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  • August: 50th season Concludes With La Cage Aux Folles September 2-11

    Calendar information, September 2016:

    WHAT: La Cage aux Folles

    PERFORMED BY: Woodminster Summer Musicals by Producers Associates, Inc.

    WHERE: Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland

    WHEN: September 2-11, 2016

    PERFORMANCES: Sept 2, 3, 9, 10 at 8 pm and Sept 4, 8, 11 at 7pm (Fridays & Saturdays 8 pm, Thursday and Sundays 7 pm)

    TICKETS: 510-531-9597, or www.woodminster.com, $30-$64 (Discounts for children, seniors, millenials, groups)

    PREVIEW PERFORMANCE:  September 1, 8 p.m., All tickets $20 at the door. Open seating.

    Book by Harvey Fierstein, Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Based on the play by Jean Poiret, produced by arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    Press tickets and information: Kathy Kahn, woodminsterpr@gmail.com, 510-418-8523

    Theater contact: Harriet Schlader, harriet@woodminster.com, 510-531-9597

    Website: Woodminster Summer Musicals

     

    PRESS RELEASE

     

    Woodminster Summer Musicals Concludes 50th Season With La Cage aux Folles Sept 2-11

    Hilarious Farce Has Won Best Musical or Best Revival of a Musical for Every Broadway Production

     

    August 13, 2016, Oakland CA — Producers Associates, Inc. announces that the third show in the 50th season of Woodminster Summer Musicals is La Cage aux Folles.  This popular musical farce will be performed September 2-11 at Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park, located at 3300 Joaquin Miller Road in the Oakland hills.

     

    La Cage aux Folles is a musical with book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman, based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret.  It tells the story of Georges and Albin, a gay couple who must pretend to be straight (with Albin in drag) when they meet the very conservative parents of their son's fiancée.  La Cage aux Folles won 6 Tony awards for the original 1983 production (including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book), and has had two Broadway revivals; it's the only show that has ever won the Tony Award for Best Revival of Musical twice and that has won a Best Production award for all three of its Broadway productions.

     

    Says director Joel Schlader, “This show has a positive message about love and acceptance, and what it means to be a family. It also happens to be lively and entertaining, with some pretty amazing musical numbers.  But mainly it’s just a very, very funny play with classic jokes put in a modern context.”

     

    In the play, ”La Cage aux Folles" is the name of a gay nightclub where Georges is emcee and Albin is the star performer.  The scenes in the nightclub provide the opportunity for big, entertaining musical numbers featuring Les Cagelles, the glamorous (drag) chorus line.  The humor in the story, in classic farce style, revolves around the secret that must be kept, and the increasingly complicated web of misunderstanding that ensues.  Though the story may be more appealing to teens and adults than small children, there is no strong language or explicit sexual material.

     

    The production is directed by Joel Schlader, with choreography by Jody Jaron, choral direction by Carl Danielsen,  and music direction by Michael Horsley.  Woodminster shows are performed with live orchestras, and musicians are members of Musicians Local No. 6.

     

    Tickets are available by phone, at 510-531-9597, online at www.woodminster.com, or in person at Woodminster Amphitheater 10-4 daily or at the box office before any performance.  Performances are September 2 (opening), 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, and 11.  Friday and Saturday performances (Sept 2, 3, 9, 10) are at 8, and Thursday and Sundays (Sept 4, 8, and 11) are at 7 pm.

     

    Tickets for summer musicals at Woodminster Amphitheater range from $30 to $64 with a $2 discount for children and seniors.  Groups of 25 and more can purchase blocks of seats for about half price, providing an affordable outing or fundraiser for a church or service group, neighborhood association, or any other group.  For information about tickets, including other discount programs, check www.woodminster.com or call 510-531-9597.

     

    Woodminster continues its popular Kids Come Free program, where children and teens 16 or younger who are attending with paying adults can get free tickets on performance nights.  Producers Associates is seeking sponsors for this longstanding program, which helps families introduce their kids to live theater in a relaxed and affordable environment.  In its 25-year history, the Kids Come Free program has provided over 43,000 free tickets to young theater-goers.

     

    The final dress rehearsal of La Cage aux Folles on September 1 will be open to the public. It will start at  8 p.m., all tickets are $20 at the door, and seating is open, first-come, first-choice.  No group rates, Kids Come Free, or other further discounts apply for the final dress rehearsal.  Gates open at 7 pm that night, and audience members are welcome to bring picnics and use any open tables.  Limited concessions.

     

    Over the last 50 years, Producers Associates has presented 157 productions, entertaining about a million Woodminster Summer Musicals ticket holders.  The shows have been performed by more than 5000 actors, over 20% of them members of Actors Equity Association, making the organization one of the Bay Area's most reliable employers of professional actors.  The musicals have always been performed with live professional orchestras, which have included 23 different conductors and over 1800 members of Musicians Local #6.  In addition, the organization has employed 25 professional set designers, 17 lighting designers, 24 costume designers, 6 sound technicians, 18 choreographers, 6 directors, and over 1,500 young backstage interns.

     

    Woodminster Summer Musicals are performed under the stars at Woodminster Amphitheater, an open-air performance facility in Joaquin Miller Park high in the Oakland Hills. The park's spectacular views and serene woodsy environment made it the perfect setting for the amphitheater, cascades, reflecting pool, and paths that were originally built as a WPA project in 1939-40. For many East Bay families, it is a long-standing summer tradition to enjoy a picnic in the park and then see a musical at Woodminster.   For more information about the 2016 season or the history of the organization, visit  www.woodminster.com.

     

    ___________________________

    Kathy Kahn, Publicity & Marketing

    Woodminster Summer Musicals

    Producers Associates, Inc.

    510-418-8523

    www.woodminster.com

    woodminsterpr@gmail.com

     

  • JULY: 50th Season Continues with Chicago August 5

    Press contact: Kathy Kahn, woodminsterpr@gmail.com, 510-418-8523

    Theater contact: Harriet Schlader, harriet@woodminster.com, 510-531-9597

    Website: Woodminster Summer Musicals

     

    Chicago publicity photos

     

    PRESS RELEASE

     

    Woodminster Summer Musicals Continues 50th Season August 5 With Chicago

    Vaudeville-Style Musical Satirizes The Criminal Justice System and Celebrity Lawyers

     

    July 21, 2016, Oakland, CA -- Producers Associates announces that the second show of the 50th anniversary season of the Woodminster Summer Musicals is Chicago.  This clever and stylish satire will be performed August 5-14 at Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park, located at 3300 Joaquin Miller Road in the Oakland hills.

     

    Chicago is a musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, based on a 1926 stage play of the same name by Maurine Dallas Watkins, a newspaper crime reporter.  The story satirizes corruption in the criminal justice system through the stories of husband-killers Velma and Roxie, and their "celebrity lawyer," Billy Flynn.  The vaudeville-inspired performance style provides the perfect opportunity for several flashy dance numbers.

     

    Says managing director Harriet Schlader, “Our audiences have been requesting this show for years.  Every time we put out a ballot, Chicago is the top choice. And we’ve been actively applying for rights to produce it for at least 6 years.  We’re excited that we were finally approved this year, and that we can provide this special treat for our audience in our 50th season.”

     

    Chicago's original 1975 production, choreographed by Bob Fosse, ran for about 2 years, but the 1996 Broadway revival is the second-longest running show in Broadway history, having surpassed Cats in 2014.  This revival won 6 Tony awards, 6 Drama Desk Awards, and a Grammy for the cast album.

     

    The stage musical inspired a 2002 film of the same name, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée, Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Queen Latifah. This film version won 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and was the first film musical to win the Best Picture Oscar since Oliver! in 1968.

     

    The production will be directed by Joel Schlader, with music direction by Daniel Thomas.  Woodminster shows are performed with live orchestras, and musicians are members of Musicians Local No. 6.

     

    Choreographer Lainie Sakakura is based in New York but a Bay Area native born in Oakland. For her choreographic work she has received the Joe A. Callaway Award and Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Choreography. Lainie is a Broadway veteran, having performed in the original cast of 6 Broadway shows. Most interesting in terms of Chicago, she is credited for Dance Reconstruction and Dance Captain for the 1999 Tony Award winning show Fosse, working over a 5 year period to help recreate 70 Fosse-choreographed numbers in a process to bring the show to Broadway.  Says director Joel Schlader, “We really care about great choreography and dancing at Woodminster, and it’s always a big focus for our shows.  Ask anyone who has made it through one of our grueling dance auditions!  And when we knew we were going to do Chicago, we thought about Lainie right away. I know people will be wowed by her work.”  Assistant to the choreographer is Adam Rogers, also based in New York, who recently appeared in the original Broadway company of An American In Paris.

