Articles about past events that opened in 2011 in which Sacramento Vocal Music students have participated can be found on this page.
December 31, 2011 to January 29, 2012
The multi-talented Jenny Plasse will appear in Davis Musical Theater Company's production of Chicago as "Hunyak," the "uh-huh" girl in the Cell Block Tango. The first show is presented on New Year's Eve, so be sure to get your tickets early for this exciting production with a wonderful cast, including Dan Masden, an SVM coaching student, who is playing the long suffering, "Amos Hart."
December 2, 2011 to January 15, 2012
James' former student, Chloe Condon, is in rehearsal for her stellar opening as the Greek goddess, "Kira," in Xanadu, The Musical, produced by New Conservatory Theater Company in San Francisco. With a brilliant voice and roller skates, Chloe will shine in this homage to the latter part of the disco era!
Visit Xanadu's Facebook page for additional information.
December 9 to December 24, 2011
Christine Deamer will then follow up her well-received role in Davis Music Theater Company's Bye Bye, Birdie with DMTC's Storybook Theater production of Madeline's Christmas in which she will play the cook, "Miss Murphy."
November 4 to November 27, 2011
Christine Deamer, last seen as a magical tree in WOH's Wizard of Oz, will be seen in two roles at DMTC this fall.
Her first role is as "Mae Peterson" in Davis Musical Theater's production of Bye Bye, Birdie! Bev Sykes, theater reviewer at the Davis Enterprise had this to say:
"Christine Deamer was born to play Mae Peterson, Albert's overbearing, manipulative mother. She is simply wonderful as a stereotypcal Jewish mother, determined to find a girl to replace Albert's ethnic girlfriend." (Davis Enterprise, November 6, 2011)
In this same article, Sykes said of new SVM student, Danielle DeBow (pictured on right, with Deamer and Spencer Johnson), regarding her role as "Rosie Alvarez,"
"... [Debow's voice] was there in full force and she became a Rosie to be reckoned with, especially when being pursued by a room full of fez-wearing Shriners."
Sykes also wrote that SVM alumna, Taylor Hartsfield (left), is "quite good" as "Kim McAfee," the girl chosen to receive her first kiss from "Conrad Birdie," played by Levi Fuentes.
Photo credit: Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise Photo
December 22, 2011
Sacramento Vocal Music students from all over the Greater Sacramento Region will perform in a one night only concert to celebrate the winter holidays. The cost for Around the Piano is $8 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. The concert will be held at Woodland Opera House. In addition to the more than 40 wonderful solo performers, WOH's Broadway Bound will also perform, as will students from Youth Vocal Workshop and Adult Vocal Workshop. Special guests will also make an appearance! We look forward to seeing everyone there! Tickets are now available through the Woodland Opera House box office! (530) 666-9617.
November 25 to December 18, 2011
Woodland Opera House's production of White Christmas sees the debut of Matt Franck as "Sheldrake" in his first stage role ever. Matt, who happens to be Erin Bruni's father, is excited about his first venture onto the boards.
In this same production, SVM's own administrative assistant, Eva Sarry, takes on her first-ever solo vocal role as "Mrs. Snoring Man!"
Crissi Cairns, Chesley Award winner and Elly Award nominee, last seen as "Maria" in WOH's production of Sound of Music; Allison Ruanto and Kara Sheldon, as "Rita and Rhoda"; and Kimmie Ruanto all dance and sing their way through the delightful story of White Christmas at Woodland Opera House!
Please click on the link to read Bev Sykes' full November 28, 2011, review of White Christmas in the Davis Enterprise!
Television statio CW31's Good Day, Sacramento televised a piece on our show on Tuesday, November 29, 2011!
December 14 to December 18, 2011
James Hayakawa has been cast to play the "Mouse King" in Davis Children's Nutcracker. Hayakawa, both a private SVM student and member of Woodland Opera House's Broadway Bound advanced youth musical group, will perform with his sister, Jordan Hayakawa ("Hawaiian"), and SVM's Youth Vocal Workshop member, Cedric Hughes, who plays, "Fritz." Hayakawa as most recently seen in Woodland Opera House's production of Canterville Ghost.
The cast of nearly 250 children will perform Nutrcracker at the Veteran's Memorial Theater in Davis. Tickets can be purchased after December 7, at the Community Services Office at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd., Davis, CA, during normal business hours. The cost for the show is $9.50 per ticket.
