The Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre, founded by playwright Thomas M. Kelly, is located in the lower level of a unique 1894 Victorian home at 1901 P Street, Sacramento, California. The Thistle Dew is the center for original theatre in Sacramento and the home of the Thistle Dew Playwrights Workshop, KTDT Digital Radio and KWOS Digital Radio for kids and the KTDT Players.
Item One: A Special presentation: November 8 & 9, 2013
The Natomas Charter School Students of the Performing & Fine Arts Academy
Nicci Justice's Senior Entertainment Project
Friday, November 8 at 7:00pm &
Saturday afternoon, November 9 at 2:00pm
Here at the 'Dew'
Your $10.00 Ticket always includes
Your choice of luscious desserts, Sacramento's best coffee and a large selection of Tea
At the Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre
Item Two: November 9, 2013
KTDT-DRama-dy & the KTDT Players
Present a Radio Studio Theatre production of Jeanne Beckwith's "Opportunity of a Lifetime"
Directed by Tory Scroggins
Featuring Our KTDT Players
Ted has arrived on the island residence of Mr. Solomon
to be interviewed for a job he desperately needs; however, as the interview progresses and he becomes acquainted with the bizarre residents of the island, he becomes increasingly aware that something is not quite right on the island,
and concludes that he doesn’t need this job. The problem? The job needs him.
Come, be a part of an Original Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre radio/stage production.
Be a part of the live studio audience and enjoy the fun of creating a radio comedy as
KTDT-DRama-dy records for Internet Digital Streaming on it's blog-site
PRE-Production radio/stage performance schedule:
You are invited to FREE! OPEN REHEARSAL
SECOND SATURDAY ART WALK: Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 Presentation of Jeanne Beckwith's "Opportunity of a Lifetime"
SPECIAL DESSERT PRICE & TREAT FOR OPEN REHEARSAL WEEKEND:
APPLE HILL APPLE PIE!
WITH COFFEE AND/OR TEA JUST$8.00
From Apple Hill Growers AssociationBakers
RESERVE A SEAT TODAY FOR November 9
If you attend THIS OPEN REHEARSAL SECOND SATURDAY, you can SEE the full production of "Opportunity of a Lifetime" AGAIN for only $5.00! during it's General Production Schedule! AND enjoy your choice of several Luscious Desserts, including Apple Hill pies, the best Coffee in Sacramento and a selection of fine Teas.
Such a deal, Aunt Gertie!
General Admission Tickets: NOW! $15.00
Box Office 457-6286 or
With your ticket purchase you become a Lifetime Sponsor of KTDT-DRama-dy &/or KWOS Kids Digital Radio Theatre
Item Three: ANY Monday OR Thursday between 7 - 9
OR Saturday between 1 - 4
! CALL FOR AUDITIONS !
The Unique and Innovative Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre &
KTDT-DRama-dy is bringing the Vaudeville Variety/Comedy/Drama/Farce
“Frankie and Johnny Were Schweethawts”
by Thomas M. Kelly to the KTDT DIGITAL RADIO STUDIO THEATRE (39 Comfortable Seats)
The Play: The finest local speakeasy in Sacramento, "Johnny's"... next to a handy hotel... next to a convenient and cheap pawn shop... next to .... a... hanging... gallows? Johnny needs Stage Actors.... Voice Over Actors.... For his "Vaudeville Show of Shows". Come Aboard the Thistle Dew River Boat en route to any river town, be it Sacramento,... St. Louis,... Astoria, Oregon... or Muscatine, Iowa. Johnny needs hazy harlots, floozies, dandies and fancies to sing, dance, brawl in his dime-a-dance haunt honky-tonk hook-shop hotel.
CAST OF ‘CHARACTERS’ NEEDED:
Johnny: dandy dressed pimp, not to be trusted.
Frankie: one of "Ma's girls", fancy showgirl dress, sucker for 'Johnny' types.
Madam ("Ma"): , Johnny's mother, runs a brothel next door to his speakeasy.
Bartender: street wise, friend to all until you cross him, typical 1920's costume.
Sheriff: greasy, capable of anything legal or not, typical sheriff's costume.
Pianoplayer: fancy white shirt, straw hat, red vested showman.
Come have fun with us at this drop-in class from 7:30 - 10pm every Tuesday at the Mosaic Acting Academy Studio in Rancho Cordova.
Improvisation is one of the two most important audition skills an actor can develop. It helps you to think quickly, concentrate, increase mental agility, eliminate "brain freeze" and learn to take risks. It is a skill that absolutely must be learned, and it's fun! No previous experience required ... This workshop focuses on fun and laughter!
Tuition: Ten Bucks.... Cash. Cheap Therapy!
For even cheaper therapy.... FIVE sessions per month for just $25.00.
If you plan to attend and/or need directions, E-mail Charlie at:
The Movie Trailer delivery can transcend every genre of voice-over! Listen to Kathleen Turner, Allison Janney of the Kaiser “Thrive” spots, leading men and women actors, documentary narrators, promo announcers and the list goes on.
WHAT:THE MOVIE TRAILER WORKSHOP
WHEN:WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2OTH, 7-9pm
WHERE:MOSAIC ACTING STUDIO
TUITION: Wow-- only $50.00!
