THEATRE NEWS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA —-WEEK OF JANUARY 10, 2016

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre presents Disney musical “The Little Mermaid” at the Firehouse Arts Center Book by Doug Wright Music by Alan MenkenLyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater— Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre is proud to present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” with Book by Doug Wright, Music by Alan Menken, and Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. The show will run from January 30, 2016 through February 14, 2016: Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 8pm andSundays at 2pm. There will be additional matinee performances on Saturdays, February 6 and February 13, 2016 at2pm. There will be no performance on Sunday, February 7, 2016. All performances will take place at Firehouse ArtsCenter, located at 4444 Railroad Avenue located in Pleasanton, CA. Tickets are $18-$39 each, and are available atthe Firehouse Arts Center Box Office, by phone at (925) 931-4848, or online at www.pcrtproductions.org orwww.firehousearts.org

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre’s Disney’s” The Little Mermaid:” Critically accliamed, professional Director/Actor, David Judson, will direct this Disney classic at the intimate Firehouse Arts Center. He will be supported in bringing this vision to the Firehouse stage by award winning,professional musician/conductor, Pat Parr, Musical Director and co-founder of PCRT; professionalchoreographer/director/actress, Brittany Danielle, Choreographer; along with Scenic Designer Pat Brandon andLighting Designer Mike Oesch.

 

Bay Area actress Catherine Williamson joins the cast of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” as “Ariel”, having last been seenon the PCRT stage in Chicago. In addition, Nathaniel Rothrock will appear as “Prince Eric”, Noel Anthony* will appear as “King Triton” and Allison F. Rich* will appear as “Ursula”. A very talented group of professional and regional actors complete cast and ensemble. [*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of ProfessionalActors and Stage Managers]

 

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is Directed by David Judson, Musical Direction by Pat Parr, Choreography by Brittany Danielle, Scenic Designs by Pat Brandon, Lighting Design by Mike Oesch and Costumes by Margaret daSilva.

 

During the run of the show, theatre lovers can also enjoy a special opportunity to interact with the actors: • A Free Inside the Show discussion with the actors and director will take place after the Sunday Matineeperformance on January 31, 2016.

 

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CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE THEATER ANNOUNCES “OTHELLO “TO CLOSE THE 2016 MAIN STAGE SEASON

 

Shakespeare’s timely tragedy marks Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting’s directorial debut with the company;  cast and design team to be announced at a later date

 

– California Shakespeare Theater announced today the final production selected to complete its 42nd season. Artistic Director Eric Ting will make his Cal Shakes debut with Shakespeare’s Othello from September 14 through October 9 at the Bruns Amphitheater.

 

“Othello strikes me as the perfect choice for our final Main Stage production of the Cal Shakes 2016 season and my directorial debut at the Bruns,” says Eric Ting. “My vision for Cal Shakes reveres the old plays; but makes room for—not so much the new, but rather—the now. As with many of our audiences, I’m sure, I’ve been disturbed by the extreme rhetoric flooding our airwaves, our social media, and our communities, as the ever-present fear of the other—the outsider—grows more manifest by the day. I can think of no better response than an exploration of Shakespeare’s quintessential outsider.”

 

In addition to Othello, Cal Shakes’ 2016 season includes Shakespeare’s sassy battle royale, “Much Ado About Nothing”, directed by Jackson Gay; August Wilson’s story of one family’s disillusionment with the American Dream, the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fences”, directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges; and George Bernard Shaw’s keenly witty take on marriage and the modern woman, “You Never Can Tell”, directed by Lisa Peterson.

 

Cal Shakes Main Stage season runs from May 25 through October 9 at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda. Season packages for the four-play season and group tickets for parties of 10 or more are available now; single tickets go on sale April 4, 2016. Prices range from $124 to $248 for a four-play subscription, with discounts available for seniors, youth, and full-time K-12 educators.

