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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



GREASE closes a successful run!

It is always bit­ter­sweet to see a show come to a close. GREASE ended a very suc­cess­ful run yes­ter­day. The audi­ences had a great time, and so did our cast!  This cast became very close, which is not unusual when you fig­ure that for the last 3 months they have been together at least 4 times a week, what with all of the rehearsals and per­for­mances. In this instance, they were closer than usual. They hung out together on their off time, and did some­thing almost every per­for­mance. Lots of par­ties!  We thank all involved for their exu­ber­ance, which was evi­dent on the stage, and wish them well.  You will see 5 of them in WHITE CHRISTMAS.

Thanks also to Joseph Toon, direc­tor, and Terra Fear­rand, chore­o­g­ra­pher.  This was their first time out doing these very impor­tant jobs, and they did fabulously!

Love to you all