The Happy Trees of The Ladies Foursome with Samantha Reno

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In revisiting a past success the question becomes how can we make it lively for patrons who’ve seen the production before? We can’t touch the script, but we do have a great deal of creative freedom when it comes to set design. Resident Scenic Designer Samantha Reno worked on the original production of The Ladies Foursome in 2014. She can relate to what patrons are going through, which is why she embraced the challenge by making 18 watercolor paintings that correspond to each hole of golf in the play.  The following is an interview with Samantha as she offers insight into process as a scenic designer.

You worked on the set for the 2014 production of The Ladies Foursome. What were some of the limitations you had to overcome with that set design?

Oh, where to begin? In The Ladies Foursome the audience is invited to peek into the lives of four women over 18 holes of golf, and the playwright more or less structured the play as one scene per hole, or eighteen separate scenes. In the old space this meant we had no choice but to the strip the production down to the bare basics of storytelling because it simply wasn’t possible to do any sort of scene transitions— or more than one original look— without wing space, a fly system, a tall grid, or even experiment too much with the platform composition.

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Rendering of the 2014 production

So what could we look at as an audience member under those circumstances? Well, I wanted to make sure that whatever I designed was pleasing to the eye, and that the space was at least dynamic enough to move four actors around the stage in a way that suggested they were moving through a golf course in a 23-foot deep by 16-foot wide space— not an easy task. We ended up installing artificial grass and cannibalizing some leftover green carpet to sculpt a fairway. To offset the green, I designed some stylized tree flats with blues and violets. Along with a cheerful backdrop, it was a successful look as it blended elements of realism with my own style of painting.

The result was a very clean design for the old Mainstage, which everyone was happy with, myself included. I just always felt it was unfortunate that we couldn’t do more with it.

In designing on the 2018 production what changes did you want to make given that you had more space to work with?

Lots of changes! What is fun about working with The Sofia’s new thrust is that I was able to do more with the platforming and still create an intimate space that is B Street Theatre’s brand. I could sculpt organically shaped platforms that took on the circular flow of a real golf course, and that way we could keep the actors moving and interacting with their environment. We were able to experiment with different shades of grasses, as you’ll see, to punch up the saturated colors anyone can experience on a bright day in the summertime.

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Rendering of the 2018 production

I was also able to add more personal touches to this set with greenery, tall grasses, plants, and trees. This really softened the platforms’ hard edges and grounded the set. Best of all, using full stage projections, we really could suggest eighteen holes of golf through a series of original watercolors that echoed the backdrop from the 2014 production.

Did more space to design the set in The Sofia cause any issues that you had to resolve?

I don’t think the audience will have any trouble engaging with this set, but keeping it contained was the main challenge. An aspect of the new Sofia that we are all learning to evolve with is the stage’s sheer size. Of course we thank our lucky stars everyday for the extra wing space, but when you only have four actors on stage it becomes your mission as a designer to keep the set from sprawling and dwarfing those four characters.

To do this, I purposefully limited the design to just the thrust portion of the stage and drew an invisible line for myself that I wouldn’t let my pencil cross. Other techniques I have used include painting the surrounding space black to make the platforms feel like they’re on a visual island, and creating a “picture frame” around the projection paintings rather than let the images span the entire stage. I hope the audience feels that this supports the story being told on stage by centering focus on the thrust. Of course, I could talk about the nuts and bolts of design all day.

Tell us about the paintings you did that correspond to each hole in the course.

I have to admit, I am still catching my breath from the marathon that is doing 18 paintings in a two-week period. Next time I do a project like this I’ll need an oxygen tank! Obviously, I wanted to capitalize on our abilities to change the scenery without building a lot of physical elements, so from early on the production team knew we wanted to flex our muscles with our new projector. My background is primarily in the fine arts so whatever we did I wanted the evidence of my hand in the backdrops like we did in the 2014 production.

 

 

However, there are practical considerations to doing 18 paintings in a two-week period, so I had to set parameters for myself. First, I would do them in watercolor. It’s a medium in which the artist is supposed to embrace its spontaneity and flow, and while it requires the same careful study as oil painting, its roots are in eighteenth century journaling and sketch work, which I felt was appropriate for this show. They were never meant to be masterpieces individually, just to capture a golf course these characters have played many times before in an impressionistic manner. They are definitely a lot of fun to look at altogether.

