If All the Sky Were Paper

If All The Sky Were Paper explores war through contemporary and historic letters

If All The Sky Were Paper was written by award winning author Andrew Carroll and is based upon his New York Times bestselling books WAR LETTERS and BEHIND THE LINES. The play is based on a vast collection of wartime letters by soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen and their loved ones at home.

Tom Brokaw has commented, “These letters are intimate, deeply personal portraits of the courage, sacrifice, and sense of duty that made this country.” (on WAR LETTERS)

The actors go through the full spectrum of emotions and experiences contained in the letters. From the incredible drama and ferocity of battle to the pathos and humor of everyday life on the front lines, these letters and Carroll’s story will deeply move and inspire audiences.

In 1998 Carroll launched a national, all-volunteer initiative to honor American troops, veterans, and their families by preserving their wartime letters. Since that time Carroll has traveled to 40 countries, and has collected more than 100,000 previously unpublished letters (and now emails) from every conflict in U.S. history.

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The Lobero Theatre Foundation would like to thank all of our brave military men and women for their service. This performance will also be a benefit for the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart which provides a variety of services. This performance is sponsored by the The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation.

Anyone with letters from a family or loved ones serving abroad is invited bring them to the performance to give to Mr. Carroll and add to this profoundly moving collection.

With options to purchase a ticket for a vet with any ticket purchase, this is a wonderful way to show your support on Veterans Day.

What you should know: About Architect Jeff Shelton

In this excerpt from BACKSTAGE, learn more about brilliant architect Jeff Shelton, and his work on the Lobero’s courtyard tent.

Jeff Shelton has been called “Santa Barbara’s Architectural Wizard,” conjuring up whimsical buildings that evoke Spain’s famous Gaudi, and bring a fun artistic sensibility to downtown. He’s also the man who designed the Lobero’s Moorish-style tent that has been providing shelter for many a pre- or post-show gathering. Earlier this summer, the Lobero Theatre Foundation  begun work with Mr. Shelton on a new summer tent intended to provide shade for the space when the sun is blazing.

Do you work with any other performing arts groups or venues in Santa Barbara?

The Lobero is the only one. I don’t have a lot of time to get into too many more things. Designing buildings, tiles, fabric, graphics and furnishings takes most of my time.

I have of course always loved the Lobero Building, so I am happy to work with the organization. I like to support good architecture.

How did your partnership with the Lobero begin?

I think that I got a call from David Asbell. I’m sure he did his homework and knew that I couldn’t pass up working on a great building like the Lobero.

How was it for you to create something new to work with a historic building?

The Historic Landmarks Committee wanted to make sure the tent had a “Historic” reference, and in addition, they did not want the tent to be attached to the physical building. The tent is based on a North African/Southern Spain Moorish tent; also, we had to make the tent in a way that not only can it be removed, but also when it is, you shouldn’t find any trace of where it was. Dan Upton, the contractor, devised some clever detailing to make this happen…

Read the full article here, or check out the full issue of BACKSTAGE

Casting Call

Actors Needed:

AUDITIONS FOR THE LOBERO THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF “IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER”

Written by Andrew Carroll

Directed by John Benitz.

  • PRINCIPAL Auditions will be held Saturday, October 10 10AM-5PM at the Lobero Theatre
  • 1st Rehearsal: November 7, 2015
  • Performance: November 11 at 7:30 PM

TO PREPARE: If All the Sky Were Paper is a new play by Andrew Carroll based on his bestselling books WAR LETTERS: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars and BEHIND THE LINES: Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters – And One Man’s Search to Find Them.

 

SEEKING: Women ages 20-60, Men ages 20-70. Seeking a very diverse cast, all ethnicities encouraged to attend.

For more information and to schedule a time slot, please call (818) 446-6671.

NOTE: Producers are considering only bona fide Santa Barbara area hires for this production. In order to be considered a bona fide local Santa Barbara Area hire, actors must legally, that is, according to your tax records, reside within the Santa Barbara, Ventura metropolitan areas.

*Please indicate if you are Equity or Non-Union.

PLEASE BRING A HEADSHOT AND RESUME, STAPLED TOGETHER. NON-EQUITY PERFORMERS WILL BE SEEN, TIME PERMITTING.

 

 

 

Introducing Janet McCann

Spotlight on Lobero Theatre Associates president Janet McCann

The lovely Janet McCann returns as the Lobero Theatre Associates president this fall.

Janet-and-John-McCann_thumbIf you haven’t met Janet, you can’t help but be charmed by her energy and passion. Since joining the Associates back in 1990, Janet has enjoyed her tenure as both a mini- and an active- member. She’s retaking the reins as president after serving one year in 2003, and will be focusing on engaging new members.

