Daniel Kepl interviews John Blondell, Chair of Westmont College‘s Theatre Arts Department and founder of Lit Moon Theatre Company about the upcoming Theatre and Music Department presentation of a new take on Johann Strauss’ operetta Die Fledermaus Friday, March 2 and Sunday, March 4 at 7pm at the New Vic Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara.
Daniel Kepl interviews soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, who enjoys an international opera career and is also Assistant Professor in the Voice Program at UC Santa Barbara, on her debut as Stage Director for the award-winning UCSB Opera Theatre’s upcoming production of Mozart’s comedic masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro on the UCSB campus February 8th and 10th.
Daniel Kepl talks with pianist Clipper Erickson about making use of crowd funding catalysts to raise money for artistic projects like his most recent 2CD set, My Cup Runneth Over: The Complete Piano Music of Nathaniel Dett for PARMA Records, and his newest project for PARMA, Tableau, Tempest, and Tango. Read Kepl’s review of My Cup Runneth Over at www.performingartsreview.net
Daniel Kepl interviews the young Cuban dance sensation Francois Llorente on the eve of his appearances in State Street Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker dancing the role of Sugar Plum Cavalier on December 16 and 17 at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara. Many thanks to Leila Drake Fossek, former Principal Dancer with State Street Ballet, now Associate Director of the company, who stepped into frame to sort out a senior moment about start time for the performance at 2pm Sunday, December 17th.
Daniel Kepl interviews actress, author, photographer Angela Cartwright as she prepares to read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas with the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Orchestra in the historic Lobero Theatre on Saturday, December 9th at 8pm and Sunday, December 10th at 3pm. Tickets: 805 963 0761.
As he gets ready for a fresh season of intriguing informal video interviews with California’s most creative personalities, Daniel Kepl looks back on 2016-2017 with a small selection of his favorites: