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Your weekend: The Ultimate After-Party

Submitted by on 1, November 12, 2009 – 11:00 amNo Comment

3930209924_cd72c66d35It’s fundraiser time for the Island’s theater outfits. Last week, Alameda Civic Light Opera gave us the best of Broadway. This week, the folks at Altarena Playhouse are feting us with The Ultimate After-Party.

The party will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday, November 14 at C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street. Tickets are $100 each, and they can be purchased online or by calling 523-1553, ext. 3. The ticket price includes food from C’era Una Volta (C’era’s Cheryl Principato is on Altarena’s advisory board), wine from local maker R&B Cellars and the chance to hobnob with Altarena’s artistic director, Fred Chacon, and next season’s directors.

The event also offers the chance to win prizes including Southwest Airlines tickets, Altarena memorabilia and more.

Altarena got its start as the Alameda Little Theatre back in 1938, and it took on its current moniker in 1957, when the theater company moved into an abandoned grocery store at 1409 High Street (the name is a combination of the initials for Alameda Little Theatre added to the word “arena,” because Altarena is a theater in the round).

The company presents six major productions a year – everything from dramas to musicals and comedies – and additional special events, concerts and benefit performances. More than half a million people have seen shows at Altarena.

Altarena’s upcoming shows include the return of Brian Copeland’s “Not a Genuine Black Man,” on December 4-5; “Bus Stop,” from January 8 to February 6, 2010; and the musical “Man of La Mancha,” which will run from February 26 to April 3, 2010.

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