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  • Brea Youth Theatre Mary Poppins coming to the Curtis Theater

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      Performed by Brea Youth Theatre and for the first time at our Curtis Theater, Mary Poppins will entertain you on stage from January 14 through 31, 2016. Tickets, only $15 each, will go on sale to the public at noon Wednesday, December 16.

        Brea's Youth Theatre's Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure is based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film. Songs of this irresistible story such as "A Spoonful Of Sugar," will definitely enchant you along with breathdaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft reminiscent of the England from yesteryear and beloved characters like Bert, Jane and Michael Bank brought to life.

          Shows are over three consecutive weeks: with performances at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and also at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Order online at curtistheater.com or call (714) 990-7722. Make in-person ticket purchases through the Curtis Theatre Box Office, located at Number 1 Civic Center Circle, (Birch and Randolph) from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays or one hour prior to shows.

  • Krampus creepy ‘Karol of the Bells’ sung by BOHS Choir

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    In photo:  Douglas Pipes Dave Willert Jocelyn Abrahamson Brianna Clark Rhyan Belanger Cori Bourgeois Kristin Camacho Hannah Fritz Ben Harpster Audrey Lee Wesley Mathews Lindsey Morrill Allie Mayer Aidan Pipes Andrew Strom Courtesy of Mary Pipes

    In photo:
    Douglas Pipes
    Dave Willert
    Jocelyn Abrahamson
    Brianna Clark
    Rhyan Belanger
    Cori Bourgeois
    Kristin Camacho
    Hannah Fritz
    Ben Harpster
    Audrey Lee
    Wesley Mathews
    Lindsey Morrill
    Allie Mayer
    Aidan Pipes
    Andrew Strom
    Courtesy of Mary Pipes


      Krampus - The Movie! 13 of our Masquerade choir kids were asked to sing on a Major Motion Picture Soundtrack that will be in the movie theaters in wide-release this Friday! The singers will be in the film credits as: Brea Olinda High School Singers and Choir Director Dave Willert is credited in the film as conductor! Look/listen for Krampus Karol of the Bells at the ending credits. This USA Today online story features mention of the Brea Olinda High School Choir for the Krampus film. The soundcloud file does not seem to work on Mobile Apps, but you can hear the full song with the choir kids if you go online on a computer web browser. The song is amazing, the kids sound fantastic and it's a fun article! Huge thanks to the film's composer, Douglas Pipes for including some of our performers. The album is also now available on iTunes. Search iTunes: Krampus Original Motion Picture.
  • Brea’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa’s Arrival

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    Well there’s no place like home for the holidays! It’s that special time of year to spend time with family and friends, enjoy good food, share gifts and gather as a community for Brea’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration!


      Our traditional Tree lighting ceremony is scheduled on Thursday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m., taking place on the front steps of the Civic & Cultural Center.
      Former Mayor Brett Murdock speaking to the community at the annual tree lighting ceremony last year.

      Former Mayor Brett Murdock speaking to the community at the annual Tree lighting ceremony last year.


        It’s a treat for the whole family with live music and entertainment including musical performances from Arovista Elementary School First Graders, Brea’s own Singing Pastors and cast from Brea’s Youth Theatre production of Mary Poppins, produced by Stagelight Productions.

          And to keep you warm, comfy cozy hot chocolate and cookies will be served courtesy of our Corner Bakery.

            Last but not least of course will be the arrival of Santa, creating a wonderland of excitement. Also photo op time with Santa for only $5 for a 5x7.

  • Curtis Theatre to present Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years

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      Come spend some time at our Curtis Theatre and experience The Last Five Years, a great musical diary about a young couple’s journey through love and heart break, written by Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown.

        Performed with an orchestra, follow the story of Jamie and Cathy whose hope that love will conquer all. It’s funny, honest and intimate, with an exuberantly romantic score, The Last Five Years will capture your heart.

          Southgate Productions guarantees that each performance is truly fresh and unique. With a bold approach, three different cast pairings are set over the six show runBrandon Sanchez and Ellie Wyman take the lead on November 6 and 14. Tyler McGraw and Elyse Montoya are up front for November 7 and 15. Ian James and Kelly Martin take over the roles on November 8 and 13.

            Order online at curtistheatre.com or call (714) 990-7722. Make in-person ticket purchases at the Curtis Theatre Box Office, located at Number 1 Civic Center Circle, from noon - 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and performance Saturdays, as well as one hour prior to shows.

  • Come see Seussical the Musical starring Brea elementary students

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      By CC Giang, community publicity volunteer for Seussical production.

