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May 19, 2005
in the Sunshine: New spring theater
by ELLIN BELTZ
Veteran actors Bob and Lynne
Wells star in the North Coast Repertory Theatre's production
of Dancers, a poignant comedy of life, love and
loss. Briefly, two older people become friends in a nursing home.
Meanwhile, one of their roommates has nothing nice to say about
anyone, including the elderly couple and younger characters played
by Josh Kelly, Theresa Ireland, Nathan Pierce, Wanda Stapp and
Rebecca Ramsey. Director Carol Escobar has assembled a top Humboldt
tech team, including Daniel Lawrence, Dan Mullins, Beth Lanzi
and Erin Jones. Preview night is next Thursday, May 26. All tickets
sold for the grand opening on Friday, May 27, benefit the cast
and crew. Dancers continues Thursdays through Sundays
until June 18. All performances are at 8 p.m. except for a 2
p.m. matinee Sunday, June 12, at 300 Fifth St., Eureka. For tickets
or more information, visit www.ncrt.net or call 442-NCRT.
Two other excellent older comics
are featured in Sunshine Boys, Neil Simon's sparkling
comedy about a pair of aging vaudeville performers. The team
of "Lewis and Clark" are played by veteran performers
Bob Clark and J.R. Patterson; their neighbors and associates
are played by a group of newcomers to the Rep's stage, and in
some cases, any stage, including Dmitry Tokarsky, Diane
Woodford, Lorie Maciel and Vicki Charlton. The ubiquitous Daniel
Lawrence designed the set, while Jessie Talbert and Vicki Charlton
did lights and costumes, respectively. The play's Thursday, May
26, preview is followed by a gala opening Friday, May 27, featuring
a pre-show reception for the Rep's annual flower show in the
Art from the Hart Gallery from 6:30 until the curtain rises at
8 p.m. as well as a reception after the show where cast and crew
mingle with the audience. Performances continue Thursdays through
Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through June 17. For
more information, visit www.ferndale-rep.org or call 786-LIVE.
[Bob Clark and
J.R. Patterson in Sunshine Boys. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAN
Dell'Arte Youth Academy presents
The Golden Apple: an Extra-Credit Epic. Students
created this epic tale blending contemporary and mystical themes,
physical theater and the enthusiasm of youth. Everything I've
ever seen from Dell'Arte has been interesting; many original
works border on genius. Just because the actors are short and
have high voices doesn't mean it's "children's theater."
Find out for yourself at the Adorni Center, 1011 Waterfront Drive,
Eureka at 8 p.m. Friday, May 27, or Saturday, May 28. For more
information on Dell'Arte, visit www.dellarte.com, or call 668-5663.
As another term comes to a close,
the students of Dell'Arte International's School of Physical
Theatre Class of 2005 invite you to join them for The Finals,
a collection of 10 short one-acts with the Dell'Artisans working
in small ensembles exploring traditional popular theater styles
"to fashion stories and images that will rouse an audience
to think, and feel a sense of wonder." The Finals
runs Thursday through Saturday, May 26-28, at the Carlo Theatre
at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7/$5 for students and seniors.
Dell'Arte's 2005 Mad River Festival
starts Friday, June 17, with the return of The
Golden State, then hosts 14 other performance companies
from around the United States, including the San Francisco Mime
Troupe, Rude Mechanicals and NaCl Theatre.
Dell'Arte seeks volunteers in
Blue Lake as well as at Humboldt State University. "The
bonus perk to volunteering," said Tisha Sloan, Dell'Arte's
production manager, "is getting to see all these incredible
performances for free!" The annual Mad River Festival also
includes EdgeFest, Dell'Arte's annual physical theater extravaganza,
the Humboldt Folklife Festival, July 17-23, and the stunning
Annie and Mary Day Celebration on Sunday, July 24. For tickets
to The Finals or for more information on Dell'Arte, visit
www.dellarte.com or call 668-5663. Ask for extension 15 to volunteer.
Call before May 30 to register
for Theatre for Teenagers This three-week intensive workshop
covering playwriting, movement and stage combat kicks off Monday,
July 5, and continues through July 22 at the North Coast Repertory
Theatre, 300 Fifth St., Eureka.
Wish a happy birthday today
(May 19) to veteran local theater reviewer Beti Trauth.
Zack Rouse, most recently seen
in The Real-er World has been accepted for an MFA in physical
theater at Dell'Arte.
Actors in The Real-er World
gratefully acknowledge the fact that their audiences were large
enough that they all got paid a lot more than they're accustomed
to in Humboldt theater.
We predict Henry Kraemer will
finish off the Neil Simon trilogy in which he's been so wonderfully
effective at NCRT.
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