     

    Tickets are available by phone, at 510-531-9597, online at www.woodminster.com, or in person at Woodminster Amphitheater 10-4 daily or at the box office before any performance.  Performances are August 5 (opening), 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, and 14, all at 8 pm.

     

    Tickets for summer musicals at Woodminster Amphitheater range from $30 to $64 with a $2 discount for children and seniors.  Groups of 25 and more can purchase blocks of seats for about half price, providing an affordable outing or fundraiser for a church or service group, neighborhood association, or any other group.  For information about tickets, including other discount programs, check www.woodminster.com or call 510-531-9597.

     

    Woodminster continues its popular Kids Come Free program, where children and teens 16 or younger who are attending with paying adults can get free tickets on performance nights.  Producers Associates is seeking sponsors for this longstanding program, which helps families introduce their kids to live theater in a relaxed and affordable environment.  In its 25-year history, the Kids Come Free program has provided over 43,000 free tickets to young theater-goers. (Parents should note that Chicago has adult themes and burlesque overtones, and may not be of much interest to small children.)

     

    The final dress rehearsal of Chicago on August 5 will be open to the public. It will start at  8 p.m., all tickets are $20 at the door, and seating is open, first-come, first-choice.  No group rates, Kids Come Free, or other further discounts apply for the final dress rehearsal.  Gates open at 7 pm that night, and audience members are welcome to bring picnics and use any open tables.  Limited concessions.

     

    After Chicago, the 50th season of the Woodminster Summer Musicals will continue with La Cage aux Folles September 2-11.

     

    Over the last 50 years, Producers Associates has presented 157 productions, entertaining about a million Woodminster Summer Musicals ticket holders.  The shows have been performed by more than 5000 actors, over 20% of them members of Actors Equity Association, making the organization one of the Bay Area's most reliable employers of professional actors.  The musicals have always been performed with live professional orchestras, which have included 23 different conductors and over 1800 members of Musicians Local #6.  In addition, the organization has employed 25 professional set designers, 17 lighting designers, 24 costume designers, 6 sound technicians, 18 choreographers, 6 directors, and over 1,500 young backstage interns.

     

    Woodminster Summer Musicals are performed under the stars at Woodminster Amphitheater, an open-air performance facility in Joaquin Miller Park high in the Oakland Hills. The park's spectacular views and serene woodsy environment made it the perfect setting for the amphitheater, cascades, reflecting pool, and paths that were originally built as a WPA project in 1939-40. For many East Bay families, it is a long-standing summer tradition to enjoy a picnic in the park and then see a musical at Woodminster.   For more information about the 2016 season or the history of the organization, visit  www.woodminster.com.

    ________________________

    Kathy Kahn, Publicity & Marketing

    Woodminster Summer Musicals

    Producers Associates, Inc.

    510-418-8523

    www.woodminster.com

    woodminsterpr@gmail.com

     

  • June: woodminster to open 50th season with Shrek the musical july 8

    Press contact: Kathy Kahn, woodminsterpr@gmail.com, 510-418-8523

    Theater contact: Harriet Schlader, harriet@woodminster.com, 510-531-9597

    Website: Woodminster Summer Musicals

     

    PRESS RELEASE

    Woodminster Summer Musicals Opens 50th Season July 8 With Shrek The Musical

    Family friendly stage musical performed outdoors in historic Woodminster Amphitheater

     

    June 15, 2016, Oakland, CA -- Producers Associates announces that the opening show of the 50th anniversary season of the Woodminster Summer Musicals is Shrek The Musical.  This family favorite will be performed July 8-17 at Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park, located at 3300 Joaquin Miller Road in the Oakland Hills.

     

    Shrek The Musical is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and the 1990 picture book by William Steig. Shrek is an ogre who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Along the way, they meet misfit fairy tale characters, a cookie with an attitude, tap-dancing rats, and more.

     

    The popular Shrek character and story has inspired films, television shows, video games, and amusement park attractions. This stage version, book by David Lindsay-Abaire and songs by Jeanine Tesori, was nominated for 8 Tonys and 12 Drama Desk awards, including Best Musical for both.  Shrek is appropriate for all ages.

