Lamplighters - H.M.S. Pinafore 2015 review

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Eugene O’Neill Festival will be held in Entertainment Notes September, special offered on tickets Two Fun-Filled Musicals

With nearly a dozen events planned for the 16th annual Eugene O’Neill Festival in Danville from Sept. 4 through Oct. 4, the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, is offering an all-inclusive ticketing package through Aug. 24 that provides a savings of over 20 percent below regular price. Highlights of the festival include stage productions of O’Neill’s “Desire Under the Elms” at the Old Barn at the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site in the Danville hills (Sept. 18-27), and a production of Tennessee Williams’ classic “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Village Theatre in downtown Danville produced by Role Players Ensemble, in association with the Town of

Danville (Sept. 4-19). The theme of this year’s O’Neill Festival is “A Season of Desire,” examining the drives behind desires through the eyes of two of America’s greatest playwrights. In addition to the two plays, the festival features several free and low-cost events to explore this theme. The festival will include a panel discussion, “100 Years of Desire,” as depicted in theater, cinema and literature over the past century, along with a screening of the 1951 Academy Award-winning film classic “A Streetcar Named Desire” with Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh and Kim Hunter. The Eugene O’Neill Festival is presented each year by the Eugene O’Neill Founda-

tion to celebrate the life and work of the playwright who lived at Tao House in Danville from 1937 through 1944, where he wrote his most notable plays, including “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “The Iceman Cometh.” O’Neill received four Pulitzer Prizes and is the only American playwright to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1936). The full schedule of all festival events is available online at the O’Neill Foundation’s website, Ticketing for all festival events, including the all-inclusive package, is available through the town of Danville’s box office, online at, or by phone at 314-3400.

RAA to hold Asian brush-painting class, will begin next Wednesday Celia Chow-Huddleston will teach an Asian brush painting class for the Rossmoor Art Association (RAA). Classes are Wednesdays, Aug. 12 through Oct. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Art Studio 2 at Gateway. Students will use ink on rice paper to explore and expand basic knowledge about line drawing and working with big strokes in ink. An avid gardener, Chow-Huddleston loves nature. The class will focus on painting birds (from the sparrow to the eagle). She grew up in China and later moved to Taiwan to pursue her studies in art. She found her love for art at an early age when she did a portrait of the country’s president. Chow-Huddleston earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. She taught art to junior high school students in Taiwan for 14 years. She currently teaches in an East Bay adult education center. In October 2014, her lifelong dream to showcase a collection of her artistic journey was realized. Her art book and artworks were show-

cased at the Chinese Art Show in the Chinese Art Gallery in San Leandro. In November 2014, she had another art show at the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Art Gallery in San Ramon. Her work is available at Realm Gift Shop in Los Angeles. To preview some of her work, go to her website at The class cost is $120. Reservation checks, payable to RAA, should be mailed to ChowHuddleston at 4229 Null Drive, Antioch, CA 94509. Be sure to include your telephone number, email address and note the title of the class. The class is limited to 12 students, so early registration is recommended. The cut-off date for registration is Monday, Aug. 10. Students must be a member of the RAA. Annual membership is $10 a person. To join, mail a check, payable to RAA, to the RAA at P.O. Box 2070, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. For information, email Chow-Huddleston at Visit for more about RAA events and classes.

Ballroom dance classes taught Wednesdays Ballroom dance lessons for both beginning students and more advanced continuing students are offered on the four Wednesdays in August in the Diablo Room at Hillside. Both classes will learn foxtrot and bolero. One hour classes for beginning students will start at 2

p.m. The more advanced class for continuing students will begin at 3. Classes are taught by Gail Enright, a well-known Bay Area ballroom dance teacher. New students who know some of the basics of the foxtrot and bolero are welcome in any class. For information

about the classes, contact Enright at 284-1003 or by email at Cost for a single drop-in class is $10 or save with two consecutive classes for $15, three consecutive classes for $20 and four consecutive classes for $25. Private lessons are also available.

Four-week Ballroom Dance class starts Monday The Ballroom Dance Club is sponsoring a new four-week Monday ballroom dance class starting Aug. 10, and continuing Aug. 17, 24 and 31. The classes will concentrate on American tango and East Coast swing and will run from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Diablo Room at Hillside Clubhouse. Instructor for this class will be Alberta Bagneschi, who has been teaching ballroom dance in the Bay Area for over 25 years. She

is known for her teaching skills for beginners and her challenging patterns for the more advanced dancer. During these classes students will learn the basic steps for tango and East Coast swing and more advanced dancers will add new patterns to their repertoire. Cost for this four-week course is $50 per couple. Beginning students must pre-register with Bagneschi at 682-5270.

