Thursday, February 28, 2013

Meet IT's "Run for Your Wife" Cast

Grant Stellflug (John Smith) - A veteran IT! performer and long time Placerville resident, Grant’s most recent involvement was Assistant Director for Camelot. Prior to that he has been seen on stage as The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Owen in The Foreigner, and Vince Fontaine in Grease. Grants upcoming projects include directing Deathtrap, later in IT!’s 2013 season. He is very excited to be a part of such a wonderful cast and crew who have put in many hours of hard work bringing this play to life.

Jody Wills (Mary Smith) - Jody is thrilled to be performing again at IT.   She was last seen at IT! as Mammy Yokum in Li'l Abner.  She is excited to be working again with Lanny Langston who also directed her in Lil’ Abner.  She has performed locally for over 30 years and has many roles under her belt; her favorite shows include A Few Good Men (Lt. Ross), Quilters (Ensemble), Li'l Abner (Mammy Yokum), A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking (Maude), Cabaret (Freulein Kost) and The Odd Couple (Gwendolyn Pigeon). When she's not on the stage, Jody works as an administrative assistant for a nationwide association, hikes tall mountains and is Nana to five grandchildren (with one more on the way).  Jody thanks IT! for welcoming her back and a HUGE thank you to her family and friends for all their love and support.

Kathleen Mini (Barbara Smith) - Kathleen followed in her daughter’s footsteps to their first audition together for the Imagination Theater Musical, Lil’ Abner. Since that time, she has gone on to perform in several other IT productions. She was Glinda in the Wizard of Oz, Babette in Beauty and the the Beast, Mrs Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, and Mrs. Banks in Father of the Bride. Most recently Kathleen was challenged by “attempting” to tap dance in White Christmas. She looks forward to performing as Barbara Smith in Run for your Wife.

Chris Celestin (Stanley Gardener) - Chris, age 19, has been involved in theater for the last 5 years. He is happy to be returning to the IT! stage after playing Dickon in The Secret Garden. Some of his favorite roles include Lancelot (IT’s Camelot), and his hangwon debut a s Eddie Marinara in the Carsino Show! When Chris is not on stage he enjoys pretending he is on stage, dancing wherever he sees fit. He also enjoys pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. Chris would like to thank his parents for their undying support and encouragement.

Marc Bonham (Detective Sgt. Troughton) - Marc has been performing for local audiences off and on for the past eight years. This includes choir, drama, marching band, glee club in high school and college. Marc’s love for community theater started later in life after his first IT! performance in 2005. He performed in Lil’ Abner and most recently, The Secret Garden. Marc would like to thank his wife and children for their love and support of his hobby.

Sean Conley-Widing (Detective Sgt. Porterhouse) - Sean has been interested in theater for a long time and helped with lights and set construction in Sacramento. While assisting with an IT!’s fundraiser, he was approached to play a knight in Camelot . Sean joined the chorus, had a few lines, and even a small solo during “Fie on Goodness.” He continued to assist IT! with light and sound and auditioned for Run for Your Wife, This is his first time on stage as part of an ensemble cast and he looks forward to having a good time bringing laughter to the audience.  

Richard “Rick” Gaylord (Bobby Franklin) - A telecommunications technician by trade, Rick has performed leading roles in more than ten of 45+ plays since 1980. Rick’s favorite role was Charlie in Theatre El Dorado’s The Foreigner (1997) and more recent roles Froggy in IT’s The Foreigner (2010), Greater Tuna, Godspell, Big River, Music Man, and A Christmas Carol. Rick is proud to be the first recipient of IT’s Rodney Roberts Theater Achievement Award.

Gordon Prow (Newspaper Photographer/Stage Manager) - Gordon is very excited about stage managing this fun farce. He last stage managed IT”s 2010 production of Bram Stoker’s Dracula along with his wife, Sandra. His first stage appearance at Imagination Theater was playing the Nazi general in The Sound of Music. Gordon hopes that you enjoy this show. He thanks his friends and family in supporting his endeavors at Imagination Theater.

