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For Immediate ReleaseDr. Patricia Machado, TACFApatricia.machado@att.net

(714) 742-6213

June 2, 2015

TICKETS ON SALE FOR TACFA’s BROADWAY IN THE PARK PRODUCTION “KISS ME, KATE”!

Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) will present its 15th annual production of a Broadway in the Park (BITP) musical “Kiss Me,Kate!”  Vice President of BITP, Erin Kociela, announced that Chance Theater will direct this rousing rendition of Cole Porter’s entertaining musical.  “Kiss Me, Kate!” will be staged in Old Town Tustin at Peppertree Park August 18- August 22, 2015.  Staged as a “story within a story,” this year’s production features a traveling Shakespearean troupe that performs “The Taming of the Shrew” while the personal lives of the actors offstage take a similar turn of events.  Favorite songs such as “Another Op’nin’, Another Show;” “Why Can’t You Behave;”  “So in Love;” “Always True to You in My Fashion;”  “Brush Up Your Shakespeare;” and “Too Darn Hot.”  This is a musical that the whole family will enjoy.  Come and relax on a warm summer evening with your favorite chair or blanket.  Be sure to arrive early as there will be something for everyone:  food booths, beverages, opportunity prizes. Some of the local Tustin schools and community non-profits will be selling hot and cold food, desserts, coffee, and hot chocolate, and the TACFA bar will have beer and wine for sale! Gates will open at 6:00 PM.  On July 1st, TACFA begins its ticket sales.  Tickets are $18 pre-sale for all ages (children 4 and under are free) and $20 at the Box Office.  Pre-sale tickets are available at the following locations:  Benjie’s, Chemers Gallery, Mrs. B Consignments, Scooter’s Mailbox, Tustin Parks & Recreation, Tustin Senior Center, and at all Wednesday Concerts in the Park.  Group sale tickets (minimum of 25 or more) are available on-line for $16. Information is available on the TACFA website at www.tacfa.org

For more information on how to support TACFA, become a Broadway in the Park Sponsor, or volunteer for Broadway in the Park 2014, please call (714) 518-5519 or visit www.tacfa.org.

TACFA is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to develop, showcase, and support the arts in the greater Tustin area.

 
Press Release For Immediate ReleaseMay 11, 2015
Dr. Patricia Machado, TACFA (714) 742-6213 patricia.machado@att.net
Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) announces its 2015 Barbara Benson Scholarship Winners
Scholarship applicants must be Tustin residents and graduates of the class of 2015, and will pursue a college major in the arts. Students are judges by a panel of experts in their particular field. They may submit a portfolio, sing, dance, act as well as submit to an interview by the judging panel. Each winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the college or university which he or she will attend in Fall 2015.
Scholarship Chair Diane Aust has announced that a reception honoring these recipients will be held on Wednesday, May 20th at 6:00PM at Hoson House in Tustin. At that time members of the Board and public will see and hear from these amazing students who will feature their art or perform for the audience.
The 2015 Barbara Benson Scholars are:
Beckman High School:    Kailee Carvalho, Fashion Photography (Teacher – Jackie Peters); John Fingerhut – Visual Arts, Graphic Design, (Teacher – Gigi Manning); Juan Gutierrez – Visual Arts, Film, (Teacher – Chris Perdue)
Foothill High School: Emily Phillips, Vocal Arts, Singing (Teacher – Chelsea Dehn);
Tustin High School: Olivia Lee, Visual Arts, Digital Media (Teacher – Mary Jo Rado)
Orange Lutheran High School: Anthony Skillman, Vocal Arts, Singing, Musical Theater (Teacher – Megan Carvale)For Immediate Release
April 18, 2015
Dr. Patricia Machado, Vice-President, Communications, TACFA
patricia.machado@att.net or (714) 832-5066
2015 Broadway in the Park Production Announced
Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) proudly announces that its 15th annual Broadway in the Park summer production will be the acclaimed Broadway musical “Kiss Me, Kate” in cooperation with the Chance Theater. Bob Machado, President of TACFA and Vice President of Broadway in the Park, Erin Kociela, revealed the show title this weekend at the Reveal Party held at the Chemers Gallery in Tustin.
What do you get when you combine Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” with Cole Porter’s music and lyrics? “Kiss Me, Kate” — an instant success with audiences young and old! The award-winning movie starred Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ann Miller, and the 1999 Revival took Broadway by storm, featuring great dance numbers and such Cole Porter classics as “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “So in Love.”
Kociela offered that the Anaheim-based Chance Theater, under Artistic Director Oanh Nguyen, is one of the leading ensemble-driven theatre companies in Southern California. Chance Theater has won three Ovation Awards, an LADCC Award, and LADCC’s Polly Warfield Award for Excellence. For a second time, it has been named “Outstanding Arts Organization” by Arts Orange County. “TACFA is excited to bring the talent of the Chance Theater to its Broadway in the Park production in Old Town Tustin,” stated Kociela, “and I know that our audience will share our enthusiasm.”
TACFA’s annual BITP production will be staged in Old Town Tustin, at Peppertree Park, from August 18- August 22, 2015.
Tickets will go on sale July 1st. Reserved tables will be available on May 4th. Information is available on the TACFA website.
For more information on how to support TACFA, become a Broadway in the Park Sponsor, or volunteer for Broadway in the Park 2015, please call (714) 518-5519 or visit www.tacfa.org.
 
Press Release For Immediate Release
April 20, 2015
Dr. Patricia Machado, TACFA (714) 742-6213 patricia.machado@att.net
Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts, Enderle Center and Chemers Gallery
Announce Winners of VIEWPOINTS: ORANGE COUNTY ALL MEDIA 2015
On Saturday, April 18, 2015 the Chemers Gallery, in partnership with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) and Enderle Center honored the VIEWPOINTS: ORANGE COUNTY ALL MEDIA 2015 winners. Judging was done by winning artist, Greg LaRock.
Winners are: Best of Show: “Laguna Palms” by Jim Wodark Oil & Acrylic: 1st Place “Balboa Twilight” by April Raber; 2nd Place “Beach
Day” by Paul Kratter; 3rd Place “Mission San Juan Capistrano” by Toni Danchik; Honorable Mentions: “Santa Ana Presbyterian on Sycamore” by Paige Oden; “Newport” by Janine Salzman; “Mission at Sunset” by Steve Kell; “Spring Violets” by Dorothy Cavanagh
All Other Media Awards: 1st Place “Fishing Boat South of the Cottages” by Kevin Davidson; 2nd Place “Noble” by Dori Dewberry; 3rd
Place “Tower Sunset, Victoria Beach” by Roger Bennett
Honorable Mention: “One on Every Corner” by Sharyn Sakimoto Enderle Center Award: “Mission at Sunset” by Steve Kell
Since 1978, Chemers Gallery has been providing fine art and quality custom framing in Orange County. The gallery hosts several shows each year and continually exhibits the work of exceptional artists, both local and international. Chemers Gallery is located in the Enderle Center, 17300 17th Street, Tustin, 714-731-5432. The event is sponsored by Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts and Enderle Center. The show will continue until May 2, 2015.
OC Viewpoints 2015 artwork can be viewed on the TACFA website: www.tacfa.org More information about the event can be found at www.chemersgallery.com and a complete list
of the participating artists can be viewed at chemersgallery.blogspot.com
TACFA is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to develop, showcase, and support the arts in the greater Tustin area.
For more information, please visit www.tacfa.org or call (714) 518-5519. ###
 
 
Press Release For Immediate Release
March 23, 2015
Dr. Patricia Machado, TACFA (714) 832-5066 patricia.machado@att.net
Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts and Enderle Center to Sponsor
Chemers Gallery VIEWPOINTS: ORANGE COUNTY ALL MEDIA 2015
On Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM Chemers Gallery in Tustin will present VIEWPOINTS: ORANGE COUNTY ALL MEDIA 2015, the 8th annual juried exhibit of professional and amateur artists throughout Orange County. Over 30 different artists will be represented in this diverse exhibit showcasing familiar outdoor scenes from Orange County. Nearly 60 original artworks in oils, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and photography will be displayed. Judging will be done by award-winning artist, Greg LaRock. The show will continue until May 2, 2015.
Select participating artists include: Helen Bell, Roger Bennett, Dana Cooper, Toni Danchik, Kevin Davidson, Dori Dewberry, Kay Flierl, Steve Kell, Paul Kratter, Ian Montelongo, Erich Neubert, Paige Oden, Rita Pacheco, April Raber, Jeff Sewell, Kim VanDerHoek and Jim Wodark.
Since 1978, Chemers Gallery has been providing fine art and quality custom framing in Orange County. The gallery hosts several shows each year and continually exhibits the work of exceptional artists, both local and international. Chemers Gallery is located in the Enderle Center, 17300 17th Street, Tustin, 714-731-5432. The event is sponsored by Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts and Enderle Center.
More information about the event can be found at www.chemersgallery.com and a complete list of the participating artists can be viewed at chemersgallery.blogspot.com
TACFA is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to develop, showcase, and support the arts in the greater Tustin area.
For more information, please visit www.tacfa.org or call (714) 518-5519.
 
