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5 days ago
Southern Drawl will play at Sutter Creek Theatre on May 6.
Sierra Repertory Theatre Presents Hank Williams: The Lost Highway from April 1 through May 15 at the Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington Street in Columbia. Country-Western icon Hank Williams touched millions in his short career. This spectacular musical biography will break your heart and lift your soul as it recounts his rise to country-music stardom and his demise at age 29 from hard living and bad luck. Williams’ legend lives on through songs that celebrate tenderness and hope. Jam-packed with 20 classic hits including... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
Sierra Repertory Theatre Presents Hank Williams: The Lost Highway from April 1 through May 15
Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 2016 season with its 300th production, “My Fair Lady,” a story of ambition, diligence, social boundaries and love. The show opened Saturday, February 27, with Sierra Rep’s sold-out 2016 Gala and runs through April 24 with performances Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays at either 2 or 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $37. Seniors 60 and older receive $2 off, while student tickets are $25 and children ages 6 to 17 are $20 each. Special discount... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
3 weeks ago
Aaron Dore, Joey Shaw, David Finch and Ralph Krumins star as Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys. Photo courtesy of Sierra Repertory Theatre
Sierra Repertory Theatre’s performance of “Hank Williams: The Lost Highway” is sure to please audiences, both those that already know and love Hank Williams, and those who are discovering him for the first time. The show, which is playing at the Fallon House Theatre, in Columbia, is jam-packed with famous Williams songs, including hits like “Hey, Good Lookin’,” “Move it on Over” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Sparse in dialogue, the show uses song to tell the story of Hank Williams’ rise to fame and the tragic downward spiral he... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
3 weeks ago
The cast of “Exit Laughing.” Photo courtesy of VTC

Last weekend, “Exit Laughing” opened at Volcano Theatre Company. The show, written by Paul Elliott and directed by Judy Elliott (no relation), is an uproarious comedy about three friends, Connie (Gina Serna), Leona (Roxanne Fausett) and Millie (Kathleen Rich), who have recently lost their friend and fourth member of their weekly Bridge game. After “borrowing” Mary from the funeral home, the three friends find themselves on a wild journey, culminating in the heartwarming realization that one should never put off truly living.

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Caitlyn Schaap
3 weeks ago
The final performance in the Wildflower from Ashes concert series will be tomorrow night, April 16 at Bret Harte theater. ALD photo by Caitlyn Schaap
Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 2016 season with its 300th production, “My Fair Lady,” a story of ambition, diligence, social boundaries and love. The show opened Saturday, February 27, with Sierra Rep’s sold-out 2016 Gala and runs through April 24 with performances Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays at either 2 or 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $37. Seniors 60 and older receive $2 off, while student tickets are $25 and children ages 6 to 17 are $20 each. Special discount... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
3 weeks ago
Kylie Adams as Grace Vela in “14 Main.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Amador High School drama students performed their original one-act play “14 Main” on Tuesday with some very special viewers in the audience. The thirty-minute play, which was written and directed by students Alex Dutra and Jenni Knight, follows the story of Grace Vela, a real resident of Jackson, California, whose family owned a general store at 14 Main Street. In the audience were family members who knew Grace, Harry Vela and Laurie Vela, and playing himself in the show was Jerimiah Vela-Murphy, who also composed original saxophone... [Read more]
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4 weeks ago
Amador High senior Kylie Adams plays Grace in 14 Main. Photo courtesy to the ALD
Amador High Drama presents 14 Main, an original student written one act play to be performed for the public on Tuesday, April 12 at 3:45 p.m. in the Giles Turner Performing Arts Center at Amador High School. Each year, the drama department creates a student-written one-act play, and this year’s play was written by Drama Club President Jenni Knight and Drama Club Secretary Alex Dutra. Seniors Knight and Dutra began the project in the summer of 2015 and have written several revisions throughout the school year as the play has been... [Read more]
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4 weeks ago
Hank Williams: The Lost Highway plays at the Fallon House in Columbia through May 15. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 2016 season with its 300th production, “My Fair Lady,” a story of ambition, diligence, social boundaries and love. The show opened Saturday, February 27, with Sierra Rep’s sold-out 2016 Gala and runs through April 24 with performances Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays at either 2 or 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $37. Seniors 60 and older receive $2 off, while student tickets are $25 and children ages 6 to 17 are $20 each. Special discount... [Read more]
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03/31/2016 11:55 AM

Do we each live each day to its fullest? Will we look back with regret? Is our “bucket list” out of control? Is there comedy in shuffling off this mortal coil? Award-winning playwright Paul Elliott definitely has a humorous take on all these issues in Volcano Theatre’s Spring production, “Exit Laughing.”

Opening Saturday, April 9, and sponsored by Van Hulzen Asset Management and Cal-State Engineering, Exit Laughing shows us that in times of grief, humor can help us with coping and even healing, as three long-time friends and weekly...

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03/31/2016 11:35 AM
Calaveras High Drama students perform “Tell the Pirate Story.” Photo courtesy to the ALD

On Saturday, April 16, the drama departments from Calaveras, Amador, and Argonaut High Schools will join forces in a benefit performance for Calaveras Recovers, a Butte Fire charity whose mission is “the post-disaster coordination of resources to provide support and guidance to those individuals and families devastated by the Butte Fire regional disaster.”

All three drama departments will present an evening of original, award-winning one-acts. The cost is $10 for general admission. Items for auction will also be available at the...

