The Set Change of All Set Changes

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Act I and Act II of We’re Gonna Be Okay takes place in severely different places. One place is above ground, the other one is below. One place is a nice neighborhood highlighted with pastel colors and a lawn. The other is a self-constructed bomb shelter highlighted by dirt. It’s an extremely daunting task to change this set in 15 minutes but Lynnae Vana and her crew of interns and technicians get it done. In this blog, we’ll go over exactly how they do it.

Where do we start with Act I and where do we start in Act II?

VERONICA: Act One starts with the suburban houses after a backyard picnic. Act Two starts in the underground bunker that the characters have not even finished building yet.

How many set pieces from Act I are taken off for Act II and how many set pieces are added for Act II?

VERONICA: Roughly 17 pieces from Act One are completely struck (not counting near a dozen hand props) and 3 adjusted, while 24 pieces (not including handprops) are added for Act Two.

Run Sheet for the Set Change, done by Veronica Sprague

How long does it take to change the set?

LYNNAE: Originally it took 32 minutes, then after 3 hours of blocking and rehearsal and we trimmed it down to 12 minutes. By the time we opened we got the shift down to 8 minutes. We made it to 7 minutes once but mostly we sit at 8, 9 minutes if something goes wrong.

 Is this the biggest set change you’ve ever done?

VERONICA: I’ve worked in opera where we do complete scenic changeovers during multiple intermissions (ranging from 5-20 minutes), but this is certainly the most intricate. Ian Wallace’s design is thought out to the smallest detail, which means that these two sets have a lot of pieces (ranging in size) that contribute to the overall change effect. Additionally, each of the larger pieces require several steps to move (attaching ratchet straps, taking out hinge pins, etc.)

LYNNAE: This is the biggest and most extensive change I’ve done at B street. We incorporate a lot of the new tech available to us here at The Sofia such as the trap space, fly system, rigging and the cat walks. The stage and backstage area are also much larger so we have the ability to create the depth you see in the houses in Act 1 – then we are able to store these large house units backstage while the rest of the play takes place in front of a large bunker wall flown in from the cat walks.

Has anything unexpected happened during this scene change?

LYNNAE:  We have had a couple unexpected things happen during the scene shift, but thankfully only a couple. One performance, as one of our crew members turned to pass off a skate for the grass to another crew member, his right foot missed the stage as he stepped forward and he fell into the moat around the stage with the skate falling on top of him. Without hesitating, all crew adjusted their tracks to compensate. I jumped down to be sure he was fine and clear the skate from on top of him. The other crew members jumped onto the next required step of the change. After about 20 seconds, the fallen crew member jumped up onstage, dusted himself off and dove right back in. We still completed the shift in 8 minutes.  The nice thing about this shift is all of the crew know what needs to be done so we are able to help each other out when something does go wrong. When equipment isn’t set right, rigging slows us down or something gets stuck we are all here to pick up the pieces. This shift is a true team effort and we are thankful that nothing more ‘exciting’ or ‘unexpected’ has happened.

How have audiences have reacted to this massive set change?

LYNNAE: The audiences really enjoy the shift. Lots of patrons stay during intermission just to watch. I have had quite a few patrons approach me after the show to ask how things work and all the logistics it requires. Patrons are excited to see all that we are able to do here in the new space.

VERONICA: They love it! When we take a bow after the changeover, the audience always gives us a big round of applause. Patrons come up to us after the show, saying how cool it was to watch what we do and thank us for doing a great job. Since we usually do these kind of changeovers behind a curtain or in the dark, it’s kind of fun to actually share this with the audience. They get to see what we do and the amount of work that goes into it. It really speaks to the relationship that B Street has with its patrons; they’re always a part of the show and part of our B Street family.

We’re Gonna Be Okay runs for one more week, with an added performance on September 9th at 6:30. Make sure you come and see this critically acclaimed play, the set change alone will blow you away.  


B Street Weekly: 8/13-8/19

Five concerts, eight performances of We’re Gonna Be Okay, and a live podcast all happened last week at The Sofia. Plus a master class with the one and only Elisabeth Nunziato, adult conservatory, and more. Scroll down to see all the great things that happened this week, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @bstreettheatre.

Willie K performed in the Sutter Stage last Monday and was absolutely incredible. From a rendition of “Danny Boy” to riffs on a ukulele, Willie K is a once-in-a-lifetime show. Thank you for bringing your talents to Sacramento. And thanks to @unclewilliek for grabbing this great picture.


