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Youth Shakespeare 2011

Scotts Valley Performing Arts
Youth Shakespeare Program 2011
Announces
Shakespeare’s
The Tempest: Revisited
&
Fantastic Journey: Poetry in Motion

Sign-ups and Informational Meeting
At St. Phillips Episcopal Church
5271 Scotts Valley Dr.
Scotts Valley
March 24: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
March 29: 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Young Actors Wanted! Ages 5 -19

Auditions will take place after workshop.
Casting in the play is guaranteed.
The two shows will showcase different age groups; but effort will be made to cast every actor in both shows

Workshop begins April 10, 2 - 4pm & April 14, 6-8pm.
Play runs at Bethany University Theater from July 14– 17.
Rehearsal schedule to be adopted after sign-ups.

Workshop to include "age appropriate"

  • Instruction on Shakespeare and his times
  • Instruction on Shakespeare’s influence in today’s world
  • Reading and discussing the plays
  • Games and activities to enhance acting skills
  • Strategizing how to make the most of rehearsals
  • Ensemble building activities

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Youth Shakespeare 2010

Scotts Valley Performing Arts
Announces
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream
at Bethany University Theatre

Shakespeare's much loved magical comedy comes to Scotts Valley this summer performed by SVPA's Youth Shakespeare's program. This whimsical tale of confused lovers, mistaken identities, a fairy king and queen accompanied by loyal minions, comical acting troupes, misapplied love potions and so much more will be sure to delight audiences of all ages. The show will include live Renaissance music performed by harpist Alexandra Romanoff, along with contemporary music performed by DJ Orion. Dance, song, and hilarious antics will round out the lovely language and plot of one of Shakespeare's most highly acclaimed plays. The show runs:

Evenings: July 9 & 10; 7:00 PM
Matinees: July 10 & 11; 2:00 PM

You won't want to miss it.

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Youth Shakespeare 2009

Scotts Valley Performing Arts
Announces
Much Ado About Nothing


Much Ado About NothingRehearsals are well underway for Scotts Valley Performing Arts annual Youth Shakespeare show. This year, the local theater company brings the raucous comedy Much Ado About Nothing to the Bethany University Community Theater.

The adaptation was dramatized for younger players by director Trish Black Melehan and is published by Eldridge Publishing Company. It has been performed by community theater groups and schools all around the country. "Audiences will be surprised at the depth and complexity that young actors can bring to Shakespeare. This is not in the least a 'dumbed down' version of the original. I addedan additional female character to the mix, but most of the poetic language and plot remain purely Shakespeare," says Trish about her adaptation.

SVPA is excited to bring some high tech features to the often low tech sets and lighting found in many conventional Shakespeare productions. The play will be set in Renaissance Italy, and the costumes will reflect the time period. Traditional Renaissance music will be provided by a live "D.J. Court Jester." Lots of physical antics, dancing, juggling, and comic relief will make this a show enjoyed by all audiences. "I tell the actors that we want the little kids watching the show tolaugh and have a great time. They may not understand the language but they will understand the funny antics we work up," says Trish. Adults willappreciate the satire and rich vocabulary.

Scotts Valley Middle School students Alex Garret and Victoria Jones star as the two sparring lovers, Benedick and Beatrice. "There is a kind of merry war betwixt them…" SVHS student Nicholas Chambers stars as the cavalier Don Pedro, played by Denzel Washington in the much loved Kenneth Branaght movie of the same name. The idiotic hilarity of the buffoon Dogberry, is aptly portrayed by SVMS studentHeather Stock. In keeping with SVPA practice, a few choice roles are played by adult actors.


Questions regarding this show should be sent to youthshakespeare@svpaa.org.
To volunteer with the show, please email opportunities@svpaa.org.

Show dates:
Friday, June 19 - 7:00PM
Saturday, June 20 - 2:00PM & 7:00PM
Sunday, June 21 - 1:00PM


Ticket Prices:
$18 Reserved seats;
$15 general admission;
$10 seniors and youth under 18;
Ticket stubs will be entered into a raffle after each show for 2 tickets to a Giant's game. Must be present to win.

Reserve Your Shakespeare Tickets
Call 831-818-1516 with any questions or problems with ticket purchase.