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03/31/2016 12:07 PM
Birds of Chicago will play at the Sutter Creek Theatre tonight. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 2016 season with its 300th production, “My Fair Lady,” a story of ambition, diligence, social boundaries and love. The show opened Saturday, February 27, with Sierra Rep’s sold-out 2016 Gala and runs through April 24 with performances Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays at either 2 or 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $37. Seniors 60 and older receive $2 off, while student tickets are $25 and children ages 6 to 17 are $20 each. Special discount... [Read more]
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03/24/2016 12:55 PM
“The Stars Come Out” will benefit the Interfaith Food Bank. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 2016 season with its 300th production, “My Fair Lady,” a story of ambition, diligence, social boundaries and love. The show opened Saturday, February 27, with Sierra Rep’s sold-out 2016 Gala and runs through April 24 with performances Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays at either 2 or 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $37. Seniors 60 and older receive $2 off, while student tickets are $25 and children ages 6 to 17 are $20 each. Special discount... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
03/17/2016 12:29 PM
Mac Cockerham (left) and Jenni Knight (right) hold their awards after winning the Best actor and Best Actress titles. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco
Amador High School Drama presented its spring production of A Tale of Two Masters the first two weeks in March. Based on the classic 18th-Century Italian Comedy, A Tale of Two Masters is a screwball comedy featuring cross-dressing, mistaken identity, swordplay and food, updated with modern language and pop culture references. Mac Cockerham won best Actor for his portrayal of Truffaldino, the Clown, in the opening night cast, while Jenni Knight won best Actress for her portrayal of Beatrice, the cross-dressing romantic lead, in the... [Read more]
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03/17/2016 12:18 PM
All are warmly invited to attend the Amador Youth Chamber Music Concert on Sunday, April 17, at 3 p.m. at the Ione Methodist Church. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 2016 season with its 300th production, “My Fair Lady,” a story of ambition, diligence, social boundaries and love. The show opened Saturday, February 27, with Sierra Rep’s sold-out 2016 Gala and runs through April 24 with performances Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays at either 2 or 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $37. Seniors 60 and older receive $2 off, while student tickets are $25 and children ages 6 to 17 are $20 each. Special discount... [Read more]
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03/10/2016 12:27 PM
The talented cast of VTC’s “Exit Laughing” Photo courtesy of Volcano Theatre Company

Let’s face it. There’s nothing funny about dying… or is there? “Exit Laughing” shows us that in times of grief, humor can help us with coping and even healing.

“Exit Laughing” is not only about dying, but more about living. When the biggest highlight in your life for 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the girls, what happens when one of the foursome inconveniently dies? “Borrowing” Mary from the funeral home for one last game might just cheer them up, but that starts a chain of hilarious events that include a police...

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03/10/2016 12:14 PM
Argonaut Drama students take a playful backstage selfie at the Linaea festival. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Using the creative process to resolve issues, manage stress and process traumatizing events sounds like art therapy, a process that can make one uncomfortable, happy, angry or even confused. But oftentimes, art can heal. That may not have been what Argonaut High School teacher Dale Flint had in mind regarding this year’s one-act. While brainstorming with her advanced drama students, the notion of narrating the Butte Fire seemed kind of crazy. But after mentioning it, her students latched on and ran with the idea.

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03/10/2016 12:08 PM
The Black Lillies, a roots, neo-country, alt-rock band will play at Sutter Creek Theatre on Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 2016 season with its 300th production, “My Fair Lady,” a story of ambition, diligence, social boundaries and love. The show opened Saturday, February 27, with Sierra Rep’s sold-out 2016 Gala and runs through April 24 with performances Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays at either 2 or 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $37. Seniors 60 and older receive $2 off, while student tickets are $25 and children ages 6 to 17 are $20 each. Special discount... [Read more]
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03/03/2016 11:30 AM
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort welcomes back Lightning Boy Kory Gibbs and the Thundering Blues Band to the Grand Oak Ballroom stage on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort welcomes back Lightning Boy Kory Gibbs and the Thundering Blues Band to the Grand Oak Ballroom stage on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. The 15-year-old guitar prodigy has been playing since he was six years old. He’s been playing guitar professionally since he was nine years old and formed his own band when he was only twelve. Over the course of the last three years, Kory has performed over eighty shows and has played throughout Amador and Sacramento counties, including the Sutter Creek Theatre and Laughs... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
03/03/2016 11:13 AM
Brittney Bertier stars as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady.” Photo courtesy of Sierra Repertory Theatre

The final bows of “My Fair Lady” at Sierra Repertory Theatre were met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation at the matinee performance Sunday, February 28. The audience’s gleeful reception was no surprise after the dazzling performance of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s classic musical.

The opening show of the 2016 season at Sierra Rep hinged on convincing performances by the two central characters, Brittney Bertier, portraying Eliza Doolittle, and Russel Garrett, portraying Henry Higgins. Their impeccable comedic...

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02/25/2016 12:32 PM
Alexia Wheeler as Rapunzel and Christina Richard as the Witch in “Rapunzel: UnTangled.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch.
The Valley Springs Friends of the Library present the melodrama “The Bandit Wore Black” or “Save the Library!” Shows open at the Jenny Lind Memorial building on Pine and Daphne Streets in Valley Springs, on Friday, February 26 at 6 p.m., and a Saturday matinee February 27 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12. Special first weekend shows only: Buy 2 tickets, get the 3rd Free! Chicken in a barrel dinner shows are on March 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:45 and play at 7:45. Tickets are $25. Tickets will be available at the Health Habit in... [Read more]
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