We’re Gonna Be Okay is a hit! Based around the Cuban Missile Crisis, this story captures the intimate relationship between neighbors in the early 1960’s and what happens when the only thing to do is to build a bomb shelter.


Geoff Tate and his band rocking out in the Sutter Theatre. Thanks @jaygonzo27 for taking this great picture!

Geoff Tate performed this last Wednesday for the 30th anniversary of Operation: Mindcrime. It was a rocking show with a really cool set ups. Thanks @happycamper_65 for capturing this great photo.


The Sacramento Bee gave We’re Gonna Be Okay 3 1/2 out of 4 stars and Sac News & Review gave the show 5 out of 5 stars (AKA exclamatory Shakespeare). The show is acclaimed by both critics and audiences. Come see it before tickets run out!

B Street Theatre Conservatory offered its first Master Class this past week with Elisabeth Nunziato. Thank you to both @manhattan_minion and others who took the class and learned from an exceptional talent on how to work On Camera.

Sunny Mitchell Stanson and Americana Night made an appearance at the Sutter Theatre this past Sunday, and had a very special guest…W.S. Holland, drummer for Johnny Cash. Thanks to all of you for a great show and thanks to @airstreamdave for capturing this special moment.

Poison Boot, Dave Pierini’s live podcast returned for its third episode featuring special guest Elisabeth Nunziato. The first act was full of funny stories from Elisabeth’s past. The second act featured Kurt Johnson as an orangutan, Dave Pierini as a dentist, and Jason Kuykendall stuck in the middle of it all.

A lot is happening this week at The Sofia. We’re Gonna Be Okay continues its run on the Mainstage, Tyrone Wells comes to the Sutter Stage this Friday, Maximum Occupancy  returns to Upstairs at the B this Thursday, and Boozy New Play Brunch  returns Sunday at 11:00 AM, showcasing Dana Brooke’s play In Between the Hours. Come to the Sofia and check out all of our great shows! 

Meet Doug Harris!

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B Street Theatre always finds great talent from around the country to perform for our audiences. For We’re Gonna Be Okay, the talented Doug Harris has joined to play the role of  Jake. Artistic Associate Sean Patrick Nill sat down with the actor to talk about the play, B Street Theatre, and how he takes his steak. 

Where are you from originally?

I’m from North Carolina; both from Charlotte and Chapel Hill.

How did you find acting? 

I started acting when I was in high school. I got tired of playing football, and my drama teacher offered me a job as a crew member, but instead, I auditioned for the show and I got cast. So that’s how it started, I kept doing it in college, and then I got picked up for an apprenticeship at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and it all just started spiraling into a career.

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Doug in Disco Pigs at the Drama League /Photo by Erik Carter

Where do you live now?

Queens, New York. It’s a good place to live. I keep busy. I love the city a lot. It’s been a great place to grow up in the past 4 or 5 years. I enjoy living there a lot.

When did you first hear about B Street Theatre?

A lot of people at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville talk about B Street Theatre. It’s was a theatre that not only came to the Humana Festival but picked up plays from the festival. I heard it was great place to work. A lot of my friends have worked here over the years and everyone has said it’s a creative environment. A lot of people speak highly of the B Street Theatre.

How’s your experience been thus far? 

It’s been good. I really like Sacramento. It’s seems to be growing a lot. A lot of great restaurants: I love Lowbrau, Red Rabbit, there are a  lot of great stop & go places. It’s a good city to work in.

So you play Jake in We’re Gonna Be Okay, who is a young man in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. How’s it been to act in this show?

It’s an interesting show. It lives simultaneously in 1962 and in present day. So there are stylistic choices and tonal choices that have to be clear. You have to be able to flip flop between 2018 and the early 60’s. The interesting thing about the story is that it talks about something that still resonates today. This brewing culture of fear around something we can’t control, larger political issues that effect everyday lives, and the only logical manifestation is a hyper fear and a need to do something about it when you don’t feel like you play a big role. My character in particular confronts questions about what a man is supposed to be, and how we handle our sexual identity. There’s been so much revolution in the past 40 to 50 years, but there are still places in the country and the world where kids still grow up wrestling with these questions. I think it’s important for stories like this to be told.

B Street Theatre’s known for its company of actors, and you’re currently working with five of them. How has it been to be the new guy in the room? 

