Nevada City always goes all out for the holidays. Usually, at least one Christmas play is shown through the month of December. This year, we are so lucky to have two plays (both by LeGacy Presents) which are both fabulous. The first play, A Christmas Story, is playing at the Nevada Theatre. The classic comedy set in the 1930s tells the story of a boy named Ralphie who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. If you loved the movie, you’ll love the play as well. It has a great and energetic cast and a beautiful set. This play is fun for the whole family and tickets run from $15-$30. It shows Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until December 24. For more information on show times, click HERE.
The second play that LeGacy is putting on this holiday season is David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries. This one man show tells David’s story of working as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. This hilarious production is perfect for a night away from the kids. LeGacy suggests that this performance is for “mature elves only.” Playing at Off Center Stage in Grass Valley, this show is playing until December 24 as well. Tickets are around $20-$25.
You don’t want to miss either of these productions, so catch them before they leave!
Sierra Stages is putting on a production of the comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” starting this Thursday, July 14, at Nevada Theatre. We saw the production and were laughing the whole time. It’s great for the whole family, although older kids might enjoy it more. The music was catchy and upbeat and the costumes were fun and colorful. The Stephen Sondheim musical, which has a live orchestra, will be playing every weekend through August 7. Visit SierraStages.org, call the box office at 530-346-3210, or stop by BriarPatch Co-op or The Book Seller for tickets. Don’t forget to look for Sierra Stages’ “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” coming in October, playing at the Miners Foundry.
Advance Ticket Prices for “Forum”:
July 14 & 15 Preview Performances: $15
Thursday Performances at 7 PM: $20
Friday and Saturday Performances at 8; Sundays at 2: $25
Read more about the production HERE.
The Full Monty (a musical edition) opened at the Nevada Theatre last weekend. Put on by Ewing Ventures, this comedy tells the story of a few friends who are unemployed from the steel mill and can’t find good paying jobs where they live in Buffalo, New York. One night they see tons of women going to see Chippendale dancers. They figure if they put on a show, they too can make a lot of money. The three friends decide they need six men to put on a good show and go on a challenging search for men to join their show. All six have their problems that get resolved as the play goes on. Since the men are no Chippendale dancers, they have to find a way to get people to come to their show, so they decide to go “the full monty”. The Full Monty is playing until June 23, 2011 so go enjoy the show before it’s gone! (Due to adult content, only patrons 18 years or older are admitted.)
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Once known as the Bailey House Hotel, the Nevada Theatre was built in an attempt to have a theater that wouldn’t burn to the ground (like a lot of Nevada City, including the Bailey House Hotel, had in the beginning). Mark Twain and Emma Nevada both performed on the Nevada Theatre stage. The Nevada Theatre has gone through many ownership changes. It was once a movie theater known as the Cedar Theater from 1909 until 1958 when televisions took away business from the movie theater. Just a few years ago, the Foothill Theatre Company went out of business. The company put on most of the plays at Nevada Theatre, along with C.A.T.S. (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra), for many years. When Foothill Theatre Company stopped producing plays, many believed that the Nevada Theatre was also closing. The Nevada Theatre is still running and has recently gone under some big changes such as a new roof and a heating and air conditioning system. The interior walls were revamped, and the exterior got a fresh coat of paint and major repairs were made to the brick and mortar. The theater is now used mostly by LeGacy Productions, C.A.T.S., and on Sunday nights by the Nevada Theatre Film Series. The theatre is also used for special events and for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival held by S.Y.R.C.L. (South Yuba River Citizens League) and the Nevada City Film Festival.