Sacramento’s Summer Shows

Here in Sacramento, we are incredibly lucky to have a huge variety of summer productions from our region’s fantastic community and professional theaters. Here’s a peek at what’s coming up.

Dogfight at Green Valley Theatre Company
Continuing through May 16 – one weekend left!
This show is awesome. It’s garnered a lot of positive attention, and deserves every bit of it. Get your tickets now – Green Valley shows tend to sell out!

The Pirates of Penzance at Sacramento Theatre Company
Continuing through May 17 – one weekend left!
Starring the fabulous Michael RJ Campbell (who I am constantly raving over) as the Pirate King, and a strong ensemble cast, this lighthearted Gilbert and Sullivan classic is very fun. The reviews are in: take a look at what the critics are saying.

God’s Ear at Resurrection Theatre
Continuing through May 30
This show promises to be excellent. The cast features some very talented actors, and the content is sure to be moving. “A husband and wife have trouble coping with the loss of their son and they find themselves speaking in cliches. The husband travels to forget, while the wife stays with their daughter and the tooth fairy trying to figure out how to cope from home.” I’ll be catching this show sometime this weekend, and I am really looking forward to it!

The Homecoming at Capital Stage
Continuing through May 31
Directed by Sacramento favorite Janis Stevens and featuring a killer cast, The Homecoming sounds like it’s going to be excellent. Harold Pinter’s writing can be a lot, and this show is sure to leave audiences with plenty of food for thought.

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County at B Street Theatre
Continuing through June 7
I love B Street Theatre, and I love Mark Twain. B Street’s children’s shows are as well-produced as their main stage productions, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve done with this classic.

The Verte Fée Cabaret at Green Valley Theatre Company
May 28 – 30
The Book of Nevertales is the theme for this cabaret, and I am very excited about it. The show features dark tales set in dangerous and unknown woods, and rumors abound about a special guest artist – bay area magician Ryan Kane.

Catch Me if You Can at Runaway Stage
May 29 – June 21
Though I lament the fact that playwrights and producers have little creative spark (“Let’s just find (yet another) film to adapt into a musical and ride the coattails of that all the way to the bank.”), I still think this is going to be a good show.

As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet at the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival
June – July. Specific Dates TBA – the two productions are playing in rep.
The Sacramento Shakespeare Festival is a longstanding staple of summer theater in the region. I attended last year’s shows, and had a lovely evening out. This year should be a lot of fun: As You Like It will be performed by an all-female cast, and Romeo and Juliet is all male. Picnics are welcomed, and I suggest bringing something comfortable to sit on – the benches at the amphitheater are pretty well-worn and do not have back rests of any variety.

The Explorers Club at B Street Theatre
June 13 – July 26
This show sounds fantastic! From B Street’s website: “London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship. Written by Tony Award nominee, Nell Benjamin.” I will be there to see this one without a doubt.

Uncanny Valley at Capital Stage
June 17 – July 19
A new work exploring artificial intelligence, consciousness, and the definition of what it means to be human, this world debut is part of the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere.

Evita at Davis Musical Theatre Company
June 19 – July 12
Davis Musical Theatre Company has been the go-to spot for shows in Davis since 1984. The fact that they have been around for 30 years is very telling of hard work and dedication. Their production of Evita plays in June and July. I’m not a big fan of this particular show, but I know there are folks out there who love it, and will definitely want to make time to see DMTC rock it!

Twelfth Night and The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Davis Shakespeare Festival
June 25 – August 2. Specific Dates TBA – the two productions are playing in rep.
The Shakespeare Festival is taking over the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Davis again this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing both of their shows. Last year, I was impressed with their Shakespeare, and they got props for putting up a lesser-known musical, She Loves Me (which, by the way, more theater companies should produce. It’s charming!).

Next to Normal at Runaway Stage
July 10 – August 16
NOTE: performed at the West Sacramento Community Center
This musical won a Pulitzer Prize, and is on my to-see list.
Also, I like that it’s being performed at the West Sac Center. I am a big fan of that venue, and I’d like to see it utilized more! Auditions are on May 31 and June 1.

Shockheaded Peter at Green Valley Theatre Company
August 7 – 30
This is a wildly imaginative musical inspired by the popular German children’s book Struwwelpeter (1845) by Heinrich Hoffmann. There will be puppetry and pantomime, music and mayhem. Auditions will be coming up soon! I suggest following GVTC on Facebook to keep abreast of the latest news and info.

Mary Poppins at the Woodland Opera House
August 7 – 30
I love the Woodland Opera House. I haven’t seen anything there in far too long, but they are well-known for putting on excellent productions in one of the most beautiful venues in the Sacramento Area. Their production of Mary Poppins will no doubt be absolutely magical!

Bars and Measures at B Street Theatre
August 18 – September 19
The show for the July 7 – August 8 time slot of B Street’s B3 Series is yet to be announced, but later in August a new work, commissioned by B Street, authored by the Idris Goodwin, will go up on their intimate B3 stage. The show sounds like it could be a very moving piece. Two vastly different brothers try to reconcile their differences through the language they know best: music.

Little Shop of Horrors at Runaway Stage
August 21 – September 13
This should be a lot of fun – though a little early for the Halloween Season, it’s not a bad way to get an early kickoff to my favorite holiday. Auditions will be coming up soon. Check out the auditions tab of the RSP website for more info.

Music Circus’ 2015 Season
My Fair Lady June 9 – 14
Big River June 23 – 28
Bye Bye Birdie July 7 – 12
Peter Pan July 21 – 26
West Side Story August 4 – August 9
Hair August 18 – 23
This season doesn’t particularly inspire me. I’ve seen these shows already, and nothing sounds like it’s going to be all that exciting. That said, I thought the same thing of Music Circus’ season last year, and was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed all the productions.

So, there you have it, Sacramento. Go out and see a show! There is much to choose from, and a lot of great theaters to support!

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