Whenever you go into a resident company it can be an intimidating situation. They all have decades of experience with each other that is illustrated with short hand and quick ways of communication and lots of different style choices that you want to try to bring to your work. But I’ve noticed here that while there is definitely a familiarity and a direct sense of communication, they’re extremely open to hearing me and incorporating me into their style. I feel very welcome. It can take a long time to find a dialogue with a resident company, and I’m very thankful that they accept and include a new comer.

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Doug Harris w/ Susanna Perkins in The Rape of the Sabine Woman by Grace B. Mathias at the Playwright’s Realm/Photo by Daniel Vasquez

Random Questions: 

Best thing to do on a lazy Sunday? 


What are some books you’ve ready lately? 

I just read A Little Life. That was a great book, a bit intense. I’m reading The Fates and Furies. That’s a great books, but that’s also really intense. I’m reading intense books right now. But I can read Calvin & Hobbes any day.

What’s your choice for a sporting event?

It’d usually would be football, but at the moment, I’d say college basketball. I went to UNC, so I grew to love college basketball while I was there. I also enjoy a good baseball game. I’m a Phillies fan.

You have all the money in the world, what’s the meal you purchase?

My mom’s home cooked egg plant parmasean.

That’s really sweet.

It’s really good.

And how do you take your steak?

Medium Rare.

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We’re Gonna Be Okay continues on the B Street Theatre Mainstage until September 9. Get your tickets now and come see Doug Harris make his debut at the B Street Theatre.


Acting Company Spotlight: Elisabeth Nunziato

Elisabeth Nunziato has been with the B Street Theatre since the start. She’s starred in multiple Mainstage and Family Series productions; currently We’re Gonna Be Okay. Artistic Associate Sean Patrick Nill sat down with the actress to discuss her life here in Sacramento and her journey with the B Street Theatre.

Where are you originally from?

Well, I’m from New York originally, but my parents moved out to the West Coast and we literally moved all over the state. My mother was quite enamored of the many Californias. We lived in the Sierras, we lived in Los Angeles, but we ended up in Sacramento and this is where I made my home. And when I met my husband Jason at the B Street Theatre, we were together for quite some time, and when he proposed, he pretty much knew that he’d have to move to Sacramento.

When did you guys meet exactly?

He came up to the B Street Theatre to work on The Last Train to Nibroc, which is still a subscriber favorite! And then Buck kept him for another show, and then another show, and we were dating all this time, and for that third show, Buck wrote a play just for the two of us, which was an amazing experience!

What was the play?

Baby It’s Cold Outside. The original playwright left the project at the last minute, and Buck stepped in and wrote it in a week’s time and we opened as originally scheduled.

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

How did you find acting?

I’ve always wanted to be an actor. I never had an inclination to do anything else, nor a skill set that would have supported anything else.

(Sean and Elisabeth laugh)

I love it. I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

How did you start working with B Street Theatre?

Well, I was very lucky. I started working professionally on camera, in recording studios, and on the stage all at the same time.. I’m very fortunate that this has always been my day job. It’s very unusual. And a great blessing. And as for the B Street Theatre, Ed Claudio was the reason I got started here. He’s an unofficial scout for the B Street Theatre. And Ed saw me in something and recommended me to Buck.

What was your first B Street show?

My first B Street Theatre show was a school tour. It was the Fantasy Theatre then, and they were performing all over the state at that time. Tim Busfield had written this full length play for the school tour. It was a really funny script, and I was fortunate that it was my jump into the company because everyone was rallying around this production. We had brought in amazing designers, amazing technicians, amazing actors. It was a great experience. I had an absolute blast. It was grueling, but I learned a tremendous amount very quickly….through blood, sweat and tears…and very little sleep.

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How has it been to see the Acting Company grow from where it started to where it is now? 

I remember seeing Dave Pierini and John Lamb when they first started acting in Sacramento. And the thing about Buck and Tim is that they have a great eye for talent, particularly actors. And when the Busfields settled in the region, they started absorbing and hand picking all of these talented actors. And those people became the back bone of the company. And when the Intern company began and we started acquiring talent like Kurt Johnson, and Tara and Stephanie, Buck gave them work, and gave them a home. And now the company is growing again. It’s a congregation of strong artists. And anytime colleagues, or friends of mine, or guest artists, anytime they come to the B Street Theatre, they realize that this doesn’t exist anywhere else. An acting company was an important component in theatre back in the day. But it doesn’t exist anymore……except here. Guest artists see our acting company, and often want to put down roots here. They want to connect with this company and this city. B Street Theatre’s big strength has always been the personal relationship between the audience and the theatre. They’re the other piece of that puzzle. They make this experience unique.

