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6 days ago
Tempest costuming goes Steam Punk. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador High School Advanced Drama is presenting, “The Tempest,” during the first two weeks of March.

William Shakespeare’s romance is a moving masterpiece of magic, spells, revenge, intrigue and forgiveness. Scholars believe that this was the last play that Shakespeare wrote himself, while others believe that the character of Prospero is autobiographical as Shakespeare departs from the world of theater. After Shakespeare’s death, his 36 plays were collected and published in the “First Folio,” in 1623, with ”The Tempest” honored as...

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Stephanie Stidger, Elyssia Maysee, Bailey Mitchell, Jennifer Jess and Ryan Albiani. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Argonaut Beginning Drama is pleased to continue what has become a yearly tradition with a presentation of, “Fractured Fairy Tales,” a half-hour show geared toward preschool and early elementary school audiences.

Performances will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room, at Argonaut High School, on Friday, Feb. 27, at 12:30 p.m., and Thursday, March 5, at 9 a.m. Admission is free.

The half-hour show features three skits: “Cinderella Outgrows the Glass Slipper,” in which Cinderella does not dream of going to the ball, but of becoming a...

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Argonaut Advanced Drama made a good showing at the Lenaea Theatre Festival last weekend, an event attended by nearly 1,300 drama students from over 60 California high schools. Argonaut’s one-act, a long-form improv guest-directed by Scott Coleman (pictured), received a standing ovation from a capacity audience of 300 people. Students Tanner Heard and David Maysee both earned Bronze medals for their duo scene in competition. [Read more]
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Honoring “short attention spans” everywhere, Main Street Theatre Works presents its 3rd Annual One-Act Festival. This three-day-only fundraising event features some of your favorite MSTW actors, including Allen Pontes, Julie Anchor, Georgann Wallace, Cynthia Drumbor, Brandon Rapoza and Carissa Meagher, to name a few, plus others new to the company. In just 90 minutes, you’ll see these talented actors perform nine different one-act plays, including several written by Sacramento playwrights Leo McElroy, Jeri Weiss and Allen Pontes, as... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
Students re-enact the iconic photo of the flag raising on Iwo Jima. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
Amador High School Senior Patrick Burns is the writer, director and narrator in the One-Act play, “Harry The Horse.” The play follows the life of Brigadier General Harry Liversedge, whose military regiment is believed to be associated with the historic and iconic photo of the raising of the American Flag on Iwo Jima, in 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. Although the private life of the general is largely unknown, all involved in the play have attempted to respectfully create a production to honor the life of General Liversedge, and also tell a... [Read more]
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4 weeks ago
Volcano Theatre Company invites you to audition for its upcoming original play. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Auditions

Volcano Theatre Company invites you to audition for its upcoming original play, “The Great Amador Carnival of 1886,” or “What’s a Damsel to Do?” written by Rolf Hein and Dana Hein, directed by Rolf Hein. This melodrama is a rollicking romp through the old days of Amador. Acting, singing and dancing parts are available for men, women and children of various ages. Come join us for all the fun on the following dates: Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 18,...

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01/29/2015 7:34 AM
From left: Kevin Donovan, Michael Scarr, Paul Cram and Tim Blankenship. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

You may have noticed a camera crew and actors on the streets of Sutter Creek and Jackson this past week. Local Jackson resident Michael Scarr has been in the process of directing and acting in his debut, short buddy-comedy film, “A Piss In The Rain.”

In addition to Scarr, the film stars actor Paul Cram, who originally hails from the Mid-west of the US and has made a career of working across the country in indie films. For a list of Cram’s previous films, search his name on IMDB.com.

The two met while working in Hollywood,...

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01/23/2015 9:55 AM
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On Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, Plymouth Elementary held a special program called “The Best Show of our Lives!” Talent Show featuring dancing, singing, skits, hula hoops, speed drawing, instrument solos, poetry and so much more. This year, there was an extra added bonus to the event.

As Principal Donna Custodio welcomed everyone to the evening event with Chairperson and Plymouth Elementary parent Tracy Dehn, they announced that a recent fundraiser hosted by Taste Restaurant and Wine Bar, had raised funds for the music and arts...

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01/16/2015 11:26 AM
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Are you a comedian, singer, dancer, magician, ventriloquist or musician? Do you have a talent nobody else has? Then join us this Friday, Jan. 16, or next Friday, Jan. 23, and show us what you’ve got. Operation Care needs your talent.

Operation Care is preparing for the third annual “Amador’s Got Talent” spectacular slated for Saturday, March 28, at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s Grand Oak Ballroom, from 6 to 10 p.m. We want it to be the best show ever, so we need lots of great acts of all ages.

If you are interested...

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01/16/2015 11:11 AM
The Stray Birds. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Stray Birds bring their CD release tour to Sutter Creek on Saturday, February 7 at Sutter Creek Theatre. Maya de Vitry (vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle), Oliver Craven (vocals, guitar, resonator, fiddle) and Charles Muench (vocals, bass)—whose “playing is gorgeous, the harmonies exquisite” (WXPN The Key) made their Yep Roc Records label debut October 21 with the release of their second full-length studio album, Best Medicine.

Following the band’s 2012 highly praised self-titled release, which NPR Music named Top 10 Folk/America...

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01/16/2015 10:52 AM
“Easy Rider” will be showing at the Jackson Rancheria on January 30. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Dinner and a Movie Series returns to Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s Grand Oak Ballroom in a spectacular three-month installment.

