Monday, March 27, 2017

Final Week of the Satirical Romp, Tuna Does Vegas!

Tuna Does Vegas Closes This Weekend - Don't Miss Out!           

Join us for the next installment from the Greater Tuna series as theater veterans, Jeff Lathrop and Rick Gaylord reprise their roles from Greater Tuna (2009) and Red, White and Tuna (2015) and introduce a some new colorful friends in Tuna Does Vegas!

Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m. ($13 Thursday Show!)
Friday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m.

Rick Gaylord and Jeffery Lathrop bring the town of Tuna to life with its silly citizens, hilarious situations and flamboyant costumes. -- Mt. Democrat

A great night at Imagination Theater! Tuna does Vegas is hysterical. The new characters are outrageous! -- Kathleen M.

Loved, loved, loved Tuna! Laughed til my stomach hurt! -- Patricia P.

Reserve Tickets Now Online or order by phone at 1-800-838-3006
Parking is free for theater patrons. When other events are held at the fairgrounds, you will be directed where to park.  Tickets are also available at the door.

Picture by Jackie Penn, Mt. Democrat
Photo from the Mt. Democrat 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trot on over to Imagination Theater as Tuna Does Vegas

See what happens when Tuna, Texas take on Vegas!  
Join us for the next installment from the Greater Tuna team as theater veterans, Jeff Lathrop and Rick Gaylord reprise their multiple roles from Greater Tuna (2009) and Red, White and Tuna (2015) and introduce a few new colorful characters in Tuna Does Vegas!

  • Thursdays ($13) and Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

This comedy runs only three weeks.  Reserve now!

Tickets can be reserved ONLINE 
or by phone 1-800-838-3006

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Last Week of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Show Closes February 26

It's Alice time!  

Don't miss closing week of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Thursday and Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets available online, by phone (1-800-838-3006), and at the door!  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Directors' Workshop Night - March 28 at 7:00 pm

Join the directors of SouthFork Confessions, Shrek The Musical, and The Grapes of Wrath to learn more about their upcoming productions and specific audition information. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable insight. Free.

Southfork Auditions - April 1 and 2
Shrek Auditions - April 19-23
The Grapes of Wrath Auditions- September 30, October 1

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Alice continues through February 26

Only two more weeks of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!  Don't miss all of your favorite characters.  Tickets are available online and at the door.  #GoSeeAlice

Shrek Audition Coming in April

Imagination Theater Audition Notice
Shrek The Musical
Directed by Peter Wolfe     Choreography by Maggie Bush     Vocal Direction by Jerri Myers

1.  Vocal Requirements for all auditioners:
·         Ensemble Roles.  Auditioners for ensemble roles will be asked to sing a musical theater type song of their choice.  Song choice may be from Shrek or any other show.  Some ensemble auditioners may be asked to sing in a falsetto voice.
·         Young and Teen Fiona.  Auditioners for Young Fiona or Teen Fiona are expected to sing the Young Fiona and Teen Fiona portions of “I Know It’s Today” from the show.
·         Adult Fiona.  Adult Fiona auditioners are expected to prepare 2 vocal pieces from the show: 
(1) The Adult Fiona portion of “I Know It’s Today,” and
(2) “Finale.” Through measure 60.
·         Donkey.  Auditioners for Donkey are expected to sing “Don’t Let Me Go” from the show.
·         Lord Farquaad.  Auditioners for Lord Farquaad will be asked to sing ”What’s Up Duloc?”  The song must be sung while kneeling.
·         Shrek. Auditioners for Shrek will be asked to sing “Who I’d Be.”
·         Voice of the Dragon.  Seeking a soulful, R and B sound.  Please prepare any suitable song.
·         All auditioners are encouraged to become familiar with the melody and lyrics to “Freak Flag.” Memorization of the lyrics is not necessary.
·         Auditioners should bring their accompanying music as an electronic file on a CD, a computer, an Ipad, or on a cell phone. A live accompanist will not be available. A capella singing is not allowed. Lyrics must be memorized. All vocal auditions must be accompanied by a musical backing track that does not include accompanying vocals. Appropriate backing tracks are available on You Tube.
2.  Audition Schedule:
·         All auditions are at Imagination Theater.
o   Wednesday, April 19, 2017; Check-in at 6:00pm. Auditions from 6:30-9:00pm.
o   Bring Theater Resume.  Headshots or Photos optional.
·         Thursday, April 20, 2017; Check-in at 6:00pm. Auditions from 6:30-9:00pm.
·         Bring Theater Resume.  Headshots or Photos optional.
·         Saturday, April 22, 2017; Check-in at 8:30am.
·         Vocal Auditions from 9:00am to Noon.  There will be a lunch break.
·         Dance Auditions from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.
·         Cold Readings from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
·         Auditioners for all Ensemble Roles, Shrek, Lord Farquaad, Donkey, and Dragon will sing on Saturday morning.
·         Bring Theater Resume.  Headshots or Photos optional.
·         Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and suitable dance shoes for all auditions.  Dancing in bare feet or sandals is not allowed. Do not wear heavy boots.
·         Bring water and snacks.
·         Sunday, April 23,2017; 1:00pm to 4:00pm
o    Will include group singing, cold readings, and additional dancing activities


