Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sacramento Premiere At the 24th Street Theatre

Sacramento—"Curtains... the Musical to die for!” Featuring one of the last scores by the lengendary Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret, Zorba) and a book by multiple Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Say Goodnight, Gracie), Curtains is set backstage in 1959 at Boston’s
Colonial Theatre during the pre-Broadway tryout of a new musical.

When the hapless leading lady is murdered on opening night during the curtain call, Lt. Frank Cioffi is called in to investigate and the entire company and creative team become suspects. But the lure of the theater proves irresistible and after an unexpected romance blooms for the stage-struck detective, he finds himself just as drawn toward making the show a hit as he is in solving the murder. What unfolds becomes not only a ‘whodunit” murder mystery, but also a fun, witty and tuneful musical within a musical, sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Filled with rousing show stopping tunes and dancing galore, Curtains promises to have you laughing so hard, it just might kill you! Curtains opened on Broadway on March 22, 2007 and was nominated for eight Tony Awards in the same year, including
Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score (with David Hyde Pierce winning for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical).

William Goldman of Variety called Curtains “An insanely funny evening!” while Michael Kuchwara of the Assocated Press declared it “Musical Comedy Heaven!”
Multiple Elly Award winning Producer and Director Bob Baxter teams up again with Elly Award winning Choreographer Darryl Strohl to stage this heart-warming musical. James Lohman will direct the one-of-a-kind RSP Resident Orchestra through the fabulous score.

Curtains performs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., July 9 through August 1, 2010.

TICKETS Adults - $20, Seniors/Students/SARTA - $18, Children (12 & under) - $15, Groups of 10+ - $15 each. Tickets can be purchased online at (with new “Pick Your Seat” feature), or at the door. Online Reservation Convenience Fees apply.

Free parking is available. For further information or questions please call the box office at (916) 207-1226.

Imagination Theater! presents The Diary of Anne Frank

Imagination Theater presents the Tony Award winning show, The Diary of Anne Frank , Friday, July 9 - Saturday, July 24, 2010. This is the true story of a young Jewish girl, Anne Frank who kept a diary during World War II. As Jews in German-occupied Holland, Anne, her family, and others hid in a secret attic-annex above a warehouse to avoid capture. The annex was discovered by the Nazi authorities in 1944 and Anne's family and friends were sent to concentration camps. Anne's father, Otto, the only survivor, published his daughter's diary in 1948. Anne could never have imagined the impact her words would have on generations of readers. More than sixteen million copies of her diary have been sold worldwide, and it remains the most read primary account of the Holocaust. The show is directed by Peter Wolfe and produced by Lanny Langston.

All tickets are reasonably priced at $10.00. For specific dates and times go to Tickets can be purchased online or by phone (530) 642-0404. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Imagination Theater celebrates its' 10th Anniversary bringing quality, live community theater to Placerville and El Dorado County.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Norm Foster's "Old Love" comes to B Street

What: B Street Theatre presents Old Love written by Canadian playwright Norm Foster
Where: B Street Theatre, 2711 B Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Run Dates: August 2, 2010 through September 12, 2010.
Previews: Saturday July 31 at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, August 1 at 2:00 p.m., preview tickets $12
Opening Night: Sunday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Box Office: 916.443.5300

When a grieving widow is approached by an old acquaintance to pay his respects, a strained courtship begins that poses the question: is love worth all the bother? Old Love is a delightfully funny tale of romance, marriage, and friendship between older adults. Two acts. This is the second show of B Street’s 2010-2011 Mainstage Series.

Norm Foster is a long-time favorite of B Street Theatre audiences. Mr. Foster’s Affections of May, The Melville Boys, The Foursome, Drinking Alone, The Motor Trade and Mending Fences have all been produced at B Street.

Play: Old Love
Author: Norm Foster
Director: Buck Busfield
Cast: B Street company members Judy Jean Berns as Molly and David Silberman as Bud
Set Design: TBD
Lighting Design: TBD
Costume Design: TBD
Sound Design: B Street Staff
Stage Manager: Jerry Montoya

More about B Street Theatre: B Street Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre company producing primarily new work for adults, families and children. The two-theatre playhouse on B Street in Midtown Sacramento is home to the Mainstage Series, B3 Series and Family Series, each created to feature intimate, quality theatre for audiences year-round. Recognized as one of Northern California’s top professional theatres, B Street Theatre has produced more than 100 new plays, 60 of which are world, national, West Coast, or regional premieres.

