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November 19, 2013 > Curtain Call

Curtain Call

Submitted By David Ojakian

Following a season of accolades, renovating and pushing the limits of an intimate 67-seat venue, and an influx of new patrons, the curtain is ready to rise on Curtain Call Performing ArtsÕ (CCPA) 2013/2014 fifth anniversary season. The milestone season features the most diverse offering of live performing arts entertainment ever for the coming-of-age non-profit theatre company, including comedy and improv nights, live concerts, opera, and renowned Broadway style musicals and stage plays.

ÒLast season was our largest yet and we are very excited about the lineup for 2013-2014. The partnership with the City of San Leandro in our new space has been great as well and we continue to look for ways to produce innovative theatre and performing arts in the intimate venue,Ó said Andrea Gorham, CCPA Founding Artistic Director.

Summer 2012 brought a landmark collaboration of San Leandro arts organizations as the former California Conservatory Theatre (CCT) and the growing CCPA theatre company joined forces under the CCPA name with a shared vision to provide exceptional live theatre to San Leandro and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Memorable shows from the 2012-2013 Season included the critically acclaimed hit Anything Goes (summer 2013) which sold out its final two weekends and the stage play Noises Off (fall 2013). Anything Goes became the second consecutive summer Curtain Call production to gain acclaim from BroadwayWorld.comÕs Linda Hodges as she proclaimed ÒAnything Goes will make you forget the world outsideÉÓ and complimented the choreography stating ÒHigh jinks and great choreography. Critically acclaimed Marissa Joy Ganz (choreographer) was a definite ÔgetÕ for CCPA.Ó Noises Off, CCPAÕs first ever stage play, was a hit with critics and audiences alike, featuring an all-star cast of local theatre veterans that officially closed the 2012-2013 season with a comedic powerhouse. Julie Grabowski of the Tri-City Voice newspaper called Noises Off an Òambitious and memorably hilarious hit.Ó Now the growth continues in season five with Curtain CallÕs largest offering of live performing arts entertainment.

The 2013-2014 CCPA season kicks off with Comedy and Improv nights Friday November 22 and Saturday November 23 respectively, continuing through September 2014. Next the 2013-2014 concert series continues with San Leandro native Melissa Modifer performing in her hometown for one weekend only, December 6-8. The following weekend, December 13-15 brings the first of two operas by new resident opera company, Opera on Tap: San Francisco. The renowned group performed the opera ÔFigaroÕ last summer with CCPA to sold-out houses and is officially a resident company this season. The first production of the New Year, and the first of four main stage shows, is the musical The Apple Tree, which runs February 7-23. March features the next performer in the concert series, vocalist Ramana Vieira (aka Ana Vieira), the new voice of Portuguese World Music who will perform with her five-piece ensemble. The second stage play ever from CCPA and second main stage production of the season is the classic To Kill A Mockingbird, which will run May 2-18. Opera on Tap returns June 6-8 with the opera Carmen. The seasonÕs summer main stage production brings the musical favorite, Ragtime, to downtown San Leandro August 8-24. The stage comedy Imaginary Invalid will close the 2013-2014 season, October 10-26.

Season tickets are on sale and patrons can customize their season with four or six show packages.

The CCPA box office, located at the CCPA theatre, is open Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. Ð 1 p.m.

Curtain Call Comedy Series
Begins Friday, Nov. 22
8 p.m.
California Conservatory Theatre
999 E. 14th St, San Leandro
Tickets $25-$30

Melissa Modifer
Friday Ð Sunday, Dec. 6 Ð 8
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. performances
California Conservatory Theatre
999 E. 14th St, San Leandro
Tickets $10-$28

Tickets and information: or (510) 909-9516.

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