Arts
Theater and Dance

Upcoming Performances

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  • The Caucasian Chalk Circle

    Upper School Presents
    The Caucasian Chalk Circle
    Written by Bertolt Brecht, English Version by Eric Bentley
    New Music by Bill Brendle, performed live by the Balkaneers
    November 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m., November 20 at 2:00 p.m.
    Carlson Family Theater
    Tickets $10 general admission/$5 for students
     
    Filled with music, song, and epic adventure, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a theatrical parable inspired by the Chinese play Chalk Circle and the Old Testament tale of King Solomon and a child claimed by two mothers. Reset in the Caucasus Mountains of Eurasia, Brecht’s retelling follows Grusha, a young servant girl who finds herself caught between powerful forces when, in the midst of a bloody coup, she rescues the baby-heir to the overthrown Governor and flees into the mountains. Once apprehended by the evil Ironshirts, she must face the child’s powerful birth mother at a public trial to decide who truly loves the child most.  Brecht’s trenchant statements about class, corruption, and greed are cloaked in the innocence of a fable that whispers insistently to the audience.
     
    *Recommended for audiences Seventh Grade and older.
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  • Evita

    Upper School Presents
    Evita
    Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    December 2 & 3 at 7:30 p.m.
    Ahmanson Foundation Black Box Theater
    Tickets $10 general admission/$5 for students
     
    Argentina's controversial First Lady is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. As an illegitimate 15- year old, Eva escaped her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at 22, the president's mistress at 24, First Lady at 27, and dead at 33. Eva Peron, “saint to the working-class, reviled by the aristocracy, and mistrusted by the military” was destined to leave a fascinating political legacy unique in the 20th century. Told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop, and jazz influences, Evita creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.
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  • 24-Hour Student Plays

    Upper School Presents
    24-Hour Student Plays
    Written, Directed, Designed and Performed by Viewpoint Students
    Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.
    Ahmanson Foundation Black Box Theater
    Free Admission!
     
    This all-student production has become a favorite of every Viewpoint theater season. Come see a group of over 30 students create an entire production from scratch with only 24 hours of preparation. The results are always wild, wonderful, and more than a little surprising…and admission is FREE!
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  • The Addams Family

    Upper School Presents
    The Addams Family
    Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa, Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
    April 21 & 22 at 7:30 p.m., Spril 23 at 2:00 p.m.
    Carlson Family Theater
    Tickets $10 general admission/$5 for students
     
    This quirky musical based on the characters from the popular comic strip by Charles Addams features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.
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  • The Neverending Story

    Middle School Presents
    The Neverending Story
    Adapted by David S. Craig from the novel by Michael Ende
    May 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m.
    Carlson Family Theater
    Tickets $10 general admission/$5 for students
     
    Told with all the thrills of the classic book by Michael Ende, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book—The Neverending Story. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu, an orphan, is an unlikely choice, but he accepts and, with his horse and companion, Artax, rides to face the menace. However, his quest has attracted a human child. It is Bastian himself who must bring the story to its triumphant and moving conclusion. 
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  • Viewpoint Spring Dance Concert

    Upper School Presents
    Viewpoint Spring Dance Concert
    March 17 & 18 at 7:30 p.m.
    Carlson Family Theater
    Tickets $10 general admission/$5 for students
     
    The Viewpoint Spring Dance Concert showcases the progress and accomplishments of our dance students and includes performers from all divisions. Whether it is Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Ballroom or Tap, the performances will excite and inspire everyone regardless of their background in dance. These performances are appropriate for all ages.
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  • Ends and Odds: An Evening of the Absurd

    Upper School Presents
    Ends and Odds: An Evening of the Absurd
    Short Plays from the Theater of the Absurd

    March 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m., March 5 at 2:00 p.m.
    Ahmanson Foundation Black Box Theater
    Tickets $10 general admission/$5 for students
     
    Join the Upper School Conservatory of Theater for an evening of short plays from the most influential strain of post-WWII Theater: the Theater of the Absurd. By turns mysterious, haunting, and hilarious, these little gems are perfect examples of the genre, which according to Martin Esslin, “…aims to shock its audience out of complacency, to bring it face to face with the harsh facts of the human situation…accept the human condition as it is, in all its mystery and absurdity and to bear it with dignity, nobility, responsibility… there are no easy solutions to the mysteries of existence, because ultimately man is alone in a meaningless world.”
     
    The evening will start with The Bald Soprano, Eugene Ionesco’s hilarious masterpiece of the genre, followed by two Samuel Beckett “dramticules,” Come and Go and Play, and end with Edward Albee’s elegiac comedy The Sandbox
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Contact

List of 4 members.

  • Scott Feldsher 

    Chair of the Theater and Dance Department
    818-591-6454
    University of California, San Diego - BA
  • Mandy Kerr 

    Teacher of Dance
    818-591-6534
    Marymount Manhattan College - BA
  • Gabrielle Brown Granaroli 

    Assistant Chair of Theater and Dance; Teacher of Dance, Former Soloist American Ballet Theatre
    818-591-6145
  • Lisa Roskowinski 

    MS and US Drama, Musical Theater, Speech and Dance Teacher
    818-591-6267