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‘Baja Princess’ makes return voyage

Eileen Joyce"Baja Princess" sets sail Friday at the Off Broadstreet Theatre. Cast members are (from left): Sue LeGate, Darin Driscoll, Andrew Kerr and Nancy Keith.
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If you’re looking for a break from the cold January air, the lively “Off Broadstreet” team of Sue LeGate, Nancy Keith, Andrew Kerr and Darin Driscoll just might have a solution for you.

Together, they invite Nevada County audiences on a comedy-filled and musically-enhanced journey in Off Broadstreet’s latest production, “Baja Princess.”

The comedy, opening Friday and running for 10 weeks, spotlights a troupe of lounge performers who work for “the Kmart of cruise ships” as they fight for their jobs by luring passengers to their slumping shows.

Using a variety of songs such as “La Bamba,” “Kokomo,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Where Did Our Love Go?” and other hits by the likes of Dolly Parton, Janis Joplin and Michael Jackson, the quartet hopes to breath life back into both their jobs and their sinking discount cruise ship, the Baja Princess.

In addition to the seasoned cast, theater co-owner Jan Kopp and Emilie Autumn lend their talents to the production with original costume designs and scene displays, respectively.

This is not the first time that the Baja Princess has seen the light of day … the show was first unveiled in 1996.

Yet according to John Driscoll, playwright of “Baja Princess” and owner of Off Broadstreet, things are a little different this time around.

“It’s more of a rewrite than a revival. The show’s not very much like the original, which had seven cast members and live music. It’s really a new show,” said Driscoll.

This year’s performance of “Baja Princess” is promising to be a fun-filled evening with music, laughs and characters that are as outrageous as the costumes.

“We want people to like these characters and to care about what happens to them,” said a hopeful Driscoll.

An added change to the 2003 version is the venue.

Off Broadstreet productions have been held at its temporary location near the Grass Valley airport since last June after its trademark stagehouse burned down in the March 2002 fire that consumed Friar Tuck’s and surrounding businesses.

This might be the last show before Off Broadstreet can head back home to its old location just “off Broad Street” in Nevada City. The Off Broadstreet team hopes to be settled back in by June.

Driscoll points out their stay at the airport has been anything but


“It’s been great. At first the audiences didn’t know where we were, but eventually they figured it out just by word of mouth,” said Driscoll.

Ticket sales haven’t been so bad, either.

“There was a little dip in October, but in November things picked right back up,” Driscoll said.


WHAT: Off Broadstreet Theatre presents 3Baja Princess²

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15 p.m. through March 29

WHERE: Off Broadstreet Theatre, 13366 Grass Valley Ave., off Loma Rica Drive near the Nevada County Airport.

ADMISSION: $17 on Fridays and $18 on Saturdays

INFORMATION: 265-8686 or http://www.offbroadstreet.com. Reserva-tions also accepted by e-mail at reservations at offbroadstreet.com or obs@foothill.net

by Garrett Fevinger

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