Wednesday, March 26, 2014

You Can't Take It With You Opens Friday

“How many of us would be willing to settle when we're young for what we eventually get? All those plans we make...what happens to them? It's only a handful of the lucky ones that can look back and say that they even came close.”   —Moss Hart

You Can't Take It With You  
Opening this Friday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. 
Sunday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $12-15
Purchase tickets online, by phone, or at the door.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's a CASTaway Beach Party for IT Theater Alums

Are you an alumni of Imagination Theater.  Involved in the cast or crew in a current or previous show?  The next CAST Alumni event is coming up at the end of April.  (p.s.  If this sounds fun to you, consider auditioning or getting involved in one of IT!s upcoming shows.)  

CASTaway Beach - A themed C.A.S.T. Party
Committed Alumni Supporting the Theater

at Imagination Theater
Friday, April 25th 7pm-10pm

Dress for a beach party! (Hawaiian shirt, sundress etc)(optional) Hawaiian Leis will be available for a small donation ($2 or 3/$5)

Please bring a light snack or beverage to share
Eat dinner at home and bring an after dinner treat, soft drink, wine or beer. Anyone under 30 wishing to partake should be prepared to show ID.

Socializing * Theater Games * Talent Show * and More!

RSVP no later than April 18 if you are interested in performing in the Show.  Space may be limited. Beach theme encouraged, but not necessary.

Join our Facebook Group: IT! CAST(closed group, invitation needed, ask a friend)

Michelle Harwell * Marc Bonham * Kate Barba * Jerri Myers

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

El Dorado County Poetry Out Loud Winner Off to State Finals


Connor Ricketts, 2013 & 2014 Poetry Out Loud 1st place winner, El Dorado County
For the second year in a row, Connor Ricketts, a sophomore at Charter University Prep in El Dorado, garnered first place honors at the El Dorado County Poetry Out Loud competition held at the Imagination Theater on Thursday night, February 6th. Connor won with his inspired performances of Matthew Arnold's classic poem "Dover Beach"  and Delmore Schwartz's "The True Blue American," a comic poem on the paradoxical nature that inhabits American individualism. Arts Council Executive Director Deb Jensen presented Connor with a $100 check for his efforts.

Earning second place honors and a $75 check was El Dorado High School senior Evan Lucero who mesmerized attendees with his haunting rendition of Linda Gregg's "The Lamb," a poem about the resilience of the human spirit in the aftermath of war, followed by Amy Clampitt's "Dancers Exercising," a philosophical inquiry into the elusive nature of memory.

(l-r) Evan Lucero, Connor Ricketts, Leora Mazumdar
Leora Mazumdar, a sophomore at Oak Ridge High School, placed third, reciting Gwendolyn Brooks' "a song in the front yard," a saucy poem about a young girl's yearning for independence. In the contest's second round, Leoras performed Ha Jin's "Ways of Talking" which addresses the immigrant's loss of homeland. Leora received $50 in prize money from the Arts Council.

Four other high school champions also took center stage that evening, enchanting the audience with their poem selections, including Glen Carlisle of Golden Sierra High School, Nicole Sutherland of Independence High School, Sam King of the County Office of Education, and Becky Glaister of Union Mine High School. All students received gift certificates from the Bookery and verse-inscribed dog-tags from the Arts Council.

Poetry Out Loud El Dorado County High School Champions
Back row, left to right: Glen Carlisle, Evan Lucero, Leora Mazumdar, Becky Glaister, Nicole Sutherland
Front row, left to right: Sam King, Connor Ricketts
Connor Ricketts now goes on to the California State Poetry Out Loud Competition held in Sacramento at the Sheraton Hotel on Sunday, March 23, and in the California State Senate Chambers on Monday, March 24. In turn, the winner of the state competition will compete against 52 other state and territory champions at the Poetry Out Loud Nationals held in Washington, DC at the end of April, National Poetry Month. The stakes are high at the nationals, with the first place winner awarded a grand prize of $20,000 and the second and third place winners receiving $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

The Arts Council is grateful to the fifty plus volunteers who so graciously gave of their time and brain power to be part of our county's Poetry Out Loud contest! You know who you are! We thank you a thousand times and then some!

