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The Show Must Go On!
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The Show Must Go On!

      Americans have a love affair with music & entertainment. From Broadway musicals to the latest craze of talent shows that make stars and celebrities for new talent instantaneously. Sacramentans have always had a love affair with it's performing arts probably more so than any other market it's size in the country. The recession has hindered a lot of the arts groups including our school's music and drama programs which serve as the gene pool that supplies our community with all the great talent for community theatre, ballet, symphony etc... 

      Sacramento's night life however has seen better days. Outside of the younger generation's club venues that cater to their likes and music, showroom and dinner shows along with broadway musical productions on the regional playhouse level for the 35+ market is dwindling fast. Due to higher costs in overhead and talent, royalties, advertising,  producing quality productions are becoming cost-prohibitive.. The National Endowment for The Arts, (NEA) has  released the latest exhaustive survey that shows musicals are attended almost twice as much as non-musicals nationally. However, Sacramento loves their performing arts and rally to help maintain them when a call goes out for support. The California Musical Theatre (Music Circus) has weathered some major storms with help from fans and City Council support. They have a great line-up  for their current seasons. There are over 30 community theatres producing great title and original shows from A to Z. 

      Sacramento area lost Garbeau's Dinner Theatre several years ago due to hard times. Tommy T's Comedy and Dinner Theatre took the beautiful room at Nimbus Winery over from them but soon also had to lease out the room to another group who failed by not keeping their niche consistent. Tommy T began doing dinner show operations in Los Angeles many years ago and expanded to the Bay Area also where his Pleasanton Comedy Store has thrived. While comedy comprises a fair share of the non-musical pie chart, Tommy T is confident enough in the economy that he has reopened at the Nimbus Winery location again and has plans to diversify with more shows including music and Theatrical shows. 

      Another addition to Musical Dinner Theatre this summer is a Theatre Group from Oregon who is touring Sacramento with their eye on relocating here to establish a permanent home. The Phoinix Players, will open their newest Musical "Starry Evening"   A Musical of timeless Hollywood classic floorshows with song and dance comedy & romance at the Red Lion-Woodlake Hotel in the Grand Ballroom July 11th & 12th 2014. Phoinix Players are Internationally acclaimed and known for their ability to mount 7 or more Musicals a season. This is good news for Sacramento if they are welcomed and supported.. Word is they may also perform at Tommy T's, and are negotiating with a Pocket - Land Park Venue for shows at end of Summer. They also will be performing at the New Sacramento Inn next to Arden Fair Mall July 18 & 19,  through Aug 3 on weekends.

      Tommy T's is having a "Wounded Warrior Project" show coming May 22,23,24 & 25th. All of the comedians are wounded warriors themselves who have taken up comedy. It is a great opportunity to support this Wounded Warrior Project. Reviews on this show have been great. Drama Therapy has been a great tool for traumatic injury recovery and healing for many years as is Music therapy, it will be inspiring to see these Heroes use comedy as their gift to their audiences is also a gift to themselves. Tommy T's will be honoring our Heroes also by inviting scores of wounded warriors locallly to the shows for free. Way to go Tommy!  (916) 608-2233 for info

       Sacramento Musical Dinner Theatre, a newley formed company, are  the producers of "Starry Evening" and are also involved in a community youth project called  "Project Pro-AM"  (PPA) PPA is a pilot program where professional artists and business people teach young people, both academically stable, and those at risk... to learn all phases of a Dinner Theatre and a collaborative Performing Arts Program. The professional food and beverage component will be a culinary school training program that will prepare students to not only become skilled in all phases as workers, but also provide entrepreneurial training and hands on management opportunities. Then if desired, cross trained in Theatre Arts. And vice-versa. As an after school and summer program, PPA will utilize family, community and school personnel to be involved with students internship and participation in PPA. PPA will coordinate and liaise with family, educators, and any other relevant person or agency involved in student's counselling for future school and or job placement.


      PPA will initially outsource much of the class room curriculum with established culinary and business programs in local high schools and college/technical schools where resources are available.The Theatre Arts program will be a first phase, where students will be involved with production of a musical chosen where the professional theatre company will have trained and rehearsed all students involved as cast members, and all other aspects of show. However, the professionals will appear and perform in the shows that will be competitively priced and staged like any regional level Dinner Theatre Operation. (209) 418-7853 for info


      The Phoinix Players of Eugene, Oregon are coming to Sacramento for several reasons, but one being that Oregon schools in the majority of districts, have been without music and drama-theatre programs for years, causing a dearth of thespians and music majors to keep building their company with. This will happen wherever the arts are forsaken and sooner or later, the Community Theatre, Ballet, Symhpony's talent pool as well as all of the local entertainmant industry will dry up. Support the ARTS!

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