‘Women in Jeopardy!’ West Coast Premiere of Comedy at Ensemble
With the possible exception of the Salvation Army, every organization in town goes through some kind of holiday-season identity crisis. “What can we do,” directors everywhere must ask themselves, “that only we can do?” The pressure becomes particularly acute for the artistic directors of theaters, who often feel that the range of potential answers is further restricted, until it can seem that the question is really more like “What can we do with The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol that only we can do?”
Santa Barbara Symphony to Present ‘Shakespeare Set to Music’
The Santa Barbara Symphony, in collaboration with the Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC), will present a musical and theatrical tribute to William Shakespeare at the historic Granada Theatre on November 14 and 15. Featuring the full Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, “Shakespeare Set to Music” will include the Suite from William Walton’s lush film score for As You Like It, Prokofiev’s unforgettable Romeo and Juliet Suite, and Mendelssohn’s vivid incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with its instantly recognizable Wedding March. The Midsummer Suite will feature scenes from the play with ETC artists. Tickets are now available.
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Theater Company: Ensemble Theatre Company
Upon moving into their new digs at the much renovated Victoria Theatre just two years ago — it’s even called the New Vic now — the Ensemble Theatre Company tackled everything from Metamorphoses and Amadeus to Tom Waits’s Woyzeck and this fall’s Sweeney Todd with what Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox describes as “a dedication to eclectic productions that often push the envelope.” This approach has, once again, assured the professional company unwavering support from our readership. And already they are looking tough to beat next year, as well, with the West Coast premiere of Wendy MacLeod’s comedy Women in Jeopardy this December and I Am My Own Wife and Bad Jews on the stage early in 2016. 33 W. Victoria St., 965-5400. (Reprinted Santa Barbara Independent)