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BERLIN: THE MUSIC OF IRVING BERLIN
Jan/Feb 2013
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Rediscover the rousing songs of Irving Berlin: The hits just keep on coming during Simi’s rousing Irving Berlin revue -By Rita Moran
Posted February 1, 2013

“Two perennial favorites among Berlin’s love songs, ‘Always’ and ‘How Deep Is the Ocean,’ are masterfully and movingly sung by Carolyn Freeman Champ, whose soaring voice underscores the simple but moving sentiments.” – vcstar.com

Illustration by Joseph Lusker

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PIPPIN
April/May 2012

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

STAGE SCENE LA
SCVAC describes their Pippin as taking place in the ‘intriguing and wacky world of Steampunk Carnivale,’ and an exciting new interpretation it is
-By Steven Stanley
Posted May 7, 2012

Illustration by Joseph Lusker

“a sizzling standout… is Carolyn Freeman Champ’s divalicious Fastrada. (“…’Spread A Little Sunshine’ is a particular treat…)”

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STAGE & THEATRE REVIEW
by Charles Foster Carmichael

“This production is not only unique but has a stellar cast of actors and dancers that is worth the ticket

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VENTURA BREEZE
Pippin does its magic in Simi

By Jim Spencer & Shirley Lorraine

“Pippin adds another jewel to the crown of the SVCAC, which consistently mounts outstanding productions”.

“Among those who stand out are …Fastrada, played by Carolyn Freeman Champ… All the players appear to be fully immersed in their various roles”.

“The cast performs at a level equal to what one would expect at the Ahmanson or Pantages theaters”.

“…the performance was over before the audience was ready to let it go…”

 

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WORKING: THE MUSICAL
August/September 2011
Panic! Productions

Hillcrest Center for the Arts
Theatre on the Hill, Thousand Oaks, CA

VENTURA COUNTY STAR
“Panic! performers work up a sweat in ‘Working”
Enthusiastic Panic! troupe gets the job done in ‘Working
-By Rita Moran
Posted September 2, 2011

“…Carolyn Freeman Champ add(s) lively performance skills to (her) vocals…”

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AGOURA HILLS PATCH
“A Hard ‘Working’ Musical” A rarely produced musical, ‘Working by the creator of ‘Wicked,’ opens to a full house. - by Gordon Durich

“…Pungent lines that linger long past the curtain, include one from the fourth-generation cleaning woman (Carolyn Freeman Champ)…”

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THE ACORN
~ By CaryGinell
An exemplary cast featuring veterans and newcomers from the local scene… [Paul] Panico and [Robert] Weibezahl are to be congratulated on the launching of their new production company, and we look forward to future efforts.”

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THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL
January/February 2011
Conejo Players, Thousand Oaks, CA

VENTURA COUNTY STAR

“French Revolution surges to life in Conejo Players’ tuneful production of Scarlet Pimpernel”
Swords and chords - By Rita Moran, Arts Writer – January 28, 2011

“…Champ has a rich range and seems very much at home as the French chanteuse, yet still can sing softly and beautifully when called upon.”

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THE ACORN
“Aristocratic superhero delights in Conejo Players’ Scarlet Pimpernel” - By Cary Ginell – February 3, 2011

“…Freeman Champ brings a lovely voice to the proceedings in her duet with (John) Gaston, “When I Look at You,” and her solo, “I’ll Forget You.”

“…Conejo Players’ cast is uniformly excellent”


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Hindl

 

BACKSTREET: THE MUSICAL
Presented by SMP
Jewish Heritage Series – May/June 2010
Santa Monica Playhouse

•AMERICAN PRESS SERVICE and FEATURES SYNDICATE
“You have a dazzling impressive, poignant and remarkable experience in store for you!”
Backstreet: The MusicalBy Evelyn I. Challis, Ph.D

“…The poignancy of their (the Jewish ‘working girls’) lives is captured beautifully by Carolyn Freeman Champ as Hindl, when she sings ‘In The Summer of My 14th Year’, a haunting number which still gives goosebumps in memory”.

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Theatre Review: BackstreetBy Lynne Bronstein

“…the cast of Backstreet is very capable in the vocal area (special kudos to Carolyn Freeman Champ for her extraordinary rendition of the ballad ‘In the Summer of My 14th Year’)…”

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BACKSTAGE
Reviewed by Iris Mann

“…the character of Hindl, played by Carolyn Freeman Champ, …has a touching turn with ‘In the Summer of My 14th Year’…”

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Additional articles
LA STAGE ALLIANCE
STAGEHAPPENINGS.COM

TOLUCAN TIMES

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THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
September  2009
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

Folksy ‘Whorehouse’ musical teases and pleases in SimiBy Rita Moran

“…There are standout voices that punctuate the show, beginning with Carolyn Freeman Champ as Jewel, Miss Mona’s sidekick, who leads the girls in a rousing ‘Twenty-Four Hours of Lovin’…”

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SUITE101.COM
Simi Valley Has A Whorehouse In It!
The Broadway Classic Turns Its Tricks at the Cultural Arts Center
By Sean Costa

“…Always at [Miss Mona's] side, yet so out on her own cloud of awesome it’s almost bewildering, Carolyn Freeman Champ, in the role of Jewel, holds down the fort when not tearing down the house with her range defying rendition of 24 Hours of Lovin’…”

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IOLANTHE
June 2007
Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Rep Co.
Hillcrest Center for the Arts/Theatre on the Hill
Thousand Oaks, CA

VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Ventura troupe delivers Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Iolanthe’ with comic spirit –
By Rita Moran

“…Voices that stood out in the crowd included Carolyn Freeman Champ as a zesty Fairy Queen…”

Freeman Champ managed to work in a bit of comic humor in the way she sang as well as with the witty words…”

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THOUSAND OAKS ACORN
Delightful absurdities fill Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Iolanthe’
By Cary Ginell soundthink@aol.com

“…As the queen, Carolyn Freeman Champ brought a robust zest to the role; she nearly stole every scene she was in.”

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JSLC

JUDY’S SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
December 2006
Transport Theatre, Ventura, CA

VC REPORTER
So good, it’s scary:
Transport Theatre beams us back to 1959
~ By STACEY WIEBE ~ Online Review

“…Carolyn Freeman Champ is fantastic as Ethel Merman — so fantastic, in fact, that I knew who she was as soon as she opened her mouth backstage and without looking at the program. Freeman Champ is an exceptionally strong vocalist and has so much verve as Merman that…I had a good time just looking at her. Like her colleagues, Freeman Champ succeeds in making the character more than a simple caricature of someone we think we know. In her hands, Merman is still Merman, but she’s not a cartoon. By the end of the show, we genuinely feel for these people we’ll never really know, and whose mammoth careers we’ll never truly fathom.”

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•VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Gang’s all here in a ‘Scary’ Christmas –
By Rita Moran, Arts writer December 14, 2006

“…Carolyn Freeman Champ as Ethel Merman… With a curly mass of hair and a clarion voice, she too stops the show. Every time she sings Merman leaps to mind, and near the end of the show when she holds a belting note seemingly forever, she brings down the house.”

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•ETA VTA

“…Carolyn Freeman Champ as Ethel Merman tears down the house with the song Mauna Loa Hula Holiday from her album “Ethel Goes Hawaiian.”

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