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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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10/18/2014 10:34 AM
Natalie Snider and Kyleigh Casagrande are among those performing in the annual Broaday Dinner. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Amador High School Culinary, Floral Design and Performing Arts students are presenting their eleventh annual Broadway Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., at the Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Hall, located at 11361 Prospect Drive, in Martell.

Seating is limited to 112 guests. Reservations are being accepted now for $25 per person, and a table for eight may be reserved for $175. Reservations may be made through the Amador High Performing Arts Department, at 267-0108.

The extravaganza, sponsored by Spinetta Family Vineyards...

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Carolyn Schmitz
10/10/2014 10:30 AM
Brad Barnard, Joe Svec, Marty Brifman and Chris Witt, in "Camping With Henry and Tom." Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
“Camping With Henry and Tom:” Volcano Theatre Company, in its 41st season, presents its first fall offering, “Camping with Henry and Tom,” directed by Patti Fredericks, and starring Marty Brifman, Brad Barnard, Chris Witt and Joe Svec (see review on page 1). The play runs Friday and Saturday nights through Nov. 8, with Sunday performances on Oct. 12, 19 and 26, at the Cobblestone Theatre, located in the heart of Volcano. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $16, $14 for seniors 62 and over. For more information,... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
10/09/2014 10:20 AM
Brad Barnard, Joe Svec, Marty Brifman and Chris Witt give a stellar performance in "Camping With Henry and Tom."

What a treat to see Volcano Theatre Company’s fall production of, “Camping With Henry and Tom,” a historically based best guess at what Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s last camping trip together might have been like. The play is dialogue-driven and loaded with a broad spectrum of ideas and emotions so compelling that the two-hour production utterly flew by.

Patti Fredericks directs this “factional” account, extraordinarily well written by Mark St. Germain, which reflects American history, its political climate and the personal...

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Carolyn Schmitz
10/03/2014 9:58 AM
Giant Burger is located in the heart of Pine Grove. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Celebrate Pine Grove! The Pine Grove Civic Improvement Club is hosting a fun night of outreach in celebration of the township of Pine Grove, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Pine Grove Town Hall and Community Park. Come and meet local business owners, Smokey the Bear and Sheriff Martin Ryan. Pine Grove Elementary School Choir and Robotics Club will perform. Play Business Bingo and win prizes while dining on hot dogs, cotton candy and more. This is a great event for families and friends of Pine Grove.

Drive-In On The Green: Give back to the...

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10/03/2014 9:41 AM
The Arc Players will dazzle guests with their dinner show. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras presents a fabulous fundraising party on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 10 p.m. Fiesta Viva el Arc, at St. Katharine Drexel’s Parish Center, in Jackson, featuring the sizzling sounds of Cantamos and The Arc Players.

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras is a nonprofit organization that has been providing support and services to adults with developmental disabilities in Amador and Calaveras counties since 1971. It is our mission to ensure long-term availability of services and to advocate for the development...

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Carolyn Schmitz
09/29/2014 8:58 AM
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
09/19/2014 10:39 AM
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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09/12/2014 10:48 AM

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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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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