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Carolyn Schmitz
3 days ago
Volcano Theatre Company's sound design team, at right, earned the prestegious Elly award for this performance.
Sacramento Regional Theatre Alliance, the Northern California community theater alliance, has voted for last season’s best and brightest performances.

Volcano Theatre Company won a 2014 Elly award for Best Sound Design In A Drama with, “A Christmas Carol,” a radio production of the Charles Dickens classic tale of redemption. Members of the sound team, led by Dave Bibby, include Paula Jones, Scott Hardley and Bob Duzdevich.

VTC was nominated for three awards this year, including one in the youth category for Chris Graham’s...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Alexander Lacy captivated the audience with his ability to earn both trust and affection from these gigantic cats. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey came to the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento last weekend and dazzled audiences with unbelievable acrobatics and fascinating tricks. For many of us, when we hear the word “circus,” we think of a silly show with clowns and nothing more. But the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s presentation of “Legends: The Greatest Show on Earth” was above and beyond what one’s imagination might have assumed. As one enchanted audience member stated, “This is not the circus I remember!”

The arena was packed...

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3 weeks ago
Give back to the Upcountry communities with a car show and outdoor movie on the fairway at Mace Meadow, as Amador Upcountry Rotary Club sponsors its inaugural “Drive-In on the Green.”

On Friday, Oct. 3, from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m., enjoy some 1950s fun at the classic car drive-in, with an outdoor screening of “American Graffiti.”

There will be drive-in food available for purchase, including root beer floats, hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, beer and wine. $5 will buy you just about anything on the menu, and all the proceeds go to...

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08/29/2014 10:11 AM
Ringling Bros. Circus
Behold the living legends. Children of all ages will believe in the unbelievable with the all-new circus spectacular, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS, coming to the Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena, Sept. 12 through 15, and Stockton Arena, Sept. 19 through 21.

Iconic Ringling Bros. stars meet fabled mythological creatures at the place where legends live, at “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing circus athletes perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength...

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Beverly Huston Fisher
08/29/2014 9:46 AM
Kids On Stage performing "Baby June" from the play, Gypsy.
Do you love to dance and perform on stage? If so, come audition for Kids on Stage.

Kids on Stage was created by Sue Brumet, in 1984, to give young dancers an opportunity to perform in their communities and hone their skills as dancers and artists. The group will focus primarily on musical theater, but can also include jazz, tap, hip hop and modern dance forms. Kids on Stage is a free program, open to everyone who is between seven and 18 years old. No formal dance training is required to audition, although a strong desire to dance...

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Tessa Marguerite
08/22/2014 9:45 AM
The Sheriff, Brad Loffswold, stands triumphantly over Will Scarlet, played by John Svec. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
*Correction: In Friday's print edition of the Amador Ledger Dispatch, the name of the actor playing King John was incorrect. The actor who is currently playing King John in VTC's Robin Hood is Josh Lewis.

By Carolyn Schmitz & Tessa Marguerite

Volcano Theatre Company’s summer hit, “Robin Hood,” is an energetic romp through Sherwood Forest, replete with daring sword fights, a power-monger sheriff and a fair, yet able, maiden. On his directorial debut, Joe Svec delivered all the charm and sincerity the public has come to...

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Carolyn Schmitz
08/15/2014 9:38 AM
Paj Crank, Linda Montalvo, Julie Anchor and Katie Husle make the unlikely seem plausible in “The Golden State.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Main Street Theatre Works presents, “The Golden State,” a hilarious comedy about wanting, getting, having, coveting and hoarding money, inspired by Molière’s original work, “The Miser,” originally published in 1668. “The Golden State” proves that some family concerns are timeless.

This story is about a mother of two grown children who are still “living off their parents’ generosity.” Sylvia, 38, played by Lisa Derthick, is in love with the gardener, but doesn’t seem to know much about herself. Cubby, 35, played by Paj Crank, is...

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08/01/2014 10:47 AM
Enjoy a sit-down dinner in the Preston Castle Courtyard at 6 p.m., on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2, and be part of the action as events of the “Lethal Luau” murder mystery unfold around you. Observe, ask questions and use your super-sleuth skills to figure out “who done it?” Dress in themed fashion to really get into the fun. A no-host bar will have a nice selection of drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $45 per person. For details, call 256-3623, or visit prestoncastle.com. Seating is limited. [Read more]
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08/01/2014 9:53 AM
Main Street Theatre Works is proud to present the second show of its 2014 summer season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, in Jackson. “The Golden State,” by Lauren Wilson, a hot and spicy comedy, runs Aug. 8 through Sept. 6.

“The Golden State” is Wilson’s reinvention of the Molière classic, “The Miser.” Set in present-day Southern California, Gertrude Hopper (Linda Montalvo) rules over her children (Paj Crank and Lisa Derthick) and servants (Ernesto Bustos, Katie Hulse and Julie Anchor) with an iron hand, her fists clenched...

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08/01/2014 9:47 AM
Brad Loffswald plays Sheriff of Nottingham, whose schemes are thwarted by Marian and Robin Hood, played by Kristy Kendrick and Alex Sharp.
The tree-lined Volcano Ampitheatre is the perfect setting for Volcano Theatre Company’s second summer offering, “Robin Hood.” The legend of the infamous outlaw, his merry men and Sherwood Forest comes to life beginning Aug. 15.