 
Press Release For Immediate Release
March 7, 2015
Dr. Patricia Machado, TACFA (714) 832-5066 patricia.machado@att.net
Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA)
Invites Student Artwork for Annual Competition
TACFA’s 25th annual Student Art Invitational will be held April 1 to April 29, 2015. Tustin Unified School District Middle Grade and High Schools are eligible to submit artwork for judging. Artwork will be accepted in ceramics, 3-D, photography, graphics, water colors, pen and ink, pastels, acrylics, and oil paintings. Judging will be conducted by professional artists. All artwork submissions will be on display until April 29, 2015 at the Tustin Senior Center. An awards ceremony and reception will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Center. Middle School awards will be given at 5:30 PM. The high school awards will be given at 6:15 PM. Cash prizes will be awarded in all categories and participating teachers qualify to receive a stipend. Student Art Invitational Chair, Betty Carle, is the contact for TUSD schools and their art departments. For additional information contact Committee Chair Betty Carle at (714) 272-7610 or visit the website at www.tacfa.org.
For more information on the many art activities of TACFA visit the website at www.tacfa.org
TACFA is a TACFA is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to develop, showcase, and support the arts within the greater Tustin area.
For more information, please visit www.tacfa.org or call (714) 518-5519.
 
 
Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2015
Contact: Dr. Patricia Machado 714- 832-5066 patricia.machado@att.net
Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarship Applications
Now Available at Tustin Area High Schools
The Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) is currently seeking applicants from Tustin area high schools for its 2015 Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarship Program. This year, TACFA will award up to seven $2000-scholarships to graduating seniors in June. Seniors at local area public and private high schools, who intend to pursue an education in the visual or performing arts at a college, university, or other professional training program after graduation are eligible and encouraged to apply. Scholarship applications are available online at www.tacfa.org and information about the scholarship is available in all TUSD public high schools’ scholarship counselors’ offices.
Each applicant is required to submit a completed written application, career goal statement, and letter of recommendation by Tuesday, March 24, 2015 online by 8:00 PM to Diane Aust at < austretired@ca.rr.com>. In addition, each candidate must present a portfolio of work samples, a demonstration, or a videotape or DVD that shows the applicant’s expertise in his or her chosen artistic field.
A TACFA Scholarship Committee delegation will interview candidates on each campus to review their applications, qualifications, and materials. These interviews will be held in April, when each applicant will meet individually with the delegation. Complete details can be found on the TACFA website and on the application forms.
TACFA is a philanthropic organization dedicated to developing and fostering the arts in the greater Tustin area through school outreach programs, scholarships for art education, and, support and showcasing of local artists. This scholarship program pays tribute to the memory of Barbara Benson, a long-time TUSD school board member and a founding member of TACFA. This is one of the many important ways TACFA fulfills its mission in the community. For more information on the scholarship, contact Scholarship Committee Chair Diane Aust. For more information on TACFA, see www.tacfa.org.
 

Press Release Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

May 19, 2014  patricia.machado@att.net

AUDITIONS SCHEDULED FOR TACFA’S SUMMER PRODUCTION OF “PETER PAN”

Want to be on stage this summer?? Want your friends and families to be witness to your dancing talent?? You might even be flying through the night air with Peter and the Darling children!

All interested Tustin and greater Orange County thespians are invited to audition for a role in TACFA’s 14th annual Broadway in the Park summer production of “Peter Pan,” in cooperation with 3-D Theatricals!!

Auditions will be held Monday, June 2nd from 6:00PM – 10:00PM for Dancers, with an Open Call for actors/singers on Tuesday, June 3rd from 6:00PM – 11:00PM. Call-backs will be held on Wednesday, June 4th, and Thursday, June 5th from 6:00PM – 11:00PM. All auditions will be held at 3D Theatricals, 1255 North Knollwood Circle, Anaheim, CA 92801.

Please bring headshot and resume, and if singing, prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music in correct key. Score will be provided if singing from the show. Accompanist will be provided. NO acapella.

“Peter Pan” is the musical based on the play by Sir J.M. Barrie, with lyrics by Carol Leigh and additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The music is by Morris (Moose) Charlap, with additional music by Jules Styne. The original musical was directed, choreographed and adapted by Jerome Robbins.

This production will be staged in Old Town Tustin, at Peppertree Park, from August 19- August 23, 2014 and will, for the first time ever, feature actors “flying—live–through the air.” Tickets can be purchased in June at venues around the City of Tustin and on-line through the TACFA website. Please note that all tickets are $18 (adults, teens, and children over 5.) There is a special rate of $16 for groups of 25 or more. Group tickets must be purchased on-line. Reserved Tables information and reservation procedures are also available on-line.

3-D Theatricals is a professional theatre company that operates out of Fullerton and Redondo Beach and produces Broadway caliber shows year round. “We invite Tustin theater patrons to venture out to see what we are producing the rest of the year,” said T.J. Dawson, Executive Producer and Artistic Director of 3-D Theatricals Dawson, “and, of course, to join us for Broadway in the Park!”

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Press Release, Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

February 5, 2014  patricia.machado@att.net

Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarship Applications Now Available at Tustin Area High Schools

The Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) is currently seeking applicants from Tustin area high schools for its 2014 Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarship Program. This year, TACFA will award up to seven $2000-scholarships to graduating seniors in June. Seniors at local area public and private high schools, who intend to pursue an education in the visual or performing arts at a college, university, or other professional training program after graduation are eligible and encouraged to apply. Scholarship applications are currently available online at www.tacfa.org and information about the scholarship is available in all TUSD public high schools’ scholarship counselors’ offices.

Each applicant is required to submit a completed written application, career goal statement, and letter of recommendation by March 4, 2014 by 8:00 PM to Diane Aust, Chair of TACFA Scholarships. In addition, each candidate must present a portfolio of work samples, a demonstration, or a videotape or DVD that shows the applicant’s expertise in his or her chosen artistic field.

A TACFA Scholarship Committee delegation will interview candidates on each campus to review their applications, qualifications, and materials. These interviews will be held in April, when each applicant will meet individually with the delegation. Complete details can be found on the TACFA website (www.tacfa.org/programs/scholarships) and on the application forms.

TACFA is a philanthropic organization dedicated to developing and fostering the arts in the greater Tustin area through school outreach programs, scholarships for art education, and, support and showcasing of local artists. This scholarship program pays tribute to the memory of Barbara Benson, a long-time TUSD school board member and a founding member of TACFA. This is one of the many important ways TACFA fulfills its mission in the community. For more information on the scholarship, contact Chair Diane Aust at austretired@ca.rr.com. For more information on TACFA’s many art activities in the community, please visit the webpage at www.tacfa.org.

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Press Release, Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

February 5, 2014  patricia.machado@att.net

TACFA Welcomes Newest Board Members

TACFA welcomed its newest Board members at its annual meeting in January. are (from left to right): Betty Carle, Barry Silverman, TACFA president Bonny Atzeff, Nathan Menard and Cathy Crair.

Mrs. Carle has been employed as an Office Manager for RGL Forensics for the last 24 years. She is a longtime volunteer in the PTA’s where her (now grown) children attended school. She and her husband opened a new business in Tustin called, Brushstrokes, located on Main Street in Old Town Tustin, that promotes arts through fun, two-hour art sessions.

Mrs. Crair brings experience in marketing and management to TACFA. Prior to her retirement, Crair taught classes in marketing, consumer behavior, management, speech and E-Commerce for 15 years at FIDM. She has been on the board of the San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition, a member of the Large Animal Rescue Team for San Juan Capistrano, and Spouses Forum Coordinator for an YPO chapter.

Mr. Menard is a long time Old Town Tustin resident and the lead architect at Menarch. He is currently assisting with the rebuilding of the former Jabberwocky building located on El Camino Real in Old Town, along with helping to coordinate the planning of one of the Hangar sites with the Tustin Preservation Conservancy and the Tustin Historical Society. Menard’s expertise is in developing contracts, budgets, invoices, and project managing from conception through construction for residential and commercial projects. He has been associated with MulvannyG2 Architects in Irvine, OPUS West Corporation, and Casco Corporation in Costa Mesa. He has been a longtime ardent supporter of the arts in Tustin.

Mr. Silverman offers exceptional musical credentials with his experience as an instrumental music director at local public high schools, Chapman University, Saddleback College, Chapman College, California State University Long Beach, and Tel Aviv University. Silverman has played professionally with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Symphony, Glendale Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Debut Orchestra of Young Musicians Foundation, and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He has played in many orchestras at the local theme parks, and at major entertainment venues in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City.

With such great talent joining its other members on TACFA Board of Directors, 2014 promises to be an exciting year. This group adds great diversity and outstanding opportunities to assist TACFA in showcasing its many art programs.

Tustin residents will soon receive the formal announcement of this year’s Broadway in the Park production. Anyone who is interested in volunteering for any of TACFA’s many art programs is encouraged to call 714-518-5519 or go to the website (www.tacfa.org) for information.

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Press Release, Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

February 5, 2014  patricia.machado@att.net

Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) Invites Student Artwork for Annual Competition

TACFA’s 24th annual Student Art Invitational will be held March 31–April 29, 2014. Tustin Unified School District Middle Grade and High Schools are eligible to submit artwork for judging. Artwork will be accepted in ceramics, 3-D, photography, graphics, water colors, pen and ink, pastels, acrylics, and oil paintings. Judging will be conducted by professional artists. All artwork submissions will be on display until April 29, 2014 at the Tustin Senior Center. An awards ceremony and reception will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Center. Cash prizes will be awarded in all categories and participating teachers qualify to receive a stipend. Student Art Invitational Chair, Bob Machado, is the contact for TUSD schools and their art departments. For information contact Mr. Machado at: bobmachado1352@att.net.
For more information on the many art activities of TACFA, call (714) 518-5519 or visit the website at www.tacfa.org.

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Press Release, Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

February 5, 2014  patricia.machado@att.net

Newest Art Board Eagerly Jump Into the New Year

Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) installed its 2014 Executive Board with enthusiastic rounds of applause. With their sites focused on its August production of Broadway in the Park, this ambitious board has made exciting plans to present another high-quality production to the citizens of Tustin and all of the surrounding cities in Orange County. With new members on its Board of Directors, 2014 promises to be an exciting year of showcasing the various talents of its diverse membership as they chair TACFA’s many art programs on behalf of Tustin area residents. 2014 Executive Board members are: Bonny Atzeff, President; Nancy Ivary, Vice-President, Programs; Kathy Tarrant, Vice-President, Fund Development; Erin Kociela, Vice-President, Broadway in the Park; Eligia Nicolai, Vice-President, Board Development; Sharyn Sakimoto, Treasurer; Sue Legome, Secretary; Dr. Pat Machado, Vice-President, Communications; Diane Aust, Parliamentarian. Tustin residents will receive the formal announcement of this year’s Broadway in the Park production in the next few months. Anyone who is interested in volunteering for any of TACFA’s many art programs is encouraged to call 714-518-5519 or go to the website (www.tacfa.org) for information.

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Press Release Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

April 4, 2014  patricia.machado@att.net

Koncerts for Kids

Matt Hare.string base.largeTustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) sponsored 1100 students from Beswick, Heideman, Lambert, Nelson, Peters Canyon, Thorman and St. Jeanne De Lestonnac Elementary Schools, along with teachers and TACFA Board members when they attended a special music program performed by Orange County’s resident orchestra, South Coast Symphony. Called “The Unstuffy Symphony for the OC” TUSD students joined 2,000 other students from south county schools on March 21, 2014 at Crossline Church in Lake Forest.

“Koncerts for Kids” is a specifically designed multi-media program for fourth-grade students incorporating both music and art. They experience music, performed by a large symphony orchestra, from a variety of genres including classical, jazz, opera, film scores from Hollywood and the music of Broadway. Highlights of these concerts have included an interactive music and art performance to the music of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and multimedia presentations from the film scores of composer John Williams. The students also have the opportunity to hear performances at each concert from two very talented young performers who have been chosen as award winners from the Symphony’s annual Young Stars of the Future competition.

Founded in 1996, the 70-member Symphony’s mission is to provide South Orange County’s fifteen diverse communities with a professional, accessible and affordable symphonic musical experience. The Symphony’s eclectic programming is designed to entertain and educate while also attracting a whole new generation of patrons. The Symphony performs a wide variety of orchestral literature from the classics and opera to light classics, Broadway and pops.

Katie Ahmann.soprano.BarrySilverman.conductor.largeAs part of its mission of providing enriching experiences in the visual and performing arts for its schools and local citizens, TACFA underwrote this experience for these fourth graders.

The Conductor of the Symphony is Barry Silverman who is also a member of the TACFA Board. Mr. Silverman is a multi -talented musician who has played professionally with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Symphony, Glendale Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Debut Orchestra of Young Musicians Foundation, and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.

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Press Release Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

April 2, 2014  patricia.machado@att.net

 

Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts and Enderle Center to sponsor

Chemers Gallery VIEWPOINTS: ORANGE COUNTY ALL MEDIA 2014

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM Chemers Gallery in Tustin will present VIEWPOINTS: ORANGE COUNTY ALL MEDIA 2014, the 7th annual juried exhibit of professional and amateur artists throughout Orange County. Over 40 different artists will be represented in this diverse exhibit showcasing familiar outdoor scenes from Orange County. Nearly 80 original artworks in oils, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, encaustic and photography will be displayed. Judging will be done by 2013 First Place winning artist, Jim Wodark. Participating artists will demonstrate both inside and outside of the gallery on Saturday May 3rd & 10th from 2:00 -5:00 PM. The show will continue until May 10, 2014.

Participating professional artists are: Robert Ball, Roger Bennett, Steve Bjorkman Gary Blackwell, Dorothy Cavanagh, Jean Choi, Dana Cooper, William Crawley, Barbara Davidson, Rick Delanty, Dori Dewberry, Kay Flierl, Candace Foster, Deborah Harold, Julie Hill, Thomas Hill, Irene Horiuchi, Mark Hosmer, Esther Jacks, Steve Kell, Greg LaRock, Susan Marosz, Emet Martinez, Ian Montelongo, Soraya Montelongo, Lisa Mozzini-McDill, Erich Neubert, Paige Oden, Rita Pacheco, Pamela Panattoni, April Raber, Richard Rice, Pete Roberts Linda Rogers, Sharyn Sakimoto, Janine Salzman, Kelley Sanford, John Sawyer, Albert Stanchfield, Kathleen Strukoff, Kim VanDerHoek, Michael Ward.

Since 1978, Chemers Gallery has been providing fine art and quality custom framing in Orange County. The gallery hosts several shows each year and continually exhibits the work of exceptional artists, both local and international. Chemers Gallery is located in the Enderle Center, 17300 17th Street, Tustin, 714-731-5432. The event is sponsored by Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts and Enderle Center.
More information about the event can be found at www.chemersgallery.com and a complete list of the participating artists can be viewed at chemersgallery.blogspot.com

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Press Release Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

April 2, 2014  patricia.machado@att.net

“Voices of Tustin” Welcome Spring!

On Wednesday, April 30th from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, “Voices of Tustin,” a community singing group sponsored by Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA), will be performing a Spring Concert with the Tustin High School Glee Club in the new Tustin High School Cafeteria. Tickets at the door are $5.
The music to be performed at this evening’s program will include popular musical numbers and four-part arrangements of recent pop songs. “Voices of Tustin” is led by award-winning teacher, David Peay and the Foothill High/Julliard graduate, professional composer and music director, Corey Hirsch.

Voices of Tustin are also rehearsing songs for “Bye, Bye, Birdie” which they will perform with the Tustin High School drama department on May 21- May 23, 2014.
More information about “Voices of Tustin” is available at www.TACFA.org.

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Press Release Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

March 11, 2013  patricia.machado@att.net

Voices of Tustin Welcome Spring!

On Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, “Voices of Tustin,” a community singing group sponsored by TACFA, will be performing their first Spring Concert with the Tustin High School Glee Club. The performance will be held  at the acoustically-rich Knights of Pythias Lodge located at Old Towne Tustin at 395 El Camino Real on the corner of El Camino Real and Main Street. Tickets at the door are $5.

Music to be performed on this evening’s program will include popular musical numbers and four-part arrangements of recent pop songs. “Voices of Tustin” is led by award-winning teacher, David Peay and the Foothill High/Julliard graduate and professional composer and music director, Corey Hirsch.  More information about “Voices of Tustin” is available at www.TACFA.org.

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Young Americans Summer Camp

TACFA provided 28 scholarships to local students to attend this year’s Young Americans summer camp in Tustin. All attendees explored the artist within by creating music, choreography, poetry, and art.  For five days they experienced workshops, lessons, and performance enrichment activities. The camp’s finale was a hugely enthusiastic culmination of all that they had learned and was aptly entitled the “Celebration Show.”  It was held at Columbus Tustin Middle School for the families and the Tustin community and featured the campers performing alongside The Young Americans.

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Press Release, Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

September 18, 2013  patricia.machado@att.net

OLD TOWN TUSTIN ART WALK WELCOMES EVERYONE TO FALL SEASON!

Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts, in partnership with the City of Tustin and the Tustin Preservation Conservancy will sponsor the annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk on Saturday, October 19th in and around the streets of Old Town Tustin.  The event will feature local and Orange County artists.  There will be a plein air competition, with TACFA awarding $1,000 prize to the winning artist who can best depict a scene in the Old Town Area.  Other artists will display and sell their art.  Visitors can purchase paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, and other art crafts.  TACFA will sponsor a beer tasting bar and the Tustin Preservation Conservancy will host the wine tasting bar.  Both will be located in Jamestown Village (at El Camino Real and 6th Street). All local merchants will be open for business and food will be sold throughout the main streets.

TACFA is also sponsoring a special photography competition called “Smile, Tustin!”  Participants can submit up to five photographs in three different categories:  Tustin Tiller Days, Tustin by Day, and Tustin by Night.  The pictures must be taken in a designated 24-hour period:  from 6:00 PM Friday, October 4th to 6:00 PM Saturday, October 5th.  Interested participants can get more information from the attached flyer or may go to our website at www.tacfa.org. Monetary awards and ribbons will be awarded to winning photos and all photos can be viewed at the Tustin Old Town Art Walk in the “Smile, Tustin!” booth on Saturday, October 19th.

All Orange County residents are invited to begin their Fall 2013 in the cozy and friendly environs on Saturday, October 19th in Old Town Tustin, the place that OC Register’s “Best of Orange County 2013” called its “O.C. Secret” picks.

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Press Release, Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

April 2, 2013  patricia.machado@att.net

Broadway in the Park Sponsorship Opportunities

Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts offers many levels of sponsorship for its 13th annual Broadway in the Park (BITP) staging of “Hairspray.” Sponsorship levels begin at $300.00.

A Sponsor can be a business or a private individual. All sponsors receive complementary tickets to Broadway in the Park, special recognition in the Broadway in the Park program book, are listed on our website, and are named in our Newsletter. In addition, a Business sponsor may display a 3’ X 5’ company banner on the fence at the park during the five-day production run.

This year TACFA is offering a Business Sponsor package! Interested businesses may call Kathy Tarrant for more information.

Broadway in the Park Sponsors allowTACFA to keep its BITP ticket prices affordable for everyone in our community and they are critical to our success. We hope you will consider this unique opportunity and become a Sponsor for Hairspray!

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Press Release, Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

March 25, 2013  patricia.machado@att.net

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Rock n’ Roll Comes to Old Town Tustin This Summer!

Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) announces that its 13th annual Broadway in the Park summer production will be the acclaimed Broadway musical Hairspray.  TACFA, in association with Theatrical Productions, Inc., will feature  this lively rock n’ roll musical on August 20-24, 2013 in Peppertree Park which is located in Old Town Tustin.

Bonny Atzeff, President of TACFA and Vice President, Joe DiCorpo, Chair of Broadway in the Park 2013, revealed the show title.   Josh Carr and Ray Limon of Theatrical Productions, Inc. will stage the production.  Last year they produced “South Pacific” for TACFA.

Hairspray is adapted from the1988 John Waters film and the book for the stage musical by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, with lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, “pleasingly plump” teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on a local TV dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Come hear the songs that will be in your head for the entire summer:  “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” and “I Can Hear the Bells.”

Tickets will go on sale June 14th.  Reserved tables will be available on May 1st.   Information is available on the TACFA website.  Auditions for this show will take place in early summer.

For more information on how to support TACFA, become a Broadway in the Park Sponsor, or volunteer for Broadway in the Park 2013, please call (714) 518-5519 or visit www.tacfa.org.

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Press Release Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

March 11, 2013 patricia.machado@att.net

TACFA’s 2013 Executive Board Announced

Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) has announced its Executive Board for 2013: President, Bonny Atzeff; Vice President, Programs, Lynda Bjoin; Vice President Fund Development, Kathy Tarrant; Vice President Public Relations, Dr. Pat Machado; Vice President Broadway in the Park, Joe DiCorpo; Treasurer, Sharyn Sakimoto; Secretary, Scott Cwiertny; Parliamentarian, Diane Aust.

2013 TACFA Executive Board
2013 TACFA Executive Board

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Press Release Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

TACFA Welcomes Newest Board Member

March 11, 2013 patricia.machado@att.net

Newest TACFA Board Member Erin Kociel, with TACFA President BonnyAtzeff

Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) welcomed its newest Board member, Erin Kociela, to its first meeting of the year. TACFA held its annual Planning Meeting on Saturday, January 26th at Red Hill Lutheran Church where Mrs. Kociela was introduced by TACFA President, Bonny Atzeff.

Formerly a Senior Vice President and Executive Creative Director at Frankel, the largest privately owned brand marketing agency in the United States, Mrs. Kociela is a member of a local realty firm. After years in advertising and marketing, Erin states that her creative skills in advertising were a natural for her to translate into her real estate business. While she can comfortably manage and negotiate with her clients in the realty field, her creative side supports her free business service, “Setting the Stage Design,” which assists clients in staging their home to ensure that their properties sell quickly and for the best price.

Erin has demonstrated a tremendous passion for the arts. In her free time, she enjoys performing, painting and writing.  She had a role as a nurse on the TV Series “Mash”; has sung with the LA Jazz Choir; performed a one-woman cabaret show; acted in community theater, and can be found singing in her church choir. Acting talent runs in the Kociela family. Erin’s son performed the role of Lt. Cable in TACFA’s 2012 Broadway in the Park production, “South Pacific.”

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Press Release Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

March 7, 2013 patricia.machado@att.net

Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) Invites Student Artwork for Annual Competition

TACFA’s 23rd annual Student Art Invitational will be held April 2 –April 28, 2013. Tustin Unified School District Middle Grade and High Schools are eligible to submit artwork for judging. Artwork will be accepted in ceramics, 3-D, photography, graphics, water colors, pen and ink, pastels, acrylics, and oil paintings. Judging will be conducted by a group of professional artists. An awards ceremony and reception will be held April 26, 2013 at the Tustin Senior Center. Cash priz3es will be awarded in all categories and participating teachers qualify to receive a stipend. All artwork submissions will be on display until April 28, 2013, at the Tustin Senior Center. Art Invitational Chair, Bob Machado, is the contact for TUSD schools and their art departments.

For more information, contact TACFA at (714) 518-5519 or visit the website at www.tacfa.org.

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Press Release Patricia Machado, TACFA

For Immediate Release (714) 832-5066

March 4, 2013 patricia.machado@att.net

Koncerts for Kids

Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) sponsored 1100 students from Arroyo, Beswick, Estock, Heideman, Hicks Canyon, Lambert, Loma Vista, Red Hill, Thorman and Veeh Elementary Schools, along with teachers and TACFA Board members as they attended a special music program performed by Orange County’s resident orchestra, South Coast Symphony. Called “The Unstuffy Symphony for the OC TUSD students joined 2,000 other students from south county schools on February 22, 2013 at Crossline Church in Lake Forest.

Koncerts for Kids is a specifically designed multi-media program for fourth grade students incorporating both music and art.  They experience music, performed by a large symphony orchestra, from a variety of genres including classical, jazz, opera, film scores from Hollywood and the music of Broadway.  Highlights of these concerts have included an interactive music and art performance to the music of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and multimedia presentations from the film scores of composer John Williams.  The students also have the opportunity to hear performances at each concert from two very talented young performers who have been chosen as award winners from the Symphony’s annual Young Stars of the Future competition.

Founded in 1996, the 70-member Symphony’s mission is to provide South Orange County’s fifteen diverse communities with a professional, accessible and affordable symphonic musical experience. The Symphony’s eclectic programming is designed to entertain and educate while also attracting a whole new generation of patrons. The Symphony performs a wide variety of orchestral literature from the classics and opera to light classics, Broadway and pops.

As part of its mission of providing enriching experiences in the visual and performing arts for its schools and local citizens, TACFA underwrote this experience for these 1100 fourth graders.

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 7, 2013

Contact: Dr. Patricia Machado / email: patricia.machado@att.net

Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarship Applications Now Available at Tustin Area High Schools

The Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) is currently seeking applicants who reside in the Tustin high school attendance areas for its 2013 Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarship Program. This year, TACFA will award up to six $2000-scholarships to graduating seniors in June. Seniors at local area public and private high schools, who intend to pursue an education in the visual or performing arts at a college, university, or other professional training program after graduation are eligible and encouraged to apply. Scholarship applications will be available January 14, 2013 online at www.tacfa.org and information about the scholarship is available in all TUSD public high schools’ scholarship counselors’ offices.

Each applicant is required to submit a completed written application, career goal statement, and letter of recommendation by March 1, 2013 online by 8:00 PM. In addition, each candidate must present a portfolio of work samples, a demonstration, or a videotape or DVD that shows the applicant’s expertise in his or her chosen artistic field.

A TACFA Scholarship Committee delegation will interview candidates on each campus to review their applications, qualifications, and materials. These interviews will be held in March, when each applicant will meet individually with the delegation. Complete details can be found on the TACFA website and on the application forms.

TACFA is a philanthropic organization dedicated to developing and fostering the arts in the greater Tustin area through school outreach programs, scholarships for art education, and, support and showcasing of local artists. This scholarship program pays tribute to the memory of Barbara Benson, a long-time TUSD school board member and a founding member of TACFA. This is one of the many important ways TACFA fulfills its mission in the community. For more information on the scholarship, contact Dr. Patricia Machado at 714-832-5066 patricia.machado@att.net Chairperson. For more information on TACFA, see www.tacfa.org.

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November 18, 2012

Dear TACFA Supporters:

There is a great opportunity coming from the OC Register!  If you are   a Register subscriber, during Thanksgiving week you will receive a   check that can be donated to a nonprofit organization like TACFA.  We   hope you will think of us!

We would like to remind you that we impact the greater Tustin area   with arts programs that include:  Broadway in the Park, Art Masters   classroom instruction for thousands of Tustin students, the Barbara   Benson Memorial Scholarships, a free concert field trip for over 1000   local students, the Student Art Invitational, the Voices of Tustin (an   adult group), the Tustin Art League (another adult group), and   co-sponsorship of the annual Tustin At Walk.

We love doing what we do and hope we can count on your continued support!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   Barbara Foster

September 13, 2012

TACFA is proud to offer its 1st Annual Graphic Design Workshop

Led by TACFA board member and Rent Control design studio owner, Matt Lindauer (rentcontrolinc.com), the Graphic Design Workshop is a 7-class series that provides an“entertaining and interactive series of classes introducing graphic design and its concepts, techniques, and history”.

With class presentations and discussions ranging from basics in typography, to design history, to actual projects with studio-quality crits, students will get a crash course into the world of graphic design.

The workshop is open to people of all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re a high school art student looking for more insight into design, a photographer who wants to be able to build their own promo pieces, or just someone looking to learn something new, everyone will get something out of the series.

Class size will be limited to keep discussions and crits open and fruitful. And while you need to have your own resources to work on weekly “assignments”, the final project will have financial assistance for printing and production, provided by TACFA.

THE DETAILS:

Monday evenings (7-class series)
Oct. 1st thru Nov. 19th, 2012 (no class Nov. 12)
7:00p – 8:30p
Heritage School (in the art room) 15400 Lansdowne Rd., Tustin, CA 92782

To register, go to www.tacfa.org and fill out the form and we’ll get back to you with info as soon as we can.

Registration is first come first served basis. Series class size is limited to 15 people. All ages and skill levels welcome.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 13, 2012
Contact: Barbara Foster, TACFA: Barbarafoster1@cox.net

Enchantment in the Garden

Wilcox Manor was glowing with sparkling lights and beautiful flowers in late June.  Guests were serenaded by former Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarship winners in the spacious Tustin garden.  Allie Bower Lloyd and Hannah Juliano mesmerized the guests with their delightful singing, including one song from the upcoming Broadway in the Park show, South Pacific.

This was the second annual Gala for the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts.  Proceeds will support future efforts to bring public art to the greater Tustin Area.  The event was attended by Mayor John Nielsen and his wife Erin Nielsen, as well as Councilmember Becky Gomez and TUSD School Board President, Jonathan Abelove, and his wife Laurie Abelove.

TACFA President Sharyn Sakimoto, who attended the event with her husband, Dan Sakimoto, welcomed the guests.  Long-time supporters, George and Maxine Trotter as well as Greg and Kathy Anhaltzer, and Bob and Judy Jo Amy were among those in attendance. Rotary President Gerry Aust attended with his wife Diane Aust, who is a board member of TACFA.

A live auction took place during dessert conducted by one of the owners of the Manor, Lindburgh McPherson.  His playful coaxing added to the overall success of the event.  Chairperson, Lynda Bjoin, in attendance with her husband John Bjoin attended to every detail to make the event an elegant affair.  She is the Vice-President of Programs for TACFA.  Other committee members included Patti DiSaia and Barbara Foster, in addition to McPherson.  Wilcox Manor owner Michael Demoratz shared photography duty with Haylee Sakimoto to capture those special moments at the party.  Dinner was served by the Tustin High Dance Team volunteers.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2012
Contact: Barbara Foster, TACFA: Barbarafoster1@cox.net

Shine the Spotlight on Broadway in the Park Sponsors

Broadway in the Park is the result of hundreds of volunteer hours, careful organization, wonderfully talented performers, and the support of generous sponsors.  South Pacific will be brought to Peppertree Park in large part because of those who recognize a very worthwhile community event that attracts 3500-4000 attendees in Peppertree Park every August.  The Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts has built the event from a modest little production in 2001 to the major event it has become today.

This year there are currently 43 sponsors who have donated at least $300 and a dozen who have donated in the thousands of dollars.  The production is costly and ticket sales alone do not cover the entire cost.

Fund Development Vice Presidents, Bonny Atzeff and Kathy Tarrant, have reached out for support from new people this year and have been so encouraged by the response.

“Individuals and businesses from the Tustin area become Broadway in the Park Sponsors because they believe in what we do for the community, and care enough to get involved,” said Tarrant.   Sponsors like Mrs. Elizabeth Pankey, Greg and Kathy Anhaltzer and George and Maxine Trotter, have supported Broadway in the Park for several years.

New major sponsors Robert and Judi Jo Amy have joined the ranks of such businesses as Enderle Center and North Tustin Veterinary Clinic.  Other major sponsors include:  Jonathan and Laurie Abelove, Arvid Bollesen, Imaging Biz (Curtis and Mary Kauffman), Chuck and Kathy Tarrant, EJ Tracy, and Tustin Community Bank.

Others are: Bill and Fay Amneus; Jordan and Bonny Atzeff; Gerry and Diane Aust; Balfour and Beatty Construction; John and Lynda Bjoin; Brushstrokes, LLC; Phil and Patti DiSaia; Jerry and Kathy Quisling Dunlap; John and Linda Garner; Matt and Nancy Ivary; Dr. Milton and Susan Legome; Robert and Dr. Patricia Machado; Tustin Area Woman’s Club.

More are:  AA Jewel Box; Buckley Ranch; Doug and Melanie Davert;  Stu and Joyce Eriksen; Fletcher Jones Motorcars; Mumulo and Fortes, DDS; Vincent and Barbara Foster; Wendy Greene; Carl and Kathy Greenwood; i. initial; Bill and Pat Podlich; Roma D’Italia; Helen and Marshall Rowen, M.D.; Saddleback Chapel; Tustin Hearing Center; Sunwest Sales Company; and Tustin Ranch Golf Course.

“I am proud to chair an event that brings our community together to share an experience of culture and beauty. So many people contribute to the success of TACFA’s Broadway in the Park; each contribution, whether of time, talent, or funds, is invaluable,” said Chair Mary Kauffman.

Tickets for South Pacific go on sale June 15 at several outlets including the Tustin Department of Parks and Recreation at City Hall.  The show runs from August 21-25.  Visit tacfa.orgto find out how to become a sponsor, purchase tickets online and see a list of community ticket sites.

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For Immediate Release
May 17, 2012
Contact:  Barbara Foster, TACFA, barbarafoster1@cox.net

TACFA Announces Auditions for South Pacific

The Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts and Theatrical Productions, Inc. announce auditions for the Broadway in the Park production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific running this summer from August 21st – 25th in Peppertree Park.

Auditions will be on Saturday, July 21st.  Rehearsals begin Saturday, July 28th for three weeks only. Director/Musical Director Joshua Carr and Choreographer Ray Limon, are seeking a variety of talented actors/performers for key roles as well as ensemble parts, including the following:

Nellie Forbush, a female mezzo with great mix in the age range of 18 –27, is needed for one of the leading roles.  This character is perky, a little naïve, a small town girl from Arkansas, who tries to see the world through rose-colored glasses until her upbringing triggers some disconcerting ideas about race.

Lieutenant Joe Cable, a male tenor to G in the age range of 22 – 33 is desired for another key role.  This character needs to be handsome, athletic, appears shirtless, and will struggle with the same issues as Nellie regarding race and his upbringing.

Other roles include Captain Bracket in the age range of 35 – 55, which is a non-singing role.  They also need Commander William Harbison, a male age 45-60 for another non-singing role.

There are two singing roles for children and there are ensemble roles for Seabees and nurses.  The roles of Emile Debeque and Bloody Mary have already been cast.

All should bring a picture and resume, prepare 16-32 bars to sing WITH sheet music for the accompanist – NO TAPES OR CD’S accepted.

The audition schedule is 10a.m., Children Call; 11a.m., Adult Call; Bracket and Harbison roles, 1 p.m.

Auditions will be at the Church of the Foothills at 19211 Dodge Avenue at Newport Avenue in Santa Ana, CA 92705, across from Foothill High School at the corner of Dodge and Newport.

TACFA is a nonprofit organization.  For further audition details, for more information, to buy tickets, or to make a donation online, please visit www.tacfa.org or call (714) 518-5519.

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For Immediate Release
May 17, 2012
Contact: Barbara Foster, TACFA, barbarafoster1@cox.net

Tickets for South Pacific to Go On Sale June 15th

The Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts will begin selling tickets for its 12th annual Broadway in the Park production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific on June 15th at the following locations: Chemers Gallery in Enderle Center, Soul at Home, Scooters Cards, Acorn Naturalists, the Tustin Area Senior Center, Tustin Parks & Recreation, and Benjie’s Deli.

Presale tickets are:  Adults, $14, students, $12, groups of 25 or more, $12.  Adult tickets purchased at the gate will be $17.  Children five and under are free.  Tickets may also be purchased online at www.tacfa.org.  All WWII veterans will be admitted free.  Members of the Tustin American Legion Post will also be admitted free.

South Pacific will be presented at Peppertree Park on August 21-25.  Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific is adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener.

Broadway in the Park is an annual program of TACFA supported in part by community Sponsors.  TACFA is a nonprofit organization.  For more information about becoming a Broadway in the Park Sponsor or for more information, please visit www.tacfa.org or call (714) 518-5519.

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TACFA’s Hosts Second Annual Gala

The historic Wilcox Manor will be the scene for the Second Annual Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts Gala scheduled for Friday, June 29th.  Wilcox Manor was originally a hotel on the El Camino Real stagecoach run, built between 1865 and 1875 and lovingly restored by the current owners.  The property includes a number of historic trees and 250 rose bushes.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour followed by entertainment and dinner.  The $75 price per person includes two drinks, dinner, dessert and wine at each table.  There will be a live auction following dinner.

Sponsorship opportunities include The Rembrandt Level for VIP seating ($1500 for a table of ten) and the Warhol Level ($1,000 for a table of ten).  All sponsors will be acknowledged at the event.  Dress will be semi-formal with black tie optional.   Complimentary valet service will be provided.  Seating is limited to 200.

Proceeds from the Gala will be used for a Community Enrichment Program.  The event is open to the public.  For reservations, contact Lynda Bjoin at 714/832-9009 orbjoin@sbcglobal.net.

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TACFA Supports Local Theater

The TACFA Board of Directors is not all work and no play!  We are excitedly looking forward to a night on the town by spending an evening at the newly opened Encore Theatre and Club in Old Town Tustin on Saturday, June 9th. The production will be Damn Yankees, a very successful Broadway show.  The evening will include dinner at the newly remodeled and beautiful theater.  This venue was a dream of producer Conwell Worthington, who has directed shows on Broadway like The King and I, Dames at Sea, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Our best wishes to this new theater group.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 13, 2012
(Art to be displayed until 4/25)
Contact Barbara Foster: barbarafoster1@cox.net

Student Art Invitational Honors Impressive Student Artwork

 

TACFA’s 22nd Annual Student Art Invitational was a sweeping success with 360 entries from Tustin Area middle and high schools.  The art work includes ceramics, 3-D, photography, graphics, water colors, pen and ink, pastels, acrylics, and oil paintings.   Judging was done by a group of professional artists who declared the show “outstanding” in quality and variety.   A special reception for students, parents, and teachers was held on April 13, 2012, to honor the contributing artists and their teachers.  Winners were awarded cash prizes, and teachers received stipends for art supplies for their classes.  The pieces will be on display until April 25, 2012, at the Tustin Senior Center.

Special congratulations to Callie Fink (Foothill High) whose piece titled “Cosmos” was selected the “Best of Show” for its quality of work.  Other first place winners included Adam Alonzo (Beckman High) with “Midnight in the Library”; Evelyn Salazar (Beckman) with “Luna”; Alex Cho (Beckman) with “Untitled”; Dania Amezcua (Foothill High) with “Leaf Platter”; Robyn Willson (Beckman) with “Middle Ground”; Michelle Jang (Pioneer Middle) with “The Human Condition”; and Carly Agopian (Hewes Middle) with “Luna.”

The Art Invitational was underwritten by TACFA, but supported by a grant from the Tustin-Santa Ana Rotary Club and sponsorship from Enderle Center.  Additional contributors were: Rita Chemers, Dawn Burdick Jennifer Klenske, Kimber Elston, Pam Maxson, Juanita Cripe, Terri Anderson, The Lost Bean,   Anchor Printing and Tustin Awards.

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Press Release
March 30, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Barbara Foster: barbarafoster1@cox.net

 

TACFA Awards Six 2012 Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarships

 

This year, TACFA awarded six (6) $2,000 Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarships to graduating seniors who reside within the boundaries of the Tustin Unified School District (TUSD) and will be pursuing a career in either visual or performing arts in a college or university.

TACFA’s scholarship program was named after Barbara Benson and honors her memory.  Barbara Benson was a founding member of the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA), a respected educator, serving both as a teacher and an administrator.

The student applicants must have maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA and excel in their field of art.  Most of the winners exceed that GPA.  The application includes a career-goal statement and a letter of recommendation.  TACFA scholarships are based on artist merit, not financial need.  Each applicant is interviewed and graded by a panel of professional judges.  During the 20-minute interview, the student presents a portfolio of their work, performs, or provides a DVD that demonstrates the student’s expertise in his or her artistic field.

The judges select the scholarship recipients based on specific criteria:   the students’ dedication and passion for their art, academic development, the quality of work presented, and any special achievements or awards the student has earned.

A reception to honor these scholars will be held on Tuesday, April 17th at 6:00PM at Keyboard Concepts in the Tustin Marketplace.

TACFA is proud to announce the recipients of the 2012 Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarship:

Alex Cho, Beckman High School
Callie Fink, Foothill High School
Evan Eley, Foothill High School
Heather Moore, Foothill High School
Omar Pelcastre, Tustin High School
Robyn Willson, Beckman High School

Click for complete bios of the 2012 scholarship winners.

