Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Old West Trio Yodels on Over to IT!

From the first yodeling toe-tapper until the last lilting coyote chorus, the Old West Trio delivers uplifting cowboy and folk music to listeners of all ages. The trio, composed of Steve Ide, Leslie Ide, and Steve Johnson, is based in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just a stone’s throw from where the Gold Rush of 1849 began. As lead guitarist Steve Johnson puts it, “The Old West is the most celebrated era of our American heritage and cowboy music is a history lesson with a melody.” To honor that heritage, the Old West Trio performs both traditional and contemporary songs that explore a variety of styles, including gunfighter ballads, western swing, classic Sons of the Pioneers, and lively yodeling tunes. Leslie Ide adds, “Our contribution to the cowboy culture is in capturing the spirit of the West in song.”

The Old West Trio has performed from California to Montana, including the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls and the Wort Hotel's Silver Dollar Bar in Jackson, Wyoming. Other venues include the Western States Horse Expo (Sacramento, Calif.), the Elk Grove Western Festival (Elk Grove, Calif.), the Rhymers Rodeer (Minden, Nevada), and the historic Silver Queen Hotel (Virginia City, Nevada). They have appeared on several radio programs, including the Range 103.7 FM with Mason Tibbs (Jackson, Wyoming), Back Roads on KVMR 89.5 FM (Nevada City, Calif.), Radio Ranch with Mick Vernon on KNRY 1240 AM, Horsemen's Radio Weekly, and the Chronicle of the Old West.

The Old West Trio makes guest appearances in the summer for Scofield's Cowboy Campfire at the Red Mule Ranch in Fiddletown, California. They helped launch the popular chuck wagon dinner and cowboy music and poetry program in 1997. The Old West Trio performes at Imagination Theater on Saturday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. All tickets are $20. This will be a very entertaining evening. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 530-642-0404.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Make a Date with Dracula

Tickets can be purchased at www.it-tickets.org

Friday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The Box Office is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quilters Staff Busy Stitching Together Pieces . . .

The momentum for Quilters continues as auditions approach less than two months away – scheduled October 23 and 24 at the theater.

“Scripts and DVDs are being borrowed from IT and my studio--I appreciate the interest in the show,” notes Chrissie Addison, upcoming director of Quilters. She adds that scripts can be purchased from Amazon for $8.25 which are the same scripts that will be used in the show. “It’s cheaper than copying one, I think,” says Addison.

The staff is seeking actresses from 14 – 40(ish) who can play several characters in an ensemble, sing harmonies and possibly solos and move easily and can learn some basic western-type dances. “At auditions, we only need one song – preferably a hymn or folk song with sheet music. Head shots and resumes do help the audition panel if you have them. “

She adds that auditioners will dance on the first day of auditions. Those being called back will be given a monologue to take home and bring back to callbacks. No memorization will be necessary; just a character “reading” to display one’s ability to pull a character off the page to the stage. Callbacks will include group readings, more work on group songs and dance review.

Addison says, “Some costume pieces are already started and they are period and perfect. Designs are being historically collected by Audrey Keebler, the costume mistress. We’re setting the show around 1870.”

In addition, the smaller quilt blocks that introduce each of the scenes as well as the larger Legacy Quilt (made entirely from community donations!) are well on their way to being completed. “These women are do-ers and as soon as they had sight of this project, they tackled it full steam ahead. Plumb tickles me!”

Design meetings with Rick Gaylord on set design, Charlie Cosens on lighting design, Virgil Toothaker on set construction, LeeAnn Flickenger-Hamblen on choreography, Steve May on sound design and both music directors Jerri Myers and Dale Wallerstein on music coordination are unfolding. “We are sharing concepts on a group vision of sound, look and feel of the show. Doing this show in the ‘round’ is a great challenge for all of us and I’m very glad to have this talented staff on board to help me tackle this show.”

More information on auditions can be found under the audition link at IT’s website. Questions can be directed to Chrissie Addison at
foothillsinger@comcast.net or at 530-626-4464.

Kiwanis Pasta Feed on Thursday, Sept. 23

Gather family and friends to enjoy a delightful feast of pasta! The Placerville Kiwanis Club (who has supported Imagination Theater over the years) is hosting the annual Pasta Feed on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at the Marshall Building on the fairgrounds from 5 to 9 pm. Adult tickets are $10 and children’s tickets (12 yrs and under) are $5, and the Family ticket is $25 (2 adults and 2 children). Proceeds support youth programs in our community. To purchase tickets, contact Lanny Langston at 530-903-6361.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

IT! Receives Nine Elly Nominations (2010)

to Lanny Langston for Direction-Comedy, Greater Tuna

to the cast and crew for Best Overall Production-Comedy, The Foreigner
to Lanny Langston, Elly Nominee, for Direction-Comedy, The Foreigner
to Michael Bishop (Lead Actor - Comedy), The Foreigner
to Jouni Kirjola (Supporting Actor - Comedy), The Foreigner
to Virgil Toothaker for Set Design-Comedy for The Foreigner
to Dave Patrick for Lighting Design-Comedy, The Foreigner

to Peter Wolfe for Set Design-Musical, Beauty and the Beast
to Terri Thomas for Costume Deisgn-Musical, Beauty and the Beast

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Old West Trio Concert - September 25

We'd love to see you at the The Old West Trio concert at Imagination Theater on September 25. To hear some samples of their fine music, please check out their website at http://www.old-west.net/home.html. Ya'all can also join their facebook page too. More details to follow after our big ol' fundraiser this Friday, August 20. Contact the box office at 530-642-0404 for information. All tickets are $20.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Online Program: The Fabulous 50s

Although we have given you a sneak peak of some of the items from our fundraiser a little while back, here is an online guide in case you'd like to get a "real time" view of what is available. We'd love to see YOU at the fundraiser--bring a friend or two, too! Tickets can be purchased here.

You can get your tickets online for the fundraiser!

Okay, you've always been able to get your tickets online. . .but here is the site you want to use for ease and convenience for advance check in:


See you on Friday, August 20!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

RSVP to the Fundraiser on August 20

Wow! The fundraiser is next week. Be here on Friday, August 20 for An Affair to Remember: The Fabulous 50s! It won't be the same without you! RSVP please. 530-642-0404.

$20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Shake, Rattle and Roll into the Fabulous 50's

Come dressed in 50's Style to our Fabulous 50's FUNdraiser on Friday, August 20. Imagination Theater will hold its third annual silent and live auction, An Affair to Rememberin the Organ Room on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. The event begins at 6:00 P.M. Advanced tickets,$20.00 and tickets are $25.00 at the door. Proceeds help fund upcoming productions at Imagination Theater.

In addition to the silent and live auction, there will be delicious food provided by Café Sierra and Rescue Catering. Candy Strike will delight attendees with a chocolate fountain and miniature fudge-filled ice cream cones. Local wines will be poured along with beer from Placerville Brewing Company, Old Hangtown Beer Works, Jack Russell Brewing Company, and the Wheat Bear Company.

Among the live auction items is a portable party wagon suitable for any occasion, getaway weekends to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, a 3-night stay in Ashland, Oregon (includes dinner, play, and backstage tour), and a five nights stay in an ocean front condo in Cabo San Lucas. There will be many silent auction items also available for bidding from local businesses.

This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a fun evening out and support our high-quality, live productions. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or at the door. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Imagination Theater celebrates its' 10th Anniversary bringing quality, live community theater to Placerville and El Dorado County. Imagination Theater is a 501.3(c) non-profit corporation.