Live theater coming back to Chico – Chico Enterprise-Record | #vacation | #seniors | #elderly
People who enjoy live theater performances will be pleased that theaters are now allowed to open again. Theaters have had to be closed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the local theaters, Chico Theater Company, 166 E. Eaton Road, will open inside performances on Friday, May 21, with an amusing two-act play starring four female actresses.
“The Ladies Foursome” by Norm Foster is produced and directed by Marc C. Edson, co-directed by Jeff Dickenson. It stars Kathy Robinson as Connie, Lisa Saldano as Tate, Sandy Huseth as Margot and Christine Buckstead as Doris.
This comedy tells the story of four women who have just lost their best friend, Catherine. The women played golf weekly for over 10 years together with their recently deceased friend. Dory has known Catherine from a summer lodge vacation. Throughout the show, the women spill all sorts of secrets about their dead friend. The foursome are two-dimensional. There is the dumb one, the sassy one and the one who sleeps around. There is a lot of profanity and suggested sex.
“I’m super excited to bring this show to Chico,” Edson smiled. “It’s a very funny show, but with a lot of heart. Working with these four women has been a blast! They have really bonded and the friendship shows through on stage.
“Not being able to perform for over 14 months has been rough on both the patrons and actors. These performers crave an artistic output, and with that they feel a bit loved. As excited as the ticket buyers, the actors are more excited to be able to perform in front of a live audience.”
Edson is quick to explain, “Due to the outstanding generosity of our patrons, Chico Theater Company has held on during the shutdown. We laid off our entire staff, but the mortgage and utilities needed to be paid. I can’t thank enough all the folks who donated back their tickets as well as add contributions this last year.”
During this time many improvements have been made including repainting the building inside and out, repaving the lot and converting the last two rows of theater seats. Chico Theater Company is taking every precaution they can to safeguard the audience, as well as the actors and staff. There is limited seating available and people are asked to wear face masks until seated.
“I’m super excited to be up in front of the crowd on our first night back. May 21st can’t get here soon enough, ” Edson said while showing his familiar smile.
“The Ladies Foursome” performances are May 21 to June 6, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 youth. This show is recommended for those age 13 and older.
Chico Theater Company is pleased to announce full operations are being resumed. Performances will be inside on stage. Preparations are also made to perform on the Starlight Stage in the rear parking lot to adhere to Public Health mandates.
Chico Theater Company admits it would not have survived this last year without the support of dedicated patrons. Most of them donated the value of their tickets to the theater rather than request refunds, while others continued financial support throughout the year.
This well-known local live theater is approaching its 18th anniversary and is grateful for its actors, crew and staff for giving generously of their time and talents.
Other CTC scheduled for this season are: “Daddy Long Legs” July 9-July 25, “The Foursome” Aug. 6 -22, “Clue On Stage” Oct. 1-24, and “Winter Wonderettes” Nov. 26 -Dec. 19. Season ticket prices are available for all five shows, or pick three series or single shows.
Season tickets are now on sale at Chico Theater Company box office noon to 6:00 p.m. daily. Call 894-3282 or visit www.chicotheater.com for more information.