Tony Award-winning ‘Assassins’ comes to Grass Valley
The Sierra Stages production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s disturbing but brilliant musical, “Assassins” opens this weekend at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. The five-time Tony Award-winning musical will play for four weekend through Nov. 17.
A Nevada County premiere, “Assassins” features 16 local actors, accompanied by a four-person band. The show is directed by Susan Mason with musical direction by Ken Getz.
“Assassins” is both thought-provoking and alarmingly funny, and is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written, according to Sierra Stages.
It offers a study of nine real-life American presidential assassins or would-be assassins. The show includes such historical figures as Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley, Squeaky Fromme, Sara Jane Moore and John Wilkes Booth. The show is at turns hilarious, jolting and heart-wrenching, as the history of these men and women unfurls across — and often without regard to — time. Note that “Assassins” contains strong language and adult situations.
“We are excited to be presenting this groundbreaking musical in Nevada County” said Sierra Stages board president Peter Mason. “Sondheim’s score is brilliant, accessible and incorporates every style of American music, while Weidman’s book honestly and often humorously explores the unique personalities of these nine individuals,” Mason said. He added, “The show offers a unique take on what it means to succeed in America and is both an entertaining and moving evening at the theater.”
Playing the assassins are Isaias Acosta, Casey Burke, Jed Dixon, David Holmes, Tinley Ireland, Danny McCammon, Paul Micsan, Conor Nolan-Finkel and Kim Wellman. Rounding out the cast are Ty Baldwin, Moriah Fitzpatrick, Jessica Guise, Nancy Haffey, Kate Haight, JR Lewis and Keith Porter who play various historical and fictional characters from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The live band consists of Ken Getz on keyboard, Steve Nicholson on bass, Kit Bailey on percussion and Kirsti Powell on flute. The set design is by Pamela Mengers Hodges, the lighting design is by Les Solomon, and costume design is by Eileen Beaver.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. General admission tickets are $25 for all performances. In addition, Sierra Stages is pleased to offer reserved seating for $30. With reserved seating, audience members may select specific seat locations in advance and also provide additional financial support for the production.
General admission tickets and reserved seating are available online at http://www.SierraStages.org, by calling Sierra Stages at (530) 346-3210 and in person at the Nevada City Box Office (at the Miners Foundry) and BriarPatch Co-op.
If tickets are still available, student rush (under age 18, with presentation of full-time student ID) will be available for $15 on a first-come, unreserved basis 30 minutes prior to curtain.
Sierra Stages is a nonprofit tax-exempt community theater. This is the fourth season for the organization, which has presented 14 musicals and plays since 2009. In 2012, the Sierra Stages productions of “Death of a Salesman” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” received eight Elly Award nominations for drama and four Elly Award nominations for musical, respectively. Sierra Stages productions in previous seasons received 13 Elly Award nominations and three Elly Awards.
Special appreciation is given to 2012 season sponsors, including the following local businesses: Pleasant Valley Veterinary Center, B&C True Value Home Center, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, The Union, KNCO and Sierra FoodWineArt.
If you are interested in becoming a season sponsor, please contact Sierra Stages at (530) 346-3210 or by email at info@SierraStages.org.
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