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'Glory' Angel to Play Calendar Girl in 'Breaking Up Is Hard to Do'

Jamie Dana—formerly Jamie Argersinger—will appear in a local production of a musical featuring the works of Neil Sedaka.

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“She sings like an angel” is what you might say after you've heard Jamie Dana sing, and you would be right.

Dana played the part of the Angel of the Lord, lead soloist for two seasons in the Crystal Cathedral's’ The Glory of Christmas. She was suspended up to 80 feet in the air and flew up to 25 mph via the church’s wiring system.

She describes her time as an angel as one of the best she’s ever had performing. In the show, she hovered over Mary singing, “Fear not, I bring you great tidings of joy.” 

“It is the ultimate rush, performing in such a beautiful place in front of a huge audience with amazing special effects. I wish I could do it again,” she said.

The show is no longer, but Dana was in the final performance.

Dana has been doing musicals for quite some time, has been in more than 20 and even married her leading man, Mark Dana, after falling in love while she was still Jamie Argersinger, playing Audrey to his Seymour on the set of Musical Theatre Village’s Little Shop of Horrors. He is also in her current show.

The talent runs in the family. Her younger brother, Sam Argersinger, 12, performs as well, and will appear as Oliver in Musical Theatre Village’s “Oliver!,” which opens June 10 in Irvine.

Jamie gets to do shows of a different type in her day job as a hairstylist in San Juan Capistrano. In addition to the work she does for her typical clients, she does hairstyling for photo shoots and runway shows.

“It’s really fun, because I get to create one-of-a-kind styles that might be a little too over-the-top to see someone walking down the street with.

“One of my favorites was creating the Queen of Hearts hairstyle for an Alice in Wonderland shoot.”

Dana is working on Breaking Up Is Hard to Do. Set in the 1960s and featuring 16 of Neil Sedaka’s songs, it is the story of two friends—Lois (played by Dana) and Marge—who escape to a resort when Marge’s fiancé calls off their wedding. It’s a wild weekend of love, friendship and mistaken identity. Dana says, “Lois is the ditzy one, which is a lot of fun to play.”

Presented by Stage Door Repertory Theatre and directed by Nick Charles the show will have a live band on stage. It plays for three weekends only, June 11 through June 26, at the Attic Community Theatre in Santa Ana, 2834 S. Fairview St.  Tickets are $22 for general admission and $19 for seniors, military and students. Tickets may be purchased at  stagedoorrep.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=3604

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