New Box Office Hours

The theater is undergoing some important renovations in the next few months and we're excited about the changes.  We want to enhance your theater experience from the inside out.  This will take a bit of time--and we apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.

New Hours:  Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., one hour prior to show times, and by appointment only through March.  The box office will be closed for renovations in April and re-open in July.  

Ticket hours open 24/7 when you purchase online or call 1-800-838-3006.  We strongly encourage this option for purchasing tickets for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Tuna Does Vegas.  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Meet Sean Conley-Widing, Lighting Designer for SouthFork Confessions

1.  Designing and preparing lighting for any show takes time. What special challenges will there be for you in SouthFork, IT's first original musical?
This show has a different flow to the story that is more transitional in the telling than the other shows I have designed.  It will be a challenge to express that transition throughout both acts creating the tone the actors need for the telling of this story.  

2.  What shows have you designed that are memorable for you?
I have only recently been designing the lights for shows here at Imagination Theater for the last year, so all of the shows I have designed are memorable in their own way - each with its own special requirements and nuances.  For a new designer, the first show is always your most memorable since it is an expression of the directors vision through the skills you have developed either in your education or apprenticeship with the tools you have on hand to bring that show to life.  Without you, the actors are performing their craft in the dark.

3.  What advice would you have for people interested in helping with lights and running lights during a show?  
Sometimes when you are in the booth, it seems that you are disconnected and apart from the show, which is not true.  You are a part in the show - so be a part in the show and make sure you hit all of your queues.  The cast is depending upon you to play your part as much as any other actor on the stage and help make the show a success. 

4.  What other hobbies do you enjoy in your busy life?
My wife and I are members of the Girl Scouts where I teach Boating Safety using Canoes, and I teach Archery.  I volunteer for a number of Veteran organizations and utilize my Information Technology background to assist in web design and computer training.  I am in the process of developing and running a role-playing game for some friends which is going to start in a few weeks. 

5.  You've acted on stage as well as designed. Any other roles in theater you'd like to explore?

Since my first role on-stage in Camelot, I have worked in many of the jobs or roles that can be offered here at Imagination Theater because I want to get the whole Theater Experience.  I will probably not make a good costumer since I do not know my way around a sewing machine.  At sometime in the future, I would like to direct a show - however I do not have anything specific in mind as yet.  I would like to do a more in-depth exploration in Producing where I can utilize my organizational and communication skills not needed on-stage to make a show successful from inception to the final curtain call.  I had the opportunity to be the assistant producer in Deathtrap and loved being on the inside of that production.

To get involved behind the scene in SouthFork Confessions, please contact the theater at 530-642-0404.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Meet Dr. Jeff Nelson, Instrumental Music Director for SouthFork Confessions!

Q:  Jeff, you’ve been part of a creative team developing an original musical. Can you discuss the process and your involvement in it?
A:  It's a rare opportunity to have the freedom to write and adapt original music for every nuance in a show. The process began with Chrissie's drafts on the show and then she, (composer) Betsy Moore and I met to discuss the possibilities. It’s been wonderful to see Betsy's music come alive during this process, and then to collaborate on instrumentation and setting to allow the music to say exactly what you want it to say.

