In October 2019
WHERE SOULS GROW WILD: A THEATRICAL TRIPTYCH reveals the human spirit struggling against formidable odds. At the center of each of three short plays are women raging, bending, and breaking against the inescapable structures and demands of their lives. Trapped by worlds in which they have little power, the souls of these women are driven to wildness as they fight for survival and happiness. Although each of these pieces was written over 100 years ago, the struggle for women to achieve power, fulfillment, and self-determination feels strikingly relevant today. WHERE SOULS GROW WILD weaves poetry and original music among the three plays for a moving and thought-provoking theatrical experience. Audiences are invited to join cast and crew for a happy hour after each performance to discuss the show and future Happy Hour Theatre endeavors.
October 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 8:00 PM and October 27 at 2:00 PM at the West Sacramento Community Center Black Box Theater. Ticket information.
July 8-20, 2019
The Young Actors Workshop
Through theatre games, improvisation, and acting exercises, new skills will be developed to help young actor confidently use their body, voice, and imagination to tell stories theatrically. Workshop info below.
Young Actors Workshop
The Young Actors Workshop offers students a fun, exciting, and creative environment lead by instructors active in the fields of theater, improvisation, and acting. Through a series of acting exercises, improvisation, rehearsals, and performance, young performers learn the fundamental tools that develop their physical, vocal, and emotional range needed to be an actor. Additionally, the workshop will cover the basics of technical theater like scene painting, lighting, and stage managing. The program concludes with a final showcase production where our young actors show off everything they've learned to an audience of friends and family.
07/08/2019 to 07/19/2019
Two weeks, Monday-Friday 9:00am-2:00pm
Saturday 7/20/19 Family Showcase! This is where the young actors will show off what they have learned for friends and family. Time to be determined.
All instruction and the final showcase will take place in the Black Box Theater located in the West Sacramento Community Center at 1075 West Capital Blvd, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Mike Poe, Black Box Theater Lead
This guy’s been around!
- Started as child actor at age 6
- Radio disc Jockey at age 16
- TV weatherman (?!)
- Performed in over 100 plays as an adult
- Appeared in or narrated over 200 training videos for the US Air Force and the University of California
- Worked in Stage Management at the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) and others in San Francisco
- Worked as Technical Director for theaters in Sacramento
He’s done a bunch of other stuff on stage and on camera and behind the scenes. Don't ask him about it, though. He's got lot's of stories and you don't have the time.
Ciara Cumiskey, Improv Instructor
- College radio show host
- Visual Art & Improv Instructor
- Improv Comedian and sketch actress
- Regular cast member at Blacktop Comedy, currently EPIC: An Improvised Fantasy Adventure
- Show producer and performer of Funny Femmes: Fierce Comedy
- Works also operations and marketing at Blacktop Comedy
Ciara Cumiskey is an avid fan of comedy and theater, with a flair for the dramatic and a penchant for laughter since childhood. She is excited to share improvisational skills to both children and adults.
$220.00 total for the two weeks for West Sacramento residents.
$300.00 for non-residents.
Snacks are provided. Participants bring their own lunch.
Select Register, Programs or Activities, Special Interest Adult, Teen & Youth, Young Actors Workshop.
June 29, 2019 TWO showcase performances!
Lights....Camera.....Action!!! It’s almost time for A Walk On The Red Carpet, Sacramento Performing Arts Company's annual student vocal performance showcase. Come join us and see what brand new vocal, dance and musical theater students can accomplish in one performance workshop!!!
When: Saturday June 29th, 2019
Times: 1:30pm and 7:30pm shows
Where: Black Box Theater in the WS Community Center
Tickets: $14/$16 at the door
Plenty of FREE parking!
April 2019The Happy Hour Theatre is excited to present their inaugural production, “The Self-Unseeing,” a collection of five ten-minute plays. From dark comedy to surreal drama, these diverse short pieces come together for a compelling hour of theater. Join Happy Hour before and after the performance to enjoy a selection of beverages, and learn how to become involved with West Sacramento’s newest theater company.
Performances at 8 pm for two weekends, April 5, 6 and 12, 13. Tickets will be $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
The review: Sacramento News and Review and Davis Enterprise (same reviewer)
April 13, 1-Day only!
West Sac Teachers Equity Film Series: My Name Is Khan
This was a FREE event ... plus Free snacks, water, and a raffle! Students, parents, and teachers of WUSD encouraged to go. WSTA believes in bringing educational opportunities to create a stronger community. A short discussion follows.
WUSD students may receive extra credit for attendance for this West Sacramento Community Event. This event is intended for 4th - 12th grade students, parents and WUSD teachers.
Recent Musical Success!
Musical Mayhem Productions produced The Music Man. This was a youth theatre production from Elk Grove. The cast of talented 10-21 year olds brought The Music Man to life through six sold out performances during two weekends, February 15, 16, 22, 23.
...and now for something completely different!
Moby Dick, the British Panto! closed to sold out audiences. A good time was had by all! The Splinter Group Theatre will return with a new show next December.
This is what you missed:
You’ve seen the film! Played the game! Pretended to read the book in 9th Grade! Now, you can experience Moby Dick, the British Panto! Join Ahab and friends, as they pursue the dreadful fish, Moby Dick! See Moby chase them back! Find out if anyone does really call him Ishmael! Duck the flying wee harpoons! As our 9th grade English teacher, Ms. Maria says, “Moby Dick, what’s not to like? It’s “Important Literature,” and it tastes good! ” Guaranteed holiday fun for the whole family, with unstoppable interactive craziness, and lots of candy! From the same folks who brought you British Panto for the last ten years!
This live theater production is directed by Luther Hanson, with musical direction by Kathleen Poe, and a cast of thousands! Well, fifteen.