Thursday, October 8, 2015
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Main Street Theatre Works presents their 5th Annual Live Radio Show Fundraiser, "The Count of Monte Cristo" - Oct 23-24
Jackson, CA – The finest radio drama of the 1930’s was The Mercury Theatre On The Air, founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman. Their brief run, just shy of two years, presented many classical pieces of literature, created many memorable moments, and shook an entire country with it’s terrifying portrayal of “War of the Worlds.” This October, Main Street Theatre Works (MSTW) is re-creating another one of their literary classic radio plays with a live stage production of The Count of Monte Cristo, October 23rd, 24th and 25th at the Native Sons Hall, in Sutter Creek.
This is the 5th year that MSTW Company Member, Allen Pontes, creates another engaging production, with all proceeds going towards MSTW’s 2016 Summer’s Season at the Kennedy Mine Ampitheatare. This limited-engagement fundraiser for the company will have two evening performances ~ Friday and Saturday, October 23rd and 24th, with doors open at 7:15pm for dessert, show starts at 8:00pm. There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday, October 25th, doors open at 1:15pm for dessert, show starts at 2:00pm. Tickets for this fundraising event are $25 each and include a dessert, your choice of coffee or tea, and the show. Friday and Saturday night there will be a no-host wine bar. You also have a chance to win a one-week stay at the beautiful Golden Crown Resort in Puerto Vallarta, a one-bedroom suite that sleeps four and overlooks the ocean. Seating is very limited for this fundraising event, so early reservations are encouraged.
MSTW just wrapped up another successful summer season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, where patrons enjoyed Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Play, followed by Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. For our October fundraiser, we’re setting things in a more intimate environment, perfect to relive the golden age of radio, complete with live sound effects. The Count of Monte Cristo was the eighth weekly episode of the American Radio drama anthology series, performed by the Mercury Theatre Players, directed and narrated by little known actor and future filmmaker, Orson Welles. The episode was an adaptation of the novel by Alexander Dumas, condensed into a 60-minute broadcast. Under the direction of Allen Pontes, who has produced, directed and starred as Orson in the past four productions ~ The War of the Worlds (2 years in a row), Dracula and Treasure Island ~ MSTW’s production adheres to the same time constraints, same script and live sound effects, just the way Orson would want it. Other cast members include Julie Anchor, Scott Adams, Paj Crank, and Richard Williams.
Join us for a fun flashback to the days when people “watched” their radios, and sound effects didn’t come from a computer. Watch how the magic is really made and support Main Street Theatre Works at this fall fundraiser.
For more information and to purchase tickets to this Limited Engagement Event, visit the MSTW website at www.mstw.org. This event is sure to sell out, so get your tickets early.
Performance Dates and Times
Friday and Saturday Evening Performances
Friday and Saturday, October 23rd and 24h
Doors open at 7:15pm for dessert, show starts at 8:00pm
Sunday Matinee Performance
October 25th only
Doors open at 1:15pm for dessert, show starts at 2:00pm
$25 per person
Tickets available through:
On-line at www.mstw.org
Hein & Company, 204 Main St., Jackson, CA
Native Sons Hall
56 Main Street, Sutter Creek, CA
For more information, please visit our website at
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
A free concert will be presented by the 45-member Amador County Concert Band under the direction of Steve Chambers and Irv Gidding on Sunday, October 11 at 3pm. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove.
Featured music will be a medley from “Bond, James Bond”, transcribed for concert band by Stephen Bulla. This arrangement features the themes from some of the best 007 movies. Another special medley called “House of Horrors” features familiar themes from many of the old scary movies and cartoons we grew up watching! An arrangement called “Rocky and Bullwinkle Strikes Again” has melodies from the cartoon series that are a joy to listen to. Saxophonist Robert Bourke will be featured on a John Krance arrangement of “Harlem Nocturne”. Irv Gidding will conduct the theme from the movie The Alamo called “The Green Leaves of Summer”. Add a couple marches to the mix and we have a very fun afternoon of musical selections to come listen to!
The Amador County Concert Band proudly represented Northern California in June 2010, when it was selected to perform in Washington D.C. for the National Community Concert Band Sousa Festival, a salute to the legendary march king, John Philip Sousa. Under former musical director Ernie Kapphahn, the band gained very high recognition and since the band’s return, has gained new members, some traveling from as far away as Sonora, Placerville, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, and Sacramento.
The band also was chosen to perform last year at the Golden Gate Park Band Festival in June and played under the recently restored historic band shell. The Amador County Concert Band represented the Northern California area and was one of the largest ensembles to perform over the weekend, receiving superb reviews and a special recognition award for its performance. The band was also invited to perform at Carmichael Park on June 7 at 2pm and performed well!
Join us on October 11th at 3pm for an enjoyable musical experience; bring the family and enjoy the spirited music! Arrive a few minutes early for best seating….ample parking…music begins promptly at 3pm. Visit the band’s website at www.accband.org for additional information or to find out how to join the band.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015