Cinnabar Theater Announces the 2008-2009 Season

Philip Barry
The Philadelphia Story

Tracy Lord is a lady. Or is she a goddess? Hopefully, by the time she learns the basic lessons of life she’ll realize that she is a woman who can love, accept and forgive. Meanwhile, she’ll have to settle for being grist for our laugh mill.
Sept. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, Oct. 2, 3 sold out, 4 at 8:00
Sept. 14, 21 and 28 at 2:00

Cinnadinner Sept 6 - More info go here

Conrad Susa/Anne Sexton

TransformationsA cast of eight singers runs the gamut of the Brothers Grimm, from Rapunzel to Rumplestiltskin, from Sleeping Beauty to the Seven Dwarves in Sexton’s strangely hilarious, personalized mutation of cherished fairy tale, lacing her poetic reimaginings with humorous observations, sly references to television, pop culture and the foibles of Twentieth Century living. Susa’s ingeniously accessible score is jazzy and melodic, with wry nods to Weill, Sondheim, Ives and the Andrews Sisters, not to mention Gustav Mahler.
Oct 24, 25, 31*, Nov 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8:00; Nov. 2 at 3:00
*Halloween party. Come dressed as your favorite Grimm’s fairy tale character. We’ll have special treats, and a champagne meet and greet after the show.

Read more about Conrad Susa here...

“This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.”

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Comics Stripped 2

More than a typical stand-up comedy show, and featuring three of the area’s best!
Saturday, November 1st at 7:30 pm

Stripped is more of a theater piece than a stand-up show.”  Pokorny said,  “I like to think of it as kind of an homage to the NPR program ‘This American Life.’  Perhaps, This American Stand-up Life, where we have a theme for the evening and the comics tell stories based on that theme.”   What Drives You? is the theme of this Intimate Evening, which is also a fundraiser for Cinnabar a non-profit theater that has been bringing quality live entertainment to Petaluma for over 30 years.  “With the success of the first, ‘Comics Stripped’ back in May we hope to raise a lot of money for the theater and it’s children’s program,” Pokorny added.

It’s a Wonderful Life
Book by Marcy Telles
Music by Janis Dunson Wilson

Wonderful LifeAbout the Play: Cinnabar’s own musical rendition of the beloved holiday favorite is a holiday tradition for all ages! George Bailey is a man who dreamed all his life of faraway lands and exotic adventure.  At every turn, however, his dreams were thwarted and he continually put his own life on hold in order to care for the needs of others.  Now, as he faces almost certain ruin, an encounter with a guardian angel leads him to discover the value of every human life…even his own.

About the Actors: It’s a Wonderful Life is a production of the Music Theater Ensemble, an advanced class in the Cinnabar Young Rep. These young actors first auditioned to be in the show and then, when cast, enrolled in the class. The 30+ students, aged 7-18, rehearsed more than 90 hours to produce this delightful holiday show.

About Cinnabar Young Rep: Founded in 1983, Cinnabar Theater’s Young Repertory Company is Sonoma County’s largest and longest-running program for youth in the dramatic arts, serving almost 500 students from 15 cities during the 2006-07 Season. In addition to several fully-staged youth productions each year, Young Rep includes year-round classes and summer camps, adult choruses, concerts and recitals and opportunities for students to perform in Cinnabar’s professional season. Young Rep is open to youngsters aged 4-18, who benefit from the instruction provided by working theater professionals. No child is turned away due to inability to pay.  

Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30 and Dec. 14 and 21 at 2:00.
$15/10 17 and under (up from age 16 last year)


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Choral EnsembleNina Shuman, Director
Nancy Hayashibara, Accompanist

Saturday, December 13, 2008, 8p.m.
$12 General / $10 Seniors & Students
$8 Youth to 17

United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Drive, Petaluma

Our homegrown holiday choral concert is here to lift our spirits and inspire our hearts. Cinnabar Choral Ensembles offer two choruses in one glorious concert. Our mixed-chorus Chamber Singers present the music of Brahms, Vivaldi and other joyous songs of the season. Our glorious Women’s Chorus sings Gounod, Bach and Brahms, as well as the lovely “I Wonder as I Wander” and even a delightful Hanukah song. Here's an event designed for the whole family to celebrate the joys of the season through music and song.


