Hello Orange County. I’m Alex Bueno. And I’m Matt Takahashi and this is SGN OC: a feel-good show about good feeling things That’s right, Matt! And we all like things that make us feel good. Sure thing Alex, because good is the opposite of bad and who likes bad news? Not I Matt, not I.
I mean that would be crazy to like bad things, right? You’d be insane. You’d be an insane person to prefer bad news over good news I could not agree with you more Matt. Good news all the way. Absolutely! We’re stalling because we don’t have much to report, aren’t we? Right you are Matt, right you are.
And now for some good news! Work! Turn to the left. Work! Now turn to the right. Sashay, shantae! Since 2008, the Survivor Strut Fashion Show has helped raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The fundraiser is the brainchild of three-time Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, Diane Callahan. I owe my life to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and so it’s all about making sure that they have the money they need to fund the research that will help other people survive as well.
In the past, the well-heeled fashion show has been held in front of a live audience. But last year due to COVID 19 uh the show was cancelled. This year Callahan came up with the idea to host it virtually, thanks to the Tommy Day Junior Foundation and Day Family Classic Cars museum in Corona.
The fashion show featured 20 men, women and children, all cancer survivors, strutting down the rows of shiny classic cars. You better work! Cover girl. Work it, girl! Now give us a twirl! Matt? As the former SGN OC holiday correspondent, I have a soft spot for feel good holiday stories and this past mother’s day was no exception.
Tyron Jackson, a behavioral interventionist with the Tustin Unified School District operates Operation Warm Wishes, a group that wants to help any person in need. For Mother’s Day, he partnered with The Black Marlin Restaurant in Tustin to make pancakes and deliver them to moms in need throughout Orange County.
The reigning Miss Tustin Laura Price even helped deliver them. If you’d like more information about Operation Warm Wishes, visit www.operationwarmwishes.com While you’re there, please consider donating, because Tyron, recognizing the difficulties many people are facing financially right now, paid for the entire event out of his own pocket! [Sounds of scatting] For those of you who are jazz-acly challenged, I was scatting.
See scatting it’s a jazz vocal style using emotive and nonsense syllables instead of words. And The Muckenthaler Cultural Center is no stranger to jazz music. Their annual festival, The Muk Jazz Festival opened on May 13th without a hitch! As the sun began to set, and patrons filled in, a quartet of talented jazz musicians from Cal State Fullerton warmed up the crowd.
The ever popular group, Cow Bop took the stage. They and the audience then received a warm welcome from Muk CEO Farrell Hirsch, who later said that the joy coming from everyone around him was palpable.
Matt? Is your goal to live to be a hundred years old? Well, Desiree Ingle beat you to it! Since, the Anaheim resident recently celebrated her own big milestone. If you haven’t heard Desiree’s list of accomplishments during that time, buckle up, because it is one wild ride! She first came to Southern California as a newlywed having escaped the Nazis during World War II.
After raising three kids and working a full-time job, she fell in love with art and earned her bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton in her 50s and then earned her master’s in her 70s! She now teaches art, is a competitive scrabble player, and spelling bee contestant.
Her secret to longevity: loving people and making the best of what life has to offer. That’s great advice considering her next goal is to live to 200! Thanks Matt. Now, normally I would go right into a segment we call Pandemic Parenting or P.
P. but when things started to be on the up and up again, we hear at SGN thought Pandemic Parenting just wasn’t the right title anymore And so now, I’d like to introduce you to Passive Parenting or P.
P.: where we remind you what you’re doing is good enough. What are you doing? I’m bored. Go bang your head against the wall.. Mom!! Only boring people are bored. [music from “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” plays] P.
P. tip number eight: getting your kids to wear sunscreen. Now this can be an absolute nightmare I mean kids complaining that the sunscreen is too greasy or the sunscreen spray smells so bad or the sunscreen got in their eyes and now they’re blind and on and on and on and on Well I’d like to show you that there are other ways to protect your kids from getting sunburned.
One: you can follow them around with an umbrella. Two: you can cover every inch of their body with clothing or Three: you can simply tell them anything the light touches is lava. I heard kids love that game.
This tip brought to you by Mommy’s Anonymous. Matt? So many things bring me joy. the smell of freshly cut grass, a beautiful blue sky, the angels… the baseball team, not the city, and hearing what brings other people joy Which brings us to our next segment: Dose of Joy.
In this episode’s Dose of Joy, we ask Chance Theater’s Associate Artistic Director Jocelyn Brown… Jocelyn, what brings you joy? Getting out into nature and taking advantage of our beautiful coastline.
Here I am at Baby Beach in Dana Point right next to the Ocean Institute and what gives me a dose of joy is getting to go hiking or kayaking or paddle boarding and then relax on the beach or to participate in a beach cleanup to help keep plastics out of our oceans to help preserve this essential natural resource Oh, thanks Jocelyn! You know, I have to say that was a super inspiring Dose of Joy.
Speaking of inspiring, now it’s time to hand it over to someone who inspires me each and every day: Laura Hathaway. Community Spotlight! What are you doing here?! James, can we please get out of your bathroom now?? James?? Why are we in my bathroom? What is going on?!? What am I wearing? Where am I? [hushed] Do the.
.. the laptop! Just look at the… Wait a minute… Am I hosting Chance Encounters? Am I James McHale?! um I can’t be hosting Chance Encounters because I don’t have a cat! [meow] I have a cat! [hushed] Look at the.
. no look at the laptop! Start the Sweat interview! Okay… Hi gentlemen! Thanks so much for uh being here with me today! Ah thank you so much for having us. Thank you, thank you. Thank you for having me It’s my pleasure! um So let’s get started uh Tell me a little bit about the play you’re both in: Sweat.
Uh my character is Chris and it mainly just talks about life from uh the year 2000 uh around this kind of a community or family that all more or less reside at this bar that we all go to and you kind of get to see what happens um when this an event happens which is something that goes on with uh um their plant that they work at is outsourcing work and this is kind of like what how do they navigate that new space um when it’s like work is being taken away from them and then there’s other people coming in and then it’s kind of like you know they don’t have as much as as a union that they thought they had and how it is they’re trying to reclaim kind of like their own agency.
I play um Jason who works at the plant with the rest of the crew and he’s also impacted by the layoffs and the cuts that the plant are starting to make um and he makes some wrong choices. Some really really wrong choices and it puts them down a downward spiral I think that’s kind of Jason’s M.
O. is is basically to survive. That’s all he’s kind of known since his father passed and that’s what he’s trying to uh he’s trying to do in prison and so again he’s making some some wrong choices and um he has to face those choices when he gets out of prison and um eventually him and Chris have to face it together and they do so and I think it makes this play you know beautiful in its own because of that so.
uh What are uh some of the themes in the show that resonate with you that pulled you towards auditioning for this particular show? You know it’s funny, when I auditioned for the show I found it on Playbill and um I wasn’t even on the list Ikind of uh just just showed up.
Bombed the auditioning process then I ended up um getting the role so.. You know I think the sense of family, you know, and the close community they all live in I can relate to personally because I’m from a small a small town of Cape May, New Jersey.
so um I’ve been wanting to play Jason since I had seen Sweat on Broadway in 2017 so Hi Dalia thanks so much for joining us! Hi, hi thanks for having me. It’s my pleasure. um So tell me a little bit about your character in Sweat.
Tracy. I play Tracy. Tracy’s one of the members of the ensemble and I really do feel it’s an ensemble piece, and tracy has been in Redding, Pennsylvania her entire life and so as um was her father, her grandfather, she’s you know she’s I’ve been there for a very long time and is a woman who really takes pride in what she does and the value of the union you know her son works at the factory and she has this very close relationship with Cynthia and Jessie and everyone actually I think she’s definitely the sort of woman who who feels like you know if two plus two equals four like if I do this, I do that you know I will be rewarded.
I will be protected. Tell me a little bit about the process from rehearsal to filming to kind of the whole– the whole thing, anybody who wants to take it? Well it’s been a very unique process certainly for for anyone involved in any sort of performing art form in that we spent a year on zoom because we’re in this little box we’re really forced to look at each other’s eyes in a certain sense so we’re not reading each other’s bodies we’re looking in each other’s eyes which gives you a certain a different aspect a different entry point into the character.
Once we got to the Chance Theater, it was amazing, it was fantastic because we were able to actually connect with human beings in in that regard you know in terms of a rehearsal process where you’re actually able to develop the story live with a human being, I feel like I, I wish we had more of that but so I feel like that I feel like filming it was our rehearsal um The times when we got to rehearse and I wasn’t on stage with Darrin or someone I got to watch everybody and I said it many times I was like wow this is a really well casted um thing you know I think about like plays and performances kind of like jazz so it’s like everybody was such a very fine-tuned instrument and it was really nice once we actually got in the groove of it all you could just hear the musicality of it you could see how everyone played and like yeah, I’m very looking forward to actually seeing it on uh the zoom or the link through Chance.
So a chance encounter is a fortuitous accident. So we always end the our interviews with this question which is: um what unexpected experience did you have rehearsing and filming Sweat that’s having a lasting impact on you? Darrin taught me judo, I mean uh jiu jitsu that was my Chance Encounter.