        Seussical tickets are up for grabs starting this Sunday, November 8 to the public. Don't miss out, it is a sold out event each year. Come see your fellow classmates and friends perform in this fun and silly production. Fanning coordinates an all inclusive production for all six elementary schools every year to promote Arts and Music for our kids. Come and support us and see if this is something your child might be interested in joining next year. Registration is always FREE!

          What an exciting and great opportunity for our Brea kids!!! To see the show, tickets will go on sale this Sunday at the Brea High School starting at 12:00-6:30. Only $10.00 per ticket with the following show times to choose from:

            November 12, Thursday @6:30

              November 13, Friday @7:00

                November 14, Saturday @2:00

                  November 14, Saturday @7:00

                    November 15, Sunday @2:00

                      November 15, Sunday @6:30

                        Hope to see you there!

  • Only Time Will Tell the Future of Brea’s “Charlie the Clock!”

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    Photo illustration of Brea's 'Charlie the Clock" (real and animated) by Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins and Greg Voisan Photography.

    Photo illustration of Brea's historic icon 'Charlie the Clock" (real and animated) by Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins and Greg Voisan Photography.


      For those of you who love the world of imagination....Tick Tock: The unveiling of our new timeline image

        For quite some time now, I have viewed Brea’s historic icon ‘Charlie the Clock’ as an animated character, so it’s with great excitement as we countdown to our centennial, that I present our photo illustration courtesy of fellow Brean residents: BOHS and CSUF grad, Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins who designed ‘Charlie the Clock’ and Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography.

          A special Shout Out to Heather Ashley Collins who recently published her first children’s book, "My Dog the Alien."

            As for ‘Charlie the Clock,’ caricature cutout, it’s photo op time! Next week the dapper gent will be at the annual Country Hills Jog-A-Thon. Thereafer, you can see Charlie in the lobby at Brea Edwards Stadium West 10 the week of November 16, followed by sister theater East 12, Thanksgiving week!

  • Brea Library Prepares for Homework Helpers Program

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    (From left) Melanie Morin, library clerk, Samantha Smith, librarian, and Ana Marroquin, library clerk, hold decorated signs for the Homework Helpers program at the Brea Library

    (From left) Melanie Morin, library clerk, Samantha Smith, librarian, and Ana Marroquin, library clerk, hold decorated signs for the Homework Helpers program at the Brea Library

    With the new school year just around the corner, one thing that all students worry about is their homework load. Fortunately, the Brea Branch Library has launched a solution for young students who could use some assistance with their everyday assignments.

      The Homework Helpers program is an after-school group at the Brea Branch Library that seeks to help out students from kindergarten to fifth grade. It is held three times a week from Monday through Wednesday, starting at 3 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Initially started in January, the program will begin in September to coincide with the academic school year until the end of May.

        “Homework Helpers has been super successful when we first started,” Samantha Smith, creator of Homework Helpers and librarian, said. “We’ve generally received a lot of great feedback not just from the students, but from the parents as well.”

          Homework Helpers is run by a team of selected high school students who are eager to help out the younger students.

            “I am very excited to be a Homework Helper this year. It’s definitely an experience to have,” Alexander Yip, previous Homework Helper and junior at Brea Olinda High School, said. “Homework Helpers are wonderful people who want to build character, inspiration and interaction within the children.”

              This year, the Homework Helpers program will undergo several changes in response to public feedback.

                “There are some issues with the program that we had last time that we are fixing this year,” Smith said. “Some concerns about scheduling conflicts or location areas have been addressed and we will make sure that everything runs as smooth as possible this year.”

                  The Brea Branch Library will join fellow Orange County libraries in Tustin and Irvine in hosting this program.

                    "Most branch libraries [in Orange County] already have some sort of homework tutoring program, but Homework Helpers is a little different because it involves older high school students coming together to help young students," Smith said.

                      The program is different than a regular tutoring session in that tutors help students in a general subject while Homework Helpers assist students on a specific homework assignment. The latter method has been very successful especially for students whose parents do not speak English as their first language and cannot explain the instructions correctly.

                        "There are families that don't speak English as their first language so a lot of times they'll come here just to have us explain it to their child so they know what to do," Smith said. "I think it's great that we are a resource for them and for anyone that needs some help with their homework.

                          The first Homework Helpers session will begin on Sept. 8.

  • Hometown fun at Brea’s 29th annual Brea Fest

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      Did you make the 36th annual Brea Country Fair? If not, another opportunity for hometown community fun awaits you at Brea’s 29th annual Brea Fest – the City’s original food fest celebration. On Friday, August 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., the Brea Civic & Cultural Center sets the scene for an awesome family event with a feast of enticing food and beverages from over 30 first-rate restaurants. Food and beverage samples are provided with taste tickets being sold for only $3.00 each, making it affordable for everyone!

