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October 23, 2012 > A Toast to the Arts

A Toast to the Arts

By Gustavo Lomas

"The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream." - William Shakespeare

A dream entangles the mind with imagery that surrounds a conscious' clutter, and imitates life as if it were acting out direction from some unknown script. Melodies promote a musical mantra and feelings are echoed via corresponding music, and stage productions deliver extraordinary worlds big and small. Dreams of many sorts can be lived in the arts, and Curtain Call Performing Arts (CCPA) strives to provide a wonderful live theatre experience for the entire community. On Sunday, October 28, come and raise your glass, or goblet, to their efforts as they host "A Toast to the Arts."

This is a first time event for CCPA, but with support from neighboring communities as well as the residents of San Leandro they are hoping this will become an annual one. Join them at The Vine, Wine and Tapas for delicious wine and chocolates, a silent auction with various prizes, as well as live entertainment featuring singing actors from previous CCPA productions. The evening's proceeds will benefit the company's extreme makeover (refurbishment edition) at the California Conservatory Theater (CCT), improving equipment, stage crafts, and tech gear in order to deliver their best productions for the upcoming year.

Andrea Gorham, Founding Artistic Director of Curtain Call Performing Arts, expressed, "We want to make sure people have a good time, enjoy a glass of wine and some desert chocolates and tapas, of course. Anybody and everybody are welcome." Fear not, the wine and snacks are included in the ticket price, a flat rate of $35 per person, and they are on sale now. The guest host for the evening is the Honorable Stephen Cassidy, Mayor of San Leandro. Gorham said, "This is our first time doing this event but we are really excited for it; it is always great to be supported in putting on shows for the community by city officials."

The event will start at 3 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. While the website states that the minimum age of persons allowed is 21 years of age, Gorham emphasized that all ages are welcome. No pets are permitted and it is a non-smoking event. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Tickets are also now on sale for CCPA's six productions for the 2012/2013 season, including musicals, stage plays, and choral concerts. Performances will be held at the current California Conservatory Theater site as well as the San Leandro Performing Arts Center.

Bring the family by The Vine, Wine and Tapas on Sunday, October 28 and take part in CCT's refurbishing project as well as help Curtain Call Performing Arts deliver stages full of memories for years to come.

To purchase tickets for "A Toast to the Arts" go to or to learn more about Curtain Call Performing Arts and upcoming performances visit or call (510) 909-9516.

A Toast to the Arts
Sunday, October 28
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The Vine, Wine and Tapas
135 Parrott St., San Leandro
(510) 909-9516
Tickets: $35

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