Dancing at Spreckels, a light opera at Cinnabar and a famous fifties musical at 6th Street Playhouse. Shows to cool off with while the temperature climbs in Sonoma County. Catch outdoor markets and movies in the park. Did Cotati show “Goonies” in the park last Friday? Look for much more summer entertainment as Summer Repertory Theater opens at Santa Rosa Junior College in two weeks.
Meanwhile, it’s not too late to catch “Everybody Dance Now!” presented by The Dance Center from Santa Rosa at Spreckels June 13, 14 and 15. Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thu., Fri. and Sat. plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Sat.
“The Kids Show A” premiered Wed., Jun 5. The fun began with a few hundred parents and siblings lined up in Spreckels’ lobby. Soon the theater filled with excitement of anticipation as family members, laden with flowers to present their own dancing stars, moved quickly to their seats. Then a little blonde girl wearing a shiny red dress walked boldly to center stage to introduce the show while asking the audience members to silence their cell phones.
“Hit the Road, Jack” like Ray Charles never performed it brought several more girls across the stage as they told the dancing boy wearing a black top and grey striped pants to “Hit the Road, Jack.” Then, to slow down the pace, eight 7 to 9 year old girls in white tutus and black belts moved elegantly in a ballet piece called “A Million Dreams.”
Variety continued as another seven to nine-year-old group of two boys and three girls wearing red vests, black backpacks hip-hopped a skit titled “Passin’ Notes.” Next came some preteens and teens tapping to “Lips are Movin.”
A preteen contemporary, “Never Enough,” brought fourteen girls moving in precision creating an image of a beautiful coral shell using long pink dresses and flowing moments of arms to add to the lovely effect.
Jazz and more hip-hop added to the lively assortment of dances.
The Musical Theatre broke up the dance sequences as thirteen preteens presented a skit from “The Addams Family Musical.” A little acting and much more dancing followed as Pugsley dealt with losing his sister when her fiancé’s family came to dinner. More hip-hop, tap dancing to “Let’s Twist Again” and contemporary dance to “Bury a Friend” led to intermission. Contact The Dance Center at 707-575-8277 for ticket information.
Eleven dance numbers followed the intermission, more tap, hip-hop, contemporary and ballet. The show ended with a number called “MIB” as twelve girls, dressed as the men in black, hip-hopped to the finale. More “Everybody Dance Now” fun to come this weekend with four shows presented by teens and adults.
“West Side Story” opened last weekend at 6th Street Playhouse and will run through the first weekend in July. Music, dancing, singing and acting by more than two dozen highly skilled performers, many of whom have been seen locally this year and previously in many Sonoma County venues. Carmen Mitchell stars as Maria and Jonah Robinson plays Tony. 6th Street Playhouse’s piece on “West Side Story” shows the depth of these 29 performers as well as presenting their extensive resumes. Purchase tickets by calling 707-523-4185 or going online: 6thstreetplayhouse.com.
One of Cotati’s big events takes place Sat., June 15 at La Plaza Park between 12 and 6 p.m., “The Cotati Music Festival” (formerly “Jazz Festival”). Presented by the Cotati Chamber of Commerce, what’s not to like as the event is free? All are invited to bring family and friends and a blanket or low chair to enjoy music and food and fun. The park has an area for children to keep them busy when they need a break from the music. The musical lineup includes Nate Lopez at noon and Bluebyrds on Stage B, Hangmen’s Daughter at 1:30 p.m., Gator Nation at 3 p.m. and The Big Fit at 4:30 p.m. This free event is sponsored by Recology, the Exchange Bank, Re/Max, Lagunitas, Loud and Clear, Oliver’s Market, The Community Voice, Somo Village, Redwood Café, Amaturo Sonoma Media Group, KSRO and The River and Bear Republic. Questions, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-795-5508.