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Here are the audi­tion dates for the shows for next sea­son. Reminder notices will be sent through the mail approx­i­mately 4 weeks before the auditions.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF…Directed by Jim Coleman…June 30th, July 1st…callbacks on July 2nd, 2013

A CHRISTMAS CAROL…Directed by Joseph Toon…Sept. 8th and 9th…callbacks on Sept. 10th, 2013

DOUBT…Directed by Jim Coleman…Nov. 3rd and 4th…callbacks on Nov.5, 2013

AVENUE Q…Directed by Dae Spering…Jan. 12th and 13th…callbacks on Jan. 14th, 2014

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY…Directed by Richard Garvin…Mar. 9th and 10th…callbacks on Mar. 11, 2014

SPAMALOT…Directed by James Reed…May 11th and 12th…callbacls on May 14th, 2014


Updates from Jim

Hello there!  I have been neg­li­gent about post­ing things on this blog, and I will tell you why.  Our won­der­ful folks over at Big Mon­key Group, who update our web­site for us, gave me this email that they thought would be easy to remem­ber, because I had worked with Carol Chan­ning.  It is a phrase, but with all the caps and num­bers used, I very sel­dom get it right and am always ask­ing them to help me.  I think I have it now. At least until the next time I attempt to update this blog.

First of all, you are all going to love THE RITZ. I go way back with this show, see­ing it for the first time on its open­ing night on Broad­way in 1975.  Ter­rence McNally wrote this play, which in itself is great, as he is fan­tas­tic. The cast was headed by Jack Weston, Rita Moreno and F. Mur­ray Abra­ham.  I laughed until I couldn’t breathe! Dur­ing the year that the play ran, I saw it 15 times, and laughed every sin­gle time.  The movie was NOT good, so please don’t judge the play by the movie. It is Rated R, for lan­guage and adult situations.…it takes place in a gay bath house, for heaven’s sake.  These do not exist any­more in New York City, but in the 70’s they were very pop­u­lar.  In fact, Bette Midler used to do her night club act at the Con­ti­nen­tal Baths at mid­night on the week­ends. At the time, she was play­ing the role of Tzei­tel on Broad­way in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. After the show, she would hail a cab and go to do her out­ra­geous night­club act at the baths.  Barry Manilow was her musi­cal direc­tor at the time. There was a cabaret in the baths that was shut off from the bath activ­i­ties.  Bette was such a hit and every­body was com­ing to see her there, includ­ing the likes of Jackie Kennedy Onas­sis. From there the rest is his­tory, where Bette’s career is con­cerned. So this play, is a take off on those times, and Goo­gie Gomez is THE RITZ’s Bette Midler…but she’s not very good.  DON’T MISS IT!

ANYTHING GOES is just start­ing rehearsals, and is going to be a fun show. Cole Porter’s tunes are clas­sics, and it is going to be hijinks on the high seas.  More to come on that later!

As you know, I will be retir­ing at the end of June. I have had 8 won­der­ful years here at the helm of SCT.  Kevin Costello will be replac­ing me, and he is the per­fect choice.  I’m his biggest fan, next to his wife and boys. He is smart, fun, extremely tal­ented, knowl­edge­able, and really knows his stuff.  I am so happy to wel­come him to the SCT fam­ily, and I am sure he will have everyone’s sup­port. He deserves it.  I am still going to be around, so you will still see me around. I am direct­ing FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and DOUBT next season.

I have made many great friends here at the the­atre, and it has been a pleasure .


THE RITZ directed by Richard R. Garvin

May 1st-19th, 2013


Stockton Civic Theatre announces it’s 2013–2014 Season

Stock­ton Civic The­atre announces it’s 2013–2014 Season

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF…Directed by Jim Coleman…September 4–29, 2014…sponsored by Chase Chevrolet

A CHRISTMAS CAROL…Directed by Joseph Toon…November 13-December 8, 2013

DOUBT, A PARABLE…Directed by Jim Coleman…January 8–26, 2014

AVENUE Q…Directed by Dae Spering…March 5–30, 2014

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY…Directed by Richard R. Garvin…May 7–25, 2014

LEGALLY BLONDE…Directed by James Reed…June 25-July 20, 2014

Flex passes are on sale now. The sea­son brochure will be mailed out in April.

Call the Box Office for you flex passes now. Flex passes are the way to go. You buy 6 tick­ets, which can be used at any­time just by call­ing the box office and mak­ing your reservation!

See you all at the theatre!


Holiday Cheer

We have now com­pleted our sec­ond week­end of WHITE CHRISTMAS.

I was think­ing about this expe­ri­ence over the week­end, and thought I would pass it on.

As a direc­tor going into the process, I knew that I liked the show and every­thing that it stood for. The audi­tion process brought out some won­der­ful tal­ent, and felt that we had a very good cast. As we got into it, I real­ized that I had a fab­u­lous cast who were an absolute joy to work with. Shaun Baker, play­ing Bob Wat­son, the Bing Crosby char­ac­ter in the 1954 film, decided to come back to the­atre after a very long hia­tus. Lucky for me and the the­atre! Charm­ing, sings great, and a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional.  James Reed is play­ing Phil Davis, the Danny Kaye char­ac­ter, and is charm­ing, with mati­nee idol good looks, and a fab­u­lous dancer.  James is also known to us as a direc­tor (HAIRSPRAY and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT), and per­former (THE FULL MONTY, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE), but this is his first time in a lead­ing role, and he is a joy. Lydia Merriam-Pigg, play­ing the Rose­mary Clooney role, has been in SWEENEY TODD in the ensem­ble, and recently played Frenchy in GREASE. When she audi­tioned for me for WHITE CHRISTMAS, she knocked my socks off.  This is her first time out as a real lead­ing lady, and she is perfection.i Tffany Davis, play­ing the Vera Ellen role,has graced our stage as Marti in GREASE, and Amber in HAIRSPRAY is a charm­ing, stat­uesque blonde, and a great danc­ing part­ner for James Reed.

The rest of the sup­port­ing cast is full of new faces and some famil­iar ones. Stephen Orr, Peggy Cole­man, James Sny­der, Chris Mar­tin, Melissa Esau, Terra Fear­rand, and a nine-year old bun­dle of joy, Rachel Corey.

Now onto Eve­lyn Bar­ney, the won­der­ful chore­o­g­ra­pher of the show. We worked together for the first time on 42ND STREET.  She is a great col­lab­o­ra­tor, and has that won­der­ful qual­ity that makes every­one want to do their best. She is in her ele­ment in this show. Dance-wise this show has many dance styles; tap, jazz, and ball­room. She is tire­less, and one of my favorite people.

As we put the show together, I real­ized that every day I liked it more and more, and now I really love it! In my opin­ion, there is no bet­ter show for the hol­i­day sea­son than WHITE CHRISTMAS. I believe that with the added music and expan­sion of the story it is vastly bet­ter than the film.  And watch­ing audi­ences get into it and enjoy the nos­tal­gia of it, brings a tear to the eye.  Cathy Hast­ings and Kathie Dixon have done beau­ti­ful work on the cos­tumes, and the set by Kenichi Taka­hashi, is really beautiful.

If you haven’t seen it, you have two more weeks, and the tick­ets are going fast.

My thanks and love to every­one who helped to make the show what it is. Every per­son, being cast or crew, is invalu­able to mak­ing any show hap­pen, and they do them­selves proud with this one.


May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christ­mases be bright”…Irving Berlin

Happy Hol­i­days!

Jim Cole­man,

Artis­tic Director