Ever wish there were more Broadway-like or cabaret experiences in the Conejo Valley? So does Angela Wolcott, a seasoned actress and performer, who recently formed the non profit Of Note Productions to bring the best of the New York stage to local residents. She said she got the idea from her years as lead vocalist for Royal Viking Cruise Line. “I was exposed to greats like Tommy Tune, Debbie Reynolds, Lucy Arnaz … and learned to appreciate quality, cabaret performances,” she said.
Wolcott wants to introduce an intimate theater experience to audiences by establishing shows that simply feature a singer and piano player. “It’s about breaking the fourth wall,” she said. “In this day and age when people are so disconnected from one another with their electronic gadgets, these performers are making connections with the audience. It feels as if they are speaking right to you.”
Made up of three parts, Of Note Productions will produce shows starring a top New York stage performer, have meet and greet receptions after the show and offer a next day master class. “When I was a student, I would have loved to have been able to meet and learn from the greats,” said Wolcott. The programs are offered to everyone, from young students to seniors.
“I wanted this to be accessible to anyone who loves the theater and cabaret experience,” she said.
Of Note’s premiere production features Faith Prince, who won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance in Guys and Dolls. Prince was also nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for A Catered Affair. Her other Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid, Bells Are Ringing, Nick and Nora, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Little Me, The Dead and Noises Off.
Prince has a recurring role on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and on ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey. She was a series regular on Showtime’s Huff and appeared on five seasons of Spin City. Her other TV credits include A Gifted Man, Happy Endings, Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy CSI and Law and Order.
The show will take place Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Agoura Hills Performing Arts Education Center with a reception afterward at Bellini Osteria in Westlake. On Oct. 11, Prince will be teaching a master class at the Thousand Oaks Library from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for students in 9th grade and up. There will also be an opportunity to sing with Prince during the class.
VIP tickets will include both the concert and after-party with Prince. Concert-only tickets are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.ofnoteproductions.com.
Wolcott is offering Conejo Valley Happening readers a chance to win four tickets to see Prince in concert. Click here to play.