Other PCT News and Events!
Online: California Theatre Box Office
Box Office Phone #: 925-427-1611
In Person @ the California Theatre:
351 Railroad Ave * Old Towne Pittsburg
Box Office Hours; Tuesday thru Friday - Noon to 5pm.
PCT Receives Support from the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
Pittsburg Community Theatre wishes to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the
Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation for their generous support.
With this grant, PCT is able to enhance the overall production value of our shows this coming season and purchase the much needed body microphones. Thank You Lesher Foundation!
Dateline: Saturday - July 8, 2014.
Elsa Visits Pittsburg at the 4th of July Fesitval
Elsa came to Pittsburg on the 4th of July!
Elsa from Disney's "Frozen" joing PCT at the July4th Festival. She delighted the children with face painting and having her picture taken with whomever asked.
This was PCT's first booth at the festival and did we have a marvelous time. We passed on information about our upcoming season and also let all the children know about of the upcoming auditions for Mulan Jr. to be held on September 8 and 9.
PCT is also hosting a free audition workshop on August 23. This is free to any student who wants to learn basic audition skills and gain assistance for the upcoming Mulan Jr. auditions.
For more informaiton, see Events.
Pictured - Elsa warming the hearts of Pittsburg PD's Finest!
Elsa warming the hearts of Pittsburg PD's Finest!
Elsa is protrayed by Courtney Shaffer, a PCT actor and who is also the assistant director for Mulan Jr. this fall.
She owns "Little Princess Wishes" and performs for birthday parties and other events as your favorite Disney Princess. Check out www.LittlePrincessWishes.com for more information.
Dateline: Saturday - July 5, 2014.
The Mousetrap Closes the Season
The Mousetrap was a delight from start to finish.
Courtney Lynn Weixel was honored with the Gypsy Coat for being, what Director Roberta Tibbetts said, the "heart" of the show and tied it all together!
This show was a true ensemble show and featured Courtney Lynn Weixel and Sam Logan as the innkeepers to a collection of characters who came to stay at their manor. A longtime PCT alum Brian Villaneuva returned to the stage and PCT to be part of this show. The last we saw him, he directed The Mousetrap. Other guests at the manor included Natalie Hardt, Jeff Strawther, Joe Saam and of course, Betty Brown.
Betty was greated with a warm ovation each time she first took the stage. It was amazing to see her perform, and for many of us, it was our first time to see her true talent shine on stage.
Congratulations to the entire cast, production team and director for this fabulous production.
Dateline: Monday, May 12, 2014.
PCT Honored with TWO Shellie Awards
PCT WINS! The 35th Annual Shellie Awards were held at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek on Satuday January 11, 2014. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in the performing arts in the Central Contra Co¬sta/Diablo Valley region and are the East Bay’s equivalent of a Tony Award. Pittsburg Community Theatre has long been part of this event and has garnered many awards through the years including last year’s Best Support Actor in a Play in which Antioch’s own Kevin Burns was honored. This year PCT took home two Shellie Awards.
The first award was a technical award presented to Ronn Ton for his lighting design work for M*A*S*H. This was a great achievement for designing lighting cues for more than 30 scenes both on stage and in front of the curtain. Hats are off to Ronn for his creative work .
The second Shellie award was the shocker of the night as Alex Schepers took home the trophy for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Radar O’Reilly in M*A*S*H. Alex was 15 years old when he performed in the show and he is now a Junior at Pittsburg High School. Alex portrayed Radar with all the “sensitivity and naivety” one would expect to see in this character according to director Dianna Schepers upon accepting the award for Alex. She further said that as patrons left the show they would say “it was as if Radar stepped out of the screen and onto the stage,” and is “doubly proud” because Alex is her son. She was thrilled with his performance and grateful to the Shellie Committee for recognizing his work.
Congratulations to both Ronn and Alex!
Dateline: Sunday, January 12, 2014..
