Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, March 10, 2018

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The play runs March 23-25 and March 30-31 at the Sierra Madre Playhouse 

Duarte, Calif – March 5, 2018 – California School of 
the Arts – San Gabriel Valley (CSArts-SGV) continuesits partnership with the Sierra Madre Playhouse as theschool’s Acting Conservatory students head back to thetheater for “The Importance of Being Earnest,” their thirdplay of the school year (previously “The Yellow Boat” and“Elephant’s Graveyard”). Together with a cast of studentsfrom grades nine through 11, the Victorian-inspired setand costuming takes the audience back to turn of the 19thcentury. This lighthearted play, written by Oscar Wilde,
is a classic satirical dramedy that highlights the humorfound in an unlikely, outrageous situation.

Jay Wallace, CSArts-SGV’s School of Theatre Chair, 
says this play is a staple in theater and a rite of passage 
for young actors who are mastering the “Comedy 
of Manners” genre. “This comedic masterpiece has 
remained an audience favorite for over 120 years because 
Oscar Wilde’s voice still delights with stinging, hilarious 
social commentary. Our young artists connect with 
the material as much as audiences did in 1895, when 
it debuted as a provocative, mischievous satire unlike 
anything seen or heard before on the British stage,” says 

In the performance, students have the opportunity toshine light on an array of societal conventions. “From thedual-life scrapes of the play’s privileged young gentlemento the paternalism faced by the forward-thinking youngladies who are eager to bend the rules of engagementin their favor, every character on our stage represents aunique cultural heritage, interwoven into the fabric of aturn-of-the-century British society that was struggling tokeep up with fast-changing times,” says the play’s director,
Jer Adrianne Lelliott. 

Lelliott is an instructor at CSArts-SGV and is also 
the artistic director of Coeurage Theatre Company inLos Angeles. Her directing highlights include “TheTwo Kids That Blow S#!t Up” for Artists at Play (WorldPremiere, Ovation Recommended), “Blackbird” (OvationRecommended) at GTC Burbank and “Vieux Carré,” “The 

Woodsman” and “Andronicus” for Coeurage TheatreCompany.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” takes place March23, 24, 30, 31 at 7:30 p.m., and March 25, 31 at 2 p.m. at theSierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., SierraMadre, CA 91024. Tickets are available online for $20 at Tickets will also be sold atthe door for $22. 

About California School of the Arts – San Gabriel 

California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley(CSArts-SGV) provides a creative, challenging andnurturing environment that offers bright and talentedstudents unparalleled preparation for higher educationand a profession in the arts. CSArts-SGV is modeled afterthe award-winning arts and academic programs of OrangeCounty School of the Arts (OCSA), one of the premierarts schools in the country.

The public charter school opened on Aug. 14, 2017 
in a unique public-private partnership with the Duarte 
Unified School District, and is a tuition-free, donation 
dependent program. CSArts-SGV is currently accepting 
applications for the 2018-2019 school year, which will 
serve students in grades seven through 12. Prospective 
students are encouraged to attend Preview Day on March 
24, 2018. Applications are being accepted only until 
enrollment is full. 

CSArts-SGV students study in one of the 10 artsconservatories offered including acting, classical &
contemporary dance, commercial dance, creative writing,
instrumental music, integrated arts, musical theatre,
production & design, visual arts and vocal arts. Studentsreceive opportunities to participate in master classes,
guest artist presentations, field trips and performances,
as well as a variety of campus clubs and activities. Smallstudent/teacher ratios in academic and arts classes allowfor personalized attention to students. CSArts-SGV islocated at 1401 Highland Avenue, Duarte, Calif. For more

information, visit 



For most people, summer camp is just something they didfor a couple of weeks as a kid but for many it was much morethan that. As someone who has experienced summer campas both a camper and a counselor, I can tell you that it willnot only give the parents a rest but can also change a kid’s lifefor the better. 

Summer camp gave me the confidence to be a stay-athome 
dad and to self-publish a book based on the gamesand activities that filled my summers. A website was createdto promote the book but What To Do With The Kids is nowa big part of my professional life and reaches people fromaround the world. 