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How does being a part of an acting company help you as an actress? What are the benefits?

It’s a safe space to work. It’s okay to fail. The directors and the other actors, they know you will succeed. They’ve seen it. So it’s okay to fail, to make mistakes, to figure out the story we’re telling. And that’s critical. You can’t deliver from your heart unless you have the freedom to fail, to try something different and see if it works. Tim use to say, “You cast the actor, not the type.” B Street Theatre has always cast the best actors. And we’ve all been cast against type, characters with different genders, characters who are much younger or older than us because the important thing is the spark. They’re always looking for that spark in actors..

Has it been fun, working with all these different actors?

Oh god, yes! Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche! I was working with five of our company members, five of the funniest ladies I know, Amy Resnick, Amy Kelly, Tara Sissom, and Stephanie Altholz, and during the show, I couldn’t help but think, “I’m the luckiest actor in the world.” And then I’d have to repress laughter ( or tears) even though I’ve seen their performances night after night because they’re just so…freakin’…. brilliant.

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You’re heavily involved in film. How does your film career contrast and compare with your stage career? 

Well we just talked about stretching in roles, and how often company members go against their type here at the B Street Theatre. That’s a bit harder to do in film. I’m actually teaching a Master Class the next two Saturdays at The Sofia. It’s gonna be a blast, and the class will focus on figuring out who we are on camera. It isn’t always a parallel to who we think we are. It’s important to know your persona. Great movie actors have a handle on that persona, and they learn how to exploit it. And the really fun thing about film is that you can have no acting experience and be the most interesting person on camera. Some people are just innately entertaining or honest. I’m notorious for recruiting people at the gym, in a restaurant, at the DMV, you name it. And to the fabulous Target chashier I recently met in Roseville, please, please take my class. You will work! It’s so much fun. The class is a blast,. The students feel like they’ve been sky diving and I feel like I could run a marathon.

And that class is when? 

It’s this Saturday from 10:30 to 3:30 here at The Sofia. Small group intensive, no prior experience necessary.

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You’re currently in B Street’s Theatre’s production of We’re Gonna Be Okay. How does this play compare to other productions you’ve done here? 

You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about the contrast between Leena in We’re Gonna Be Okay and Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. It’s been almost a year since Woolf. I learned a lot on that piece from both the writing and the team. Martha is completely different from Leena. She has this beautiful journey. For her part, she drives the piece to it’s climax with hope and love and fearlessness while Martha is fueled by pain and loss. They are completely different characters but it takes the same tool box to figure them out. It is an imperfect science and day one is always square one all over again.

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

How has the transition been to The Sofia? 

It’s different. More staff, more designers, more technicians, but at the end of the day, the work is the same. And of course our audience. They are the magical piece of the puzzle. We have our faithful subscribers who’ve been with us from the beginning and new subscribers who are lovely and excited to be part of the Sofia. It’s a gift to talk with patrons who feel they can share their experience with us after a show or out in the community. Regional actors who travel from one place to the other, they never get to have that relationship. This place is unique in that way.

You’re going to be the special guest on Dave Pierini’s live podcast Poison Boot this Sunday Upstairs at the B. How excited are you?


(Sean and Elisabeth laugh) 

Do you know who is on the improv team?



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Elisabeth Nunziato is starring in B Street Theatre’s production of We’re Gonna Be Okay which runs until September 9. She is also teaching her Master Class On Camera this Saturday at 3:30pm and she’ll be a special guest on Dave Pierini’s live podcast, Poison Boot.

B Street Weekly: 8/6 – 8/12

The Sofia is buzzing with excitement! We’re Gonna Be Okay officially opened last week, Seekers of the Strange returned to Upstairs at the B with its third episode, and Booker T. Jones and Cash’d Out came to the Sutter Theatre to rock out. Scroll down to see all the photos from this week and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bstreettheatre. 

Ian Wallace’s beautiful set design for We’re Gonna Be Okay came to life this week. B Street Theatre brings in some talented people.

The Sofia is always beautiful, even on a smoky summer day. Thanks @carpentec for capturing this awesome photo!

Our 9@9 was a ton of fun! Thanks to @sactomaya for making it to the show. We always have a lot of fun on our late night Saturday shows.

Booker T. Jones is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for giving our patrons such an amazing night of music, and thanks @bestseekingmissle for capturing this amazing photo!

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Cash’d Out came to the Sutter Stage on Saturday night and sounded great. Thanks to everyone who came out for some great Johnny Cash tunes.


