Creamery Festival -- August 21-23

Owl_puppet_with_crowd_and_balloons_copy.jpgThe Creamery Festival is back!  The Creamery Festival will be held on August 21 and 22 in the Creamery District.  The Flynn Creek Circus will have their big top in the Tomas field at 1275 8th Street with performances on August 21, 22 and 23.  

Friday, August 21

The Flynn Creek Circus will have a special performance under the big top in Tomas field at 7pm.  

The Elemental outdoor spectacle will begin at 8pm at Tomas field -- right after the 7pm circus performance -- and will wend its way through the Creamery District ending at Holly Yashi’s Back Porch at 1380 9th Street.  Elemental's not-to-be-missed performance includes live music, dancers, acrobats, shadow puppetry, fire dancers and mobs of fairies and lanterns.  For more information on Elemental performances see the Four on the Floor website.

A dance party with the Latin Peppers will be held at the Back Porch starting at 9pm.  The new Wrangletown Cider Company will be open and serving hard apple cider and wine at the dance.  

Saturday, August 22

A street party with music, food trucks, wandering performers and vendors will be held from 11am to 4pm on a blocked-off 9th Street between L and N Streets.  Music is from FireSign, the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, Bandmonium, the Jim Lahman Band and more.  The Flynn Creek Circus will have performances at 3pm and 7pm.

Sunday, August 23

The Flynn Creek Circus will have performances at 1:30pm and 4pm.  Check the Flynn Creek Circus website for more information on their performances.


Hospital Heights Teen Musical

unnamed.jpgHospital Heights, an original teen musical created and performed by Humboldt teens, shows at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 and on Friday and Saturday, June 19, 20 and 26, 27.

The Arcata Playhouse's teen program, Apprentice Entertainment, is bringing Hospital Heights to the stage .  The production was devised completely by the teenagers in the program from Arcata High School and Northcoast Performing Arts Academy.  The story is a psychological journey of a young girl named Jenny, as she descends into the depths of the human psyche, from which she ultimately ascends as a transformed young woman. Influenced by Dante's Inferno, the play visits a variety of patients in a hospital through Jenny's eye. Live music, production numbers and quirky characters enhance and keep the story moving.  Think Dante's Inferno meets General Hospital meets Wizard of Oz.

Directed by Laura Muñoz, Dell' Arte faculty member and choreographer, the ensemble cast includes Taya Ross, Elizabeth Sloan Rouse, Amelia David, Trinity Morton and AJ Murphy. Musical Director Rich Macey, who is a Humboldt State music student and an original member the Playhouse teen program, writes music and conducts a three piece band with piano, clarinet and bass.

Opening night performance Thursday, June 18 is free to teenagers!  Tickets at the door or reserve at 822-1575. Thanks to our sponsors Tomas Jewelry and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Exciting Summer Workshops

Summer_workshop_pic.jpgThis summer the Arcata Playhouse offers two exciting theater workshops for children and teens -- Summer Youth Workshops, June 22-26, and Pageant on the Plaza, July 6-19.  Our workshops are based on the Devised Theatre approach: we treat every participant as a natural writer, artist and visionary, and we focus on bringing out their originality and creativity. Our trained instructors offer kids skills to develop their ideas and bring them to life on stage.  Check the Youth Workshop page for more information and call the Arcata Playhouse at 822-1575 to sign up! 

Summer Workshops (for ages 6-14) include Clowning For Kids, Great Adventures, Mask & Comedia, and Improv in Action, each of which offer their own unique skills or theatrical form to explore.  We have trained and experienced workshop teachers:  Sarah McKinney, Hannah Gaff, Alyssa Hughlett are Dell Arte' graduates with extensive education experience; Everardo Cuerves is a seasoned theater improvisation teacher and artist in residence in local schools.  During the Summer Youth Workshop week, kids gain confidence in their own creativity, have fun, make friends and grow to become skilled theater artists! 

Pageant on the Plaza is for older kids and teens (ages 10-16) and offers a whole new adventure.  Participants learn story creation and physical theater, music for outdoor performance, giant puppet construction and stilt walking.  This workshop also focuses on ensemble building skills -- learning how to be a part of a creative team. Our experienced and talented teachers are Amy Tetzlaff, Anson Smith, Jesse Jonathon, Gregg Moore and Janarie Ricchio.  During the Pageant Workshop, students become a performing ensemble and create an original play which is then performed at the Arcata Farmer's Market in Arcata and at Annie and Mary Day in Blue Lake.  After their mini-tour of their play, the students feel exuberant and inspired about what they have shared with the community.  

 



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