May Mid Month Masques and MORE on the California Central Coast!

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As we move into the middle of May and beyond, I trust you will want to consider attending at least a couple of the numerous productions currently (or soon to be) playing at any one of the numerous theatre and live performance establishments here on the AMAZING California Central Coast!

Kelrik Productions (www.kelrikproductions.com) will present Sweeney Todd May 18 - June 2 as part of their After Dark Series.

The Tony Award-winning musical sails into Unity this month.  Based on a version of Sweeney Todd by Christopher Bond, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, it's a tragicomic tale of murder, mayhem, and meat pies.

Winner of the Tony Award in 1979, Sweeney Todd is considered one of Sondheim's masterpieces and has enjoyed recent revivals and a film by Tim Burton starring Johnny Depp.  This hauntingly chilling story explores love, loss and blood-soaked revenge.  After hard years in exile for a crime he didn't commit, Sweeney Todd returns toLondon to find his wife dead and his daughter in the hands of the evil Judge Turpin.  In his rage, Sweeney takes his revenge on the populace ofLondon.  With the help of his wily neighbor, Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney lures his victims with a charming smile before casually ending their lives with a flick of his razor and has them baked into pies.

Stephen Sondheim's musical thriller stars Larry Kaml (Sweeney Todd), Lacey McNamara (Mrs. Lovett), Benjamin King (Tobias), Cody Pettit (Anthony), Danielle Dutro (Johanna), Debora Schwartz (Beggar Women), Red Rahim (Judge Turpin), Torran Kitts (The Beadle), Allison Lynch (Johanna), and Lester Wilson (Pirelli).  The Ensemble includes Gryphon Strom, Westen Meyer, Harry Sadler, Bethany Bagg, Thea Bodger, Linda Miner and Michelle Hansen.

The creative Team includes: Director Larry Kaml, with Music Direction by Lacey McNamara, Assistant Director Christian Clarno, Stage Manager Roberta Hart, Set Design by Erik Austin, Lighting Design by Ryan Manus, and Costume Design by Costume Capers

In their Kelrik Family Series, Willy Wonka is currently playing through June 3 [NOTE: Caught the opening matinee -FUN show ... GREAT kid vocals!]. 

Paso Robles High School Drama Department's (http://prhsdrama.com/index.html) Spring Musical is Guys and Dolls with performances through 20.

The Pewter Plough Playhouse (www.pewterploughplayhouse.org) in Cambria is currently presenting Outward Bound through June 3.

The Theatre at the Cambria Centerfor the Arts (http://artistsofcambria.com/cambriapac/index.html) will present DRAMARAMA - Youth Acting Classes June 4-28.

Templeton Performing Arts Center of the North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation (http://www.northcountyperformingarts.org/) in association with Class Act Dance will present SYNERGY, a summer dance recital, on June 23.

San Luis Obispo High School Drama Club (https://www.facebook.com/events/458159240865055/) will present HAIR, May 18 & 19 and 24 & 25.  

SLO Little Theatre’s (www.slolittletheatre.org) next mainstage production, The House of Blue Leaves, will run May 25 - June 17.  And be sure to check out the Academy of Creative Theatre’s (http://www.slolittletheatre.org/pages/classes) children & youth theatre opportunities for this spring and summer!

Next up for The God Is Still Speaking Players (https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/92718528887), is a summer musical production of Snoopy – auditions July 16 & 17, performances August 31 - September 9.




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Curt Miner Curt Miner received his degree in theatre from Northern Arizona University and has been involved in theatre, educationally and professionally, for nearly 40 years now. He is currently Pastor of the United Church of Christ in San Luis Obispo, CA (www.sloucc.org), where he founded a theatre outreach ministry known as The God Is Still Speaking Players (check them out on Facebook). Their first production was the West Coast Premiere of a new play by Gordon Greene (one of Curt's former theatre professors from back at NAU) entitled "The Scopes Monkey Trial: What Really Happened" in October of 2008. Curt and his wife of 35 years, Linda, worked together as Director and Music Director on a production of "Godspell" June 2009. The group presented a readers' theatre production of Archibald MacLeish's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play "J.B." November 2009, participated in a collaborative effort with Bent Angel Productions in a staged reading of "12 Angry Men" in February 2010, presented "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" the first 2 weekends of September 2010, embarked upon another collaborative effort with Bent Angel Productions of a staged reading of Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood" in November 2010, presented a readers' theatre production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" the first weekend this past March, mounted a production of "Sister Amnesia's Country Western Nunsense Jamboree" the first 2 weekends of September, and presented "Celebration In Song" - a musical variety show to benefit the work of GALA and PFLAG in November. A readers' theatre presentation (possibly "Our Town") or another musical revue will be presented this coming March, with "Snoopy" (sequel to YAGMCB) on the schedule for the first 2 weekends in September. When people ask him "Why a theatre outreach ministry?" Curt tells them "I have found that theatre is sometimes able to touch a person's heart and soul more deeply than the best crafted worship experience ... that's why."


 
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