Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October IT! CAST Party (For theater alumni & their guests)

(Committed Alumni Supporting the Theater)
at Imagination Theater!

Friday, October 28th 
*Please plan to help clean up afterwards!

Socializing * Trivia 
* Talent Show * costume contest

  • All casts, crews, and production teams from all shows at IT! invited
  • Guests are welcome
  • Members under 14, please bring an adult or responsible older sibling

Please bring a dessert and beverage to share
  • Eat dinner at home and bring an after dinner treat.
  • In addition, please contribute a bottle of wine or a six pack of beer if you wish to partake.  
  • Soft drinks will be provided.
  • Anyone under 30 wishing to drink alcohol should be prepared to show ID.

  • Esteemed judges will award prizes!  Show off your skills!
  • Family-friendly please, contest is optional

Karaoke/Talent Show 
  • Sign ups begin at 6:30pm the night of the party!
  • Sing your favorite karaoke song (via You Tube) or bring your own act!
  • Open to anyone. Space may be limited. 
  • Any talent appreciated (juggling?  poetry?  impressions?  foot-drawing comedy?) 

Volunteers Needed: Set up/clean up, Food Presentation, Bartenders.

Join our Facebook Group: IT! CAST
(closed group, invitation needed, ask a friend)

Michelle Harwell * Marc Bonham 
* Kate Barba * Jerri Myers

Don’t Miss:

“A Christmas Story, The Musical” 
Runs November 25 - December 21 2016


"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" 
Runs February 3 - 26 2017

“Tuna Does Vegas”
Runs March 17-April 9 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Christmas Story, The Musical Synopsis

Nine year old Ralphie Parker wants one thing for Christmas, and one thing only: An Official Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun. There’s only one problem: everyone else is convinced he’ll shoot his eye out! Undeterred, he begins his saga of convincing all the necessary players, from his sweet but protective Mother, to his straightlaced teacher, Miss Shields, all the way to Santa Claus himself, that he needs that gun for the protection of his loved ones, and maybe even a little cowboy glory to call his own. 

Ralphie’s vivid imagination conjures up several showstopping numbers, from “Ralphie to The Rescue” in which he defeats every foe a young boy can think of (robbers, mustache twirling villains, and of course, the school bully), to the thrilling tap routine performed by a gun moll-esque Miss Shields, who sheds her sweater set and romance novel for a glittery red gown and a whole lot of moxie. 

And Ralphie’s not the only one with dreams of grandeur. His old man is just as set on a goal of his own, namely, winning a prize in the $50,000 Great Figures of World Literature Contest. His dreams come true when he wins a major award from the competition in the form of a garish, fishnet stocking clad leg lamp, which horrifies his wife but brings him unadulterated joy. In the biggest number of the show, the Old Man dreams up a fantastic dance sequence, developing from a euphoric ballet, to a sultry tango with his wife dressed a la lamp, and finally to a show stopping leg lamp can-can bringing the number to a triumphant close. 

Filled with quirky and lovable characters, this zany, heartfelt, and nostalgic musical is as delightful as the biggest, shiniest present under the tree on Christmas morning.

The show opens November 25 and runs through December 21.  Don't wait to get your tickets at or 1-800-838-3006.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Get Onboard SouthFork Confessions!

After a read through of next year's original musical SouthFork Confessions, Chrissie Addison (Director and Co-Playwright, center) is busy with Caitlyn Miller and Jeff Jackson (Assistant Directors) buttoning down schedules and details. "It takes a village and SouthFork has a competent, FUN staff and we appreciate all the support and encouragement to bring this unique show to life," notes Chrissie.   A true ensemble cast, this show will require 13 - 14 men and women ages 18+ who can act, sing, and handle some simple dancin'! 

The wagons are rolling! Get onboard!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Audition Notice - SouthFork Confessions - April 8 - 10, 2017

Saturday, April 8th: 9:30am – 12 Noon     
Open auditions

Auditioners will be seen one at a time in the order of his/her arrival by a small panel consisting of staff members for this show. Plan on 15 – 45 minute wait to be seen.

