Prizes for Stockton Civic Theatre’s fundraising raffle were awarded at a luncheon held at Stockton Golf & Country Club on Wednesday, May 25. After the sale of $20 tickets throughout the community, the first place winner was awarded $5,000, second place $2,500, and third place $1,500. The big drawing was held on May 14 at the theatre’s annual Shrimp Feed, held this year at St. Mary’s High School.
The $5,000 first prize was won by Bill Travaille, the $2,500 by Dr. Lynn Parker, and $1,500 by Brian Lafferty. Prizes were presented by Vice President of Fundraising John Cammack and SCT Board President Allison Lafferty.
Over $15,000 in net proceeds from the raffle will benefit Stockton Civic Theatre productions and Arts education programs for youth and adults.
Stockton Civic Theatre’s THE ODD COUPLE continues through the weekend with adult tickets being sold at the price of two for one ($25) on Saturday nights. Don’t miss this critically acclaimed Neil Simon comedy as audiences laugh their way through the “situations” that Oscar Madison and Felix Unger create for themselves. The Box Office is open two hours before curtain time, or buy tickets online 24/7 at www.sctlivetheatre.com. Discounted Saturday night tickets are available only through the Box Office at 2312 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton, phone (209) 473‑2424.
THE ODD COUPLE is Directed by J. Lee Vocque.
From Director Jim Coleman, this is the final installment in a four part News & Cues series.
The SCT cast for 42ND STREET is top-notch. Steven Orr, who is new to us, is playing Julian Marsh, the director of “Pretty Lady”, which is the show within a show. This is his first time back on the boards in a long time, and we are glad to welcome him to the fold. Melissa Esau plays Dorothy Brock, the fading star of the show. Our audiences have loved Melissa over the years in many great acting, singing and dancing roles, most notably in SWEET CHARITY, SOUTH PACIFIC, BLITHE SPIRIT, and THE PRODUCERS.
Joy Clark, who played Fantine in Saint Mary’s High School’s wonderful production of LES MISERABLES, is making her debut with us as Peggy Sawyer, the chorus girl who becomes a star. Joy is a wonderful tap dancer and great singer and actress. Jacob Bronson is playing the young man Billy Lawlor. Jacob has been with us in YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, THE FULL MONTY, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, and CINDERELLA. Also in the stellar cast are Jennifer Hastings in the role of Andy Lee, Peggy Coleman, back after a two-year absence, is playing Maggie Jones, and Michael Stratford, who is currently playing Oscar in THE ODD COUPLE is Abner Dillion. Eddie Hargreaves, also well known to our audiences for great performances in RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE and I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, is playing Bert Barry.
David Merrick always said that the chorus of 42ND STREET was the real star of the show. We have a wonderful group of ensemble members that are laboring fiercely to become those “stars.” The dancing is difficult, but they are attacking it with joy and great spirit. It is a great pleasure and privilege to work with all of them.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief look into the SCT production of 42ND STREET. More stories and insights will follow. For now, just believe me when I say we are having a great time!
Get your tickets as soon as they’re available! I’ll see you at 42ND STREET.
This is Part III in a four part 42ND STREET blog series by Jim Coleman. Part IV, “The Cast” will be published on Saturday, May 21.
I am thrilled with our 42ND STREET company here at SCT. I am very privileged to have Evelyn Barney as choreographer. She is a tap dancer extraordinare, and teaches at Elaine Orimos’ Stockton Ballet School. Elaine has been very generous in providing us with rehearsal space when we can’t use the theatre because of the show currently on stage. Brian Scott Johnson is designing the set, which is very tricky. With the size of our stage it is sometimes difficult to adapt a huge show to our space. It takes someone who is very creative and clever and can do an awful lot without an awful lot of money. The LA production cost about $3,000,000.00 to produce. Our production will cost about $35,000.00, which is the most we can spend on a big musical. Cathy Hastings and Maria Bechtold have taken on the huge job of costuming this show. I love working with them because they are creative, have great taste, and take great pride in what they do. Terry Smith, our resident Technical Director, and his assistant, Jessica Wallin, are building this production for us. They are the best around and I have the utmost respect for both of them. Terry is also the Lighting Designer for the show.
Be sure to check back at News & Cues Online on Saturday for the final installment about this series, “The Cast.”