Monday, May 21, 2007

Unearthing a Los Angeles Gem


Last night I went with friends Patti Newler and her hubby, Ira Clark, to see The Wiz at the Amazing Grace Conservatory. The purpose of this expedition was two-fold. 1) I was continuing to fulfil a promise to myself to get out more socially, especially where the arts are concerned, and 2) the see Paris Montgomery, son of fellow law firm inmate, Khalil Mack, perform in the role of the Wiz.

What a wonderful night it was! The production was rousing, energetic and very professional. All of the kids, from the little Munchins to the top players, were top notch and sang and danced their hearts out. My personal favorite was the lion, played by a young man who brought such personality to the part you wanted to stomp your feet with joy every time he was on stage. But to be fair, I could have watched the Tin Man and the Scarecrow dance all night.

The AGC is only a 10-15 minute drive from my apartment and until now was totally unknown to me. One thing is for sure, it will not remain an unknown. This theatrical training institute provides professional training in dance, theatre and voice to kids ranging in ages 7-21 and many go on to have solid careers in the entertainment business. This year the AGC celebrated its 10th anniversary.

If you live in the Los Angeles area, look into this neighborhood gem and support them in their productions. Word is they are performing Chicago in August. I can't wait!

1 comment:

Keith Raffel said...

Good luck to you as you dance the yellow brick road to authorial fame and fortune freed from SinC responsibilites!