Your weekend: Seussical, the Musical
Alameda’s theater lovers suffered a heartbreaking loss when the Alameda Civic Light Opera shut its doors earlier this year. Fortunately for us, though, Kofman Auditorium won’t be dark for long. A San Leandro-based theater company called Curtain Call Performing Arts has booked its 2011 season at Kofman, and they’ll be continuing their 2010 season here next weekend with a production of “Seussical, the Musical!”
The musical theater company, which put on its first show in December 2008, was looking for a temporary home base while a new theater is being built in San Leandro, artistic director Andrea Gorham said. When they learned that Kofman was available, they set up shop here.
In addition to performances of “Seussical,” their season will include a production of “Beauty and the Beast” in March, “Annie Get Your Gun” in July and “A Christmas Carol” in November or December. The company also hosts Cantare, a concert choir, and has plans to offer classes and workshops.
Tickets for “Seussical,” which brings a host of popular Dr. Seuss characters to life in story and song, are a wallet-friendly $12 each, and Curtain Call is hosting a “family day” performance at 3 p.m. September 19 where they’ll offer tickets for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade for just a dollar apiece.
“Our vision is to make theater accessible,” Gorham said.
The show is directed by Catherine Heck, and stars Melissa Modifer of San Leandro as the Cat In the Hat, San Francisco’s Ben Euphrat as Horton The Elephant, Tabitha Dance of Fremont as Gertrude McFuzz, Kim Baldwin of San Leandro as Maisy La Bird, Nick Pugliese of San Leandro as JoJo, Phil Smothermon of Castro Valley as The Mayor of Whoville, Fremont’s Pam Rosen as Mrs. Mayor, Shawn Creighton of Bay Point as The Sour Kangaroo and Charles Orlando of Pleasanton as General Genghis Kahn Schmitz.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays from September 10-September 25 at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Avenue. Tickets are $12, $1 for kids on September 19 and free for children under 5. For tickets and information, call 909-9516 or click the link for Curtain Call’s website up top. (Tickets for the family day performance will be available only through the box office or by phone on the day of the show.)