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What: Annual theatrical presentation by the drama students  of South Fork High School! When: Thursday thru Sunday, May 16th – 19th, 2013 Where: Mateel Community Center Tickets: $15 Adults / $10 Kids & Seniors

This year the South Fork High School’s drama presentation will be the Who’s Classic Rock Opera: “Tommy”

The South Fork High School Performing Arts Department is proud to announce its annual Spring Play, this year being the Who’s “Tommy” which runs at the Mateel Community Center May 16th through 18th at 8pm, and May 19th at 2pm.

Based on the first-ever rock opera penned by the Who’s Pete Townsend, “Tommy” follows the story of young Tommy Walker, born in London on Victory Day at the end of World War II.  His father, a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force, was presumed dead when he crashed in enemy territory.

Without giving away too many spoilers, young Tommy witnesses a murder, and the resulting trauma renders him “deaf, dumb and blind” – at least, psychologically speaking.  His mother, Nora, and stepfather, Frank try in vain to cure him, but fail to get through to Tommy.

In the meantime, Tommy experiences abuse at the hands of relatives, and the parents experience caretaker burnout.  Then, young Tommy discovers pinball – and nothing is ever the same!

Some people complained that when this play was set for the stage in the early 90’s, the music and story had become watered down from the Who’s original vision, but we have stayed true to the rock ‘n roll roots and story of this most epic rock opera.

Be prepared to rock your way through the story of Tommy’s journey from the depths of despair to the heights of spiritual ecstasy!  And the young talent of Southern Humboldt will satisfy your rock cravings from the opening notes of the show up to the final curtain.

Bridges was of course the most influential Longshoreman’s Union organizer of the 20th century – certainly on the west coast.  He was also a socialist fellow traveler, and a Woody Guthrie type folk intellectual.  Ian Ruskin is the actor.   Hopefully someone at HSU will invite the project for a local performance of From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks.

You can view all five videos of a performance through this link.  Below is a sampling, although it’s really not the best sampling imo. Watch the videos.  There are CDs and DVDs available too, through the website.

Because they’re doing just fine with a very enjoyable production of Evita which plays on weekends until May 13.  I saw it on Saturday night, and they did a great job with a very difficult musical play.

I have fond memories of the musical from my youth.  Not that I really think it’s all that thought provoking or brilliant.  It just passed in front of me at a formative moment in my senior year of high school.  I saw it at the Orpheum with a young woman friend who also liked the dancing and music even though it was, in her words, “a Broadway glorification of fascism.”  I do miss dating young radical women, as annoying and dogmatic as some of them were.

Of course, until my generation passes, you’ll have to hear lots of “it’ll never be the same without Mandy Patinkin and Patti Lupone in the lead parts,” and everything will always be compared to their production – which began on Broadway in 1979.  I saw it on one of the later tours in 1982 in front of a liberal San Francisco audience, during the Falklands War, so that when LuPone uttered her line, “if the King of England can do without the lady of Argentina, then Argentina can do without England,” the whole audience cheered despite the faulty context. (more below the fold)

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What: San Francisco Mime Troupe Presents…. “2012 The Musical!”
When: Saturday, July 30th, 2011 , 8:00 p.m.  – Dinner at 6:30 p.m., music at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mateel Community Center
Tickets:  $18.00 for Mateel members/$20.00 general

The Sanfrancisco Mime Troup 2011 Promo PictureThe Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe opens its 52nd season with 2012 – THE MUSICAL!

Wilma Bonet (Posibilidad, Too Big To Fail) directs:

~ Lizzie Calogero
(Red State, Too Big To Fail)

~ Keiko Shimosato Carreiro
(GodFellas, Doing Good, Veronique of the Mounties),

~ Michael Gene Sullivan
(Posibilidad, Too Big to Fail, GodFellas),

~ and Victor Toman
(Making A Killing, GodFellas, 1600 Transylvania Ave),

~ along with Cory Censoprano and Siobhan Marie Doherty, who make their San Francisco Mime Troupe debuts in this lively satire about corporate funding and the art of mass distraction.

Written by Michael Gene Sullivan, with additional dialogue by Ellen Callas, and featuring a live band under the direction of Pat Moran, and music and lyrics by Bruce Barthol, 2012 – THE MUSICAL! plays July 30th at the Mateel Community Center


A small political theater company, Theater BAM!, finds itself at a crossroads: should they keep telling the stories they feel can change the world (and starve while telling them), or feed at the corporate trough, sell out, and be the mouthpiece for The Man? Tough decision. So when they are offered a commission from a “green” corporation that could save BAM!, the company is very tempted. All they have to do is create a new show: “2012 – The Musical!” But is it political? Will it keep with the company’s original mission? And who’s really bankrolling the production?

For more information call 415-285-1717 or visit, or call the Mateel at 923-3368.

What: San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Los Medios de Produccion”
When: Saturday, July 31st, 2010 – Doors Open 7pm – Performance at 8pm
Where: Mateel Community Center
Tickets: At the door.