     

    Says director Joel Schlader, “This is a great show for kids and families.  It’s lively and entertaining, and it also has a good message — that it’s okay to be different, that we should all embrace our own uniqueness and be tolerant of others — even if they’re green and really, really big!”

     

    Tickets are available by phone, at 510-531-9597, online, or in person at Woodminster Amphitheater 10-4 daily or at the box office before any performance.  Performances are July 8 (opening), July 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, and 17, all at 8 p.m.

     

    Tickets for summer musicals at Woodminster Amphitheater range from $30 to $64 with a $2 discount for children and seniors.  Season tickets  provide about a 15% discount over the single ticket prices.    Also, groups of 25 and more can purchase blocks of seats for about half price, providing an affordable outing or fundraiser for a church or service group, neighborhood association, or any other group.  For information about tickets, including other discount programs, check online or call 510-531-9597.

     

    Woodminster continues its popular Kids Come Free program, where children and teens 16 or younger who are attending with paying adults can get free tickets on performance nights.  Producers Associates is seeking sponsors for this longstanding program, which helps families introduce their kids to live theater in a relaxed and affordable environment.  In its 25-year history, the Kids Come Free program has provided over 43,000 free tickets to young theater-goers.

     

    The final dress rehearsal of Shrek The Musical on July 7 will be open to the public. It will start at 8 p.m., all tickets are $20 at the door, and seating is open, first-come, first-choice.  No group rates, Kids Come Free, or other further discounts apply for the final dress rehearsal.  Gates open at 7 pm that night, and audience members are welcome to bring picnics and use any open tables.  Limited concessions.

     

    The production will be directed by Joel Schlader, with music direction by Daniel Thomas and choreography by Jody Jaron.  Woodminster shows are performed with live orchestras, and musicians are members of Musicians Local No. 6.

     

    The role of Shrek will be performed by Daniel Barrington Rubio, a local actor who is a newcomer to the Woodminster stage.  His sidekick, Donkey, will be portrayed by long-time Woodminster performer Rod Voltaire Edora, who most recently was seen at Woodminster in 2015 as Scott the choreographer in The Producers and Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins.  The role of the rebellious Princess Fiona will be played by Claire Buchignani, who appeared at Woodminster in 2013 as both Elle in Legally Blonde and in the title role in Annie Get Your Gun.  (Edora and Buchignani are members of Actors Equity Association.)

     

    After Shrek The Musical, the 50th season of the Woodminster Summer Musicals will continue with Chicago August 5-14 and La Cage aux Folles September 2-11.

     

    Over the last 50 years, Producers Associates has presented 157 productions, entertaining about a million Woodminster Summer Musicals ticket holders.  The shows have been performed by more than 5000 actors, over 20% of them members of Actors Equity Association, making the organization one of the Bay Area's most reliable employers of professional actors.  The musicals have always been performed with live professional orchestras, which have included 23 different conductors and over 1800 members of Musicians Local #6.  In addition, the organization has employed 25 professional set designers, 17 lighting designers, 24 costume designers, 6 sound technicians, 18 choreographers, 6 directors, and over 1,500 young backstage interns.

     

    Woodminster Summer Musicals are performed under the stars at Woodminster Amphitheater, an open-air performance facility in Joaquin Miller Park high in the Oakland Hills. The park's spectacular views and serene woodsy environment made it the perfect setting for the amphitheater, cascades, reflecting pool, and paths that were originally built as a WPA project in 1939-40. For many East Bay families, it is a long-standing summer tradition to enjoy a picnic in the park and then see a musical at Woodminster.   For more information about the 2016 season or the history of the organization, visit  www.woodminster.com.

  • March: 50th Anniversary Season Announced

    Press contact: Kathy Kahn, woodminsterpr@gmail.com, 510-418-8523

    Theater contact: Harriet Schlader, harriet@woodminster.com, 510-531-9597

    Website: Woodminster Summer Musicals

     

    PRESS RELEASE

    Woodminster Summer Musicals Announces 50th Season in 2016

    Organization has been performing in Oakland's historic Woodminster Amphitheater every summer for 5 Decades

    Anniversary Season includes Shrek The Musical, Chicago, and La Cage aux Folles

     

    March 1, 2016, Oakland, CA -- Producers Associates announces that 2016 is the 50th Anniversary Season of the Woodminster Summer Musicals. The organization produced its first show in 1967, and has performed every summer since in historic Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park. The three musicals scheduled for 2016 are Shrek The Musical, Chicago, and La Cage aux Folles.