Sunday, April 9th: 2:30pm – 5:00pm 
 Callbacks for vocal, acting, improv and simple dance

Monday, April 10th 4:30 – 6:30 
 Additional invited Callbacks as needed

Tuesday, April 11th 
 Cast List posted in blog, Facebook, and theater door

VOCAL AUDITION: Prepare 8 – 16 bars of your choice that highlights your vocal clarity, resonance and range. All songs will be acapella. No musical accompaniment will be used or provided. You will be provided a starting pitch.

DANCE AUDITION: You will participate in a movement auditions. No prep is necessary and wear clothing that allows easy movement. No bare feet or socks please. Movement will relate to dance ideas from the show as well as stylized movement used in acting.

MONOLOGUE AUDITION: Auditioners must prepare a memorized monologue that is no more than 50 seconds long from a published play. No original writing or monologues from monologue books. The monologue should best portray the actor’s strengths and can be from any genre.

HEADSHOT AND RESUME: These are requested and advised, but not required.

CALLBACKS: At callbacks all auditioners will be reading from the script. All auditioners will participate in improvs and other stylized movement exercises. Bring an open mind and your calendar for May – September to look ahead and note any blackout periods you may have during rehearsal period for vacations, etc.

Online copies of the script will be available after January 15, 2017 through the box office: 530- 642-0404

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Three readthrus will follow casting where costume measurements will be taken. Band members will attend one of the readthrus to join the cast family. Character meetings will occur in May. Blocking and vocal rehearsals will start in June. Blocking/Vocals will continue in July with some scene runthrus. August will have runthrus with band on stage. From mid-August to opening mid-September SouthFork will have 6 dress rehearsals and techs. All players must attend at least 3 dress rehearsals to be cast. All staff members have agreed to use time as efficiently as possible during rehearsals.

Show dates – September 15 – October 8, 2017

About SouthFork Confessions

Set in the Gold Rush days near the American River in Coloma, California, a group of rugged spirits spill their hidden secrets to one another. Their confessions include shocking truths about their lives. The western character’s stories are intertwined and complex but not without hope; rather than fleeing from their truths, each one seeks redemption in order to exit the graveyard. Their ultimate goal is to get on the stage coach leaving at midnight on a full harvest moon. The trip out of the cemetery is possible only when mysteries are resolved, when unrequited loves are reunited and when false facades are broken down. In so doing, the fabric of their community and character is revealed.

This Musical “Dramedy” is entertaining, intimate and bound to entertain all who dream of what life was like in the “good old days” of Gold Country! Their stories uncover the true grit of the spirit of independence in the West. A western band on stage provides the backdrop for original songs and movement. The actors perform in ensemble style off a thrust stage including gold rush archetypical characters:
  • a fallen Priest with magical powers
  • an abused village Poetess
  • a gold-digger Wife who was an actress
  • a wealthy Attorney who lives with his dog
  • a proud Soldier who makes rash decisions
  • a poet named Black Bart who robbed stages
  • an impatient Sheriff
  • a Miner who strikes it rich
  • a Railroad millionaire and wife
  • a powerless Maid/Sister
  • a murdering Claim Jumper
  • an intrepid Stage Coach Driver
  • the heartless Hangman
  • an English Teacher hiding a big secret
  • Doc Elliot whose specialty is amputations
  • a righteous take-no-prisoner Whore,
  • a Milliner of questionable character
  • an enterprising wealthy Saloon Mistress
  • a famous stage coach driver, Charly Parkhurst

Recommended for ages 13+ due to language and mature themes.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jan Le Pouvoir wins Elly at the SARTA Elly Awards September 25.

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce that Jan Le Pouvoir has won an Elly Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Miss Skillon in the British farce, See How They Run.  

The Elly Awards are presented annually by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA) and honor outstanding achievements of community theaters and artists in the Sacramento area. The Elly Awards are named for the late Eleanor McClatchy, who was a devoted patron of the local arts. 

