J*COMPANY YOUTH THEATRE CONTINUES
DISNEY-THEMED 2007-2008 SEASON WITH ROCK
ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE’S AIDA
Southern California Youth Theatre
Choreography by Jean Isaacs of Jean
Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theatre
JOLLA, CA – The award-winning J*Company Youth Theatre, a program of the San
Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence
Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, is pleased
to announce its production of Elton
John and Tim Rice’s AIDA, a soft-rock
family musical based on Giuseppe Verdi’s opera
of the same title. The production runs March
1-16, 2008, at the David &
Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla.
In Elton John and Tim Rice’s
AIDA, two contemporary youths are swept from
an exhibition of Egyptian artifacts back in time
to live an adaptation of the famous story of Radames, the prince of Egypt,
engaged to Amneris, but fated to fall in love
with the beautiful slave girl, Aïda, the princess of Nubia.
Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA was
produced on Broadway in 2000 by Disney Theatricals. It features music
by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls,
and David Henry Hwang. The musical played for
nearly 2,000 performances, and won four Tony® Awards and a Drama
Desk Award, as well as a Grammy® Award for the rock opera show album. A
12-piece orchestra composed of both professionals and young musicians will
provide live accompaniment to the musical.
Directing Elton John and Tim
Rice’s AIDA is J*Company’s Artistic
Director, Joey Landwehr.
Music director is Tim
McKnight, and choreography is by Jean
Isaacs of Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance
Theatre. Tony Award nominee David
F. Weiner is designing the set, Matthew
Novotny is the lighting designer, and
Lisa Forrest is
the costume designer.
Heading the cast are:
Michelle Cabinian Aida
Matt Maretz Radames
Andrew Miller Mereb
Emma Stratton Amneris
“We could not be more excited to be the first youth theatre in
Southern California to perform this work,” said
Landwehr. “It is wonderful to see these talented young people work on such
challenging music and content. This is not your
run-of-the-mill youth theatre piece.”
“The caliber of the young artists, coupled with the fantastic
choreography of one of San Diego’s best, Jean
Isaacs, promises to make this show one not to be missed,” said Landwehr.
Landwehr has worked extensively as an actor and director in New
York City, both on and off Broadway, as well as
in national tours and regional theatre. He has studied under such instructors as
Betty Buckley, Marcel Marceau, Francis
Sternhagen, F. Murray Abraham, Twyla Tharpe, and has had the privilege of
working with great performers such as Phyllis Diller,
Sam Harris, Joel Grey, Kaye Ballard, Michael Feinstein
and Howard Keel. Landwehr is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the
American Federation of Television and Radio
Artists (AFTRA) and Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). Landwehr was
honored in 2006 by San Diego Metropolitan
Magazine as one of the 40 San Diego
residents under the age of 40 who are making
significant contributions to the community. Landwehr directed Oliver!,
Yours, Anne, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,
and Hansel and Gretel for
J*Company last season and Disney’s Jungle
Book Kids this season. He will also direct
the upcoming Disney’s 101 Dalmations Kids,
rounding out J*Company’s 15th
Anniversary Disney season.
Landwehr always provides an educational component to enhance the
cast’s learning experience. Since 2008 is an
election year, the young actors will write to the Mayoral and District 1
candidates, expressing their feelings about the
importance of the arts, and inviting the candidates to attend a performance.
Production dates and times:
Saturday, March 1, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 2, 1:00 & 4:30 p.m.
Friday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. (school show)
Saturday, March 8, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 9, 1:00 & 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 15, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 16, 1:00 & 4:30 p.m.
Tickets for Elton John and
Tim Rice’s AIDA are $12.50 for children
and $16.50 for adults and are
available online at www.lfjcc.org
or by phone at 858-362-1348.
A complete listing of production dates
and show times are online at www.lfjcc.org/jcompany.
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About J*Company Youth Theatre
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season, J*Company Youth Theatre
has become one of the leading youth theatres in San Diego, garnering local
and national attention through its award winning productions, as well as
providing a foundation for young artists to train and develop their
creative potential through year-round classes and workshops, and giving them the
opportunity to express themselves through the dramatic
About the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture
The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture is the largest Jewish
institution in San Diego dedicated solely to presenting high quality, nationally
recognized programs which are unique to San
Diego County. The mission of the SDCJC is to expand and enrich cultural life in
San Diego by presenting the finest in
Jewish artistic expression, encouraging the preservation of Jewish culture and
heritage, and nurturing new creativity
in the arts. A core belief of the SDCJC is to promote respect for diverse
cultures and build community tolerance.
The SDCJC offers a wide variety of multi-disciplinary artistic
programs that explore cultural identities and perspectives, promote cross
cultural understanding, and highlight human
themes of family, tolerance, compassion, and hope. These programs, including the
San Diego Jewish Film Festival, the San
Diego Jewish Book Fair, New Jewish Plays Project, the San Diego Jewish Music
Festival, a Holocaust Education
Program, and the J*Company Youth Theatre, foster ideas of cultural appreciation
and respect. Its facilities feature a 500-seat theatre,
a Judaica library, an art gallery, and a community Holocaust Memorial Garden.
Approximately 40,000 tickets are sold or provided annually
to residents, visitors, and students for San Diego Center for Jewish Culture
About the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY
The mission of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS is to provide social, cultural, educational, and recreational
programs to individuals and families of all ages, religions, races, and
financial, physical and mental abilities. Likewise, the JCC provides
equal opportunity employment to individuals of all religions and backgrounds.
The JCC welcomes San Diego’s diverse Jewish community
and the community at large. The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Cent