Seekers of the Strange performed its third episode this past Sunday. Aliens, Angels, metallic spiders, and a lot of mayhem made this such a great time. Episode Four is coming on September 9!


We’re Gonna Be Okay is open and audiences absolutely love it. Make sure you grab your tickets today to see this funny, thought provoking play.

It’s a busy week at the Sofia. We’re Gonna Be Okay runs through September 9 with eight performances per week. Get your tickets now. On the Sutter Stage we have five concerts coming up this week: John Pizzarelli on Tuesday, Geoff Tate on Wednesday, John Jorgenson Blue Grass Band on Friday, Maria Muldaur on Saturday, and Americana Night Sunday at 3:00 pm. Also Poison Boot returns to Upstairs at the B with special guest Elisabeth Nunziato. Check out all the great things happening at The Sofia .

Recapping “Seekers of the Strange”


Seekers of the Strange returns to Upstairs at the B tonight! Creator John Lamb (also known as paranormal investigator Zeke Boggins) and cast member Mikey Pollock recap the first two episodes. Check it out, and then come see the third episode tonight.

Episode One:

John Lamb: Zeke Boggins assembles a team of paranormal investigators for a reality show he’s producing called “Seekers of the Strange.” Their first episode centers around a house in Northern California rumored to be haunted by a spirit that makes people commit suicide.

Mikey Pollock: There’s Zeke, Trevor, Cassandra, Masha, and a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader turned psychic.

JL: The investigation results in a homicide and double suicide.

MP: You see, Cassandra appears to cast a “protection” spell upon arrival, but really, she was summoning a spirit of vengeance to get back at Zeke for jilting her. Zeke committed suicide with a knife while possessed on camera. Masha shot and killed Cassandra to get her hands on the arcane book. Everyone was taken over by the suicide spirit.

JL: Only the videographer, Trevor, survives. The incident goes viral when some footage is leaked onto the internet.

MP: The spirit is still out there!

The Cast of Seekers of the Strange: At the Top Right is John Lamb, Bottom Right is Tara Sissom, Bottom Left is Mikey Pollock, Middle Left is Lyndsay Burch, Top Left is Stephanie Altholz

Episode Two:

JL: One month later, hoping to capitalize on the infamy of the Seekers brand, a producer from the RealiTV network, Al Steinburg, buys the rights and hires Trevor to be in a new investigation team. This time the Seekers are tasked with investigating UFO sightings and abductions in Dulce, New Mexico. A local waitress named Trudy, leads the team to a run down dairy farm whose owner, Louisa, claims her five year-old daughter was abducted. But the investigation takes an unexpected turn when the team discovers that the dairy farmer might be in communication with her daughter’s abductors and even aiding them with the abduction process.

MP: Trevor and Al end up being drugged and tied up. Then this strange box starts speaking as the daughter of Trudy.

JL: The evening culminates with a horrifying close encounter, more blood is spilled, and Louisa is taken by the aliens.

MP: The aliens are these strange insect-like things.

JL: Trevor manages to escape as his teammate, Debbie, and the waitress, Trudy, are rendered unconscious. Debbie and Trudy awake the next morning to find that the aliens left behind a strange device.


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Seekers of the Strange is at 7:00 tonight Upstairs at the B. Grab your tickets now as they will go quickly. Come see what happens next in our hero’s journey.

B Street Theatre & Sutter’s Fort’s Joint Field Trip


For many years, Sutter’s Fort and B Street Theatre have provided great field trips for kids throughout Northern California. Now, the two organizations have teamed up to provide a joint field trip that’ll be fun, unique experience for students all over Sacramento. Artistic Associate of B Street Theatre Sean Patrick Nill spoke with Executive Director of Friend’s of Sutter’s Fort Linsey Humes on the benefits of such a field trip and how it’ll help schools.

How did this partnership begin?

The partnership between B Street and Friends of Sutter’s Fort began last year, when B Street created a short, original play, Olive’s Fort that was performed during our annual Haunted Fort event—and sold out 6 performances! At the time, The Sofia was under construction just a block from Sutter’s Fort, so it was a fantastic opportunity to collaborate and spread the word about our new neighbors! Plus, the play was so much fun and an awesome addition to our Haunted Fort event.

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   Amy Kelly and Sean Patrick Nill hanging out backstage at Haunted Fort 

What similarities do you see between the two organizations?