B Street Theatre was originally founded in 1986 for the purpose of bringing the excitement of live performance to children through a program known as Fantasy Theatre, which is now called the B Street Theatre School Tour. This educational outreach program serves over 200,000 students in Northern California annually.
Other B Street Theatre programs include the B Street Theatre Family Series and Family Series Student Matinees (for school field trips), the B3 Series, B Street Acting Conservatory and Studio for Young People, and the B Street Theatre Internship program for pre-professional/post-college training.

The mission of B Street Theatre is to promote education and literacy, social interaction, and cultural enrichment by engaging children and adults in the highest quality theatre arts and playwriting.

Imagination Theater! presents the The Diary of Anne Frank

Imagination Theater presents the Tony Award winning show, The Diary of Anne Frank Friday, July 9 - Saturday, July 24, 2010. This is the true story of a young Jewish girl, Anne Frank who kept a diary during World War II. As Jews in German-occupied Holland, Anne and her family feared for their lives.

For two years, beginning in 1942, Anne, her family, and others hide in a secret attic-annex above a warehouse to avoid capture and deportation to a Nazi concentration camp. The annex was discovered by the Nazi authorities in 1944 and Anne's family and friends were sent to concentration camps. The only survivor, Anne's father Otto, later published his daughter's diary in 1948.

Anne could never have imagined the impact her words would have on generations of readers. More than sixteen million copies of her diary have been sold worldwide, and it remains the most read primary account of the Holocaust.

Directed by Peter Wolfe and produced by Lanny Langston, evening performances are at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. All seats are $10.00. Tickets for the performances can be purchased online at or contact the box office at (530) 642-0404. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Imagination Theater celebrates its' 10th Anniversary bringing quality, live community theater to Placerville and El Dorado County.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Shadow of a Man


This family tragedy is set in 1969 in the Rodriguez home, a Mexican family living in Los Angeles. It is a hard look at relationships within a disintegrating Chicano family where past secrets and hidden desires threaten to destroy the tenuous remains of all they have built. The title suggests the weighty presence of men in the lives of the female characters. Manuel Rodriguez's inconsistent employment, alcoholism, and disconnection from both Mexican and American culture distance him from his family, especially his eldest, only son Rodrigo. When his dark desires are forced into the open, the women in the family must find solace in one another.

The production is being directed by Antonio Juarez and plays between July 9 and August 1, 2010 in the Wilkerson Theater at the R25 Arts Complex, 1725 25th Street at R street in Midtown Sacramento. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2 PM. Ticket prices are $20.00, for general admission, $15.00, for Students, SARTA members and seniors, and $12.00 for groups of six or more. The theater is accessible.

Craig Chavez and Gladys Acosta will star as the ill-fated parents in the Rodriguez Family. Their daughters, Leticia and Lupe are played by Diana Mandujano and Marianne Gaona. Lucy Ortiz Scott plays their Aunt Rosario while Berman Obaldia will portray Conrado, a family friend.

“Calstage” offers this summer season bonus production free to season subscription holders. Our plays are produced in collaboration with The Sacramento Progressive Communities and Matrix Arts, non-profits serving the greater Sacramento area.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Fact Sheet for El Dorado Musical Theatre’s Production of:
“Crazy For You”
With Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig

Director - Debbie Wilson
Vocal Director – Jennifer Martin
Costumer – Christine Martorana
Featuring El Dorado Musical Theatre performers between the ages of 13-20.
This show is rated G

Show Overview
‘Crazy For You’ is the story of Bobby Child, a stage-struck New Yorker, who’s dream in life is to dance. Bobby Child is sent to a small, poor town in Nevada to close down the local theater. Soon Bobby falls in love with the theater owner’s daughter, Polly. In order to save the theater, he dreams up the idea to put on a show to raise money for the theater. In the end, the town is reinvigorated, the theater is saved and Bobby finds love. ‘Crazy For You’ first opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in 1992 and ran for 1,622 performances starring Harry Groener and Jodi Benson. ‘Crazy ForYou’ received three Tony Awards for Musical, Choreographer and Costume Designer. Memorable Gershwin tunes include I Can’t Be Bothered Now, Bidin’ My Time and I Got Rhythm. It’s a high energy comedy which includes mistake in identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers, tapping and classic Gershwin music.

