The cast of The Naked Stage production of “Other People’s Money,” (L-R) Director Patricia Guy, Meredith Miller, Susan Quiriconi, Johan Dirkes, Don Beaudreault and Chris L’Ecluse are all set for their debut Friday-Sunday, June 23-25. Written by Alvin Sargent, the play focuses on a Wall Street raider who threatens a “mom and pop” company with a hostile take-over. The patriarch of the company is faced with the task of protecting his company, his family and his employees while maintaining his integrity. He gets help from his daughter, a lawyer, who enjoys the thrust and parry of a legal battle with the raider, who tries to win her heart as well as her company. The play asks the question: Are corporate raiders monsters of capitalism or realists? The curtain goes up every day at 4 p.m. at The Naked Stage Theatre, Hidalgo 261, in Riberas del Pilar. Entrance is 100 pesos.
Viva Bus trips
Viva La Musica sponors bus trips to concerts by the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) at the Teatro Degollado.
Sunday, June 25, the JPO will perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 “Paris”, Symphony No. 36 “Linz” and Symphony No. 38 “Prague,” under the baton of Marco Parisotto. The bus departs at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 2, guest conductor Sacha Goetzel presents “1001 Arabian Nights,” with soloist Philipee Quint on violin. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” Barber’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” and Rimski-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” The bus departs at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets, 450 pesos (550 pesos for non-Viva members), are available at the Lake Chapala Society Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or though Rosemary Keeling, 766-1801.
The Ballet Folclorico of the Chapala Municipal Government under the direction of Zayda Zamudio will perform at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Sunday, June 25, noon. The cost is 100 pesos.
Annual Ukulele Summer Singalong
The annual Ukulele Summer Singalong will be held Monday, June 26, 5 p.m. at Maria Isabel restaurant. This year, the theme is “Once Upon a Song”, which will see the group performing childhood favorites: nursery songs, campfire songs, and popular songs of the day. There is no admission fee, but the audience will be offered the opportunity to donate for the ongoing expenses of the Academia de Ukuleles de la Ribera, which now serves around 40 local children ages 7 to 18. CUL provides the instruments, music and pays the professional instructor who travels from Guadalajara to teach the kids each Tuesday and Saturday. During the event, audience members will have access to ukes; with the help of CUL members they’re invited to try playing along, should they be interested in doing so.
LLT Actor’s Studio
The Lakeside Little Theatre announces The Shakespeare Project, an actor’s studio series as part of its Playhouse events. Led by David Goldman, the three-day series (Monday, June 26, Friday, June 30 and Monday, July 3) will include bawdy comedies, sweeping historical dramas and riveting tragedies. This project is for novice and experienced actors alike, as the prospect of performing Shakespeare can be intimidating. Join in as the group demystifies the great Bard and his works and explores methods and techniques that will help actors unleash their inner thespian.
Topics include: an overview of English renaissance theatre; Shakespeare: the man and his works; vocalization and the language of Shakespeare; scene study and basic acting techniques in Shakespeare’s plays, and the Shakespearean soliloquy.
LCS film aficionados
English-language films are shown Thursdays at 2 p.m. to Lake Chapala Society members (bring your card). On June 29, the featured film is “M” (1931, Germany). When German police are unable to catch a child murderer, other criminals join the manhunt. This sensational film has finally been restored to mint condition by a collaborative effort of six countries.
“Song, Dance, Improv, Comedy — My Favorite Things” is a variety show extravaganza being performed by local and Guadalajara artists at The Bravo! Theatre in July. Performers range in age from kids to seniors. There will be something for everyone to enjoy. Timothy G. Ruff Welch accompanies the singers and there will be tap and Latin dance and improvisation with audience involvement.
Performers include Justin Flores Cogswell, Esteban Oetling Ramirez, Amaranta Santos, Tim Tillman, Millicent Brandow, Mary Hunt, Kathleen Carlson, David de la Mora, Barbara Pruitt, John Ward, the Lakeside Tappers, Val Jones, Judy Roberts, Judy Hendrick, Ricardo & Angela, Wanda White & Jayme Littlejohn among others.
Arts Society meets
The Ajijic Society of the Arts holds its monthly meeting Monday, July 3, 10 a.m. at La Bodega Restaurant. Ted Shaw will give a talk entitled “It all begins with wonder — three easy steps to creating the life of your dreams,” 10:30 a.m. Shaw is passionate about helping people attain a greater level of success in their lives, relationships, careers and businesses. As a Master of Life Transformational Arts, he has enriched the lives of people from around the world.
LLT Broadway HD
The Lakeside Little Theatre will present the screening of the Broadway play “Buried Child,” by Sam Shepard Saturday, July 8, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 3 p.m.
Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play returns 20 years after its last major New York production. In this highly acclaimed three-act play, Shepard takes a look at one American Midwestern family with a very dark secret.
This poetic and cutting funny take on the American family drama gleefully pulls apart the threadbare delusions of our families.
Directed by Scott Elliott, “Buried Child” casts Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Paul Sparks, Rich Commer, Nat Wolff and Taissa Farmiga.
Viva la Musica’s Summer in the Village Concert series next performance is a piano solo concert with Sergio Parra in St. Andrew’s Anglican Church July 27. Art Songs and Arias with soprano Canadian mezzo-soprano Michele Bogdanowicz and her Mexican American husband, tenor Ernesto Ramirez will perform at the Auditorium in la Floresta August 24.
Tickets for either performanc, 300 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl. Mia’s and the Lake Chapala Society Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon.