Thursday, July 30, 2009

Red Hats invade Folsom's Stage Nine Theatre

l-r Peggy Huntsman, Mary Young
Photograpy by Allen Schmeltz Productions
Announcement from Stage Nine

Opening at Folsom’s Stage Nine Theatre on July 31st, “Hats! The Musical” returns to the Sacramento area to spread its message that women should celebrate—rather than fear—turning fifty. Last staged over a year ago at Magic Circle Theatre in Roseville, “Hats!” is based on the
philosophy of The Red Hat Society.

Directed by Susan Mason with choreography by Connie Mockenhaupt, the show opens with a woman desperately clawing to keep her current age of 49.9999 years old. Dreading the prospect of turning fifty, she rebuffs her mother's well-intended surprise birthday party by telling
the women present that that have no idea how horrible it is to age.

The six women then tell and sing about their hilarious journeys into "the golden age" and how the fun truly begins at fifty. Constantly choosing laughter over anxiety, the women still offer a few unexpected moments of poignancy--and then celebrate it all.

“Hats!” runs from July 31 – September 13 with performances Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 general, $20 for seniors & SARTA, $15 for children. (Group Rates are available PLUS Special Rates for Red Hat Society Members)

A champagne reception will follow the opening performance on Friday, July 31.

For reservations, call (916) 353-1001. Stage Nine Theatre is located at 717 Sutter Street in Historic Folsom.

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