Dupre’s Fascinating Story of Adversity and Triumph

Photo courtesy Alen Barbosa Wood
India Dupre, at the keyboard, is surrounded by adoring students, including Jessica Mazin, Genny Seto, Shelby Kim, Lauren Halley, Tanvi Chawla, Soren Dziak, Bo Oliver, Nitya Chawla and Axel Frame.

Sometimes, when she’s coaching kids in the neighborhood, imparting important technical pointers and, more crucially, being a booster of the confidence that makes those skills sing, the thought strikes India Dupre: “I was only that little.”
In La Cañada Flintridge, Dupre comes highly recommended. For the past 15 years, she’s worked here as a voice and acting teacher for youth, sometimes directing ambitious productions at the La Cañada Junior Theater and often tutoring pupils privately as they prepare for auditions.
Most of those students don’t know much about Dupre’s personal background beyond the fact that she comes with a cool Australian accent.
Heck, as LCF resident Brent Kuszyk put it, he had to “pry” to get Dupre even to talk about her professional accomplishments after his daughter, Ali, began taking voice lessons from her. So clients might not know that Dupre graduated magna cum laude from UCLA’s School of Theater, that she’s appeared on network TV shows and in video games or, soon, that she’ll be making a short film funded largely by the Kevin Spacey Foundation.
This year, the KSF Artists of Choice program awarded Dupre a grant to help transfer her biographical story from her computer hard drive to the screen.
Dupre will direct the seven-minute “Stripped” as a proof of concept for a full-length feature. She’s set out to tell a tale — with help from La Cañada Junior Theater actors Stella Bonstin and Bo Oliver — that will teach viewers a lot about a difficult, despicable chapter in Australian history. And about her. Continue reading “Dupre’s Fascinating Story of Adversity and Triumph”

Super-Speed Internet Comes to Crowell

Accessing information online has become increasingly common in the digital age. Connection speeds have escalated and libraries all over the country now feature computers alongside traditional bookshelves. The Crowell Public Library is no different, except patrons at San Marino’s information hub will now be placed directly at the forefront of this technological trend, thanks to a new Internet system. Continue reading “Super-Speed Internet Comes to Crowell”

Reviewing Election Successes

For two challengers in last week’s City Council election, status as an outsider carried considerable weight. But a little money didn’t hurt, either.
Steve Talt and Dr. Steven Huang each raised in excess of $33,000 in campaign funds for the race, according to disclosure documents on file with the city clerk. They handily unseated the two incumbents, Mayor Eugene Sun and Councilman Dennis Kneier. Continue reading “Reviewing Election Successes”

Council to Solicit Citizens’ Advice on Budget Committee

The City Council welcomes the community’s input on San Marino’s budget, but it wants to be closely engaged in the process. At its meeting last week, the council steered away from establishing a citizens’ budget commission and instead agreed to create an ad hoc council committee — one that will have two council members sitting in on the proceedings. Continue reading “Council to Solicit Citizens’ Advice on Budget Committee”

Girls’ Social World is Subject of Talk

For adolescent girls, the elementary and middle school social scene can be a strange, frightening and confusing place. For their parents, it can be even more so. To help both parties navigate the murky waters ahead, an upcoming Partnership for Awareness event will tackle the issue of girls’ social and emotional development through these formative years. Continue reading “Girls’ Social World is Subject of Talk”

Refurbished Auditorium Makes HMS Shine

Audience members inside Huntington Middle School’s Kenneth White Auditorium may notice something different while watching musical performances or attending assemblies this fall. Chairs that used to squeak at the slightest shift in weight are now silent. Walls that carry sound throughout the venue are quieter as well — at least in terms of their color scheme. The vision of Principal Jason Kurtenbach and the San Marino Unified School District PTA was finally realized when HMS unveiled its auditorium refurbishments during a ribbon-cutting ceremony inside the spruced-up space last month. Continue reading “Refurbished Auditorium Makes HMS Shine”