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Volcano Theatre Company’s next amphitheater production, sponsored by the St. George Hotel, “Our Town,” is just that… our town. American playwright Thornton Wilder sets his 1938 Pulitzer prize-winning play in the fictional small town of Grover’s Corners. It is 1901, and it’s not difficult to imagine this small town to be one of our own small towns in Amador County. Come spend an evening in Grover’s Corners. It will be an evening well spent. “Our Town” will run Friday and Saturday evenings, now through September 5, in the Volcano... [Read more]
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Don’t miss Fiesta Viva El Arc this weekend at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church.Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Main Street Theatre Works’ “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

Main Street Theatre Works is pleased to present “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson. Playwright Christopher Durang takes themes and characters from Chekhov plays and puts them in a comic blender. Tickets are $17.50 for adults, and $12 for students and children under the age of 18. Family Packs contain two adult and two student tickets, for $49. Tickets are available at the gate, Hein & Company in Jackson, Amador Chambor...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
Vanya and Masha played by Allen Pontes and Julie Anchor. Photo by Barry Wisdom Photography
Main Street Theatre Works’ current production is Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” The show is directed by Susan McCandless. This comedy presents many themes from works of Anton Chekhov. While it does not require a familiarity with Chekhov to enjoy the show, previous knowledge about any of Chekhov’s plays will likely increase your amusement. The play follows siblings Sonia, Vanya and Masha as they work through struggles in their own lives and relationships, and consider the rantings and warnings of an... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs played by Rocky Lane and Paula Bibby. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Volcano Theatre Company’s current amphitheater production “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder, is directed by Patti Fredericks and Tracy Morris. The play is set in 1901 and is separated into three Acts: Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death and Dying. Within these scenes, the audience follows the lives of the Gibbs and Webb families, and other towns people that make up the monotonous, melancholy, yet somehow marvelous, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire.

The show begins with the Narrator, Chris Witt, who immediately engages the...

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3 weeks ago
Thick Soup. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Main Street Theatre Works’ “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

Main Street Theatre Works is pleased to present “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson. Playwright Christopher Durang takes themes and characters from Chekhov plays and puts them in a comic blender. Tickets are $17.50 for adults, and $12 for students and children under the age of 18. Family Packs contain two adult and two student tickets, for $49. Tickets are available at the gate, Hein & Company in Jackson, Amador Chambor...

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3 weeks ago
The Junior High Drama Club is about to start its fourth year. Registration forms are available in the office of Ione Junior High, Jackson Junior High and in the theater at Amador High School. The club meets every Thursday after school from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Amador High in the theater, starting Thursday, August 20. The full-year program is highlighted by these performances: Improv Theatre in the fall, Acting Scenes during the winter and One-Act Play in the spring. The club is friendly, fun and enjoyable. “We are looking forward to... [Read more]
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4 weeks ago
The Junior High Drama Club is about to start its fourth year. Registration forms are available in the office of Ione Junior High, Jackson Junior High and in the theater at Amador High School. The club meets every Thursday after school from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Amador High in the theater, starting Thursday, August 20. The full-year program is highlighted by these performances: Improv Theatre in the fall, Acting Scenes during the winter and One-Act Play in the spring. The club is friendly, fun and enjoyable. “We are looking forward to... [Read more]
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The Amazing Arc Players will perform August 22. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Shakespeare on the Vine and Brice Station Vineyards’ “The Taming of the Shrew”

“The Taming of the Shrew” will be performed outdoors at Brice Station’s hilltop stage. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and patrons are encouraged to come for a pre-show picnic. Wine and food will be available for purchase from a variety of local caterers and eateries— Jennifer Stoicheff of Wren Catering (August 13 through 15) and Arnold Pantry (August 20 through 22). Some meals are available only by pre-purchase; visit bricestation.com for details. The...

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07/30/2015 1:15 PM
Many local performers entertain audiences while people stroll through the shops and dance in the streets during Amador City’s Dancin’ In The Street on Saturdays during summer. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Dancin’ In The Street: Dancing is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays during summer. Explore this unique Gold Rush town with interesting shops, wine tasting, a museum, plenty of food from local restaurants and cold beer and wine sold by Plymouth Rotary. Amador City is the smallest incorporated city in California and recently celebrated its centennial. There is no charge for this fun, weekly summertime event.

July 31

TGIF Summer Music Series:

Tonight, enjoy the musical stylings of Hot Dark, at the Volcano Amphitheater. This...

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07/23/2015 10:28 AM
A scene from one of BSV’s Shakespeare productions. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Shakespeare on the Vine and BSV are pleased to announce their upcoming summer production of William Shakespeare’s comedy, “The Taming of the Shrew,” directed and produced by Tara Kayton.

With “The Taming of the Shrew,” Kayton again embraces the exuberant and farcical commedia dell’arte aesthetic. Gender-bending hijinks layer on physical and social hilarity to this comedy about the roles we play in love and marriage. Leading roles feature local favorites: Sean M. Lewis playing the fierce-tongued Katherine, Shelby Rose Richardson...

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07/23/2015 10:21 AM
MSTW is pleased to present “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson. Playwright Christopher Durang takes themes and characters from Chekhov plays and puts them in a comic blender. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” runs every Friday and Saturday night, August 7 through September 5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for picnics; show starts at 8 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to come early with their picnic dinners, chairs and jackets. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located at 1127 North Main Street in... [Read more]
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07/23/2015 10:18 AM
Actors Andrew Mees and Sarai Kay as George Gibbs and Emily Webb in VTC’s “Our Town.” Photo courtesy to the ALD

VTC’s next amphitheater production, sponsored by the St. George Hotel, “Our Town,” is just that… our town. American playwright Thornton Wilder sets his 1938 Pulitzer prize-winning play in the fictional small town of Grover’s Corners. It is 1901, and it’s not difficult to imagine this small town to be one of our own small towns in Amador County.

The families are tight and the community close. The milk is delivered daily by means of horse and buggy and there is a newspaper boy. The local doctor makes house calls. Some would say it...

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07/16/2015 10:31 AM
Dancin’ In The Streets: Whether your musical tastes lean to country, rock ‘n roll, classic rock or jump, jive and wail, haul out your dancing shoes and get ready for Dancin’ In The Streets. Amador City’s merchants again host this popular summer event for a few more weeks. Dancing is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, but come early to explore this unique Gold Rush town with interesting shops, wine tasting, a museum, plenty of food from local restaurants and cold beer and wine sold by Plymouth Rotary. Amador City is the smallest incorporat... [Read more]
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07/09/2015 1:54 PM
Pucker Power: A Pickling and Fermenting class — Pucker Power — is being offered by the UCCE Master Food Preservers of Amador and Calaveras Counties. The class will take place on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., at the Amador County GSA Building, located at 12200-B Airport Road, in Martell. No reservations are required and the class is free. Sauerkraut, beer, wine, vinegar, soy sauce, cheese and apple cider are all common fermented foods. Come for this free class and learn about the fermentation process and how it... [Read more]
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07/09/2015 1:28 PM
The Arc Players will present its annual Fiesta Viva el Arc. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras present a fabulous fundraising dinner-dance party, Fiesta Viva el Arc!, on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 4 to 9 p.m., at St. Katharine Drexel’s, in Jackson, featuring Thick Soup and The Arc Players.

This will be a joyful and festive party to help strengthen The Arc so that we may continue to provide life-enhancing services to our consumers. This dinner-dance party features The Arc Players for a dinner show, and the rich and saucy sounds of the Thick Soup. A Northern Californian, four-piece, progressive...

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Carolyn Schmitz
07/02/2015 1:30 PM
Euphronia Jekyll, Lady Throckmortonshire and Dr. Henry Jekyll get in and out of some troubling schemes. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

If you are looking for something really fun to do this evening, I highly recommend seeing Main Street Theatre Works’ first summer offering, “Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play,” written by Lauren Wilson and directed by Allen Pontes. The play stars Paj Crank and his real-life mother, Tina Cole (best known as Fred MacMurray’s wife, Kate Douglas, on the 1960s television show, “My Three Sons”), Stephanie Hodson, Lisa Halko, Jordan Hayakawa, Kate Bellock, Zachary Coles, Erin Renfree and Sara Matsui-Colby.

The setting is “A...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/25/2015 3:06 PM
Anita Mann, Miss Bea Haven and Ima Tart. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

If you haven’t already done so, treat yourself to Volcano Theatre Company’s first summer offering, “The Great Amador Carnival of 1886” or “What’s A Damsel To Do?” written and directed by VTC’s own Rolf Hein, and starring Brad Loffswold as Jerry Mander, Shaundy Farley as Constance Loving, Joe Svec as Goodwin Greatguy, Calvin Clements as Honest Age and Madison Peden as the town madame, Anita Mann.

Set in Amador County in 1886, obviously, “The Great Amador Carnival of 1886” is a musical melodrama in its truest form. This tongue-in-che...

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06/18/2015 11:47 AM
Fridays After 5:00 Something new has come to downtown Sutter Creek, allowing you to shop late, sip wine and enjoy Fridays After 5:00. More than half of the town’s tasting rooms and nearly all the shops will stay open late every Friday through October. When you get off work or have guests coming for the weekend, head to Sutter Creek to get your weekend started with great live music, fine edibles and a stolen hour or two in town before heading home again. It is a great way to support local businesses and have a lot of fun. Come and... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
06/11/2015 12:28 PM
Erin Renfree, Paj Crank and Sara Matsui-Colby (left) and Tina Cole, Paj Crank and Zachary Coles (right) bring killer comedy to Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre. Photo by Barry Wisdom Photography
Main Street Theatre Works is thrilled to kick off its 2015 summer season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, in Jackson, with, “Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play,” a warped retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Playwright Lauren Wilson, who wrote last summer’s smash hit, “The Golden State,” takes a comical stab at this horror classic, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats with laughter. “Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play” runs every Friday and Saturday, June 19... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
06/04/2015 12:33 PM
Performers waltz in circles around the singer. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Carolyn Schmitz

Some teachers leave an indelible mark on their students because they draw out the best from each child through creative, interactive, truly interesting teaching tools. Pine Grove Elementary’s 4th-grade teacher, Dan Trainor, is one such instructor who led his students in bringing the California Gold Rush off the pages of history as they performed a hilarious musical play for fellow students, parents and faculty.

For one non-stop hour, Trainor’s 4th graders gave a riotous account of Amador County’s beginnings through song and...

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