Monday, January 16, 2017

Imagination Theater Announces New Board of Directors

The Founders and original Board Members of Imagination Theater, Lanny Langston and Peter Wolfe are pleased to announce that at a meeting held on December 1, 2016, the following were approved, and appointed as new members of the Board of Directors of Imagination Theater effective February 1, 2017:

David Zarka, President (2-year term);  Wayne Campbell, President-Elect (2-year term);   Rita Timewell, Vice-President (3-year term);  Maggie Bush, Treasurer; Chief Financial Officer (3-year term);  Marsha Myers,  Secretary, (2-year term);  John Zachry,  Marketing Director (2-year term);   Betsy Prescott, House Manager (2-year term);     Jeff Cameron,  Member-at-Large (1-year term);  Alisyn Gularte , Member at Large (2-year term); and Peter Wolfe, Artistic Director (4-year term)

Upon completion of these initial term appointments to the Board, all terms will be staggered and filled through election in accordance with the Imagination Theater Bylaws.  All new Board Members have accepted their appointments.

Imagination Theater's long-standing mission statement, "To tell good stories well in an atmosphere of trust, respect, personal growth, and challenge" will remain as the guiding principles for the organization.  The Imagination Theater bylaws have been revised to reflect the new board organization.  Among its first orders of business, the new Board of Directors will spend its early months preparing a comprehensive new Policy and Procedures Manual for the theater.  The new Board will also be seeking participants on standing committees including Marketing, House, Finance, and Artistic Advisory Committees.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Meet Virgil Toothacher - Master Carpenter and Asst. Designer for SouthFork Confessions

Q:  What experience in your background brings you to creating sets for Imagination Theater? 

A:  I have been a hands-on person since my childhood.  Growing up on a dairy farm teaches you that.  After leaving the US Air Force, I went into construction trades and later as a contractor. I have always had the ability to visualize what I want to create and that lends well to an award-winning theater set design.

Q:  Why SouthFork, in particular? 

A:  When Chrissie ask me to help, I thought it would be interesting to create a period cemetery that also becomes a character of the play.

Q:  What shows on your “bucket list” would you like to design/create?          
A:  I have had the privilege over the years to help with creating many of the sets that brings an imaginative story to the community for their enjoyment.  I am not sure I have any particular show in mind, but will welcome any time to participate in bringing life to a story on stage.

Q:  What is the biggest challenge with SouthFork set creation?
A:  Probably, not accomplished yet, will be making a cemetery move on stage.  You will have to wait and see how it will be done.

Q:   Rumors say you like to act as well; what would be your ideal role to play on stage?  
A:  My being a stage manager would put me at every show so sometimes I would fill in on a character, especially if it needs to be an ‘older’ person.  I am not accomplished enough to be a main character, but maybe in the future with a little courage. . .  I admire all those people who remember all those lines.

Q:  In one sentence what is your motto in theater? 
A:  Have fun and help give that pleasure to others for a few hours to enjoy the magic of theater.

Q:  What other activities do you enjoy besides theater?
A:  I have been enjoying living with horses and the cowboy lifestyle, in between working for a living, and seeing America on horseback.  That lifestyle includes writing and reciting cowboy poetry.

Q:  Any advice for newcomers who want to explore civic theater? 

A:  Do it for the magic.  Any part from swinging a hammer to singing your heart out.

Meet Betsy Moore - Composer/Vocal Director for SouthFork Confessions

Q:  How did you come to be the composer for this original musical at Imagination Theater?

A:  A mutual friend of Chrissie Addison's and mine, mentioned me to Chrissie as someone who might be interested in helping with the music. After meeting with Chrissie and theQ &  band director we discussed the possibility of writing original music. 

Q:   What kind of music have you written for the musicians and vocalists in SouthFork?

A:  So far, I have written two ballads for the play, an A capella trio and another piece that is very energetic and a little bit sassy!   I would describe the overall style of the songs in the show as eclectic.

Q:   The band will be singing and acting with the cast.  Are you ready for this?

