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FCLO Music Theatre's "John Raitt Awards for Youth" Candidate Elizabeth Romero Wins National Title


Elizabeth Romero, of Huntington Beach High School, won the national best actress award at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards on June 25, on the Minskoff Broadway Stage, and was awarded a $10,000 scholarship check plus an opportunity to apply for a four year scholarship at NYU. 


Romero and Adam Levy of Orange County School of the Arts, were selected for the national competition by FCLO Music Theatre as part of its John Raitt Awards for Youth program--named after the late Broadway star.  Levy will also be featured on the PBS series.

OC Arts Community Loses Two Distinguished Arts Patrons


   Donna Crean                  William Roberts

The Orange County arts community mourns the loss of two outstanding patrons who contributed generously of their time and money to many of its organizations.


Donna Crean died July 20 at the age of 82.  Together with her late husband John, founder of Fleetwood Enterprises (manufacturer of mobile homes and travel trailers), Donna was a ubiquitous presence at arts events and opened their spacious home on a frequent basis to charitable organizations of all types to conduct fund raising events.  Read the obituary in the Orange County Register.


On August 5, William Roberts died at the age of 80.  Bill was a founder and Chairman of Emulex Corporation (computer technology).  He and his wife Barbara have been major contributors to the arts.  He served as the second Board president of Arts Orange County and he personally volunteered his time to build the very first websites of several of Orange County's largest arts organizations.  He also served on the boards of Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Opera Pacific.  Among their significant gifts, Bill and Barbara Roberts donated $1 million to the campaign to build the new concert hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and $1 million to South Coast Repertory's expansion campaign.  Read the obituary in the Orange County Register.

New Name & Look for OC High School of the Arts


Now celebrating its 25th year as one of the premier arts schools in the nation, the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) has shed the word "High" from its name, recognizing that this tuition-free, donation-dependent, public charter school located in Santa Ana serves grades 7-12 with its dual arts and academic programs.  It has re-branded with a new logo, new website and a downloadable mobile app.


Incidentally, OCSA was mentioned in the New York Times and other national media this week in obituaries for the composer Marvin Hamlisch, quoting remarks he made there about the importance of arts education.






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Kelly Ruggirello, President and CEO of Pacific Chorale, has been elected President of the Board of Directors of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO).  ACSO is a statewide service organization comprised of classical music managers, conductors, musicians, educators, trustees and volunteers.

She was elected at the 2012 conference held last month in San Francisco.


Oanh Nguyen, Artistic Director of Anaheim's Chance Theater, has been elected to LA's 99 Seat Producer Transitional Committee. This exploratory committee will recommend by-laws and best practices to the entire body of professional theatere producers for adoption and creation of a Greater Los Angeles Producers' League, to be approved by the producing community at large.  Nguyen also serves as Producing Associate at South Coast Repertory.   More info.


VSA California, a statewide organization that makes the arts accessible to people of all abilities through providing arts, education, and cultural opportunities by, with, and for people with disabilities, will now occupy office space at Arts Orange County.  Its Executive Director, Troy Botello, previously served as Director of Education and Community Programs at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.











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