 

For information or to charge by phone with VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express, call the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666. Additional information and online ticketing is available at www.calshakes.org

 

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FOOTHILL MUSIC THEATRE PRESENTS THE TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL “SHE LOVES ME” February 18 – March 6, 2016 Lohman Theatre, Los Altos Hills

 

– Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents SHE LOVES ME, the charming 1963 musical adaptation of Miklos Laszlo’s play Parfumerie (which later inspired the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan feature film You’ve Got Mail), with a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and a book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret). This intimate and touching show centers on two feuding perfume clerks, who don’t realize they are also deeply in love with each other, having met through the mail via the same “lonely hearts” advertisement. SHE LOVES ME plays February 18 – March 6 (press opening: February 19) with performances Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm at the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College (12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills). Foothill’s production of SHE LOVES ME will be directed by Milissa Carey, with musical direction by Dolores Duran-Cefalu. For tickets ($12-$24) and more information, the public may visit www.foothillmusicals.com or call (650) 949-7360.

 

This production of SHE LOVES ME stars Jessica Whittemore as the vibrant leading lady Amalia Balash. Jessica starred as Philia in Foothill’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum this July, and has appeared in productions around the Bay Area at Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, Palo Alto Players, and Hillbarn Theatre, among others. Michael Doppe stars opposite Jessica as her nemesis-turned-lover Georg Nowack. He regularly performs with companies including 42nd Street Moon, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Center REPertory Company, and more.

 

The small and dynamic cast also features Morgan Dayley as Ilona Ritter, Nick Mandracchia as Head Waiter, George Mauro as Mr. Maracek, John Rinaldi as Ladislav Sipos, Nick Rodrigues as Steven Kodaly, and Anthony Stephens as Arpad.

 

Additional ensemble members include Rex Bressler, Kimberly Cohan, Lydia Cuffman, Kimberly Kay, Hayley Lovgren, Peter Mandel, Sam Nachison, Nima Rakhshanifar, Peter Spoelstra, and Meb Steiner.

 

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The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) presents a special One Night Only Benefit Cabaret with the touring cast of the Tony Award-winning cast of JERSEY BOYS An Evening of Music, Dance & Comedy Mon., Feb. 1, 2016 – 7:30 pm Brava Theater 2781 24th St. (at York St.) San Francisco, 94110 https://www.facebook.com/events/442991505905313/  or https://www.reaf-sf.org/ono-jersey-boys-2016.html

 

Philanthropy and stellar entertainment take center stage as the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation  (REAF) presents a special one-night-only benefit cabaret to raise funds for  The Richmond /Ermet Aid Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Songs from Jersey Boys will not be performed.

 

The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation has worked with over 45 touring casts to date to produce “One Night Only Cabaret” events. To date, REAF has distributed over $3 million to AIDS service agencies.

 

Tickets for this “One Night Only Cabaret” are

$55 – VIP Front Orchestra $45 – Rear or Side Orchestra$35– Balcony $20 – additional for after party with the cast with cocktails and desserts

Tickets are available by phone by calling 415-273-1620 or online https://www.reaf-sf.org/ono-jersey-boys-2016.html

 

Jersey Boys plays at Orpheum Theatre in SF Jan. 20 – Feb. 14, 2016.

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AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER ANNOUNCES COMPLETE LINEUP FOR NEW STRANDS FESTIVALThe free, four-day festival is devoted to supporting artists in the creation and completion of new works for the theater

 

JANUARY 21–24, 2016

A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

 

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)’s Director of New Works, Beatrice Basso, announced the complete lineup for A.C.T.’s first-ever New Strands Festival at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater (1127 Market Street, San Francisco) running January 21–24, 2016. Featuring new theatrical pieces, works in progress, readings, and experimental work by playwrights, dance companies, musicians, animation artists, and more, the New Strands Festival is devoted to supporting local, national, and international artists in the creation and completion of original theater. This four-day festival enables artists to connect and communities to experience theatrical projects as they take shape, all under one roof at A.C.T.’s new performance venue The Strand Theater. Performances at the New Strands Festival are free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly encouraged and are available now at http://www.act-sf.org/newstrands.

 

The lineup for the New Strands Festival is as follows:

How to Catch Creation* by Christina Anderson Directed by Daniella Topol

 

An exploratory reading of a new commission by playwright Christina Anderson, investigating the desire for fatherhood in an ex-con shackled by his past.  January 21 at 7:30 p.m.

 

January 24 at 4 p.m.     The Rueff Late-Night DJ After-Party with DJ Lady Ryan

Bay Area DJs rock The Strand’s lobby   January 21 at 9 p.m.     Strand Theater Lobby

 

Open Class with Joanna Haigood, Artistic Director of Zaccho Dance Theatre

 

Participants explore the relationship of movement to site. Any shape, age, and level welcome. Max 25 participants.

