2017 Rose Parade Royal Court tryouts

2016 Royal Court: Sarah Shaklan, Rachelle Liu, Bryce Bakewell, Erika Winter, Regina Pullens, Natalie Hernandez-Barber, Donaly Marquez. c2016LBMonteros
2016 Royal Court: Sarah Shaklan, Rachelle Liu, Bryce Bakewell, Erika Winter, Regina Pullens, Natalie Hernandez-Barber, Donaly Marquez. c2016LBMonteros

by Laura Berthold Monteros

What does it take to be a Rose Princess in the 128th Rose Parade? Former princesses and queens say pretty much the same thing: be confident, be genuine, be yourself. We might add that being involved in community and school service is important, as is a positive attitude.  The Tournament of Roses is looking for seven young women to serve on the 2017 Royal Court and ride down Colorado Blvd. in on Jan. 2.  One of these girls will become the 99th Rose Queen.  Applications are available beginning Aug. 1 on the Royal Court webpage.

 

The first round of tryouts is held over two days, Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.at Tournament House, 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. Schools are assigned specific time slots, but if an applicant cannot be there at that time, she can come during any of the tryout hours.

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2017 Rose Parade equestrian line up announced

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Medieval Times at 2016 Rose Parade. copyright Ramona Monteros.
Medieval Times at 2016 Rose Parade. Copyright Ramona Monteros.

The 20 equestrian groups that will participate in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2, 2017 were announced today. There are some old favorites, some newcomers, and some returning groups. Missing after 68 years of riding down Colorado Blvd. is the Long Beach Mounted Police, but the Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society, which last rode in the 2015 Rose Parade, is back. The eight new groups in the list are marked with a .

Equestrians are chosen to showcase different breeds, costumes, and tack as well as for their ability to entertain the crowds along the parade route.  All riders must have previous parade experience.  The units are invited to participate in Equestfest presented by Wells Fargo on Dec. 29, 2015 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.  Equestfest is an opportunity for groups to show off their riding, roping and shooting skills.  The stables are open for visitors. Sharp Seating has tickets available on their website. Continue reading “2017 Rose Parade equestrian line up announced”

History Lit trio of plays at Pasadena Museum of History

Elyse Ashton and Morgan Zenith in “The Girl Who Owned a Bear” in the History Lit production at Pasadena Museum of History. Credit: Daniel Kitayama

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Three carefully chosen plays offer a spectrum of emotions in Unbound Productions History Lit at Pasadena Museum of History through July 31. This is the second time the company has mounted a trio of adapted short stories reflecting various historical periods at the museum. History Lit is immersive theater, where the action takes place in close proximity to the audience and the venue enhances the stories. Two of the plays, “The Garden Party” and “Two Pictures in One” were originally presented four years ago, and one, “The Girl Who Owned a Bear,” makes its debut.

Jonathan Josephson’s adaptation of a short story from American Fairy Tales by L. Frank Baum, “The Girl Who Owned a Bear” is a delightful confection that utilizes the current exhibit at PMH, “Flying Horses & Mythical Beasts: The Magical World of Carousel Animals.” It was the perfect setting for the fanciful tale of…well, you have to see it, but let’s just say that it’s the story of a resourceful and imaginative, if a bit spoiled, young lady who does not like to read. Morgan Zenith captured the credulity of Jane Gladys and Chairman Barnes brought humor to the affable author Peter Smith. Elyse Ashton, Mark Bate, and Melissa Perl played creatures only Baum could have dreamed up.
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