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WITNESSES - CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, ESCONDIDO
"Witnesses is a triumphant world premiere for CCAE Theatricals. The moments onstage when the teens’ diary entries are read without music are among the most searing in the entire 90-minute production. Like the better-known Anne Frank, these young people expressed in words the terrible and the inconceivable. That they did so bravely is their legacy. That this ambitious undertaking has resulted in a world-premiere production that is so thoughtfully staged is a triumph for the two-year-old CCAE Theatricals."
- David L. Coddon / San Diego Union Tribune
ONCE - CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, ESCONDIDO
"At the California Center for the Arts Escondido, J. Scott Lapp is the artistic director of the new venture, CCAE Theatricals. The former artistic director of Temecula’s impressive Barn Stage Company, Lapp has international credits, and never shies away from a challenge. As director and movement co-designer (with music director David Lamoureux), Lapp displays his discerning eye and deft directorial touch. He has assembled a superb cast, more than half of whom are veterans of the show"
- Pat Launer / Times of San Diego
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME - FARMERS ALLEY THEATRE
"J. Scott Lapp directs the production at Farmer’s Alley where they have pulled out all the stops - technical and artistic - to make for a breath-taking evening of theater. In fact, it is hard to know what to praise first or most loudly - the outstanding work of a technical team that used complex projections, sets, sound and lighting in a perfectly timed manner or the superior acting ability of a talented ensemble lead by the magnificent Troy Hussmann whose performance was superlative. Lapp and his entire cast and crew have put together a stunning production that demonstrates the power of theater and technology in telling untold stories of people who often go unheard and are misunderstood."
- Bridgette Redman / Encore Michigan
HAIRSPRAY - SAN DIEGO MUSICAL THEATRE
"San Diego Musical Theatre has struck gold with its inspiring and hilarious production of "Hairspray," which digs deep into the story's civil rights theme. The effervescent production is so chock full of high hair, buoyant optimism, high-spirited dancing and uplifting songs that it practically levitated the audience to its feet after Saturday’s show. The 2002 musical has been produced many times in San Diego - This might be the best all-around production yet."
- Pam Kragen / San Diego Union Tribune
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