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Summer Heats Up For PDM At Saddleback College

        We were very excited to be invited to bring the PDM Young Actors Workshop to Saddleback Colleges' College for Kids Program this summer. We launched a new 2 week extensive musical theater program that culminates into a live performance for family and friends. We will be at the college for a total of 6 weeks with 9 different class times available.  We just wrapped up our first session  and performance. As parents entered the venue they had no idea that waiting behind the curtain was a professionally styled Broadway revue. “As soon as the lights went up and the actors began their first notes of Pharrell’s Happy, I watched as one by one parents started reaching for their cameras to capture the energized performance.” said Paul-Dean Martin, PDM’s Program Director. In just 6 days of rehearsal, the cast was able to pull off 14 musical numbers which included songs from Broadways “Matilda”, “Kinky Boots”,  “Cinderella”, “The Addams Family”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Les Miserable's”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, and “Into The Woods”.

     Each student brought their best to the stage and it showed in their performance. From the upbeat opening to the dramatic ballads, the performance offered something for everyone. The 2 week class gives students a wider variety of songs to work with and allows more of them the opportunity to experience performing in solo musical number as well as group musical numbers. The first session was such a hit several students re-signed for our second session. The really exciting thing about our summer classes is that each 2 week session is completely different from the other. Every 2 weeks the students are given 14 or more new musical numbers to work on. You could literally take all three classes as if you were signing up for 3 different shows. There is still time to join us for the final session by following the links below to The Saddleback College web site and registering for our session 3 Back To Broadway Workshop.


The Reviews Are In.

See what students are saying about our Back To Broadway Classes.


"Back to Broadway was fun, exciting, and a great way to challenge yourself. Paul-Dean made this class... He was encouraging, insightful, and entertaining. Paul-Dean set up a friendly learning atmosphere which made  it possible to try new things and make new friends.  I liked the class so much I signed up for the second session." ....................  Aiyana Figueroa


Ramirez Students Do It Again!
The students of Ramirez Intermediate have done it again! On the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, Ramirez Intermediate mounted another musical production. Their second for the year. Over 500 Eastvale residents turned out for their production of “Anastasia.” Ramirez has been working in partnership with the PDM Young Actors Workshop under the direction of Actor/Director Paul-Dean Martin. Martin’s award-winning theatre arts program is celebrating 21 years of bringing the arts to public schools. This marks PDM’s fifth year in Eastvale and if “Anastasia” was any indicator of things to come, we are in for a fun-filled adventure in theatre this fall as well.

The Young Actors Workshop recruits the help of local area businesses to keep the cost of the program minimal to the actors. Sponsors that include such prominent business’s like Hemborg Ford, Chick-fil-a, Pizza Hut, Jersey’s, NFBrands and Eastvale’s local branch of Chase Bank. Students can even pay off their full cost of the program by selling advertising in the PDM Souvenir Program books.

“PDM student Leslie Batista sold 11 ads in our book and earned herself a full refund on her tuition. $300 cash was presented to her on the night of the performance,” said Martin, the show’s director.

The performance was nothing short of amazing. The audience was treated to fully staged Broadway musical numbers. When they weren't applauding the music they were laughing along with the long list of characters that brought the story to life. Kayla Long as the dim-witted evil sidekick had the audience in stitches with her comedic performance. But it was Anastasia, played by Ramirez student Maddie Burns that brought the audience to their feet with the show’s closing ballad.

“I am a play person now after seeing this show and expecting a typical “school play” where I’m yawning through it, watching kids forget lines and giggling. This play was so professional and all of the cast was amazing.” said audience member Ted Hermann.

PDM is different from all other youth programs out there because of the program director’s ability to not only bring professional level performances out of his students, but also enabling them to succeed by teaching them responsibility and to respect their fellow actors throughout the process.

Parent Valeska Vellve said, " This program is truly an asset to our school disctrict. The arts are such an important factor in a child's education. Programs like this enrich their lives and teach tehm so much. Mr. MArtin is wonderful with the children."

When asked how he is able to continue to pull in such big audiences for his shows, Martin said " I get a lot of the credit, but it's the perfromances that is bringing out Eastvale residents in record numbers.

          See a video slide show featuring pictures from the production below

 


 

A Tale As Old As Time At Rosa Parks Elementary.

        The room went dark, the stage lit up, and an evening of enchantment began when Rosa Parks Elementary presented “Beauty and the Beast” to an audience of over 500 Eastvale residence on Friday June 22nd. This night marked the fourth PDM Young Actors production to grace the stage at Rosa Parks and the audience was treated to an impressive evening of theatre. The high energy opening number set the tone for what would be a fun filled musical theatre performance. Parents where brought to tears by the professional quality performance that show director Paul-Dean Martin was able to bring out in their young students. “My child had a great experience being part of a PDM production, It raised her self confidence and she felt she was a part of something.” said Taemi Kim who’s daughter played Chip The Cup.

