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    New grants help fund capital projects at ANW!

    Thanks to generous grants from The Ahmanson Foundation and The Pasadena Community Foundation, we will be able to complete several major capital projects in the theatre and scene shop this summer. These projects were part of the original plans for the building, but not completed before the opening of the theatre in 2011. In order…

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    A Summer of Magic

    Can a camp be too much fun? Summer with Shakespeare‘s magic knows no bounds! Jeff Black, one-half of the Maestro and Magic team on board to teach at camp this year, shares some secrets. How long have you practiced magic? Over 10 years. What kind of magic do you do? Actually, I specialize in card magic–card…

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    Sept 6: Our Flea takes flight!

    As we prepare for our new season, we thought we would take the time to highlight each play, starting with Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear. There’s nothing sadder than a Frenchman with performance anxiety. Happily, there will be none of that at A Noise Within: our fall season kicks off with “the greatest…

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    Our Favorite Moments

    Favorite moment? Mine was definitely the first time we had an audience for The Threepenny Opera. We were all in the theatre, calling out our lines from every direction, the audience leaned forward, the band started playing, we all took our seats on stage, Ken Booth’s moving lights starting dancing around the room and Abu stood…

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    “Farewell, My Lovely”: Best to Juliana McBride

    Resident artist and stage manager Juliana McBride, whose efforts have contributed so much to the success of shows at A Noise Within, has shared her plans to take a sabbatical to spend more time with her (darling!) future first-grader Caeli—and marry her fiancé, Austin. Juliana’s career is proof positive of the importance of keeping our…

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    You Asked, We Answered: Julius Caesar

    After each performance at ANW, patrons are asked to fill out a post-show survey. Here are some answers to a few popular questions. Are there unique challenges to preparing a text with so many familiar lines and phrases? Patrick O’Connell (Julius Caesar): A famous line is like a great song everyone knows. We all want…

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    Shakespeare Times Two: Rob Dean Speaks On Stage and On Tape

    Robertson Dean, resident artist, plays Brutus in Julius Caesar.  By stunning coincidence, he also happens narrate the acclaimed new book, The Death of Caesar, on audio. Marketing Director, David Andrusia, talked with Rob about this happy confluence of art and life. David: I know you’ve narrated a bunch of high-profile books on tape, but the…

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    LET’S GET PHYSICAL—WITH FIGARO!

    How do you balance a rapid-fire text with the demands of physical comedy?  Our Figaro stars share their secrets and favorite parts of this risky, risqué play. JEREMY GUSKIN (Figaro): The physical aspects of performing farce are just as demanding as the verbal hoops one must negotiate. But that is exactly what makes it so…

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    You Asked, We Answered: The Threepenny Opera

    After each performance at ANW, patrons are asked to fill out a post-show survey. Here are some answers to a few popular questions. What voice training have you had as an actor? How did you prepare for all the singing in this play? Marisa Duchowny (Polly Peachum): Growing up, I never took voice lessons. Singing was…

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    WORKSHOPS—WITHOUT THE “WORK!”

    There’s a reason we call our student programs “Classics Live!”:  we want plays to jump off the page and into kids’ minds and hearts. Live theatre is the hallmark of our program, which now serves nearly 12,000 students each year.  But we also bring our teaching artists and resident artists into schools to provide tailored…

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