The Carsino Show has returned – in the style of the Johnny Carson show as if it were done by the Mafia! Live music plus tributes to Liberace, Carol Burnett, Frank Sinatra, Rodney Dangerfield, Dean Martin, Abbot & Costello and more with your host, Johnny Carsino.
Performances will be held outdoors under the stars on the patio of The Gaslight Co. at 718 Sutter Street with socially-distanced nightclub cabaret seating. Masks are required and temperatures will be taken upon arrival. A full bar will be available.
There will be three performances: Friday March 26th & Saturday March 27th at 8:00pm and Sunday, March 28th at 4:00pm. Seating is limited so make your reservations early. Tickets are $20 each.
by Bill Counts, Annie McWilliams and Seth Fortna-Hanson
Music and Lyrics by Kale and Cory Coppin
Directed by Kale and Cory Coppin
When high school basketball star Derik Nelson’s parents think he might be gay, they whisk him off to Camp Son Beam, a “pray-away-the-gay” camp for sexually confused teens. Pitted against the camp’s bigoted and maniacal director, the campers must learn to overcome their differences, blur the line between ‘straight’ and ‘gay,’ and teach each other– and the camp staff– a valuable lesson about acceptance.
An original work by Jenny Connors and the Breaking Borders Company
Music and lyrics by Cory Coppin and Kale Coppin
Directed by Alison Gilbreath
Toby doesn’t want to go to summer camp. He’d rather stay home, alone in his room with his games. He has a bad attitude about everything and everyone until he is visited by three spooky friends, each with their own lesson. Join Toby on his journey with Old Man Smithers, the Lady of the Pond, and the Spirit of Summer. Adults and children alike will be tapping their toes along with this fun musical that teaches about the power of positive thinking and taking a chance on friends.
Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm
Teachers who are considering bringing Choices to their school get a free ticket.
Folsom’s Sutter Street Theatre announced their 2018 season schedule this past Sunday, Nov. 5, during their annual Gala and Season Announcement Party.
The season is filled with a great variety of shows to appeal to all tastes in both the Off-Broadway Series and Family Series.
The season opens with the return of the Carsino Show, a takeoff on a mafia-style Johnny Carson show. The theater also has two original shows – Straight Camp and Choices, a show that will eventually travel to schools in their Breaking Boarders school program.
The Off-Broadway series brings you an Agatha Christie play, Murder on the Nile, the ever popular On Golden Pond, the very funny Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, Ken Ludwig’s delightful comedy Moon over Buffalo and a new play called The Kids Left, the Dog Died, Now What.
The theater is also bringing order lexapro online five musicals to the Off-Broadway Series including Spelling Bee and We Will Rock You. And of course, Evil Dead will be back for its eighth year as well as Holiday in the Hills to brighten your holiday season.
In the Family Series there will be five musicals including the charming Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Magic Toyshop and the hilarious play Humpty Dumpty is Missing or The Mysterious Case of the Fallen Egg, plus The Adventures of Sleepy Hollow.
Among the others, the popular Little Woman will bring its wonderful story to the stage. Boy Who Stole the Stars with its fantasy and magic will also grace the season for your enjoyment. In addition, the theater’s workshops will be performing Les Mis, Jr., 101 Dalmatians and Mary Poppins.
All shows are subject to obtaining final rights to produce so check the theater’s website at SutterStreetTheatre.com to confirm shows.
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As always, the Sutter Street Theatre is great at musicals. And their newest, Larry King and Peter Masterson’s “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” is up to their highest standards.
It’s the story of a brothel in the imaginary town of Gilbert, Texas in the 1970s (based on true events) which is a delightful place to work or visit. Presided over by Miss Mona (the wonderful Connie Mockenhaupt), under the protection of the sheriff (Connie’s husband Mike Jimena, who is perfect in the part and steals the show), the brothel’s “guests” include the mayor and the local football team, who look forward to their annual orgy as they make clear in a wonderful locker room dance.
A local TV personality with a ridiculous head of hair (played way over the top by Jay Evans) decides to close down the business, causing panic among the working girls, the politicians, and the guests. Even the governor, a delightful David Valpreda, is upset, but like a typical politician, he does “The Sidestep,” which is a hilarious song and dance.
Here’s what I liked about the show:
As Jimena said when introducing the play on opening night, Sutter Street Theatre is a family. As a regular, I was especially delighted to see family members I love having a great time. In addition to Connie and Mike, I especially buy lexapro without perscription enjoyed a couple of my favorites.