        The surprise of the evening came from third grader Rachel Abalos who stunned the audience with her jaw dropping performance as Belle, the strong minded “Beauty” who is looking for more than her poor provincial town had to offer. And she gets more than she bargains for when she heads to an enchanted castle to rescue her father Maurice (Sebi Cusianavic) from the clutches of the Beast (Jeffery DePrez). Once inside the castle Belle finds herself being the guest of several enchanted objects including Lumiere a candlestick played by Mia Cusianovic who’s French accent would rival Maurice Chevalier. And Mrs. Potts (Maddie Burns) who’s cockney accent left the audience musing of the original performance by Angela Landsbury. 

       But , after a few toe tapping happy musical numbers the show takes a dark turn when Gaston (Bryce Hardy) rallies a mob to get Belle back and to “Kill the Beast”. The powerful and dramatic finale, shows the professionalism that director Martin brings to his youth productions. “Mr. Martin, has provided our kids with an awesome learning theatre opportunity. This program takes lots of hard work, dedication and patience.” said Tanya Padilla a parent at Rosa Parks.

       At a time when schools are being forced to cut back on the arts, it is impressive to see the faculty, staff and families of Rosa Parks going above and beyond to bring the Young Actors Workshop to their school each year. Mrs. Gorman a first grade teacher said “As a teacher we focus so much on academics but this is so important. I have watched these students grow and it is so amazing. Please continue to support the program.”

 

 

 

The Reviews are in!

" My son saw his first play tonight and loved It!  

                                              ..............Chris DuFar

"It Was a very good show and it is very beneficial for kids today."

                                              ..............Natasha Ruiz

"It was wonderful. Great talent!! Loved, Loved it!

                                              ..............Jennifer Prescott   

Great show! We are so happy to have such a great performance at Rosda Park. The kids all loved it. He has done so much for our kids.

                                              ..............Julia Ramirez

"It was an excellent performance! I' m so glad that I was able to attend tonight. It makes me happy that programs like this exsist for students to be a part of"

                                              ..............Melody Patito

"It was awesome!"                 .............. Gabriela Anaya

 

 

Rosa Parks Rocked The Yellow Brick Road!!!!!!

PDM has done it again! Rosa Parks Elementary pulled off a funny, entertaining and wildly colorful production of "The Wizard of OZ." The evening began with our first performance selling out. The crowds were winding as far back as the schools administrative offices and the parking lot was filled to the brim. Audience members were forced to park across the street at the new Ramirez Middle School parking lot. Once the lights dimmed the laughs and applause came rapid fire from the audience and it wasn't over yet. Our second performance at 8:00 had already began lining up while we were finishing the 6:00 performance. By the time the doors opened we were facing a second capacity crowd. Many who attended the first performance went out and purchased tickets to the second show just to see it again. All of our actors gave their best to make this evening a huge success as well as the parent volunteers who worked our gift shop, backstage, and box office.

But, Wait There's More. The cast headed over to the wrap party hosted by Farmer Boys Restaurants. It wasn't enough that PDM took over the restaurant,they brought in a full blown Karaoke Party featuring Good Vibrayshuns DJ Company. The cast and their families rocked the night away with everything from classic rock hits to current Disney Channel favorites. And the party didn't end until 1:00am when Mr. Martin and Dylan (The Tinman)closed out the evening with the Gladys Night R&B Classic "Midnight Train To Georgia." Congratulations to the cast of "The Wizard of OZ" at Rosa Parks. You truly created an evening of magic.

 

Check out scenes from the actual performance

 

Two Trips Down The Yellow Brick Road in One Week?

Can you believe it? PDM returned to OZ this week with another production of "The Wizard of OZ" starring the students of Wilson Elementary. It was a long and paralyses trip, fraught with production delays, shortened rehearsal schedules, and much more. But, the end result was a production to be proud of. The cast was hard hit with schedule conflicts, cancelled rehearsals, and a shorter schedule than usual and still they rose up to the challenge to pull off a full evening of Fun filled theater. And if that wasn't enough. Our always present PDM supporter and part time cast member Principal Dr. Karen Hall was unavailable for rehearsals due to her overwhelmingly busy schedule. She showed up an hour before curtain, ran her lines and blew us away with a comedic performance worthy of Whoopi Goldberge. Her hip wisecracking portrayal of the Wizard kept the audience laughing along with her. The cast really brought their best to the stage even though behind the scenes things were a little chaotic, they didn't let that bother them one bit. After the show the cast headed over to Farmer Boys Restaurant for the after party. A fun time was had by all. At the after party the cast presented Mr. Martin with a framed cast picture and a $200 gift card to Best Buy. You know he loves getting those because he can upgrade our equipment with them. So I guess you could say that Wilson has proven themselves to be a professional cast, a talented cast, a patient cast and a very generous  and thoughtful cast. I cant wait to see what adventure we will have together next.

Merry Christmas From The PDM Family

Thank you to everyone who sent in a holiday photo for our first ever Holiday Picture Video. ENJOY!!!!

PDM Keeps The Grinch from Coming To Choc Hospital

As many of you already know a few months ago a true Grinch snuck into Choc Hospital of Orange and stole 300 DVD movies from the children of Choc. These movies bring joy to the children who are stuck in a bed and sometimes their only form of entertainment and escape is to watch one of their favorite movies and forget about their troubles for a couple of hours. You know that PDM wold not stand for that so, we put the word out to all of our friends and started collecting movies to replace the ones stolen. The friends of PDM came from far and near. And what happened next will surprise you my dear. Our empty boxes were filled to the brim, with films like "Harry Potter" and "The Secret of Nimh." The movies kept coming by car and by van. We even got a copy of the original "Spiderman." More than 500 movies we were happy to gain, especially the 10 different copies of "Thomas The Train." But the best Christmas miracle I'll tell you before I leave, is that Mr. Martin delivered them to Choc on this Christmas Eve. So Christmas it seems didn't come in packages from stores. Christmas it seems is a little bit more. When you give for the right reasons and to who needs it the most. On this Christmas season it's you we shall Toast. Merry Christmas from Paul-Dean Martin and The PDM Young Actors Workshop

To get a complete alphabatized list of all of the DVD's donated, email us at [email protected] and put "Choc DVD List" in the subject line.

Prado View Rocked In A New Year With PDM's Production of GREASE!

Twas two weeks before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. But at the Prado View production of Grease the house was a rockin. In their first ever theatre production the students of Prado View filled the theatre at Corona High School and turned out hit after hit from the award winning Broadway musical. When the audience wasn't singing along to "Sumner Nights" they were rockin out to "Greased Lightnin." "I was overwhelmed by the level of professionalism these kids brought to our production" said Paul-Dean Martin, Program Director of PDM. "They are definite asset to our program." The parent volunteers performed flawlessly as did our special guest star on stage, Prado Views own Mrs. Winerich who performed the role of Miss McGee the Principal of Rydell High. We are looking forward to many more future productions with Prado View. Check out the video below to see some highlights from the show. And to get your school involved in one of our productions, email us at [email protected]

Paul-Dean Returns to perform in The Choc Follies!

What do you do for a hospital that has served not only the children of Orange County but specifically two of your own children? When your Paul-Dean Martin, you just gotta sing about it. For his third year, Paul-Dean is returning to lend his talents to the 15th Annual Choc Follies. A charity that benefits the Choc Children's Hospital of Orange.  And this year we are truly in need of your help. CHOC Follies is the second largest fundraiser for CHOC Children's' hospital of Orange County. At CHOC, NO CHILD is ever turned away because of an inability to pay. The follies which was created by Gloria Zigner has raised over 5 Million Dollars to date for Choc Hospital of Orange. We need all of our PDM friends to step up this year to help make the 15th Anniversary of CHOC Follies a true success. Last year we raised over $750,000.00 in just three nights of shows. You can help us by simply purchasing tickets to the performances or by becoming a sponsor. The great thing about Follies is that it's not just a bunch of people putting on a show. Each cast member is responsible for raising a minimum of $1000.00 for the charity as well as donating their time for rehearsals and the performance. Paul-Dean is honored to have been able to be a part of this truly rewarding charity and stands humbled by the people that he shares the stage with. This year PDM's good friend Robert Arthur, CEO of Invisible Touch Entertainment as donated over $6000.00 in services to this years show. We know that we aren't all able to do this much but, if you would just come out to the show or make a small contribution. This is where a little goes a long way.

Please join us in supporting this incredible charity. To purchase tickets simply go to www.chocfollies.org You may list Paul-Dean Martin as the cast member who referred you. He will also be glad to pick up tickets for you if you would like to send PDM a check or cash to do so. If you are unable to attend the performances it would be greatly appreciated if you would make a small or large contribution. You can simply make out a check to CHOC Follies and he will take it in for you or you can mail it directly to The CHOC Foundation yourself.

The last time Paul-Dean asked for your help at CHOC was this past Christmas when some Grinch stole 300 movies from the Children of CHOC. When he reached out to you, we were able to collect over 500 movies to replace the ones stolen. Paul-Dean is now asking you to help ensure that when their is a child in need of lifesaving treatment, that CHOC is there and able to save their life or ease their pain. PLEASE dig deep and join us in supporting CHOC Follies XV.

Performance Dates And Times
Thursday March 29th 8:00pm
Friday March 30th 8:00pm
Saturday March 31st 2:00pm Matinee and 8:00pm

 

Paul-Dean Returns to perform in The Choc Follies!

What do you do for a hospital that has served not only the children of Orange County but specifically two of your own children? When your Paul-Dean Martin, you just gotta sing about it. For his third year, Paul-Dean is returning to lend his talents to the 15th Annual Choc Follies. A charity that benefits the Choc Children's Hospital of Orange.  And this year we are truly in need of your help. CHOC Follies is the second largest fundraiser for CHOC Children's' hospital of Orange County. At CHOC, NO CHILD is ever turned away because of an inability to pay. The follies which was created by Gloria Zigner has raised over 5 Million Dollars to date for Choc Hospital of Orange. We need all of our PDM friends to step up this year to help make the 15th Anniversary of CHOC Follies a true success. Last year we raised over $750,000.00 in just three nights of shows. You can help us by simply purchasing tickets to the performances or by becoming a sponsor. The great thing about Follies is that it's not just a bunch of people putting on a show. Each cast member is responsible for raising a minimum of $1000.00 for the charity as well as donating their time for rehearsals and the performance. Paul-Dean is honored to have been able to be a part of this truly rewarding charity and stands humbled by the people that he shares the stage with. This year PDM's good friend Robert Arthur, CEO of Invisible Touch Entertainment as donated over $6000.00 in services to this years show. We know that we aren't all able to do this much but, if you would just come out to the show or make a small contribution. This is where a little goes a long way.


Please join us in supporting this incredible charity. To purchase tickets simply go to www.chocfollies.org You may list Paul-Dean Martin as the cast member who referred you. He will also be glad to pick up tickets for you if you would like to send PDM a check or cash to do so. If you are unable to attend the performances it would be greatly appreciated if you would make a small or large contribution. You can simply make out a check to CHOC Follies and he will take it in for you or you can mail it directly to The CHOC Foundation yourself.

The last time Paul-Dean asked for your help at CHOC was this past Christmas when some Grinch stole 300 movies from the Children of CHOC. When he reached out to you, we were able to collect over 500 movies to replace the ones stolen. Paul-Dean is now asking you to help ensure that when their is a child in need of lifesaving treatment, that CHOC is there and able to save their life or ease their pain. PLEASE dig deep and join us in supporting CHOC Follies XV.

Performance Dates And Times
Thursday March 29th 8:00pm
Friday March 30th 8:00pm
Saturday March 31st 2:00pm Matinee and 8:00pm

200 Audience Members Cant Be Wrong.

Last night the Brea Civic Center got “All Shook Up”. Opening night of the hit Broadway musical directed by Gary Krinke left audience members clapping and singing along to the classic tunes of Elvis. From the “Jailhouse Rock” opening number to the “Burning Love” Finale the audience was transfixed on the high octane performances that fueled this incredible night of theatre. 

“All Shook Up” tells the story of sleepy small town where dancing has been outlawed by an over bearing Mayor Matilda played by Becki Daher who’s performance is reminiscent of Vicki Lawrence's Mama character from the classic Carol Burnett show. But Matilda may have met her match in a guitar playing roustabout named Chad played brilliantly by Drew Olvey. Olvey brings just enough comic timing to his hip swiveling coolness to balance out his characters performance. Chad's love interest Natalie, is brought to life by the lovely Taylor Courtney who captivates the audience as a sweet small town girl who trans forms herself in a tough small town boy in an attempt to win Chad’s heart.  But the love triangle turns into an octagon when Natalie's best friend Dennis played by Lance Smith, announces his intentions to win Natalie’s heart. Smith brings Broadway quality vocals to his performance and leaves the audience wanting more. As if all this drama wasn’t enough to keep you glued to your seat, we find out that Sandra is in love with Ed, Jim is in love with Sandra, Sylvia is in love with Jim, Chad is in love with Sandra and Dean and Lorraine are just plain in love. All of these character are brought to life by the talented Lauren Elizabeth Howard, Garry Hobday, Michaelyn Mitchell, Aaron McKinley Lyons and Diamond Polk.

 This town of crazies is watched over by the law and order of Sheriff Earl played by Paul-Dean Martin who is a mix of Sheriff Bufford T. Justice and Deputy Barney Fife. He doesn't have much to say, but when he does….. watch out. The show is rounded out with an ensemble cast which includes Bryce Crawford, Lorenzo Ferrer, Michael Gallardo, Kevin John Siazon, Johnna Breault, Kallie Downing, Brittany Logan, Sara Oviyach, Ashley Nelson, and Sevi Zitny that all bring a high energy to the songs of The King.

 “All Shook Up” is one of those small gems that is worth the price of admission. Long after you are in your car driving home. You will still be giggling over the antics of these characters and doing your best Elvis impersonation as you try your best to sing “Burnin Love”.

 

“All Shook Up” Runs at the Curtis Theatre in Brea May  5th, 6th and 1th 12th and 13th. Purchase your tickets at www.curtistheatre.com

 

 

PDM Gets All Shook Up!

We all know that Paul-Dean's love for the theatre doesn't end with PDM productions. While he continues to work tirelessly to bring the Young Actors Workshop to schools that have no arts program, Paul-Dean still finds time to take to the stage as a performer in other companies productions. And this month he is about to get "All Shook Up" in the new musical comedy featuring 25 hits from the King himself, Elvis. "When I was asked to take on the role of Sheriff Earl in the production at the Curtis Theatre. I jumped at the the chance to work with long time friend and director Gary Krinke" Said Paul-Dean. "I was also very excited to be working with well known musical director John Massey".