"A Case of Libel" at the Shellie Awards
At the 35th Annual Shellie Awards, Ken Solazzo (Shellie Nominee for Best Actor) and Michael Walraven performed a scene from "A Case of Libel." It was riveting to say the least. They had the croud by the palm of their hand! Bravo! To Ken and Michael and to their director Kris Neely for this award nominated show!
Check out their scene.... "A Case of Libel"
Dateline: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Aladdin Showed us a "Whole New World"
Pittsburg Community Theatre continued its long tradition of bringing a children's show to the stage with Disney's Aladdin Jr. This year we enjoyed a very talented cast and topped it off with awarding the Gypsy Coat to Anastazia "Zia" Tedford. Zia was one of the stage managers for the show as well as performing in both Aladdin and the original one-act "The Fountain.
Director David Ward was thrilled with this years show and very proud of all the students who participated.
David and Zia are seen in this picture at the cast party.
Dateline: Sunday, December 15, 2013.
The Odd Couple Starts the Season off with a Bang
Pittsburg Community Theatre opened it season with the classic Neil Simon comedy "The Odd Couple." It was a huge success and shows that PCT is happy with its new home at the California Theatre.
Director Barbara Halperin-Jacobs honored Kevin Burns ("Oscar Madison" with the Gypsy Coat for his contributions to the production.
See the glowing review of the show from the Concord Patch.
Dateline: Thursday, October 31, 2013.
Our New Home - The California Theatre
The Pittsburg Community Theatre board of directors has decided to make the California Theatre our new home!
We are thrilled to moved to this newly renovated historic theatre and look forward to an exciting season of quality live theatre.
Thanks to the City of Pittsburg for their support and to the management of VenueTech for their assistance.
Dateline: Wednesday August 21, 2013.
Betty Brown to be Inducted into the Hall of Fame
PCT is thrilled to announce that our founder, Betty Brown is one of eighteen to be inducted with the first class ever into the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame.
Nominees for enshrinement were chosen by a select group of local artists. The final voting was conducted by members of the PEAHOF. Criteria for selection included a connection to Pittsburg, regional and national recognition and contributions to local culture and youth.
An Induction Ceremony will be held at the Creative Arts Building on Oct. 6, 2013.
Dateline: Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Updated August 21, 2013.
PCT Shellie Award Winner
Pittsburg Community Theatre is proud to announce that Kevin Burns won the Best Supporting Actor in a Supporting Role for his protrayal of Max Prince in last year's production of "Laughter on the 23rd Floor!"
Congratulations Kevin! For a complete list of past winners, see our Shellie Awards page.
Dateline: Monday, January 21, 2013.
An Outstanding Job!
A big Thank You to Mr. Romeo Simionas and his advanced students in Web Design classes at Pittsburg High School for designing the template for this website. We hope to work with the web design students again as they are wonderfully talented and this was a great opportunity for them to work with real world "client!" Thanks again!!!!
Dateline: Friday, June 8, 2012.
Rededication of the Creative Arts Building
The $9 million renovation/modiernization of the Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus is complete and culminated with a huge rededication celebration. PCT took part in the celebration by performing the title song from "The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What?"
PCT thanks the Pittsburg School Board for the past 39 years and wishes them great fortune in the future.
Dateline: Thursday February 23, 2012.
Founder Betty Brown Honored
The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame, located in the lobby of the historic Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus recognizes local musicians, performers, artists and writers and commemorates their achievements and impact upon the cultural life of Pittsburg. It is hoped that by honoring these individules, the youth of Pittsburg can be educated and inspired to use and expand their creative abilitiles to enrich the community.
One of those honored is our own Betty Brown; founder of PCT. Betty started an Adult Education in September, 1973, until April, 1978. She ran the classes and brought various types of productions to the delight of audience goers. Then on April 9, 1979, PCT was incorporated as a non-profit corporation and has produced four productions each year ever since. Her image is forever captured by internationally known artist and Pittsburg native Dr. Ronald McDowell. Dr. McDowell painted Pittsburg's cultural history in a 90-foot frieze which is located in the main lobby of the Creative Arts Building.
Dateline: Thursday February 23, 2012.