Meet Kerrilee Gore

Who You Should Know:
Santa Barbara Teen Dance Star talent director & creator of When the Lights Go Out

In a previous issue of BACKSTAGE, Gore chatted about Teen Dance Star and the Arts Mentorship Program, and working with young dancers. She’s now gearing up for a four-show run of When the Lights Go Out later this month. Get your tickets today.

What is your title/role with “Teen Dance Star”?

I am the Talent Director/coordinator. I work closely with all the families and dancers on scheduling and provide them with all the necessary information needed to perform in Teen Dance Star. I am also their main point person if they have any concerns. I am like their backstage mama!26222_355288057742_688337742_4745978_940106_n

Can you tell me a bit more about your background in dance and/or in presenting dance in Santa Barbara? I understand you’ve worn quite a few hats!

My training originally started out as a gymnast and I crossed over into dance later. I danced for several small boutique dance companies in Los Angeles and Miami. I was the former Dance Director of a cirque troupe based in Los Angeles called Zen Arts, and performed regularly with The Diamond Betties. I relocated to Santa Barbara upon taking the position as Entertainment Director of The Savoy where I created an in-house cirque show called “Gypzy Suite” that featured elements of eclectic cabaret. Over the past two years, I have been creating and working on an immersive theatrical show with elements of cabaret and acrobatics called “When The Lights Go Out” which originally debuted at The Carr Winery in 2014 and had a run at the beautiful Lobero Theatre last November. In recent years, I performed solo burlesque for local charities like Teddy Bear Foundation and even did a little gig for first Thursday at The Lobero in 2014.

I am also a board member for Arts Mentorship Program, an organization that provides creative guidance, mentorship, and financial support to young and emerging performing artists in the greater Santa Barbara Area. I am most inspired by the edgy underground burlesque scene out of Los Angeles and the new wave of immersive theatre that is taking the performance world by storm.

Can you elaborate a bit about the collaboration between the Arts Mentorship Progra6fee0a4497e844f9adc82e648ef829e4m / Teen Dance Star / and the Lobero Theatre foundation?

Teen Dance Star has teamed up with the Arts Mentorship Program (AMP) to expand access to the performing arts in our community. The proceeds from the Showcase Final will create scholarship funds for low-income and at risk youth to train at local dance studios administered by AMP. Arts Mentorship Program has the existing infrastructure to administrate the scholarship request, while Teen Star has a successful model of producing quality events that showcase youth performing arts.

This partnership is important since the mission of Teen Star is to support youth in performing arts with the goal to nurture talent by inspiring passion, instilling drive for success and encouraging excellence and professionalism. Teen Dance Star is a year-long program where the finalists act as ambassadors in the community while leaving legacy to help educate a generation of dancers who would not otherwise have access.

What would you like to see for the future of Teen Dance Star?

Growth. I would love for all of the dancers in Santa Barbara County to realize that they can do this. I would love to see more of a variety of styles of dance come out and audition. This year we did not have many dancers representing hip-hop, ballroom, or flamenco come to audition; and I want to encourage them to participate.

Do you have any favorite moments performing at the Lobero Theatre?

Performing my show at The Lobero was a magical experience. Not only is the stage an absolute dancer’s dream–but the staff and crew are magnificent as well! They are incredibly supportive, and make you feel as though your show is equally as important to them as it is to you. When The Lights Go Out had a unique format in the fact that the audience was seated on the stage with the performers, which could have been a technical nightmare for the crew, but they handled it flawlessly. I also love the fact that it is one of California’s oldest working theaters; to me it has a David Lynch-esque vintage vibe.

When the Lights Go Out from Jeremy Danger on Vimeo.

 

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.

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

LOL Comedy Festival

The LOL Comedy Festival is ready to take over downtown Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival is bringing nationally and internationally acclaimed touring comedians to Santa Barbara’s thriving Historical Theatre District from September 2 -7 (a.k.a. Next Week!) with performances at The Granada, The New Vic, Lobero and Arlington Theaters.

Highlights at the Lobero include the chance to be in the audience for several filmed specials, including “Next Up Stand Up,” hosted by Christopher Titus, standup by Jay Mohr, Ben Gleib, Brad Williams and Kirk Fox, as well as Andrew Dice Clay Presents: the Blue Show where Dice presents his favorite “blue” comedians on the Lobero stage. Then you can kick back and wait to see the sets on Comedy Central or Hulu +, and remember that you heard it first.

What are you waiting for, buy your tickets here!

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