While coming out for a night of theatre featuring Paul-Dean is more than enough of a reason to see the show. You will be blown away by the performances that this cast brings to the stage. All Shook Up is the story of a small town where music and dancing has been outlawed. All looks hopeless until the arrival of a motorcycle riding stranger named Chad (Drew Olvey), a hip swiveling, guitar strumming roustabout. Chad's bike needs a mechanic's ministrations and so he turns off the highway and lands " in this square little town, in the middle of a square state . . . in the middle of a square decade. " The mechanic turns out to be a girl named Natalie (Taylor Courtney) who immediately falls madly in love with the tall, dark and handsome stranger -- to the chagrin of her unprepossessing best friend Dennis (Lance Smith) who loves her madly.

Once Natalie's wistful "Love Me Tender" sets the tone for the core romance, it's on to a welter of romantic sub-plots. Chad is so blind to Natalie's love that he doesn't even suspect that she's really his Twelfth Night style sidekick Ed. That's because he's smitten with Miss Sandra (Lauren Elizabeth Howard), the gorgeous red headed museum-on-wheels curator; so is Jim, (Gary Hobday), Natalie's widowed dad. Jim has his own devoted admirer in Sylvia (Michaelyn Mitchell) the proprietor of the local saloon (ingeniously decorated with license plates and tires). There's also a romance between Lorraine (Diamond Polk), Sylvia's teen aged daughter and Dean (Aaron McKinley Lyons), the tightly reigned-in son of the tyrannical Mayor Matilda Hyde (Becky Daher), who along with a docile Sheriff Earl (Paul-Dean Martin) patrols the streets in a Cadillac convertible to keep everyone in the town from having any fun.

The vehicular traffic across the stage includes a terrific star-crossed love scene involving a mock-Greyhound bus and a bicycle to the tune of "It's Now or Never" is just one of the fun special effects.  True to it's genre, there's a real juke box to light up when a song begins. Best of all is the outstanding chorus who bring powerhouse vocals and and hip swiveling choreography to everything else that happens along the way towards the inevitably all's well that ends well ending.

What keeps all the balls of the multi-faceted but feather light plot with its frequent self-parodying humor in the air are the Presley songs and the cast. Except for a few collaborative efforts, The King, as he was widely known, relied on other songsmiths like Carl Perkins, Leiber and Stoller, Arthur Crudup and Otis Blackwell. Even without Elvis to sing them they remain solid gold -- easy on the ears and deliciously danceable.

All Shook Up runs at the Curtis Theater in Brea May 4th, 5th, 6th and 11th, 12th, and 13th.

To order tickets visit www.curtistheatre.com

Make sure to mention Paul-Dean Martin when placing your order.

 

Our PDM Shining Star!

Every once in a while someone does something that makes you stop and think how lucky you are to have that person in your corner. For me that person is Barbara Duprete. I met Barbara while we were both volunteering for the “Choc Follies” an annual fundraiser for Choc Children’s Hospital of Orange County.  While I am still a rookie with the charity, Barbara is a seasoned pro, bringing thousands of dollars as well as her time and talents to the event. And it doesn't stop their with her. Barbara has come out to support me personally in my productions as she does all of the team at Choc Follies with their different events and endeavors.

      On our current production I put out a facebook plea for help selling advertising in our Playreel Program. I asked our friends to help support the scholarship fund by purchasing an ad in our Playreel program. And surprise, surprise, I opened the PDM mail to find a card from Barbara Duprete. The card read “Most people don’t know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don’t get too comfortable and fall asleep and miss your life. PDM I think you are one of these People !! “ And inside that card was a check. Thanks to her generosity not only did she cover the scholarship of one of our kids in the current show. But, because of her thoughtfulness another child will have a full scholarship in our next show as well.

     Barbara constantly gives me the credit for so much. But it is her and people like her that inspire me to do whatever it is I do. And this is why Barbara Duprete is our PDM Shining Star!

 

The Bells Rang Out At Rosa Parks Elementary.

To say that The PDM Young Actors Workshop has done it again, would be an understatement. Their latest production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” was as close to a Broadway production as you can get. From the opening sound of the tower bells, this production took the audience on an exciting and emotional ride that was a thrill to be a part of. Clopin the narrator of the piece, played light heartedly by young Rachel Abalos set the scene for us. The Evil Judge Frollo (Serena Villareal) takes charge of a poor miss shapen child after doing away with his parents. But he raises this child in the bell tower of Notre Dame. Giving him a cruel name that means half formed, Quasimodo played lovingly by Mia Cusianovic. Quasimodo's only friends are the gargoyles of the tower, Victor, Hugo, and Laverne (Charisma Del Torro, Justin DeTevis, and Isabella Medina.)  Just when you begin to think there is no hope for our would be hero, he is befriended by the lovely Esmerelda (Madison Burns) a gypsy girl who shows Quasi that he is not a monster and that there is a world beyond the walls of Notre Dame. What follows is a heart warming adventure through the streets of Paris and the elusive Court of Miracles. The entire cast set the tone for what turned out to be a remarkably professional production by the students of Rosa Parks.