November 25 to December 18, 2011
Devon Hayakawa follows her outstanding performance as the title character at Sierra Repertory Theater in "Annie" with her role as "Susan Waverly" in Woodland Opera House's production of White Christmas.
Bev Sykes writes in her November 28, 2011, review in the Davis Enterprise about Devon,
"Devon Hayakawa plays little Susan Waverly, the general’s granddaughter. She is precocious and talented and does a great rendition of 'Let Me Sing and I’m Happy.'”
December 11 and 12, 2011
SVM student, Jimin Moon, performs with noted pianist, Lara Downes, winners of the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition, and members of the Davis High School Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Rob Kapilow's Green Eggs and Ham, a merry, whiz-bang romp through the Dr. Seuss classic. The Lara Downes Family Concert will perform what is called "the most popular family music since Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf " by the Boston Globe. Kapilow's delightful ensemble piece combines the zany absurdity of Seuss's text with a sparkling musical score that runs the gamut from swinging jazz to classical lyricism, from pop silliness to spiky modernism. Directed by renowned Broadway choreographer, Mindy Cooper, the show features young actors trained through the Mondavi Center Theater Workshop program. The concert will have two performances at 10 AM and 3 PM in Mondavi Center's Vanderhoef Theater.
December 7, 2011
The entire cast of Woodland Opera House's production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, including several SVM students, has been invited sing at the State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony! The ceremony will commence at 4:30 PM on December 7, 2011 at the State Capitol.
Update: The event, covered by every news station in the market, was a marvelous event, hosted by Governor Jerry Brown, his wife Anne Gust Brown, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, and his wife, Michelle Rhee. Some of the other performers included directors who worked with James at the Sacramento Opera Association, including Jeri Clinger of Galena Street East, and Sheryl Counter of St. Paul's Baptist Church Music Ministry.
November 11 to December 4, 2011
Erin Bruni, perhaps best known for her role as "Young Cosette" in WOH's widely acclaimed Les Miserables, stars as "Susan Waverly" in Runaway Stage Productions' presentation of White Christmas. By all accounts, Bruni's performance earned her standing ovations!
In a user review, bbuono writes on SacBee.com on November 20, about Bruni, "Young Susan Waverly (Erin Bruni) seems ready to play 'Annie,' and was a fun addition with her singing parts."
Well-deserved praise for an excellent performer!
December 3, 2011
Amy Shuman of Amy Shuman Photography, in collaboration with Sacramento Vocal Music and Woodland Opera House, offers SVM students priority appointments for headshot photo sessions. The event, "Headshots for the Holidays," takes place at the Woodland Opera House on December 3, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The cost for these 15-minute sessions is only $50.
Shuman, an Adult Vocal Workshop student and official photographer for Woodland Opera House, includes with the session digital prints and a release for those prints.
See our "Headshots for the Holidays" page for more information!
P.S. The event was remarkable. 15+ people had their headshots done by Amy! Thank you to everyone who participated in the event!
Photo credit: Joerg Lehmann
November 12 to 26, 2011
Lucy (Elisha Machado) shows Linus ([SVM student] Shane DeGeyter) and Charlie Brown (Hugo Figueroa) who's boss in a scene from Davis Musical Theatre Company's Young Performers Theater production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The musical, directed and choreographed by Jan Isaacson, with musical direction by Jennie Reuter, opens Saturday, Nov. 12, and plays for two weeks. venue is the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Drive. Curtain time is at 2:15 p.m., Saturdays, November 12, 19, and 26, with additional performances at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 and 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 Tickets are $7, available online at www.dmtc.org or at the door.
Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo; Gladdis, Fred (2011, November 3) Davis Enterprise [You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown].
November 9 to 12, 2011
While studying at University College Cork, in Ireland, Willie Robinson-Smith was cast in Antigone at the Granary Theatre. Robinson-Smith is in Ireland as part of his foreign study program through Northwestern University where he is studying journalism. He will return to the states in December and perform at the SVM Holiday Concert.
November 3 & 4, 2011
Pioneer High School will host Hayley Harrison singing the National Anthem on Friday before the Junior Varsity and Varsity Patriots football games. These games against the Woodland High School Wolves are the last ones before the Section Playoffs! The JV team takes to the gridiron on Thursday, November 3, and the Varsity teams battle it out on Friday, November 4. Both games begin at 7:00 PM. Come support your favorite team, and most importantly, enjoy Hayley's excellent renditions of Star Spangled Banner!