When Broadway actress Amy Miller saw the winery ruins at Sonoma's Jack London State Park, she knew she had found the perfect place for a theater company.
“The first time we walked into the gorgeous venue,” said Miller, “we knew it was the most remarkable space for theater.”
The visit turned into a dream. "We’re hoping to produce a season of musicals starting the summer of 2012,” she said at the time. Now that dream is coming true.
The locally-based Transcendence Theatre Company returns to the park this summer to produce their first full season of summer concerts with four themed concerts for a total of 14 nights of performances and will feature pre-show picnicking and wine.
The first show "Dream the Impossible Dream," starts July 14, and is a melange of songs and dances from Wicked, Crazy for You, A Chorus Line as well as from the Great American Songbook..
The "Broadway Under The Stars 2012 Summer Season" runs July 14 to September 1. It's the same concept and venue as last October's "Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Park" to raise money for the , which took over operations of the park this May after the park was on the list of 70 state parks slated for closure.
"The success of these concerts will play a vital role in the sustaining of the threatened park for generations to come," says actor Stephan Stubbins, one of the co-founders of Transcendence Theater Company.
The theater company will also be offering a Jack London Broadway Kids Camp this summer, staring July 30 for ages 8 - 18.
Other shows scheduled for summer are "Fantastical Family Night," with songs from Disney and Broadway musicals and "What a Wonderful World," a night of song from classic stage musicals.
General admission runs from $20 to $50, depending on the show and how close to the event you purchase tickets. A season "flex pass" is also available. VIP tickets cost $115- $150, and include special seating, a sparkling wine bar and more benefits.
Complete schedule and ticket information is available at www.BroadwayJackLondon.com or call (877) 424-1414.