Come see the show this last week.  Only four more performances!  Tickets are available for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets available online, by phone (530-642-0404), and at the door.  The box office and theater doors open a half hour prior to show time.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Old West Trio returns to Imagination Theater

Proceeds keep live theater thriving in our community.
Tickets are on sale now for this toe tapping show to benefit live theater in our community.  All seats are reserved and are $15.  They are available online, by phone, and at the door.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Run for Your Wife - Four More Shows

Response has been wonderful to this very funny, British farce.  Don't miss the final week of shows! 

Just saw the Sunday matinee and it was AWESOME!! So funny. The actors all did a fantastic job! -- Heidi

Excellent show!! -- Nancy W.

LOVED the show. Cannot wait for closing to see it again... I don't know HOW you guys could get any better... BRAVO~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -- Lorrene

Great time and good laughs at Imagination Theater tonight! Great job John Smith, I mean Grant Stellflug! --Judy

Run For Your Wife was fantastic! Everyone, do yourself a favor and go see this one. We'll be talking about it for a while!!! I burst out laughing at least a dozen times. Congratulations cast and crew! --Kate

Gooooo! So funny...laughed and laughed! -- Marsha

I've not laughed that a while! Thank you, thank you, Chris, Grant, Sean, et. al. for the wild night which made me completely forget about my cold and cough! --Janice

What a hoot of a show... -- Roger

Tickets are available online, by phone, and at the door.

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Audience Speaks! Run for Your Wife, a FUN farce not to be missed!

"How Dare You. . ." says Stanley Gardner (Chris Celestin)
Last evening was our first visit to your theater (all the way up the hill from Rancho Cordova) and we brought two friends from El Dorado … they needed some laughs … they needed to escape real life for a couple of hours …. And our hearts overflowed as we heard and watched them thoroughly enjoy your show (along with both of us !!)

Carolyn and I enjoyed many plays at the old Stage Door Theater Comedy Playhouse near Arden Fair years ago – Laura Darzell (owner) is still a dear friend we visit occasionally. We saw Run For Your Wife there several times in the 80’s .. Dave Williams (KCRA) played John in those daze …. And we have always placed it as one of the funniest, most complicated, creative, confusing, dysfunctional plays we’ve enjoyed.

Your version is excellent … fun … very delightfully presented … excellent stage set …. precise directing … and actors …. You each did super !!!!! Physical and verbal timing was great …. We’d forgotten some of the details so it was really fun being “surprised” by a twist or two or three (We are getting older). Our friends left laughing … sharing the surprises … and want to come back for more …. And we happily revisited many of the twists on our drive back down the hill.

Thanks for everyone’s hard work …. We know it takes more than the folks on stage to deliver a high quality production.

Thanks again … keep laughing and having fun with this one !!!


John & Carolyn W.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Don't miss the second weekend of Run for Your Wife!

John Smith eats the newspaper to keep his 
wife from seeing his image on the front page.
 Is this today's edition? Oh, nice and fresh!"

See this funny farce, Run for Your Wife. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets on Thursdays are only $12. Tickets available at the door.

The show runs through March 3.

Thank You 2013 IT! Sponsors

We are able to bring the best local community theater to Placerville due to the generous support of these companies and individuals. We are a non profit 501c3 (Tax ID #680448569). Please contact the theater for information about sponsorship at or 530-642-0404.

Lanny and Tish Langston, Peter and Karen Wolfe, Joyce Amlick, Virgil & Lucile Langston, Vince & Kathleen Mini

El Dorado Disposal, Gate Technologies, Ponte Palmero, Western Sign, Chrissie Addison, Zacharie Button, The Murry Family, The Reinhart Family, Dave & Shirley Smythe, Joyce Sobelman, David & Dorothy Taylor, Virgil and Annabelle Toothaker, Intel Volunteer Grant Program

Music Directors “500 Club”:
49er Federal Credit Union, Enmagine Inc., Metropolitan Arts Partnership, Dr. Peter and Kate Barbá, The Boltz Family, The Cameron Family, MaryAnn Roman

El Dorado Savings Bank, Wal*Mart, Robinson’s Pharmacy, Alan & Linda Baracco, Frank & Diana Erickson, Jerry & Beckie Galloway, Bill & Sue Greer, Jim & Marie Moore, Dan & Sheryl Trainor, Patrick & Nancy Weddle

Stage Managers:
Arnolds for Awards, S. Jean Castberg, Dan & Robin Clark, Charles & Sharon Eubanks, John Herrman, Jan LePouvoir, Dennis & Debbie Murphy

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Great to see such a nice email this morning...