      “I get a lot of credit for the show but, It is the cast that brings it all to life. “ said program director Paul-Dean Martin. This was the fifth production with the Young Actors Workshop at Rosa Parks. And if this was any hint of things to come, we can expect more fun filled performances from these kids. The Audience which reached over 500 between the two performances that evening were blown away by what they saw on stage. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" was Fabulous to say the least. Paul-Dean’s direction was superb and the talent, well unless you have seen and heard these young people you would not believe how incredible they are. Kudos' to Paul Dean and all those amazing kids! There was electricity in the room.”  Said Barbra Duprete. Barbara was not just a ticket holder but a scholarship sponsor as well.

      This show was all tied together with a beautiful bow by the chorus members who brought energy and excitement to the group numbers. And tears to the beautifully stage candlelight procession during the song “God Help The Outcast.” No one in this cast could have felt left out. Martin’s style of directing and choreography allows moments where every cast member can be seen and heard. They should all be very proud of what they accomplished as a team. Rosa Parks may need to bring in a structural engineer to check out the theatre because PDM brought down the house.

 

 The Reviews are in!

"It was incredible, my family and friends were very impressed with the show,  thanks again for all you do with  the kids."

                                              ..............Luz Mendoza

 

"Congratulations PDM for another great show! As always - Paul-Dean Martin Directed a fabulous show and EVERYONE was entertained! The kids did such a great job and I must say... that was the best cast "back-stage" that we have ever had."

                                              ..............Kathi Burns  

 

The PDM production of "The Hunchback o Notre Dame" presents all of us here at Rosa Parks with another opportunity to see our outstanding students display thier many talents and shine on stage

                                              ..............John Reynoso, Principal Rosa Parks

                                                                                            

 

PDM Hosts The Westfield Family Spooktacular

 

 On Saturday, October 27th PDM Hosted The Westfield Family Spooktacular at the Mainplace Mall in Santa Ana. Westfiled treated over 300 residents to free pumpkins, a decorating party, face-painting, a character artist and free books provided by the Orange County Children's Book Festival. Kids were invited to show up in costume and decorate their own pumpkin. The girls costumes represented every major cartoon character from Wonder Woman to the Disney Princesses. The boys costumes were just as awesome and included Power Rangers, Pirates Superheros and more. The afternoon was hosted by PDM's own Paul-Dean Martin who treated the crowds to interactive games and prizes.

 

 The event was topped off by performances from PDM students Mia Cusianovic and Rachel Abalos. Rachel not only sang but accompanied herself on the Ukelele. Mia performed an outstanding rendition of "Popular" from the Broadway Musical "Wicked."  After her performance Mia was invited to perform at the fundraiser for Children's Hospital. Which proves what Mr. Martin keeps saying at rehearsal. "Always put your best foot forward, because you never know who's watching."

 

 

PDM will be back at the Mainplace Mall on December 1st when they host "Breakfast with Santa." And every Thursday performing the "Read Me A Story With Music" live interactive story hour. If you would like to be a part of the cast for either of these events email us at [email protected] to set up an audition.

 

 

 

 

PDM Hosts Breakfast With Santa

The PDM Young Actors spread some Christmas cheer as they hosted the Westfield Mainplace Malls Breakfast with Santa Event. Twas many weeks before Christmas and all through the mall. All the shoppers were shopping and filling the halls. But the food court gave shoppers a moment to pause, as they were all treated to breakfast with the great Santa Clause. Westfield Malls invited shoppers to meet Santa as he sat the children down and read the holiday classic "Twas The Night Before Christmas".  Our own Paul-Dean Martin served as host and introduced the big man himself. After the story Santa invited all the children to come up and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. Phoebe asked for a new bike. Mia asked for Justin Bieber to come to her house. Maddie asked for a “One Direction” Cd. And Sebi asked for a pineapple? Really... a pineapple? That's our Sebi. After the kids put in Christmas wish lists, Santa Helped PDM as we played "Who Wants To Win A Million Words - Holiday Edition" our literacy game show were audience members get to answer questions on literature for the chance to win a prize. Santa picked a contestant from the audience as Paul-Dean did his best Regis Philbin impersonation and hosted the show. In the end a lucky little boy won the game and walked a way with the new S-1 Sleigh Play set from "Arthur Christmas".

After the game Santa had to return to his workshop in the mall where he delights all the holiday shoppers with pictures and stories thought the Christmas season at Westfield. But, the holiday magic didn't end there. The audience was treated to Christmas songs by PDM's own Mia Cusianavic and Maddie Burns. Mia delighted the crowd with a rendition of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause" while Maddie got things jumping with an upbeat version of "Santa Baby". The morning came to a close with Paul-Dean reading "I Know An Old Woman Who Swallowed A Bell". He even got the crowd to join in the story and help out. All the kids in attendance were treated to a breakfast from Subway, delivered in a collectible "Wreck It Ralph" souvenir Lunch bags. And every child went home with their own copy of "Twas The Night Before Christmas".

PDM was so excited to asked to be a part of this very special holiday event. And we all know how much Mr. Martin Loves Christmas.