Performances July 23- August 1, 2010
Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theatre at Folsom High School
1655 Iron Point Road, Folsom, CA

Directions: From Hwy 50, take Prairie City Road exit and head north.
Campus is on right. Across from Intel.

Ticket Prices
Prices: $20 - General Admission, $16 - Children, Students and Seniors.
Group discounts available.

Show Dates and Times
Friday, July 23 10:00 am (Preview Show – all seats $10)
Friday, July 23 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 24 2:00pm and 7:00pm*
Sunday, July 25 2:00 pm
Thursday, July 29 7:00 pm
Friday, July 30 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 31 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 1 2:00 pm
* Director’s Notes with Debbie Wilson begins at 6pm

El Dorado Musical Theatre
5011 Golden Foothill Parkway #4, El Dorado Hills, CA
(916) 941-SING

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

History of America in Folsom

Folsom, CA, June 21, 2010: The Sutter Street Theatre presents “Complete History of America (Abridged)” written by Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor, and Adam Long and directed by Susan Mason. Yea verily, from Washington to Watergate, from the Bering Strait to Boston, from New World to New World Order – The Complete History of America (Abridged) is a roller coaster ride through the glorious and inglorious moments that make American History. A very talented and humorous cast featuring Ryan Adame, Jessica Larrick and Michael Coleman present this comedy showing 600 years of history in just two hours.
“Complete History of America (Abridged)” plays at 8:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays (plus a special opening performance and reception on Thursday July 1) and Sundays at 4:00pm from July 1 through August 15. Tickets are $18-$23.

For reservations call (916) 353-1001.

Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter Street, Historic Folsom CA 95630

Monday, June 21, 2010

Spamalot comes to Music Circus


The Sacramento Music Circus production of Monty Python's "Spamalot," opening at the Wells Fargo Pavilion on July 9, will mark a few firsts. It will be the first time a regional theatre has been given the rights to produce the Tony Award-winning best musical. It will also be the first time the musical has been produced in the round. And significantly for the region's largest arts organization, it will be the first time in its history that California Musical Theatre has hosted a regional theatre premiere. But among the firsts, there is another milestone. "Spamalot" will be the 500th opening night for Music Circus at the corner of 15th and H Streets.

From the opening of "Show Boat" in 1951, the Music Circus tent -- and for the last seven seasons the Wells Fargo Pavilion -- has seen the evolution of the American musicals from light operas like "The Merry Widow," "Naughty Marietta" and "The Desert Song" to the great standards of the Broadway stage like "Oklahoma!," "My Fair Lady" and "Fiddler on the Roof" to contemporary favorites like "Les Misérables," "Beauty and the Beast" and, of course, "Spamalot." Over the decades, Music Circus hosted a series of concerts (36 in total), that included the top stage entertainers of the era: Bob Hope, Robert Goulet, Mitzi Gaynor, Jim Nabors, Marlene Dietrich and Liberace to name a few.

Of course the timing of the 500th opening with "Spamalot" and the 60th season is just a happy coincidence. "We couldn't have engineered it this way," Executive Producer Richard Lewis said. "When we put together our season, we endeavor to produce the best shows with the best actors on the stage. The 500th opening gives us another reason to celebrate 60 years of Music Circus in Sacramento. I'm very proud of the work we do here. I only wish we knew how many audience members we've served in all that time, but unfortunately we don't have those records. That would be something to celebrate. It's probably 6 or 7 million."

From 1983 through 1991, Music Circus presented 13 national tours at the Community Center Theater. Those tours, a precursor to the Broadway Sacramento season, are not included as part of the 500 openings at Music Circus.

"Spamalot" opens July 9 for a 13-performance run ending July 18. The season continues with "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (July 20-25), "Oklahoma!" (July 27-August 1), "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (August 3-8), "Funny Girl" (August 10-15), "The Marvelous Wonderettes" (August 17-22) and "42nd Street" (August 24-29)

Tickets ($41-$53) are available at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 557-1999. For more information about the season, please visit

Last chance to take on Harvey

Only three more performances of Harvey left and two are sold out. Call now and make your reservations for next Friday. (916) 353-1001

Sutter Street Theatre
717 Sutter Street
Historic Folsom

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Alert from Capital Stage

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, the brilliant playwright of Capital Stage’s current hit “Hunter Gatherers” will be attending the performance on June 24, 2010. Also, Peter will be joining the cast for a post-show chat with the audience following the performance. Curtain is at 8pm and good seats are available at or through the box office at 916-995-5464. For more information on Mr. Nachtrieb please visit his site at

For more information contact Peter Mohrmann
Marketing Director, Capital Stage


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A giant rabbit comes to Sutter Street

l to r: Stephen Kauffman, Connie Mockenhaupt, Alyce Rogers.
Courtesy photo

When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment.

Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn't so bad after all.

Produced by Kauffman’s Give Us A Hand Productions and Sutter Street Theatre, written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Mary Chase and directed by Elly Award winning director Allen Schmeltz, with Stephen Kauffman as Elwood P. Dowd and Connie Mockenhaupt as Veta Louise Simmons, the production runs from June 4 through June 27 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 4:00pm. Tickets are $18-$23. For reservations call (916) 353-1001. The theatre is located at 717 Sutter Street in Historic Folsom. Website

Though dated, “Mary, Mary” can still command a stage

Courtesy photo

If you’ve been away for some time from the venerable Studio Theatre on Sacramento’s “R” Street, you’ll likely be in for a charming surprise. First, there’s the set. Unlike the usual warehouse collection we see a posh New York apartment living room decorated exquisitely with the finest of furnishings. Adding to a sophisticated set design by Michael Peters, some furnishings were on loan from Chautauqua Playhouse.

The signal we get is that we’re now swimming with the professionals. Although Mary, Mary may show signs of aging, Bob and Ro Productions, now at the studio’s helm, aim at professional quality despite being a non-profit.

By the late Jean Kerr, famous mainly for Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1957), the 1961 play anatomizes contemporary marriage, with its various ambiguities. The setup brings together the witty Mary McKellaway (Christina Clem) and husband Bob (John Hopkins) in his apartment where they hope to avert IRS consequences prior to their impending divorce.

A snowstorm leaves her no option but to stay overnight as Bob’s houseguest, and the following morning she encounters Oscar (Bob Gerould), the blunt family lawyer; a glamorous Hollywood leading man, Dirk Winston (Dale Tagtmeyer), and Bob’s newly betrothed and very young Tiffany Richards (Shana McCarl).

As the witty Oscar observes, “If all you’ve got is the sun in the morning and the moon at night, you’re in trouble.” So the plot question revolves around whether Bob and Mary reunite or go their separate ways. And everything works out over three acts with three intermissions. Under Rosemarie Gerould’s skilled direction a capable cast handles the various comic roles with convincing ease, although the action is fairly predictable.

Bob and Ro Productions presents “Mary Mary” on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m. through June 27. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 seniors and $15 students, and can be arranged by calling the box office at (877) 532-7171 between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tues. through Sat. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, The Studio Theatre, 1028 R St., Sacramento, CA 95811.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Burn This deftly challenges moral convention

Kristine David, Eric Baldwin
Courtesy photo

It’s almost always a joy to welcome a bright new theater group to Sacramento. The opening-night audience for Burn This expressed joyful approval of the fledgling effort by Resurrection Theatre Company and Fourth Stage this week at The Wilkerson Theatre. Its producers—Margaret Morneau, Eric Badwin and Aysha Krumm—made a discerning choice of Lanford Wilson’s searing play by way of introduction.

A contemporary and prolific American playwright, Wilson finds ways to get beneath the surfaces of his characters and make us see the depths that often lie beneath. Having a gay character in this 1986 play would have been a bit more of a shock than it is today. But the object was never to shock; it was to reveal. A young and insightful director, Lisa Thew, recognizes “that it’s often our own “out-of-character” decisions that define the most impactful moments of our lives.”

The plot is triggered by the drowning death of Robbie, a young gay dancer. His roommates—choreographer Anna (Kristine David) and ad-man Larry (Shawn B. O’Neal) bring the remains back to their Manhattan loft. The exquisite Anna has recently given up dancing for a career off-stage, and Larry’s affectionate loyalty goes far beyond his job. Tall, bald and thoroughly endearing, the openly gay Larry has become a family member. Anna is also consoled by her boyfriend, Burton (Joshua Glenn Robertson), who strives to immortalize Robbie in a play.

