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THEATRE NEWS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA—week of August 20

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BERKELEY REP PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF MAGINARY COMFORTS, OR THE STORY OF THE GHOST OF THE DEAD RABBIT New play written by acclaimed author Daniel Handler

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit, written by Daniel Handler and directed by Tony Taccone. The new play begins previews on Thursday, October 5 and the show runs through Sunday, November 19. Individual tickets begin at $30 and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone, 510 647-2949. Press night will be on Thursday, October 12.

 

The literary genius behind Lemony Snicket brings his relentlessly mischievous style to a new play for adults. Sarah’s father is dead, her mother is in hysterics, and the new rabbi totally bungled the funeral. To further the absurdity, the ghost of a rabbit hops into her life, pushing her to confront her deepest issues. Fantastical and wise, hilarious and sobering, Imaginary Comforts celebrates ordinary people trying to make sense out of life in the midst of endless, comedic chaos.

Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit was developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

 

Daniel Handler (Playwright) Tony Taccone (Director)

CAST Cassidy Brown (Michael) Michael Goorjian (Clovis) Julian López-Morillas (Dr. Marcus Gold) Sharon Lockwood (Mrs. Gold) Susan Lynskey (Sarah Gold) Jarion Monroe (Jack) Danny Scheie (Ghost) Marilee Talkington (Naomi)

The creative team includes Todd Rosenthal (scenic designer), Meg Neville (costume designer), Nick Solyom (lighting designer), and Jake Rodriguez (sound designer).

 

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Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) Announces Casting for CABARET

Kander and Ebb classic to open 58th season; tickets on sale September 5

 

El Cerrito, CA—Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) today announced the cast and design team for its season-opening production of the Kander and Ebb classic, Cabaret, playing from September 22 through October 22.

 

Directed by CCCT Artistic Director Marilyn Langbehn, with music direction by Tania Johnson and choreography by Allison Paraiso, Cabaret features Cameron La Brie as the Emcee, Annika Bergman as Sally Bowles, Brian Kamps as Cliff Bradshaw, Scarlett Hepworth as Fräulein Schneider, Aaron Malberg as Herr Schultz, Alexis Lane Jensen as Fraulein Kost, and Tim Holt Jones as Ernst Ludwig. The production also features Bianca Contreras, Danya El-Kurd, Rebecca Euchler, Ronald James, Megan McGrath, Katy Mlodzik, and Chris Totah as the Kit Kat ensemble. The design team is Randy Wong-Westbrooke (set design), Lisa Danz (costume design), Courtney Johnson (lighting design), and Devon LaBelle (props design).

Single tickets for Cabaret range from $15 to $36 and go on sale beginning September 5. Subscriptions for CCCT’s 2017-18 5-play season are available online at www.ccct.org or by phone at 510.524.9012. All performances take place at CCCT’s intimate and fully accessible theatre in the Flynn building located at 951 Pomona Avenue in El Cerrito. Free parking is provided in the adjoining lot. For more information, visit www.ccct.org.

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Theatre for the Very Young Series Opens August 25 with Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Children from six months to three years old are invited to bring their favorite Teddy Bear (or choose one at the door) and join the fun at the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, the first performance of the season in the Theatre for the Very Young Series presented by the Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT) in partnership with Children’s Fairyland.

 

The series of interactive, theatrical experiences for babies and toddlers, now in its second year, will feature Teddy Bears’ Picnic developed by Doyle Ott, director, Children’s Theatre Program at Children’s Fairyland, and Old MacDonald beyond the Farm, developed by BACT Executive Artistic Director Nina Meehan.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic follows Teddy Bear, as she packs her favorite foods and scampers off for an exciting adventure in the woods.

The show plays in Oakland and then re-opens in San Francisco:

Children’s Fairyland, 699 Belleview Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610, August 25 – October 29, Fridays at 10 a.m. and weekends at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Children’s Creativity Museum Theatre, 221 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, January 26 – March 11, 2018, Fridays at 10 a.m. and weekends at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Old MacDonald beyond the Farm follows Old MacDonald as she bids farewell to her beloved farm animals and sails away to learn more about life in the city.

he show opens for the holidays in San Francisco and then moves to Berkeley:

Children’s Creativity Museum Theatre, 221 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, November 10 – December 23, Fridays at 10 a.m. and weekends at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

BACT Theatre Center, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704, January 12 – March 18, Fridays at 10 a.m. and weekends at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

TICKETS: $15 (Children under the age of 6 months do not need a ticket) BOX OFFICE:   www.bactheatre.org  or call (510)296-4433

 

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42nst Street Moon   School announces four great classes for Fall 2017

FALL 2017 CLASSES

We’re so pleased to announce four great classes for children and adults for Fall 2017

!We hope you’ll join us and sharpen your performance skills. Space is extremely limited, so be sure and register today!

 

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE TAP FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Mondays – 6:00-7:15 PM. Nine weeks – Sept. 11-Nov. 6

Sutton Foster. Gene Kelly. Savion Glover. Fred Astaire. Eleanor Powell. Gregory Hines. Tappers extraordinaire. Learn their ways. Come make some noise at MoonSchool in this energetic and exciting class.

Taught by Hilary McQuaide * Tuition: $150

 

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE JAZZ  FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Mondays – 7:30-8:45 PM. Nine weeks – Sept. 11-Nov. 6

Brush up your jazz dance skills with this hip-swiveling, booty-shaking, high-kicking class. This supportive course will help build confidence and technique while having fun! Emphasis will be on musical theatre jazz.

Taught by Hilary McQuaide * Tuition: $150

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SUNDAY FUNDAY IMPROVISATION FEST! GRADES 2-5

Sundays – 11 AM-1 PM. Sept. 24, Oct. 8 & 22, Nov. 6

Learn great theatre games like Zip Zap Zop, Gibberish, 1776, What Are You Doing and MORE! Young actors will learn to free up their creativity and challenge their imaginations in this fast paced master class!

Taught by Dyan McBride * Tuition: $150

SUNDAY FUNDAY IMPROVISATION FEST! GRADES 6-10

Sundays – 1-3 PM. Sept. 24, Oct. 8 & 22, Nov. 6

Learn games and techniques of the master improvisers like Viola Spolin, Viewpoints, Theatre Sports. Long form, short form and playmaking will be explored in this cool master class for tweens and teens.

Taught by Dyan McBride * Tuition: $150

 

Hilary McQuaide studied tap, jazz, and ballet at Dance Arts Center for over 20 years, and she credits Berle Davis and Jayne Zaban for the strong dance technique and training that she uses in performance and in her own teaching. In addition to teaching at Dance Arts Center for several years, she has performed extensively with companies like Broadway By the Bay, Diablo Theatre Company, Contra Costa Musical Theater, and Woodminster Theatre. While at Yale University, she choreographed for and performed with the school’s performing troupe and taught several weekly classes for students and faculty. She has also choreographed for schools around the Bay Area including Aragon High School, Menlo School, and Borel Middle School.

 

Dyan McBride has been with 42nd Street Moon for 22 years! She has worn many hats such as actress, director, education director, casting assistant, and is currently on the programming committee. Her work at Moon has been a highlight in her life and she is extremely proud to be a part of this great organization.

As an actress and director she has worked with such companies as Center Repertory Theatre, Woodminster, Lucky Penny, Sacramento Theatre Company, Ray of Light, Marin Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Broadway By the Bay, Napa Rep, Mondavi Center, California Theatre Center, Utah Musical Theatre, and Performance Riverside to name a few. She has had the opportunity to perform all over the United States and in Europe.