Love Letters at the Yuba 4/26/17

An not so instant replay of A. R. Gurney‘s  Love Letters with Frank & Bette Jo Lang at the Yuba Theatre in Downieville Saturday April 29th at 7:00 PM. Everyone who saw the first showing requested they do it again so those who missed it could have the chance and those who saw want to witness this beautiful story again. Help the Yuba Theatre upgrade the sound system for all our enjoyment.

Banff Mountain Film Tickets 2/22/17

Feb 24th at 9 am: Banff tickets on sale

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Yuba Theatre April 7-9, 2017

The historic Gold Rush era town of Downieville on Highway 49 offers a perfect opportunity for a weekend get-away with the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Yuba Theatre in Downieville April 7-9, 2017.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM: On line: Brown Paper Tickets Locally: Downieville Day Spa (530 289 3504).

Sierra County Arts Council 

Holiday Show @ Yuba 12/7/16

The Downieville School Holiday Show and Baked Goods Auction was a sweet success as parents and community members gathered to see local students perform at the Yuba Theatre for Holiday on Main last weekend.

The event began with Shelly Fischer’s Cubhouse and Daycare preschool children dressed in reindeer beanies and singing and miming to “Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer”. How cute is that? Ms. Galan’s class performed the poem “The Game of Letters” and “Jingle Bells” with Katrina Bosworth accompanying on piano. Ms. Maire’s class did poems followed by a short play “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”.

Tina Floyd did a wonderful job directing the play, Cracker the Grinch and Bette Jo Lang of the Sierra Turnpike Players also lent their talents to make the play spectacular delight. The costumes, “hair” and make-up were amazing thanks to Cracker, Tina, Lynnea White, Bette Jo, Kathy Fischer and Melissa Kinneer. Kathy Fischers Zumba Crew led all the performers in the dancing finale “Jingle Bell Rock”.

Following the student performances was the traditional Baked Goods Auction, where eager audience members dueled for their favorite holiday treats including pies, cookies, cake, and fudge baked locally. Auctioneer extraordinaire, Frank Lang, managed to lead the bidding to amazing heights including Lynn Fillo’s chocolate bourbon pecan pie which went for whopping $95 twice! Proceeds from the auction reached $898.

Special thank you to Darcy White and always to Greg Bostrom for Technical Support and to all the generous bakers and bidders. Funds raised by the auction go to benefit the Artists in Schools program which brings Sierra County artists to teach at Downieville School. This event was Co-Sponsored by Downieville School and the Sierra County Arts Council.

Thank you to all the volunteers and community members who helped to make this event a success. The Sierra County Arts Council is the State-Local Partner with the California Arts Council.

No Complaints 10/19/16

The two night appearances of local celebrity actors was a hit according to theatre goers.. fun was had and apparently there was a famous Broadway director in the audience scouting for hidden talent.

At the Yuba 10/12/16

Two One-Act Plays at the Yuba Theatre
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 14th & 15th at 7:00 PM
Come watch our local community actors take the stage of the Yuba Theatre and join us for an evening of big laughs, outrageous characters, and audience participation!

The Sierra County Arts Council and local community theater group, the Sierra Turnpike Players, present two one-act plays, Murder at the Pie Auction by Michael Druce and Complaint Department and Lemonade by Kamron Klitgaard. Directed by Scott Ewing, the Arts Council’s 2016 Artist in Residence.

Admission: $12 adults; $8 children, students, and seniors. Available at the door or in advance at Downieville Day Spa or theYuba Gallery in Downieville.

Jurassic World at Yuba Theatre 8/24/16

Jurassic World At the Yuba Theatre August 26, 2016

Unknown-4Director: Colin Trevorrow Writers (screenplay): Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly Writers story: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver Characters: Michael Crichton
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins

A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park’s newest attraction–a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine–escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Show time is Friday – August 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation $5.00

Official Review of Love 8/24/16

Frank & Bette Jo as Andy and MelissaThere wasn’t a dry eye in the house as A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” came to a close last Friday at The Yuba Theatre. Frank and Bette Jo Lang played Melissa and Andy in this heartfelt reading of a fifty year correspondence between two friends and lovers.

There was great poignancy in the story of these alienated children of privilege who begin their correspondence in the second grade and send signals to each other during lengthening periods of absence. “Why do they keep pushing us together and pulling us apart?” wonders Andy. Melissa Gardner is rich, entitled, impulsive and uninhibited. Andrew Makepeace Ladd III is not so comfortably well-off so he has to work harder at being preppy. And so it continues, first through same-sex schools and summer camps and then through diverging career paths and ambitions.

There could not have been a better vehicle for this talented duo, with Frank playing strong and dependable Andy, in contrast to Bette Jo’s artistic and flighty Melissa. The closing scene was particularly tender and sad, made so by the earnest performance and pathos of the actors who themselves have lived and loved in their lifetime partnership. All in attendance agreed that it was one of the best performances to have ever graced our local stage.
This production was put together in less than two weeks at the suggestion of Resident Theatrical Director, Scott Ewing. Turns out that Scott really knows what he is doing. B.J. Jordan, from the Sierra County Arts Council, who manages the theatre said: “Are you crazy, Scott? We can’t do a play on such short notice”. Scott’s simple answer was “Easy Peasy”. But none of this could have been accomplished without the incredible performances of Bette Jo and Frank. Thank you also to Paul Guffin who stepped in at the last minute to do the sound and lights and to Cracker Eshleman, Liz Fisher and the Mountain Messenger who helped to get the word out. Also thank you to everyone who came to the performance which raised funds to support our Artists Activating Communities program funded through the California Arts Council.
Acting workshops were held this week and there will be a workshop next week on Wed. Aug. 31 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. We invite everyone to come join the fun. No experience necessary. These workshops are in preparation for the Oct. 14 & 15 main stage production this fall, continuing our community theater tradition.

Absolutely Loved Letters 8/24/16

A.R. Gurney’s play, “Love Letters”, was performed at the Yuba Theatre on Friday, August 19, 2016. The two-person play starred Bette Jo & Frank Lang, and was directed by Scott Ewing. Here are some photos from The Sierra County Arts Council.

The production was extraordinary and Frank and Bette Jo Lang who portrayed Andy and Melissa were them. Director Ewing truly knows his profession and did a great job helping the Langs create their characters.  There was no separation between the actors and the characters of Andy and Melissa. During the entire two act play there was no interaction of the couple until the end when Bette Jo looked at Frank as he read his final letter to Melissa’s mother. Everyone in the audience  was brought to tears as Frank/Andy choked up with emotion.

This production was amazing and it is my fervent hope we have another presentation of Love Letters with Frank and Bette Jo, as it truly brings home the power of theater and art in society. If you missed it, ask the Sierra County Arts Council to play it again.

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