'We Will Rock You at Heritage High
BRENTWOOD -- Heritage High School Rising Stars is the first and only high school drama club in the U. S. to premiere Queen s rock musical "We Will Rock You in 2013.
The school will roll out the red carpet presenting an all-out rock-concert production with designer costumes, searchlights, special effects, a logo-laden backdrop, strobe lights and more. Chris Fallows directs.
The story is based in the distant future at a time when musical instruments have been banned and kids are no longer able to make their own music. But resistance is growing. Underneath the gleaming cities, down in the lower depths live the Bohemians. Rebels who believe that there was once a Golden Age when the kids formed their own bands and write their own songs. They call that time, The Rhapsody.
Performances will be 7 p.m. Friday and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Additional performances are 7 p.m. March 14 and 15 and 1 p.m. March 16 at Heritage High School, 101 American Ave.
General admission is $18 and students $12. Tickets can be purchased at http://libertyunion.schoolwires.net/196820811185124513/site/default.asp. For information, call or text Tammy Vance at 925-437-3078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Little Mermaid set to open in Antioch
ANTIOCH -- The El Campanil Children s Theatre presents "The Little Mermaid at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, 602 W. Second St.
An adaptation by acclaimed children s playwright Lane Riosley of the beautiful fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen as he originally wrote it. Sharon Redman directs.
Having fallen in love with the prince she saved from drowning, the Little Mermaid makes a deal with the sea witch to give up her voice in exchange for human legs. If the Little Mermaid speaks while she s on land, the spell will be broken, and her legs will quickly turn back into fins. Face to face with the prince, her feelings overpower her, and she cannot help but speak to him. She risks her life (and limbs) for only a brief moment to respond to the prince, then quickly dashes off to the sea, taking only a lesson of sadness and a glimpse of what can never be.
General admission is $12, seniors 62 and older $10 and children 17 and younger $8. For tickets, call 925-757-9500, or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Rodgers & Hammerstein s Musical Revue comes to Brentwood
BRENTWOOD -- Broadway Under The Stars presents Rodgers & Hammerstein s Musical Revue: "A Grand Night For Singing 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Both performances will be at the Los Meganos Event Center, Trilogy At The Vineyards, 1700 Trilogy Parkway, Brentwood.
The Tony Award-nominated Best Musical showcases Richard Rodgers timeless music and the incomparable lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein. It takes a romantic musical journey from young infatuation to the touching and funny complexities of commitment and marriage, the joys of parenthood, and finally, the power of enduring love. From "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin to "Some Enchanted Evening, the revue features more than 30 of Rodgers and Hammerstein s greatest hits.
General admission is $30 and $20 for teens. Tickets can be purchase by calling, 925-516-1741 or 925-513-3863.
Auditions set for 'Alice s Adventures in Wonderland
ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children s Theatre will host auditions for "Alice s Adventures in Wonderland at 7 p.m. March 11 and 12 at the Virginia J. Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St.
Actors 7 and older may audition. A $75 nonrefundable participation fee is required. Everyone will have a speaking role.
Rehearsals will be 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
Performances will be April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. For more information, call 925-234-1465.
Piano Duo Polyhymnia performs
PITTSBURG -- Los Medanos College presents a faculty and guest recital with Eric and Catherine Thompson performing the works for Piano Solo and Piano Duet, with music by Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, and Bartok, inspired by the folk music of Hungary.
The performance is 3 p.m. April 7 at the Los Medanos College Recital Hall, 2700 E. Leland Road in Pittsburg. General admission is $10, students $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For information, go to www.thompsonmusicstudio.com.
Jam Session honors drummer Terry Jones
PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Second Sunday Jam Sessions will pay tribute to drummer Terry Jones at the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame Second Sundays Jam Session 5 p.m. Sunday at Pacific Community Services, 329 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg.
Headlining the tribute is PEAHOF All-Stars, Larrie Noble Sr., Dan Daniels and Johnny Otis Jr.
Growing up in Pittsburg, Jones, the son of legendary West Coast bluesman Louis and Theresa Jones, was best known as a drummer performing with his father s bands, playing at festivals throughout the state and with a number of gospel groups. Jones, as well as his father, are members of the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame.
Musicians, singers and spoken word artists are invited to participate in the Jam Session and should sign in by 5:30 p.m.
Suggested donations are $10 and $5 for PEAHOF members. Refreshment are available for purchase at the event.
For information, contact Chuck Dybdal, 925-642-7321 or go to, www.pittsburgentertainmentandarts.org.
'Willy Wonka set at Liberty High
BRENTWOOD -- The Liberty High School Playmakers presents Roald Dahl s "Willy Wonka at Liberty High School, 850 Second St.
This stage-adapted musical is a timeless classic featuring the world famous candy maker and his quest to find an heir. The musical features great melodies such as "The Candy Man, "Think Positive and "Pure Imagination. More than a hundred students are involved in the cast, crew and pit band.
Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.
General admission is $12.50; seniors, children 17 and younger and college students with ID are $9.50; Playmakers, Rising stars and Center Stage members are $7.50. Children 12 and younger are $5.50 at matinee the performance.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://libertyunion.schoolwires.net/playmakers or at the door.
A celebration of big band at El Campanil
ANTIOCH -- "In The Mood, the 1940s Big Band Swing Dance Musical Revue, comes to the El Campanil Theatre, 602. W. Second St., at 3 p.m. March 20.
The 1940s revue, conceived by Bud Forrest, musical producer and former accompanist to the Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the US Air Force, takes a retro look at swing, the music that moved the nation s spirit and helped win a war with up-tempo big band rhythms and mellow intimate ballads -- a mood was set to inspire a future filled with hope, promise and prosperity. "In The Mood immerses the audience in the swing, rhythm, jazzy, brassy, sentimental and romantic music of that time.
All seats are $32. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
'A Case of Libel closes this weekend
PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Community Theatre presents "A Case of Libel.
This weekend s performances are 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Impulse Gallery and Theatre, 329 Railroad Ave. in Pittsburg.
"A Case of Libel was inspired by the real-life courtroom battle between journalists Quentin Reynolds and Westbrook Pegler. Written by Henry Denker, this 1963 Broadway play tells the story of Dennis Corcoran, a liberal news correspondent who returns from World War II after performing heroically only to be characterized as a drunkard and Communist sympathizer by an ultraconservative columnist, Boyd Bendix. With the help of a brilliant attorney Robert Sloane, Corcoran brings a libel suit against Boyd.
General admission is $15, seniors and students $12. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-439-7529 or at TicketLeap.com.
Teachers art exhibit set to open March 16
BRENTWOOD -- The Discover Art League opens an "Art Teachers Showcase March 16 at CR Framing, 700 Harvest Park Drive, Ste. 1.
As the first of its kind in Brentwood, the exhibit promises to be an unforgettable event showcasing the art work of teachers in the area. Their work is a result many years of experience as a teacher.
The following group of art teachers will gather for the event: Sue Clanton, watercolorist; Big Al Lopez, caricaturist; Josie O Malley, watercolorist, pastel, ink, oil painting; Rosie Grejsen, pottery and ceramic sculpture; Beverly Turner, sculpture; Nancy Roberts, acrylic; Mary Lamb, pottery and Sherry Cummings, watercolorist. Free art demos will be performed by the teachers. A schedule of the art demos will be available at the opening. For information and exhibit hours, call Gus Daugherty, 925-516-4477.
Also on tap is a showcase of local artist Sandra Berkson as Artist of the Month for March.
Berkson has been with the Discover Art League for about four years and has impressed a lot of people with her abstract art.
'The Unexpected Guest set for March 16
ANTIOCH -- The Vagabond Players season begins with a bang presenting one of Agatha Christie s favorite mysteries, "The Unexpected Guest.
Stranded and lost in the fog, Michael Starkwedder stumbles into a foggy estate in Wales to discover a man murdered and everyone in the household a suspect -- just when the murder seems solved, Miss Christie pulls her almighty knockout punch and produces one of her famous surprise endings.
Performances are 8 p.m. March 16 and 2 p.m. March 17 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
General admission is $15, seniors 62 and older $12 and children 17 and younger $10. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
For information about the Vagabond Players, go to www.vagabondplayersinc.com.
Art4Schools exhibit set at Lynn House Gallery
ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch hosts the ninth annual Art4Schools exhibits at the Lynn House Gallery.
The Art4Schools exhibits features Antioch Unified School District classrooms involved in the Arts4Schools Program, sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, Union Pacific Foundation, the city of Antioch and a Calpine funded through the office of Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover.
The exhibit includes art from Fremont and Sutter schools March 13-23. Encore Home Schooling art will be shown March 24 and 27, while Turner and Diablo schools will have art displayed May 15-25.
The gallery is open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., during exhibits. There is no admission fee for the reception or exhibit.
The Art4Schools program will continue with additional exhibits through May 25.
GATO plans Cesar Chavez holiday event March 24
ANTIOCH -- Give Always to Others & Company will host its annual free Cesar E. Chavez State Holiday event at 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 24 at Antioch High School, Marion Beede Auditorium, 700 W. 18th St.
The program will feature guest speaker, Mark Silverman, the attorney for Cesar E. Chavez in the late 1960s during a nonviolence journey for civil rights for the farm workers. Also included in the event will be displays and exhibits including one highlighting the role of the Filipino leaders who helped Chavez in this historical movement, as well as traditional music and dance performances by Ballet FolkloricoMexicano de Esther Torres and Mariachi SanMiguel.
Scholarships, titled Guillermo "Bill Muniz Educational Awards, will be presented to area high school students. Muniz has been a promoter of education as a mean of advancing for a better future.
For information, call 925-439-2558.
-- Nan Hargis