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Note: the identifying slips for pieces, which are to be filled out by the artist, are found in the blue sale folder kept between the two display windows. Instructions are in

the blue folder with the slips. For information, contact Joy Hicks, 939-3316. CAC recommends that members and interested individuals check the studio’s website at www.rossmoorce- to see up-to-date information regarding studio membership and a section called “The Scoop” featuring photos of activities going on in the studio. Contact: Shulenberger.

By Charles Jarrett


f you love music and comedy and fun-filled entertainment then the two shows I saw this past weekend will be right up your alley. “Smokey Joe’s Café” is playing in Castro Valley at Chanticleers Theater and “H.M.S. Pinafore,” which I saw in Walnut Creek, will be at the Livermore Bankhead Theater later this month. The Chanticleers Theater is a venue that I know a number of Rossmoor residents attend fairly frequently, as the theater always thanks me for getting the word out to residents. I’m sure residents will love the delightfully upbeat and high-energy musical, “Smokey Joe’s Café.” This show first ran on Broadway in 1995 and became the longest running revue in Broadway history, continuing for 2,036 performances. If you’re like me, you probably grew up enjoying rock and roll, rhythm and blues and the pop chart music of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. “Smokey Joe’s Café” is a fast-moving memory filled evening of songs and music from the golden age of rock. The musical was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who had 70 chart-topping hit song collaborations for many different entertainers, including the Coasters, the Drifters, Elvis Presley and Phil Spector. In this show there are approximately 40 cleverly choreographed and wonderfully presented songs that can take us back to those days of our lives. The songs cover a broad range of my favorites including such very well know songs as “Kansas City,” “On Broadway,” “Hound Dog,” “Loving You,” “Fools Fall in Love,” “Spanish Harlem,” “In the Neighborhood” and “Yackety Yack,” to name a few. The show covers a broad cross-section of many different styles. There are 11 singers who make up this wonderful cast. These talented song stylists include Gemma Bulos, Chris Ciabattoni, Kaylyn Dowd, Zachary David Marshall, Larri Patterson ParmsFord (yes, this is all one name), Robert Sholty, Shauna Shoptaw, Elmer Strasser, Noel Thomas, Mary Troxell and Tyrone Woodbrow. Since this is a musical revue, there is no story to tie the numbers together, but the choreography under the direction of Krista Samboy keeps the evening fun-filled from start to finish. The band, under the direction of Dean Starnes, is so good and perfect for this style of music.

I would love to join them anytime just to dance the evening away. Band members include director Sta r nes on piano/ keyboards, Cedric L. Lee on drums, Mike Adam on bass, Kevin Williams on guita r and Ronald Kerst on reeds. “Smokey Joe’s Café” continues through Aug. 30 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6. The show ticket prices are $24 for adults and $20 for seniors. Tickets are available online at or by calling 510-SEE-LIVE (733-5483). For a fun extra option, Chanticleers is offering a special pre-show dinner on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Silver Spoon Gourmet Restaurant located at 3563 Castro Valley Blvd. in Castro Valley. The price for dinner is set at $21 each. Just mention “dinner group” when making reservations. Following dinner, the group will proceed to the theater. “H.M.S. Pinafore” Lamplighters presented “H.M.S Pinafore,” an upbeat, silly, lighthearted, fully engaging operetta, at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek this past opening weekend, for one weekend only. If you like Gilbert and Sullivan’s campy, fun-filled operettas, then by all means plan to see it when it opens in the beautiful and comfortable Bankhead Theater on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 2 and 8 p.m. and again on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 2. This company performs in four different theaters in four different areas over a course of one month and the Livermore Bankhead Theater is the nearest theater to our community where the musical will be presented again. Once again, Lamplighters presents the best quality, highly entertaining professional level productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s masterpieces that you can find anywhere in California. The Lamplighters have won awards for being the best of the best, again and again and this show is no exception. If you are not familiar with their musicals, then you might plan to see the show in Livermore in three weeks, as it is superb entertainment. All of Gilbert and Sullivan musicals are silly and outrageously child-like story wise. This story tells of Captain Corcoran (Jonathan Spencer) and crew of the good ship, H.M.S Pinafore, and the captain’s plans to approve the marriage of his beautiful daughter, Josephine (Jennifer Ashworth) to the prestigious and wealthy First Lord of the Continued on page 31A

