Friday, February 28, 2014

Show Dates for You Can't Take It With You

Join us this spring for the popular comedy, You Can't Take It With You

Friday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15.  Opening Night, Thursdays, and Group Tickets are $12.  Tickets can be purchased online or through the box office at 530-642-0404.  

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Imagination Theater Presents - You Can't Take It With You

You Can't Take It With You opens Friday, March 28 and runs through Saturday, April 19. Tickets are $15. Opening night, Thursdays, and Group Tickets are $12. Tickets can be purchased online or through our box office at 530-642-0404.  The theater is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Oliver Audition Update - Fagin and Fagin's Gang

The role of Fagin is now open.  The role is open for Male, Age 45- 60.

 Fagin's gang is now open to those ages 8-16

We hope to see many new and familiar faces at the audition on April 26.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

15 Days in Ireland this Summer

July 18- August 1, 2014

15 Days in Ireland.   No culture captivates like the Irish, Rich in folkloric tradition, full of literary treasures, covered with breathtaking green landscapes. Ireland is one of the most welcoming countries. Experience history at Blarney Castle, awe inspiring scenery along the Ring of Kerry and a creativie flair in the colorful Georgian Doors of Dublin. Trip includes round trip airfare, guided tours, hotels with private baths, breakfast daily, nine dinners, entrance fees to select attractions. Contact Lanny Langston at 530-903-6361 for more information about the trip.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

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Shows, Auditions, and More!

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Telling Good Stories           Sharing Good Times         with Good Company
Winter 2014 Edition
You Can't Take It With You
Tickets Available Now
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Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1937, Kaufman and Hart's comedic three-act play takes place in the mid-1930s and focuses on what happens when a family of conservatives clashes with an eccentric family of free spirits.  

Shows on Thursday and Friday nights at 7:00 p.m.
Shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. (except 3/29 at 7:00 p.m.)

All Tickets are $15.  Opening Night, Thursdays, and Groups $12

Auditions are coming!
Get the inside scoop on our 2014 shows!
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Clothing Fundraiser

clothesClean out your closets while we clean out ours!   Imagination Theater is currently accepting clothing, shoes, belts, handbags and stuffed animals. All items must be tied in black garbage bags, but do not need to be sorted. You'll be helping keep 3.5 million lbs. of unwanted clothing from reaching our local landfills.

The used clothing collected is prepared for shipment around the world. Now those in other countries get good, clean, useable clothing for pennies. What's not wearable is recycled and turned into industrial rags or shredded into fibers used to make new products. To read more about the process:

All bagged items need to be a theater no later than Tuesday, March 25. Drop off during box office hours or rehearsal times.   All proceeds benefit the theater.  

Thank you to our generous sponsors

As a non-profit organization (Tax ID #680448569), our sponsors are an invaluable resource to produce our shows.  Donations are tax deductible (less the ticket value) and keeps our theater thriving and ticket prices affordable in our community.  In addition to recognition through our website and show programs, sponsors who contribute $250 and more receive season tickets.

Director Level - 6 Season tickets
Musician (500 Club) Level - 4 Season Tickets
Actor Level - 2 Season Tickets

If you have not already done so, now is is great time to become a sponsor.  We have some great shows planned in 2014:  You Can't Take It With You, Our Town (Readers Theater), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Oliver!   Thank you for your support!

Ad Space Available in Spring Program

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Audition: Our Town, March 23 at 6:00 p.m.
A Readers' Theater of Thorton Wilder's classic Our Town adapted to Placerville in 1901. Seven rehearsals. Parts for adults and kids ages 12+

April 30-May 2

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Audition: Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, April 19, 9:00 am
Auditions include improvisation and cold readings from the script.  This is a non-musical production for adults and kids 8+

Show Dates:
Sept. 5-29

Audition: Oliver!
April 26, 9-Noon (Kids Vocal) and 1-4 p.m. (Adults)
“Food glorious Food” and “Where is Love?”  are just two of the popular songs from Lionel Bart’s lively musical based on Charles Dicken’sOliver Twist.