Ted Swindley
Always...Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline LogoMore than a tribute to the legendary country singer, here’s the heartfelt true story of Cline’s deep and abiding friendship with Louise Seger, a devoted fan. Complete with down home country humor and true emotion, Patsy’s unforgettable hits are featured, including Crazy (listen here), I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walkin' After Midnight (listen here) …27 songs in all.
*Dec. 31 at 9 pm: tasty desserts, beer and wine, champagne and party favors at midnight.
Jan 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8:00
Jan 11 at 2:00

Always...Patsy Cline is a co-production with 6th Street Playhouse.

Cinnadinner Jan 10, 2009 - More info go here


Fred Curchack and Laura Jorgensen return for another exciting world premiere.
CurchackThe 11th century poet/saint MILAREPA is the most beloved figure in Tibetan history. His life story is a fantastical tale of magic, murder, and redemption. It is also one of the world’s great accounts of the extraordinary efforts needed to transcend suffering and attain enlightenment.

MILAREPA is performed with music, dance, shadow art, eye-popping special effects, and hip hop, blues, and rock songs. It is adapted from the classic Tibetan Buddhist texts The Life of Milarepa and The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa.

Jan 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 8:00


Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance

ValentineThe cares that hang around me through the week Seem to vanish …when we're dancing, cheek to cheek.”

Valentine’s Day is the day of love, and what could be more romantic than a fabulous meal, glorious music and dancing cheek-to-cheek? It’s all waiting for you, served up cabaret-style, within the walls of Cinnabar Theater’s charming and intimate “schoolhouse on the hill.”

Imagine: You’re dressed in your Valentine’s Day finery, finishing a scrumptious dinner and gazing into your sweetheart’s eyes. The Artifacts take the stage, their music fills the room, and you take your sweetie by the hand. The two of you glide onto the dance floor and trip the light fantastic with the joyful abandon of Fred and Ginger. Ahhh…isn’t it romantic?

Doors open at 6:00. Dinner at 7:00. Music and dancing from 7:30-9:30. $50.

Reservations required. Call 707.763.8920 for tickets. Please specify vegetarian or non-vegetarian at the time of ticket

Menu: Crudités ß Caesar Salad ß Venetian Main Course ß Wine ß Sensual Sweets

Feb. 14 starting at 6:00


Our Town

Our TownBy Thornton Wilder
This Pulitzer Prize winning drama of life in the town of Grover's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, is THE great American play. (Young Rep)

Feb 27, 28, March 6 and 7 at 7:30
Mar 1, 8 at 2:00
$15/10 (again, 17 and under this year)


Leonard Bernstein

CandideBernstein does American musicals like none other, and the last version of his brilliant musical setting of Voltaire’s classic novel proves the fact. Join Candide and his three friends for a howlingly hilarious journey across a cynical and predatory “best of all possible worlds”.
March 20, 21, 27, 28, Apr 3, 10 at 8:00; April 5 and 12 at 3:00; April 1, 8 at 7:30

Cinnadinner March 21, 2009 - More info go here


Lady, Be Good!

By George and Ira Gershwin

Stage Direction by Eileen Morris
Music Direction by Jared Emerson-Johnson

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Fred Astaire and his sister Adele were the brother-and-sister dance team in "Lady Be, Good!" (1924)

This musical was the first time George collaborated with his brother Ira, whose lyrics here are an often witty delight, rhyming rumba with succumba and under my thumba, and promising, with ample justification, that "there's no sensation like syncopation".

Dates Apr 24, 25, May 1, 2 8, 9 at 7:30
May 3, 10 at 2:00


Donald Margulies
Collected Stories

Collected StoriesBrilliantly literate and intellectually stimulating, Margulies creates two fascinating characters to explore the conflict between the established artist and the adulatory fan who becomes a protégé, disciple, colleague and friend—and finally threatening rival. Always fluid and lively, the play is thick with ideas, yet rich with emotion and biting humor.
May 22, 23, 29, 30, June 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at 8:00; May 31 and June 7 at 2:00



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