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Press Release
For Immediate Release
Barbara Foster, TACFA
March 19, 2012
barbarafoster1@cox.net


South Pacific
Comes to Tustin this Summer
Click to see the writeup in the OC Register!

 

 

Members of the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) announced on Monday that the acclaimed Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific will be the featured show this summer in Peppertree Park.  TACFA, in association with Theatrical Productions, Inc., will be presenting the 12th annual Broadway in the Park on August 21-25.  (See photos of the Reveal Party.)

The announcement came at a Reveal Party held at the Tustin Hills Racquet Club and was attended by civic leaders, donors and other guests.  Some of those in attendance included : Tustin Mayor John Nielsen; former Orange County Supervisor Cynthia Coad and her husband , Dr. Tom Coad; Councilmember Beckie Gomez; Chuck Puckett, President of the Tustin Community Foundation; School Board President Jonathan Abelove and his wife Laurie; Bob and JudyJo Amy; Greg and Kathy Anhaltzer; Arv Bollesen; Josh Carr; Stu and Joyce Eriksen; John and Linda Garner; Libby Pankey; Steve and Linda Jennings; Erin Nielsen, Executive Director of the Tustin Community Foundation; and Dave Wilson, Director of Tustin Parks and Recreation.

Sharyn Sakimoto, President of TACFA emceed the event at which Board Member, Mary Kauffman, Chair of Broadway in the Park 2012, revealed the show title by unveiling the South Pacific poster.  Josh Carr of Theatrical Productions, Inc. gave some background about this World War II love story that takes place in a tropical paradise.  Actress and singer, Lisa Dyson, performed two songs from the show to the enthusiastic applause of those in the audience.

South Pacific is adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener.  Auditions for this show will take place in early summer and tickets will go on sale in June.

For more information on how to support TACFA, become a Broadway in the Park Sponsor , or volunteer for Broadway in the Park 2012, please call (714) 518-5519 or visit www.tacfa.org.

TACFA is a philanthropic organization dedicated to developing and fostering the arts in the greater Tustin area through school outreach programs, scholarships for art education, and support and showcasing of local artists.

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Press Release
For Immediate Release
Thursday 2/16/12
Contact: Barbara Foster barbarafoster1@cox.net

TACFA Leadership Promotes Expanded Arts Programs in the Community

 

2012 TACFA Executive Board

Every year the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts seeks new ways to expand its arts programs in the greater Tustin Area.  The busy Executive Committee of this 28-member board is leading the way for another exciting Broadway in the Park for August 21-25.  The show title will be announced in March.

This year will also see the growth of the Art Masters program for even more underserved students, increased scholarship money for eligible high school art students, a more active Voices of Tustin choral group, an always fun student Art Invitational, greater outreach to adult artists through the Tustin Art League and the Art Walk, as well as budding plans for art in public places.

Sharyn Sakimoto leads the group as President.  The Executive Committee also includes VP Programs, Lynda Bjoin; VP Communications, Barbara Foster; VP Broadway in the Park, Mary Kauffman; VPs of Fund Development, Bonny Atzeff and Kathy Tarrant; Secretary, Pat Machado; Treasurer, Sue Legome; and Parliamentarian, Diane Aust.

For more information about this active nonprofit arts organization, visit www.tacfa.org.

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Valentine’s Day Concert

February 3, 2012

Some of your favorite love songs will be performed by the Voices of Tustin on Valentine’s Day.  The Voices of Tustin (VOT) is a program of the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts led by Tustin High’s David Peay.  Accompanist is Corey Hirsch, graduate of Foothill High and Julliard.  This dynamic duo has brought new life to this group of adult singers and membership has more than doubled under their leadership.

This month the group is presenting a special Valentine’s Day Concert partnering with the Tustin High Glee Club.  It will be at the new Orchard Hills School located at 11555 Culver Drive in Irvine.  Tickets are $5 at the door and the concert begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14.

Musical selections will include Beauty and the Beast, My Guy, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, and When I Fall in Love.  This community event promises great live vocals.  “If you can’t sing the love songs yourself, have people who can, do it for you! Come and enjoy a fun romantic night with your special someone or bring the whole family,” encouraged member Tony Wong.

The Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts is a 501 (c) (3) public benefit corporation.  Other programs include Broadway in the Park and the Barbara Benson Memorial Art Scholarships.

 

The Summer 2011 TACFA Spotlight can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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July 2011

Press Release contact:
Diane Aust
austretired@ca.rr.com

ARE YOU INTERESTED?

The Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts is looking for volunteers to serve on their Board for the 2012 year who are dedicated to promoting music, art, dance, and performance in the greater Tustin Area. Volunteers should be willing to commit time to monthly meetings as well as local art activities. To see the various projects that TACFA supports or to obtain an application for a Board position, please visit the website www.tacfa.org. Interested volunteers may call 714-518-5519 or email austretired@ca.rr.com.

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BROADWAY IN THE PARK

“It Takes a Village”

The eleventh annual Broadway in the Park is due to transform Tustin’s local Peppertree Park into an outdoor theatre for the full length musical production of Oliver! This amazing and professional event which will take place on August 16th -20th would not be possible without the support of the “Village” of Tustin. It takes a village of businesses and individuals alike who realize the value of offering an affordable Broadway musical to the families of Tustin and surrounding communities to open their “pockets” to make it possible for Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts’ signature program. We are proud to present this year’s business sponsors: ImagingBiz, North Tustin Veterinary Clinic, Barnhart Balfour Beatty, Enderle Center Management, Tustin Community Bank, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Tustin Area Woman’s Club, Tustin Hearing Center, AA Jewel Box, Acorn Naturalist, Buckley Ranch, California Bank and Trust, Kerry Givant, CFM/Merrill Lynch, i initial, Mumolo and Fortes, DDS, Fletcher Jones Motorcars, Red Hill Lutheran Church, Saddleback Chapel, Sunwest Sales Company and Tustin Ranch Golf Club.

Individual sponsors: Alberta S. Kimball Foundation, Greg and Kathy Anhaltzer, Murdy Foundation, George and Maxine Trotter, Jonathan and Laurie Abelove, Robert and Judi Jo Amy, Arvid Bollesen, Tak and Terry Kosakura, Chuck and Kathy Tarrant, Erma Jean Tracy, Bill and Faye Amneus, Jordan and Bonny Atzeff, Gerry and Diane Aust, John and Lynda Bjoin, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Cynthia Coad, Phil and Patti DiSaia, Jerry and Kathy Dunlap, Brent Ferdig, Vincent and Barbara Foster, John and Linda Garner, Peter and Gail Holden, Sue and Milton Legome, MD, Matt and Nancy Ivary, Bob and Dr. Pat Machado, Bob Casey, Mark and Debbie Ewing, Wendy Greene, Steve and Linda Jennings, Bill and Pat Podlich, Helen and Marshall Rowen, MD, and Lisa and David Stanton, MD.

We also want to acknowledge our in kind donors for offering their goods and services to defray expenses for the production: Ricci Realty, Barnhart Balfour Beatty, CR&R Waste Management, Andy Gump, Andrew and Sue McGuirk, Nationwide Printing, Anchor Printing, Tustin Awards, and Tustin Unified School District.

In addition to these donors, the “Village” of Tustin comes out to volunteer during the five night run, to raise money for their boosters by selling food, to perform in the show, and to play in the orchestra. Don’t miss out in this once a year opportunity guaranteed to be a lifelong experience and memory for all that attend. Go to TACFA.org for more information.

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July 16, 2011

Here Comes the TACFA Trolley!

On Saturday, July 23, 2011, a trolley filled with Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts board members and others will travel through Tustin to promote this year’s Broadway in the Park production of Oliver! As the trolley rolls along, music from the show will be playing, and song selections from Oliver! will be sung by Miss Tustin Court, Danielle Evans and 3rd Runnerup, Emma Hobson. The journey will start at North Hills Realty on 17th St. and stop at various places in Tustin, including Enderle Center, Tustin Library, and Costco (Bryan Ave). Trolley riders will hand out information regarding the show as well as balloons and lollypops for children.

TACFA has been presenting Broadway shows for the past 10 years in Peppertree Park. Tickets for Oliver are moderately priced at $14 each for pre-sale and afford families the opportunity to enjoy a professional production under the stars.  The show will run Tuesday-Saturday, 8/16-8/20/11. Tickets are available at  www.TACFA.org or at different locations in Tustin including the TACFA  booth at Concerts in the Park and the Tustin Senior Center.

