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Carolyn Schmitz
6 days ago
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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2 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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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Carolyn Schmitz
4 weeks ago
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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03/19/2015 10:20 AM
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Up-Country Drama, comprised of actors from both Pioneer Elementary and Pine Grove Elementary schools, presents, “We’re Off To Save The Wizard,” a fantasy-adventure for children of all ages by Craig Sodaro, adapted from L. Frank Baum’s, “Tik Tok of Oz,” the eighth in the series of more than 40 Oz stories.

The Wizard of Oz has been kidnapped. The evil Nome King Ruggedo is demanding that he be made king of the world, and he’s holding the Wizard and his apprentice hostage until Ozma, Queen of Oz, agrees to step aside. Ozma sends...

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03/05/2015 1:15 PM
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What happens when a local playwright creates a comedy, and local actors have fun turning it into a mystery that unfolds before your eyes? A rollicking good time. Last year, AmadorArts’ inaugural fundraising event sold out, leaving many feeling culturally neglected. In late March, you’ll have the opportunity to be at two Murder Mystery Dinners.

You are invited to attend AmadorArts’ Murder Mystery Dinner on Thursday, March 26, at Clark’s Corner, in Ione, and on Sunday, March 29, at the Imperial Hotel, in Amador City.

At both, doors...

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Tessa Marguerite
03/05/2015 10:26 AM
Mary Poppins (Megan Buzzard), Jane Banks (Kara Tangenberg), Michael Banks (Joseph Fitzgerald) and Bert (Dan Reardon). Photo by Rich Miller Photography
“Mary Poppins” is a magical delight from start to finish. Sierra Repertory Theatre’s production of this well-loved, childhood story will effortlessly whisk you away to the magic and merriment on Cherry Tree Lane, to the home of the Banks family in twentieth century London. The storyline of “Mary Poppins” is based on books by P.L. Travers and the Disney film, with music and lyrics by Richard and Robert Sherman and additional music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Julian Fellowes, creator of the BBC television show “Downton Abbey,”... [Read more]
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02/26/2015 9:55 AM
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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02/26/2015 9:39 AM
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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02/19/2015 12:55 PM
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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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02/19/2015 12:34 PM
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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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