Three local arts organizations make musical history this month with their first ever collaboration, “Music of the Night: Love Changes Everything,” an evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The brainchild of 5-Star Theatricals Director Will North, this epic event features Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Resident Companies 5-Star Theatricals, Pacific Festival Ballet and New West Symphony performing together on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
“All three companies have been the resident companies of the Civic Arts Plaza for 23 years and have never collaborated before. It’s a synergistic partnership,” says New West Symphony Executive Director Natalia Staneva. “This is the first time in the history of the Plaza and our organizations where live ballet, orchestra and musical theatre come together.”
The vision for the show originated over a year ago when North took the helm at Cabrillo.
“I was surprised the three companies had never worked together,” says North, who resolved to “work not only collaboratively but in a way that is symbiotic for all three companies, with relation to introducing ourselves to each other’s audience bases and building off of the talents and amazing professionalism and product we each bring to the table.” North collaborated with Staneva and Pacific Festival Ballet’s Kim Maselli to bring their vision to fruition.
“We hope this is the beginning of many more to come,” adds North.
5-Star’s Dan Redfeld music directs and conducts the inaugural collaboration, featuring popular numbers from “Cats,” “South Pacific,” “The Sound of Music” and more. The outstanding vocalists representing 5-Star Theatricals include Tony-nominee Susan Egan and Tony winner Anthony Crivello, while Pacific Festival Ballet professional dancers and Broadway-credited choreographers co-star in this performance accompanied by the masterful sounds of the New West Symphony.
“This performance will inspire community residents of all ages and celebrate love just in time to delight you on Valentine’s Day weekend,” adds Staneva.
5-Star Theatricals, formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre, is an Ovation Award-winning musical theatre production company and nonprofit theatre organization. Their Broadway-quality productions have enriched the cultural lives of residents of all ages for three decades.
Representing 5-Star Theatricals are Susan Egan, known for her powerful impressions in theatre, film, television and music, and Tony winner Anthony Crivello. Also featured are Laura Dickinson, of “Phineas and Ferb”; Adam Hollick, whose credits include Conrad Birdie in “Bye Bye Birdie”; and Kristi L. Holden, who starred in “Phantom of the Opera” in Las Vegas. 5StarTheatricals.com
The New West Symphony’s professional local musicians perform major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed artists as guest soloists. Some tenured orchestra members are Oscar and GRAMMY® nominated artists and can be heard on myriad film soundtracks, from “Jurassic Park” to “La La Land.” Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually and provides outreach and educational opportunities for the communities it serves. NewWestSymphony.org
Pacific Festival Ballet was founded in 1992 by Joyce Hurley, Kim Maselli and Lori Sorensen, fulfilling their vision of bringing a world-class regional ballet company to the Conejo Valley. With a passion for the arts and dance education, these professional women created a foundation of cultivating local talent and introducing ballet to the community at large. PFB presents classic and original full-length ballets, emphasizing the importance of integrating regional dancers with professional artists. Guest performers from New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet often grace the Kavli stage with their extraordinary abilities.
“I feel the importance of bringing world-class artists into our company and community,” says Kim Maselli, artistic director of Pacific Festival Ballet. “Sharing the stage with dance celebrities pushes everyone to new levels and the excitement, both on and off stage, is contagious.”
This February collaboration brings Broadway and ballet credited choreographers Jonathan Sharp, Jonalyn Saxer and Randall Graham to the forefront as they set the timeless ballet sequences from “Carousel” and “Oklahoma!” as well as the riveting Jellicle Ball from “CATS.”
“To set the Carousel pas de deux which I danced on Broadway goes full circle for me,” states Jonathan Sharp. PacFestBallet.org
For “Music of the Night: Love Changes Everything” tickets and showtimes, visit the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., or call 800.745.3000.