony Swings attractions, along with such popular favorites as California Screamin’ and Mickey’s Fun Wheel.

The Downtown Disney district and the Disneyland Resort hotels will join in the merriment with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday dining. Expanded hours at both Disneyland Resort theme parks will extend the holiday fun. For more information about holidays at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com/holidays.
Disneyland Resort features two fantastic theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The resort’s three hotels are the luxurious 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 970-room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its day-at-the-beach fun. For information on new attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort visit www.disneyland.com, call 866/60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.