Monthly Archives: June 2011

Annual SCT Donor Recognition Event

SCT Actresses Melissa Esau and Joy Clark per­form their duet from 42ND STREET for Thursday’s gath­er­ing of the theatre’s finan­cial sup­port­ers at the Schrum home in Morada. Show Direc­tor Jim Cole­man is in the background.

Norma John­son and Susan Van Ruiten poured com­pli­men­tary wines from Van Ruiten Fam­ily Winery.

SCT held its annual Donor Recog­ni­tion on June 23 at the beau­ti­ful Morada home of Lau­rie and Roger Schrum. The event was con­ceived by Board Pres­i­dent Alli­son Laf­ferty and coor­di­nated by Suzi Tre­ganza. Among oth­ers, Mary For­na­ciari and Teresa Hickey were key com­mit­tee mem­bers who helped make the evening a suc­cess. Deli­cious food was donated by DeParsia’s Cater­ing, and com­pli­men­tary wines were served by Van Ruiten Fam­ily Win­ery.

Com­mit­tee Mem­ber Mary For­na­ciari with Mar­vin and Judy Williamson. (Click on photo for larger view.)

The cel­e­bra­tion began with a “sneak peek” at the 42ND STREET pro­duc­tion that pre­views next Wednes­day June 29, and opens on Fri­day July 1. Actresses Melissa Esau and Joy Clark per­formed a touch­ing duet from the show, and Artis­tic Direc­tor Jim Cole­man was present to give support.

It was a lovely evening. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all who worked on the event, and thanks again to all of our donors.

We’re in the Money”

Scenic designer and artist Brian John­son exe­cutes the tedious air­brush work required for the set of the “We’re in the Money” pro­duc­tion num­ber of 42ND STREET. Out­side his work as a vol­un­teer at Stock­ton Civic The­atre, John­son oper­ates his own paint­ing and inte­rior design com­pany in the Stock­ton area.

42ND STREET Rehearsals — #4 — Dance Rehearsal

Chore­o­g­ra­pher Eve­lyn Bar­ney (cen­ter, in black) works with dancers on a scene for 42ND STREET

Eve­lyn Bar­ney — 42ND STREET Choreographer

Based on the novel by Brad­ford Ropes and the sub­se­quent 1933 film adap­ta­tion, 42ND STREET focuses on the efforts of famed dic­ta­to­r­ial Great White Way direc­tor Julian Marsh to mount a suc­cess­ful stage pro­duc­tion of a musi­cal extrav­a­ganza at the height of the Great Depres­sion. 42ND STREET is a story of hard work, and of being in the right place at the right time with tal­ent and love. The show is a cel­e­bra­tion of Broad­way and the peo­ple involved in stage musi­cals that focuses on aspir­ing cho­rus girl Peggy Sawyer, and takes us along on her jour­ney. Musi­cal hits include “You’re Get­ting to Be a Habit with Me,” “Dames,” “I Know Now,” “We’re in the Money,” “Lul­laby of Broad­way,” “Shuf­fle Off to Buf­falo,” and “42nd Street.”

In the orig­i­nal 1980 Broad­way pro­duc­tion, pro­ducer David Mer­rick “took a huge gam­ble with his $3 mil­lion pro­duc­tion based on the 1933 Warner Broth­ers film musi­cal.” He felt that audi­ences once again were ready to embrace the nos­tal­gia craze started by the suc­cess­ful revivals of other clas­sic shows, and aug­mented the famil­iar songs from the film’s sound­track with a lib­eral dose of pop­u­lar tunes. Accord­ing to the­atre his­to­rian John Ken­rick, “When the cur­tain slowly rose to reveal forty pairs of tap-dancing feet, the star-studded open­ing night audi­ence at the Win­ter Gar­den cheered. Cham­pion (who had no tap train­ing) fol­lowed this num­ber with a series of tap-infused extrav­a­gan­zas larger and more pol­ished than any­thing Broad­way really had in the 1930s. It was the 12th longest run­ning show in Broad­way his­tory, and went on to fab­u­lously suc­cess­ful pro­duc­tions in London’s West End (which launched the career of then teenager Cather­rine Zeta-Jones, and also a Broad­way revival in 2001. It has toured in the UK, Asia, and region­ally in the U.S.

It was very obvi­ous at the June 13 dance rehearsal that chore­o­g­ra­pher Eve­lyn Bar­ney will serve as the dri­ving force behind the show’s numer­ous danc­ing and singing pro­duc­tions. Eve­lyn is an instruc­tor at The Orimo Stock­ton Bal­let School, and has a rich back­ground of expe­ri­ence in teach­ing tap danc­ing and chore­o­graph­ing tap per­for­mances. Stock­ton Civic The­atre is proud and hon­ored to have her with us on this show.

42ND STREET Rehearsals — #3

Steven Orr as Julian Marsh

Joy Clark as Peggy Sawyer

Steven Orr plays the role of Julian Marsh, the force behind 42ND STREET’s show within a show, “Pretty Lady.” A for­mer pro­fes­sional actor and direc­tor on stage, tele­vi­sion and in film, Orr comes to Stock­ton Civic The­atre after a 20 year hia­tus to raise his fam­ily and pur­sue a sec­ond career in stocks and bonds.

JULIAN MARSH TO PEGGY SAWYER: “Sawyer, you lis­ten to me, and you lis­ten hard. Two hun­dred peo­ple, two hun­dred jobs, two hun­dred thou­sand dol­lars, five weeks of grind and blood and sweat depend upon you. It’s the lives of all these peo­ple who’ve worked with you. You’ve got to go on, and you’ve got to give and give and give. They’ve got to like you. Got to. Do you under­stand? You can’t fall down. You can’t because your future’s in it, my future and every­thing all of us have is staked on you. All right, now I’m through, but you keep your feet on the ground and your head on those shoul­ders of yours and go out, and Sawyer, you’re going out a young­ster but you’ve got to come back a star!”