Friends of Sutter’s Fort and B Street Theater have many things in common, but our strongest similarity is that we both have a passion for educating children. We deliver critical funding and support necessary to provide over 50,000 students each year with educational experiences that bring history to life because we know that when we understand our past, we can change both our present and future.

And, now, both organizations are located within a block from each other in Midtown, Sacramento!

How did the idea of a joint field trip come around?

When collaborating for Haunted Fort in 2017, it became clear to both of our organizations that we share a mutual goal of providing excellence in educational programs for students of all ages. And we also have a desire to break down the barriers that prevent schools from being able to bring students to our locations for field trips.

We know that one of the biggest barriers for schools is the cost of transportation to the field trip site. With the opening of The Sofia in 2018, our locations are now just a block from each other—less than a 5 minute walk from door to door. We wanted to see how we could work together to provide teachers with an opportunity to visit both B Street and Sutter’s Fort on the same day, which would help schools cut down on some of those transportation costs.


What will a join field trip be like?

During the joint field trip, school groups will attend a B Street production of Treasure Island. After enjoying that performance, groups will walk the one block north to Sutter’s Fort to participate in a program that State Park staff customized to expand on the themes of Treasure Island. Many people do not realize the role that sailors played in Sutter’s Fort in the 1800s. During this one-hour program, students will rotate through several stations where they will learn about the life of sailors in the 1800s and how they were important to Sutter’s Fort and the early European settlement of California. Students will participate in hands on activities that will help them to better understand what a sailor’s life was like in the 1800s, and the types of jobs they would have had at Sutter’s Fort. After the program, students will be encouraged to explore the Fort with their chaperones. We will take the same approach with B Street’s run of Christmas Carol in November and December—State Park staff will customize the program so students will experience a completely unique experience each time they participate in the joint field trip. This allows teachers to make multiple visits during the year without repeating the same program!

The Sutter Theatre at The Sofia / Photo by Rudy Meyers

What are ways that this joint field trip helps out teachers?

Our hope is that teachers will see the value in experiencing two field trips in Midtown that have a related theme. We hope that teachers who may previously have had to choose one field trip over the other are able to do both! We also expect that the Treasure Island performance and the customized program at Sutter’s Fort will have themes and concepts that are easily transferable to the classroom—science, technology, mathematics of navigation, arts and culture, and history will all be touched on during the joint field trip.

In addition, both B Street Theatre and Sutter’s Fort are offering discounted tickets to any classroom that participates in the joint field trip, making the experience even more affordable for teachers. Plus, logistics like bus parking are simplified (we have lots of buss parking at Sutter’s Fort). We also encourage school groups to use the lawn in front of the Fort to enjoy lunch, or to let kids play between or after the field trip programs.

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This is only the beginning of the partnership. What can educators expect from us in the future?

Friends of Sutter’s Fort is thrilled to be working with B Street on future collaborations. We anticipate B Street to debut another fun mini-play for Haunted Fort (October 20 and 27) and we plan on continuing the joint field trip program into B Street’s run of Christmas Carol in November and December of 2018. We are also hoping to utilize the fantastic workshops of B Street to help provide skill building for our talented volunteer docents, who contribute over 12,000 hours of service to Sutter’s Fort each year, along with our staff! I think that additional opportunities for collaboration will continue to evolve, as we continue to discover ways in which our programs relate to one another.


Why is this partnership good for Sacramento?

In 2014, the University of Arkansas published a study that concluded that students who participate in school field trips to cultural institutions show increased “historical empathy, display higher levels of tolerance, and have a greater taste for consuming art and culture.” We see these types of studies all the time, but at Sutter’s Fort and at B Street we also hear first hand from teachers about how their experiences make an impact in the lives of their students.

Friends of Sutter’s Fort and B STreet Theatre want students to see that the world around them is rich and full of learning opportunities and we want them to know that Sacramento is full of history ready for them to uncover. This partnership creates an exceptional low cost field trip option for schools and encourages schools to experience Sutter’s Fort and B Street in a new way. Our locations collectively serve tens of thousands of students annually—with participants not only from Sacramento but from throughout California. This new partnership will encourage new schools to discover educational programs in the Sutter District.

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Tickets for the joint field trips on Wednesdays are available today. Call the B Street Theatre at (916) 443-5300 for tickets and ask for the “B Street Theatre/Sutter’s Fort Joint Field Trip.” We’ll provide you with the discounted price and then, we’ll get you in contact with Sutter’s Fort, who will provide their own discount. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity for your students.