Show Dates: 
Nov. 28-Dec. 21

IT CAST Party this Saturday

hollywood-sign-at-night 2If you have been involved in an Imagination Theater production on stage or behind the stage, this group is for you. The IT CAST (Committed Alumni Supporting Theater) is going Old Hollywood glamour this Saturday at the theater.  The Talent Show is full of variety and as always, some surprises!   Don't miss the fun Saturday Feb 22, 6-9pm!  To get on the alumni mailing list, contact

"Consider Yourself Part of the IT! Family"

wm-front 2Purchase Your Imagination Theater Shirt with the names of all the shows Imagination Theater has produced in the past 15 years on the back.  This shirt is sure to be a favorite!  More details will be available soon on how to order.

7th Annual Affair to Remember Fundraiser

winecheeseMark your calendar now for Friday evening, August 15 from 7:00 - 10;00 p.m. for our annual silent and live auction event. We expect another fantastic evening with entertainment from the cast of Oliver! 

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Unique Opportunity at California Musical Theater


Audition for the opportunity to be the eyes of many who are blind or visually impaired in the Sacramento area.  Successful candidates will train for the opportunity to describe productions for both the Broadway Sacramento season and the Music Circus! 

AudioVision, Inc, a recognized pioneer in the field of audio description, will conduct the training on our behalf.  It is aimed at actors and others who wish to learn audio description; the art of describing visual media, theater performances and art exhibits to the blind and visually impaired for work in Sacramento.

The ideal candidate will have excellent spoken and written English language skills, outstanding vocabulary, clear enunciation and articulation, and the ability to observe, write, and think objectively.

The training will be held at the offices of California Musical Theater, 1510 J Street, Ste 200, Sacramento, CA 95814 during the week-end of March 22 and 23.  Cost is $100 for the two day training.  Those successfully completing the training will be employed describing productions in both the Broadway Sacramento season and the Summer Music Circus productions. The California Musical Theatre audio description program is on-going.  All materials and equipment are supplied.

Please complete a California Musical Theatre employment application on our website at  For more information regarding audition preparations and requirements, please contact Barbara Haig at 916-446-5880 ex 147 or

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Get to Know a Little More about "You Can't Take It With You" (Spoiler Alert)