Please join us in congratulating Connor and wishing him well at the state competition! Know that all of El Dorado County is rooting for you, Connor!   
All POL photos courtesy of Betty Sederquist. 

From the El Dorado Arts Council March 2014 Newsletter, ArtBeat

Thursday, March 13, 2014

IT! is pleased to present "You Can't Take It With You"

Imagination Theater is pleased present one of the most popular and successful plays of modern times, You Can’t Take It With You, Friday, March 28 through Saturday, April 19.   Kaufman and Hart’s comedic three-act play, set in New York, takes place in the mid-1930s and focuses on what happens when a family of conservatives clashes with an eccentric family of free spirits.  
You Can’t Take It With You was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1937, and has been revived numerous times on stage, in television and a well-known 1938 film starring James Stewart and directed by Frank Capra.  The play is being directed by Brenda Lindley from Auburn.  Brenda is the former president of Placer Community Theater and directed numerous plays and musicals in the Auburn area including She Loves Me, Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical and Exit The Body. 
Show times are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.--except on 3/29  at 7:00 p.m. only.   Tickets are $15.   Opening Night, Thursday shows, and groups of ten or more are $12.  Tickets can be purchased 24/7 at or 1-800-838-3006, or through the box office (530)642-0404, or at the door. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Seeking Teens (15+) for Our Town

Auditions are coming up on March 23 for Our Town.  It is going to be a Readers Theater and adapted to Placerville in 1901.  Roles are available for adults and children, yet the theater is especially interested in teens ages 15+ for a couple of the leading roles.  Contact Lanny if you have questions at 530-903-6361.

Our Town Rehearsal Dates (Revised)

Love theater? Want to squeeze in a little Readers' Theater this spring? Join us for Thorton Wilder's classic, Our Town which has been adapted to Placerville in 1901. 

There are five parts available for kids (age 12+) and twenty or so parts for adults age (18+).   We are looking for a teen boy and girl ages 15/16+ for a couple of the roles.  There are eight reading rehearsals.   

Eight reading rehearsals on: Thursday, March 27 (Character Study) Act 1, Sunday, March 30 (Character Study, Read Act 2 and 3), Monday, March 31 (Read Entire Play), Wednesday, April 2 (Read Entire Play), Wednesday, April 9 (Read Entire Play) Wednesday, April 16 (Dress Rehearsal), Tuesday, April 22 (Dress Rehearsal, Sound, Lights), Monday, April 28 (Final Dress Rehearsal).

There will be three performances--April 30, May 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. with donation (suggested) of $5.00. General Seating.

Bring your good reading voice and join us for the audition/reading on March 23 at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

More Audition Information for Our Town

Imagination Theater will be have reading auditions for Thornton Wilder's awarding winning play "Our Town" on Sunday evening, March 23rd at 6:00pm at Imagination Theater.  Imagination Theater will be doing a Reader's Theater production of this classic.  Auditioners will be asked to read form the script and possible some improvisation.  There are parts for approximately 19 actors which includes three boys (two age 11 to 13 yrs old and another 16 to 19 years old), three girls (one 10 to 13 years old, and two 14 to 19 years old) and the remaining actors ages between 20 to 70 (8 men and 7 women).
If you haven't read in a Reader's Theater it is a very enjoyable experience for both the actors and audience.  This is a great way to improve on your diction and character development.  There will be only eight rehearsals and three performances. The Performance Dates are April 30May 1 and 2 at 7pm at Imagination Theater.  Scripts are available to check out at our Box Office.  Box Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 2:30pm.  For further information on Our Town please call Lanny Langston, the director, at 530 903-6361.