Youth Shakespeare 2008

Scotts Valley Performing Arts

Announces

The Trader from Tau Cetium,

Formerly Known as The Merchant of Venice

at Bethany University Theatre

 

On Friday evening, June 20th, the curtain will open on Scotts Valley Performing Arts’ latest production.  For nearly 2 months, young actors from Scotts Valley and surrounding areas will have been learning their parts while being trained in traditional Shakespearean language and lore. This year the Youth Shakespeare Program will put on The Trader from Tau Cetium, Formerly Known as The Merchant of Venice. The production is an original adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays. It sets the action of the play in a parallel universe on a planet orbiting the star Tau Ceti. "The Introduction sounds a lot like an episode of The Twilight Zone," says Dan Garrett, parent to Alex, the young actor who plays Shakespeare’s famous character Shylock.

"The play is full of the kind of drama and pageantry that can appeal to young minds," says Trish Melehan, author and director of this adaptation.  There’s the disturbed, injured villain run amuck and clamoring for his "pound of flesh," silly suitors hoping to win the lovely rich girl, a mystery waiting to be unlocked, and a strong heroine who teaches that mercy must temper justice. Suspense and pageantry belie the fact that "all that glitters is not gold." While most of the cast members are between the ages of 10 and 18, there are a few roles played by parents and other adult members of SVPA. Music, some song and dance, colorful costumes and interesting special effects round out the show and make for a wonderful evening of family entertainment.

Sound of Music

Scotts Valley Performing Arts
Announces
Sound of Music

Sound of Music
Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
Suggested by "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers".


To volunteer with the show, please email opportunities@svpaa.org.

Show dates:
September 25 - October 11, 2009
Friday and Saturday shows: 7:00PM
Sunday Matinees: 2:00PM


Ticket Prices:
$22 Reserved seats;
$19 general admission;
$16 seniors (60 and over) and students (10 and up);
$10 children (under 10);


To Purchase Tickets:

Call Gretchen at 831-246-0327 with any questions or problems with ticket purchase.

Into the Woods Attention Patrons/Parents!
  • Please be advised, this production utilizes the special effects of light fog and strobe lights.
  • This production has some creepy and/or scary moments and may not be suitable for small children.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Director: Andrew Ceglio*
Musical Director: Drew Lewis
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Scotts Valley Performing Arts is pleased to present Into the Woods as our 2010 Fall Musical offering.  Featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, this perennial favorite won several Tony Awards upon its 1987 debut, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason).  It has been produced regularly since then, including a 1988 national tour, a 1990 West End production, a 1991 television production, a 1997 tenth anniversary concert, a 2002 Los Angeles production and a 2002 Broadway revival.

Inspired by Bruno Bettelheim's seminal 1976 book, The Uses of Enchantment, the musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales.  An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch...who raps? They're all among the cockeyed characters we meet in this imaginative tale.  When a Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk).

Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of "The Princess Bride" becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.

Oh, and by the way, the music is vintage Sondheim.  Complex, haunting, and utterly beautiful, it will stay in your head for years.

There will be 9 performances, from September 24th through October 10th (Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees). 

AUDITION DATES:
Friday, May 21 - 6–10pm
Saturday, May 22 - 10am–12pm and 1–4pm

CALL BACK DATES:
Monday, May 24 - 6–10pm
Tuesday, May 25 - 6–10pm


Questions regarding this show should be sent to info@svpaa.org. To volunteer with the show, please email opportunities@svpaa.org.


*Director's Notes: "Based on Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's most popular folktales as well as other stories remembered from childhood, "Into The Woods" is the imaginative account of what happens when the lives of new and old fairy-tale characters dramatically and humorously come together. This magnificent re-imagining of theses age old classics are brought to life by the Pulitzer Prize-and Tony Award- winning team of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Cinderella, Jack (who climbed the beanstalk), Little Red Riding Hood, and the Baker and his wife set out for the forest on a quest to find "happily ever after." Along the way they meet Rapunzel, a Wicked Witch, a lascivious Wolf, vengeful Giants, a couple of charming Princes, and their own destiny. With wit and wisdom, the authors have given us a parable about the loss of innocence, the joys and sorrows of adulthood, and the price paid for achieving things you really want. For if life has taught us anything it is that "happily ever after" isn't necessarily where the story ends, but where it begins."

-Quotes by Hudson Talbott
-Adapted by Andrew Ceglio (Director)
HONK! Download the HONK! Poster.

"HONK! is a marvelously funny musical with a toe-tapping and frequently touching score and amazing choreography." It is the Hans Christian Anderson's tale of The Ugly Duckling spun as a sophisticated Broadway theater production with a great message of acceptance that will be appreciated by adults and children alike.

