Alina Cenal is a Cuban-American performer, director, teacher and writer whose career extends over 35 years in television, theater, and film. Alina has created a one-woman show “Words From a Cuban Father”: mambo, carnival, revolution, Fidel and my father, Miami, hotdogs, drag-queens, the circus, discos, Hollywood, fun music and dance highlight Cenal’s bilingual experience of being yanked from her native Cuba as a child and yearning to return. The strong presence of her proud father guides her through the American cultural landscape.
Kids Acting Out-west has been providing performance art programs for students in Ventura County since 1996. It is our goal for all students to maximize their potential in a fun, positive and non-judgmental environment in when they attend these acting classes. We offer “creative” performance art programs that are affordable to all. Click on the links below to learn more.
Alina Cenal’s Words From a Cuban Father uses dance strategically in her autobiographical meditation on the death of her dad — who was a law school roommate of Fidel Castro in Havana. Her dad eventually fled to Miami in 1961, and the family soon followed. The show, directed by James Donlon, contains a vivacious string of anecdotes and impersonations of family and friends, a sexy dance through life. The whimsical clash between Cuban hip-swaying and the aesthetic formalities in a Florida ballet class is lovely. The family’s political softening and the harrowing scenes of caring for a dying patriarch are quite moving.”
Storytelling is an interactive performance art form. Alina incorporates music, dance and improvisation to bring the elements and images of a story to life. Alina is available for school assemblies, classroom enrichment, and library programs. (Bilingual when needed).
We have created a very exciting, fun-filled program for your child to experience the magic of theater. Our Summer Theater Camp offers a four week session during the summer, in Newbury Park. Campers are involved in a full day that includes all aspects of theater, from “the page to the stage”, culminating in performances.
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Our Performing Arts Program is an on-going theater workshop on Monday nights in Newbury Park. Students from different schools work together to create a theater performance with “lights, costumes and action!” Click on the button to learn more.
Students gain self-esteem, creativity and self-expression while learning various performances skills. Our programs can be created for eight, twelve, or sixteen week sessions, or customized to fit your school’s need. Our After School Enrichment programs are located conveniently on your school campus. Students work with professionals in many different aspects of performing arts. This is a great experience for both first timers and seasoned performers.
The Artist in the Classroom is an eight week residency that offers interactive, hands-on learning lessons. Alina offers workshops in storytelling, theater and salsa dancing. Click on the button to learn more.