The best moment in the show came when Hannah Hurst, who has been excellent in dozens of shows, appears to apply to work. Dressed modestly, she seems totally inappropriate, and is told so by Miss Mona. Her back story is revealed in one tiny nod, the most moving bit of acting of the evening. She is given the work name “Shy.” Though the part is small, “Shy” is the character you’ll be talking about after the show.
My second favorite is Christopher Celestin, Elly nominated actor (and playwright!) who has been working behind the scenes too much lately. In this show, he steps in and out of four parts with the ensemble of young males, but in seconds in each scene he’s in he becomes the one you watch.
Musical accompaniment is provided effectively by Cory and Kale Coppin. The songs, while not great, are often funny and pleasant. Mockenhaupt has the best, the show-closing “Bus From Amarillo.” Allison Gilbreath’s direction and the accomplished choreography by Connie Mockenhaupt and Dian Hoel ensure there is never a dull moment. The “working girls” at the Chicken Ranch are lovely and sexy, and their song and dance numbers imply they are happy in their chosen profession.
SUTTER STREET THEATRE SPOTLIGHTS AN AMERICAN CLASSIC
Review by Gerry Camp
Folsom’s treasure, Sutter Street Theatre, can seemingly do anything, from classic comedies, full-cast Broadway musicals, gross-out farces, and delightful family stories. And sometimes—not often enough, in my humble opinion—they tackle one of the great plays. This they’ve done by bringing us Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece, “Our Town,” playing through July 16.
Most readers will know that the play depicts life in a small town, Grover’s Corners New Hampshire, in the early 1900s. It is presented on a bare stage—here all black—with few props, the actions being mimed by the cast. The play frequently reminds us that it is a play as the main character, known only as the Stage Manager, narrating the story, moving back and forward in the characters’ lives, speaks directly to the audience throughout.
To pull this off demands actors who become the characters, making the audience believe in their lives as the Stage Manager tells their stories, showing life’s universal patterns, their daily lives, love and marriage, and death.
Director Allen Schmeltz has assembled a cast who draws us in completely. James Gilbreath is warm and compassionate, with frequent gentle humor, as the omniscient Stage Manager. The focus of the story is on George Gibbs (Daniel Putman), the son of the local doctor (Keith Casey) and his wife (Jessica Plant), who falls in love with his next-door neighbor, Emily Webb (Lauren Tyner, who steals the show, positively glowing in the heart-breaking part).
The two mothers selflessly but unsentimentally manage cheap lexapro their families. Doc Gibbs is overworked, but has a moving scene with George when he suggests that he be of more help to his mother. Rich Kirlin is perfect as Emily’s father, especially when he has an awkward talk to George on the morning of the wedding, suggesting afterward that there should be a custom where the father of the bride is never alone with the husband-to-be. His scene before the wedding, in which he gives Emily to George, wonderfully conveys a father’s love and feeling of loss.
Maybe I’m being a spoiler when I reveal that the third act is about Emily’s death at twenty-four in childbirth. Joining the other recent dead in the cemetery, she decides, against their advice, to go back and re-live her twelfth birthday. I defy anyone, whether you’ve seen the play before or not, to hold back tears as she learns that nobody realizes the beauty of life while they’re living it. She finally lets go, speaking the play’s most moving lines:“Good-by, Good-by world. Good-bye Grover’s Corners . . . Mama and Papa. Good-by to clocks ticking . . . and Mama’s sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new-ironed dresses and hot baths . . . and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.”
Many reading this will have seen the play before. Never mind; if you love great theater you owe it to yourself to see this wonderful production of one of the American theater’s greatest works.
Audition Notice “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”
When: June 25, 7:00pm
Where: Sutter Street Theatre, 710 Sutter Street, Folsom CA 95630
Director: Alison Gilbreath
Please bring a prepared song (18 measures) with piano music or a CD. An accompanist will be provided.
Also bring a head shot and bio if you have them.
The musical runs August 19 – October 1.
Rehearsals will start July 10.
Synopsis: Although “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” is a title to reckon with, the show is surprisingly inoffensive. Full of fun and gusto, it is a thigh-slapping, good natured little musical full of tuneful songs and bright, entertaining dances.
Based on a true story, “TBLWIT” tells of the demise of a brothel, down a little dirt road near Austin that put Texas in the news several years ago when Larry King wrote up the incident in a magazine. The place was called the Chicken Ranch because the good ol’ boys who couldn’t pay real money settled their accounts with chickens. When a cornball TV personality from Houston started barking at Miss Mona’s high heels, he caused such a ruckus that the local politicos, most of whom were regular customers, forced the Sheriff to close the place.