     

    Over the last 50 years, Producers Associates has presented 157 productions, entertaining about a million Woodminster Summer Musicals ticket holders. The shows have been performed by more than 5000 actors, over 20% of them members of Actors Equity Association, making the organization one of the Bay Area's most reliable employers of professional actors. The musicals have always been performed with live professional orchestras, which have included 23 different conductors and over 1800 members of Musicians Local #6. In addition, the organization has employed 25 professional set designers, 17 lighting designers, 24 costume designers, 6 sound technicians, 18 choreographers, 6 directors, and over 1,500 young backstage interns.

     

    Producers Associates is the anchor tenant for Woodminster Amphitheater, an historic city-owned venue in Joaquin Miller Park. With a dedicated board of directors, the organization has maintained and improved the facility, which attracts audience from all over the Bay Area and beyond, contributing to the economic health of the neighborhood. The Woodminster Summer Musicals are produced in cooperation with the City of Oakland's Parks and Recreation Department, and the City derives over $45,000 per year in facility fees plus considerable revenues from parking fees.

     

    For more than 25 years, Producers Associates has offered a Kids Come Free program, where children and teens up to 16 years old can attend for free with paying adults, and has given away more than 43,000 tickets to young theater-goers. The organization has also given 9 scholarships to young performers through the 6-year-old Jim Schlader Musical Theatre Scholarship, and provides free tickets to a number of nonprofit and educational organizations to help them raise funds for their own programs.

     

    Says Harriet Schlader, Managing Director, "When my late husband Jim and I started producing musicals at Woodminster, we never thought about it continuing for 50 years. We just wanted to provide affordable live summer family entertainment in the East Bay, and to foster a love of live theatre. It's our hardworking board, and our loyal audiences -- some of whom have been sitting in the same seats for 3 generations -- who have kept us healthy for so long. We're so proud to be a summertime tradition beloved by so many, and we're looking forward to the next 50 years!"

     

    The shows are chosen with audience input, and are representative of the whole canon of musical theater. Says Schlader, "With a hundred years of musicals to choose from, you'd think it would be easy, but our selection process is always complex. We ask our audiences what they want to see, we ask other musical theaters what has worked for them, we consider our challenging performance space, and so forth. The 50th anniversary season should be special, and we think it will be -- we've tried to make sure we have something that everyone will love."

     

    Shrek The Musical, which will be performed July 8-17, is based on the oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and the book by William Steig. The popular Shrek character and story has inspired films, television shows, video games, and amusement park attractions. This stage version, book by David Lindsay-Abaire and songs by Jeanine Tesori, was nominated for 8 Tonys and 12 Drama Desk awards, including Best Musical for both. Shrek The Musical is appropriate for all ages.

     

    Chicago, which will be performed August 5-14, is a musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, based on a 1926 stage play of the same name by Maurine Dallas Watkins, a newspaper crime reporter. The story satirizes corruption in the criminal justice system. The original production, choreographed by Bob Fosse, ran for about 2 years, but the 1996 Broadway revival is the second-longest running show in Broadway history, having surpassed Cats in 2014. This revival won 6 Tony awards, 6 Drama Desk Awards, and a Grammy for the cast album. Chicago includes adult themes.

     

    La Cage aux Folles, to be performed September 2-11, is a musical with book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman, based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret. It's a farce that tells the story of a gay couple who must pretend to be straight (with one of the partners in drag) when they meet the very conservative parents of their son's fiancée. La Cage aux Folles won 6 Tony awards for the original 1983 production (including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book), and has had two Broadway revivals; it's the only show that has ever won the Tony Award for Best Revival of Musical twice and that has won a Best Production award for all three Broadway productions. La Cage aux Folles will appeal most to teens and adults.

     

    Tickets for the 2016 season will be available by phone (510-531-9597), mail, or online, after the season ticket renewal deadline February 15. Tickets range from $30 to $64, with discounts for seniors, youth, and groups. Season tickets offer about a 15% discount over single tickets.