Please pass along our sincere "thanks" to all actors, stage, support & back stage crews for a wonderful show; we were there for yesterday's performance. Laughed and had a great time; new to Sacramento area (moved from east coast) so this was a refreshing welcome! 

New Fans

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Make it a Valentine's Date at Imagination Theater!

Join us this Valentine's weekend for the opening of the British farce, Run for Your Wife.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:00 p.m. and the Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door for all shows.  Ages 18+ due to mild adult content.

Tickets can be purchased online: 
or 530-642-0404

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Where is John Smith?

Barbara Smith (Kathleen Mini) on left and Mary Smith (Jody Wills) on right
seek answers about their missing husband, John Smith
Find out where he is during Imagination Theater's production of the British Farce Run for Your Wife opening Friday, February 15 through Sunday, March 3.

Tickets are available for all shows at or by contacting the box office at 530-642-0404.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Run for Your Wife in the U.K.

If you are looking up information about the play, you may want to check out this trailer for the movie (based on the play) that opens on Valentine's Day in England.  It also includes interviews with Ray Cooney, the writer of Run for Your Wife.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Few More Comments about the Les Miserables Auditions

Or, Remember that this show is really an opera so singing is what really counts!

As you select your audition song, here some things to keep in mind…
1. Select a song for your audition that you are very comfortable with and can sing well. The audition panel will primarily be evaluating your singing based on your ability to stay on pitch, your accuracy with the melody, and your ability to project.

2. Since Les Miserables is a sing-through type of show that depends mostly on accurate singing to be a success, your characterization and movement as part of your Les Miserables audition singing is less important than when auditioning for other musicals. In other words, during the Les Miserables auditions, the singing is most important. Don’t spend a lot of energy on characterization and movement as you prepare your audition song. Avoid the trap of attempting to “copy” any performance or characterization you may have already heard or seen. The audition panel will mostly be looking for you to simply sing well and confidently.

3. Even if you want to be considered for more than one of the lead roles you only need to prepare one song from the show. The panel will be able to listen to you sing one song sung by a particular character and determine if you are suitable for other roles as well.

4. We are producing our own show based only upon the script and music we have been provided. Auditioners, and those ultimately cast in show, need to remember that we do not need to spend a lot of energy comparing the various anniversary performances, student productions, original cast albums, karaoke versions of the show, etc. with each other. Of all of these productions, there is not a particular one that is “the right one.” There are only versions that someone may be more familiar with than others. Our production will result from our collective talents and artistic sensibilities, the skills of our orchestra and performers, and the abilities and dedication of our entire creative team.

Enjoy dreaming the dream!

Peter Wolfe, Director

Friday, February 8, 2013

Run for Your Wife Opens February 15

John Smith (Grant Stellflug) explains how he was injured to Detective Sgt. Porterhouse (Sean Conley-Widing), as wife #2, Barbara (Kathleen Mini), looks on. 
Join Imagination Theater for this funny, madcap British farce.  Run for Your Wife is the story of mischievous London cab driver, John Smith, who has two wives, two lives and a tight schedule to keep!  Trouble brews when Smith is mugged and ends up in the hospital. When two addresses are discovered, the police investigate and Smith becomes hilariously entangled in his own hopeless attempts to explain himself.   

This side-splitting, adult comedy is for ages 18+.  Tickets can be purchased at  or through the box office at (530) 642-0404.  Opening night, Thursday shows, and Group tickets are $12. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. opens April 5

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce the children’s Disney favorite, The Little Mermaid, Jr., opening Friday, April 5 and running through Sunday, April 28. Shows are at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and with matinees at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. First, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."

