Local Happenings—Contestants Ready For BHHS’s ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ | BH Courier

Local Happenings—Contestants Ready For BHHS’s ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

BHHS senior Johanna Lengyel as Rona Lisa Peretti, the host and former winner of The Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Golda Berkman will present a benefit concert Friday, March 17 in Santa Monica.


Putnam County Spelling Bee Contestants Ready For BHHS’ Latest Production

The Beverly Hills High School Performing Arts Department and Michael J. Libow will present the comic interactive musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 7 p.m., March 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Wednesday March 8.

In the family friendly and fun-packed 90-minute show, the six countywide champions, along with four volunteer audience members, vie for the honor of being the Putnam County Spelling Bee champ and going on to nationals.

Tickets are $8 for BHHS student body members, $10 for students and $15 general admission; $20 reserved seating will also be available at evening performances.

For more information, visit www.bhusd.org or email kchandler@bhusd.org.


Soprano Golda Berkman Bids (Temporarily) Farewell To L.A. In Benefit Concert

After she graduates BHHS in June, Soprano Golda Berkman will bid a temporary farewell to the  L.A.  concert stages when she sings at the “Opera Gala Concert to Benefit the New Dawn Hospital in Kenya” on Friday, March 17 at St. Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica.

 She will be joined by tenor Landon Shaw II and Southeast Symphony Artistic Director Anthony R. Parnther, who will lead the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra. The program will include operatic selections from the Barber of Seville, L’elisir d’AmoreRigoletto, Cavalleria Rusticana, Eugene Onegin, La Boheme and more.

Berkman made her professional opera debut last November performing the role of Lauretta in Redlands Opera Theatre’s production of Gianni Schicchi.

She performed a full season of concerts at St. Monica Catholic Church in 2015-2016, in addition to performances with the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra and the L.A. Lawyers Philharmonic.

Proceeds will be donated to Our Lady of Visitation, a state-of-the-art maternal child health center near Nairobi, Kenya supported by the Dandora Africa Wellness Network (DAWN), Inc. created in response to the need for maternal healthcare in the area.

Berkman is the youngest grand-prize finalist in classical voice in The Music Center’s Spotlight Award competition, and made her Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Hall debuts at 15.

Tickets are $20 general, and $50 for VIP seating and a pre-concert reception. All concert-goers will enjoy a post-concert hors d’oeuvre and dessert reception hosted by concert sponsor Urth Caffé.  Tickets are available at www.stmonica.net/AFRICA and  Urth Caffé locations.

For more information, visit www.stmonica.net/AFRICA and www.goldaberkman.com.


Theatre 40 Actors In ‘Two L.A. Rays’ At Area Public Library Branches

Actors from Theatre 40, BH-based theatre company, will perform staged readings at branches of the L.A. public library as part of the library’s ongoing “LA Made” program.

Theatre 40 performers will present Saturday matinee shows, Two L.A. Rays, featuring adaptations by Melanie MacQueen and Daniel Leslie of stories by Raymond Chandler and Ray Bradbury.

• In Chandler’s I’ll Be Waiting, a house detective in a hotel off Wilshire finds himself fascinated by a redhead, and comes to the aid of her main man, who is in the cross-hairs of the gun-toting “trouble boys.”

• In Bradbury’s The Laurel and Hardy Love Affair, the L.A.-based films of that famous duo (especially The Music Box) serve to fuel the romance of a young couple.

• Also from Bradbury, I See You Never finds a Mexican worker at an L.A. airplane factory in trouble with the authorities when he overstays his visa.

Performance dates, times and locations include:

• March 11, 2 p.m.- North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, 5211 Tujunga Ave.

• April 15 , 2 p.m.- Donald Bruce Kaufman- Brentwood Branch Library, 11820 San Vicente Blvd.

• April 29, 3 p.m.- John C. Fremont Branch Library, 6121 Melrose Ave., Hollywood.

The cast includes MacQueen, Leslie and Martin Thompson, Annalee Scott, Caleb Stevens, Jennifer Laks, Jonathan Medina and Daniel Lench.

Admission is free. For complete information about “LA Made” events, visit www.lapl.org/lamade.