Q:  What kind of band will perform under your direction?
A:  To stay as true as possible to the time period, we’re sticking with very traditional 19th century frontier instrumentation. The list currently consists of piano, fiddle, harmonica, bass, guitar, trumpet and accordion.

Q:  In SouthFork Confessions, what will be unusual or interesting about the tunes or sound in this musical?  
A:  I think most folks think of the mid 1800's Gold Rush period music to have a “happy-go-lucky” feel to it. Although that will be part of it, the score goes much deeper, and I believe the variety will surprise people.

Q:  What other adventures have you enjoyed as a musician in your life?
A. One of the most unusual musical experiences I've had was singing in a public and televised concert from the deck of the Gorch Fock, an historic German Navy vessel docked in Hamburg, Germany.  

Q:  Are you a musician for your “day job”?
A:  My 'day job' consists of taking care of our small farm, teaching private music lessons and directing music and music teams at our church in Cameron Park. I also do freelance choral and orchestral conducting, singing, and playing guitar and trumpet.

Q:  You’ve been quoted as saying “This show can be very freeing.”  What do you mean?

A:  With an original script done with original music, we’re in total control of how we want the message to be delivered to the audience. This is extremely different from following someone else's script and score, where you’re tied to that person’s musical idea of what should be said and when. There's a lot of freedom in that.

Auditions for SouthFork Confessions are April 1 & 2.  Please see the theater blog or website for details.  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Meet Caitlyn Miller, assistant director for SouthFork Confessions

1. What is it like working on an original musical as an Assistant Director, and have you ever done that before? This is the first time I've worked on an original piece from the ground up. It’s been both educational and fascinating to see how much this project has grown, morphed, and come together since it started.
2. What shows have you been in before playing the Mother in A Christmas Story? I was in a few Gilbert and Sullivan productions in San Francisco with the Lamplighter Opera company. Christmas Story was my first show in Placerville since 2005. Before that I was in Annie, Grease, and A Christmas Carol at IT.
3. What has been the biggest challenge for you in bringing SouthFork to life?The biggest challenge for me so far has been all the bits and pieces I didn't realize it took to put on a show. It never occurred to me how far ahead you have to plan things, like publicity.
4. What is your guiding motto when it comes to directing or being involved in a play? When I direct, I like to help the actors create something they can be proud of. I encourage them to approach their character from every possible angle. You never know what will work best until you try it.
5. What are some of your favorite shows that you have been in?
My favorites were Into the Woods at Sutter Street Theater and Iolanthe in San Francisco for similar reasons. Both shows were fantasy-themed with fun and challenging music. Being in those shows definitely improved me as a musician.

When not at Imagination Theater, Caitlyn runs the Crocker House Creative Arts Center in El Dorado. Caitlyn loves traveling and the outdoors, especially camping, hiking, and kayaking in the mountains. Bonus points for anything out of cellphone range!

Auditions are scheduled April 1 & 2. See the theater blog or website for details.

Meet Jo Avery, the Dramaturg for SouthFork Confessions

1. Jo, what is a dramaturg and what is your role as one?
It seems there are about as many definitions of dramaturg as there are people who do it. A dramaturg is a frequent collaborator with the playwright and/or director.  They may help the actors to understand and interpret their characters. While they are typically much more than a librarian, who just researches aspects of a production, in the case of SouthFork Confessions that has been my primary role. I have found historical information for Chrissie, and have also obtained permission to use copyrighted music and poetry, for example.

2. Tell us about your background and how it related to this job, and what challenges you faced?

I had never previously worked in theater before. But I was a school librarian for many years, so I have knowledge of the research process. Locating historical information, such as the poetry of Black Bart, was fun and well within the scope of my skills. Finding copyright information for the music was another story altogether. I don't have a music background, and the laws regarding music copyright are quite complicated. Helping to ensure that we stay within the law and respect the intellectual and artistic property of others has proven to be a serious responsibility. Chrissie recently told me that in professional theater dramaturgs can make big bucks - I can see why now!