 

January 22 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.   The Rueff A Conversation with the New Strands Artists

A dialogue about creative process with the artists in this festival.       January 22 from 1–2 p.m.   Strand Theater Lobby

 

Fatherville*

Conceived by Carey Perloff, Sheldon Smith, and Stephen Buescher, with performers Peter Anderson, Stephen Buescher, Bruce Turk, Basil Twist, Gregory Wallace, and sound designer Darron L. West

 

An open rehearsal of the devised work in progress Fatherville, land of lost fathers, wishful sons, shooting gallery machismo, and funfair parenting.       January 22 at 5 p.m.     The Rueff

 

Yerma*  by Federico García Lorca    Adapted by Melinda Lopez Directed by Melia Bensussen

 

A contemporary retelling by Melinda Lopez of Federico García Lorca’s masterpiece about a woman’s obsessive need to create a new life.     January 22 at 7:30 p.m.     The Rueff

 

 

Late-Night DJ After-Party with DJ Decibel

Bay Area DJs rock The Strand’s lobby   January 22 at 9 p.m.     Stand Theater Lobby

 

Turbulence Lab Space (Open Class)  Based on the piece Turbulence (a dance about the economy)

Instigated by Keith Hennessy of Circo Zero with Larry Arrington, Hana Erdman, Jesse Hewit, Empress Jupiter, Emily Leap, and Julie Phelps. In collaboration with CounterPulse

A collaborative process of shared dancing and performance research about (systems of) money and power and value. Any shape, age, and level welcome. Max 25 participants.      January 23 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Rueff

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns Q&A with Music Excerpts* with author Khaled Hosseini and composer David Coulter

 

Excerpts from the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, accompanied by contemporary music by composer David Coulter, and followed by a Q&A with author Khaled Hosseini. The novel is being adapted for A.C.T. by Ursula Rani Sarma.

 

January 23 at 4 p.m.     The Rembe Theater Contemporary Music Experiments* with Byron Au Yong, Dohee Lee, and Luciano Chessa

 

As Byron Au Yong creates Port City, a new musical commissioned by A.C.T., he and Dohee Lee experiment with paint, paper, fingerprints, and buckets of water. Composer Luciano Chessa acts as ringmaster on the bullhorn. Port City will be developed in collaboration with playwright Chris Chen and animation artist Miwa Matreyek.    January 23 at 6 p.m.     The Rueff

 

How The World Made Itself   Created and performed by Miwa Matreyek

 

A multimedia live performance combining projected animation and the artist’s own shadow silhouette; a magical journey through the history of the earth.

 

Family-friendly performance.  January 23 at 7:30 p.m. January 24 at 12 p.m.       The Rembe Theater

 

Late Night After-Party

Hosted by the creators of The Unfortunates  January 23 at 8:30 p.m. Strand Theater Lobby

 

promiscuous/cities*  by Lachlan Philpott

Performed by A.C.T.’s Master of Fine Arts Program class of 2017

 

Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott and the M.F.A. class of 2017 interweave a real and mythological San Francisco, looking at loss and connection in the city.

 

January 24 at 2 p.m.     The Ruef  Banda Sin Nombre concert

World Folk music by a five-piece street band from San Francisco’s Mission District, inspired by Catalan rumba, Appalachian old time, and cumbia.       January 24 at 6 p.m.     Strand Theater Lobby* denotes A.C.T. commission

 

New Strands is A.C.T.’s newly expanded commissioning and development program, devoted to supporting artists in the creation and completion of original theater for A.C.T.’s multiple performance venues. Year-round, A.C.T. offers artists and companies under commission mentorship, feedback, acting talent, time, and  space to work in ways that suit each project specifically, with the goal of seeing their creations on one of A.C.T.’s stages and beyond. From translations and adaptations to original work, A.C.T.’s commissions include interdisciplinary projects, San Francisco–inspired stories, and pieces that have an international sco

 

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Lamplighters Music Theatre will produce Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Ruddygore” this winter, a comic masterpiece that melds the world of Jane Austen with a good old-fashioned English ghost story and a dash of Wuthering Heights romance. Ruddygore was first performed by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company at London’s Savoy Theatre in 1887 and ran for 283 performances. Controversy over the “hideous and repulsive title” in an otherwise favorable first week review in the Illustrated London Review led Gilbert to quickly change the spelling to “Ruddigore”. Since times have changed considerably since 1887, the Lamplighters choose to honor the original spelling. Gilbert derived the story from his own one-act operetta, Ages Ago, and based the character of Mad Margaret on Madge Wildfire from The Heart of Midlothian by Sir Walter Scott.

