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5 days ago
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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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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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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2 weeks ago
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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3 weeks ago
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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3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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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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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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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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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06/04/2015 12:39 PM
Heidi Peden and Shaundy Farley. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Volcano Theatre Company is proud to present ‘The Great Amador Carnival of 1886’ or ‘What’s a Damsel to Do?’

Melodrama is a true American art form. Originating in small town taverns and work camps, the melodrama combined singing and dancing with stock characters to create an original style that has lived on through time and is still popular today. As the precursor to vaudeville and the modern musical, the melodrama has stood the test of time, entertaining and enthralling audiences with familiar characters that we all love and love...

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05/21/2015 9:40 AM
Kids On Stage hosted its first Fundraiser Performance and Talent Show last week. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Kids On Stage hosted its Inaugural Fundraiser Performance and Talent Show at the American Legion Hall, in Sutter Hill on May 17. The Volcano Union Inn, Amador Vintage Market, Rosebud’s Café, and Safeway donated appetizers for the event, and a silent auction and bake sale were part of the fundraiser activities.

Kids On Stage was initially formed by Sue Brumet in 1984 and has been active for more than 20 years. The musical theater and dance base troupe performed in schools of Amador and Calaveras counties, the Amador County Fair,...

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04/30/2015 2:10 PM
Stevens Price, Laurie Karson, Marie Bedard, Kate Hamon, Bill McKenna, Amy Doyle and Kathleen Harmon. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The time is near and the dates are set for May 30 and 31, for the curtain to rise for the “Broadway and Beyond — The Stars Come Out” musical benefit concert which supports the Interfaith Food Bank. Seven local singing stars are waiting to perform for you, accompanied by the incomparable Anne Pearce and her ensemble. More group numbers, musicians and audience participation numbers will surely delight all ages. This year, there will be a folk song and nostalgic feel to the group songs.

The event is under the direction of local...

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04/30/2015 2:00 PM
Arleen Kingston and Kate Hicks in, “The Miracle Worker.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Helen Keller graduated from Radcliffe College at the age of 24. She wrote a total of 12 books and numerous articles, often dealing with spiritualism, human rights and the rights of women and the disabled. Keller was a suffragist, a pacifist and an unabashed socialist who helped establish the ACLU. Born in Alabama in 1880, Keller was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Johnson, in 1964. She led a remarkable life filled with remarkable achievements by any measure, but immeasurable because she could neither see nor... [Read more]
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04/30/2015 1:43 PM
Fridays After 5:00: Something new is coming to Sutter Creek. Starting May 1, you can shop late, sip wine and enjoy “Fridays After 5:00.” At least five of the nine tasting rooms will stay open late every Friday through October. Bella Grace begins its summer outdoor concerts May 1, with delicious food catered by Hotel Sutter. Almost all of the shops are going to stay open late every Friday, too. And, there will be some great music on the sidewalk at Hotel Sutter. When you get off work or have guests coming for the weekend, head to... [Read more]
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04/23/2015 1:20 PM
The Miracle Worker: Volcano Theatre Company presents, “The Miracle Worker,” the compelling story of how blind and deaf Helen Keller met her teacher, Annie Sullivan, and how they revolutionized the approach and treatment of people afflicted with disabilities. Written by William Gibson and directed by Sue Haldane and Marty Brifman, this play offers a rivetting performance by Arleen Kingston, along with a terrific cast including newcomer Mindy Capanna, Jim Estes and Kate Hicks, as Helen. The play runs now through May 16, on Fridays and... [Read more]
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03/26/2015 9:03 AM
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In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the Comedy Bandidos will perform on Jackson Rancheria’s Grand Oak Ballroom stage Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m.

The Comedy Bandidos began their career at the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club over nine years ago. What first started as stand-up quickly became one of the hottest shows in town. In 2008, the group released their first comedy special and the 95-minute comedy routine went international.

Although all three comedians perform individually, The Comedy Bandidos reunite to bring a unique comedy...

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03/26/2015 8:57 AM
Get A Clue! Murder Mystery featuring Giles Turner and others. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Local Playwright Beth Barnard has created an original script full of drama, comedy, mystery, and just maybe, a murder. Local actors makeup the cast of this dinner theater evening performance that will turn into a mystery right before your eyes. With a combination like that, it is almost certain that a rollicking good time will be had by all. In addition to all the laughter and surprise, by attending this event, guests will also be supporting the nonprofit organization, AmadorArts. The Murder Mystery Dinner takes place on Sunday,... [Read more]
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03/19/2015 10:25 AM
Kate Hicks and Arleen Kingston as Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Volcano Theatre Company is pleased to announce the kick-off of its 2015 season with the opening of,”The Miracle Worker,” by William Gibson. Set in the post-Civil War South, the play tells the story of a young, blind and deaf Helen Keller and her working-class teacher, Annie Sullivan, who gives Helen the miracle of language. Emotional and intellectual conflicts drive the story as Annie battles Helen, her family and Annie’s own demons to unlock Helen from her prison of darkness and silence. Annie’s and Helen’s ultimate triumph ushered... [Read more]
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