Friday, December 31

LuLu is a jazz singer Edgar Bergen Style. She is a comedic, sophisticated life-like puppet in duet with a real jazz singer, Miz' Sydney Gay from New Orleans. In upbeat style Sydney, LuLu, and surprise guests toss to the audience important issues of life, business, war, love, romance and life in America.

Sydney Gay's puppet training began in the French Quarter 1943. Her family came from the Creole tradition of Zydeco music and Fey do do, family cabaret.

The idea for LuLu developed after surgery at Cottage Hospital put Sydney into a wheelchair for twelve years. Before this Sydney actively traveled into master classes in Europe with the world's greatest artists, a combination of classical orchestra with jazz and puppetry. For eleven years she worked behind the scenes as artist assistant for the original Mozart Festivals at Lincoln Center. In 1977 she began a seventeen-year journey into third-world countries with the Interfaith Missions, Lima, Peru; Church of the Nazarene, Port-au-Prince Haiti, Saint Peter's Jazz Orchestra, Citicorp New York; Soul Saving Station, Harlem; Kansas City Strip Times Square; Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs. "In some of the countries the only thing that saved our lives was the music we played."

Sydney has been a resident of Montecito since 1989, the wife of community activist Harry Kislevitz, she is also program director for, linked into Washington, D.C. and the Camarillo Youth Correction Center of California. LuLu's Back in Town is music, poetry and true stories with profound meanings.

Puppets for the show are designed by Axtell Expressions, Ventura California: The content of program is suitable for adults and excellent for musical children age eight and older.


LuLu's Back in Town
TIME: Friday, December 31, at 5:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
$12 adults, $10 children

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Center Stage Theater is located in the Paseo Nuevo Center, upstairs at the intersection of Chapala and De la Guerra Streets, Santa Barbara, California.

Take Highway 101 to Carrillo Street, exit and turn toward the mountains (northbound turns right, southbound turns left). Proceed to Chapala Street (fourth light) and turn right. Proceed 1-1/2 blocks and turn left into either of two entrances to Paseo Nuevo. Park near the elevator, or proceed to roof-level parking.