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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
A new line-up of plays at Spreckels
August 16, 2019

We’re excited to announce the 30th Anniversary Season of plays at Spreckels Performing Arts Center! The 2019/20 season offers a variety of programming including comedy, drama and musicals, most of which are either North Bay or Sonoma County premieres. The season includes Eureka Day, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder, Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley, Matilda, Urinetown and Galatea. Season tickets are on sale now.

Eureka Day, running Aug. 30–Sept. 22, is a hilarious, provocative and touching play that addresses the issues of vaccinations, opposing views and civil discourse. Spreckels is proud to present the North Bay premiere of this exciting new play. 

If musical comedies are your cup of tea, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, also a North Bay premiere, should be on your must-see list. This outrageous musical tells the tale of impoverished Monty, 9th in line to be Earl of Highhurst, with all the wealth and power that entails. Well, that’s a lot of people to eliminate, but Monty will give it his best shot. A Gentleman’s Guide runs from Oct. 11–27. 

Then, just in time for the holiday season, Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley answers the intriguing question – “What about Mary?” Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, this delightful, family-friendly sequel runs from Nov. 22–Dec. 15. 

Don’t let the title of Urinetown scare you off. This musical comedy, running Feb. 14–Mar.1, brilliantly satirizes corporate greed, bureaucratic whimsy and public fickleness. It was nominated for ten Tony awards when it premiered in 2002, winning Best Book and Best Original Score. 

Next up, Spreckels is very proud to present the world premiere of Galatea, a new play by David Templeton. Running Mar. 20–Apr. 5, this sci-fi play explores artificial intelligence and what it really means to be human. 

Finally, Matilda the Musical tells the story of Matilda, a brave little girl with a fine mind, fertile imagination and a secret power. This Tony and Olivier winning musical is a huge favorite with adults and children alike. Performances run from May 8–24.  Please note evening performances now begin at either 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., depending on the show. Please check our website for specific show times.

We have very exciting news regarding ticket prices for children. In an effort to make Spreckels’ award-winning theater accessible for youth, we have lowered ticket prices for youth aged 18 and under. Now our young theater-goers can see ANY show in the season for only $12!  

Speaking of children, Spreckels Education Program continues to offer skill-building classes for children (and adults), as well as three fully-produced youth productions each year. Whether it be character exploration, self-expression through movement, or mastering auditions, Spreckels workshops aim to develop actors of all skill levels. Enroll in Spreckels’ classes and workshops at www.spreckelsonline.com.  

In addition to the exciting 2019/20 lineup, we’d like to share some recent facility-related news. The theater’s new HVAC system, installed last year, is functioning beautifully and helps keep our audiences and performers comfortable. The new roof, also installed last year, held up like a champ after the storms of last winter. 

The new box office ticketing system has been up and running for a year. Patrons enjoy the ease of choosing their own seats, purchasing tickets and making donations online. Subscriptions offer money-saving options designed to give you the full breadth of the Spreckels professional season while saving you money. Season passes are available online with prices starting at $76.

Ticket prices are $36 for general admission, $34 for seniors, $30 for students and $12 for children aged 18 and under. Visit www.spreckelsonline.com for performance descriptions and show times or give us a call at the box office at 588-3400.