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A child’s sentiment makes for funny theatre

"I'M AFRAID OF SCHOOL" cast members Sophie Blackburn, Simon Hunt, Thomas Purdy and Rayme Shannon, left to right, are looking at a terrifying adventure … going to school! Photo by Kris Hunt

Bob and Ro Productions are back in Citrus Heights with a brand new play on Aug. 21 and 28. “I’m Afraid of School” presents the cases of four youngsters about to start school for the first time. It’s a pretty exciting situation if it weren’t for all the terrifying questions they have like, “What if […]

No Comment / August 16, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Heroes emerge in this villainous pirates tale

SWORD FIGHT —€” 4-year-old Ryan Cole Barker, left, and Joshua Barner, 7, both from Cameron Park, show off their fencing skills during last year's pirate visit. Village Life file photo by Pat Dollins

The pirates return to El Dorado Hills from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 20 to spread their brand of educational mayhem around Village Green Park and help raise funds for the local library. Like all good pirate stories this one contains mystery, intrigue and a scurrilous villain. Heroes are also essential, and this […]

No Comment / August 12, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Wine and secrets spilled in ‘Drinking Habits’

SECRETS, SPIES AND WINE — Alison Whismore, Dawn Towle at TS Hamilton star in "Drinking Habits." Courtesy photo

Chautauqua Playhouse announces the first show of its 35rd season, the farcical comedy “Drinking Habits” by Tom Smith, opening on Aug. 19 at the Playhouse. The show will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Sept. 25. All performances will be held at the Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle […]

No Comment / August 09, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Janitor-turned-sculptor cranks out political satire

A COLLECTION of sculptures depicting political figures including Newt Gingrich, Ross Perot, Willie Brown and George Bush are among the many satirical, political sculptures created by Laura Harling. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Retired state worker Laura Harling is a trim 64-year-old with an engaging smile and a humble demeanor. Whatever stereotypes exist for political satirists, she certainly doesn’t fit them. But that’s what the former casino dealer, state file clerk and janitor has become. In a series of delightful interviews over the last couple weeks, Village Life […]

No Comment / August 08, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Get In The Mood at Three Stages

Featuring a company of 19 on stage — singers, dancers and a top-notch big band — In the Mood brings to life the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other greats of the 1940s. Their performance marks the first of the 2011-12 season of performing arts […]

No Comment / August 03, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Big Idea Theatre presents a modern-day Alice

CASS, played by Shannon Mahoney, heads off for adventure in "Wonder of the World." Photo by Lixxim Photography

Big Idea Theatre’s 2011 season continues Aug. 11 with the opening of “Wonder of the World” by David Lindsay-Abaire. After making a shocking discovery, a modern-day Alice through the looking-glass goes on a madcap adventure to Niagara Falls. Join us for a wild, laugh-filled journey with a zany cast of characters. Directed by Jessica Berkey, […]

No Comment / August 02, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Two plays entertain on one stage

TWO PLAYS ONE SHOW — Karene S. Vocque and Matthew Udall star as Wife and Husband in the absurd comedy "The Problem." J. Lee Vocque is Jerry to Arlon Carlson's Peter in the shockingly dramatic "The Zoo Story." Photo by Kris Hunt

Shocking revelations, ironic comedy and pure human needs fill two brilliant one-act plays in August with Bob and Ro Productions in the Studio Theatre. First, in A.R. Gurney’s “The Problem,” a woman has an announcement, surprising her husband and leading to a series of revelations in this absurd comedy about keeping the passion alive. Then, […]

No Comment / August 02, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »