THE PLAY'S THE THING in Sunol these days. Sunol
Glen students will be lighting up the stage tomorrow and Wednesday
evenings at 7 p.m. with their annual winter program, under the
direction of music teacher Mary Ann Butler. This year Santa
gets stuck in a training class for mall Santas, and the kids
have been practicing hard on getting laughs and making music.
The eighth graders and the drama class anchor the show both
nights, with the kindergarten through third graders filling
out the cast tomorrow and the fourth through seventh graders
One of the neat things about the school's holiday show is the
connection between the school and the Sunol Repertory Theatre
members who have been help with the set and lighting for the
program. Getting to see the kids rehearse is one of the bonuses
of helping out, especially since there are four Sunol Glen students
and one grad in this year's SRT melodrama. Read on.
THOSE THEATRE PEOPLE: Writer/Director Tom Harland has assembled
an illustrious cast for SRT's 2002 offering, "Caught in
the Villain's Gaze, or
Your Mother Was Right About Those
Theatre People." The hero, Frank Hartwright, will be played
by Foothill sophomore and Sunol Glen graduate Nathan Harvey,
who earned his stripes with his hilarious portrayals in SRT's
last two productions. Kari Davis, Sunol Glen eighth grader,
will be causing "ooohs" and "aaahs" as heroine
Purity Dean. Kari has been acting for SRT since she was in second
grade, missing only one season in spite of major roles in several
Dublin Children's Theatre plays during that time.
Seventh-grader Sarae Van Dyke won the part of Miss Imakeed
Morris, a vocal and demanding child, for her first SRT role.
Sarae has also acted with the Dublin group, as well as studying
acting and modeling. Martin Smith, Sunol eighth-grader, served
on the technical crew last season and will assay his first SRT
stage role this year as Billy, a young roustabout. And last
season's Sign Girl, talented third grader Mary Chambers, returns
with songs and lines this year in addition to her Sign Girl
The grown-ups (and in SRT, that's a relative term) trying to
hold their own on stage with these talented youngsters include
Bob Foster as the Great Santini, a complete scoundrel, but not
without his charm, Patti Balch as Lota Donna, Santini's inept
accomplice, and Phil Mumford as Randy Bilkyou, who is, according
to the playwright, "the only one dumber than Lota."
To everyone's delight, piano man Allen Schell is returning to
tinkle the SRT ivories for the production.
Imakeed's mother, the social climbing Imogene Hewlett Morris,
will be played by Louise Throop, and Ron Smith will play Frederick
Seekley, a sneezing, wheezing hypochondriac. Watching Ron and
his son Martin tear up the scenery at try-outs, it was clear
the slice doesn't fall far from the ham. The town drunk with
a faulty memory will be played by Ted Tinges, and Producer Diane
Tiessen will adorn the stage as Marian Teasmore, a singer and
dancer who adds some spice to the high jinx.
So far, the off-stage personnel for this season include Technical
Director Derek Johnson, tech crew member Klay Kunkel, Prop Master
Irv Tiessen, House Manager Barbara Egbert, and all around helpers
Robb and Mary Marshall, Laurie Foster and Vicki Harland. Rehearsals
begin January 8 in preparation for a stellar opening March 2,
2002, with shows Friday and Saturday nights through March 23.
Tickets go on sale February 2, but you can grab some great seats
early by becoming an SRT patron. Call Diane Tiessen at 925-862-2020
for a patron form today!
ANOTHER STAGE NEEDS YOU: There will be a Park Committee meeting
Thursday (12-20) at 7 p.m. in the Sunol Glen Community Room.
The focus will be the replacement of the park stage and committee
chairman Jim O'Laughlin is encouraging folks to come and help
make the important decisions this change entails. What should
the stage be used for? How big should it be? What should the
design be? And more. Bring pictures, sketches and anyone you
know who is interested. Call Jim at 925-862-2550 if you have