 

 

When inflicted with a family curse, Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd fakes his death and disguises himself as simple farmer Robin Oakapple, leaving his brother Sir Despard to carry the curse of being forced to commit one deadly crime a day or perish in indescribable agony. Before long, Robin falls in love with virtuous maiden Rose Maybud, but he finds himself in a love-triangle with his foster brother, Dick Dauntless. Add to the mix Mad Margaret who has been driven to insanity by the curse on her beloved Despard, a bevy of professional bridesmaids, and a ghostly chorus of ancestors, and you have a topsy-turvy recipe for fear and fun.

 

Full details are posted at http://lamplighters.org/season/season.html. For further information call 415-227-4797 or email info@lamplighters.org.

 

 

WALNUT CREEK

 

WHERE:      Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive

WHEN:        Friday, February 12 at 8PM • Saturday, February 13 at 2PM & 8PM • Sunday, February 14 at 2PM

 

TICKETS:    For tickets please call 925-943-7469 or visit lesherartscenter.org

 

SAN FRANCISCO

WHERE:      Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street, San Francisco

WHEN:        Friday, February 19 at 8PM • Saturday, February 20 at 2PM & 8PM • Sunday, February 21 at 2PM

TICKETS:    For tickets please call 415-978-2787 or visit ybca.org

MOUNTAIN VIEW

WHERE:      Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street

WHEN:        Saturday, February 27 at 8PM • Sunday, February 28 at 2PM

TICKETS:    For tickets please call 650-903-6000 or visit mvcpa.com

 

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THE MARSH SAN FRANCISCO PRESENTS “SECOND TIME AROUND”A Duet for Cello and Storyteller featuring Joan Jeanrenaud and Charlie Varon March 5 – April 17, 2016

 

– The Marsh San Francisco is thrilled to present world-renowned cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, a 20-year member of the Kronos Quartet, and award-winning performer/writer Charlie Varon in a collaborative theatre piece entitled SECOND TIME AROUND, A Duet for Cello and Storyteller. The iPhone generation meets the Greatest Generation in this story of the longing for human connection and continuity. SECOND TIME AROUND, developed with and directed by David Ford, plays March 5 – April 17, 2016 (press opening March 19, 2016) with performances Saturdays at 8:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm on The Marsh MainStage, 1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco. For tickets ($30-$45), the public may visit www.themarsh.org or call The Marsh box office at 415-282-3055 (open 1- 4pm, Monday through Friday).

 

SECOND TIME AROUND finds two masters of their art forms collaborating to create an intimate and soulful theatrical experience. Jeanrenaud is known around the world for her 20 years as cellist with the Kronos Quartet, which included some 30 recordings, as well as for her own Grammy-nominated solo CD Strange Toys and dozens of other collaborative and solo works. Varon is the creator of numerous hit solo shows, from the long-running Rush Limbaugh in Night School, to the recent smash Feisty Old Jew.

 

In SECOND TIME AROUND, Varon continues his cycle of fictional tales about elderly residents in a San Francisco retirement home, begun in Feisty Old Jew. In this new story, told through both words and cello, the audience encounters Ben Rosenau, who was a bomber pilot in World War II. He’s being videotaped by a high school student for a history project, but Ben doesn’t know what to tell the kid. Should he offer advice about what it is to be a man? Lecture him about spending too much time playing video games? Or can Ben find the courage to tell the boy what really happened on that mission flying over the English Channel? Ben is 92 – this could be his last chance to tell that story.

 

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The Tabard Theatre Company at Theatre on San Pedro Square Announces Its 16th Season: “Courage” Including Two World Premiere Productions by Local Playwright And One Bay Area Premiere!