Janet and her husband John love the size and intimacy of the hall, and are currently looking forward to seeing Tierney Sutton on December 9. She is always proud to hear the artists announce from stage that the Lobero is their favorite theatre.

“Being an Associate is a fun and easy way to support the Lobero—which brings the arts to so many children. I would love to see as many women as possible come together to support the theatre.”

Learn more about this dynamic group of ladies here, or better yet, become a member!

Artists and Fans Agree

The Highbrow Lowdown from Executive Director, David Asbell

I’m always happy to hear that artists love the Lobero as much as we do. It was very affirming to travel back through all the photos of Jazz artists over the last 15 years to see that many of them have terrific things to say about the Lobero Theatre. When I get to speak with these talented artists backstage about how much they’ve enjoyed their experience and how they’d love to return, it reminds me of all the reasons we’ve decided to dedicate ourselves to this theatre.

We at the Lobero Theatre work hard behind the scenes so that musicians, dancers, actors, technicians and promoters can put on the best shows they can. We try our best to deliver an experience for those who attend and those who perform.

We still need help from you–our patrons, supporters and friends–to guarantee we can keep up with our mission to preserve and maintain the Lobero Theatre and facilitate the finest in the performing arts. I can guarantee that there is a way to support the Lobero that will line up with something that you’re passionate about. If you have an ear or an interest in jazz, become a Brubeck Circle member. If you want to keep seeing kids get up onstage and realize their dreams, then you can support our vibrant youth programs. You can leave your mark by naming a seat in our auditorium, or leave a lasting impression by contributing to the Lobero’s Endowment fund. If you would rather roll up your sleeves and spend your time to support the theatre, then maybe you should consider volunteering as an usher, or becoming a Lobero Theatre Associate.

There are so many facets to this great organization, and BACKSTAGE works to spotlight them all in each issue. Start by perusing this years’ annual report, and then read on about all the people and programs that make the Lobero sing.

As we get ready to raise the curtain on another season, just look at all the amazing events coming up. We’re looking forward to the return of the LOL Comedy Festival, another insightful evening with Pico Iyer, a benefit event with Michael McDonald, and new and inspiring seasons from CAMA’s Masterseries and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Plus, Lobero LIVE is thrilled to be presenting The Milk Carton Kids, Dorado Schmitt and Tierney Sutton – all return performances. In fact, many of the performers you’ll see this fall return again and again to this honored hall. (Just as we hope you will too.)

Don’t be a stranger,

David Asbell
Executive Director

BACKSTAGE at the Lobero

Enjoy the newest edition of BACKSTAGE at the Lobero

  • Mark your calendar; here’s the list of upcoming events all season (p 32)
  • View the Lobero Theatre Foundation’s annual report (p 5)
  • Hear what’s coming up from the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony (p 41)
  • Chat with architect Jeff Shelton about his work on the Lobero’s courtyard tent (p 43)
  • Meet Lobero Associates’ president Janet McCann – see what she has planned this year (p 17)
  • Plus, more inside!

From all of us at the Lobero Theatre Foundation, we hope you enjoy the newest installment of BACKSTAGE at the Lobero.

We hope to see you at the theatre soon.

Catching up on the Summer Festival

What you should know About the Music Academy of the West

We showcased the Music Academy of the West in our last issue of BACKSTAGE at the Lobero, and now that the Music Academy’s Summer Festival is underway (with many shows at the Lobero Theatre), we thought we’s revisit highlights from our conversation with Communications Manager Tim Dougherty.

Herewith: a few words about this venerable institution of classical music.

Tell us a little bit about the Music Academy of the West.

The Music Academy was founded in 1947 by a group of Southern California arts patrons and musicians, including the legendary soprano Lotte Lehmann and the famed conductor Otto Klemperer. After initially setting up shop at Cate School in Carpinteria, the Music Academy relocated to its current home, the former estate of John Percival Jefferson, in 1951. Our principal programmatic offering is an eight-week Summer Festival, during which the Music Academy presents some 200 public events including orchestra concerts, chamber recitals, and a fully staged opera. This year’s festival dates are June 15 to August 8. The Music Academy also presents Metropolitan Opera simulcasts in Hahn Hall throughout the year. Our year-round staff currently numbers 22, though we add a considerable number of seasonal staff each summer.

What does an organization like the Music Academy look for when choosing a space to perform?

We generally look for venues that promise an optimal experience for patrons and performers alike. We want to provide our patrons with comfortable seating and generous sightlines, and we want to provide our performers with first-rate facilities. Of course, sound quality is a top concern for all involved. The Lobero delivers on all counts.

How long has the Music Academy been performing at the Lobero Theatre?