Wit and Wisdom of Grandpa Vanderhof by Wade Bradford (About.Com)
You Can't Take It With You has been delighting audiences since 1936. Written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, this Pulitzer Prize winning comedy celebrates non-conformity.
Meet the Vanderhof Family:
"Grandpa" Martin Vanderhof was once part of the competitive business world. However, one day he realized he was unhappy. So, he stopped working. Since that time, he spends his days catching and raising snakes, watching graduation ceremonies, visiting old friends, and doing whatever else he wants to do.
The members of his household are just as eccentric:
  • His daughter Penny writes plays simply because a few years ago "typewriter was delivered to the house by accident." She also paints. Easily distracted, Penny never finishes a single project.
  • His son-in-law Paul Sycamore spends hours in the basement making illegal fireworks and playing with erector sets.
  • His granddaughter Essie sells candy and has been clumsily attempting ballet for over eight years.
  • His grandson-in-law Ed Charmichael plays the xylophone (or tries to) and accidentally distributes Marxist propaganda.
In addition to the family, many "oddball" friends come and go from the Vanderhof house. Although it should be said, some never leave. Mr. DePinna, the man who used to deliver ice, now helps out with the fireworks and dresses in Greek togas to pose for Penny's portraits.
So, What's The Appeal?
Perhaps America has been in love with You Can't Take It With You because we all see a little bit of ourselves in Grandpa and his family members. Or, if not, perhaps we want to be like them.
Many of us go through living up to the expectations of others. As a college teacher, I meet a surprising number of students who are majoring in accounting or engineering simply because their parents expect them to. Grandpa Vanderhof understands the preciousness of life; he pursues his own interests, his own forms of fulfillment. He encourages others to follow their dreams, and not submit to the will of others.
In this scene, Grandpa Vanderhof is headed out to chat with an old friend, a policeman on the corner:
Grandpa: I have known him since he was a little boy. He's a doctor. But after he graduated, he came to me and said he didn't want to be a doctor. He had always wanted to be a policeman. So I said, you go ahead and be a policeman if that's what you want. And that's what he did.
Do What You Love!
Now, not everyone favors Grandpa's happy-go-lucky attitude towards life. Many might view his family of dreamers as impractical and childish. Serious minded characters such as the business tycoon Mr. Kirby believe that if everyone behaved as the Vanderhof clan, nothing productive would ever happen. Society would fall apart.
Grandpa argues that there are plenty of people who wake up and want to go to work on Wall Street. By being productive members of society (executives, salesmen, CEOs, etc) many serious-minded people are following their heart's desire. However, others may wish to march to the beat of a different xylophone. By the play's end, Mr. Kirby comes to accept the Vanderhof philosophy. He realizes that he is unhappy with his own career and decides to pursue a more enriching lifestyle.
Grandpa Vanderhof VS. The Internal Revenue Service
One of the most entertaining sub-plots of You Can't Take It With You involves the IRS Agent, Mr. Henderson. He arrives to inform Grandpa that he owes the government for decades of unpaid income tax.
Grandpa has never paid his income taxes because he doesn't believe in it.
Grandpa: Suppose I pay you this money-mind you, I don't say I'm going to do it-but just for the sake of argument-what's the Government going to do with it?
Henderson: What do you mean?
Grandpa: Well, what do I get for my money? If I go into Macy's and buy something, there it is-I see it. What's the Government give me?
Henderson: Why, the Government gives you everything. It protects you.
Grandpa: What from?
Henderson: Well-invasion. Foreigners that might come over here and take everything you've got.
Grandpa: Oh I don't think they're goin to do that.
Henderson: If you didn't pay an income tax, they would. How do you think the Government keeps up the Army and Navy? All those battleships...
Grandpa: Last time we used battleships was in the Spanish-American War, and what did we get out of it? Cuba-and we gave it back. I wouldn't mind paying if it were something sensible.
Don't you wish you could deal with bureaucracies as easily as Grandpa Vanderhof? Eventually, the conflict with the IRS is light-heartedly resolved when the United States Government believes that Mr. Vanderhof has been dead for several years!
You Really Can't Take It With You
The message of the title is perhaps common sense: All the wealth we amass does not go with us beyond the grave (despite what Egyptian Mummies might think!). If we choose money over happiness, we will become stuffy and miserable just like the affluent Mr. Kirby.
Does this mean that You Can't Take It With You is a comical attack on capitalism? Certainly not. The Vanderhof household, in many ways, is the embodiment of the American Dream. They have a wonderful place to live, they are happy, and they are each pursuing their individual dreams. For some people happiness is yelling at Stock Market numbers. For others, happiness is playing the xylophone off-key or wildly dancing a unique ballet. Grandpa Vanderhof teaches us that there are many pathways to happiness. Make certain you follow your own.
As for myself, there's an old typewriter in the garage... I think I might work on a new play... or maybe take up the electric guitar... or put on a sock puppet show... or maybe...

Tickets are now on sale for You Can't Take It With You at Imagination Theater.  Tickets are $12-15 and can be purchased here.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Time for Some Spring Cleaning! Clothing Fundraiser at Imagination Theater

Clean out your closets while we clean out ours! Imagination Theater is currently accepting clothing, shoes, belts, handbags and stuffed animals. All items must be tied in black garbage bags, but do not need to be sorted. You'll be helping keep 3.5 million lbs. of unwanted clothing from reaching our local landfills.

The used clothing collected is prepared for shipment around the world. Now those in other countries get good, clean, usable clothing for pennies. What's not wearable is recycled and turned into industrial rags or shredded into fibers used to make new products. To read more about the process:

All bagged items need to be a theater no later than Tuesday, March 25. Drop off during box office hours or rehearsal times. All proceeds benefit the theater.