– The Tabard Theatre Company will produce six mainstage productions in its 2016-2017 season at Theatre on San Pedro Square, The Destination for Arts Discovery in downtown San Jose.  The company’s 16th-season repertoire is themed “Courage” and includes the 2010 Tony Award-winning MEMPHIS, an explosive musical celebrating the courage of sustaining an interracial relationship in the 1950s birthplace of rock and roll; EDITH STEIN, a fact-based story dramatizing the conflicts and courage of a woman’s journey from Jewish intellectual to Roman Catholic martyr; and THE CEMETERY CLUB, a romantic comedy wherein three widows find the courage to discover new lives for themselves.

 

Additionally, Tabard’s 16th season includes two World Premiere productions of plays by local playwrights: A DICKENS CHRISTMAS MASHUP, a youthful 21st century twist on the holiday classic, written by Tabard Artistic Director Cathy Spielberger Cassetta; and the return of 10 in 10: 2017, ten 10-minute plays written by local, early-career playwrights inspired by artwork by local artists, curated in partnership with San Jose’s Institute of Contemporary Art; and the Bay Area Premiere of MUSICAL OF MUSICALS, The Musical, a hilarious send-up of musical theatre.

 

The company’s lineup also includes three Big Band Christmas concerts by NINETEEN, San Jose’s Premier Jazz Ensemble, in addition to three other NINETEEN concerts throughout the season.  Subscriptions for the 2016-2017 six mainstage productions will be available to current subscribers mid-March and to the general public beginning April 8.  Subscriptions may be purchased online at tabardtheatre.org, or by calling 408-679-2330.  Subscribers may add the NINETEEN concerts at the special subscriber discount rate when purchasing their subscription.  Single tickets for Tabard’s mainstage productions and NINETEEN’s concerts go on sale July 1.

 

As to why the season is themed “Courage,” Tabard’s Artistic Director Cathy Spielberger Cassetta shares the following insight: “Each of our 16th season productions will, in its own way, look at the different and varied facets of ‘Courage.’  We’ll see this played out through heart-touching relationships, challenging situations, and surprising twists of fate.  We’ll experience ‘courage’ through musicals, comedies, and a dramatic rendition of a true story.  Each will exemplify the spirit of courage in uplifting, humorous, touching, and meaningful ways.  Embrace the journey, and join us to discover the breadth of courage this season’s shows offer.”

 

Commenting on Cassetta’s choices for Tabard’s 16th season, Executive Director Nick Nichols offered, “This is truly an exquisite collection of plays, musicals, and new works that shows Tabard at its best!  Cathy has built a season that celebrates the many aspects of what courage can mean.  The season will offer humor, heart-warming stories, beautiful music, and experiences the whole family can enjoy together.  I hope you will join us in our home at Theatre on San Pedro Square for all six productions!”

 

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CIRCUS CENTER AT 755 FREDERICK STREET, SAN FRANCISCO OPENS NEW YEAR WITH CHAMPAGNE & STARLIGHT

 

Cami Thompson and the Roger Glenn Trio host New Year’s circus soiree at San Francisco’s premier school for the circus arts

– Circus Center continues its monthly Cabaret Series with Champagne & Starlight, a magical night of unexpected twists and bubbling surprises. A professional circus show staged in a uniquely intimate venue where the audience is never more than 50 feet away from the performers, the Circus Center Cabaret Series features live music performed by the Roger Glenn Trio and celebrates the voice of Cami Thompson as Cabaret Chanteuse.

Cami Thompson has gained a worldwide reputation for wowing audiences with her dynamic four-octave voice, zany wit, and humorous audience interactions. Her professional career spans 40 years across 20 countries. Combining elements from her vast musical background, Cami’s style has been called “a delightful mix of Ella Fitzgerald and Bette Midler.”  Friend and co-star Toni Tenille says: “Cami probably has more talent than any performer I know. Her voice does things I can only dream of doing. She has incredible stage charisma and timing, and she’s got THAT VOICE!”

Accompanying her is the Roger Glenn Trio. The youngest son of trombonist Tyree Glenn, Roger is a master flute and vibraphone player and internationally celebrated composer, known for his talent on saxophone, clarinet, and oboe. With Ross Gualco on the keyboard and Ed Margolin on the drums, the Roger Glenn Trio delivers a lovely, lively sound that combines classic jazz technique with a fun, modern sensibility.

Between Cami and Roger, the stage sizzles with some of the best circus and variety artists in the Bay Area. With featured acts by contortionist Inka Siekfer, magician Robert Strong, and bubbleologist Sterling Johnson, and many more, Champagne & Starlight integrates unique contemporary acts with a classic elegance to offer a truly one-of-a-kind evening.

