Theater in Santa Rosa

Theater on the Santa Rosa JC Campus

Each summer a group of friends attends one of the musicals produced by the Summer Repertory Theater at Santa Rosa Junior College.   We have seen Bye Bye Birdie, Kiss Me Kate, Forever Plaid – to name a few.  All have been terrific.  This year we saw Hairspray.

I remember seeing snippets of Hairspray, the movie, when I had teenagers but I had never really paid attention.  I recall dancing, a lot of teased hair and  Ricki Lake making it in the Big Time.  I had no idea that it had become a Broadway hit over a decade later.  Well, what a performance was put on at the JC.  I am always amazed at the incredible talent in this area.  For as little as $12 a ticket you can see top notch performances at the JC, in Sebastopol at the Main Street Theater, in Monte Rio at a couple of venues and Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Players.  We are not only blessed with a beautiful place to live but one full of arts and other delights.

Tomorrow I am planning to attend the opening of the Donkey Barn show at the Occidental Center for the Arts.  It is featured in my column in the Sonoma County Gazette this month.  Watch for it here in a couple of days.

2 Responses to “Theater in Santa Rosa”


  1. 1 Doris Lyons August 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Didn’t the Sebastopol theater close?

    • 2 Barbara Ellis DRE#01359647 August 9, 2011 at 5:53 am

      The Main Street Theater in Sebastopol was the home of the Sonoma County Repertory Company which closed in February where it had been headquartered for 17 years.
      It was reopened this summer by a group of locals calling themselves the Professional Performing Artists Consortium I have heard that the performances have been terrific as they have been in the past. It looks like someone is going to be doing some performances in Ives Park again this year.


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