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Second, probably more crucial than my choice of medium, I could only spend no more than three hours apiece on each painting. Well, that already adds up to a 54-hour work week on landscapes alone! With my other responsibilities to mounting this design, it meant that my brushwork had to be fresh, precise, and bright. Under these circumstances you learn to embrace every little imperfection and “happy accident” (to quote the legendary Bob Ross), and introduce unexpected colors such as rose or violet to make the greens pop.

The scenes themselves are cobbled together from various golf courses— to make it interesting for me, a non-golfer, I would add and remove elements at a whim, play with lighting and long tree shadows, and sneak in a mountain or two. Most of the landscapes are a nod to Canadian golf courses, as the playwright is from Canada, so you’ll see lots of pines and blue mountains.

It’s a project that took a lot of discipline from me, but I’m really glad I was able to do it this way. I hope the audience gets a kick out it too!

See The Ladies Foursome on the Mainstage through July 22. Tickets are available through the Box Office.

 

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The Ladies of “The Ladies Foursome”

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One of B Street’s most popular plays is returning! With The Ladies Foursome opening this Friday, Artistic Associate Sean Patrick Nill sat down with Tate Hanyok, Rebecca Dines, Tara Sissom, and Amy Kelly to discuss the show’s legacy, the new production and the craziness of producing 18 holes of golf. 

Do any of you golf?

Tate: Isn’t it obvious?!

[Everyone laughs]

Tate: No I do not golf. But I love being introduced to a world I know nothing about. It expands your experiences. Maybe I’ll come out of this experience with some more golf knowledge. At least the basics.

Tara: I have been to the driving range thanks to my boyfriend!

Rebecca; My whole family golfed. My brother was a golf champion. I was in Ballet. But in high school, we got to choose which sport we wanted to do for physical education. And in my senior year, I chose golf. And we’d whack away on the green while the teacher would drink a beer in the club house. It was fun. But from playing with my family, I know how hard it is and how mentally challenging it can be.

Amy: I do not. But my swing has definitely improved since the last time we’ve done this show. Last time, it looked like I was playing baseball or killing someone with an ax.

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How much fun has it been to rehearse and perform this show?

Rebecca: It’s so much fun to work with an all woman cast. The fact that it’s a whacky, zany comedy with the infamous Tara Sissom and the famous Amy Kelly and the cutest person ever Tate Hanyok, it’s been a laugh a minute. We’ve created a great tone for this play where we can be creative and fun with each other.

Amy: I’ve never laughed so hard. Both times I’ve done this show, both casts have considered getting adult diapers, because we’re always so close to wetting ourselves. When you get four funny ladies, it’s always fun. The most challenging thing is remembering where you left your golf bag—everything else is just fun.

Tate: I’ve discovered abdominal muscles I never knew I had because I’ve been laughing so hard.

Tara: It’s been a blast to watch Amy struggle to remember the show. It’s been great to see Rebecca and Tate find this show. And it’s always great to work with Dave. Broad comedies are in B Street’s wheel house and in this space, this material that’s so familiar, it’s great. Plus it’s not as hot as it was in the old space, which is just awesome!

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Tara and Amy, what’s it like to reprise these roles?

Amy: It’s different. The stage is so much bigger. There’s this great transitional device using our silhouettes. We just have so many more options. And Tate and Rebecca are so great. It’s been wonderful to see these talented women find their characters and make me laugh.

Tara: I’ve only done a reprise once before. And it was nothing like this. It was a much smaller role. But this experience has been surreal. Just knowing a play so well. By the end of the first week, I was off book. Sometimes during rehearsal, if someone was struggling with lines, I would know the lines. It’s been really nice.

Tate and Rebecca, what’s it like to do this production after its successful run in 2014?

Tate: There is a slight intimidation. It’s a show that people love and you want to deliver. But, it’s also my return to the theatre after many years of film and television, so just doing a play again is such a joy. When Dave asked me to come up and do this play, I immediately said, “Yes!” And then I read the play and I got so nervous, cause I realized I never leave the stage. But it’s so great to return to the stage, especially at the B Street Theatre which has been my home for so long. It’s so cool!

Rebecca: Well, this last production didn’t have this theatre. I love this theatre. It’s so luxurious. But really, I never think about it. It doesn’t matter to me who’s done it before, where it’s been done before. I bring my own creativity to the part. The nice thing is problems seemed to be solved easier because they’ve done it before. But (in a Katherine Hepburn voice) at this time in my life, (back to normal voice), anytime I’m given a part, I make it mine.

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What’s your favorite part of your character?

Tate: Dory’s duality. She presents herself in a way that isn’t necessarily who she is. And audiences love her arch and the small pieces of truth she reveals throughout the play.

Amy: Margot is an extremely attractive woman. That’s an important part of the script.

[Everyone laughs]

She’s crass. She speaks her mind. She loses her mind! I mean, I get angry and wrestle with a golf bag. That’s the type of women that I love to portray.

Rebecca: I love that Connie is a man chaser. She has no shame. She’s a flirtatious, fun career woman. She is a modern woman. I love that.

Tara: Tate says whatever comes to her mommy mind. She taps into a judgmental side of myself that I try to stay away from. It’s great portray a character that gets around the societal norms.

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Why is this play good for 2018? 

Rebecca: It’s a play that features an all woman cast. And in this industry, that can be rare. Usually there’s five roles for men, and one role for a woman. And it can be frustrating. So it’s great that B Street is producing a play that features four fantastic women who talk about their lives.

Tara: It has this charming nostalgia. It goes over some important subjects, particularly about women… but it’s something that you can bring a teenager too, and they can be a part of these conversations that these women have.

Amy: Anything that has to do with women, talking about their lives, their families, their jobs, not talking about mundane things… it’s important for audiences to see. Plus, it’s great to laugh with powerful, strong minded women. Plus, it’s a comedy. We need comedies today with all the other nonsense going on.

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The Ladies Foursome opens this Friday with previews occurring all week. Come see these funny ladies tell a heartfelt story. Tickets are going fast! Call the Box Office and grab those seats while they’re still around. 

B Street Weekly: June 10 – 17

Even when our Mainstage is in a dark week, a lot still happens at The Sofia. The preview for our Intern Showcase play, A Yippie’s Day in Disneyland, a photo shoot through Goodman photography, a stop in at Capital Public Radio, and the Sacramento Ballet’s production of The Genius of Balanchine. Scroll down to see this past week’s fun at The Sofia.

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It’s always nice to have a beautiful theatre. The Sofia looks so nice in the summer time.

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Acting Intern Olivia Schaperjohn starred in the preview production of A Yippie’s Day in Disneyland. The audience loved it and the 2017-2018 Intern Class is ready for their two productions on Monday June 18. Come check out their great work.

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A ton of photographers and fashion models came by Tuesday for a #GoodTuesdayz photo shoot at The Sofia. Tons of beautiful shots. This one was taken just outside the theatre. Thanks @rischyrisch for showcasing our lovely theatre.

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Another showcasing our upstairs lobby, taken by the @chasingolivesphotography.

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And finally, @diablomantense capturing the natural light that shines into Gallery A. Thank you to all the photographers and models for taking part of #GoodTuesdayz at The Sofia.

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Tech has arrived for The Ladies Foursome. Long days perfecting a show that our patrons love. The show previews this week and opens June 22nd.

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The Sacramento Ballet returned to The Sofia for its last show of the 2017-2018 season, The Genius of Balanchine. Phenomenal dancing from a phenomenal company.

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Our beautiful new banners are on display on the streets of the Sutter District. Check them out and if you haven’t yet, come see our beautiful theatre.

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Artistic Associate Sean Patrick Nill and Acting Intern Olivia Schaperjohn stopped by Insight at Capital Public Radio to discuss A Yippie’s Day in Disneyland and the benefits of the B Street Theatre internship for young theatre artists.

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Our 2019 Season was announced Friday to a room full of generous donors and supporters. More information will be disclosed this week.

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Thanks @k.brandonbaumann for coming to see ballet for the first time at The Sofia. The Sacramento Ballet has done amazing work for years and we’re so happy you got to experience them for the first time in our theatre.

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Long time Artistic Directors Ron Cunningham and Carrine Binda embrace after the final curtain for The Genius of Balanchine. Thank you to all your years of service and the amazing work you’ve done for the Sacramento community.

The Ladies Foursome opens Friday, with previews occurring June 19, June 20 and June 21. We also will be hosting Shawn Colvin on June 20 , Roy Rodgers & the Delta Rhythm Kings on June 22, and Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra on June 23. The 2017-2018 Intern Class will be presenting A Yippie’s Day in Disneyland this Monday June 18 at 6:30 and 8:30 and the New Comedies Festival will officially kick off this next Sunday on June 24. Come to The Sofia and check out the amazing programming we are offering. 

The 2017-2018 Intern Company Presents a Play

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Since 1994, the B Street Theatre Internship has introduced recent college graduates to the world of professional theatre. Several of our interns have ended up becoming members of our Acting Company, stage managers, artistic administrators, and more. As the 2017-2018 intern class prepares to open their Intern Showcase next Monday, Artistic Associate Sean Patrick Nill sat down with the group to discuss their time at B Street and their hopes for the future.

What’s some exciting things you’ve all done here as interns? 

Stasie (Outreach/Education Intern): I got to help run a post-prison rehabilitation program.

Veronica (Stage Management Intern): Stage managed a Mainstage show.

Natalie (Outreach/Education Intern): I got to teach one-on-one workshops at Sutter Hospital.

Conway (Stage Management Intern): I’ve road managed the past two school tours.

Sarah (Costume Design Intern): I designed costumes for both The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe and Airness. 

Olivia (Acting Intern): I wrote my own one woman show and performed it on the Mainstage.

Iqra (Set Design Intern): I designed the set for Fantasy Festival XXXII, and I got to paint the sets!

Emmanuel (Stage Management Intern): I learned a full tech track in a single day.

Emmett (Production Management Intern): I’ve done a lot of scheduling.

[Everyone laughs] 

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What are important life lessons you’ve learned during this internship? 

Olivia: I learned I’m capable of anything! I learned how to play the drums in two weeks for One Man, Two Guvnors. I was able to write a one woman show while I was acting in school tour. I’m capable of more than I think I am, which is refreshing to realize.

Stasie: If you really want something, you have to put yourself out there. You have to make it happen. Nothing gets handed to you in this field. You have to take the initiative.

Veronica: If you find the joy in doing the work, you can get through anything. If it’s for the work and the art, then it’s all worth it.

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For those of you who were here during the move, what has this crazy transition been like? 

Natalie: Looking back to the move… it was such a daunting task. We got into this space, and we said, “Oh man, this place is big!” But you know, we had to get it done, and we did.

Stasie: Transitioning from the old place into the new place, we had to rebuild the entire system in which the intern company worked. There was a lot of trial and error to figure out exactly what the space needed and how we could assist in making it the arts venue that it is now. We’ve set the precedent for future intern companies.

You’re pioneers. 

Olivia: Yeah, we are! I mean, there was nothing in here. There was nothing when we first arrived. And now we’ve transitioned, and the flip has been awesome.

Veronica: I remember specifically being in the old space for the first week of rehearsal for One Man, Two Guvnors. And the moment the cast and the stage management team entered the new building, we all were so awed. And then we realized, “We have to make this bigger, and we have to make it better.”

Emmett: For me personally, the move has been my favorite part. The new building presented all of these new opportunities. And sometimes, you’d look at a room, and you’d say to yourself, “Is this a storage space? Is this the intern room?” And being here when those decisions were made. And knowing that everything will evolve and somethings will change, it’s just unique to be there at the beginning when everything was decided.

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So tell me about this show you’re producing? 

Emmett: What show?

[Everyone laughs] 

Olivia: Well, it’s about this woman named Louise Sawyer in 1970, who’s a politically active hippie… also known as a Yippie. And they had this protest at Disneyland that went horribly wrong. Only about 200 people showed up, it was kind of dismal. And a couple of people got arrested, and Louise was one of them. And the FBI puts her into a horrible dilemma, and she has to choose whether to give up her friends or her freedom.

Emmett: It’s so fascinating learning about all of this: the Yippie movement, the 1970’s drug culture, it was such a different time.

Iqra: And the fun thing about this show is we get to take a leadership role. We work together in putting this show together. And it’s so fun to see each other in the lobby and say, “Oh, we need to talk about this design element” or “Hey, what’s the schedule tomorrow so I can be prepared?” There’s so much excitement.

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You all get to work with B Street Acting Company Members Kurt Johnson and Amy Kelly on this production. What has that been like? 

Olivia: So cool!

Veronica: So awesome!

Emmett: It’s been so great!

Natalie: We get to collaborate with them. Rather than just assist them or learn from them. We get to step into this new role as collaborators and it’s so encouraging for all of us.

Stasie: Amy Kelly has been so supportive of the interns. She brings this “yes and…” attitude to each room she’s in and it creates this fun energy in rehearsal.

Olivia: She throws spaghetti at a wall and see what sticks. And Kurt brings such specificity to each show he’s in. And as a director, he has great insight. He has let me figure out a character on my own, but he brings guidance to all of us to make sure the show is as great as it possibly can be.

Emmett: And really… I have to say… the entire B Street Theatre staff has been so helpful. Liz Liles (marketing director) has found time in her busy schedule to help us get the word out. And Blake Gillespie (digital marketing coordinator) has been setting up a lot of opportunities for us. Browyn Sherman (front of house manager) has coordinated a way for us to make a little more money for our front of house.

Stasie: It wouldn’t be possible without their support.

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How does it feel to be a part of the B Street Theatre Internship legacy? 

Emmett: It’s been great to be the first page of this new chapter. And looking back and seeing where we were and how this internship company has grown, it’s been a lot of fun. Sometimes, I feel like we’ve always been here, but then some days, you stop for a second, and you remember 2711 B Street, and you can’t help but think, “Wow, we’ve come a long way in a short matter of time.”

Veronica: It’s cool to know that Kurt, who was in the first intern class, is directing the first intern showcase here at The Sofia. It brings everything full circle.

Stasie: It’s so nice that there’s a whole support network of former interns. There’s camaraderie among us even if we have never met. There’s understanding. It’s a family. We know instantly when talking with them, “You’re gonna work hard and make sure the product is as good as it possibly can be.” And that’s unique. And that’s what the B Street Theatre Internship solidifies within those individuals who have completed it.

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The 2017-2018 B Street Theatre Intern Company present the world premiere of A Yippie’s Day in Disneyland this upcoming Monday, June 18 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Admission is free and donations for the interns are encouraged. Come support this hardworking group of up and coming theatre professionals.

 

B Street Weekly: June 4-10

What a week at The Sofia! We saw the closing of Airness, two fantastic concerts, Maximum Occupancy, the crowing of the Sacramento Air Guitar champion, and the return of Jack Gallagher to the B Street stage. Scroll through to see all the great pictures from this last week, and if you’re interested in more, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bstreettheatre.

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The cast of Airness rocking out hard! Thanks to Sweetness, the President of Sac Air Guitar, for creating such awesome shots of our actors.

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Acting company members Amy Kelly, Tara Sissom, and Greg Alexander relaxing on the annual Acing Company retreat. Hope you all had a ton of fun! Selfie Credit: Amy Kelly

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Our 2017-2018 Intern Company continued rehearsals for their upcoming Intern Showcase, A Yippie’s Day in Disneyland. The show previews June 11 with two performances on June 18.

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Slaid Cleaves performed an amazing concert on Thursday. Thanks to @semitwang for capturing this great musician at work.

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The formidable musical duo of Tuck & Patti performed on the Sutter Theatre stage this past Friday. Two of the nicest musicians we’ve had in our concert series.

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Maximum Occupancy returned to Upstairs at the B and had the audience wailing with laughter. Keep your eyes out for the next show and let’s fill that place up so everyone gets free pizza!

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B Street Theatre favorite and acclaimed comedian Jack Gallagher performed two shows in the Sutter Theatre this Saturday to packed houses. No one makes ’em laugh like Jack.

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Upstairs at the B hosted the 2018 Sacramento Air Guitar Qualifier on Saturday night. The house was packed, the beer was the cold, and the competitors rocked out!

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Reigning Sac Air Guitar champion Kitkat defended her title and won the 2018 Sacramento Air Guitar Qualifier. It was an awesome night full of FANTASTIC air guitarists. Thanks to all who came by and watched our competitors rock out!

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Thank you to all of the patrons who came by the Sofia to see our rocking production of Airness. We hoped you enjoyed this heartfelt comedy about a world that few of us knew about. Keep rocking!

Fond Memories: the cast of AIRNESS

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As Airness continues its last week of production, the cast shared some fond memories of the run and how much fun it really can be to rock out! Photo Credit: Kyle Privette, AKA Sweetness, AKA The Godfather of Sac Air Guitar.

Taylor Fleer – Airnouncer 

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As the “airnouncer,” I get to come out after each performance and announce the winners of the different air guitar competitions. There’s one particular performance where Shreddy Eddy (played by Peter Story) finishes his act by spitting a mouthful of beer up into the air. It’s really cool. But one day, I entered a bit too early and all of his misty, fake beer spit drifted down right on me. It was definitely my favorite moment.

Josh Bonzie – D’vicious 

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Our first Saturday here, after our rehearsal, we went over to the Sweetness’s house (the President of Sac Air Guitar). They had all these mirrors and a ton of beer, and it was just so awesome. They taught us different techniques and introduced us to a ton of different air guitarists throughout the country. And I got to know all of these air guitarists plus my cast mates, and it just, completely opened my world up. I was introduced to this sub-culture in America I knew nothing about. That was probably one of my favorite nights.

John Lamb – Facebender Lender 

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We shared the green room with the Sacramento Ballet one week. And so I came out of my dressing room one day, going to places, and these three beautiful ballerinas started smiling at me. And I thought, “Oh, man… these ballerinas are flirting with me.” And then I realized that I was dressed as a purple rock wizard, and also realized that they probably weren’t flirting with me, they were laughing at me. So… good times being a rock star.

Peter Story – Shreddy Eddy

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My favorite part of this show is any time air guitarists actually came to see the show. They’d cheer at the right moments, laugh at the right moments. In fact, one day I mentioned British Air Guitar Champ Zach Monroe, and I heard a big, “WHOOOH,” come from the audience. That group of people are just great. They’re our oracles, man.

Sam Kebede – Golden Thunder 

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There’s a moment in the show, where Nina (played by Stephanie Altholz) is having a melt down. And she keeps mentioning all the notes she’s taken. And my character, Golden Thunder, hates these notes. And so my line reads “Get your head out of these books and get your ass back on stage.”  And as I say this, I’m supposed to throw the book onto the couch. And so I throw this book and it bounces off the couch and lands back at my feet. And under my breath I say, “F#%k these notes,” and I throw the book again, and it bounces off the couch and lands back on my feet. And at this moment I’m enraged and a primal scream erupts from my soul and I throw the notebook with all my might.  And I turn back to the cast and everyone starts laughing. And I start laughing. And I am fanning my cast mates, telling them, “We have to keep doing the play.” And the audience was losing it and I couldn’t keep it together. That was the night I messed up the dramatic linchpin of the play. But it was a great memory.

Tara Sissom – Cannibal Queen 

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My favorite part is getting to meet all of these air guitarists, meeting Sam and Josh, it’s so great. It actually makes sense that Chelsea Marcantel comes from the Chicago scene, because the tribe we created as a cast, and with Sac Air Guitar, it all has a Chicago theatre vibe which I fell in love with in my 20’s and fed me through all the toil of doing store front theatre in Chicago. Chelsea captured that love, the warm fuzzies one gets when they’re having fun and when they have found a tribe. Air guitarists and theatre people are meant for each other.

Stephanie Altholz- The Nina 

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I was really scared to do air guitar. Specifically because in the stage direction it says, “Nina reaches Airness.” And throughout the play, airness is this indefinable thing, it’s something that only the greatest air guitarists have reached. So, I was very nervous. And before we opened, I told Tara how nervous I was. And so Tara and I went up to one of the rehearsal galleries, she turned off the lights, and said, “Now, dance like you’re a kid in your bedroom.” And it was so surreal. I found these great moments because I listened to the philosophy of the play.

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Airness performs on the Mainstage five more times. Come out to the Sofia and get your face melted by our awesome air guitarists. And if you want to come out and see the real thing, check out the Sac Air Guitar Qualifier this Saturday, 9:30 PM, Upstairs @ the B. 

 

 

 

Meet the Competitors of the Sac Air Guitar Qualifier 2018

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Chelsea Marcantel’s Airness showcases the world of competitive air guitar, and more specifically, the people who inhabit it. This Saturday at The Sofia, the Sacramento Air Guitar Qualifier is will select a face-melting winner to compete in the Nationals.  We felt that our blog readers should get to know the real-life people in the world of air guitar. So here are some of the competitors at this year’s Qualifier. Come see them perform this Saturday, June 9 at 9:30 PM in Upstairs at the B.