Champagne & Starlight will be presented on Friday, January 15 and Saturday, January 16 at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:30 for refreshments and pre-show entertainment, including a full set performed by the Roger Glenn Trio. With a full bar, the Circus Center Cabaret is an evening for adults (21+) and IDs will be checked at the door.  Tickets are available at www.circuscenter.org/cabaret.

Originally the training arm of San Francisco’s legendary Pickle Family Circus, Circus Center is today an internationally recognized circus training and performing arts center, offering circus productions and recreational and professional training year-round. Its international faculty has performed in featured roles with elite circuses around the world, including the Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, Moscow Circus, Cirque du Soleil, Big Apple Circus, Teatro ZinZanni, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  A non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the circus arts, Circus Center is proud to offer training to thousands of children, teens, and adults in clowning and physical comedy, acrobatics, aerial performance, flying trapeze and more.

 

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Magic is hot in cool and foggy San Francisco and EXIT Theatre has become a performativity center for both up-and-coming and seasoned magicians.

 

In 2016, EXIT Theatre will produce its first annual Fog City Magic Fest with a line-up of talent selected by the festival’s co-founders, Jay Alexander and Christian Cagigal: national magicians and Bay Area locals. Between February 10th and February 13th, EXIT Theatre’s Fog City Magic Fest will present seven shows including performances by mentalist David Gerard who has been blowing minds from London to Hollywood’s Magic Castle and has a monthly residency at PianoFight; Chinese-American magician Jade straight from her successful performance on Penn & Teller: Fool Us on the CW Network – just in time for Chinese New Year; Brian Scott, one of the Bay Area’s most successful children’s entertainers; and local legend Jay Alexander who has performed for the likes of Bono, George Lucas, Steve Wozniak, and Fortune 500 companies across the nation. But that’s not all… More surprises are yet to be announced!

 

Wednesday, February 10th at 8pm

Fog City Opening Night Gala Variety Show!

Hosted by Jay Alexander. Featuring Kevin Blake, Sebastian Boswell III, Otis, Jade, and more!

 

Thursday, February 11th at 8pm

David Gerard – Headliner

At the age 27, mentalist David Gerard has performed to sold out houses from London to Hollywood’s Magic Castle and for numerous Fortune 500 companies. His hip sophistication has lead to huge crowds and a monthly residency at PianoFight. David is a thrilling new addition to the Bay Area magic community and Fog City Magic Fest is proud to welcome him.

 

Friday, February 12th at 7pm

The Fog City Magic Fest SLAM!

The ultimate magic slam: four magicians enter…no one leaves! Featuring Ryan Kane, Lynx the Animator, Dante Mancini, and Mike Della Penna.

 

Friday, February 12th at 9pm

Brad Barton, Reality Thief – Headliner

Performing for over 20 years, Brad Barton, Reality Thief combines magic, psychology, comedy, mentalism, and audience participation to create astonishing effects in both his close-up and stage work. He predicts your dreams, causes borrowed objects to levitate, and conjures your most cherished childhood memories. Since learning his first illusion at 12 years old, Brad Barton, Reality Thief has been fascinated by the techniques used to manipulate the imagination. At 15, he was working behind the counter in his local Tampa, Florida magic shop. By 23, he had been hired as a resident magician in Waldorf Astoria’s Boca Raton Resort & Club. After moving to San Francisco, Brad Barton has performed for crowds ranging from an intimate audience at Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s private residence to thousands of fans during rock band Phish’s historical Festival 8 in Indio, California.

 

Saturday, February 13th at 3pm

Brian Scott, Family Magician – Headliner

Brian Scott is a San Francisco Bay Area based magician for family audiences throughout California. Born and raised in Mystic, Connecticut Brian made his first appearance in the Bay area in 2002 and has called it home ever since. Brian Scott has had the pleasure of performing for a wide range of groups and has entertained audiences at the Mill Valley Fall Arts festival, Ardenwood Historic Farm, The Filoli House Family days, and the Lawrence Hall of Science, just to name a few. He is also a featured performer at Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland and the Buddy Club Family Shows series. One part Elvis impersonator and two parts goof plus the facial expressions of Jim Carrey, Brian Scott is a crowd favorite with the young and old alike.