Upsetting this gathering of friendly mourners is the arrival of Robbie’s surviving brother, Jimmy, nick-named Pale (Eric Baldwin), seemingly bent on punishing Robbie’s friends for their suspected contribution to Robbie’s death—and bad habits. A gun-toting restaurant manager who somehow manages to bond with Anna, Pale seems the least likely to cross the barrier but something draw Anna to him.

The second act, which draws the threads together, seems to drag on a bit too long though it never gets boring.
Thistle Dew Playwrights' Theatre

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"GOING TO TIBET": Poor Duncan Peters!

A commissioner from the Judicial Council is coming to interview his family and others are worried. Judge Fischer’s law clerk, Susan, frets that Duncan ’s nonconformity will sink Miriam’s nomination. Not wanting to jeopardize Miriam’s chances for the high court, Duncan leaves for Tibet . Through it all is the question of love. But Miriam is worried. How will it all work out with Duncan in Tibet and the commissioner coming?



ONE MALE 55-65: JUBAL McCABE, a happy-go-lucky, wanna-be cowboy movie star.

ONE FEMALE 55-65: AIYANNA McCABE, Native American. Her Apache name means ‘eternal blossom’. She has the patience of a saint and the psyche of a poet.

ONE MALE 45-55: NITEESH ‘Carl’ LONEFEATHER: 55-60, brother ofAIYANNA. Member of Native American Tribal Council, Apache Nation.

ONE MALE 14-16, JIMOOTA (‘Jimoo’): 12-15, grandson of JUBAL andAIYANNA. His Apache name means ‘Sun God’.

"MIXVILLE": Are our old cowboy heroes really dead?

Not according to Jubal "Tom Mix" McCabe.

The Fabulous Tom Mix: Thomas Edwin Mix (born Thomas Hezikiah Mix; January 6, 1880 – October 12, 1940) was an American film actor and the star of many early Western movies. He made a reported 336 films between 1910 and 1935, all but nine of which were silent features. He was Hollywood’s first Western megastar and is noted as having helped define the genre for all cowboy actors who followed. Tom Mix was "the King of Cowboys" when the influence of his screen persona was seen in his approach to portraying cowboys. Such was the influence on the life of Jubal 'Tom Mix' McCabe.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Peggy Shannon leaves STC

Peggy Shannon Accepting Toronto Opportunity

SACRAMENTO, CA. - With “nostalgia and optimism,” the Board of Directors at Sacramento Theatre Company has accepted the resignation of its long-time Artistic Director, Peggy Shannon, effective June 30. Ms. Shannon has accepted a position as Chair of the Theatre School at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Peggy,” said Linda Clifford, STC Board President. “We are grateful for the talent and growth she brought to STC and appreciate that this is a chance for her to take on a big, new challenge. At the same time, her decision creates a wonderful opportunity within our own theatre to make some exciting changes.”

Matt Miller has been named interim Artistic Director of STC and Michael Laun will take a more senior role as Producing Director. A national search will begin to permanently fill Shannon’s position, though Miller will be a candidate and remain in the job this season. Shannon, who is credited with starting STC’s School of the Arts and bringing new plays, writers, actors and celebrities to the local stage,reflected on the transition:

“I will miss the people of the area, the beautiful neighborhoods, 2nd Saturdays and the legacy we’ve been building, especially within the school. But, it’s good to go toward things and I’m going toward something fantastic now, while feeling confident about where I’ve been.”

Shannon says that while she is “thrilled” about the opportunity ahead, she is proud of the position STC is in now. Subscriptions are up significantly over last year, the school continues to graduate students who move into college programs and professional theater work, and her long-time colleague and friend, Matt Miller, will for now, step into her job.

“Having Matt - someone of his talent as an actor - come live here, get married, have a family ... and become part of this community is something I’m really proud of,” commented Shannon. “This is a really exciting moment in our theatre’s history.”

“The timing is immaculate,” added Miller. “It feels natural to take all the experiences I’ve had on the stage and put them into the artistic product at STC.“

Added Clifford, “ We have very high hopes for Matt.”

About the Sacramento Theatre Company

STC is a professional theatre company located in downtown Sacramento and is one of the oldest and largest arts institutions in the region. From September to May, STC theaters feature eight performances each week. STC Entertains, Educates, Inspires, and Enriches. There's nothing else quite like great professional theatre!