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Articles by Andrew Perez

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at the Lamplighters Community Theatre this holiday season with the staging of “A Christmas Cabaret”, an uproariously fun and joyful take on classic Christmas standards.

Directed by Shirley Johnston and produced by Raylene J Wall, “Cabaret” was a delight from start to finish with many standout vocalists among the small ensemble.

It is a dark and stormy wintery night in 1955. Eight people have taken shelter from the raging blizzard inside a quaint little hole-in-the-wall diner near the Kansas City border. Before the night is through these disparate strangers will learn a thing or two about love, friendship, and life.   

That is the premise of playwright William Inge’s 1955 dramedy “Bus Stop,” which is being staged in an amazing production by Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre.

Fingers move across the fret board of the guitar with delicate intensity as the bow on the fiddle sings a familiar sad song about a hotel in California. One can almost feel the warm sun on the skin and hear the gentle waves as they crash upon the rocky shore.

Classically trained fiddler/violinist Alex Depue and guitarist Miguel De Hoyos are masters of their craft and they weaved their spell on the enraptured audience at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre.

Yuletide cheer came to roaring life at Skyline Church thanks to Youth Choir of San Diego, who offered up delightful little bonbons of Christmas standards both old and new. Their angelic voices wafted through the chilly winter air, warming the crowd’s hearts with visions of sugarplums and chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Vaudeville is alive and kicking in San Diego thanks to Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre production of Bill Irwin and Mark O’Donnell’s “Scapin” (Scu-pan), now playing through Nov. 22.