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Art Shows and More From TACFA

tacfa_logo_forWebThe Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts, the folks that put on our wonderful Broadway in the Park every year, has presented a full schedule of events coming in late March and April.

Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarship

For our artistically inclined students, TACFA will award the Barbara Benson Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to High School Seniors enrolled in either pubic or private Tustin High Schools. Up to seven $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to seniors graduating in June. Applicants must intend to pursue an education in visual or performing arts at a college, university or professional training program after graduation. Applications and more information are available online at Applications are due by March 23th so don’t delay.

Annual Student Art Invitational

Middle and high school art students will have a chance to win cash prizes while displaying their art for Tustinites at the Annual Student Art Invitiational held April 1st through the 29th in the Tustin Senior Center art gallery. According to the press release, student created works include a variety of visual media including ceramics, 3-D, photography and graphics in a variety of media. Art will be judged by professional artists with a reception recognizing the winners to be held on April 15th at 5:3- pm. The gallery will be open 8-5 daily at the Tustin Senior Center in Peppertree Park.

Viewpoints: Orange County 2015

Rounding out the month is the Viewpoints: Orange County 2015 All-media Juried Show. The 8th annual exhibit will feature professional and amateur artists throught Orange County. More than 40 artists will present 80 original artworks in various media including acrylic, pastel, watercolor and photograpy. Judging will be done by winning artist Greg LaRock, a plein air artist from Newport Beach. Greg has won numerous awards around the country for his artwork and is sought after for plein air workshops. The show and display are located at the Chemers Gallery in the Enderle Center. Of coruse this makes for the beginning of a great day that could be followed by dessert at Zov’s Bistro and a Cigar at the Epicure cigar lounge.

TACFA has a pretty full schedule this year although they have not yet announced the Broadway in the Park selection. Broadway in the Park will run August 18-22. As usual, I expect a call for volunteers as well as the usual casting call for local talent to round out the company. You can receive updates on Broadway in the Park and other TACFA activities by signing up on their website here.

On Broadway, In Old Town

Turn up  the lights, tune up the orchestra, as we get ready for a Tustin Old Town Tradition.

Next week is the week Broadway comes to our town. The Tustin Area Council for the Fine Arts is, once again, hosting Broadway in the Park at Peppertree Park in Old Town Tustin. This is their 12th annual production of a hit Broadway play. Combining professional actors and support crews with local and amateur talent, TACFA seeks to bring a piece of the Big Apple to Old Town.

From their press release:

TACFA’s 2012 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific will run August 21-25 in Peppertree Park!

With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, South Pacific draws from James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific, combining elements of several of the stories in that book. (more…)

TACFA’s signature program, Broadway in the Park (BITP) is perfectly aligned with the Council’s mission to develop, showcase and support the arts within the greater Tustin area.

BITP is a first class musical production with a professional cast that offers affordable Broadway musical theater to people who live in the city and nearby communities. This popular event has a large and enthusiastic audience every night of its five-night run. And low-ticket prices ensure that everyone can afford to attend.

BITP is promoted extensively throughout the area, and has received broad coverage in local newspapers, bringing recognition and esteem to TACFA partners, sponsors and donors.

Family-friendly fare is not easy to find these days, but the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA), in association with Theatrical Productions, Inc. provides quality family entertainment at family-friendly prices!

My family and I have attended nearly every year. This is probably one of the biggest local events you will enjoy. The open air theater of Peppertree Park is transformed into a Broadway theater with a twist…. you bring your own seating and dinner with you. Some enjoy the convenience of table settings that offer a premium view. Others enjoy the simplicity of sitting in a couple of comfortable beach chairs while enjoying a glass of wine and a picnic dinner. If you are too busy to cook, you will fine plenty of food for a reasonable price. And, if your wine cellar is looking poorly stocked, fear not. The TACFA folks have made sure the wine will flow.

The first Broadway in the Park saw the production of “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat”. Other productions include, “Oklahoma”, “The Music Man”, and last year’s production, “Oliver!” I won’t say each year gets better and better. That’s because each year has brought it’s unique talent coupled with outstanding stories to the stage for Tustin to enjoy.

Tickets are still available on-line and may still be available at local shops in Old Town.