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By: Janet and Lanny Lowery
April 19, 2019

The Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” opens Good Friday, Apr. 19, at Maria Carrillo’s Theatre.  Purchase tickets by calling 707-527-4307 or going online at theatrearts.santarosa.edu.  “Barbeque Apocalypse” closes Sat., Apr. 20 at Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park:  Box Office, 707-588-3400 or www.spreckelsonline.com.  The musical “Cinderella” will open at Spreckels in early May.

Exciting news comes from Summer Rep Theatre Festival at Santa Rosa Junior College.  Three musicals and two plays, something for everyone is on the program.  “Mama Mia!” inaugurates the season with this remarkable love story that brings friends together and three of the bride’s mother’s former lovers as the bride attempts to know who is her father. Travel to Greece for laughter, songs, and dance and hear famous hits such as “I Do, I Do, I Do?” and “Take a Chance” and “SOS.”

Another musical, just as exciting as “Mama Mia!” but based on bold and lawless behavior is “Bonnie & Clyde.”  Unlike the Greek wedding story, this one takes a downward turn as the title lovers become more and more reckless as they pursue their dreams while being chased by law enforcement.

The third musical, “Pippin” tells the story of Charlemagne’s son, heir to the Frankish throne.  Pippin’s quest is to find true happiness.  He seeks honor in the battlefield, encounters temptations of the flesh and deals with the political machinations of the court.  Eventually, Pippin discovers happiness “in the simple moments of every day.”

A. R. Gurney’s “Sylvia” offers comic relief as a husband and wife deal with a found dog whose common sense, “street smarts,” creates marital problems.  The wife, Kate, finds that Sylvia, the dog, competes with her for the affection of the husband, Greg.  The marriage, headed toward the rocks, when, after many humorous situations, the couple make adjustments and the dog becomes an important part of their lives.

The other play, “The 39 Steps,” based on John Buchan’s famous novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s more famous film, offers a spy story, some bizarre humor and a lively, quick moving mystery.  A cast of four actors plays over 150 wild and crazy characters.  Mix all of this up with a plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and good old-fashioned romance.

The 2019 Summer Rep Theatre Festival begins June 21 and runs through Aug. 10.  Tickets and ticket packages can be ordered by phone at 707-527-4307, online at www.summerRep.com or by mail:  Summer Rep Box Office, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre announces: “the Ineffable Music Group welcomes “The Purple Ones—-The Insatiable Tribute to Prince performing “Sign O the Times” in its entirety Fri., Apr. 19, and good, solid Rock and Roll “Midnight North” with special guests Ben Morrison (of Brothers Comatose) & Erika Tietjen Sat., Apr. 20.  We have just announced William Tyler Sat., May 11, The Hip Abduction Sat., May 18, The Brothers Comatose Fri., May 31, Brotha Lynch Hung Sat., Jun. 8, Bombino Sat., Jun., 21 and Steelin’ Dan Sat., Jun. 22.  Tickets are on sale now at http://www.mystictheatre.com

“To Kill a Mockingbird” opens at the 6th Street Playhouse April 26 and will run through May 19.  Jeff Cote, a well-known actor in Sonoma County for the past quarter of a century, plays Atticus Finch.  We will offer a full-length article about the play and Jeff Cote next week.