Imagination Theater, a nonprofit organization, is now in the sixteenth season of presenting live theater in El Dorado County.  The theater's upcoming productions include A Christmas Story, The Musical, playing November 25-December 21 and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in February 2017.  Tickets and information about these shows can be found at

Imagination Theater, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, brings quality, live, local community theater to Placerville and El Dorado County. 

A little interesting tidbit about the artist of the Daisy Air Rifle

No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle! 

You'll shoot your eye out, kid.

Fred Harman, who died in 1982, was one of the founders of the Cowboy Artists of America. In addition to becoming one of the country's foremost painters of the American West, he was also the creator of the world-famous cartoon strip, "Red Ryder and Little Beaver." Fred Harman was also an established sculptor and illustrator. He was likewise a great humanitarian.

The gregarious Fred Harman lived and worked at one time or another in various parts of the U.S. but his heart was always in Colorado, particularly the Southwestern part known as "the four corners." He was truly a cowboy (and later rancher) who had a remarkable talent for capturing and interpreting his special world into artistic forms.

Recognition and real success came slowly to Fred Harman, but his optimism and perseverance never lagged. He was born in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1902, but his parents moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado when he was just 2 months old. His father had previously homesteaded in Pagosa in 1891. His life really began in the land of cowboys and Indians what with Ute, Apaches and Navajos living in the same proximity as the ranchers.

During those early years, Harman seemed to be in and out of Missouri a great deal. Apparently he exercised his artistic talent from the very beginning as his first printed picture appeared in a St. Joseph newspaper when Harman was only 6 years of age. The self-taught painter was not as happy in school as he was on ranches or when he was drawing. After 7 years of formal education, he dropped out of school and ultimately joined the army. It was the time of World War I.

1922 found Fred Harman in Kansas City working at his first commercial art job. He was one of three cartoonists making film ads for a moving picture company. Fred and one of the other cartoonists, Walt Disney, formed their own company, but, alas, they went broke after a year. Disney went to California to pursue a career and Harman returned to his beloved Colorado.

Not much later, the struggling young artist was back in St. Joseph. The short-lived Pony express had been founded in that city in 1861 and though it only survived for a mere 18 months, it created enough interest and excitement to make its own niche in the lore of Western Americana. It was only natural that Fred would be interested in this brief chapter on history. He did a goodly amount of artwork related to that subject including illustrating pertinent books. He even designed the costumes for an MGM film about The Pony Express. It was during this period that he met pretty young Lola Andrews, a musician. On their very first date, Fred took Lola to the Premier of "The Pony Express" film.
A year later, Fred married his Lola and in 1927 they were expecting their first child. Fred was working for Artcrafts Engraving Company at the time, which was owned by William H. Guenther Sr., and lucky thing too, because when it was time to pay the hospital bill for baby Fred (Fred Harman, III), he didn’t have enough money. Fortunately, William Guenther bought a painting from him for about $50 which was just enough to cover that bill!

By the end of the 1920's the young family was in St. Paul, Minnesota where Harman entered a partnership to form an advertising business. Three years later, he took his family to Colorado where he and Lola built their own log cabin on the San Juan River.

Misfortune loomed again in the form of the National Depression. Fred Harman, like so many others was broke! Fred had two younger brothers, each of whom was a good artist in their own right. Earlier they had gone to Hollywood and made a success of animated cartoons. They had their own studio and produced the popular Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes. So, Fred loaded up his canvases and went to Hollywood.

Harman had a big exhibit of his work at the Stendahl Art Galleries in Los Angeles, but not one piece was sold. Not very encouraging for a young artist but it didn't get Harman down, instead he decided that he would do a comic strip and he created "Bronc Peeler". Since no one else was interested in presenting the strip, Fred syndicated it himself, and again went broke.
All was not in vain, however, as his work caught the attention of Eastern publishers and he went to New York City. Fred worked diligently in the big city during the winters until he made enough money to buy the land that became the nucleus of his ranch near Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The climax of this period was his creation of the cartoon strip, "Red Ryder and Little Beaver."
Success at last! The Scrips-Howard Newspaper chain presented Harman with a 10 year contract and "Red Ryder" was virtually an overnight sensation. The cartoon strip appeared in 750 newspapers with 40 million readers -- then came a radio show, 38 movies, and 40 commercial products. By 1938 Fred Harman had all the commissions he could handle.

Fred Harman continued to draw "Red Ryder" until 1963. By then he needed all the time he could have in order to do his painting. His first series of paintings sold out quickly including the preliminary sketches. By 1965 he was the most widely known living artist portraying the American West. Also by this time, Harman was well known and loved by his fellow "cowboy artists". In that same year, 1965, 5 of them came together in Sedona, Arizona and founded the "The Cowboy Artists of America". In addition to Harman, the group included Joe Beeler, Charlie Dye, John Hampton and George Phippen. Fred was chosen as the first president of the new organization but deferred to Phippen.

Fred Harman loved his fellow man and it seemed that the greater his success became, the more time he somehow found to help others. He was particularly effective with children to whom he was a living hero. Organizations all over the country clamored for his attention and got it. This activity resulted in many awards and commendations. One of the many honors that he was especially proud of was being adopted into the Navajo Nation; one of only 75 white men in history to receive this unusual tribute.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

IT! receives three Elly Nominations

Photo: Jan Le Pouvoir as Miss Skillon in See How They Run
Otto Coelho as Tito Merelli, the famous opera singer with his wife, Maria (played by Lori Whittle)

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce they have received three Elly nominations for two of their productions in the 2015-2016 season. Jan Le Pouvoir received a nomination for best supporting actress in her role as the uptight Miss Skillon in the British farce, See How They Run.  Two nominations were received for the comedy, Lend Me a Tenor Otto Coelho received a nomination for best supporting actor for his role as the opera star, Tito Merelli and Becky Jo Adams for Costume Design. 

The Elly Awards are presented annually by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA) and honor outstanding achievements of community theaters and artists in the Sacramento area. The Elly Awards are named for the late Eleanor McClatchy, who was a devoted patron of the local arts.  Awards will be presented on September 25 in Sacramento.

Imagination Theater, a nonprofit organization, is now in the sixteenth season of presenting live theater in El Dorado County.  The theater has one more week of The Complete Works for William Shakespeare (Abridged) closing Sunday, August 28.  Upcoming productions include A Christmas Story, The Musical, playing November 25-December 21 and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in February 2017.  Tickets and information about these shows can be found at

Imagination Theater, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, brings quality, live, local community theater to Placerville and El Dorado County. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare continues through August 28

Come and see all of Shakespeare's plays in 90 minutes.  A talented cast of five will weave their way through all the Bard's plays.  

Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. ($13)
Friday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. ($13)
Friday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets available online:, by phone 1-800-838-3006, or at the door.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Alice in Wonderland Audition - Sept 24-25

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce general auditions for Alice in Wonderland to be held Saturday, September 24 at Imagination Theater. All auditioners must check in from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.  The General Auditions will last from 9:00 a.m. to noon with Call Backs the following day.  

As Alice in Wonderland is not a musical, auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, improvisations, and basic stage movement.  35 roles are available for children and adults.  Minimum age for children is 8 years old. The cast also includes roles for eight young dancers with strong movement and reading skills.  The role of Alice will be double cast.  All auditioners interested in being considered for the role of Alice must prepare a one-minute monologue (not from the show) for the General Auditions.  

Primary rehearsals will begin in January, 2017.  Alice in Wonderland will run from April 7 through May 8, 2017.  Perusal scripts will be available for check out from the box office in September.  More information can be found at

Alice in Wonderland is an encore of the original Elly Award-winning production written by Peter Wolfe and Sarah Wolfe.  It was first performed at Imagination Theater in 2001 and includes all of the familiar and fanciful characters from the Lewis Carol novel; the White Rabbit, Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Door Mouse, the Queen and King of Hearts, the Queen’s Card Soldiers, the Queen’s court, and many more fun characters.

Imagination Theater, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, brings quality, live, local community theater to Placerville and El Dorado County.