Based on a Commedia dell’Arte scenario by Carlo Gozzi, The Love of Three Oranges is a wild raucous slapstick comedy. A sad Prince is sent on a quest for three giant oranges where, along the way, he finds a friend in a clown, love in an orange, and most of all laughter. Throw in witches, wizards, princesses, a few ferocious inanimate objects, melodramatic monarchs and a wild narrator and what you have in the end is a flurry of comedy, parody, and outright silly fun.
The newly renovated Grand Theatre gets it theatrical debut, as we take you on a fun-filled, laugh out loud, slapstick joyride as Prince Tartaglia tries to find the mysterious three oranges!
Composer: Surgei Prokofiev
Directed by: Colette Thomas
School Superintendent Cindy Marten and SCPA ASB President Deja Fields preview anti-bullying activities in schools this month: http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/10/16/san-diego-unified-superintendent-on-anti-bullying-awareness-month/.
Donald McKayle, recipient of honors and awards in every aspect of his distinguished career, is one of America’s irreplaceable dance treasures.
Donald McKayle, recipient of honors and awards in every aspect of his distinguished career, is one of America’s irreplaceable dance treasures. His choreographic masterworks, considered modern dance classics, Games, Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder, District Storyville and Songs of the Disinherited, are performed around the world. Mr. McKayle has choreographed over ninety works for dance companies throughout the United States, Canada, Israel, Europe and South America. He has performed with legendary dance pioneers including Anna Sokolow, Martha Graham, Helen Tamiris and Charles Weidman. Among others, Mr. McKayle has contributed classic works to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and is the artistic mentor of the Jose Limon Dance Company. A five-time Tony nominee, his Broadway choreographies include Sophisticated Ladies, Raisin, and It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. His work for film includes Disney’s “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”, “The Great White Hope”, and “The Jazz Singer”. Mr. McKayle was honored at the Kennedy Center and presented with a medal as a Master of African American Choreography. Other awards include the Martha Hill Lifetime Achievement Award, Living Legend award, and the American Dance Legacy Institute’s Distinguished and Innovative Leadership Award. He has served on the faculties of numerous international forums and prestigious national institutions. As a cherished teacher and mentor at the University of California, Irvine, this year, in honor of Mr. McKayle’s extra – ordinary contributions to dance, a scholarship fund was created in his name, a bronze star was placed in the UCI Walk of Fame and a Gala Tribute Concert was held featuring his works performed by major dance companies from around the United States. Mr. McKayle has received honorary Doctorates from Cornish College of the Arts, California Institute of the Arts and the Juillard School. His autobiography, Transcending Boundaries: My Dancing Life and a television documentary of his life and works, “Heartbeats of a Dance Maker”, are valuable testaments to his insightful contribution to the world. Mr. McKayle continues to inspire young and professional artists with his passion and dedication to the art of dance. WATCH THE COMMENCEMENT SPEECH (Minute 25:00 to 30:00) or read the transcript below.
Evelyn Sparks, Deja Fields, and Sophia Oberg perform on the Lyceum stage.
IN THE NEWS: The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts was created in 1979 to educate young people in the Arts. It has grown into a school that fulfills students’ desires to pursue their artistic dreams while also preparing them for their academic future. Students recently paired up with professionals to stage a production of “Suds: The Rockin’ 60s Musical Soap Opera” at downtown San Diego’s Lyceum Theater. Watch video from Cox 4 San Diego’s Salute to Education»
SCPA students will be playing live on KSDS 88.3 on May 20 from 8-9:30pm.
Please be sure to tune into 88.3 on the radio or online on May 20 from 8:00-9:30pm. Our Jazz Ensemble will be performing live with guest artist Bobby Watson! If you would like to see the event live, please come to the Seville Theater at San Diego City College. Tickets are $15 at the door. See more information about Jazz Live below.
In the Spirit of Swing,
John Reynolds, Music Department Chair
San Diego students learning from him perform his work at Spring Dance Concert
UT San Diego
By: Marcia Manna
Dance-choreographer Donald McKayle. His work is featured in “In Motion” 2014 Spring Dance Concert.
When choreographer Donald McKayle looks back on a career that has spanned more than half a century, there are no regrets, only a sense of accomplishment and the drive to witness the continuation of his legacy.
“The Rainbow Suite,” derived from his 1959 masterwork, “Rainbow Round My Shoulder,” and performed by student dancers from The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), opens Thursday at the Lyceum Theatre downtown.
The dance is part of the “In Motion 2014 Spring Dance Concert” featuring works by five choreographers.
“I’ve tried to develop ideas that really affect me,” McKayle, 83, said by phone from an Orange County nursing home where he is recovering from surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.
“There are many facets to my career, and I’m very pleased.”
One of the most versatile African-American choreographers of the postwar era, McKayle has created award-winning dance for Broadway, television and film.