A salute to theater comedies of the 1920s brings a Broadway star, an oil tycoon, a ditsy chorus girl, a Latin lover, an aviatrix, a couple of gangsters, and a tipsy chaperone to the home of an avid theater fan in the next production at Contra Costa Civic Theatre in El Cerrito.
"The Drowsy Chaperone" is a Tony Award-winning musical comedy based on a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and featuring music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison that maintains the atmosphere of its period setting while acknowledging modern sensibilities.
Daren A.C. Carollo directs the CCCT production, which opens Sept. 20, while Michael Wiles directs music and Rick Wallace handles choreography.
"Although written this century, 'The Drowsy Chaperone' has all the charm of a 1920s classic musical," notes the CCCT publicity, with "comedy trappings ranging from mistaken identity and spit-takes to double entendre and a blindfolded actor on roller skates."
The cast includes many favorite performers from recent CCCT productions.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 20 at the theater, 951 Pomona Ave.
For details and tickets call 510-524-9132 or visit www.ccct.org.
FREE PICNIC: Open Door United Methodist Church, 6226 Arlington Blvd. in Richmond, will host a free picnic for the Richmond and El Cerrito community from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the church grounds.
Open Door is a congregation formed from the merger of El Cerrito United Methodist and Good Shepherd United Methodist, and the members are welcoming the public for free food, music, and entertainment.
Lots of activities for children are planned, including a bounce house, face painting, basketball shooting contest and a visit by a Richmond Fire Department truck.
"We are excited to welcome our neighbors for this special event and celebrate our connections in the community with a day of fun," said Rev. Mariah Furness Tollgaard, pastor of Open Door United Methodist
The church (opendoorumc.org, 510-525-3500) is active with the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, the Richmond Emergency Food Pantry and Self-Sustaining Communities.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: The annual and "locally world famous" Bazaar Sale at St. Alban's Church, 1501 Washington Ave. in Albany, will feature "jewelry, toys, furniture, tools, kitchen goods and much more, all for excellent prices" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14. Details: 510-525-1716 or www.st-albans-albany.org.