Tickets can be purchased at or through the box office at (530) 642-0404. Tickets are $12. Imagination Theater, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, brings quality, live, local community theater to Placerville and El Dorado County.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

BOOK OF MORMON Auditions coming to Sacramento

I am writing to let you know that THE BOOK OF MORMON will be coming to

Sacramento to hold auditions February 8th and 9th by appointment only.

We are looking to build our files for future replacements for all

three companies (Broadway, 1st National Tour, Jumamosi Tour) for the


etc. (See role descriptions below.) We realize that the area has some

fantastic musical and comedy talent, and even though we have some

appointments already scheduled we want to make sure that we are not

missing anyone, and felt that it is important to reach out to the

local theatres, universities and improv groups to make sure no one is

robbed of the opportunity to submit themselves for consideration. We

appreciate you passing this on to anyone you feel might be right. Or

if you have an email list, doing a blast to make actors aware.

Anyone interested in auditioning for any or all of these companies

should submit a picture and resume and any additional materials to by 5PM Thursday, February 7th 2013. Please

make sure you put the City Name of the audition in the subject line.

Due to the amount of emails we receive, we may not be able to respond

to every submission. Please note that submitting does not guarantee

an appointment. Both Equity and Non Equity should submit.


Producer: Anne Garefino & Scott Rudin

Director: Trey Parker & Casey Nicholaw

Book, Music & Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Matt Stone & Trey Parker

Music Supervisor: Stephen Oremus

Choreographer: Casey Nicholaw

Sacramento Casting Director: Jeremy Rich

Casting Director: Carrie Gardner

ARNOLD CUNNINGHAM (Early 20's-Late 20's to play 18): Caucasian.

Seeking a true character actor. Must be a physical contrast to the

other good looking, All-American Mormons. Dweeby, dorky, nerdy,

overweight, or all four combined. Arnold is a pathological liar but

his heart is in the right place. He is a total screw-up but not for

lack of trying, he always wants to do the right thing. Must be

fantastic comedic actor who sings well. Tenor. We are also

particularly interested in comics who sing.

KEVIN PRICE (Early 20’s-Late 20’s to play 18): Caucasian.

All-American. Very handsome. Head of the class, always optimistic.

Heroic Mormon. Must be a great comedic actor and a fantastic pop-rock

high tenor to a B. Should be at least 5’10 or taller.

NABALUNGI (18- Late 20’s to play 20): Black African. Pretty. Takes the

hardships of her village very seriously and wants to help her people

find a better life. Must have great comic timing. Strong Alto. Belt to

an E.

ELDER MCKINLEY (early 20’s to late 20’s to play 18): Caucasian.

District leader of the Mormon missionaries in Uganda. All- American,

wide-eyed and hopeful. Often struggles to cover his flamboyant

tendencies and adhere to his Mormon morals. Must be a fantastic

comedic actor and great singer. High Baritone who can pop out high

Bb's for comedic effect.

[MAFALA HATIMBI] (40’s): Black African. Father of Nabalungi. Has come

to accept the hardships in the village where they live but is a

discerning community leader and tries to bring joy to their lives.

Must be a great comedic actor and singer. Also interested in actors

who sing.


All-American good looks and physique. Plays several parts from the

perfect picture of a head of a Mormon household, to the stern

missionary president, to Joseph Smith, so must have the ability to be

transformative. Must be a great comedic actor and good singer. High

Baritone to an Ab.

[GENERAL] (Late 20’s to Late 30’s): Black African. The general is a

warlord in Uganda who is terrorizing the local villagers. A physically

threatening and intimidating figure who is a great comedic actor and

singer. Baritone to an F.

[FEMALE AFRICAN VILLAGERS] Late 20’s to late 30’s. Black African.

Seeking great comedic actresses with excellent singing voices.

Seeking Altos, Gospel Sopranos and Gospel Belters of all physical


Jeremy Rich

Casting Director/Consultant

The Book of Mormon

Office: 424-288-4468