Support Local Theatre!

Live theatre is often a forgotten art form. With the ability to instant stream any television show or movie, or YouTube search an illegal Broadway bootleg (which I’ve totally never done…), going out to the theater* on a Friday night can seem like too much effort. I promise you that the experience will be worth it.

Whether you haven’t seen many–or any!–plays before, or you’re a veteran of The Arts like moi, I highly encourage you to go out and support local Sacramento shows! What’s playing now? I’m glad you asked!

At Resurrection Theatre:
As Is by William Hoffman.
The play is set in New York in the 80’s, and revolves around Rich and Saul, a couple who’ve just broken up. It tackles the AIDS crisis, and how it effects the couple and their group of friends. Rick Grant-Coons, a very talented actor I worked with over the summer, portrays Rich, and there are other very talented actors among the cast as well. Like most theaters, you can buy the tickets online or at the door.

At Big Idea Theatre:
Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau.
The play is set in Detroit in 2008, and it explores the effects of the Great Recession, and the lives of three workers at an auto-plant who fear they’ll be laid off. The show opens on September 27th and runs until October 26th. You can buy tickets online here:

At Chautauqua Playhouse in Carmichael:
The Maltese Falcon adapted from the 1941 of film of the same name.
I saw this show last weekend, and while the play itself is quite cheesy, and a tad too long, the performance of Scott Adams (Theatre Arts professor at Sierra College) in the role of Joel Cairo makes it worth it. The show closes on Sunday, September 29th. I recommend buying tickets online because they sell out quickly.

At Sacramento Theatre Company:
Northanger Abbey by Carissa Meagher, adapted from the novel of the same name by Jane Austen.
Meagher, a local Sacramento actress and writer, was commissioned to pen the script. The world-premiere of the classic-Victorian-novel-turned-stage-play is October 2nd, and it runs until October 27th. Pretty neat, right? Not to mention Sac State students get a sweet, sweet discount! Instead of buying tix online, call them (916-443-6722) or buy directly at the box office.

At Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom:
Evil Dead: The Musical adapted from the cult film of the same name.
Sutter Street Theatre does Evil Dead ever year in October. I saw it before, two years ago, and I can’t wait to see it this time around! It’s incredibly campy, very raunchy (maybe don’t bring your grandma to this one?), and if you sit in the splash zone…There. Will. Be. Blood. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, okay? There is no getting around the splash! The play opens on October 5th and closes November 2nd. They even have a special Halloween showing! Spooooky!
Ticket info here:

There ya have it, folks! A plethora of saucy plays to choose from. Enjoy!

*Fun Fact! Theatre is the correct spelling of the art form (i.e I am majoring in theatre arts) while Theater is how one would spell the building to view said art (i.e I hate when people forget to turn their phones off in the theater!).

Why Theatre?

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Being a first year student, I already knew what major do I want to go in, but I wasn’t too sure what I really wanted to do in the field. What I had decided to get into is Theatre. How did I come about that choice? Well, let me just bring everything back before I even gotten into college.

At first, I didn’t have any ideas what to do in the theatre. All I ever knew was just working behind the scenes, being a part of the crew and production. I was interested in being a part of the theatre because I treated this major like student government, which was what I experienced my entire time in high school. Being in student government, I am used to working in teams to get a task done. That was how the system always worked. We would set up and outline ideas for a show like school events and rallies. We would run rehearsals for the events. Everything’s all practiced and planned, so when the day came, we put the show out. Even if we messed up, we continued to get the show running. That’s my favorite part of being in student government. Help the needs and then run the show by observing everything and everyone. For what I want was to find a major that I can do something similar to that. Theatre was a way for me to continue that group work to put up a show.

Coming into Freshmen Orientation, I had that mindset on. I then finalized that I was able to go into becoming a stage manager for the show. I was always leading the students in student government like a stage manager would do and I was always just watching in action. That was my motivation for the first time. Stage Manager sounded really great and exciting. You get the chance to run everything yourself this time. In September, there was even an offer for stage manager position from department chair of Theatre for the upcoming play that she was directing. I really wanted to do it, but I thought hard about my consequences of if I took on this path. Yes, it would be fun to experience of being the stage manager, but would I be able to handle the stress? I was taking two lecture class and a seminar class. That I knew right away, I wouldn’t stand a chance. It’s not because I had low expectations of my abilities, but I didn’t want to build stress in me. It was my first year and I didn’t want to push myself to the limits of being a stage manager. I passed up the offer. Did I regret it? No, I am thankful with my decision. There’s a long way for me to go and if I really wanted to do this, I probably will or will not.

At the time, I had no idea what to do now with theatre. I was unsure, and it is fine to be unsure about your major, especially when you’re just a first year. I just decided that stage managing is not the right time now, so I just thought to stick with my original idea of being a part of the crew. It wasn’t until I began taking Theater History 2 this semester with Dr. Pomo when I discovered my admiration with costumes. In this course, I had definitely fallen in love with Sanskrit Drama, Yuan Drama, and the Japanese Drama (Noh, Bunraku, and Kabuki). Their costumes were amazing. The Sanskrit Drama were full of arts because of how the actors and actresses move around gracefully with their colorful costumes. I find that so catchy because the color represents their character. This goes the same with the Yuan and Japanese Drama. The colors are symbolic to a specific character trait like green stands for demon and black stands for courageous. The Asian Theatre is just too beautiful to pass up. With the love of the colors and designs, I decided to take costumes as my concentration in my major.

When people questioned me, “You’re a Theatre Major? Do you like to act?” When I answer no and explained that I am interested in the production. The next question would be, “Do you want to be a director?” No, no, not anymore. I am into stage managing and all of those good stuffs, but I am not focused in that. I tell them specifically about the interested of costuming and styling. For this concentration, there are skills I have to know. I have to learn how to sew. I’ve done sewing a few times because I try to tailor my long pants, but it never turned out to look professional. Instead, it looked really lame. I also need to understand specific of fabrics and tools, all the needs I need to understand. Speaking of which, I am thinking about becoming a Fashion minor. That way, I can further build onto my costume knowledge. That is the plan.

I am able to connect Theatre and Student Government together. It’s all of natural thing to do when I get into a group together and work things out. I get to associate with more people and can get closer. I am so proud of saying that I am a Theatre Major because I love how the entertainment can present stories and folktales into a production play that is artistic. Theatre is a form of art that expresses emotions through dialogues, music, dance, and simply just a playwright. I don’t care if Theatre does not make high incomes like other majors do. This field is all about understanding and appreciating the art.

Looking at me, of course, you wouldn’t expect my interest of being a Theatre Major and being a Fashion Minor. I mean, just look at my style. I do not match to be those types, but don’t judge anyone on the outside right? It’s just something I’ve been thinking and reflecting on myself. This is what I am looking forward to do. Even if I had no idea at the beginning as a new Theatre Major of what I was going to do, I know that I have made a choice that’s my own.Thanks to Theatre History 2 Lecture class, I was able to plot these out. I’m satisfied with my decision.

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Due Date.. worth the wait

Sometimes I’m glad I don’t see certain movies in the theaters, Due Date was one of the movies I was mad I did not see until now. Robert Downey Jr and Zack Galifianakis were hilarious together in this laugh slap fest comedy. I missed the original run on the big screen, so instead of writing a paper I decided to watch the movie and have a laugh. For the first in a while I can say I made a mistake not spending money to see this film a lot sooner. [Read more…]