The Sundial

Tommy Tune teaches a lesson in technique

Aubrey Canfield

November 23, 2009

Tommy Tune, legendary star of screen and stage taught a master class on Friday November 20 to students in the theatre and music departments. The 6 foot 6 singer/actor/dancer extraordinaire was welcomed with warm applause from the eager students. Structured as an audition, the participants had the opp...

Just “45 Minutes from Broadway”

Aubrey Canfield

November 4, 2009

Forty-five minutes from Broadway and a thousand miles from earth, the Isaac family is anything but normal. Hendry Jaglom’s new play is about a family of actors struggling to survive in the world. Vivian and George Isaac’s two daughters, Betsy and Pandora (a.k.a Panda) live on opposite ends of the wor...

‘Street Scene’ the Broadway opera

Aubrey Canfield

October 29, 2009

What can you do when the air is so hot that the milk is going sour and you live in an overcrowded apartment with tenants who are stricken with poverty, alcoholics or worse, murderers? Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene” based on Elmer Rice’s Pulitzer Prize winning play asks that same question. Base...

Coming to a theater near you

Aubrey Canfield

October 22, 2009

Looking for something to do this weekend? There are too many exciting opportunities at the theater this weekend for you to miss. First, Kurt Weill’s opera based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Street Scene” opens on Friday Oct. 23 in Nordhoff Hall’s Campus Theatre. Don’t let the word...

‘Savin’ Up for Saturday Night’

Aubrey Canfield

October 22, 2009

Downtown Los Angeles is perhaps the last place one would go to find a good ol’ honky tonk bar, but thanks to the Sacred Fools and “Savin’ up for Saturday Night”, the spirit of the South may be closer than we think. The Sacred Fools theater is situated in a less-than-desirable neighborhood...

Alumni Group presents “Tape”

Aubrey Canfield

October 12, 2009

Friendship, betrayal, memories and revenge: just some of the words the cast of “Tape” used to describe Stephen Belber’s drama. The Ghost Players is a fledgling theatre company founded by CSUN theatre alum: Stephanie Alkazian, Kohtaroh Zushi and Phillip Greenbaum. These three, along with curr...

Love and Scandal with “Anna”

Aubrey Canfield

October 8, 2009

Anna in the Tropics, by renowned Cuban playwright Nilo Cruz, opened in the Little Theatre of Nordhoff Hall on Friday, October 2. Directed by Theatre department faculty member Christine Menzies, Anna is a story about love, loss and tradition. The play is about a family run Cigar factory in Florida during t...

Debbie Reynolds Captivates Northridge Audience

Aubrey Canfield

October 4, 2009

The infamous Debbie Reynolds performed her Las Vegas show at the Plaza Del Sol on Saturday, October 3. Her variety act of song, impressions and stand up comedy was a thrill for the Northridge patrons. Ms. Reynolds, now 77 years young, still has the spunk and enthusiasm of a twenty year old. Her s...

To Choose or Not to Choose: The Theatre’s Tedious Task of Selecting a Season

Aubrey Canfield

September 26, 2009

The selection process for the annual season of productions in the theatre department is not a simple pick-and-choose. After sifting through dozens of suggestions and requests comes more tedious work: gaining rights to the productions in question, selecting a dynamic and versatile repertoire, and factoring...

“Peace” at the Getty Villa is sure to Shock and Delight!

Aubrey Canfield

September 23, 2009

The Getty Villa presents Peace, but not as one might expect. Culture Clash is a Chicano/ Latino sketch comedy troupe, which was founded in San Francisco in 1984.  This is probably one of the last theater companies one would expect to be performing a classic Greek play; or is it? Peace is a comedy...

“Fate” Opens to Enthralled Audiences

Aubrey Canfield

September 23, 2009

Fate of a Cockroach”, Tawfiq Al-Hakim’s dark satire directed by Ken Sawyer, opened this past weekend to what was, no doubt, a warm reception. The title of the play arouses many questions. What is a cockroach’s fate? Who cares? However, when the lights went down on the CSUN production, the ...

Count Basie Orchestra Kicks off ’09-‘10 Season

Aubrey Canfield

September 17, 2009

The Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall Kicked off its Fall season on Sept. 12 with the Count Basie Orchestra featuring guest vocalist Nnenna Freelon. The world-famous orchestra celebrated its 75th year by jamming and grooving to the scintillating jazz music that the late Count Basie himself was celebrated for. The sultry crooning provided by Ms. Freel...

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