'Patrick Cassidy' Leaves '5-Star Theatricals' as Artistic Director

Patrick Cassidy has resigned as Artistic Director, according to a statement released by 5-Star Theatricals.

As Artistic Director, Cassidy oversaw two seasons of successful productions such as "Beauty and the Beast," "Shrek," "Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical," and, most recently, "West Side Story" at 5-Star Theatricals' Thousand Oaks theatre venue.

5-Star Theatricals (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) is an Ovation Award-winning resident musical theatre production company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and a non-profit theatre organization, producing live performing arts experiences and musical theatre productions for over three decades to the Ventura and Los Angeles Counties and the surrounding area patrons.

“We are so grateful to Patrick for the time he spent as Artistic Director of our company," said Executive Director Cindy Murray in a statement. "His talent and expertise continued the excellence that our subscribers and audiences expect from our productions. He will be greatly missed and we wish him nothing but the best as he moves forward on his artistic journey.”

As an actor, on Broadway Cassidy performed as Frederic in “The Pirates Of Penzance” opposite Kevin Kline in 1982, played Jeff Barry in the Tony-nominated “Leader Of The Pack,” and the Balladeer in Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins.”

A theatrical director and producer as well, Cassidy is the son of Oscar-winning Shirley Jones and the late Jack Cassidy, and his past directing credits include “The Music Man” at the Kennedy Center, “Oklahoma!” at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Western Michigan University, and “Showstoppers” at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas as resident director, to name a few.

“I have nothing but respect and admiration for the board and staff and everyone at 5-Star Theatricals," said Cassidy in the statement. "This experience has been a gift that I will never forget, and [I] am so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve my community and my Los Angeles theatrical family in this role.”

According to Tennessee publication, the Williamson Source, Cassidy, as Artistic Director, will be joining Studio Tenn,  a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Franklin, Tennessee.

5-Star Theatricals is to announce a new Artistic Director soon.

JOAN OF ART: An Iconic Musical, A Three Weekend Celebration of Food, Music & Beer, Halloween Scares & Another Kind Of Culinary Food Festival

Fall is upon us which means the start of a long holiday season, but before we get to that, there's one of my favorite musicals opening on October 18th at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, THE MUSIC MAN.

This beloved Meredith Wilson musical, which I personally have seen many times throughout the years, including the one with Hugh Jackman, will star Broadway's Adam Pascal ('Rent') as the fast talking traveling salesman Harold Hill.

In 1957 The Music Man became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and running for 1,375 performances. It included some of the most memorable songs including 'Till There Was You' and 'Goodnight My Someone' and the brassy favorite '76 Trombones.'

This is a total feel good musical that will have you smiling long after the curtain falls. The show opens Friday October 18th at 8pm and will close on Sunday October 27th.

For show times, tickets and other information go to BAPACThousandOaks.com  or call 805-449-2787. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 East Thousand Oaks Blvd in Thousand Oaks.

Now what would October be without the annual OKTOBERFEST which opened last weekend at the Fairplex and will be there for two more days, October 18th and 19th. This celebration is filled with authentic Bavarian music, German Food, chicken dances and guaranteed to be a blast for you and your family.

Guests will enjoy two stages, one complete with an Oom Pah Pah band, 12 beers on tap at multiple bars and enough food to feed a village. Two of the biggest expo halls and the outdoor plaza have been transformed and decorated to recreate a German fair.

Queen Nation, a cover band, will rock you along with The Rheinlanders and DJ Schlage spinning on the 1's and 2's.

For more information and to buy tickets go to Fairplex.com/events/oktoberfest. The Fairplex is located at 1101 West McKinley Avenue in Pomona, 91768.

Since Halloween is coming up there are plenty of places guaranteed to scare you silly and one of the scariest of all takes place at Universal Studios in Hollywood. It's Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and this year it has more spine-tingling mazes than ever before.

The studio that created the original monster movie genre, once again breathes new life into your darkest nightmares bringing you more hair-raising encounters including the dark secrets that lurk in the Upside Down in the next chapter of Netflix's STRANGER THINGS, the ultimate in paranormal thrills from GHOSTBUSTERS and coming face to face with your worst nightmare - yourself in Jordan Peele's film US.

There will be scare zones each gorged with murderous monsters and unimaginable horrors awaiting your arrival. What could be better than that? 'Horror Nights' runs now through November 3rd. Oh did I mention when and if you want a break from all the scary stuff there will also be a live band featuring the best music of the '80s, DJ dance parties and more.

To buy tickets go to Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Universal Studios is located at 100 Universal City Plaza in Universal City.

Lastly there is another kind of food experience happening this weekend and it's called TASTE CULINARY FOOD FESTIVAL taking place at The Atrium at Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles.

The festival is back for a second year and returns for a weekend long celebration of global cuisine and culinary events. This culinary experience features samplings from the Center's best restaurants along with chef experiences, wine and spirits tastings, plus live entertainment while you sip and savor your way through the best cuisines from around the world.

Ticket holders will get to enjoy samplings and tastings from restaurants like: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, Eataly, Javier's, Halo Top Scoop Shop, La Colombe, The Crack Shack and so many more.

Tickets to attend will cost $55 for adults over 21 years of age and $35 for guests under 21.

Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink options will be available at the event. TASTE takes place on Friday October 18th from 5:30-8:30pm, Saturday October 19th from 11:30am-2:30pm, and 5:30pm-8:30pm. The last day is Sunday, October 20th, from noon until 3pm.

Go to Westfield.com/CenturyCity to purchase tickets and for more information.

Wishing you a very fun weekend.