     

    Woodminster Summer Musicals are performed under the stars at Woodminster Amphitheater, an open-air performance facility in Joaquin Miller Park high in the Oakland Hills. The park's spectacular views and serene woodsy environment made it the perfect setting for the amphitheater, cascades, reflecting pool, and paths that were originally built as a WPA project in 1939-40. For many East Bay families, it is a long-standing summer tradition to enjoy a picnic in the park and then see a musical at Woodminster. For more information about the 2016 season or the history of the organization, visit  www.woodminster.com.

  • January: Harriet Schlader wins lifetime achievement award from OHA

    Press contact: Kathy Kahn, woodminsterpr@gmail.com, 510-418-8523

    Theater contact: Harriet Schlader, harriet@woodminster.com, 510-531-9597

    Website: Woodminster Summer Musicals

     

    PRESS RELEASE

     

    Woodminster's Managing Director, Harriet Schlader, to Receive Oakland Heritage Alliance Award

    OHA's Partners in Preservation Award Recognizes a Lifetime of Service to Oakland's Cultural Environment

     

    January 19, 2016, Oakland, CA -- Producers Associates announces that Harriet Schlader, a founder and Managing Director for Woodminster Summer Musicals, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Oakland Heritage Alliance for her 50 years of work in historic Woodminster Amphitheater. The award will be presented at the OHA's annual Partners in Preservation Award ceremony on February 18.

     

    Oakland Heritage Alliance (OHA) advocates for the protection, preservation, and revitalization of Oakland's architectural, historic, cultural and natural resources through publications, education, and direct action. For more than 30 years, OHA has presented Partners in Preservation awards to those whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in historic preservation. Honorees have included individuals, organizations, agencies, institutions, projects and programs. Award categories include education, restoration, stewardship, advocacy, and other actions that honor historic environments. In the organization's own words, Oakland Heritage Alliance hopes "to inspire others to take action to preserve, protect, and promote Oakland’s historic and cultural resources."

     

    Harriet Schlader will receive the Partners in Preservation Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a professional or volunteer who has contributed to the preservation movement over the length of his/her career. Harriet and her late husband, Jim Schlader, co-founded the Oakland nonprofit corporation, Producers Associates, Inc., in 1967, and the organization has been producing the Woodminster Summer Musicals in historic Woodminster Amphitheater ever since, celebrating its 50th season in 2016.

     

    Woodminster Amphitheater, home to the Woodminster Summer Musicals, is an open-air performance facility in Joaquin Miller Park high in the Oakland hills. The park's spectacular views and serene woodsy environment made it the perfect setting for the amphitheater, cascades, reflecting pool, and paths that were originally built as a WPA project in 1939-40. For many East Bay families, it is a long-standing summer tradition to enjoy a picnic in the park and then see a musical at Woodminster, and some season ticket holders have been sitting in the same seats for 3 generations.

     

    As the anchor tenant in this historic city facility, Producers Associates has maintained and improved Woodminster Amphitheater while honoring the history of the site and bringing more than 20,000 ticket holders to Joaquin Miller Park each summer to enjoy a musical under the stars in a landmark amphitheater. To make it easier for Oaklanders to enjoy live theater, the organization offers half price tickets to Oakland residents on opening nights, half price group rates to local organizations, and a Kids Come Free program for children and teens 16 and younger.

     

    With the help of a hardworking Board of Directors, the organization helps the city's Parks & Recreation Department maintain the facility as an historic site, while at the same time making it safer, more accessible, and more comfortable. Native plants have been restored around the picnic tables, seating and handrails have been added, and technological improvements have been introduced. In outward appearance, the amphitheater looks very much as it did decades ago, but it's now a more comfortable destination for modern audiences.

     

    Over the last 50 years, Producers Associates has presented 157 productions, entertaining about a million Woodminster Summer Musicals ticket holders. The shows have been performed by more than 5000 actors, over 20% of them members of Actors Equity Association, making the organization one of the Bay Area's most reliable employers of professional actors. The musicals have always been performed with live professional orchestras, which have included 23 different conductors and over 1800 members of Musicians Local #6. In addition, the organization has employed 25 professional set designers, 17 lighting designers, 24 costume designers, 6 sound technicians, 18 choreographers, 6 directors, and over 1,500 young backstage interns.

     

    For more information about the Woodminster Summer Musicals and Producers Associates, Inc., visit www.woodminster.com.

    For more information about the Oakland Heritage Alliance, visit www.oaklandheritage.org.

Woodminster Summer Musicals produced in cooperation with the City of Oakland Parks & Recreation Department.

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