GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company started as a means of transporting children to another world. Its first production, Alice in Wonderland, taught 60 students at Minnie Gant Elementary School how to travel down the rabbit hole while providing them with an expressive outlet. With their newfound skills, that cast of first through fifth graders performed for full audiences at the University Theater at CSULB in October 2005.
Since then, GO-FAME has expanded into a theatre program for all youth in the community, but its mission remains the same: to encourage youth to explore the arts and expand their skills. When they walk out on stage, students leave behind their old selves and step into the role of performers, and GO-FAME teaches them how. Several weeks of acting lessons and rehearsals preempt annual productions for friends and family. Past performances have included Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Dear Edwina, and The Paper Bag Bandit.
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Leah Marsh discovered Pilates in college, but she never though it's where her career path would end up. After working at a luxury magazine and then for an eco-fashion designer, however, she found her way back to Pilates and opened a studio in her hometown of Long Beach. Marsh now operates two Pilates X studios, each of which hosts a diverse array of Pilates, yoga, and cardio classes. For all of their differences, these classes share an emphasis on toning muscles with Pilates techniques. Marsh has even put to use her background in eco-conscious fashion, stocking her studios with boutique sportswear and encouraging her students to only deadlift renewable trees.
On the sun-dappled streets of Long Beach, the broad glass windows of 2nd Street Beauty Boutique’s flagship store sparkle just as brightly as the rows of cosmetics that rest behind them. Inside each 2nd Street Beauty outpost, sleek white beauty stations hoist Stila blushes and rows of Smashbox lipsticks that stand in perfectly straight lines like soldiers at attention or British people queuing for the bus. With an elixir, serum, or solution for every hair, skin, and nail concern imaginable, the staff at 2nd Street Beauty guides guests through dozens of high-end products, and even performs facials and hair services in the adjacent salon.
The running shoe specialists at Runners High utilize a computerized foot-scanning machine to analyze arch patterns, weight distribution, and tickle zones in order to pair customers up with the right shoes. During 20–30-minute fitting sessions, customers stand on the scanner before running or walking in different pairs of shoes. Staffers can also examine wear patterns on the customer’s old sneakers to inform their suggestions. After analysis, Runners High can donate the used shoes to One World Running, an international program that promotes health, fitness, and nutrition by providing running shoes to those in need around the world.
Ever since they plugged in their first bed in Los Alamitos in 1997, the expert tanning technicians at Glow Tanning Company have dedicated their professional careers to keeping bodies bronzed and beautiful. Today, they've filled their Long Beach location with efficient, high-tech tanning systems designed with every client in mind. From powerful generation beds that work in one-third the time of older models to UV-free Norvell spray-tans delivered by a certified master technician, the salon adds sun-kissed tones to all who enter. In addition to the tanning systems themselves, the Smart-Tan-certified technicians are also versed in other areas of of the bronzing process, ready to dispense advice about which lotion is best for a particular skin type or how to minimize unwanted UV exposure during tanning sessions.
Glow Tanning Company is also home to Glow Waxing and Sugaring, where licensed cosmetologists expertly shapes their brows or smooths their bikini lines. A complimentary numbing cream helps prevent pain during intimate waxing and sugaring treatments; afterwards, a steam towel treatment eliminates any lingering stickiness. Techs also observe high standards of hygiene, using antibacterial solution to cleanse all waxed areas after treatment.
From 18 studios scattered around Los Angeles, Lori Moran Music Studios’ armada of instructors offers all-ages voice, piano, guitar, violin, and composition classes. With teachers who have worked on films such as Dreamgirls and Dance Flick, world-touring operatic productions, and Grammy-nominated choral CDs, the school can cater to virtually every musical taste—from classical to jazz to pop. Students choose the emphasis of their lessons, whether they want to work on their public performance skills, write their own songs, sight-read scores, or simply be able to play musical chairs during a power outage. Many will also get the chance to show off in recitals, concerts, and showcases.