        But wait the food fest doesn’t stop there! There will also be great live bands, outdoor dancing, a gallery exhibit and artist demonstration, along with theatre performances. And for the kiddos --the ever-popular “Kidsville” is returning to welcome your little ones with kid-pleasing food, entertainment, face painting and make-and-take crafts. No wonder this free well-rounded event attracts thousands!

          Don’t miss out! Our Brea Fest is truly a well-executed community event, with more than 100 volunteers, resulting in a successful outcome supporting many of the city’s events such as Curtis Theatre productions, Brea Gallery exhibits, Concerts in the Park, and arts education program.

  • Memorial for Disneyland’s first Snow White, JoAnn Dean Killingsworth, held at Capriana in Brea

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      60 years ago, JoAnn Dean Killingsworth at the age of 31 was chosen to be the first Snow White on the grand opening day of “The Greatest Place On Earth,” Disneyland. Just a few weeks shy of Disneyland’s formal celebration marking its 60-year anniversary, JoAnn, a resident of Capriana at La Floresta Village in Brea, passed away at the age of 91.

        Among her many credits, she was the skating and dancer partner of Gene Nelson, showcased in many films such as ‘Lullaby of Broadway’ with Doris Day and Gene Nelson, stood in for Judy Garland, appeared for three years as a “Redette” in the Red Skelton Hour in the 1950’s, and to her delight did an on scene kiss with Bob Cummings. In her later years, she sketched portraits and painted.

          This past Saturday, July 18, was her memorial held at Capriana in the Grand Ballroom.

            The beautiful ballroom was filled with over 100 attendees including family members, friends and fellow Capriana residents.

              There were several collage posters spotlighting JoAnn's special journey throughout the years, live entertainment, a delicious spread of food catered by Capriana and of course, a Snow White balloon.

                JoAnne Dean Killingsworth brother, Donavan Dean, was so happy to see so many people having a good time remembering his sister at the memorial.

                JoAnn Dean Killingsworth's brother, Donovan Dean, was so happy to see so many people having a good time remembering his sister at the memorial.

                Adventurous JoAnn! Left to right: JoAnn Dean Killingsworth and friend, Marie Simon, at Orange County Fair. (courtesy Marie Simon)

                Adventurous JoAnn! Left to right: JoAnn Dean Killingsworth and friend, Marie Simon, at Orange County Fair. (courtesy Marie Simon)


                  Her brother, Donovan, was the first to speak. Donovan said, that there were so many people here. She loved parties and would have loved to be here, so have fun.

                    Larry Gates, a friend, sang the Disney classic song featured in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs film, “ With a Smile and a Song.”

                      Her great-nephew, Zeek, brought his laptop, relaying a special message from his dad, Jay Dean, saying, 'I know some of you are thinking, yeah, yeah, she was famous. she was elegant. she was smart and witty, and she was popular wherever she went, but hey she was short, and she was shy.'.....Okay, she was little. BUT like Frank the Pug said in Men in Black II ": 'just because something is very, very, small, doesn't mean it isn't very, very, important.' She was my Auntie JoAnn."

                        Great-nephew, Zeek, presents his dad, Jay's message via laptop as dad couldn't make it to the memorial.

                        Great-nephew, Zeek, presents his dad, Jay's message via laptop as dad couldn't make it to the memorial.


                          Self portrait of JoAnne and brother Donovan drawn by JoAnne.

                          Self portrait of JoAnn and brother Donovan sketched by JoAnn.


                            As many of her friends said, JoAnn was a sincere person with a positive attitude. She enjoyed life and traveled the world twice a year from 2000 -2010, with her friend, Marie Simon.

                              Author, dancer, choreographer and friend Miriam Nelson, who choreographed Disney’s opening day festivities, was the person who casted JoAnn for the part of Snow White -- the role that would be synonymous with her identity throughout her life.

  • United Choirs of Brea present Summer Magic 2015

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    Summer-Magic-2 Bump up Hump Day with Summer Magic presented by United Choirs of Brea on Wednesday, July 15 at 7pm at Brea Olinda High School Performing Arts Center.


      Seats are reserved and tickets can be purchased for $12 from any Summer Magic participant. Performers will be showcasing a variety of solo and group acts, improv sketches and select scenes from the well-known musicals Annie and Grease.

        At the door, there will be a variety of concessions available to purchase, along with a chance to win a raffle basket - before and during intermission. So come early and be ready for a night of entertainment. Contact cathymendez713@gmail.com for further information or to purchase tickets.

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