The Mateel will host the Tony Award-winning and SoHum favorite, San Francisco Mime Troupe on Saturday, July 31 this year

Anything but silent, the Mime Troupe’s brand of mime takes its meaning from the ancient understanding of the word: to mimic. Political satirists, they create and produce socially relevant theater. Their plays seek to makes sense out of the headlines through close-up stories that make the audience feel the impact of political events on their personal lives.

This year’s original play, “Possibilidad, or Death of a Worker” tells the story of workers at a small U.S. factory that is shutting down, causing them to lose their jobs, their last two weeks of pay, and their retirement funds, which were raided over the years to pay stock dividends. Despondent, they put in their last shift and raise a glass to their years together. As they are leaving the factory for the last time, one of the workers gets snagged on a machine. Interpreting this as an act of defiance, “The Boss” calls Security, the situation escalates, and before anyone has a chance to think, the workers have accidentally occupied the factory!

All “heck” breaks loose as the negotiation process begins and The Boss tries intimidation, patriotism and Red Scare tactics, while the workers just try to figure out what they’re doing. Some say wreck the place. Tea Baggers say it’s all the government’s fault. Others blame the Union. When one worker an Argentine ex-pat says they should consider running the factory themselves, he is immediately labeled a Commie.At night as they occupy themselves with songs and stories, the Argentine comes forward again and tells the tale of a similar strike back home.

As more of the Argentine’s story unfolds, the parallel plights of the American and Argentine workers play out side by side. While the Americans struggle to keep their factory occupation from becoming politicized, the Argentine strike is deeply political. In the end, both the American and Argentine workers are victorious, but which resolution will ultimately keep the power in the workers’ hands?

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 31.  Doors open at 7:00pm with dinner available for purchase.  The Mime Troupe band plays a set of live music beginning at 7:30pm and the performance starts at 8:00.

For more information about the play or the troupe, visit

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The Sound of Moolah

This would be a great show to mention on your blog.  It’s tomorrow night at the Civic Club at 8:00. A theatrical presentation done comedy style by Wendy Ring M.D. and other medical folks from Mobile Medical about the need for single-payer health care.  Details in the local papers.

I don’t have one of the papers handy and I didn’t find any mention on the Redwood Times Website.  Any information would be helpful.

I had the opportunity to watch the dress rehearsal for South Fork High’s presentation of Singin’ in the Rain last night.  It was an extremely ambitious production particularly as a high school play.  Between the physical comedy moves, the dramatic requirements of uncharacteristic of high school stage musicals, and songs which would be challenging to extensively trained voices, these young performers had to learn and and integrate all of it and carry the heavy load to the audience.  The kids rose to the occassion with heart, skill, and grace.

Nicole Sheldon in particular had the audience rolling in laughter and really, her performance of the difficult part of Lina Lamont was flawless.  Sierra Totten beautifully managed the part of Kathy Selden for which, representing the heart and soul of the storyline, she had to cover the whole spectrum of emotion and draw the audience sympathy while delivering comedy and song.  Aaron Thiele and Forest Tressider carried their stage presence very well particularly in their passionate delivery of the comedy which carries the audience through some of the sadness of the story.  The supporting cast was wonderful, especially in light of the fact that there really are no parts so casual that each young actor didn’t have to work hard to carry his/her part, and the structure holds brilliantly.

The audience is also treated to live background music courtesy of the high school band, and the production staff and stage crew deserve accolades for an exceptional job of synchronizing multiple elements.  Again, this is a very difficult production which came together very tightly.

Singin’ in the Rain was a groundbreaking musical at the time of its original presentation and has been regarded by many as the best musical film ever.  Unfortunately, Gene Kelly who performed and directed found himself blacklisted by HUAC for such radical activities as singing with Woodie Guthrie to allowing his wife to openly support Henry Wallace for president.  The film received no awards at the time (some movie about a circus won best picture that year and you can’t even find it in the leftovers of a video store just before it closes).  The storyline itself takes place during the transition from silent film to “talkies,” and deals with power politics in the entertainment industry which led American Legion Magazine to slam the film as a “pro-communist” movie.

Please support the kids and enjoy this spirited and wonderful presentation – at the Mateel tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday at 2:00.

Summer Arts & Music Festival (June 6/7)- program due to hit newsstands next this week

Reggae on the River (July 18)- Tickets moving fast, locals encouraged to get tickets in advance

And this weekend:

It’ll play in Ferndale (447 Main Street) starting Thursday night, but the whole cast is from Sohum.  From the theater’s website:


By Andres Wreggitt & Rebecca Shaw
Directed by Marilyn Foote

A hilarious story of the wild adventures of four guys in search of their souls on a men’s insensitivity retreat. This play is a satire on men’s self-help encounters of the type made famous by drum-beating poet Robert Bly and the new-age, touchy-feely movement that supported it. A great comedy: funny, yet touching, and guaranteed to make you laugh.


JANUARY 29,30,31
FEBRUARY 6,7,13,14


$12 General Admission
$10 Student/Senior

Jan 29: Actor’s Benefit Night (all proceeds to cast and crew)
Feb 1: Senior Bus Service
Feb 6: Fortuna & Ferndale Chambers of Commerce Mixer

For information or reservations, call 786-5483.


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