New theater company forms in Auburn |

New theater company forms in Auburn

"The Music Man" is the first show of a new theater company formed in Auburn.
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The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center has formed The State Theatre Acting Company, an in-house theater company that will present live theater and educational programs at the State Theater in Auburn.

STAC will present its first musical, “The Music Man,” at the State Theater April 1-17, 2016.

Tickets are available now at The show is being directed by John Deaderick with music direction by Ray Ashton and choreography by Patti Baker, and the cast includes more than 35 adults and children ranging in age from 5 to 86.

Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” is a perennial family favorite featuring classic Broadway songs including “76 Trombones,” “Till There Was You,” “Gary Indiana,” and “Pick a Little/Talk a Little.”

“We are looking forward to the excitement of the musical, ‘The Music Man,’” said Janis Wikoff, executive director of APPAC. “It is sure to bring a great deal of toe tapping and marching down Lincoln Way.”

STAC was launched following months of planning by a volunteer leadership committee of community members who are passionate about live theater, including Patti Baker, Beth Gillogly, Glenda Gonzalez, Gini Harwell, Ben Harwell, Debra Oldziewski, and Rick Schlussel.

In addition to live theater, STAC plans to offer summer educational programs for local youth.


STAC welcomes volunteers to help with the production on sets, backstage, and ushering. Interested volunteers should email and indicate areas of interest.

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