Santa Cruz Good Times

Sunday
Apr 20th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Theater Roundup Three plays open this weekend

AE_theaterThe Sweepers
As the newbie theater company on the scene, Fox Whole Productions may have found a unique niche with its first production, “The Sweepers.” Not only is it a compelling story of women whose husbands and sons go off to the war, and the secrets that these women hold behind, but director Alan Fox has gone to lengths to create an interactive experience for theatergoers.

As patrons arrive, they will be greeted by actors (in character), and during intermission the audience will be treated to locally catered Italian finger foods.

Fox’s ‘extras’ for this show are a result of him admittedly acknowledging that people just don’t seem that inclined these days to attend theater, unless it’s musical theater. Not disheartened, Fox felt confident that he could woo people back to the seats, and if things go as he plans, hopefully the show will be sold out at the Broadway Theater and patrons will experience a new form of ‘drama.’ “The Sweepers” plays at Nov. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at the Broadway Theater, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz. Tickets are $15-$17. Purchase tickets at Streetlight Records, or visit brownpapertickets.com, or call 1-800-838-3006.

event_grapesThe Grapes of Wrath
This fall, the legendary Cabrillo College unveiled its new Crocker Theatre, a stunning, gargantuan, and impressive performance house for the college’s theater arts productions. Following the unveiling, the school is opening its “inaugural production,” with a showing of “The Grapes of Wrath,” directed by faculty member Sarah Albertson. The show opens Nov. 6 and runs to Nov. 21.

For those who might be unfamiliar with the classic tale, “The Grapes of Wrath” follows the Joad family as they journey across America during the Great Depression, where they are met by “one challenge after another and they struggle to keep the family together,” Albertson says. The play stars local actor/former acting teacher Ian McRae in the part of Rev. Jim Casy. McRae was an apprentice to the notable acting giant, Sanford Meisner. Albertson says she chose the play in part based on the current economic times. “I didn’t want to do anything frivolous,” Albertson adds.

Highlights for the play include using the new theater space in all its glory—meaning, expect to see things flying around, and look for legitimate bodies of water to make an appearance.

“The Grapes of Wrath” will be showing at the Cabrillo Crocker Theatre, Nov. 6-21, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Tickets are $18/general; $15/students and seniors. For more information, call 479-6331 or visit ticketguys.com.

The Santa Cruz Idol Mystery

Elves are always known for being mysterious, so what happens when you throw together some theatrical elves? You get a spoof of American Idol, on stage, at a local restaurant.

‘Head elf,’ Rita Wadsworth, of the local theater company, Elf Empire Productions, has been performing and producing dinner theater in town for years via her company. For the first two weekends in November, she and a team of actors will perform their original production, “The Santa Cruz Idol Mystery,” directed by Stuart Serman, and written by Wadsworth and Carolyn Hyatt.

For $40, patrons get a full meal at Peachwood’s Steakhouse, and a showing of this play, which basically follows the story of auditions held for an American Idol type of show in Santa Cruz, laced with some murders and other epic dinner theater delights.

Music, laughter, acting, dinner, spoofing, it’s the perfect place to find a few wild elves.
“The Santa Cruz Idol Mystery,” runs on Sundays, Nov. 8 and 15 at Peachwood’s Steakhouse, 555 Highway 17, Santa Cruz. Tickets are $40. For more information, call 426-6333 or visit elfempire.com.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of April 17

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >

 

Growing Hope

Campos Seguros combats sexual assault in the Watsonville farmworker community Farm work was a way of life for Rocio Camargo, who grew up in Watsonville as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents met while working the fields 30 years ago, and her father went on to run Fuentes Berry Farms.
Sign up for Tomorrow's Good Times Today
Upcoming arts & events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.

 

Waddell Creek, Al Fresco

Route One Summer Farm Dinner You’ve been buying their insanely fresh produce for years now at farmers’ markets. Right? So now why not become more familiar with the gorgeous Waddell Creek farmlands of Route One Farms?