Summer camp was a great experience for me as a kidgrowing up in a government town and has created somelife-long friends and memories. With that in mind, here aremy top 10 reasons why you should send your kid to summer 

1. It gets them out of town
For kids living in a city, there aren’t many parks and theparks that are there are not very big and are usually crowded.
If you’re lucky there’s a swimming pool or splash pad nearbyand for those living in a house, the backyard can get boringand if you live in a new house, chances are your backyard isthe size of a postage stamp. Kids in smaller towns can also getbored with the limited amount of activities available. 

Most summer camps are located outside cities andsurrounded by trees near lakes or rivers. The air is cleaner andthe noise is all natural. It’s a nice change for kids whose onlyexposure to wildlife is squirrels, pigeons and maybe the odd 

2. It gets them away from their familyYes you love them, and the kids love you too and it may soundcruel but everyone can use a break at least once. Being awayfrom home can also give kids an appreciation of what theyhave. 
3. It gives them a sense of independenceFor most kids, this will be the first time they travel anywherewithout their parents and that can be exciting for them. Therewill be rules to follow but it’s different when mom and dad 
aren’t around. They’ll be with other kids and chances are thecounselors are not that much older since they are most likelyhigh school or college age, so it won’t feel like they’re at homewith their parents. For many kids it’s like being paroled fromthe routine of home and school. 
4. It exposes them to different peopleMost summer camps attract kids of different races, religionsand economic standing from different parts of your cityand even from different cities all together. It provides anopportunity to meet and discover other kids regardless ofwhat their background is, what school they go to and wherethey’re from.
5. They can be themselvesAt school and with their friends, a lot of kids can feel the 
pressure of acting like everyone else but a good camp programlets kids be themselves. They can be who they are and the onlyacting they’ll have to worry about is during the campfire skit!
6. They can learn new skillsThe most important thing I ever learned at summer camp wasto swim and that’s a skill that every kid should learn. Learningto swim allowed me to learn other skills such as canoeing, abit of sailing and how to keep safe near water.
The field sports program that I ran as a counselor introducedkids to sports that they may not have had a chance to learn athome such as volleyball, basketball, badminton and softballjust to name a few. For many, it was the first time they ever gotto play and learn about a different sport.
One of the more popular areas of a summer camp programis the crafts. Some camps still make the traditional key chain 

A food and beverage tasting event 
featuring over 35 eateries and beveragecompanies. This event benefits the AlumniScholarship Fund at La Salle High School.

Saturday, March 24, 20186:30pm-9:00pm on campus

Tickets are $50 in advance or $75 at the 
door for unlimited tastes from over 25 vendors. contact the Alumni Office at 626.696.4362 
For your information:

Participating vendors include: 
Adictivo Tequila, Altadena Town & CountryClub, Asian Mix Boba Fix, Bloomfield 
Creamery, Brother Timothy Wine, Casa DelRey, Chef Carmen’s 3 C’s, COLETTE, CraftBeer Cellar Eagle Rock, Domenico’s Pasadena,
Dulce Amargura, E. & J. Gallo Wine, ElCholo Cafe, El Portal, Fauborg, Fosselman’sIce Cream Co., Frank Family Vineyards,
Hop Secret Brewing Company, Jones CoffeeRoaster, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Mt.
Lowe Brewing Company, Nothing BundtCakes, Pasadena Sandwich Company, 
PizzaRev, Pressed Juicery, Quintessential 
Wines, Roy’s Restaurant, San Antonio Winery,
Sierra Filtration Services, Sierra Fusion, Stone 
Brewing, Stonefire Grill, The Peacock Grill @
Embassy Suites, Twohey’s, Twohey’s Tavern,
We Olive & Wine Bar, Wilson Creek Winery,
and more! 

and bracelet but a lot of programs teach drawing, paintingand sculpting that they may not get to try at home or wouldwant to admit to be interested in to their friends. For a lot of 
kids, it’s a chance to discover their artistic abilities. 

7. Learn life skills 
Life skills are something that many kids learn withoutrealizing it. Simple daily procedures such as cleaning theircabin or tent, making their bed, setting the dining table for ameal and cleaning up afterwards are habits that can carry onafter they leave camp.

The kids will learn teamwork and cooperation since they’llbe participating in a group or as “a cabin.” The “all for oneand one for all” philosophy works wonders at summer campand can help make your kids become more confident andout-going.

They may also pick up a few good habits as well. A numberof parents have told me that their kids would start helping toclear the table after meals and make their beds, at least for a 
little while. 

8. It gets them active
Summer camp is filled with activities that involve running,
swimming, hiking and of course playing. There are also timesin the day where kids can just relax but the sign of a goodcamp experience is when the kids are tired but happy at theend of the day.

9. Everything is low tech
The majority of summer camps have a “no electronics” 
policy that may be harsh for some kids but is a great way tohelp them realize that they can live without it for a little while.
If the kids ask, tell them that all camp activities are in “realtime” 
and are “interactive.” There is no “delete” or “return” 
button so they may have to try doing something again andagain.

Announcements are made in the dining hall live and inperson. There are no texts, emails or Snapchats so messagesare passed on to each other by actually speaking to another 

The only hi-tech item they should have is a flashlight.

10. It creates memories 
As a camper and as a councillor, I learned a lot of new skillsand a lot about myself and others at summer camp. Thereare people that I can picture exactly how they looked over 30years ago and moments that have helped make me who I amtoday.

It’s great to meet up with old friends and a real treat to berecognized by a former camper who can recall a fun momentso many years ago. It’s also quite special when these campersare now adults, speak fondly of their time at camp and a givesme a great feeling of knowing that I was a part of it.

There are a lot of private camps and camps that are operatedby churches or non-profit groups who can help you send yourkids regardless of your financial situation. As a camper, myfees were subsidized so my parents could afford to send mebut when I was up there, I was just one of the kids.

Specialty camps are very popular and day camps in thecity are fun but getting out of town and going to a traditionalsummer camp is an experience that every kid should have 

They may not come back with all their socks and towels butthey will have memories that can last a lifetime. 

Brian Presley is a former camper, counselor and programdirector at Camp Minwassin located near Eganville, Ontario.
He is also a semi-retired stay-at-home dad and the owner, the website that adults go to whenthey want to know what to do with the kids. Other articles aboutsummer camps can be found at www.whattodowiththekids. 

Alverno Heights Academy
200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024
(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara
E-mail address: 

Arcadia High School
180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007
Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee 

Arroyo Pacific Academy
41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca,
(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke
E-mail address: 

Barnhart School 
240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007
(626) 446-5588
Head of School: Ethan Williamson 
Kindergarten - 8th grade

Bethany Christian School
93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
(626) 355-3527
Preschool-TK-8th Grade 
Principal: Dr. William Walner
website: www. 

Clairbourn School 
8400 Huntington Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91775 
Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172 
FAX: 626-286-1528 

Foothill Oaks Academy
822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010
(626) 301-9809
Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane Kieffaber 

Frostig School
971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107 
(626) 791-1255
Head of School: Jenny Janetzke 

The Gooden School 
192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024
(626) 355-2410
Head of School, Carl Parke 

High Point Academy
1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road
Pasadena, Ca. 91107 
Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989 

La Salle High School
3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 
(626) 351-8951 website: 
Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian 

Monrovia High School
325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson

Odyssey Charter School
725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001
(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill

Pasadena High School
2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca.
(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandez

St. Rita Catholic School 
322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024
Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028

Sierra Madre Elementary School
141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024
(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay Lewis
E-mail address: 

Sierra Madre Middle School 
160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024
(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom
E-mail address: 

Walden School 
74 S San Gabriel Blvd 
Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166 

Weizmann Day School
1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107
(626) 797-0204
Lisa Feldman: Head of School 

Wilson Middle School 
300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107
(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln
E-mail address: 

Pasadena Unified School District 
351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109
(626) 396-3600 Website: 

Arcadia Unified School District 
234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007 
(626) 821-8300 Website: 

Monrovia Unified School District 
325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016 
(626) 471-2000

Duarte Unified School District 
1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010 

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