For further information contact Arlene Simmons
714 953-0437
www.Arlenesmail.com

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Press release.  July 14, 2011

COMING SOON!   Broadway in the Park!

Time to make plans to attend the musical “Oliver!” in Peppertree Park in Old Town Tustin from August 16-20, 2011.

You will want to see the fabulous local talent in the show:   Athena Nailon (N. Tustin), Chelsea Scott (Irvine), David Kane (N. Tustin), Diego Guerra (Tustin), Emily Frazier (Tustin), Grace Verrall (Tustin), Halia Lindauer (Tustin), Jason Shube (Tustin), Jeff Mempin (Orange), John Hatherill (Tustin), Jonathan Delgado (Santa Ana), Judy Mina (Tustin), Melody Stolpp (Santa Ana), Patrick Nailon (N. Tustin), Sadie Wilcox (Santa Ana), Stu Eriksen (Santa Ana), Tom Proprofsky (Tustin), Xandra Long (Irvine), and Zachary Shube (Tustin).  These local stars will be joined by other outstanding performers and professionals.  David Allen Jones, seen on television in the Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital, will be starring as Fagin.   And, the show will be directed and choreographed by local musical talents: Ray Limon and Joshua Carr.

Tickets are on sale now at numerous local spots for $14 Adults and $12 Students.  Reserved tables are still available by contacting Nancy Ivary at mnivary@cox.net.  Information can be found on the TACFA website www.tacfa.org.

Don’t miss this entertaining and wonderful production!

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Press Release Contact: Mary Kauffman /  mjkauffman@aol.com
For Immediate Release
June 22, 2011

Oliver! Is Coming to Tustin-Buy Your Tickets Now!

Rehearsals will begin for The Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts’ (TACFA) flagship event, Broadway in the Park. This year features a vibrant production of Oliver! August 16-20 in Old Town Tustin’s Peppertree Park as TACFA presents its 11th consecutive summer show, featuring such well-loved songs as “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything,” and “As Long as He Needs Me.” Many area residents are involved in bringing this event to the community. People from both Tustin and greater Orange County serve on the steering committee, volunteer at performances, perform on stage, play in the orchestra, and enjoy participating as members of the audience. Theatrical Productions directs a professional cast of trained actors, musicians, singers, and dancers.

Several local merchants support this community event by selling tickets to the public: Acorn Naturalists, 155 El Camino Real; Chemers Art Gallery, 17300 E. 17th Street;; Scooter’s Stationers, 360 E. 1st Street; Soul at Home, 17612 E. 17th Street; Keyboard Concepts, 2886 El Camino Real in the Tustin Marketplace; Mrs. B’s, Main and El Camino Real; Whole Foods, The District Shopping Center; Ricci Realty, 616 E. Chapman Ave., Orange; TACFA Booth at Tustin’s Concerts in the Park as well as Tustin Senior Center, 200 S. C Street; and City of Tustin Parks and Recreation, 300 Centennial Way. Look for the counter card displaying the Oliver! logo. Ticket prices at these locations are discounted below ticket prices at the performance gate.

Tickets are also available online at www.tacfa.org. These early-purchase tickets are also sold at a discount and mailed to your home. Check the web site for prices and for information about seating. Reserved tables can also be purchased now, and special prices for group ticket orders of 25 or more are available.

Food will be available for purchase at Peppertree Park during the performance. Two local restaurants and Tustin civic and community organizations help feed a hungry crowd while making money for good causes. The local restaurants include Rutabegorz and Beach Pit BBQ; their menus are posted on the TACFA web site. Organizations participating this year are Beckman High School Wrestling Team, Knights of Pythias, Tustin Boys and Girls Club, Tustin High School Dance Team, Tustin Model United Nations, and Tustin High School Football Boosters. Save yourself the work of packing dinner and enjoy the wonderful selection of meal items, snacks, and beverages offered by all of these groups. You will be able to relax and have a good time while supporting local businesses and nonprofit causes.

This year’s production would not be possible without the generous support of these major sponsors: Alberta S. Kimball/Greg and Kathy Anhaltzer, Murdy Foundation/George and Maxine Trotter, Imaging Biz, North Tustin Veterinary Clinic, Robert and Judi Jo Amy, Barnhart Balfour Beatty, Arvid Bollesen, CR&R Waste Services, Enderle Center Management, Andy Gump, Tak and Terry Kosakura, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McGuirk, Chuck and Kathy Tarrant, Erma Jean Tracy, Tustin Community Bank. Other donors include Bill and Fay Amneus, Jordan and Bonny Atzeff, Gerry and Diane Aust, John and Lynda Bjoin, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Cynthia Coad, Phil and Patti DiSaia, Jerry and Kathy Dunlap, Brent Ferdig, John and Linda Garner, Peter and Gail Holden, Matt and Nancy Ivary, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Tustin Area Woman’s Club, Tustin Hearing Center, and a very generous anonymous donor. Contributions from other individuals, businesses, and corporations in all amounts are also important in bringing this event to the community and can be viewed at www.TACFA.org.

TACFA is a philanthropic organization dedicated to developing and fostering the arts in the greater Tustin area through school outreach programs, scholarships for art education, and support and showcasing of local artists. Visit our web site or call 714 518 5519 for more information.

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Press Release Contact:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Barbara Foster

May 25, 2011 (714) 832-0982

TACFA Celebrates the Arts in the City of Tustin

Music and art will abound at the First Annual Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts Gala to be held Friday, June 24th at the charming Wilcox Manor in Old Town Tustin. Festivities will include acknowledgment of the fact that the City of Tustin has been fertile ground for all the arts programs the group has developed over the years. Although TACFA is particularly well known for Broadway in the Park each August in Peppertree Park, it will also use this opportunity to introduce some of its scholarship winners and selected student artwork from its Art Masters program and from its Student Art Invitational.

TACFA provides the Art Masters program to six underserved schools in the Tustin Unified School District serving nearly 3000 students annually. This program and others will directly benefit from this event.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour followed by entertainment, presentations, dinner. The cost is $60 per person and includes two drinks, dinner, dessert and wine at each table. There will also be an opportunity drawing for a reserved table for this year’s Broadway in the Park production of Oliver!

Sponsorship opportunities include The Rembrandt Level for VIP seating for $1500 for a table of ten and the Warhol Level for $1000, also for a table of ten. All sponsors will be acknowledged at the event.

Dress will be semi-formal with black tie optional and complimentary valet service will be provided. Seating is limited to 200. For further information, to request an invitation or make a donation, please contact Barbara Foster at (714) 832-0982 or barbarafoster1@cox.net.

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2011

Broadway in the Park Returns to Peppertree Park in 2011

The Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) revealed the name of this year’s Broadway in the Park Production at an invitation-only party at Zov’s Bistro in Enderle Center on March 14, 2011. Mary Kauffman, Broadway in the Park Chairperson, pulled back the red drape to uncover the musical’s name. This year August 16-20 the musical “Oliver!” will be presented in Old Town Tustin’s Peppertree Park. Everyone was very excited to see the name of such a well-known musical!

Entertainment from “Oliver!” was provided by David Allen Jones, who has been cast as Fagin, and Michaelia Mendoza. They were accompanied by Richard Abraham on the keyboard. Delicious hors d’ oeuvres were provided by Zov’s.

Included among the guests were the Tustin City Council Members: Mayor Jerry Amante, John Nielsen, Deborah Gavello, Beckie Gomez, and Al Murray. They were joined by TUSD School Board Trustee Jonathan Abelove’s wife, Laurie. Others on hand were Erin Nielsen, Executive Director of the Tustin Community Foundation; Dr. Cynthia Coad, former Orange County Supervisor, and her husband, Dr. Tom Coad; Gerry Aust of Tustin-Santa Rotary and the Tustin Public Schools Foundation. Generous donors in attendance were Greg, Kathy, and Kira Anhaltzer (the Alberta Kimball Foundation), Robert and Judi Jo Amy, Al Enderle (Enderle Center), Brent Ferdig, Rita and Mickey Chemers, Allan and Georgine Uyesugi, Arv Bollesen, Curtis Kauffman, Stu and Joyce Eriksen, and Mary and Jake Hill of Tustin Awards.

One memorable song from “Oliver!” is Consider Yourself Part of the Family…….