Things Got Topsy Turvy At Brookhaven Elementary
Oh what a night for ticket holders of our latest production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." It was a night filled with fun, music and more. The students of Brookhaven took to the stage and delivered an enchanting evening of theatre. From the second the house lights went out to the final curtain call this was a true theatrical event. Keeping it's 20 year tradition of bringing Broadway style youth productions to life on stage, PDM delivered and delivered big. The audience sat mesmerized at the professional caliber of the performance. The show opens with our narrator Clopin, played by Rachel Evans, setting the scene for the events that were to follow. The Evil Judge Frollo played by guest actor Serena Villareal takes charge of a poor miss shapen child after doing away with his parents. But he raises this child in the bell tower of Notre Dame. Giving him a cruel name that means half formed, Quasimodo played by Emma Noel Monroy. Quasimodo's only friends are the gargoyles of the tower, Victor, Hugo, and Laverne (Ryan Evans, Luke Garberg, and Ella Horan.) Just when you begin to think there is no hope for our would be hero, he is befriended by the lovely Esmerelda (Samantha Mejia) a gypsy girl who shows Quasi that he is not a monster and that there is a world beyond the walls of Notre Dame. What follows is a heart warming adventure through the streets of Paris and the elusive Court of Miracles. The entire cast set the tone for what turned out to be a remarkably professional production by the students of Brookhaven.
"I was very impresed at the amount of respect and professionalism that the cast gave to the production." said prgram director Paul-Dean Martin. This was he second production with the Young Actors Workshop at Brokhaven. And if this was any hint of things to come, we can expect more fun filled performances from these kids. The audience reached over 400 between the two performances that evening and they were blown away with what they saw on stage. "It was a well organized performance. Truly amazing the talent that was revealed tonight!" Said Cindy Monroy.
We were even treated to an outstanding performance by Eric Dachenhausen who stepped into the role of Frollos Guard on the night of the performance and he never missed a que. Thank you Eric, we hope to see more of you on the PDM stage. Finally the chorus topped off this production with high energy performances that brought the audience to their feet with applause. And heart warming gasps rang out during the beautifully staged candlelight procession during the song "God Help The Outcast." No one in the cast could have felt left out. Martin's style of directing and choreography allows moments where every cast member can be seen and heard. The cast should be very proud of what they accomplished as a team. The gypsies in our show found a "Haven" in the court of miracles but, PDM has found a haven for great theatrical productions........a "Brookhaven."
Here are some video clips to relive the magic of the night!

The Reviews are in!

"Very Well Done! The kids were amazing and it was clear they had worked really hard."

..............Sherilyn Cammarato

"It was a great show! The young actors made it very believable. Very enjoyable. Truly felt it was an evening out."

..............A.M.

"This was amazing work."

..............Ty Clark

"They were wonderful."

..............Connie Quin

"Lets DO IT Agin!"

...............Joaquin Morales

"Wonderful Casting! Terrific Performance. You really get them in shape quickly and had terrific respect and response from the perfromers."

...............Dachenhausen

Paul-Dean Returns for the 16 Annual CHOC Follies

CHOC Follies opened Thursday night to a sold out crowd at the Robert B. Moore Theatre in Costa Mesa. Now entering it's 16th year, the follies is the second largest fundraiser for CHOC Children's Hospital. This charity brings together some of the best and brightest that Orange County has to offer. Everyone taking part in the show doesn't just perform on stage but, each cast member has the task of raising $1000.00 each from tickets and advertising sales. Joining the cast for his fourth straight year is our very own Paul-Dean Martin. "When I got involved with the follies my first year I just stood back and watched this well oiled machine come to life. It wasn't until my second year that I was fully immersed in everything follies." Martin Said.

But Martin didn't stop with raising his $1000.00 for the follies, he began enlisting his friends and business's that he has worked with thru the Young Actors Workshop. This year Westfiled Mall's and the California Pizza Kitchen both came on board as advertising sponsors. Rosanna Hanson Photography returned for her third year of photographing the cast for the program book and media outlets. Robert Arthur and Invisible Touch Entertainment is once again providing a DJ and lighting for the shows after parties. This year Eva Rovillos with Luck Love Photography has volunteered her time to not only photograph the show but , film the show as well.

Paul-Dean said "It is such a joy to see so many of my friends stepping up to help out CHOC." This year the follies has reached a milestone as it has raised over 6 Million dollars in it's 16 year run. This years theme is "Viva CHOC Vegas" the story of an angel named Lufthansa who must go to Las Vegas and redeem the souls of three people to earn her wings. And guess who one of those souls is. You guessed it Paul-Dean. He plays an Egyptian playboy who is gambling away his billions. A role that Paul-Dean says is clearly against type. The show is filled with lavish musical numbers all put together by the Follies Artistic team John Vaughn, (Director), Doug Austin (Musical Director) and Lee Martino(choreographer). The same team that has led the follies for the past 15 years. They have taken the impossible and made it possible. "No one could have done what these three have done over the past 15 years with the follies " said Gloria Zigner the creator and executive director of the follies.

