Camille Gavin

  • The Claus family in Gaslight Melodrama's "A Christmas for Santa Claus."

    CAMILLE GAVIN: Even Santa needs some Christmas magic

    Like most of us on this particular day, the folks at Gaslight Melodrama are celebrating Thanksgiving but they're ready to jump right into the next holiday, and they mean business, with an extended schedule of 25 performances of the annual yuletide production. "We have additional

  • The five founders of the Bakersfield Winds were honored on the band's 10th anniversary. From left, Audrey Boyle, Michael Stone, Dennis Herbst, Sal Panelli and Dan Boyle.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: Winds ready to blow us away

    Aside from the stirring music, one of the things I enjoy most about the Bakersfield Winds concerts are the moments when Ed Hughes sets aside his clarinet and picks up a microphone to give the audience a few tidbits of background information about each selection or its composer. "Ed brings a

  • Californian contributing columnist Camille Gavin.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: Art Association gets primo location

    The Bakersfield Art Association's Art Center is moving around the corner from where it is now, but it will still be in the downtown Arts District. In fact, the new place, at 1705 19th St., is in an even more prominent location in the budding district and offers many advantages over the Eye

  • George Hay (Mark Price) and Charlotte Hay (Helen Prine) practice their fencing for a performance of "Cyrano de Bergerac" in a scene from "Moon Over Buffalo" at Stars Theatre Restaurant.

    Review: Funniest farce in many a 'Moon'

    If you're yearning to sit back, relax and revel in some comedic on-stage high jinx this weekend, consider taking in "Moon over Buffalo" at Stars. I laughed my way through last Sunday's performance. It's set in 1953, in Buffalo, N.Y., and even though a lot of the jokes are

  • From left, Aubrie Calloway,Timothy Anthony and Ellie Sivesind question the status quo in "Hair," opening Friday at The Empty Space.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Hair' still has some bounce to it

    In historic terms, the 1960s was an era when many young people were actively engaged in a counter-culture movement that questioned the status quo. Those who actually lived during that decade might define its elements as long-haired hippies, flower-power, drugs -- especially LSD -- and the slogan

  • Gus Flamingo, aka Mark Price, part of the trio of magicians in "The Three Amigos of Magic — Triple Tricky!" coming Saturday to Stars Theatre Restaurant.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: Magic will put you under spell

    Wrapped in the spirit of Halloween, Mark Price says the magic performance he and two long-time friends will do on Saturday at Stars is "triple tricky." Price, aka Gus Flamingo, calls it The Three Amigos of Magic, which he says will be an action-packed, one-night-only comedy magic show

  • Bruce Saathoff, seen here in the Stars' 2012 production of "The Drowsy Chaperone" will celebrate his 50th birthday with a two-day musical revue on Friday and Saturday.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: Turning 50? Let's put on a show!

    Some folks are reluctant to admit they've reached the half-century mark; Bruce Saathoff is the smiling exception. "I'm turning 50 on the 28th of October and people kept asking me, 'What do you want to do for your 50th?'" said the Stars artistic director. "Well, the

  • Pippi (Sydney Wright) and her Papa, aka Captain Longstocking (Seth Henry). "Pippi Longstocking runs Friday and Saturday at the Spotlight Theatre.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: Young actors find the Spotlight

    Professional photographer Melissa Brazeal has embarked on a new venture called the Acting Out Theatre Company, which is geared toward instruction for young people and performances of traditional as well as more hard-hitting plays. Her first productions take place this weekend at Spotlight

  • Traditional Korean fan dancers will perform Sunday at the first Bakersfield Korean Festival.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: A taste of Korea this weekend

    When I spoke with Eun-Ja Park, an organizer of this weekend's Korean Festival, she mentioned that one of the attractions will be dancing robots brought here by representatives of Bucheon, South Korea, Bakersfield's Sister City. Dancing robots? That piqued my interest and when she said

  • Nathan Detroit (Hal Friedman) woos Miss Adelaide (Kelci Lowry) in the Stars Dinner Theatre production of "Guys and Dolls."

    CAMILLE GAVIN: Stars getting Doll-ed up

    What appeals to me about "Guys and Dolls" is the sing-able tunes and the colorful language created by Damon Runyon, the late New York sports columnist and short story writer. It's like this: All I have to do is write "If I Were a Bell," and I hear the lyrical music

  • Carolyn Fox co-stars in "The Last Five Years" playing this weekend at Marvin Ramey Dance Studio.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: Friedman makes return to stage

    Hal Friedman, known for his innovative approach to staging live theater, is debuting his latest venture, the Hot Spot Theatre Troupe, with "The Last Five Years" this weekend in downtown Bakersfield. "It's a very different kind of theatre company we are doing and it is

  • Julie Verrell appears as Tracy Turnblad in the Bakersfield Music Theater production of "Hairspray" this weekend at Harvey Auditorium.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Hairspray' takes on sticky subject of race

    Teens are well-represented in "Hairspray," the feel-good show about a pleasingly plump girl who becomes a TV star in the 1960s when the civil rights movement was at the forefront and dancing to the beat of rhythm and blues was wildly popular. And today's members of that age group

  • Banshee in the Kitchen — from left, Brenda Hunter, Victorio Xavier, Kat Edmonson, Jill Egland and Kris Wilber — performs Sunday at 4 p.m at First Congregational Church.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: Series opens with a Celtic flair

    For the first of its five concerts of the 2014-15 season, the Dukes Concert Series will present a lively ensemble on Sunday that specializes in Celtic music. Banshee in the Kitchen, as the group is known, plays music that revolves around the dance traditions of Ireland and Scotland. For the

  • Arthur and Sylvia (Justin Thompson and Alexandra Mays) inability to see eye to eye on art leads to adventure in "The Art Gallery," opening this weekend at The Empty Space.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: Life imitates art in musical

    Two famous paintings -- the "Mona Lisa" and "The Scream" come to life in a startling way in Adam Matthew Fernandez's original one-act musical this weekend at The Empty Space. Titled "The Art Gallery," it's about a young couple, Arthur (Justin Thompson) and

  • This work, titled “Real Places,” is part of Greg Hauss’ “Maps” art exhibit at the Access Center Gallery.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: Artist maps out imagination

    In terms of the subjects for his artwork, Greg Hauss is eclectic, but his new exhibit at the Access Center has a single focus -- maps. On the surface, that may sound rather hum-drum but in Hauss' hands, cartography inspires detailed creativity that reflects his interest in history,

  • Small time con-artist Freddy (Zach Gonzalez) wants to become rich so he can afford Lawrence's luxurious lifestyle in the song "Great Big Stuff" in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" at Stars Theater Restaurant.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: Stars Theatre playing 'Dirty'

    Director Joe Lowry gave me a rundown on what he's planning for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," the musical opening Friday at Stars. Like the 1988 film on which it's based -- the stars were Michael Caine and Steve Martin -- the show is set on the French Riviera. But instead of taking

  • Courtesy of Jennifer Resolme. Brittnee Knight is director of a new after-school theater program organized by Stars. The center is located on Mosasco Street off Rosedale Highway.

    CAMILLE GAVIN: Bet bottom dollar on 'Annie Jr.'

    "Annie Jr.," a shorter version of the popular musical based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip, is bound to chase your end-of-summer blues away with sing-able tunes like "Tomorrow." Eight-year-old Bella Stine has the lead role in Bakersfield Music Theatre's production,