Theater Preview: FIFTH ANNUAL SEASON PREMIERE (Orange County School of the Arts)

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by Nia Liat on September 17, 2020

in Theater-Los Angeles,Theater-Regional,Virtual


Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) has a terrific fifth annual Season Premiere in store for you. Virtually, naturally. Highlighting the best of previous Season Premiere shows, this year’s event features new, never-before-seen professionally recorded performances by all four of OCSA’s past guest artists. The event offers viewers an uplifting evening of music, as well as an exciting weeklong virtual auction to help OCSA continue to provide its high-caliber arts instruction to students across Southern California. The Season Premiere performance begins Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. The virtual auction goes live on Monday, Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. and closes Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m.

Hosted by OCSA alumna and Broadway actress Lauren Lim Jackson (Broadway: “Pretty Woman,” “Motown the Musical”; TV: “Almost Family”), Season Premiere features performances from Broadway, television and film actors: Matthew Morrison (TV: “Glee,” “American Horror Story; Broadway: “Finding Neverland,” “Hairspray”), Krysta Rodriguez (TV: “Halston,” “Smash”; Broadway: “The Addams Family,” “In The Heights”), David Burnham (Broadway: “Wicked,” “The Light in the Piazza”) and Terron Brooks (Broadway: “The Lion King”; TV: “The Temptations”).

The artists, many of whom are OCSA alumni, usher in the school’s 34th season – kicking off the start of virtual performances, exhibits and showcases for the 2020-2021 school year. While the community is unable to gather in person, this show brings OCSA families and the greater Orange County community together for a fun night that demonstrates that creativity and resiliency can prosper amid difficult times.

David Burnham. Photo: Brite Ideas
Lauren Lim Jackson with daughter Nica Lim Oddo and Vince Oddo.
Photo Credit: Brite Ideas

In the days leading up to the performance, you bid on an array of great stuff, including a stay at the secluded Casa Angelina resort in Mexico, a lavish stay-cation in an ocean-front villa at the Pelican Hill Resort, a wine-lover’s escape to Napa Valley, a Kobe Bryant signed game-worn jersey, and much more. In addition, a generous OCSA alumni family has offered a $100,000 challenge gift for the Fund-A-Need giving opportunity. Contributions to this campaign and proceeds from the virtual auction benefit the school’s arts conservatory programs and talented student artists on their journey to college and a career.

Matthew Morrison. Photo Credit: Brite Ideas.

The auction and performance website will be live at  beginning Thursday, Sept. 17.

Terron Brooks. Photo Credit: Brite Ideas.

About Orange County School of the Arts

The nationally recognized Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) provides an unparalleled arts and academic education in a creative, challenging and nurturing environment to a diverse student body passionate about the arts, preparing them to reach their highest potential. Founded in 1987 and still led by visionary educator Ralph Opacic, Ed.D., OCSA currently serves more than 2,200 gifted students in grades seven through 12 from more than 100 cities throughout California. In addition to a college-preparatory academic program, OCSA offers pre-professional arts training in 16 conservatories within the schools of applied arts, dance, fine & media arts, music and theatre. The nonprofit public charter school relies solely on private donations, totaling $12 million annually, to fund the pre-professional arts training programs. For additional information, visit OCSArts.

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