At the closing of the opening night performance Mrs. Zigner pointed out that while this is the 16th Annual Follies, she is already taking names to join the cast when the follies returns in 2014 for it's 17th year.

Check out more pictures from the show.

PDM Raises Over $6000 For Ramirez Intermediate
PDM has done it again. The students of Ramirez Intermediate rocked the house in their production of “Grease”. This was the first ever PDM production to take place at Ramirez. Based on the sold out performances it wont be the last. Marlie Prescott was pitch perfect in her portrayal of Sandy, the transfer student looking to fit in. But it was her counter part Danny played by Parker Manier who shook and swiveled his hips in “Greased Lightnin” that got the crowd cheering for more. But, every story needs a bad girl and when Rizzo is bad she’s really good. Played to the top by Maddie Burns. Maddies rendition of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” left the audience breathless.

But it was the entire cast that brought the audience to their feet for a three minute standing ovation. "I was again blown away by the commitment and professional performances that we were able to bring out in this cast." said Program Director Paul-Dean Martin.

Martin was invited by the Ramirez Drama Department to work on the musical. "Our production of Grease was beyond fantastic. The feedback we received after the show was phenominal. Teaming up with PDM Young Actors was an amazing experience. It was truly an honor to work with Paul-Dean Martin. Not only did he teach my students the foundation of acting, but he transformed them into Broadway stars. He challenged me, motivated me, ad inspired me as a mentor and I am so grateful for all of the time and hard work that he invested into the Ramirez Drama program.“ Said Ramirez Drama Teacher Jennifer Scott.

The evening boasted two sold out performances that were seen by over 700 Eastvale residents in attendance. As if an evening of theatre wasn't enough of a treat for the students of Ramirez, the night was brought to a rocking finale when Mr. Martin donated 100% of the ticket sales to the Ramirez Drama Department. A total of well over $6000.00.

I was so excited to be able to raise such a large amount for the Ramirez Drama program. Too many times the arts take a back seat to other programs. But, with the success of shows like “glee”, “Smash”, and The High School Musical” series the arts are once again in the spotlight” said Martin. “It’s not just about performing on stage but , it’s about the tools from that performance that our students take into the real world when presenting themselves for jobs and business opportunities in their personal lives.”

Paul-Dean Martin is no stranger to charitable affairs. This past year he was the recipient of the Angel Light Academies “Angels On Earth Award “for his work with children through the arts. He is currently volunteering his time performing in the 16th annual Choc Follies where his cast is on track to raise over a half a million dollars in just three nights of shows for CHOC Hospital. “I hope that everyone can help out the Follies by purchasing a ticket this year at ChocFollies.org” Martin Said.

This is just the beggining of PDM’s relationship with Ramirez Intermediate. Because of the overwhelming success of “Grease” PDM has already been invited back for another production to begin rehearsal in March. We hope to see you all there.

Check Out These Highlights From The Show

Cinderella's Top Ticket Seller Of The Week
 She's Done it AGAIN!!!!!!! Congratulation to our top ticket seller of the week Jael Kovacs. She has sold 41 tickets to our production of "Cinderella." She has now sold 3 Times the amount requested of our cast members. This helps us to ad things to the production to make our performance night a success. Jael is currently in 7th grade and is new to PDM this year. She is loving it! Jael found a passion for singing and musical theater just over a year ago. She feels she has already grown and has gained more confidence from her experience with PDM. Since starting PDM she is a “happy camper” when she comes home from school, especially on a PDM day. Also since PDM, she sings most of the time when she’s home, in the car, or well just about anywhere. Some of Jael’s other interests are reading, writing (she has been working on writing a book this past year), drawing (mostly original comics), video games, dancing/tap/jazz & making movies. Her favorite video/computer games are Zelda and Mine Craft. We are very excited to have Jael joining our cast and even more exited to be able to call her top ticket seller of the week

PDM Honors Veterans By Helping Them Find a Home

In the tradition of giving back to our community that PDM has always been based on. This week the cast of "Cinderella" is donating 100% of their ticket sales from the Thursday night performance to the The Veterans Affordable Housing Program. We are helping place a Veteran in their own home this week. You can help by simply purchasing a $6.00 ticket to the show. Your $6.00 donation will be matched when you purchase or donate a ticket to The Production of "Cinderella" This Thursday. Unlike other groups out there, we are giving 100% of the ticket sales from Thursdays performance to The Veterans Affordable Housing Program. We have already sold over 400 tickets. If all of our PDM Web Site Members would donate just one $6.00 ticket, we would raise an additional $4000. And with the funds already raised and our matching doner we could place THREE VETERANS in their own homes. In the past 22 months VAHP has placed over 100 Veterans in their own homes.

Please purchase a ticket or make a donation at PDMYoungActors.com. Click on WEB STORE. OR Mail it to PDM Young Actors Workshop at PO Box 27631 Anaheim, Ca. 92809 This will make the donation eligible for the matching contribution.

 

You can learn more about The Veterans Affordable Housing Program By Logging On To Their Website. Just Click their logo Below.

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