Miss Mona Stangley – this role is cast
Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd (baritone, 35-55) – The sheriff who has had a long-standing relationship with the Chicken Ranch and Miss Mona. His compulsiveness leads to the ultimate downfall of Mona and the Ranch. A good ole boy who grows tired of the hypocrisy of others. 1 song.
Melvin P. Thorpe (baritone, 30-55) – The media “watchdog” who helps bring the trouble to the Chicken Ranch. A cross between Jerry Clower and Glenn Beck. 2 songs.
Jewel (mezzo, 30-55) – The housekeeper of the Chicken Ranch, she is Miss Mona’s right hand. 4 songs, including a featured number.
Governor (45-65) – The Texas governor who eventually lexapro online no rx orders the closure of the Chicken Ranch. 1 song.
Doatsy Mae (alto, 30-55) – A waitress in the town who has known about the Chicken Ranch for years, has no issue with it or Miss Mona. 1 solo song.
Angel (mezzo, 22-35) – A new arrival to the Chicken Ranch, she presents herself as a more experienced working girl. Eventually joins the rest of the working girls. 4 songs.
Shy (mezzo, 18?27) – A new arrival to the Chicken Ranch, she is young and inexperienced, she is running away from something. Eventually joins the rest of the working girls. 4 songs.
Narrator/Band Leader – Opens the show and the occasional-narrator of the story. Country and Western voice. Good speaking voice. Ability to play Guitar a plus! Age 18 +
The Girls who work at The Chicken Ranch:
Lou, Dawn, Ginger, Beatrice, Taddy Jo, Durla, Ruby Ray, Elosie: All different characters.
Singers/Dancers. Various ages 18 – 35
Mayor Rufus Poindexter – The local mayor and used-car salesman. 35 – 65
C .J. Scruggs – President of local committee and insurance salesman. Age 35 – 65
Edsel Mackey – Editor of local newspaper. Age 25 – 55
Senator Wingwoah – Local politician who takes the local football team, THE AGGIES, to The Chicken Ranch after a big win. Age 35 – 65
Imogene Charlene: Attractive cheerleader. Sings and Dances/ tapping. Age 18-25
Ensemble are also featured as:
The Dogettes Melvin’s singers Melvin P. Thorpe Singers Gospel type singers Angelettes Cheerleaders, some lines, dancing and some tapping required. The Aggies High testosterone football team. “Singing, dancing with some solo dancing and tapping”.
Some of the roles will double up and you may be cast into more than one role.
Other parts include: COWBOYS; A FARMER; A SHY KID; MISS WILLA JEAN; A TRAVELLING SALESMAN; A SLICK DUDE; CHOIR; LEROY SLINEY; SOUNDMAN; STAGE MANAGER; TOWNSPEOPLE; TV ANNOUNCER; PHOTOGRAPHERS; REPORTERS
Join us for a rollicking adventure with Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins and a cast of pirates, townsfolk and ship’s crew in this cheap lexapro buy adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale. “Thar will be treasure and evil deeds all done with a seasoning of humor and ultimately good winnin’ out over evil.”
Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. But the woman’s dazed confession is anything but convincing and the unexpected guest decides to help. Remarkably, the police clues point to a man who died two years previously but as the ghosts of a past wrong begin to emerge, a tangled web of lies buy cheap lexapro online no rx reveals family secrets and chilling motives, where the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all.
“There is an ingenious display of suspects, as if lids were being taken off wells of depravity and hastily put back.” – Lawrence Kitchin, The Observer
“The impact is tremendous… Just when the murder seems solved … Miss Christie pulls her almighty knockout punch. I admit her complete victory.” – London Evening Standard
Come and join us every fourth Saturday at 4:00pm for a great improv show featuring,The Basement: Improv Down Under, as they perform in the style of the popular TV show Who’s Line Is It Anyway. Highly experienced improv talent Hannah Hurst, Brandon Hunter, Hannah Vaccaro, Erin Bell, Jenna Lunday and your host Allen Schmeltz will entertain you with unscripted skits and games.
Great Adventures and Scary Monsters in “The Hobbit” at Sutter Street Theatre
Review by Gerry Camp
Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit, a shy, stay-at-home creature dwelling in the land of Middle Earth in J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” When Bilbo is told by the wizard Gandolf he must go on an adventure to slay the fearsome dragon Smaug and regain the treasure Smaug has stolen from the dwarf kingdom, Bilbo faints at the thought. When he comes to, he learns that he will be accompanied on this adventure by a dwarf, Thorin, who is almost as reluctant as Bilbo.
Sean Stewart, one of my favorite actors, is Bilbo in Sutter Street Theatre’s latest family series production. I have been fortunate to have acted with Sean in FreeFall Stage’s “Shadowland,” and I’ve seen him in several other plays. For an actor so young, twelve-year-old Sean, an Elly-nominated performer, is always convincing, whether as a Peanuts character, the son of a dying mother, or a schoolboy with his first love. His Bilbo has a wonderful British (or Hobbit?) accent and draws his audience easily into this fantasy world. When I learned Sean was playing Bilbo, I knew I had to see this show.
Ken Anderson is a compelling Gandolf. No one would disobey his instructions. Haydon Namgostar, a rather large dwarf, seems perpetually angry, but is always there when he is needed.
As this group makes its way to the Misty Mountains, where Smaug dwells, Bilbo at one point buy lexapro online australia gets separated from the others in the dark Mirkwood. There he finds a magic ring, which makes him invisible when he puts it on. Having this ring saves his life when he is confronted by an evil magical creature, Gollum. Gollum is my favorite creature in the show, a life-size grotesque puppet created by theatre genius Michael Coleman and animated by Riley Anderson in a black costume that renders him virtually invisible as he brings the puppet to life. Riley is excellent in the monster parts of the show, later showing up as a life-size spider.
There are a total of eleven actors in “The Hobbit,” many playing several of the twenty plus characters, trolls, elves, guards, goblins, eagles, in fantastic costumes created by Sutter Street costumer Eileen Beaver and Felicia Slechta. Gavin Brossard stands out as a troll, the Great Goblin, Beorn, and finally as Smaug, the dragon himself, another puppet created by Mike Jimena. All the members of this ensemble do a super job, keeping the story moving from one unexpected threat to the next.
Director Allen Schmeltz has taken this much-condensed version of the story, adapted by Markland Taylor, and made it into a wonderful adventure, a perfect afternoon of theatre for children of all ages. It’s scary, but not too scary for the youngest in the audience who will especially enjoy the thrills.“The Hobbit” plays Saturdays and Sundays at 1 P.M. through April.
Sutter Street Theatre has once again done the impossible. Of the dozen or more community theaters in this area, Sutter Street is the only one who year after year brilliantly puts full cast Broadway musical theater on its impossibly small stage.
This year’s offering is “Oliver,” Lionel Bart’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” From this grim novel of orphans finding ways to stay alive amid slave-like workhouses and criminals Bart has fashioned a show, directed by Connie Mockenhaupt, with wonderful songs you’ll be singing all the way home. The workhouse orphans open with their desire for “Food Glorious Food.” Oliver (played with charming innocence and a lovely voice by Jonathan Matta), after asking for more gruel, is sold by pompous Mr. Bumble (Mike Jemina) to an undertaker and his wife (Sonny Alforque and Laura Smith): “That’s Your Funeral.” Bumble has a hilarious scene in which he attempts to seduce Widow Corney (Dian Hoel, usually Sutter Street’s choreographer and dancer who shows she’s also a terrific screamer): “I Shall Scream”!
Oliver escapes to London where he is befriended by Artful Dodger (Benjamin Matta) and welcomed into aging criminal Fagin’s youthful pickpocketing gang with “Consider Yourself.” Fagin (a sinister but charmingly seductive Chris Witt) and the gang suggest “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.” Oliver earns the affection of the prostitute Nancy (the always glorious s Alison Gilbreath) and the suspicion of her big, dark, chilling boyfriend, thief lexapro Bill Sykes (a terrifying Jay Evans). Nancy’s soaring pledge of loyalty to Sykes, “As Long As He Needs Me,” is the musical peak of the show.
Other musical highlights are Oliver’s yearning “Where is Love?” Oliver and the ensemble’s “I’d Do Anything,” and Fagin’s contemplation of reforming his life, “Reviewing The Situation.” Chris Witt as Fagin is new to Sutter Street, and his subtle performance steals the show! He has a long history in theater, and I hope he sticks around so we can see what else he can do.
Costumer Eileen Beaver (with three helpers) as always does a wonderful job putting the cast of near thirty into period costumes. Set designer Mike Jimena has created a beautiful London skyline over London Bridge, which also becomes the enclosure of Fagin’s den, the Three Cripples Pub, and other locations through the use of moveable prop pieces. Mockenhaupt’s direction and vigorous choreography make sure the activity never slows. Audience members in the front row are literally inches away from flying arms and legs and occasionally flying bodies.
There is some graphic violence in this play. If bringing young children to a performance adults should be aware and prepare them. Those who know how superbly Sutter Street does musicals won’t need my recommendation, but if you haven’t seen them before, you won’t find a better evening of theater anywhere close by. But get tickets early; the show will probably sell out, as it surely should.