Directors Joe Svec and Beth Barnard have infused Larry Blamire’s rollicking script with energy and humor. Blamire has synthesized the conflicting legends and ballads about the famous outlaw folk hero and created a hysterical, sprawling, action-packed romp.

VTC’s production includes a wise-cracking,...

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07/27/2014 12:31 PM
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Aloha, welcome to Hawaii. It is sunset on the beach, and friends of Chase Diamond have gathered at his birthday luau. The impromptu party quickly turns into a woeful wake when Chase is found dead, poisoned by one of his guests. Was it friend or foe who fatally freshened his favorite cocktail? It is up to you to find out.

Come to a Hawaiian Luau and figure out the mystery. Wear your Aloha outfits to really blend in.

Enjoy a sit-down dinner in the Preston Castle Courtyard, and be...

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07/27/2014 12:25 PM
The Amador County Concert Band. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Amador County Concert Band. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A free concert will be presented by the 48-member Amador County Concert Band, under the direction of Steve Chambers and Irv Gidding, on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 3 p.m. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, located at 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove. Featured music will be selections from “My Fair Lady,” “Slaughter on 10th Avenue 7,” “Swedish Polka,” selections from ”Four Winds,” a special flute section feature, “Those Fabulous...

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07/27/2014 12:15 PM
Mike Ryan (left) and Harry Homer Humphry. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Harry Humphry, one of the founders of the Amador Senior Center passed away on Sunday, June 8th in Arcata where he had moved to be closer to his son, Dr. Ted Humphry.

Led by Harry, a group of seniors joined forces in the late 1970’s to design and raise funds to build a senior center for Amador County. Harry approached Fred Joyce, who was the Supervisor for District #3 at the time, and the two of them got the Board of Supervisors to agree to match the funds if the seniors could raise $250,000. The money was raised and in 1985, the...

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Carolyn Schmitz
07/27/2014 11:45 AM
"Robin Hood" opens August 15 at Volcano Amphitheatre, in Volcano. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
"Robin Hood" opens August 15 at Volcano Amphitheatre, in Volcano. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

July 30

The Lemon Hammer: A blend of rock, folk, blues, soul and pop, The Lemon Hammer performs at Mountain Ranch Community Park. Calaveras County Arts Council presents the 23rd Annual Music in the Parks, free summer concert series, every Wednesday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring a picnic and low-back chair, and maybe a little bug spray just in case.

August 1

BellaGrace Tasting Room: Joshua Macrea will be the featured...

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Tessa Marguerite
07/18/2014 9:41 AM
The Von Trapp children
Sierra Repertory Theatre comes alive with timeless classic, “The Sound of Music.” Based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, in 1930’s Austria, a young girl named Maria leaves the safety of her convent to go on an unexpected journey with seven children and a naval captain, with only her own confidence and guitar by her side.

Rhyn Saver plays Maria in such a way that even Julie Andrews would approve, with just the right amount of stubborn innocence to be flawlessly charming. The seven Von Trapp children are exceptiona...

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Carolyn Schmitz
07/03/2014 10:42 AM
Main Street Theatre Works presents its first summer offering, “Tartuffe,” Molière’s classic comedic tale of selfishness and deceit cloaked in piety and good manners, served tongue-in-cheek. The play depicts a confidence man, posing as a God-fearing clergyman, who uses his ability to convolute reality for personal gain, at any cost... to others. While originally written in 1622, the play has stood the test of time because of its ability to make people laugh at their own foibles.

The production was translated by Richard Wilbur, is...

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Tessa Marguerite
07/03/2014 10:38 AM
Amador High School’s Performing Arts program is hanging on, but just barely. This last year, the department financially supported a full year of dance, with instructor Caitlin Rubini; the Fall semester of musical theater, with musical director Anne Pearce and choreographer Caitlin Rubini; and the Spring semester of Glee, with instructor Kate Hamon. In addition, it covered the cost of musicians Joe Bellamy, Steve Chambers and Steve Zalkind for the musical.

The total cost for the services of these outstanding individuals was a...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/27/2014 9:40 AM
The foothills will come alive with The Sound of Music when the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical returns July 11 through August 31 at Sierra Repertory Theatre’s historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia.

The delightful musical – based on the true story of the von Trapp family in Austria – has been captivating audiences for more than half a century, drawing huge crowds when it first hit Broadway and appearing again six years later as a much-beloved film.

After 55 years, the show’s appeal is still universal, Sierra Rep’s...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/20/2014 10:25 AM
Volcano Theatre Company presents its first offering of the 2014 summer season, “Visit to a Small Planet,” by Gore Vidal, starring Rolf Hein, Kylie Adams, Nicolos Robinson-Berry, Robert Schell, Shaundy Farley, Jordan Rozhon and Alana Hein. The play is a light-hearted glimpse into a family’s home, and a chance to see how easy it is to skew perception, start a war and end humanity as we know it.

Enjoying a delicious picnic in the Volcano Amphitheatre before the opening night performance, about 65 audience members watched and wondered...

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06/14/2014 11:32 AM
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Main Street Theatre Works announces a re-casting of its lead character in Tartuffe. “Due to an unforeseen illness of our previously cast Tartuffe (Bradley Moates), we were forced to recast our lead actor two weeks before we open. We are fortunate to have Mark Manske, who lives in the Bay Area, available to take over the role. Manske has years of experience and brings unbelievable talent and accessibility to the role. We are fortunate to have him step in on such short notice,” says MSTW...

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