I got to yeah I’m so [ __ ] I’m laughing you didn’t get to say it bro! I was like yeah I got a little bit of jiu jitsu during uh rehearsals you know we we’d uh in the dressing room yeah yeah yeah it was some great bonding you know you just get to learn different locks and roles and different things and like for me that really uh sparked something in myself where i’m like I– I got the itch like I look forward to um going down in that that practice but uh yeah that was my chance encounter.
I got to I got a chance to learn jiu jitsu a little bit. I always enjoy being a part of a cast that’s you know everyone comes from different walks of life and then for whatever reason this production brings us together for a moment in time and it’s a time that we’re never going to get back and you get to meet you know everyone from different walks of life and uh whatever reason our our journeys meet then and there and we get to know each other a little bit and then we go on our separate ways and it’s just uh yeah just meeting new people I think is the best part about it And you were together as a cast for a year before you filmed this whole thing right? I wasn’t to be honest Oh, you were an interloper.
I was originally cast as Jason um and then I had to leave for personal reasons um and then I, I think the other Jason had a conflict and um Elena had called me up and brought me back, so I was very fortunate to be able to, you know, as as I said it’s been a play I’ve been dying to do since 2017 and um so I, I had to do some catch up and um so it was, it was fun.
Well I had a chance to be at the Chance and to really be a part of that family which is so amazing and the whole community, excellent food. And I did have the chance to really see Darrin and Elijah in action in their jiu jitsu which was really uh interesting because it came after uh you know spending a solid hour of physical combat on stage and these guys are rolling around in the dressing room so um Is there anything that uh we didn’t talk about today that you’re dying to tell me about? Watch Sweat, when it comes out.
Watch um thats a sound bite.. Should we watch Sweat? It is an it’s a powerful story, it’s well written, and I think there’s a lot that every– anyone watching this this show will get out of it.
So I really hope people enjoy the show and I, I truly look forward to seeing it myself. Thank you so much for being here and thank you so much for giving us your talent and your time. um We’re all just excited to see the show! Thank you.
Same, same. Thank you, thank you so much. Yeah, thank you for having us. It’s my pleasure! Wow… the new host of Chance Encounters! [Chance Encounters guitar theme] Back to you, Alex! Thanks Laura. Now that everything is starting to open back up you or a loved one may be lacking the motivation to get out of the house go places see people and get back to normal.
Well this brings us to our next segment: Life After Lockdown [solemn opera music, with the sound of falling rain] [outdoor sounds] [slamming sound with logo, followed by writing sound revealing Life After Lockdown] Look, I know this is a change, but I think it’s time.
I think it’s time for me to get off this couch and get back outside and get out there now that things are going back to normal, life is gonna be okay! [meow] Are you stuck on the couch watching The Office again, For the 27th time? Do you need some words of wisdom to help you put that remote down? Well, this next segment is for you and we like to call it Dear Darryl Dear Darryl, I’ve been doing nothing but binge watching shows.
I think i’ve been missing out on lots of things, but I just can’t tear myself away from the tv. Help! Hulu-ser… Dear Hulu-ser, Remember Netflix allows you 15 seconds between episodes to figure out what you’re going to do with your life I suggest you take it.
Our OC premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, which is getting fantastic reviews, is playing Thursdays through Sundays through July 18th. Tickets are now on sale for the OC premiere of Edges, the first musical written by Pasik and Paul, the award-winning songwriters behind Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land and The Greatest Showman.
This is going to be our first live in-person production since Fun Home closed in March 2020, so don’t miss it! Our Veterans Speak Up performance with all female veteran participants is still available to watch online through July 11th.
We have live performances of original shows written and performed by our summer youth programs Teens Speak Up will perform on July 24th and 25th and Spectrum Speak Up will perform on August 1st. Cyber Chats: we are hosting Cyber Chats every other Friday night.
Watch the shows online and then join us for a virtual discussion of the show with Chance artists. Of course check out our other online series Chance Encounters featuring interviews with past Chance artists and spotlight interviews.
and Stage FAQs answers your frequently asked questions about the Chance and theater in general and funny one minute TikTok videos. And finally, be sure to save the date for our annual gala fundraiser which will be coming up on September 25th at the beautiful home of Bette and Wylie Aitken in Anaheim Hills you can find out more about everything at chancetheater.
com And most importantly we want to hear from you OC. Send us your good news: stories, pictures, videos. Send them our way. Email us at email@example.com and help us highlight local heroes and moments of joy.
For SGN OC, I’m Matt Takahashi. And I’m Alex Bueno. Until next time, Stay citrus, Orange County. Okay, who wants pizza? I’ll go grab it. I have to take my car out. I haven’t driven it in 15 months. Hope she still works! Can’t forget my phone, all right.
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