PCT wins two Shellie Awards

PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Community Theatre took home two awards at Saturday s 35th Annual Shellie Awards at the Lesher Center for the Arts: Best Supporting Actor and a technical award.

Alex Schepers took home the top trophy for Best Supporting Actor in a play for his portrayal of Radar O Reilly in M*A*S*H. Schepers was 15 years old when he performed in the show and he is now a junior at Pittsburg High School. He portrayed Radar with all the "sensitivity and naivety one would expect to see in this character, according to Director Dianna Schepers upon, who accepted the award for her son. She noted that as theater-goers left the show they would say "it was as if Radar stepped out of the screen and onto the stage, and she said she was thrilled with his performance and grateful to the Shellie Committee for recognizing his work.

A technical award was also presented to Ronn Ton for his lighting design work for M*A*S*H, which was performed in the Little Theatre of the Creative Arts Building in Pittsburg in 2013. Ton designed lighting cues for more than 30 scenes both on stage and in front of the curtain.

Coming soon is PCT s musical production of Rogers and Hammerstein s "South Pacific for two weekends in March beginning March 7 and ending March 16. Tickets are now available through the California Theatre Box Office (open Tuesday through Friday noon to 5pm) or online at www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.org. Also, auditions for the Agatha Christies mystery thriller "The Mousetrap are scheduled March 17 and 18. Visit www.pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org for audition details.

Figure sketch exhibit, event in Brentwood

BRENTWOOD -- CR Framing and Gallery will present "Figure Sketch -- A Process of Art through Jan. 31.

The exhibit showcases work by the figure group that meets at the gallery on Monday evenings. With a different theme each week, the group s models sport a wild variety of creative costumes and props. Each artist interprets the model in his own unique style, making it fun to see the results displayed together.

A combined reception and figure-sketching event is planned for Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. All artists are invited to come and sketch a costumed model, with a participation fee of $10. From 3 to 5 p.m. everyone is invited to a free reception to watch the artists at work, try their own hand at a sketch or two, and enjoy some refreshments. CR Framing is at 700 Harvest Park Drive and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 634-7742. For information about the Monday evening figure group, go to www.pinupshow.com.

'Dark Blue World to be shown Jan. 19 at El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "Dark Blue World at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

On March 15, 1939, Germany invaded Czechoslovakia. Czech and Slovak pilots fleed to England, joining the RAF. After the war, back home, they were put in labor camps, suspected of anti-Communist ideas.

The film is part of a collaborative effort with the International Film Showcase, which has a successful foreign film series in Orinda.

The French, German film has English subtitles.

General admission $8, seniors 62 and older $7. For tickets, call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

'Phantom of the Opera star to sing at Campanil

ANTIOCH -- Following last year s hit presentation of his Broadway tribute, "The Phantom of the Opera star Franc D Ambrosio returns to The El Campanil Cabaret Series celebrating movie music with his critically acclaimed one-man show "Hollywood at 3 p.m. Jan. 26.

This year s show takes us on his journey from the Bronx to Hollywood, celebrating songs from many of his favorite silver Sscreen classics along the way, including "Funny Face, "Breakfast At Tiffany s, "Top Hat, "Moonstruck, "Pennies From Heaven, "The Godfather and "The Phantom of the Opera.

D Ambrosia portrayed the famed masked man nearly 3,000 times, bringing more than five million theatergoers to their feet over six years. He starred in the now legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber musical for a year and a half in the National Tour, and five years in the San Francisco production. Thus, at one point, earning the title The World s Longest Running Phantom.

Tickets: adults: $27; seniors (62 and older) $25; youth (ages 9-17), free with paid adult or senior. Tickets are available at the box office, or by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

New art group plans inaugural members show

Art Guild of the Delta, a new East County nonprofit organization, is planning its inaugural members-only show for Feb. 8, with an opening reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at CR Framing of Brentwood.

The Guild will offer networking, creative support and encouragement, show opportunities, a critique group, field trips, workshops and lectures, open studio tours and fundraisers for the to provide scholarship money to students enrolled in the art department of Los Medanos Community College, who participate in the Student Art Show in the spring.

Founded by artists sharing a common vision, the group hopes to create an inspiring, educational and supportive place for artists and community supporters.

Art Guild of the Delta holds business meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, alternating between day and evening meetings to enable a wider participation. The next meeting is Jan. 21 at

Heavenly Cheesecakes, 3101 Balfour Road, Brentwood.

For more information, contact Rosalinda Grejsen at

rgrejsen@pacbell.net, or 925-240-7739.

'Beanstalk is set to open Feb. 27 in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- El Campanil Children s Theatre will present "Jack and The Beanstalk, Feb. 27 through March 2 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

For questions, email directorSharon Redman at SundownCA@aol.com

Art exhibit continues at Umpqua Bank in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- Umpqua Bank and the The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch are partnering for an art exhibit providing local artists a venue to showcase their work.

Featured artists for the January exhibit are Eric Hoye, Nina Collosi, Celia Huddleston, Kyoko Campbell, Gloria Cannon, and Jolynn LaCasse.

The exhibit is at 3700 Lone Tree Way, and is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through January. The Arts & Cultural Foundation is seeking artists for February and March. Artists interested in participating, email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325-9897.

Stage Right to present 'Phantom of the Opera

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory will present "Phantom of the Opera Feb. 28 through March 9 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.

For more information, call Kami Stiles at 925-216-4613.

Winter kids art classes are offered in Brentwood

BRENTWOOD -- Winter art classes begin this week at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., with instructor Nancy Roberts.

"Animal Safari for ages 6 through 12 is set for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. In this class kids will capture the spirit of wild animals, farm critters and more, with a variety of drawing and painting media. "Drawing and Painting People for ages 8 through 13 is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

For information and registration, call Brentwood Parks and Recreation at 925-516-5444 or go to www.brentwoodca.gov/emotion.

-- Nan Hargis