May 31, 2018
by Alexa Chipman
Set in the winery ruins of Jack London State Historic Park with vineyard vistas, Transcendence Theatre Company brings glamour and sizzling Broadway excerpts to outdoor Summer theater. Arrive at 5:00 p.m. to enjoy gourmet food trucks and local winery tastings before settling in for a spectacular performance. Creative Director Tony Gonzalez calls ‘Stairway to Paradise’ a roller coaster theatrical experience. “The song will serve as the thematic foundation…we want to inspire audiences.” He expects to include everything from Rodgers and Hammerstein to a song from the recent film ‘The Greatest Showman’ with lively dance choreography.Photo by Rebecca Jane Call
June 15 – July 1, 2018 Tickets: $45-150
Transcendence Theatre Company
www.transcendencetheatre.org, (877) 424-1414, Ext 1
2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
Adventures and romance blossom in the colorful fairy tale ‘Shrek, The Musical’ from Raven Players. The beloved ogre accompanies spunky Princess Fiona, befriending an excitable donkey and playful dragon along the way. Its cheerful songs kept director Kerry Duvall singing in the car to the Broadway soundtrack, “I took my son to see this and fell in love with the show.” Calling it “upbeat” and “funny,” music director Kelly Considine agrees. A large custom dragon puppet is being constructed and Duvall has been working on exciting makeup designs. Join the cast at Sunday matinees for photos with the characters.
‘Shrek, The Musical’ by Jeanine Tesori & David Lindsay-Abaire
June 22 – July 8Tickets: $10-35
Raven Performing Arts Theater
www.raventheater.org, (707) 433-6335
115 North Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Celebrating the anniversary of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ & her dream that inspired the classic tale of creation and betrayal, playwright David Templeton has made ‘Mary Shelley’s Body’ available for one night only. The riveting one-woman-show is appropriately set in a cemetery as Shelley muses over the parallels between Victor Frankenstein’s creature and the challenging relationship with her own father. Visit www.maryshelleysbody.com for further details about the project.Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Ln, in Rohnert Park will be participating, with Sheri Lee Miller reprising her role in a free performance and talk-back with Miller and Templeton onJune 16, 7:00 p.m.Call (707) 588-3400 to reserve a seat.
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