A:  I'm ready and eager to work with the cast.  It will be fun stepping away from the keyboard to join the fun on stage!  I'm also very excited to work with Jeffrey Nelson, the Music Director.  The musicians in the band have extensive professional performing backgrounds and stage experience. 

Q:   Do you perform locally anywhere?

A:  Yes. I sing and play keyboards with a jazz/latin combo called “The BlueTones.” I direct the contemporary music band at Federated Church in Placerville and am also the composer in residence at that church.  I have recorded a CD of original music, called The Fullness of Time. 

Q:   What is your “day job”?

A:  I am a social worker for Alta California Regional Center in Placerville. I work with developmentally disabled children and their families coordinating services and supports to help them reach their greatest potential at home and in the community. 

Q:  You’ve been part of the script development by a creative team. What was the most fun aspect of seeing SouthFork evolve into a stage-worthy musical?

A:  I have really enjoyed the readings of the play as the script developed.  I'm amazed at the depth of talent in this small community and I'm looking forward to working with, what will be, a wonderful ensemble.

Q:   What else do you do for community involvement and fun? 

A:  I am a Certified Music Practitioner and work part time for Snowline Hospice.   I also enjoy being with friends, hiking in our beautiful Foothills and playing music with local musicians.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SouthFork Confessions Scripts Now Available

It happened. SOUTHFORK script is done.   No chorus or supporting roles: All leads. Great Gold Rush band, original songs, 19 great roles for men and women including one role for male and female 18 - 25. 

Kickin' story on a new thrust stage in the world's best costumes possible, designed by two artists, managed by a star, props by a princess, built by a miracle-worker, lit by a genius and sound by a hero. What's not to love! 

Oh, and directed by a dedicated, hard-working woman; that'd be me . . .

Contact Chrissie Addison  and I'll email you a copy of the script.  

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Opens February 3

"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." 

Join us next month as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland returns to the IT! stage. This Elly Award winning adapted script, written by Peter and Sarah Wolfe, was originally produced in 2001 to wide acclaim. 

Order your tickets now.  All tickets for all shows $12.

Friday, February 3 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, February 5 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, February 9 at 7 p.m.
Friday, February 10 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, February 16 at 7 p.m.
Friday, February 17 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 18 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday, February 19 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m.
Friday, February 24 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, February 26 at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It's a Sticky Situation when tickets sell out at A Christmas Story, The Musical

In 1940's Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas--a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream.

Based on the classic 1983 movie, A Christmas Story, The Musical captures holiday wonder with funny and heartfelt songs, show stopping dancing, delicious wit and a heart of gold.

*A few tickets may be available at the door of a Sold Out show.  We cannot guarantee what is available. Arrive early.


Thursday, December 8, 7 p.m. -SOLD OUT*
Friday, December 9, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 11 2 p.m. -SOLD OUT*

Thursday, December 15, 7 p.m. -$13
Friday, December 16, 7 p.m. - Proceeds benefit New Morning
Saturday, December 17, 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 18, 2 p.m - SOLD OUT*

Tuesday, December 20, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 21, 7 p.m.

Meet the Cast of A Christmas Story, The Musical - Patricia Chelseth

Inline image 1Patricia Chelseth (Ensemble) - This is Patricia’s first experience in theater and she’s having a blast. Being in a musical has been on her bucket list for some time. Pattie says, “It’s been very eye opening experience, what a commitment it is for folks to put on a theater production, with incredible behind the scenes choreography, along with all the on stage choreography, and directing. This is an incredible group of people to work with; this has been so much fun. Thank you for this opportunity.”

To meet Patricia and the rest of the cast, come see A Christmas Story, The Musical this holiday season at Imagination Theater.  The show runs through December 21. Buy your tickets today!

Meet the Cast of A Christmas Story, The Musical - Isabella

This is Isabella’s second production at Imagination Theater. She is enjoying her role as a Can-Can girl/Classroom Kid/Ensemble in A Christmas Story the Musical. She was cast as a London Dog in 101 Dalmatians and looks forward to future experiences in her third production at Imagination Theater inAlice in Wonderland. Outside Imagination Theater, Isabella enjoys attending vocal lessons at Chrissie Addison’s Coaching Studio, playing on the volleyball team at her local junior high, spending time with her friends, family, and three dogs.   

