Experience ‘Ordinary Days’ through Theater by the Book | TheUnion.com

Experience ‘Ordinary Days’ through Theater by the Book

From left: Ken Getz, Sandra Rockman, Jonathan Hansard, Kim Wellman
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WHO: Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center present

Third Season of “Theater By The Book”

WHAT: “Ordinary Days” Music & Lyrics by Adam Gwon, and directed by Sandra Rockman

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, Doors 7 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City,

TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation, Tickets are available online at

http://www.minersfoundry.org, in person or by phone 530-265-5040 at the

Miners Foundry, or at the door.

INFO: 530-265-5040

Wednesday the third season of Theater by the Book kicks off with the critically acclaimed musical “Ordinary Days,” written by Adam Gwon, directed by Sandra Rockman, with Ken Getz as musical director and featuring Jay Barker, Nancy Haffey, Jonathan Hansard, and Kim Wellman.

Presented by the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Sierra Stages, Theater By The Book is a series of informal play readings for the community.

“Ordinary Days” is a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps. It tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life.

“Ordinary Days” is an original musical for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home, according to organizers.

“Performing a one-night reading of a musical is insane, because you must rehearse it as if you were doing a full set of performances,” said Getz who will accompany the actors on piano. “All of us working on the reading truly love the show, and we all feel that audience members that give this new show a chance will love it, too.”

The readings do not require a set, costumes, or any of the normal trappings of a full production. Instead, the audience can focus on the richness of the story, and in the case of “Ordinary Days,” the songs. It also allows the theater group to try out new material on audiences.

“We know that most likely no one in our audience has seen the show previously, because it’s so new, nor has anyone heard any of the songs,” said Getz. “On the other hand, the music, story, and characters are so accessible that we know that the show’s newness won’t be a hindrance to anyone’s enjoyment of this wonderful piece of theater.”

Upcoming Theater by the Book readings includes “The Trip To Bountiful” April 29, and “Fortune” June 3.

Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday performance are a $10 suggested donation. They are available online at http://www.minersfoundry.org, in person or by phone 530-265-5040 at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

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