The Golden Age of Hollywood Comes to Life in La Salle High School's "City of Angels"

Published : Friday, March 22, 2019 | 4:50 AM

When Hollywood offers New York novelist Stine the opportunity to adapt his books into a film for the silver screen, he packs up and moves to the home of perennial sunshine, palm trees, and stars. Tony award-winning City of Angels moves between the beautiful Technicolor world of Hollywood and Stine’s glamorous film noir-in-progress of the same title. While Stine’s movie plays out in black and white, Stine finds the dangerous temptations of the world of Los Angeles – the distraction of women, the lure of fame, and the artistic compromises being made right and left – all too colorful. Witty and glamorous, City of Angels features a sensational jazz score, including popular songs, “You Can Always Count on Me,” “Tennis Song,” and “I’m Nothing Without You.”

La Salle College Preparatory’s Department of Arts and Media 16-year veteran, Dr. Jude Lucas, directs the production and set design, and remarks, “It is an absolute delight to travel back in time with this talented cast and crew of over 50 students who have worked so hard to deliver excellence and enthusiasm for this musical.”

Performances include: Friday, March 22, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 24, 4 p.m.; Friday, March 29, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and closing night is Sunday, March 31, 4 p.m. For tickets and information, call hotline 626-696-4415 or email Tickets are Adults: $17 and Students: $10 (any student, regardless of school or age). The performances will be held at Porticos Art Space, on the grounds of St. James Methodist Church, located at 2033 E. Washington Boulevard. Pasadena, CA 91104.

The cast of “City of Angels” includes La Salle College Preparatory students (in alphabetical order):

Emma Adams (Angel City Vocals, Del Dacosta, Mahoney, Orderly); Justin Chang (Angel City Vocals, Barber, Officer Pasco, Orderly, Studio Cop); Sophie Chiara (Donna, Oolie); Brooke Colton (Angel City Vocals); Alyssa Cortes (Bobbi, Gabby), Ben Damir (Stine); Sebastian deKansky (Stone); Maya Enrequez (Carla Haywood, Alaura Kingsley); James Fall (Peter Kingsley, Jimmy Powers); Sara Fraser (Anna, Hairdresser, Manicurist); Giana Froio (Commissioner Gaines); Leyna Hong (Angel City Vocals, Cinematographer, Yamato); Camille Kennedy (Carla Haywood, Alaura Kingsley); Pierce Nakamura (Angel City Vocals); Joshua Ng (Munoz, Pancho Vargas); Evelyn Ogier (Angel City Vocals, Gene, Dr. Mandril); Amanda Paulak (Angel City Vocals, Bootsie, Margie); Mia Pavon (Avril Raines, Stand-In); Drew Pickett (Buddy Fidler, Irwin S. Irving); Elijah Reyes (Stone); Gabi Rizzi (Bootsie, Margaret, Margie); Lily Savenga (Mallory Kingsley, Avril Raines); Clayton Searcy (Buddy Fidler, Irwin S. Irving, Sonny Drew Pickett); Emmett Sloan (Stine); Vincent Vazira (Big Six, Studio Cop); Kaiya Wilson (Bobbi, Gabby); Malia Wilson (Angel City Vocals); and Sophie Woodman (Oolie, Donna).

Additionally, the cast includes Mr. Scott DoVale (Luther Kingsley).

The technical crew includes: Sarah Aguirre (Stage Crew/ Follow Spot Operator); Natalie Bahou (Costume Mistress); Connor Brown (Stage Manager/ Lighting Engineer); Abbey Christopher (Costume Mistress); Jack Conlon (Assistant Backstage Manager); Cameron Coolidge (Stage Crew); Grace Elia (Follow Spot Operator/Props); Olivia Hilsendager (Scenic Artist); Kees Hood (Backstage Manager); Mr. William Lucas (Lead Carpenter); Mrs. Carol Man Lee (Instrumental Music Direction / Conductor); Kate Mena (Sound Engineer), Sarah Milad (Stage Crew); Pierce Nakamura (Film Production / Crew); Mr. David Needles (Acting / Dialogue Coach); Katie Nuzzi (Properties, Mic Wrangler); Miles Ogden (Scenic Artist); Miss Amelia Parks (Costume Consultant / Coordinator); Dr. Doug Rynerson (Technical Direction / Lighting Design); Mr. Ian Schular (Scenic Artist); Jaden Steinhoff (Film Production /Scenic Artist / Crew); Evan Steinhoff (Film Director/Editor/Sound); Gianna Vazira (Properties Mistress); and Keira Wight (Box Office/ Photography).

The musicians are: Joshua Dacumos (Keyboard); Juliane Gralle* (Trombone 1); Melanie Hoffman* (Trumpet 2); Aidan Holland (Percussion); Ashley Jarmack* (Woodwind 1), Nathan Lee (Woodwind 2); Long Lin (Drum Kit); Sherry Luchette* (Bass); Glenda Smith* (Trumpet 1); Sam Southard III (Violin 1); Nathan Stearns* (Trombone 2); and Mina Thoresen (Violin 2).

La Salle College Preparatory, located in Pasadena, is dedicated to excellent student performance in academics, arts and athletics. Of particular importance is La Salle’s call to carry out the mission established by its founder, Saint John Baptist De La Salle, “to give a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor.” Lancer athletics, student life, visual and performing arts, honors and service societies, student clubs and organizations, and student television broadcasts and publications provide a healthy and warm community atmosphere for all La Salle students. Contact La Salle High School, 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 351-8951 or visit







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