Become a member of the Annie “Executive Producers Club.”
Sponsor a member of the Annie cast, crew or orchestra and our donation will directly support our production of Annie. Ticket sales cover only 50% of production costs.
Benefits of your tax-deductible sponsorship donation include:
- An invitation to the Executive Producers Club reception on 9/25 at 6PM where you’ll meet members of the cast, crew and orchestra and get a backstage tour.
- Recognition for donations of $1,000 and above in our pre-show curtain speeches.
STARS 2000 Teen Theatre Company will hold auditions for their winter show All Shook Up. Auditions are open to teens ages 13-19.
All Shook Up is a musical comedy built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley. It’s not a biographical revue. It takes place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power or rock & roll. All about mistaken identities, youthful rebellion and love, the musical features such Presley classics as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “That’s All Right,” “It’s Now or Never,” “Love Me Tender,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “All Shook Up.”
- Sunday, September 12: 11:30AM-3:00PM
- Monday, September 13: 7:00PM-9:00PM
- Tuesday, September 14: 7:00PM-9:00PM
- September 19-21
All auditions are by appointment only and will take place at the Diablo Theatre Company Firehouse – 1948 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. If you would like to audition, please contact:
Diane Kamrin (925) 944-0900 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please prepare a one minute up tempo song from contemporary American musical theatre or classic American 1950′s-1960′s rock and roll. Please have a ballad prepared should you be asked to provide another song. Please dress to dance.
Rehearsals begin September 26. Performances are January 14-29, 2011 at Las Lomas High School Theatre.
Character Breakdown and Synopsis:
Characters: Natalie Heller/Ed, Chad, Jim Haller, Miss Sandra, Dean Hyde, Lorraine, Sheriff Earl, Mayor Matilda Hyde, Dennis, Sylvia, plus ensemble.
TIME: A 24-hour period, during the summer of 1955
PLACE: A small you-never-heard-of-it town somewhere in the Midwest
In the middle of a square state … ln the middle of a square decade … ln a square little town … Natalie pumps gas at her father’s filling station and dreams of riding off on her motorbike to find the man who will change her life. Who is not Dennis, her best friend and secret admirer. Unable to tell Natalie his true feelings, Dennis heads to Sylvia’s Honky-Tonk, where the townsfolk, black and white, gather to lament the grayness of their lives. Suddenly, the sound of a motorcycle cuts through the air, as Chad, a mysterious stranger, appears on the horizon. When Chad stops in town to get his bike fixed, Natalie is immediately smitten. Sizing up the dreariness of the town, Chad electrifies a broken-down jukebox with his bare hands, infecting everyone with the rebellious spirit of his music. Horrified by the wild celebration, prim and proper Mayor Matilda Hyde arrives on the scene with Sheriff Earl in tow to restore order. Her dutiful son Dean follows in her wake, until his military school uniform catches the eye of Sylvia’s lovely African-American daughter, Lorraine.
While tuning up his bike in the garage, Natalie tells Chad of her dream of the open road, and Chad encourages her to follow her dream. Chad heads into town, where he makes the awestruck Dennis his new sidekick. As the townspeople start pairing off like never before, Natalie sheds her garage overalls for a dress to attract Chad, but he falls instead for the beautiful curator of the town’s new museum of culture, Miss Sandra. Miss Sandra, however, has no interest in such an uncultured man.
Back at Sylvia’s bar, Natalie’s widower father, Jim, bemoans the lack of love in his life. When Miss Sandra enters, Jim is immediately smitten. Sylvia warns her old friend against falling for such a woman, but Jim pursues Miss Sandra anyway. Searching for Lorraine, Dean enters the bar, and the two youngsters find each other. Chad encourages them to pursue their forbidden love but Sylvia does not share the sentiment.
When Natalie realizes that Chad is not remotely attracted to her, she devises a radical idea to get close to him. As Natalie rushes off, Dean’s mother, the Mayor, tries to send him back to military school to save him from Lorraine and the evil influence of Chad and his music. As the bus Dean is on pulls out, Lorraine pedals after him, and they realize that they never want to part.
On the other side of town, Chad’s sidekick, Dennis, suggests that Miss Sandra might fall for him if he sends her a sonnet by Shakespeare. Suddenly, the sound of another motorcycle rips through the air, and Natalie rides in, disguised as a roustabout named Ed. Chad recognizes a kindred spirit, and Dennis, out of love for Natalie, steps aside to let ‘Ed’ be Chad’s sidekick. As Ed goes off with the sonnet for Sandra, Jim enters, seeking some of Chad’s expertise with women. Sandra is so moved by the sonnet Ed gives her that she falls for him instead (Let Yourself Go).
