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Gala performance of 'My Fair Lady' caps UCI's ArtsWeek

Curtain rises on newly renovated, state-of-the-art Claire Trevor Theatre

Irvine, Calif., October 29, 2002

UC Irvine ArtsWeek 2002, Claire Trevor School of the Arts' sixth annual arts celebration, begins Nov. 9 and ends Nov. 16 with a black-tie gala benefit reminiscent of "old Hollywood" and a performance of the Broadway musical "My Fair Lady." A dedication ceremony will be held at intermission, during which Claire Trevor's Academy and Emmy awards will be presented to the school by Donald Bren, Trevor's stepson and chairman of The Irvine Company. The two awards will be permanently displayed in the theater, and some of the paintings created by the late actress will be on view during ArtsWeek.

The benefit performance will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the newly renovated, 32-year-old theater and will help fund student scholarships, exhibitions and artistic presentations. Tickets are $250 and $500.

"'My Fair Lady,' truly the essence of beauty, elegance and style, was Claire's favorite musical and embodies the qualities that she felt the new venue needed," said Jill Beck, dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. "The completed theater radiates this spirit, and future audiences will now fully experience the vitality and exhilaration of our student performances."

The musical's production team boasts three UCI faculty members, all well-known in the arts world, including Robert Cohen as director, Donald McKayle as choreographer and Dennis Castellano as musical director.

Cohen, who joined the UCI faculty at the university's inception in 1965, is a Claire Trevor Professor of Drama and a master teacher at the Actors Center in New York City, where he studied directing under Lee Strasberg.

McKayle is a Claire Trevor Professor of Dance and artistic director of UCI Dance, whose choreography and direction for Broadway musical theater, television and films have been honored by five Tony nominations, an Outer Critics Circle Award, the NAACP Image Award and an Emmy nomination.

A conductor, accompanist and vocal coach specializing in musical theater, Castellano teaches UCI musical theater workshops and serves as musical director for the Department of Drama. He has worked with Carol Burnett, Helen Reddy, Cathy Rigby, Jack Wagner and JoAnne Worley, among many others.

In January 1999, Trevor contributed $500,000 to support the renovation of the theater, which features a host of technically advanced equipment, including rigging, sound and lighting systems, as well as a renovated exterior and an interior that has been redesigned to promote a more intimate, welcoming experience. Other features include the renovation of the technical gallery around the seating area, which enables the use of projections, video and other multimedia equipment. The ceiling has been lowered and walls narrowed to improve acoustics.

The reopening of the theater caps seven years of major construction and renovations to upgrade the school's performance venues, instructional facilities and exterior appearance.

In addition to the musical, ArtsWeek will feature a faculty art exhibition, symphony orchestra performance and an evening of Trevor movie classics, "Key Largo" and "Stagecoach."

UCI's Symphony Orchestra will open the week with "An Evening of Majestic Music" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The evening will feature Wagner's overture to "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D "Titan." Tickets are $8-$12.

The Beall Center for Art and Technology and the University Art Gallery will host a faculty exhibition reception from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Eighteen faculty artists will show new and recent works in painting, sculpture, new media, photography, video, sound and installation. A talk by guest curator Jenelle Porter and selected artists will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Showing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Winifred Smith Hall, Claire Trevor's Oscar Award-winning movie "Key Largo" kicks off the evening, followed by "Stagecoach" at 8:45 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are required; call (949) 824-2787.

For ArtsWeek 2002 tickets and information, call the UCIArts box office at (949) 824-2787 or visit

The newly renovated Claire Trevor Theatre features a new exterior, as well as a new interior with cutting-edge technology

Conductor Stephen Tucker leads the UCI Symphony Orchestra

Claire Trevor, with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1948 movie "Key Largo"

Claire Trevor and John Wayne in the 1939 western classic "Stagecoach"

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Delivering a vast bouquet

Lisa Stieler
(949) 824-7687


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