 

Saturday, February 13th at 7pm

Jade, International Magician – Headliner

Jade took the male-dominated world of magic by storm in 1990, when she became the first woman to win the International Brotherhood of Magicians’ coveted Gold Medal of Magic, a prize awarded only a handful of times in the competition’s long history. Jade has performed and received multiple awards for her performances here and abroad, including the Mandrake Award from France as well as the “Female Magician of the Year” award from the International Magicians Society in Las Vegas. Fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English, Jade has delighted audiences throughout numerous appearances on international and American television, including CBS’ Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She has performed on the stages of variety theaters around the world, on luxury cruise lines, and in casino revue shows in Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas. Jade’s command performance for the Royal Family of Monaco at the Princess Grace Theater was just one of her many career highlights.

 

Tickets are on sale at fogcitymagicfest.com

 

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Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Welcomes the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra For One Night Only Wednesday, January 27, 2016

 

The Eclectic New Zealand Group Will Also Be Partnering With The Center To Promote Education Through The Arts Program For Underserved Students Tickets on sale now!

 

– Wells Fargo Center for the Arts welcomes the incredibly popular and eclectic New Zealand group the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra on Wednesday, January 27 at 8 p.m.  Sharing DNA with Flight of the Conchords and hailing from the home of The Hobbit movies, New Zealand’s Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra are in hot demand for their winning combination of charming Kiwi humour, disarmingly small instruments and sublime musicality. Tickets for Wellington Ukulele Orchestra are $49, $39, and $29 and include a pre-show discussion at 7 p.m. They are available now online at wellsfargocenterarts.org, by calling 707-546-3600, and in person at the box office at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa.

 

Led by award-winning New Zealand musician Age Pryor, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra are skilled performers who live to entertain, making sure audiences forget their troubles and sing their hearts out. Their signature sound features high-octane ukulele solos, heavenly multi-part vocal harmonies and an impressive range of ukuleles. Flamboyant outfits, delightful theatrical effects and convivial crowd participation complete the night.

 

The band’s repertoire is a superbly eclectic curation of songs appropriated from many genres alongside tunes from the South Pacific, all packaged into a spectacular show. Audiences can expect to hear fantastic “ukulelefied” versions of rock and pop classics by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, Salt ‘n’ Pepa and much more.

 

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Theatre Bay Area Announces TBA Awards Recommended Productions for the week of January 6, 2016

 

Each week, hundreds of adjudicators attend and evaluate eligible productions from all over the Bay Area on behalf of the TBA Awards. Based on the overall production scores from their peers, Theatre Bay Area issues a weekly list of productions that have reached the required threshold of scoring to be deemed “TBA Awards Recommended.”

 

This week, two new productions are recommended through the TBA Awards process, which involves more than 250 industry volunteers attending shows and logging scores within 48 hours of viewing the performances.

 

New productions receiving TBA Awards Recommended status this week:

 

The Mousetrap / Shotgun Players / Berkeley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2110

 

The Secret of Life / Indra’s Net Theater / Berkeley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2244

 

 

Previously recognized TBA Awards Recommended productions still running:

 

Stage Kiss / San Francisco Playhouse / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1603

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SIERRA STAGES announces OPEN AUDITIONS for the smash-hit musical  “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” Playing this summer at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

 

What:              Open Auditions for “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS”

When:             Saturday, January 23, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where:            Sierra Stages Rehearsal Studio, 343 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City

Information:    http://www.SierraStages.org/auditions.html

Email: auditions@SierraStages.org

 

Sierra Stages is pleased to announce open auditions for its summer 2016 production of the smash-hit musical “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, playing from July 14 – August 6, 2016 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Robert Rossman directs, with musical direction by Ken Getz.

 

 

 

​Laced with dark humor and irresistible music, “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” is one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time. Seymour, a down-and-out floral assistant who longs to get the girl of his dreams and escape life on skid row, becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving that offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite.

 

Auditions for “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” will be held on Saturday, January 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sierra Stages Rehearsal Studio, 343 Railroad Avenue in Nevada City. (Directions are on the Sierra Stages website.)  All roles are open, including the Audrey II puppeteer.  For important information about auditions and scheduling an appointment, please visit http://www.sierrastages.org/auditions.html. If  there are questions, please send e-mail to auditions@sierrastages.org or call Sierra Stages at (530) 346-3210.