Outraged by the citizens’ frisky behavior, Mayor Matilda and Sheriff Earl sweep through town, where they discover Dean kissing Lorraine. Dean stands up to his mother, and he and Lorraine run off together. Matilda, blaming Chad, vows to throw the roustabout in jail. Chad seeks refuge in the nearby abandoned fairgrounds. Everybody in town is in the grip of something powerful and new, and – as the sun goes down – one by one, they all rush off to the old fairgrounds. Jim heads there, too, but not before kissing Sylvia, who suddenly discovers a new passion for her old friend.
Later that night, everyone in town has run off to the abandoned fairgrounds. As they chase the objects of their affection, Chad reveals to Ed his total disinterest in Natalie. When Dennis tries to console Natalie, she rushes off but soon returns as Ed to try to convince Chad that there’s more to Natalie than meets the eye. When that fails, the frustrated Natalie/Ed tries a more direct approach. Chad, caught off guard, discovers that he has feelings … for Ed. As he tries to straighten himself out, he comes across Jim pursuing Miss Sandra, who also declares her love … for Ed. Jim runs off, aghast at his own foolishness. Chad confronts his double-dealing sidekick, but cannot bring himself to fight Ed. Chad realizes that, like it or not, his feelings – for Ed – cannot be denied.
Meanwhile, lost in her own imagination, Mayor Matilda dreams of the day when she finally puts Chad in jail. Sylvia finds Jim in another part of the fairgrounds and risks confessing her feelings, but having had his heart broken by Miss Sandra, Jim is unable to take in the feelings that Sylvia has for him. Although Dean and Lorraine are hiding out, Chad overhears their plan to run away, and he convinces the lovers that they must stay and fight for their right to love one another.
As dawn approaches, Matilda tries to round up a posse to apprehend the roustabout, but Sheriff Earl, moved by the romance of the moment, refuses to arrest anyone. He confesses his long-time, silent passion for Matilda, and she, stunned by the power of his love, agrees to marry him. Jim realizes that his real love is Sylvia, and they, too, agree to marry. Chad then confesses his feelings – for Ed – only to learn that Ed is really Natalie. Chad is so shaken by the discovery that he gets on his motorbike and leaves town. Dennis finally tells Natalie that he loves her, but she gently turns him down. Miss Sandra discovers that it was Dennis who came up with the sonnet, and united by Shakespeare, the two fall in love. As everyone but Natalie heads off to the chapel to be wed, she assures her father that she’s better off alone.
In the chapel next morning, a triple wedding is in full swing when Chad returns, to announce that, without Natalie, he has lost his music. He asks her to marry him, but she has other ideas. She’s going to follow her dream and hit the open road, and if he wants, he can come along … as her sidekick. He hops on, and they ride off, while the townsfolk celebrate their new-found joy of requited passion.
Diablo Symphony Orchestra and Diablo Theatre Company, in a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Lesher Center for the Arts, present Broadway Tonight! at 8PM on August 14th. A Broadway salute to Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Rena Wilson, Nephi Speer, Derrick Silva and Melynda Kiring and featuring a concert of music from five top Broadway shows: West Side Story, Gypsy, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. Tickets range from $25-37. Please call (925) 943- 7469 for tickets or email email@example.com for additional information.Leave a Comment
Do you think you and your dog look like Annie and Sandy? Join us on Saturday, August 28th between 2 and 4PM for our Annie and Sandy look-a-like contest! All Sandy and Annie look-a-likes are invited to enter. No advance registration or singing is required, but creativity will add to the fun. Annie and Sandy look-a-likes may register at the Broadway Plaza fountain-across from Nordstrom – in downtown Walnut Creek between 2 and 2:30PM. Members of the cast of Diablo Theatre Company’s production of “Annie” opening Sept. 10th will entertain with selections from the show, including the popular “Tomorrow”. Prizes for the winners will be awarded and all contestants and dog-owners will receive a ticket to see “Annie”.
For additional information, please call (925) 944-1565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Join us for a very special photo opportunity with the characters from Annie. Meet and get a photo taken with your favorite character before you see the show! This special event will take place one-hour before the 8PM performance on September 10th (photo op begins at 7PM) and before the 2PM performance on September 12th (photo op begins at 1PM). For additional information, please call (925) 944-1565 or email email@example.com.Leave a Comment
Attend a performance of Annie at the Lesher Center for the Arts and stay after for a talkback with the director and cast of the show. Get a chance to say hello and ask your favorite actor a question about his or her role. This special event will take immediately following the 8PM show on September 11th and the 2PM show on September 12th. For additional information, please call (925) 944-1565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Leave a Comment
Annie Press Photos by Ben Krantz Photography
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- February, 2010 – 18 Nominations for the 2009 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards
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