Thank you Charlie for that wonderful article, where should I bring your plate? :)
Please call 707-874-1124 or go to www.redwoodarts.org. The phone number listed in the article is incorrect.
I've done six shows on the GK Hardt Stage at 6th Street Playhouse, and one of my favorite things to say about it is, "This theater has never let me down." I'm telling you... 6th Street Playhouse is more than just a favorite home to Sonoma County actors, it has a strangely- sentient quality about it. I have great confidence that these woes will soon be water over the falls, and something infinitely better than what has gone before will emerge. ~ Tice Allison
Please listen to what these people are saying. I do not think it is negative and people should not be put down for saying what they believe. Try to figure out why Cinnabar can fill its theater and extend many shows an extra week while 6th Street can't fill its 184 seats. I am a senior and now try to go on Thursday nights because of the increase in ticket prices the last few years. The past two shows on a Thursday night where half full or less. One being about a third full. Look at ticket prices at the JC, Main Street, Spreckels, etc and see if you have priced out a segment of your attending audience of years ago.
What I would like to see improved is amplified sound quality. Harsh unnatural sound, which especially seems to affect female performers is a negative for me. I stopped going to performances at the Raven Theater after one musical a few years ago where the sound was so bad---my group tried a variety of seat locations during the performance---that we stopped going. If there is an equipment problem how about a campaign for new equipment such as was done for a new light board a while back.
You have a very nice facility and good people working there I hope that your financial difficulties are resolved soon and I can enjoy many more years of great performances.
Well... This comment section took a turn for the worst. Shame on you for picking on Taylor and 6th Street as if they are the only theater company to precast. For the past year Sprekels has used the same two girls as the leads in many of their productions, and the JC has used the same girl as their female lead for the last three musicals. PEOPLE LIKE WORKING WITH PEOPLE WHO WORK HARD. The theater community is small and even smaller in Sonoma County so when you find someone who is talented and works hard, why wouldn't you want to work with them? This article was supposed to be about lifting the theater community up, not tearing individuals down. Can we please get back to the core of the article? Supporting local theater? I think what 6th Street did was very brave. Canceling shows they were looking forward to is never EVER easy, but it was smart. Now that they have proper fundraising and advertising, I can't wait to see what comes from them.
The elephant in the room not discussed in this fine article is the question of just how much theatre this area can support and the oversaturation of one particular genre. How practical is it to have every large house doing a Broadway musical (some classics, others not so) and often simultaneously? I too have heard the complaints about repetitive casting from inside and outside the community, and I think it points more towards the issue of repetitive show styles than anything else. Then there's the issue of "recycling" shows throughout the area. Theatre companies often claim that "their" audience isn't another company's audience so there should be no problem in mounting a production of a show that was done elsewhere just last year. So much for growing your audience and reaching out to the larger community. This area has a lot of talented theatre artists who work with many of the local theatre companies. If they really want to survive and thrive, the local theatre companies need to figure out a way to work with each other, too.
Luckily for you BoHo reader, Bonnie & Clyde will be my last show at 6th Street as I have upcoming shows booked in Berkeley and San Francisco - so you will not have to be subjected to me onstage anymore. I do hope you see "Bonnie and Clyde" though. It's a beautiful show with a cast chalk full of non 6th Street performers, including our Clyde who traveled from the East Coast to play the role, and many other talented folk. I feel honored to have played so many fabulous roles - and hope that even though you didnt appreciate my performance, I'm happy that you still supported local theatre. - Taylor Bartolucci
What was so regrettable about Selma was that it falsely portrayed the role of President Johnson and completely left out the role of Rabbi Heschel who was a critical supporter of Dr. King. Rabbi Heschel was by Dr. King's side during the Selma march, Dr. King called him "my rabbi", and Dr. King was planning on spending Passover with Rabbi Heschel just before he was shot.
I have heard that comment, about using the same actors repeatedly, from subscribers and theatre-goers, not just actors. Audience-fatigue is real. People want to see new talent, and a theatre will never grow if it becomes too inclusive, and the community doesn't feel it's "their community theatre." If I go to see Kiss Me Kate, Spamalot, Victor, Victoria, Boeing Boeing, Scoundrels,Funny Girl, etc. how likely is it I will want to see the same cast in Bonnie and Clyde? The talent is there, but even Barbra Streisand wore people out after a while, before she took a much-needed break.
Seems we have a disgruntled actor...^^ boooo! What a negative outlook you have on this local company. It shows versatility, not a casting problem. Sonoma County needs to support local theatre and shows.
As harsh as this will be, It'll probably help A LOT if the same actors weren't cast in all the shows. People don't want to go to see the same person every time they go and want to enjoy an amazing show. That's why no one wants to pay/donate. And no one wants to audition for things, knowing that they aren't going to get what they want anyway. Things are never going to change for the theatres, 6th street mostely, if things don't change casting wise.
BIG things are happening with Lucky Penny. Barry and Taylor have put their all into creating a permanent home for theatre in Napa and the North Bay. Support it in whatever way you can.
Thank you for this great article. Please help keep local theatre alive.
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