Tag Archives: theatre

Costello named managing director at VYT

Bridget Costello, former director of development at Children’s Museum of Phoenix, has been named managing director for Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) by its board of directors.

“I am very excited to join Valley Youth Theatre,” said Costello. “It’s an incredible organization that has been a cornerstone in local children’s theater for 25 years. I look forward to working with the staff and community of VYT to help inspire young people to achieve their highest potential.”

Bridget CostelloIn her new role as managing director at VYT, Costello will collaborate with Producing Artistic Director Bobb Cooper who has managed and grown the theater company since he started in 1996.

“After 18 years of juggling creative, production and administrative responsibilities, I am very thankful to have Bridget on board,” said Cooper.

Upon earning her BFA in Theatre Education and a minor in English from ASU, Costello started teaching English and assisting with theatrical performances at Rhodes Junior High School in Mesa.

While coordinating special events like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Phoenix, she also began fundraising for The American Ireland Fund and raised an average of $1M a year for St. Mary’s High School.

As president and CEO of Emerald Consulting LLC, she consulted with nonprofits, schools and associations on service such as strategic plans, motivational speaking, retreat planning and board development.

Among other responsibilities, Costello with oversee the VYTal Affair fundraiser at the Herberger Theater Center on August 16, 2014. To find out about sponsorship opportunities or request an invitation, call 602.253.8188 x304.


The Dish: Truffles

Truffles are one of the easiest and most decadent things you can make. They lend themselves well to just about any flavor you can dream up, which makes them a versatile and elegant crowd pleaser.


— 2/3 cup heavy cream

— 12-ounce package (about 2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips or substitute in any variety of chocolate

— 2 tsp vanilla extract. Substitute almond extract, rose water or orange flower water if desired.

— Add 1 tsp espresso powder, orange or lemon zest, ground-dehydrated raspberries or any other flavoring before adding the chocolate. Try a pinch of cinnamon and cayenne, or cardamom for an exotic, floral flavor.



— 1/4 cup cocoa powder or powdered sugar

— 3/4 cup toasted, shredded coconut

— 1/2 cup chopped pistachios or any nut you prefer


Bring cream to boil in heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate; whisk until melted and smooth. Whisk in vanilla. Pour into medium bowl.

Cover; chill until firm, about 3 hours.

Line baking sheet with waxed paper. Drop mixture by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet.

Freeze until firm, about 45 minutes.

Place cocoa, coconut, nuts or any other coatings in separate bowls. Roll truffles between hands into rounds. Roll truffles in coatings.

Cover with plastic; chill until ready to serve.

Can be made 2 weeks ahead. Keep chilled.


Click the image below for a printable recipe card.



Tips to stay in style in Scottsdale

Fashion trends come and go in a flash. So how’s a girl to know what’s “in” and what’s “soooo last season?” The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau reached out to the style experts at Scottsdale Fashion Square who provided these tips for staying on trend with the hottest fall looks.

* Everything old is new again and the 1990′s are reflected in every detail.
* No need to be green with envy, every shade of green makes an appearance this season.
* Navy is the new neutral, pair it with a pop of color to stand out.
* Rich in color, like a nice wine, berry makes a colorful display from head to toe.
* Classic patterns with a twist: leopard, plaid, pinstripes, and especially houndstooth.
* Leather is not just for motorcycle jackets, it’s worn as tops, skirts, skinny pants and comes in every color.
* Stay cozy in boxy outerwear – oversized coats provide comfort or cinch them with a belt for a tailored look.
* Chokers speak volumes as statement necklace pieces.
* No more teetering on high skinny stilettos; this season chunky heels return with a heavier step.
* Shine bright in metallic again – keep gold apparel and jewelry in the closet from last season.

RealD glasses

Theatres Are Going RealD

RealD 3D eyewear

Photo: Flickr, AleGranholm

What used to be a novelty in the entertainment business is now expected by consumers worldwide. Movies have gone three-dimensional — or RealD as it is now being called — and while a 2-D version of the film is still available for viewing, theaters are offering the 3-D version simultaneously.

The term RealD comes from the leading global licensor of stereoscopic (three-dimensional) technologies. It is with the RealD Cinema System that many consumers now view 3-D motion pictures and alternative 3-D content.

Three-dimensional film has come a long way. It started in the 19th century with a British film pioneer William Friese-Greene, but it wasn’t until 1922 that the first confirmed 3-D film had a paying audience. There was little to no interest in this new development in entertainment, however, until later years.

These days, many who lived through the ’80s and ’90s remember the cardboard and plastic glasses with red and green lenses. They came in magazines with 3-D images, and we put them on to watch the three-dimensional tricks that television shows threw into their programming.

The glasses — along with the filming technology — have  evolved significantly from then. The design of the glasses has been made more fashionable, for one, and the red and green lenses are no longer necessary. It’s almost like wearing regular glasses, and movie theaters make a point to recycle the RealD eyewear.

avatar movie

Photo: Flickr, securecat

Eco-Friendly and more realistic entertainment is what consumers have to look forward to in theater and in the homes now. As technology advances we may have even more to look forward to soon. It is an incredible and unique opportunity that the latest stereoscopic technology has provided us. Sights that were nothing more than 2-D images on a screen are now so realistic that films like Avatar have warnings for viewers who may be afraid of heights.

RealD could help us experience things that are otherwise unavailable to consumers due to physical handicaps or inaccessible locations. The realistic quality of 3-D makes it easier to imagine that what you see is actually there. It has already helped advance fields of science, and, with further distribution, to communities it could help education.