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By: Janet and Lanny Lowery
July 12, 2019

Three fun productions open this week, two in Santa Rosa and one in Sonoma.  Summer Repertory Theatre Festival continues by opening its fourth and fifth shows, “Sylvia” and “Pippin.”  Sonoma Arts Live presents “My Fair Lady” beginning this weekend.

“Sylvia” opens in the Newman Auditorium on the Santa Rosa Junior College Campus to begin the post Fourth of July celebration.  A couple moves to Manhattan after raising a family in the suburbs.  The husband’s career is winding down while the wife is beginning to see more job opportunities.

The fun starts when the husband, Greg, brings home a dog that he found in the park.  The dog’s nametag identifies the canine as Sylvia.  Dogs on stage can be prone to hazards; better to have a young woman play the part of Sylvia.

Kate, the wife, has some issues with the dog while Greg finds Sylvia to be an interesting diversion from facing growing older and dealing with his job.  Kate sees Sylvia as a competitor for Greg’s love.  Humorous situations arise and the marriage seems to be in jeopardy.  But so much comedy will surely lead to a happy ending for the husband, wife and dog.  

“Sylvia” runs from July 9 through Aug. 4.  Call 707-527-4307 or order online:   www.SummerRep.com.

The final musical and last production to open for the Summer Repertory Festival, “Pippin,” a well-known stage success, begins Fri., July 12, in SRJC’s Performance Pavilion and will play through Aug.7.  “Pippin,” a young man’s version of “The Man from La Mancha,” presents a young man’s idealistic quest to be someone special.  Pippin appeals to people of all ages who favor the innocent pursuit of youth to achieve something extraordinary.  This young prince, the son of Charlemagne the great, searches for real happiness and fulfillment.  His quest takes him to battlefields and to temptations of the flesh.  Through his journey, Pippin discovers not the extraordinary but the simple moments of life, the everyday wonders that will provide true happiness.  

For ticket information, call 707-527-4307 or go online:  www.SummerRep.com.

The classic musical “My Fair Lady” opens in Sonoma this week.  Sonoma Arts Live has assembled a wonderful cast to present this Lerner and Lowe show.  Many of these artists have appeared recently in various productions at Spreckels.

Director Michael Ross and Music Director James Raasch bring alive one of the longest running musicals from Broadway.  

Larry Williams portrays Henry Higgins and Sarah Wintermeyer plays Eliza Doolittle.  Chad Yarish as Colonel Pickering, Tim Setzer as Alfred Doolittle and Ryan Hook as Freddie Eynsford-Hill support these principal characters.

Familiar songs tell the story:  “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face.”  This fantastic musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion” entertains while it makes commentaries about gender, politics, class, patronage and change.

Presented at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street in Sonoma, this wonderful show runs through July 28.  For ticket information, call 707-938-4626 or go online:  www.sonomaartslive.org.