Tuesday night at Bridges Auditorium epitomized the musical theater experience.
At the first dress rehearsal for their season finale, Claremont High School theater students attempted to wrest perfection from the chaos of an in-the-works production. They entered stages left and right, sang, pirouetted, listened for cues and occasionally flubbed a line.
Despite the perennial question—“Can we make this happen?”—that looms before the opening of any show, it is clear that the musical, with its spot-on period costumes, elaborate set and dozens of enthusiastic performers, will charm audiences. Performances of “The Drowsy Chaperone” are set for Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
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The Claremont Chorale presents “Thirsting to Sing” with a repertoire about life’s great appetites. This performance is an exploration of songs about food, wine and love. The event features guest soloists form the Repertory Opera Company production of La Traviata. See them perform on Saturday, June 8 at Bridges Hall of Music.
The city of Claremont and American Legion Post 78 host the annual Memorial Day Services in Oak Park Cemetery (410 Sycamore Ave.) at 11 a.m. This ceremony commemorates the men and women who have lost their lives in military service. The service will include comments from members of American Legion Post 78, Mayor Opanyi Nasiali, and various community members. For more information visit the city website at www.ci.claremont.ca.us or call 399-5490.
“Planting Design Class: Matching Your Architecture,” a 2-part class on exploring specific architectural styles and how you can create the perfect landscape around them. HGTV featured designer Dominic Masiello of DP Environments will discuss planting and layout options in accordance with water-friendly design practices. Mr. Masiello’s projects have aired on HGTV shows including Landscaper’s Challenge and Get Out, Way Out. Part 2 will cover practical application and installation methods. Bring photos and sketches of your yard—Mr. Masiello will give consultations on landscaping design. This event is in partnership with Claremont Heritage. $35. Saturday, May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Colony at Loft 204, 532 W. First St. #204, Claremont Packing House.
Friday Nights Live, every Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Claremont Chamber of Commerce (CC), Public Plaza (PP) and City Hall (CH) in the Claremont Village. The full schedule of performances is listed here.
The OLA Fiesta features family-friendly games, carnival rides, international food, live entertainment, bingo and a drawing to support church ministries and community outreach. Entertainment includes Vietnamese dragon dancers, classic rock band The Answer (Friday), A.C.E. (Saturday) and Satisfaction Unlimited (Sunday). Friday, May 10 from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 from noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont.