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EDMT takes on ‘Hairspray’ this month

BIG GIRLS — Braiden Wells and Helen Regula star as Edna and Tracy Turnblad in El Dorado Musical Theatre's "Hairspray." Courtesy photo

Join El Dorado Musical Theater in celebrating all things big, beautiful and colorful in “Hairspray,” the musical adapted from John Waters’ 1988 movie. EDMT will perform the show Feb. 25 through March 13 at the Jill Solberg Theater at Folsom High School. “Hairspray” takes place in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, where loveable, plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad’s […]

Comments Off / February 09, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Hansel and Gretel’ opening at Sutter Street

Photo courtesy of Allen Schmeltz Productions

THE CLASSIC STORY of Hansel and Gretel with all the excitement of a Grimm’s adventure tale opens Friday, Feb. 19, at Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., in Folsom. Written by award winning playwright Kathryn Schultz Miller and directed by Steve Read, “Hansel and Gretel” is suitable for all ages and features elaborate puppets and […]

Comments Off / February 08, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Modern classic hits Sacramento

Photo by Kris Hunt

SHIRLEY VALENTINE, a middle-aged English housewife, gets the chance to rediscover romance and a zest for life when she takes off from the family to enjoy a vacation in Greece. This Bo and Ro Production runs from Feb. 18 through March 20 at the Studio Theatre, 1028 R St. Call (877) 532-7171 for tickets or […]

Comments Off / February 07, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Local teens create, release their own music

YOUNG SONGWRITERS Justin McCafree, left, and Alex Sacco are taking charge of their careers early by self-releasing their original music. Village Life photo by Andy Laughlin

Several local high school students are writing, producing and releasing their own music on their own terms. Alex Sacco, Patrick Kunkel and Dustin McCaffree, all seniors at Oak Ridge, have made their respective debuts as songwriters/recording artists without the assistance of a high-dollar production studio, record contract, radio play or even a physical, packaged CD. […]

1 Comment / February 07, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Oak Ridge boys lose two in a row

Oak Ridge High School’s boys basketball team broke a 19-game winning streak last week with a pair of devastating losses in Delta River League play. Wednesday night’s game against Pleasant Grove ended in a narrow 60-65 loss after the Trojans gave up 10 points in the second quarter and never recovered. Friday’s game against Sheldon […]

Comments Off / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Locally penned ‘rom com’ debuts at Sutter Street

LEADING MAN Lester Blum (Charlie Holiday) gets a kiss from Mary Handleman (Hazel Johnson) in "There Should Be Roses," opening Feb. 11 at Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

Sutter Street Theatre presents the West Coast Premier of Dave William’s (former morning anchor on Sacramento’s KFBK) romantic comedy “There Should Be Roses” Friday, Feb. 11. Follow Lester (Charlie Holiday) and Albert (Paul Greisen) as they “break out” of their retirement home to deliver roses to Lester’s wife of 60 years.  You will also see […]

Comments Off / January 28, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Pondo drama gets schooled, Shakespeare-style


PROFESSIONAL SHAKESPEARIAN ACTOR Eddie Lopez  from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival talks with intermediate drama students Wednesday morning at Ponderosa High School. Lopez and actor Cate Davis teamed up with Ponderosa drama teacher Jennifer Schmelzer to host a day of mentoring workshops for the school’s young performers.

Comments Off / January 27, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »