Brentwood’s Ghostlight Theater Ensemble will perform the Agatha Christie classic “Murder on the Orient Express!” from September 30 to October 9 at the El Campanil Theater in Antioch. Auditions for the play will take place August 2 and 3 at 400 Guthrie Lane in Brentwood.
Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig, the play takes place in 1934, when the Orient Express, crossing Europe just after midnight, stops dead because of a snowdrift. The luxury train is surprisingly full for the time of year, but in the morning it has one less passenger.
An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment. Isolated and with a killer among them, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the killer – in case he decides to strike again. For more information, visit ghostlightte.org on line.
— Ghostlight Theater Ensemble
Opening soon of the exhibition “Everlasting” at the Blackhawk Gallery
The Alamo Danville Artists’ Society will host the opening of Blackhawk Gallery’s new “Everlasting” exhibition July 29-October 23. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The “Everlasting” exhibition presents 30 artists who are members of the Blackhawk Gallery. Members’ artwork includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and wearable art. The Blackhawk Gallery is located at 3416 Blackhawk Plaza Circle in Danville in the Blackhawk Plaza Mall.
Guest artist Patty Taylor describes herself as an experimenter with a creative passion. She creates flamed abstract sculptures of the female figure that adorn themes honoring music, dance, the ocean, spirituality, fashion, and anthropology. She is fascinated by clay texturing, glazing or fumigation in flame firing processes – raku, saggar and pit fire.
An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 30. Normal gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 925-648-8023 or go online to adas4art.org/blackhawk-gallery for more information.
— Alamo Danville Artists Society
Fourth Annual Senior Variety Show Audition July 29
Danville seniors are expected to polish their performances for the fourth annual Senior Variety Show, hosted by the Senior Center and Village Theater in the town of Danville. The show is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on September 17 at the Théâtre du Village at 233 Front Street in Danville.
This fast-paced lineup of performances will include a wide variety of three- to five-minute acts. Previous shows have included dancing, singing, musical performances, stand-up comedy, clogging, skits, poetry readings and more.
Auditions for the show will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 29. Interested performers 50 or older should schedule an audition by emailing Kellie Schuyler at [email protected] or calling 925-314-3430.
— town of Danville
Classic “Guys and Dolls” from July 29 to August 7
Ghostlite Theater Ensemble will present “Guys and Dolls” from July 29 to August 7 at the El Campanil Theater. Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, “Guys and Dolls” is an eccentric romantic comedy.
Player Nathan Detroit tries to raise the money to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities blow on his neck; Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer Adelaide laments that they have been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow player Sky Masterson for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing right-hand missionary Sarah Brown.
“Guys and Dolls” takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even the sewers of New York, but ultimately everyone ends up where they belong. Tickets are $28 for adults and $24 for seniors and youth. Call 925-757-9500 or visit elcampaniltheatre.com for more information.
— El Campanil Theater
The theater company announces a new name and a new season
The Pittsburg Community Theater, now renamed Pittsburg Theater Company (PTC) to reflect its wider audience, has announced its 2022-2023 season.
“We achieved a level of professionalism and quality in each of our productions, and our audiences definitely took notice,” according to the PTC. “Audience members and performers are coming to us now from places we never expected, not only from across the Bay Area, but in some cases from other states.”
The troupe has high hopes of returning to the California Theater, which is under renovation, as early as October, but certainly by the December show, according to troupe leaders. On the program, “Addams Family Musical” (from October 15 to 23), “Clybourne Park” (from January 28 to February 5), “Ah, Wilderness!” (March 25 to April 3) and “It Shoulda Been You” (June 17 to 25). Season tickets are $98 for adults and $82 for seniors and students. For tickets, go to pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org.
Bankhead Art Gallery will exhibit works by Indigenous artists
A powerful new exhibition, “The Artists Among Us: Indigenous Peoples Today,” is on view at the Bankhead Art Gallery through July 31, featuring works by artists of Native American descent. Artists from the Bay Area and beyond, representing different tribes and all visually representing their life experiences as native artists.
A standout piece, “First Contact,” is a borrowed piece from the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation, which is a large original artwork by Alicia Maria Siu, Antonio Moreno, Vicente Moreno, and Vicente Teoxiutleko Moreno. The public is invited to view this remarkable piece and more at the Bankhead Art Gallery in the lobby of the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First St. in downtown Livermore. Free entry.
— Livermore Valley Performing Arts
Pacific Chamber Orchestra 2022-23 concerts announced
The Pacific Chamber Orchestra has announced its 2022-23 concert season, which will run from September 17 to May 21. This season’s lineup will pay homage to the giants of classical music – with works by Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi and Haydn – and capture the hearts of listeners with an authentic and emotional delivery of musical works.
“We are thrilled to build on our momentum into our 34th season, a season filled with traditional favorites and featuring a wide range of baroque and contemporary works from today’s leading composers,” said Lawrence Kohl, Music Director and Conductor orchestra of the PCO.
The orchestra performs at two locations: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Orinda and the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. Season passes are on sale with packages for the 2022-2023 season ranging from $140 to $250 ($80 for students), depending on location. Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 1. Visit the PCO website at pacificchamberorchestra.org for more details.
Concerts in the Park back for the first time since 2019
Concerts in the Park are back after a two-year hiatus from the City Park outside City Hall. The series kicked off in June and will continue on Fridays until August 19. The following Friday, the Big City Swing Committee will present swing, jazz and blues hits. Arrive early, enjoy downtown Brentwood, and check out the full lineup of Concerts in the Park at bit.ly/3mYXdrK.
— town of Brentwood
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