Moon Over Buffalo Opens The Season With Laughter
Pittsburg Community Theatre's 2015-2016 Season kicked off with the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo, written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Barbara Halperin-Jacobs. The wonderful cast had audiences roaring with laughter at every twist and turn.
The honor of the Gypsy Coat was awarded to Jason Thompson (George Hay) for his wonderful performance and dedication to the show. Our hats go off to you Jason!
Dateline: Sunday - October 11, 2015.
The 37th Annual Shellie Award Nominations Have Been Announced!
Pittsburg Community Theatre announced it's Shellie Award Nominations at it's Annual End-Of-Year Board Meeting and Barbecue! Congratulations to all of our nominees. You can find out more here on our Shellie Award page.
Dateline: Saturday - June 6, 2015.
Greater Tuna Closes the Season with Uproarious Laughter
Pittsburg Community Theatre closed its 2014-2015 season with the humorus two-man show, Greater Tuna. It was a phenomenal success and a great way to close the 2014 - 2015 season!
Director Betty Brown honored Roberta Tibbetts (Costumer) with the Gypsy Coat for her contributions to the production.
See the fabulous review from the Contra Costa Times.
Dateline: Sunday - May 24, 2015.
Barefoot in the Park Let Us Laugh About Love
Pittsburg Community Theatre presented Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, a wonderfully put together comedy about newlyweds. With a talented cast and awesome set this classic fit right into the season lineup.
Director Betty Gregg honored Jessica Knecht (Assistant Director & Stage Manager) with the Gypsy Coat for her contributions to the production.
See the wonderful review from the Mercury News.
Dateline: Sunday - April 26, 2015.
Into the Woods Showed Us That The Path Isn't Always Straight
Pittsburg Community Theatre produced yet another magical musical with Into the Woods. Director Dianna Schepers had her hands full with this contemporary classic from Stephen Sondheim. After a near eight months since the journey began, the show concluded it's two weekend run with the honor of the Gypsy Coat being awarded to Tina Smith, who was "a bug in her ear throughout the process" says Dianna, as well as performing as The Witch. Congratulations Tina!
Please click here for the fantastic review in the Contra Costa Times
Dateline: Sunday - March 8, 2015.
PCT wins two Shellies at the 2015 ceremony
Pittsburg Community Theatre received two Shellies on January 17 at the 2015 ceremony at the Lesher Regional Arts Center in Walnut Creek.
Cherie Persing (Pictured above with PCT Executive Manager Betty Brown), a long-time PCT participant both on and off stage, received a Shellie for her “Special Contribution to the Performing Arts.”
Susan Dodge (Pictured above with Dianna Schepers, Director of South Pacific), won a Shellie for "Outstanding Costumes in a Musical" for the PCT production of ‘South Pacific.’
Persing, a Pittsburg resident, was introduced to PCT nearly 20 years ago when her daughter, Shelley, won a role in the musical ‘Oliver.’ Later she joined her daughter on stage in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and also helped sew costumes for the production.
“Cherie has been invaluable as our prop manager,” said PEAHOF inductee Betty Brown, PCT’s Executive Manager. “She ferrets out unusual props that we need. She’s organized and dependable and very pleasant to work with. She’s also an accomplished actress with comedic and character roles.”
Persing, who also serves on PCT’s board as secretary, had previous experience obtaining props while working for Producers Capital Corporation when it was originally located in Orinda. She was the company’s production coordinator for four years while it produced two motion pictures, numerous commercials and several TV pilots.
Part of her job was obtaining special props as well as scouting locations, hiring tech staff and finding housing for actors as well as previewing rough takes for studios and investors.
Persing wore a PCT Gypsy Coat (specially awarded to a cast or crew member after each PCT production) when accepting her award.
Persing has performed with PCT at previous Shellies, but this was her first time in the spotlight by herself at center stage.
“I didn’t win it for being a performer, but I think this is better than that,” Persing said. “They don’t have Shellies for props or for parents carpooling kids to rehearsals.
“When thinking about what it means, it means a great deal of things not for doing one thing. You don’t do this for the recognition, but it sure feels good. I’m so, so excited. I’m still glowing. It makes me feel good to be part of PCT’s history.”
Dianna Schepers, who directed ‘South Pacific,’ said Dodge was a worthy recipient.
“There were over 200 costumes for the show,” she said. “She put in over 300 hours scouring various Army-Navy surplus stores for uniforms, and gathering netting, camouflage and parachutes. She not only made most all the specialty costumes, but coordinated others to help sew costumes.”
Dodge had a role in the musical, and Schepers revealed, “She got stuck with the itchiest costume.”
Dodge, who lives in Benicia, has performed with a number of Bay Area theatre groups, including Diablo Light Opera, the Masquers in Richmond and Benicia Old Town Theatre. She had appeared in one previous PCT production, ‘I Hate Hamlet’ in 2009.
Dodge, who used to own a costume shop in El Sobrante, created a squid costume for PCT’s 2012 youth production of ‘The Little Mermaid.’ “I have always been doing a lot on my own to help costumers and had to step in several times to help design costumes,” said Dodge, who noted cast members had as many as seven different costume changes during the play.
“We went all over to find costumes, and the ones we couldn’t get we had to make like net dresses and a rope dress (the itchy costume Dodge had to wear) and turkey costumes made out of magazines and newspapers. I’d really like to thank Betty Gregg, Jolanda Little and Lois Butler for helping make costumes. They were all nuns in the play and were a Godsend to me.”
Dodge had been nominated one previous time for a regional theatrical award in Sonoma County and was amazed and happy to win with her first Shellie nomination.
“It’s very gratifying the show was recognized,” said Schepers. “We knew we did a good show. We all felt like we won when Susan’s name was announced.”
Dateline: Sunday - January 16, 2015.
Disney’s Mulan Jr. Wowed Audiences and Taught us Honor and Loyalty
Pittsburg Community Theatre continued its tradition of bringing a quality youth performance to the stage with “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” With a cast of 38 talented young performers ranging from the ages of 6 to 18, this year’s production was a huge undertaking for director Steven W Mergogey-Conti, but their hard work paid off and the production was highly successful!
Steven presented the Gypsy Coat to Carlos Amaral and Avery Brooks for their hard work and dedication to the performance.
Alongside “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” was a student written one-act play entitled “OPERATION: Coming Home”, it told the story of four kids dealing with parents deployed to Afghanistan and their impending return home. Written by Ricky Tiongson, Directed by Bethany Gella and Mentored by Sam Logan, this one-act will be one to remember for years to come.
Dateline: Sunday - December 14, 2014.
The Hound of the Baskervilles Starts the Season off with Mystery
Pittsburg Community Theatre opened its 2014-2015 season with a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery by F. Andrew Leslie based on the original by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was a great success and a great way to start the second season in our home at the California Theatre.
Director Lisa Marie Taylor honored Lora Oliver (“Beryl Stapleton” & Costumer) with the Gypsy Coat for her contributions to the production.
See the outstanding review from the Contra Costa Times.
Dateline: Sunday - October 5, 2014.
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 their assistance, PCT will be 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.