Monday, 27 May 2024

Voice of the Theater: Soper-Reese has busy April lineup

LAKEPORT – Well it is finally spring!


It’s April. After what seems to have been a very long and wet winter, the flowers are blooming, the lake is almost full and the trees are beginning to bud, even the new trees we have planted at the south side of the Soper-Reese.


We have put enough pear and crepe myrtle trees to eventually provide cooling shade for our outdoor events in the courtyard. It may take a few seasons before they actually grow big enough but they have started.


And we have started to engage the community more and more with an ever-expanding offering of shows at the theater.


On April 9 and 10 we will welcome the first of what may become a series of concerts featuring Christian bands and other artists from around the nation.


The local alternative Christian rock band “Revolution” will be headlining a concert playing music fit for the whole family. Blake Miller will be a featured guest singing along with Sebrina Dolloso lead singer of “Revolution.”


The opening band is the “Pneumati Band,” a national touring family band from Oregon. Proceeds from this series will go to benefit Compassion 2 Help, a not for profit organization providing food, clothing and support for our own needy neighbors here in Lake County.


The Triskela Celtic Harp Trio will return Saturday, April 17, for a concert of traditional Celtic and original harp tunes. They were a near sellout last time they appeared on stage and I am sure they will be well received this time.


The new band “Uncorked” will open for Triskela. Uncorked has been assembled by Eleanor Cook and features the fine talents of Andi Skelton, Don Coffin, Dennis Hadley, Dan Harris, Teale Love and Greg Bushta. What a great lineup for the month of April.


The North Bay Realtor Association enjoyed their last conference so much that they have decided to use our venue the next round of meetings on April 29. Using the Soper-Reese as a meeting place for both businesses and nonprofits helps to anchor it as a much-needed conference venue for Lakeport.


We are also excited to be hosting the 29th annual Spring Dance Festival this year. This major fund raiser for the Lake County Arts Council has longer legs than most of the dancers. This marks the first time that it has been held at the theater.


All of the dance studios in the county are contributing to this display of almost 200 dancers and all

participants are very busy rehearsing for this showcase of the Terpsichorean muse. The Dance Festival is the first weekend in May with a tech rehearsal on the last day of April.


You may have noticed on our posters and on our Web site that we are affiliated with the American Association of Community Theatre.


The AACT is a group of community theaters joined together from around the country sharing resources, experiences, directions and ideas about operating and maintaining performing art centers and theaters.


We are proud members of this organization and rely upon their network of seasoned experts to help us bring a professional live stage experience to the entire community.


Visit our Web site for more details about the Soper-Reese and all of our upcoming shows at:

www.SoperReeseTheatre.com .


Bert Hutt is artistic director for the Soper-Reese Community Theatre in Lakeport, Calif.


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