Tarradactyl, Prehistoric Bad Ass 

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How’d you find air guitar? 

I was invited by my friend Sweetness to compete in the 2015 Sacramento Qualifier and I placed 2nd, then immediately performed in San Francisco that same year. It’s amazing to get to pretend to be a rock star and have people fawn all over you.

What air guitarists inspire you? 

Mom Jeans is my favorite. She brings so much comedy and life to the stage. I also love Aristotle. It’s like Gumby took a lot of speed and got up onstage.

If you win, what will you do to celebrate? 

Sleep. I got a toddler who keeps me pretty busy.

Fan Air Nation, AKA, #morepinktutu

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How did you find air guitar?

Strolling the aisles of Blockbuster via 2007, I decided to borrow it and I never gave it back!

What other air guitarists inspire you? 

William Ocean and Weird Wallace Mother F*$%ing Cold Steel Renegade. My least favorite would have to be Thunderball only because he never responds to my emails regarding the Dark Horse Round. Whatever, Russet!

If you win, what will you do to celebrate? 

Hug everyone real tight. Party my clothes off and hopefully become a trending meme by morning.

Airlectric Eel 

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How did you find air guitar?

I called Station 105’s radio morning show to win tickets to BFD in 2016. I played a game with another caller and lost. My consolation prize were tickets to the San Francisco Qualifier. I went and instantly was accepted as a member of the family by Goldiroxx and Tiger Claw. During the performance, Blaze Badaxx threw his cards into the crowd and I caught one. The card informed me that Sacramento’s qualifier was only two weeks away. I put together a one minute cut of “Welcome Home” by Coheed & Cambria. After performing, I felt the title was serendipitous to the way I felt about air guitar.

Which Air Guitarists inspire you?

Cold Steel Renegade, Chewrocka/Honest Air Lincoln, Airistotle, Rockus Airleous, and other’s who’s names I don’t even know. But honestly, any person willing to get onstage and air guitar is inspiring to me.

If you win, what will you do to celebrate? 

Smile so much it hurts.

Cameron Axl Rose, AKA, everyone’s favorite dad who is secretly a rock star

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How did you find air guitar? 

I knew air guitar was a thing since I saw the documentary Air Guitar Nation. I learned about the local competition through my friend Sweetness and I never looked back.

What air guitarists inspire you?

Aristotle’s high octane, unrelenting energy is an ever present source of inspiration. The fun he is having is so heart warmingly obvious. He is a joy of a human to know.

You’ve seen B Street’s production of Airness. How does it capture the heart of air guitar? 

The spirit and point of air guitar is clearly present, all the way down to the scene changes which were so high energy and so fun. And the lighting and sound… it was gorgeous.

If you win, what’ll you do to celebrate? 

If I win, the world will be at peace… at least for that moment.

Chewrocka, Unruly Brother of the Famed Chewbacca 

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How did you find air guitar? 

Many years ago, in the same galaxy you share, my company published a book about air guitar with the help of the USAG president. I was one of the lucky few who received a few tickets to a show in San Francisco. I went, fell in love, and the rest is history.

What air guitarists inspire you? 

Lt. Facemelter and Mom Jeans, mostly due to the props and sound effects they add. I also collaborate a lot with numerous air guitarists like KitKat, Sweetness, Mean Melin, Thirsty Motion, Cold Steel Renegade, Van Dammage, Seth Leibowitz, The Marquis, and many more.

You’ve seen Airness. How does the show reflect the values of air guitar? 

That show absolutely nailed it. I saw myself in many of the actors and their character’s methodology, collaboration, the bonding, and the performances. It was absolutely unreal.

If you win, how will you celebrate? 

I’m gonna celebrate with all the fellow air guitarists, judges, and any fans that went to the party. The morning after… I would want to relive every moment from the night before with those same people, hopefully over a plate of hangover-soaking waffles.

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The Sacramento Air Guitar Qualifier will be Upstairs @ The B this Saturday at 9:30 PM. Come support these awesome air guitarists, and if you need to learn more about the world of air guitar, come see Airness, on the B Street Mainstage for one more week.