Cari Lynn Pace

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Summer Performances Outshine Stars in the Sky

Transcendence Delivers Their “Best Night Ever!”

Now that June’s warm nights have finally poked through the cool fog of May, it signals the start of the Transcendence Theater Company’s outdoor evening shows in Sonoma’s wine country.   Their 2018 program offers four blockbuster shows beginning June 15th and running through September.

Broadway Meets Sonoma in Star-studded EveningEvery show from TCC, now in their seventh sold-out season, promises warm and sultry evenings, shaded by the oaks at Jack London State Park.

Cast members welcome Bay Area patrons who come early for a pre-show picnic among the hay bales.  Local musicians entertain on the picnic stage while food trucks offer fresh-cooked specialties.  Beer and wine vendors offer tastes and sell glasses of their finest.   Just before sunset, patrons gather up their picnic items to head for their seats fronting the stage in the stone ruins of the old winery.  The orchestra’s pounding beat brings forth a stream of high-stepping performers who belt out songs with sleek moves and smiles as the sun sets.  Broadway never had it this snazzy!

Every summer, I’ve invited friends to Transcendence shows.  All are astounded by the talented performers and the beautiful setting, with good reason.  This cadre of over 60 friends met doing shows in Broadway or LA.  They traded the big city lights for the fresh air and hills of Sonoma.  These energetic performers spend summer nights on an outdoor stage, dancing, singing and raising funds for theatre causes and the state park.  Thanks to Transcendence ticket sales, Jack London State Historic Park has been gifted with over $500,000, enabling it to stay open to visitors.

Catch the stars in one of four upcoming summer shows:

“Stairway to Paradise” celebrates music and dance from Broadway and beyond. Performances are 7:30 PM Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16 and Friday, Saturday and Sundays June 22-24 and June 29-July 1.  Opening night promises adorable adoptable pets from “Pet’s Lifeline” dressed for the red carpet.

“Fantastical Family Night” will feature music from Broadway and Disney, with special performances by the participants of Transcendence Kids Camp. Performances are 7:30 PM Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14.

“Shall We Dance” promises an incredible dance showcase of movement and rhythm paired with show-stopping vocals. Performances are 7:30 PM on Friday/Saturday/Sunday August 3-5 and August 10-12 and August 17-19.

“Gala Celebration” marks the end of summer with a high-energy production featuring favorite Broadway tunes, popular tunes and inspirational surprises. Three performances on Friday/Saturday/Sunday September 7-9 at 7:30 PM.

All shows are spotlighted at the Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen in Sonoma.  Tickets at www.BestNightEver.org or call the box office at 877-424-1414.

 

 

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