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Chaw’se Day is this weekend, May 28 and 29. Photo courtesy to the ALD
Baker Street Players present the world premier of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the American Twins” by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. The show, which is directed by Beth Barnard, opened May 20 and runs Friday and Saturday evenings through June 11 at Baker Street West, located above Hein & Co. Bookstore on Main Street, in Jackson. All shows begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $30 and include dessert, and tickets for the opening and closing night galas are $40. Call (209) 223-2215 or email info@bakerstreetwest.com to... [Read more]
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James Morsini, Lori Russo, Ty Smith and Sheilagh Weymouth play the title characters. Photo courtesy of SRT

Sierra Repertory Theatre brings another award-winning show to the East Sonora Theatre stage this month with Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” The 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play opened last weekend, and will run through June 12.

The show, seeming almost simultaneously modern and old-fashioned, fuses the absurdist humor of Christopher Durang with the classic misery of Anton Chekov, creating a wildly funny and deeply touching “dramedy.”

Vanya and Sonia are middle-aged siblings, living together, somewhat...

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Brad Loffswold as Sherlock Holmes and Rolf Hein as Dr. John Watson in “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the American Twins.” Photo by Eleanor Caputo
Last weekend, Baker Street Players presented the world premier of “Sherlock Holmes and Case of the American Twins” by award-winning author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. The show, which was directed by Beth Barnard, was presented in an unusual format described as “theatre in the round, in reverse.” Audience members sat at circular tables in the middle of the large room that houses Baker Street West and the story played out around the perimeter of the room, with various locations serving as the “stage” for different scenes. This allowed the... [Read more]
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The 136th Annual Italian Picnic and Parade will be June 3, 4 and 5. ALD photo by Bill Lavallie
Baker Street Players present the world premier of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the American Twins” by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. The show, which is directed by Beth Barnard, opened May 20 and runs Friday and Saturday evenings through June 11 at Baker Street West, located above Hein & Co. Bookstore on Main Street, in Jackson. All shows begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $30 and include dessert, and tickets for the opening and closing night galas are $40. Call (209) 223-2215 or email info@bakerstreetwest.com to... [Read more]
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Ione’s Red Ribbon Choir presents Disney’s “Aladdin Kids.” This Disney favorite will thrill audiences with all their favorite characters, including Aladdin, Jasmine and, of course, the Genie. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, get ready for this enchanting theatrical ride! Songs include: Arabian Nights, Diamond In The Rough, One Jump Ahead, The Genie, Friend Like Me, The Magic Carpet, Prince Ali, A Whole New World, The Genie Is Free and more. More than 40 Ione students will bring you this exciting musical on May 20... [Read more]
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Argonaut Advanced Drama is pleased to present William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Performances are May 20 at 6:30 p.m., and May 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students/seniors and $8 for general admission, available at the door. Performances take place in the multi-purpose room at Argonaut High School.

Much Ado About Nothing tells the tale of two couples, Beatrice and Benedick, and Hero and Claudio. Benedick and Claudio have just returned from war, and in their thoughts "come thronging soft and...

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The theatre students at Argonaut and Amador were rewarded richly for their work at the recent Mother Lode Drama Festival in Sutter Creek.

Competing in a field of ten Northern California schools, Argonaut received a rating of excellent for its original one-act play about the Butte Fire, “Phoenix,” along with a special achievement award for student direction for Amanda Gold.

Also receiving a rating of excellent, Amador’s “14 Main” brought special achievement awards to Alex Dutra and Jenni Knight, who wrote the script and directed...

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Tribe of the Red Horse will be playing at the Sutter Creek Theatre on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m.
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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The musicians and vocalists from last weekend's "Broadway and Beyond." ALD photo by Caitlyn Schaap
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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04/28/2016 12:53 PM
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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04/21/2016 12:16 PM
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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04/14/2016 12:47 PM
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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04/14/2016 12:46 PM
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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04/14/2016 12:44 PM
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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04/14/2016 12:31 PM
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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04/07/2016 12:41 PM
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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04/07/2016 12:37 PM
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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