Producers’ Log. Stardate, June 24, 2010
For four years there was very little. Today, the producers are juggling three shows, or is it four? Oh-em-gee!
Blue Lake Casino loves us. Since we began doing our annual “Zounds!” radio show there in 2009, they have asked for more. So we have teamed up with them for this weekend’s special event – Some Enchanted Evening, the Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Featuring the fabulous vocal talents of Jim Buschmann, Christina Jioras, Anthony Mankins and Rebecca Nichols, with accompaniment by the brilliant John Chernoff, this cabaret-style show features glorious tunes from such shows as South Pacific, Sound of Music, The King and I, and Carousel. Tickets to the performance on Saturday June 26 are $30 and include dinner – available by calling the Players’ Club at BLC. If this is as successful as we hope for both Redwood Curtain and the casino, this could become an annual event….the Redwood Curtain Cabaret?
Fortune is in rehearsal currently, with technical rehearsals this weekend. It should be very fun to see how the sound and lighting effects work together to create storms and dreams and magical effects. Director Jyl Hewston has a great design team gathered, and actors Clint Rebik (yes, it’s true!) and Cassandra Hesseltine are hard at work creating delightful characters in this sweet, quirky romantic comedy. Look for more news as we approach the July 15 preview.
And our September show, Moonlight and Magnolias, has cast and designers lined up and the first “table read” is being planned. Director James Read has cast some talented Redwood Curtain veterans (that’s the diplomatic way of saying these guys have been working with us for a loooong time, and we love them): James Floss, Ron Halverson, and Jerry Nusbaum. And an exciting newcomer joins the RC acting company: Andrea Zvelco. This rollicking comedy celebrates the golden age of movies – and that makes us happy.
And did I mention how successful the Redwood Curtain Gallery has become? The gallery is open for every Eureka Arts Alive! on the first Saturday of each month, and features fabulous local artists. The July/August installation is “Starshine” featuring the exquisite watercolors of Ellen Briggs, a long-time supporter of Redwood Curtain. We are thrilled to finally have a space where we can welcome and celebrate the visual arts, as well as the performing arts.
Wow. That’s a lot going on. We need a nap.