Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Plaids” Rehearse for Ethereal Comeback

Left to right, Jacob Bron­son as Jinx; Joseph Toon as Smudge; Rodrigo Cortes as Frankie; Eddie Har­g­reaves as Sparky, and SCT Artis­tic Direc­tor Jim Cole­man at the piano.

The story goes like this: the young all-male quar­tet is on the way to their first gig at a Hilton Hotel lounge when they are killed in an auto acci­dent. Some­how, how­ever, they receive a heav­enly oppor­tu­nity to return to earth and have a sec­ond change to make their show biz pre­miere in FOREVER PLAID, run­ning Sep­tem­ber 7 thru Octo­ber 2 at Stock­ton Civic The­atre. The show is being directed by Coraleta Rogers with chore­og­ra­phy by Melissa Esau. Don’t miss FOREVER PLAID and its won­der­ful 50s era music!

Tick­ets are now avail­able at the the­atre Box Office, (209) 473‑2424, or online 24/7. The Box Office is open Tues­day through Fri­day 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and two hours before shows.

–Jim Tre­ganza

STEEL MAGNOLIAS a Great Success in Linden

SCT Artis­tic Direc­tor Jim Cole­man con­grat­u­lates actress Lin Tay­lor Rag­gio on her por­trayal of M’Lynn Eat­en­ton in STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Tay­lor Rag­gio has acted in a num­ber of suc­cess­ful SCT productions

Jim Cole­man with Che Franklin, a vet­eran from such SCT shows as NUNSENSE and CINDERELLA

LINDEN, CA — The new Com­mu­nity The­atre of Linden’s final per­for­mance of Robert Harling’s Steel Mag­no­lias took place on Sat­ur­day, August 13, at the Lin­den High School Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, with many Stock­ton Civic The­atre stal­warts in atten­dance, includ­ing SCT Artis­tic Direc­tor Jim Cole­man. Co-Directed by Bob­bie Wallinger and Den­nis Sorensen, the play’s bit­ter­sweet sto­ry­line moved the audi­ence to laugh­ter and tears just as it was intended to do.

Cast mem­bers included SCT reg­u­lars Lin Tay­lor Rag­gio (Best Lit­tle Whore­house in Texas, Dearly Departed, Okla­homa) and Che Franklin (Nun­sense shows and Cin­derella), as well as Binaca Kim, Kim­berly Romberger, and mother-daughter team Pam and Kar­lie Knapp.

Accord­ing to Jim Cole­man, SCT is proud and pleased to sup­port new com­mu­nity the­atre groups as they form in the area. “Any expan­sion of Per­form­ing Arts in the Val­ley is good for Stock­ton Civic The­atre, said Cole­man, and we’ll do all we can to help pro­vide resources and attend their performances.”

SCT loaned flats and other scenery ele­ments for Steel Mag­no­lias.

In addi­tion to Cole­man, SCT reg­u­lars seen in the audi­ence were Busi­ness Man­ager Patrick Rogers and wife, direc­tor Coraleta; actor Mike Moon and part­ner Kent Scar­lota; director/actor Richard Garvin and wife, the multi-talented Liz; from 42ND STREET, actor Steven Orr and dancer Jeanette Cum­mings; Past Pres­i­dent Mar­vin Williamson and his actress wife Judy; mic ladies Nancy Bowles and Mary For­ni­ciari; Direc­tor Elaine Sac­ulla; Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor Jim and fundraiser Suzi Tre­ganza, and many others.

After­ward, the SCT con­tin­gent attended a cast party held at the ele­gant Lin­den home of Chuck and Lin Rag­gio just a few blocks from the the­atre, where a great time was had by all.

- Jim Treganza

FOREVER PLAID in Rehearsal!


FOREVER PLAID is hap­pily in rehearsal. This charm­ing revue is about a young group of singers who are on their way to their first paid con­cert in the lounge of a Hol­i­day Inn, when they are involved in a car acci­dent that kills all of them. Through the magic of the­atre, they are given a chance to come back and per­form that con­cert after death. This is the premise for a won­der­ful, musi­cal jour­ney through the 50s, with all of the great songs intact. Smudge, Jinx, Sparky and Fran­cis will sing their way into your hearts. It’s very funny, charm­ing, and ulti­mately touch­ing.  Jacob Bron­son as Jinx, Eddie Har­g­reaves as Sparky, Ricardo Cortes as Fran­cis, and Joseph Toon as Smudge are the cast. With direc­tion by SCT stal­wart Coraleta Rogers, chore­og­ra­phy by Melissa Esau, vocal direc­tion by Karen Rogers, and musi­cal direc­tion by Jim Cole­man, the show will surely be a great suc­cess.  To get your tick­ets, call the box office at (209) 473‑2424, Tues­days through Fri­days 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and two hours before shows open, or go to the online Box Office 24/7.