To meet Isabella and the rest of the cast, come see A Christmas Story, The Musical this holiday season at Imagination Theater.  The show runs through December 21. Buy your tickets today!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Audition Dates - SouthFork Confessions

Mark your calendar for April 1 & 2, 2017 for auditions for SouthFork Confessions, a play written and directed by Chrissie Addison.

SouthFork AUDITIONS April 1 & 2  (Please note the change of previously advertised audition dates.)

Set in the Gold Rush days in a church graveyard, this original twisting tale of redemption is bound to entertain. An ensemble cast of 13 – 14 consisting of 7 or 8 men and 6 or 7 women will portray several historical and hysterical colorful characters. Original music written by Betsy Moore highlights the musical. All parts cast are leading roles of equal importance. There is no chorus. Some actors will play two characters. A live band of five musicians will be housed on stage in a church and will interact with the band, as will the stage crew. Show has serious dramatic moments and lots of comedy tucked in. Tour de force for actors!

Characters: (All 18 – adult)

Mr. Pantier – Wealthy attorney, bares his soul & loves his dog

Mrs. Pantier – Former actress/singer, learns to love again

Whore – Take-no-prisoner survivor, industrious felon

Father – Priest/confessor, spiritual &magical qualities

Minerva – Youthful poetess, survivor with hope

Gambler – Man-of-the-world, ready for action

Black Bart – Stage coach robber, hidden talents & sins

Railroad Magnates – Wealthy male/female, important, impatient

Sheriff – No-nonsense leader, wants answers

Miner – Gold digger, rich man with turn of fate

Claim Jumper – Comic, naive opportunist

Jehu – Intrepid stage coach driver

Hangman – Intriguing, complicated loner

English Teacher – Trail blazer, with shocking secret

Doc Elliott – Town hero, specializes in amputations

Charly Parkhurst – Famed coach driver, cross-dresser

The Milliner – Clever, sensuous entrepreneur

Saloon Mistress – Dancer with money & checkered past

This Musical “Dramedy” is designed to engage all who dream of what life was like in the “good old days” of during the days of the Gold Rush! The inhabitants of Coloma and surrounding areas tell stories that uncover the true grit of the spirit of independence that formed the West. The actors, along with the stage crew & band, will sing, dance & act in ensemble/improv style off of a thrust stage.

In an attempt to be efficient, auditioners will be seen one at a time in a less-than-stressful atmosphere on stage at Imagination Theater on the El Dorado Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, CA. Please call the box office 530-642-0404 or director 530-626-4464 for further information. Private auditions welcome for those with schedule conflicts.

April 1st AUDITIONS 9:30 am- Noon (Plan on 15 – 45 minutes)
Auditioners invited to come anytime during this open period.

SONG AUDITION: Prepare a song one minute or less that highlights your vocal clarity, resonance and range. All songs will be acapella. No musical accompaniment will be used or provided.

MONOLOGUE AUDITION: Prepare a memorized monologue that is one minute or less. The monologue should best portray the actor’s strengths and can be from any source. Monologues will be provided on site if necessary.

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

April 2nd CALLBACKS 9:30- Noon (plan on 2 ½ hours or less total time at theater)

Scene readings from the script, improvs and simple movement exercises will be shared with all actors called back. Wear clothing that allows easy movement and comfort. 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 or Or you can request one from director Chrissie Addison at

Please call/text Chrissie with any questions you may have: 530-333-7387

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Show dates – September 15 – October 8, 2017

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. The band will start working on stage with the actors in August.

From mid-August to opening mid-September SouthFork rehearsals will tech and tighten show. All staff members have agreed to use time as efficiently as possible during rehearsals. Every attempt will be made to work around vacation/family schedules.

QUICK SYNOPSIS: Set in the Gold Rush days in Coloma, California a group of rugged spirits in a local graveyard spill their gritty secrets and hidden stories of their past. The archetype characters discover their life paths/stories are all connected. As false facades are broken down, true character is revealed. They seek redemption, but must work together to find the “key” to their freedom from regret, guilt and pain of past life.
At midnight, on a full harvest moon, a stage coach awaits those who pass the test. The coach will deliver them to higher ground where a better life awaits.

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

Meet the Cast of A Christmas Story, The Musical - Kathryn

Kathryn is very excited to be in Imagination Theater's production of A Christmas Story.  Her other IT roles have included Spot in 101 Dalmatians, Annie/Ballerina/Ensemble in Mary Poppins, Ensemble/Beggars Chorus in Les Miserables, and a seagull in Little Mermaid Jr.  Kathryn also recently played the part of Annie in Woodland Opera House's production of Mary Poppins.  When she is not performing on stage she enjoys painting, drawing, and creating various other craft projects.  Kathryn would like to thank her friends and family for their support and encouragement.  

To meet Kathryn and the rest of the cast, come see A Christmas Story, The Musical this holiday season at Imagination Theater.  The show runs through December 21. Buy your tickets today!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Meet the Cast of A Christmas Story, The Musical - Alyssa

This is Alyssa's second show at Imagination Theater. She was previously cast as one of the Dogs of London in 101 Dalmatians and is now part of the ensemble in A Christmas Story, The Musical.  She also played the part of Goldilocks in Markham Middle School's spring production, Goldilocks on Trial. Alyssa is very grateful to be part of the supportive IT family and looks forward to future showsHer other interests include volleyball and archery.   

To meet Alyssa and the rest of the cast, come see A Christmas Story, The Musical this holiday season at Imagination Theater.  The show opens November 25 and runs through December 21. Buy your tickets today!

Meet the Cast of A Christmas Story, The Musical - Shannon

Shannon is excited to perform in her first show with IT! She has previously been seen in A Christmas Carol, High School Musical, Mulan, and Aladdin with El Dorado Musical Theater. Shannon is grateful for the opportunity to work with new friends in her hometown.

To meet Shannon and the rest of the cast, come see A Christmas Story, The Musical this holiday season at Imagination Theater.  The show opens November 25 and runs through December 21. Buy your tickets today

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Meet the Cast of A Christmas Story, The Musical - Dan Clark

This is Dan's fourth adventure "on the boards" at Imagination Theater.  He started the adventure playing Mr. Carmichael in the 2012 production of A Little Princess.  Then in the 2014 he played Mr. DePinna in You Can't Take It With You and  Dr. Grimwig (and other ensemble parts) in Oliver.  He has also worked in the backstage crew in 2015's Spamalot.  While the acting is great fun, meeting and working with all the wonderful people keeps him coming back.

To meet Dan and the rest of the cast, come see A Christmas Story, The Musical this holiday season at Imagination Theater.  The show opens November 25 and runs through December 21. Buy your tickets today!

Meet the Cast of A Christmas Story, The Musical - Gianna

Gianna is a third grader at Sutter's Mill and is excited to be in her second show with Imagination Theater.  She has known that she wanted to join the cast of IT, ever since her big brother got the family involved in the 2014 production of Oliver. She loves to sing and dance and had an awesome first experience in 101 Dalmatians.  When she is not on stage, she can be found participating in competitive gymnastics.  She is also looking forward to being a part of IT's spring production, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland!

To meet Gianna and the rest of the cast, come see A Christmas Story, The Musical this holiday season at Imagination Theater.  The show opens November 25 and runs through December 21. Buy your tickets today!

Meet the Cast of A Christmas Story, The Musical - Brian

A Christmas Story the Musical is Brian's second show with IT, and he is absolutely loving playing a classroom kid.  His first appearance with IT was as a Boxer in 101 Dalmatians. He would like to extend a thank you to his wonderfully supportive friends and family, and to Meg Doctor for introducing him to the theater. Brian enjoys playing the string bass, volunteering and reading.  He hopes that you enjoy the show!

To meet Brian and the rest of the cast, come see A Christmas Story, The Musical this holiday season at Imagination Theater.  The show opens November 25 and runs through December 21. Buy your tickets today!