Monthly Archives: February 2011

Community Theatre Veterans Assemble at SCT

Vet­eran per­form­ers and design­ers from sixty years of Stock­ton Civic The­atre his­tory gath­ered on Feb­ru­ary 19, 2011

Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 19, 2011 — Sixty vet­eran actors, per­form­ers, direc­tors, and back­stage arti­sans assem­bled in the lobby of Stock­ton Civic Theater’s Rose­marie Lane facil­ity today to exchange anec­dotes and iden­tify per­form­ers from the hun­dreds of his­toric pho­tos in the SCT archives.

Planned and coor­di­nated by Judy Caruso Williamson and Melissa Esau, with sup­port from the theater’s Foot­lighters vol­un­teer group, the wine and cheese event was con­ceived to help pre­serve the theater’s sixty-year his­tory, and to gather infor­ma­tion for a book that will be pub­lished and sold later in the year. The event was approved by the Archive Com­mit­tee, which is chaired by Nick Elliott.

New Season Flex Pass Tickets Now Available

Flex Passes for Stock­ton Civic Theatre’s 2011–2012 Sea­son are now avail­able at our ONLINE BOX OFFICE. Flex Passes are designed for busy peo­ple who need flex­i­bil­ity in their lives. Fixed seat­ing may not be con­ve­nient if you have a busy cal­en­dar, but you can save a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money with a Flex Pass, good for six admis­sions  val­i­dated each time you attend SCT.  Choose any show and any num­ber of seats for that show, until you have used all six admis­sions on the pass. You can use six seats at one show, or one seat per show and see all the shows in the Sea­son — on dates and in seat­ing loca­tions of your choice! Many busy fam­i­lies buy sev­eral Flex Passes — one for each mem­ber of their fam­ily. Once you have your tick­ets, just phone the Box Office for reser­va­tions to the performance(s) of your choice. To buy Flex Passes right now, pro­ceed to our new ONLINE BOX OFFICE, or call our reg­u­lar Box Office at 209–473-2424, Tues­days through Fri­days, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


An Idea that Worked

Jim Cole­man watches as Eve­lyn Bar­ney, Chore­o­g­ra­pher, demon­strates dance moves dur­ing SCT workshop.

Sub­mit­ted by Jim Cole­man “When we were con­sid­er­ing 42ND STREET to close the SCT 2010–2011 Sea­son, the big ques­tion was ‘where are we going to find enough tap dancers,’ which was a very valid con­cern. I had an idea that we should hold a tap work­shop where per­form­ers want­ing to join the cast could brush up on their tap and learn the steps that would be needed for the audi­tion process. When I made the deci­sion that Eve­lyn Bar­ney was the right per­son to chore­o­graph 42ND STREET, we went to lunch and talked about the work­shop. Eve­lyn then went to Elaine Orimo, the owner of Stock­ton Bal­let School where Eve­lyn teaches, and we worked out a plan and started the ball rolling. I’m very thank­ful for Robin Nichols, who edits the ‘Lens’ sec­tion of The Stock­ton Record, because she pub­lished a lit­tle arti­cle to get the word out. That was a big help, and Elaine also made and dis­trib­uted posters and fliers through her dance school. After that, all we had to do was wait for the enroll­ments to come in — and indeed they did! Our Feb­ru­ary 9 ses­sion was the first of six work­shops and we had 20 dancers in atten­dance! We do have a short­age of men at the moment, so male dancers, come and join us! Eve­lyn is won­der­ful, and every­one had a great time, as well as learn­ing very quickly. 42ND STREET is a show that is dear to my heart, hav­ing con­ducted the Los Ange­les com­pany for over a year. The audi­tions are March 27 and 28, 2011. If you are a per­former and want to improve your tap danc­ing, we will wel­come you with open arms.” (Editor’s Note: Mr. Cole­man was nom­i­nated for the Los Ange­les Critic’s Pick Award for his Musi­cal Direc­tion of 42ND STREET in 1985.)

Clyde Nielsen, (left) one of the founding partners of Stockton Civic Theatre, appears in Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN at Madison School in the Fall of 1950.

SCT History Highlights #1

Clyde Nielsen, (left) one of the found­ing part­ners of Stock­ton Civic The­atre, appears in Thorn­ton Wilder’s OUR TOWN at Madi­son School in the Fall of 1950.

A com­mit­tee of SCT vet­er­ans has recently been formed under the lead­er­ship of Nick Elliott to review and study the theater’s archives. Their final prod­uct will hope­fully be a pub­lished his­tory of the the­atre. To pro­mote and pub­li­cize that effort, News & Cues will occas­sion­ally high­light major aspects of the his­tory that has pro­duced today’s Stock­ton Civic The­atre. This is the first in that series of highlights.

Frank Jones, who in part­ner­ship with Clyde Nielsen, founded SCT in 1950

The Stock­ton Record — “Another off­spring of the drama was born last night at Madi­son School Audi­to­rium and every­one con­cerned is doing nicely.” It was fall 1950. Frank Jones, librar­ian, and Clyde Nielsen, banker, led local the­atre enthu­si­asts in an enter­prise they called “Stock­ton Civic The­atre.” Their first show, Thorn­ton Wilder’s OUR TOWN, was per­formed at Madi­son School Audi­to­rium. The group was very suc­cess­ful. By 1952 they had bought the old Zion Lutheran Church at Wil­low and Mon­roe, and turned it into a 197-seat the­atre. In 1954 SCT was incor­po­rated as a Cal­i­for­nia non­profit corporation.

42ND STREET Here we Come!

Jim Cole­man, SCT Artis­tic Direc­tor, and Elaine Orimo, owner of Stock­ton Bal­let School, review the list of 20 tap dancers who are already look­ing for­ward to audi­tion­ing for roles in SCT’s Spring pro­duc­tion of 42ND STREET

On Wednes­day evening Feb­ru­ary 9, a mix­ture of 20 expe­ri­enced and not-so-experienced tap­pers gath­ered at Elaine Orimo’s Stock­ton Bal­let School in order to per­fect their skills before audi­tion­ing for the smash Broad­way musi­cal 42ND STREET on March 27–28. The show, which will run from June 29 through July 24, is being directed by Jim Cole­man and chore­o­graphed by Eve­lyn Bar­ney, who is teach­ing this series of six weekly tap classes.  Photo by Treganza