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.


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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.

  • The parish hall at St. Alban's Church, still at 1501 Washington Ave. in Albany, will be the site of A Night of Comedy with West Edge Opera at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15. The gala evening for the nonprofit Berkeley-based opera company will feature "good food and merriment, including a delicious elegant dinner with wine and dessert and hilarious musical entertainment by West Edge Opera singers." For tickets or details visit www.westedgeopera.org, or call 510-841-1903.

  • Marcus Semien, a 2008 graduate of St. Mary's College High School and a baseball standout with the Panthers and UC Berkeley, is now in The Show. He was called up from AAA to the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 1 and made his playing debut Sept. 3 against the Yankees. Matt Flemer, Semien's UC classmate and a fellow Panther program alum, was drafted in the 27th round by the Colorado Rockies in 2012. Flemer is a native of El Cerrito.

  • Coastal Cleanup Day events aren't confined to the shoreline. Volunteers will be removing trash from the Ohlone Greenway and Cerrito Creek before the rains come, as well as Harwood Creek and Garber Park in Berkeley. For locations of Coastal Cleanup events visit www.thewatershedproject.org.

    Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/christreadway. Stay up-to-date on West Contra Costa news at IBABuzz.com/westcounty.

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