Dinner and a Movie begins on Jan. 30, with the feature film, “Easy Rider.” Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper star as bikers who travel across the United States in search of America. The Feb. 27 installment features 1980s hit, “The Breakfast Club,” where five high school students from different cliques spend a day in detention together. The critically acclaimed sports drama, “Hoosiers,” featuring...

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Tessa Marguerite
01/09/2015 10:38 AM
Miss Irene Adler and Mrs. Hudson. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Beth Barnard and Linda Hein are the eccentric creators of Amador County’s Sherlockian Society, called Holmes’ Hounds. What began as two long-time friends discussing their favorite books and authors, has transformed into a community of whimsical individuals with a fascination of the most re-written character in history: Sherlock Holmes.

After Barnard and Hein had “set the cogs in motion,” they, and their husbands, became the four founding members of the society. One of the many unique aspects of Holmes’ Hounds, is that every...

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01/09/2015 10:25 AM
The beloved author and humorist, Mark Twain. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Samuel Langhorne Clemens is returning to Northern California’s Gold Country. The acclaimed American author and humorist, best known by his pen name, Mark Twain, who spent nearly three months in this historic Gold Country town during the winter of 1864 to1865, will reappear via the world film premiere of, “88 Days in the Motherlode: Mark Twain Finds His Voice.”

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Sam Clemens’ visit to Angels Camp, This ‘n That Films, in partnership with Greenhorn Creek Resort and CAMPS Restaurant, will present...

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12/26/2014 11:08 AM
Aaron Lewis coming to Jackson Rancheria. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is happy to welcome country star Aaron Lewis back to the Grand Oak Ballroom stage on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Aaron Lewis released his country debut EP, Town Line, in 2011. His gold selling single “Country Boy,” featuring the legendary George Jones and Charlie Daniels, helped bring his EP to #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #7on the Billboard Top 200.

Lewis’ newest album, The Road, came to be while balancing his up and coming solo run, with the help of his award-winning...

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12/19/2014 10:29 AM
Dahkota Brown and Ryan Grady at last year’s holiday benefit. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Argonaut Drama and Band Present their 2nd Annual Combined Holiday Benefit featuring, “A Christmas Carol,” live on Hometown Radio.

Hearkening back to the “good old days” when families gathered around the radio for their evening’s entertainment, the drama and band departments of Argonaut High School are joining forces with Hometown Radio to broadcast a live performance of, “A Christmas Carol,” on Friday night, Dec. 19, from the Multi-Purpose Room of Argonaut High.

Performed by the Advanced Drama class, the program is a one-hour...

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12/12/2014 10:16 AM
Dahkota Brown and Ryan Grady at last year’s holiday benefit. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Argonaut Drama and Band present the 2nd Annual Combined Holiday Benefit featuring, “A Christmas Carol,” live on Hometown Radio.

Hearkening back to the “good old days” when families gathered around the radio for their evening’s entertainment, the drama and band departments of Argonaut High School are joining forces with Hometown Radio to broadcast a live performance of, “A Christmas Carol,” on Friday night, Dec. 19, from the multi-purpose room of Argonaut High.

Performed by the Advanced Drama class, the program is a...

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12/12/2014 10:10 AM
Luke Murdock, Connor Christeson and Ben Carter lead the gang packing plastic water pistols and rubber daggers. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

It’s hard to imagine how the 1983 American Christmas comedy, “A Christmas Story,” could be improved upon, but Volcano Theatre Company has found a way by bringing the charm of a 1938 childhood Christmas to life in the Cobblestone Theatre.

Vince Murdock directs the Jean Shepherd classic, adapted by Philip Grecian. Murdock’s inner boy must have led the cast of 14, ten of whom were kids. How else could he wrangle that many high-spirited boys and girls to perform with the professionalism that rivals many grown-ups?

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12/12/2014 10:26 AM
Santa will be visiting various cities in Amador County this December. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Now through December 30

Holiday Jewelry Show & Sale: AmadorArts Gallery is hosting a Holiday Jewelry Show and Sale through Dec. 30, at the gallery, located at 11-A Randolph Street, in Sutter Creek. For more information, visit amadorarts.org.

December 13

“The Sound Of Music:” Amador High School Performing Arts Department presents, “The Sound Of Music,” an award-winning musical classic stage play based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers,” with memorable music by Richard Rogers and Oscar...

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10/31/2014 1:06 PM
Costumer Kathleen Rich outfits Conner Christeson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Volcano Theatre Company brings a holiday classic to the Cobblestone stage. Yes, it is, “A Christmas Story,” based on an autobiographical story by Jean Shepherd. It is just like the movie, only better. All those characters you love will come alive on stage. Ralphie and his single-minded efforts to secure a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, the old man and his infamous “major award” (Leg Lamp), bully Scut Farkus, Flick’s wet tongue on the lamppost, the neighboring Bumpus hounds and so much more!

The time is 1938. The place is...

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10/24/2014 10:53 AM
Sierra Repertory Theatre announces its 2015 season. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sierra Repertory Theatre announces its 2015 season, beginning with the musical Mary Poppins and concluding with a brand new adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Other highlights include new Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone starring SRT Artistic Director Scott Viets as the Man in the Chair, an exciting spring rock ‘n’ roll revue to be announced, everyone’s favorite The Music Man, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the country tribute Always, Patsy Cline, and a new comedy called Unnecessary Farce. Season Tickets, group and general... [Read more]
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