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Legal Notices T.S. No. 14-31474, APN: 239-111-014 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 3/29/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Tr u s t o r : R O G E R M S C H U L Z , A N UNMARRIED MAN Duly Appointed Trustee: LAW OFFICES OF LES ZIEVE Deed of Trust recorded 4/4/2007 as Instrument No. 2007-0097705-00 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, Date of Sale:8/19/2015 at 1:30 PM Place of Sale: At the North side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA Estimated amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $47,753.54 Note: Because the Beneficiary reserves the right to bid less than the total debt owed, it is possible that at the time of the sale the opening bid may be less than the total debt owed. S t r e e t A d dr e s s o r o t h e r c o m m o n designation of real property: 3374 Sweet Drive Lafayette, CA 94549 Described as follows: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust A.P.N #.: 239-111-014 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address

or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (714) 8489272 or visit this Internet Web site www., using the file number assigned to this case 14-31474. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Dated: 7/21/2015 Law Offices of Les Zieve, as Trustee 30 Corporate Park, Suite 450 Irvine, CA 92606 For Non-Automated Sale Information, call: (714) 848-7920 For Sale Information: (714) 848-9272 Christine O’Brien, Trustee Sale Officer THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. EPP 12780 7/29, 8/5, 8/12/2015. Legal RN 5856 Publish July 29, Aug. 5, and 12, 2015

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British Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter (F. Lawrence Ewing). However, Sir Joseph Porter is many years Josephine’s senior, and she loves one of the common seamen on her father’s ship, a young “tar” as they call simple sailors, named Ralph Rakestraw (Aaron Gallington). Like a musical melodrama without a railroad track for the maiden to be tied to, the captain’s daughter is about to be forced to marry Joseph Porter. However, due in large part to the first lord’s rules of good manners and honorable engagement, it isn’t proper for a member of the higher class to marry to one of a lower class. This is a long-held secret by the common saleswoman, Mrs. Cripps, also known as Miss Buttercup (Sonia Garlaeff), who turns the marriage plans of everyone upside down. The music is upbeat and very wordy, including such numbers as “I’m Called Little Buttercup,” “I Am the Captain of the Pinafore,” “Carefully,

On Tiptoe Stealing” and “Fair Moon, to Thee I Sing,” among many other delightful and equally silly numbers. The many members of the Lamplighters chorus are, for the most part, highest quality trained operatic singers and their orchestra is equally outstanding in its professional credentials as well. The production is superb in every aspect, from gorgeous sets and costumes to top-notch sound and lighting technicians. While all of the talented singer/actors are worthy of mention, one in particular, Charlie Martin, who plays the nasty, evil, bad-guy sailor known as Dick Deadeye, is certainly stands out as outrageously perfect in character, acting talent and singing voice. The address of the Bankhead Theater is 2400 First Street, Livermore. Contact the theater at or for ticket prices and information at ) or by phone at 373-6800.

Rules of the road Golf carts are not allowed on the sidewalks or in the clubhouse courtyards. Golf carts can only be driven on Rossmoor streets.


Dance party for singles is Sunday, an online companionship service for adults 50 and better, will celebrate the launch of its new online community with a dance party in San Francisco’s Mission Bay district on Sunday, Aug. 9. Included in the festivities will be live jazz and music by a DJ, a photo booth, drink wristbands, lots of dancing, food and snacks, all types of drinks, “Live Stitching” activities and a beer pong tournament with major prizes. This bash is exclusively for mature adults 50 and up. Ages will be strictly enforced, since the company has hired a bouncer to stand at the entrance and check IDs to make sure everyone is 50-plus Stitch’s new community feature gives members anywhere in the world the ability to get together in groups; a feature that has not traditionally been offered by online dating websites. This feature, like many, has been built based on Stitch member feedback. Any Stitcher can suggest an activity they would like to do with other Stitchers in their specific community. Activities suggested can be as general as a movie and coffee to as specific as a onetime concert or show. Stitchers who say, “I’m interested” in that activity can then communicate with other members as a group to coordinate details.

Marcie Rogo, co-founder and CMO of, is known in Rossmoor for starting the Silver Seeker social network site for seniors. She is offering Rossmoor residents a discount to the party. Residents can go to this link to get tickets to the party: www.stitch. net/sflaunch. The promo code for Rossmoorians to get 15 percent off on their tickets is ROSSMOOR. The community launch party will be held at the Mission Rock Resort (817 Terry A Francois Blvd., San Francisco) from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are available on Eventbrite or on Discounted tickets and complimentary drink coupons are offered for members. For anyone over 50 who wants to join Stitch, it’s free and can be done via www. Stitch offers companionship, travel, group activities and romance for adults 50 and better. Not everyone is looking for love, but everyone is looking for a companion – a golf buddy, a dinner-date, a hiking companion or a travel partner. Like Tinder, Stitch offers mutual consent, but rather than matching based on age, appearance and racial background, the service matches based on location, interests and activities. For information, visit, or call 415-800-2918.

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