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How To Get Involved In Sacramento’s Theater Community

July 21, 2014 4:00 AM

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Some people are just meant for the spotlight. It seems wherever they go, they are making a performance out of life. That is perhaps why the Greeks created the theater, so that natural performers could have an outlet for their talents. The theater is still valued in Sacramento today and is always on the lookout for new talent. Here are five places to start your search for stardom.
The Comedy Spot 
1050 20th St., Suite 130
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 444-3137
www.saccomedyspot.com

Think you’re funny do you? Then you should check out The Comedy Spot. Besides having comedy shows and open mic nights throughout the week, it offers classes on improv and stand up, with new classes taught by seasoned comics starting each month. Not sure where to begin your comedy career? The Comedy Spot can help with that too. Contact the venue about being an intern, either in the front of the house or in the back running sound and lighting.

B Street Theatre
2711 B St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 443-5300
www.bstreettheatre.org

The B Street Theatre has a huge presence in Sacramento offering intimate stage productions with high-quality acting and production. As one of Northern California’s top professional theaters, its mission is to “provide aspiring actors of all ages with the skills, tools and confidence to reveal their unique acting talents.” You and your children can take classes at B Street on core acting, audition, scene study and Shakespeare. B Street also accepts volunteers to help behind the scenes with productions so you can learn all of the ins and outs of life on the stage.
Sacramento Theatre Company
1419 H St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-7501
www.sactheatre.org

The Sacramento Theatre Company is the oldest professional theater in Sacramento having been formed in 1942 to entertain local troops during World War II. With a long history of providing quality theater, the company constantly strives to produce exceptional theater training. Most of the classes at STC focus on bringing theatrical arts to children and young adults, but it does have auditions and volunteer opportunities for adults.

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California Musical Theatre
1419 H St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 557-1999
www.californiamusicaltheatre.com

Some people are born with a song in their heart and those people deserve a stage on which to let their heart sing. The California Musical Theatre, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has just such a stage. There are many opportunities to volunteer at the CMT, either in the productions crew, as an usher or doing clerical work. Volunteers can attend as many productions as they are able, providing a wonderful opportunity for exposure to the musical arts. Auditions are held regularly and the CMT “actively solicits women and minorities for non-traditional casting opportunities.”

Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 443-8229
www.sarta.com

The Sacramento Area Regional Theater Alliance (SARTA) is committed to “fostering excellence in community theatre and supporting theatre producers, artists and technicians.” It is also always on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers. Sign up to be an Elly judge and offer your opinion on productions in areas including drama, comedy, musicals, young people’s plays, young people’s musicals, education and original works. Or join SARTA for access to its script library, talent database and discount production tickets.

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Laurel Hanson is a freelance writer uncovering Sacramento’s healthy food secrets in local restaurants, locavore havens, and even local foraging. Her work can be found on Examiner.com
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