Spring has come to the barnyard, and Drake, the wandering Mallard Duck, and his long-suffering partner, Ida, are waiting for their new brood to hatch, but something is amiss. One large egg cracks open to introduce a very unusual looking chick. "Ugly", as he is promptly named, is, well, different. The other barnyard fowl agree in song that "it takes all sorts to make a world, but we don't want him here." Who of us can't relate to Ugly's predicament. Ida shows her true motherly colors and loves him as he is, but the ridicule and a hungry cat cause him to run away and get lost. His search for home and his own identity introduces a host of characters, which help him (and us) understand that beauty really is about who you are -- not what you look like. The essential message of the show is delivered by an equally unusual character named Bullfrog, who sings, "Out there, someone's gonna love ya, warts and all." HONK! is a truly delightful production that will send you home feeling good and singing a song. That is good theater!

Questions regarding this show should be sent to info@svpaa.org. To volunteer with the show, please email opportunities@svpaa.org.

Show dates are September 19 – October 5, 2008 Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. For ticket information, please email info@svpaa.org.
Broadway Cabaret 2011

Scotts Valley Performing Arts
Announces
BROADWAY CABARET FUNDRAISER

Download the Broadway Cabaret poster (letter size or legal size).

Music, Song, and Dance- Building a community through the arts. Scotts Valley Performing Arts presents their annual Broadway Cabaret show at Louden Nelson Center (301 Center St., Santa Cruz) on February 26, 2011, at 8:00 pm. (Note new location!)

Tickets may be purchased at the door or on SVPAA's website: www.svpaa.org.  The ticket price includes light refreshments; $20.00 regular admission, $15.00 seniors and students.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.


Theatrical artists throughout Santa Cruz County are committed to delivering an evening of fun and laughter the entire family will enjoy.

Fundraising supports the continued viability of sponsoring the Youth Shakespeare program which has a spring workshop and culminates with the children performing in "The Tempest" in early July.

The funds also allow SVPA to continue producing such outstanding hits as Oliver, Honk!, the Sound of Music, and Into the Woods.

Scotts Valley Performing Arts is proud to announce the fall 2011 production of "Annie Get Your Gun".
Broadway Cabaret 2010

Scotts Valley Performing Arts
Announces
BROADWAY CABARET FUNDRAISER

Download the Broadway Cabaret poster.

Music, Song, and Dance- Building a community through the arts. Scotts Valley Performing Arts presents their annual Broadway Cabaret show and fundraiser including a silent and live auction at the recently renovated Bethany University Theatre on February 27, 2010, at 7:30PM.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or on SVPAA's website: www.svpaa.org.  The ticket price includes light refreshments; $18.00 regular admission, $15.00 seniors and students.  Doors open at 6:30pm.

The show features a variety of entertainment and performers brought to you by our local superstars, including musical acts from the Santa Cruz Follies, Shuffles Dance Studio, duets by MarNae Taylor and Christina Cree, Cindy Gorski and Naomi Rollins.  Other local talent performing on the Bethany stage are Karen Stebbins, Joyce Michaelson, and Robert Lothrop, with accompaniment and performances with Drew Lewis.

Theatrical artists throughout Santa Cruz County are committed to delivering an evening of fun and laughter the entire family will enjoy.

Fundraising supports the continued viability of sponsoring the Youth Shakespeare program which has a spring workshop and culminates with the children performing in "A mid Summer Night's Dream in late June.

The funds also allow SVPA to continue producing such outstanding hits such as Oliver, Honk, and the Sound of Music.

Scotts Valley Performing Arts is proud to announce the fall 2010 production of "Into the Woods". Book by James Lapine, Music by Stephen Sondheim Lyrics, by Stephen Sondheim, and based on Classic Fairy Tales Two Acts, Book Musical.  There will be nine (9) performances of Into the Woods at Bethany University Theatre, (SVPAA's home), beginning September 24, through October 10, 2010.
Broadway Cabaret 2009 2009 Broadway Cabaret
Scotts Valley Performing Arts (SVPA) presents our third annual Broadway Cabaret, a celebration of Performing Arts on Saturday, February 28th.  This song and dance extravaganza begins at 7:00 p. m. at the Bethany University Community Theater, 800 Bethany Drive in Scotts Valley.  Tickets will be available through Seat Yourself and a limited number at the door.

Headlining the Cabaret are performers from our previous Musicals such as HONK!, Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof, and Mame.  Several popular local theatre troupes (Santa Cruz Follies, Um-Gee-Um, Steps Dance Studio, Loose Cannon, Pacific Voices, and Shuffles) will also be providing entertainment.   This one night only fundraiser includes a silent auction.

Come join us for a delightful evening, as we announce our 2009 season featuring our Youth Shakespeare production of Much Ado About Nothing and our fall musical The Sound of Music.

For further information, please call (831)-818-1516.