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The following article was posted on August 6th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 15, Issue 22 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 22

The Lompoc Civic offers two chances to enjoy community theater

BY JOE PAYNE


THE FAMILY BUSINESS
A family business has to deal with the legacy of fantastic claims made by their patriarch in the Lompoc Civic Theatre’s production of "Miracle on South Division Street."
PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAM KOSELUK

Getting on stage to perform is a daunting task that most of us avoid, but among our ranks are brave individuals who feel compelled to perform. In no place is this more apparent than in community theater organizations like the Lompoc Civic Theatre, which gives many performing artists a first crack at the stage.

With more than 40 years of productions between its curtains, the Lompoc Civic Theatre offers a variety of live events throughout the year. Currently, the organization is prepping for its last performance of Miracle on South Division Street, a dinner theater event, and the upcoming free summer showcase of one-act plays including Brush Yourself Off and Move On by Megan Boduch and Drugs Are Bad by Jonathan Rand.

The summer showcase will be Patricia Roby’s directorial debut. Roby began volunteering for the Lompoc Civic Theatre a few years ago and has been assistant director to president Larry McClellan and past president Marian Stave.

“Being an assistant to Larry and Marian was very intensive, I did learn a lot,” Roby said. “I learned blocking, diction, how to handle the cast, how to be diplomatic; just about everything I’ve learned about theater was from those two.”

The summer showcase gives members of the community who otherwise couldn’t afford tickets a chance to come out and enjoy some live community theater.

“We are hoping it will get people involved in the theater or at least motivate them to come see our main stage productions,” Roby said. “I’m very impressed with the people who give up their time, the actors particularly, because it’s very time intensive with all the rehearsals.”

Making miracles
The Lompoc Civic Theatre presents a dinner theater production of Miracle of South Division Street, the Santa Barbara County premiere of Tom Dudzick’s new comedy on Aug. 23 from 6 to 9:15 p.m. at the Village Country Club, 4300 Clubhouse Road, Lompoc. Cost is $40. More info: 735-2281 or lompoccivictheatre.com.

One of Roby’s mentors, past president Stave, is directing Miracle on South Division Street. Stave has been involved with the Lompoc Civic Theatre ever since the group began in 1973 with a production of 1,000 Clowns. Though Stave doesn’t direct main stage productions anymore, she still enjoys directing smaller performances like the dinner theater shows.

“I have a degree in theater, and I started on the stage at age 13 in high school, so this is my 60th year on the stage,” Stave said. “Since I was a kid it has been one of my biggest passions in life.”

Through Lompoc Civic, Stave has been able to share her passion and pass on some expertise to generations of performers. The civic theatre gives people a chance, regardless of their experience, she explained.

“You don’t have to have any experience to jump right in,” she said. “We’re very welcoming, and people say, ‘Oh no, I couldn’t do that,’ and we say, ‘Well, you don’t have to act. There are other things you can do off stage,’ and that’s how we get some people who are involved.”

Laugh for free
The Lompoc Civic Theatre presents a Summer Showcase of short one-act comedies on Aug. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Stone Pine Hall, 210 S. H St., Lompoc. Free. More info: 735-2281 or lompoccivictheatre.com.

The dinner theater production includes a pre-show dinner of steak, pork loin, or a vegetarian stuffed portabella mushroom followed by the production, which includes an intermission with dessert. The room at the Village Country Club is welcoming and the food is good, Stave explained, and reiterated that there is only one chance to catch the comedic story by Tom Dudzick.

“We’ve had sell-out crowds,” Stave said, “so if people want to come, they better get their reservations soon!”

 

Arts Editor Joe Payne would go for the steak. Contact him at jpayne@santamariasun.com.