The Music Academy’s association with the Lobero Theatre extends back to the year of our founding, 1947. In fact, I believe the first event the Academy presented at The Lobero was a recital featuring none other than Lotte Lehmann in July of that year.

How was your experience last summer during your festival, and what do you think of the newly renovated Lobero?

We enjoyed an immensely successful 2014 season, and are very pleased with the new and improved Lobero. Our patrons especially like the roomier seats.

What’s coming up from the Music Academy this season?

The Music Academy will present a new production of Gioachino Rossini’s wonderful comic opera Cinderella at the Granada Theatre on July 30 and August 1. David Paul, who helmed the last three Academy opera productions, will again serve as stage director. The coming season’s guest conductors will include the effervescent Nicholas McGegan, who will perform at The Lobero.

See all the upcoming Music Academy Events at the Lobero Theatre, here.

Read the full story as it appeared in BACKSTAGE, here.

King Sunny Ade Cancelled

KING SUNNY ADE & HIS AFRICAN BEATS ON JULY 17 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO VISA ISSUES.

Earlier today, the Lobero received word from King Sunny Ade’s management regarding this development:

Today we deeply regret to report that King Sunny Ade & his African Beats concert planned for July 17 has been cancelled. Due to a worldwide computer system breakdown within The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, US Consulates have been unable to issue visas. The State Department has provided no specific timeline as to when this problem will be corrected. Once it is fixed, priority will be given to medical and humanitarian cases only. Performers and artists will not be given priority. This is a worldwide problem, not specific to only a few consulates, and affecting both immigrant and non-immigrant processing.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding this unfortunate situation, we are forced to announce the cancellation of King Sunny Ade’s remaining tour dates in both the US and Canada.

The State Department has posted this recent update here.

We apologize for any inconvenience surrounding this issue.

Refunds will be issued automatically for any credit card sales.

Please contact the Lobero box office at 805.963.0761 if payment was made in cash, or if you have any questions regarding your purchase.

#Culture101

Santa Barbara: California’s most cultured coast.

Isn’t that a great way to sum it up? (Of course, we’re biased.)

The Lobero is proud to be part of such a fabulous and diverse group of arts organizations — performing arts, visual arts and otherwise, and we had a blast learning more about the social media efforts to promote our cultural wares taking place over at Visit Santa Barbara.

culture-in-santa-barbara-part-ii-7-400x600culture-in-santa-barbara-part-ii-6-400x600Back in April, a few fun and influential social media pros came to town to see what Santa Barbara had to offer their followers. The Lobero was chosen as one of the stops along the way for Jessica Doll, aka TeamWiking.com / @teamwiking came by the theatre for a behind-the-scenes tour of the auditorium, and got to see the stage and ghostlight in a quiet moment. (That’s a portion of one of her gorgeous photos at the top of this post.)

Afterward, we got to enjoy a tour and wine-tasting in the Presidio Neighborhood–of which, the Lobero is a member–with some of the other visiting social media pros. Wayne and Pat Dunlap have traveled extensively and run a hugely popular travel blog. (here’s their Santa Barbara post) They would make for amazing dinner guests, and their travel knowledge has been well documented. Meeting Ted Nguyen was also a treat, as this guy really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to social media, and was a lot of fun to spend an afternoon with as we sipped wine and chatted about travel and social media.

Check out the posts generated from this busy afternoon:

and even better, follow the #Culture101 hashtag on twitter; the hits keep on coming in.

It was great getting to know the folks-in-the-know when it comes to travel and social media. Thanks to Visit Santa Barbara for coordinating and for including us.

Also, if you’re not already following us in our social efforts, what are you waiting for? We’re busy posting almost every day.

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Ask Me Another

Just before his hit AMC show “Mad Men” comes to a close, show creator Mathew Weiner sits in the hot seat as VIP (Very Important Puzzler) for this week’s episode of “Ask Me Another” – presented by KCLU & recorded at the Lobero Theatre.

In addition to the VIP segment, KCLU listeners and contestants were challenged with run rounds of trivia, word games and puzzles. This note from the program sums it up: Warning: Impersonations, puns, math, cover songs, singing and dancing are all involved in this process! Be sure to listen carefully for some celebrity voices straight from the show in this segment.

Mad Men has earned Mr. Weiner seven Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, a Peabody and more. Listen to the story here, or below, as you prepare yourself for the series finale on Sunday.

Catch the full episode recorded at the Lobero Theatre when it airs on Sunday, May 17 & Monday, May 18 on KCLU, 102.3 FM & 1340 AM

PS, we love this photo of Matthew Weiner and Ophira Eisenberg taken in the Lobero’s Greenroom.

*Image and story originally posted here: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/14/406467009/matthew-weiner-no-longer-lindas-loser-husband