Bay Area Holiday Theatre!

Happy Tuesday everyone! (She says with sleepy hope over her third cup of black tea). December is chock-full of holiday arts, and last weekend I was able to see two of the most inventive Christmas shows the Bay Area has to offer.

Play number 14: Friday, December 5, I saw Brian Copeland’s “The Jewelry Box” at The Marsh San Francisco. It’s a precious Christmas story of a six-year-old Brian’s quest to raise the $11.97 he needs to buy his mom the perfect Christmas present, a jewelry box from East Oakland’s White Front department store. Filled with a cast of relatable characters and cute anecdotes (like when little Brian applies for a job as used car salesman), this solo show proves you don’t need nutcrackers or reindeer to tell an endearing Christmas tale. It runs Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 5pm through the 27th.

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In his new holiday show THE JEWELRY BOX, a young  Brian Copeland (pictured here on Santa’s lap) heads to the “mean streets” of Oakland to buy his mom a Christmas present. THE JEWELRY BOX returns to The Marsh San Francisco, November 28 – December 27. Photo courtesy of the Copeland family

Saturday, December 6 marked my 15th play since I began documenting my theatre adventures, and the premiere of TheatreWorks’ wonderfully whimsical production of “Peter and the Starcatcher”, directed by Artistic Director Robert Kelley. A prequel to Peter Pan,  Rick Elice’s fun script requires the use of minimal props, a fact that is gleefully emphasized by the cast (a fight between the plays two ships, for example, takes place as two actors push toy boats around the stage.) With the help of perfectly timed sound effects, intermittent musical interludes, and wonderfully silly costumes, the brilliant cast brings laughter and whimsy to the small but beautifully set Lucie Stern Theatre. As a rule, most theatre people are either big children who love costumes and stories, or cynical art snobs who read a lot of plays that no one understands. Can you guess which I am? I liked “Peter” more than my little sister, who probably thought the play was kind of goofy. I thought it was so much fun, perfectly cast with a gorgeous set. And to top it off, soapy foam “snow” fell on our heads as we exited the theatre. It sure is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas 🙂

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l-r: Michael Gene Sullivan, Ron Campbell, Darren Bridgett, Christopher Reber, Adrienne Walters, Will Springhorn Jr., Kenny Toll, Patrick Kelly Jones, Tim Homsley, and Jeremy Kahn in the TheatreWorks production of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER playing December 3, 2014 – January 3, 2015 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

In other news, I’m proud and thrilled to announce that I have accepted an offer for a full time position with Carla Befera and Co. Public Relations! I’m ecstatic to have a real-person job in my field that I really enjoy. Woo hoo! This one goes out to all the haters who asked me what on earth I would do with a theatre degree.

Love and theatre,

-K

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