RESERVATIONS AND DIRECTIONS: 916-361-0952 You may also register by sending your check for $50.00 to Mosaic Acting, PO Box 1142, Rancho Cordova CA 95741-1142.
and to the KTDT-DR content policies, including but not limited to the following (remembering that this is family radio);
No overt perverse sexual behavior,
No bathroom humor,
No foul language,
No abusive, prejudicial or disparaging language against any race or minority,
No sex, child, or adult abuse.
No copyrighted music, (your un-copyrighted music is permitted, see sample on blog.*)
All submissions must be accompanied by script in .doc format subject to Grammarly plagiarism check. See..... http://thistledewtheatreplaywrightgroup.blogspot.com/
For sample format, (i.e.: introduction, credit(s), et cetera.). visit audio streams at.........
Submit .mp3 only(No cds)and script, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playwright maintains full rights to their submissions except for streaming permit to KTDT-DR: Submissions to KTDT-DR are for the sole purpose of KTDT-DR streaming.
Submissions fully produced, compliant with the above content policies and ready for radio streaming, will stream for a duration of one month (30 days) FREE. The fee/charge beyond one month is a limited time offer of $12.00 per six month period, paid in advance, upon submission, via PayPal, found on the KTDT-DR blog:
In Thirds, by Jacob Appel, three sisters inherit their mother's house.
The problem is that the daughters cannot agree on how to divide the estate. When one of the sisters begins to build a brick wall to claim her third of the house, it's clear a decision must be made before the mortar dries.
Sacramento's Original Playwrights Workshop meets every Saturday morning at 10:00.
The workshop members and the owners of The Thistle Dew, Tom and Ellie, are dedicated to support playwrights and making the Thistle Dew Theatre available for production of their original works.
Jump into the critique fray or listen quietly.... until your passions rise and you feel compelled to join the mêlée.
Several people who have joined the group, experienced the process and returned with their own play have had it produced here at 'the Dew':
Timothy Cahill, “The Seduction of Thomas Sorrell” and “Going to Tibet”, Laura Sheperd, “Annie's Story”, "Last Resort Trailer Park" and "Chicken Little's Christmas Party", Julie Greene, “Going Somewhere?”, Thomas M. Kelly, “Ba-Bang!” (or The End of an Error!), “The Timekeeper”, “The Butterfly Within” and “Extreme Unction”.
The Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre has been in the forefront as a one-of-a-kind source for new thinking about the stage and theatre in the Sacramento region.
Theatre is an art form which sometimes requires the art of working with someone to produce or create. You are that someone. There are many playwrights who want and need your creative assistance and approval. Consider this their cordial invitation to you to become a part of this vibrant group of artists and continue to enjoy the benefits of theatre.
Workshopping a play is not an easy process. By one definition it is a factory. By another it is a discussion group. According to most lexicons it is a process by which a dramatic work is read and then by means of improvisation or intensive group discussion, aspects of the production, before formal rehearsals and final staging begin, are explored.
After we have fully workshopped their plays we offer local playwrights the opportunity to have their plays performed on the Thistle Dew stage at no cost to the playwright.
At the Thistle Dew it is a combination of all of the above except we take this process one step further when the play is set for production: The director conducts hours of 'table talk' with the cast in order to bring out every attribute of each character: their 'back stories', their favorite colors, why they chose their lifestyle, etc. This is the last step in the 'growing process' of the plays development in which the director forces the play to undergo before it is ready for rehearsals and production.
The Production Experience at the Thistle Dew by Tim Cahill.
"You've written a play. Whether with pencil and paper or on a computer screen, you have found your plot, shaped your characters and created your scenes. You've work-shopped it once, or twice, or forty times. You've basked in the praise of your cohorts and cringed at their criticisms, but they made the play better.
Then the Artistic Director tells you your play will "go up". It will be produced. You suddenly feel like a real playwright.
The Artistic Director controls the show. He picks the director and oversees the auditions. You go to the rehearsals, not because you have to but because you need to. When the cast is formed and starts to rehearse, you're amazed at how hard they work. They learn your lines and they create your characters. Each actor's unique talent reveals to you who your characters are for the first time, even though you wrote the words.
That is, if they don't change the words. Any changes have to be approved by the playwright. It's your play. Failure to control its content can lead to disaster and a miserable experience; acceptance of suggested changes may make it better. It's your call. And then, opening night. Wow! You pray the audience will love your play or, at least, like it. You look at their faces for any sign, any signal of acceptance or disapproval. And when the run is over you thank the actors and the director and you're thrilled. The next day you write another play."
Local Playwrights Published from the Thistle Dew Playwrights Workshop: Timothy Cahill (JAC), Julie Greene (JAC), Paul Hauck (JAC), Thomas M. Kelly (JAC, Kindle/Amazon, Barnes & Noble NOOK, SmashWords, CreateSpace/Amazon book self-publishing), Charles McIntosh (JAC) and Laura Sheperd (JAC).
Local Playwrights Produced At The Thistle Dew Theatre:
(Full-Length Plays) Timothy Cahill, Julie Greene, Paul Hauck, Thomas M. Kelly, Leo McElroy, Charles McIntosh, Laura Sheperd, Donya Wicken.
Local Playwrights Produced At The Thistle Dew Theatre: (Monologues) Gladys Acosta, Timothy Cahill, Charley Cross, Theresa Elliot, Mark Fejta, Bernie Goldberg, Julie Greene, Eugene Griffith, Cindi Bennett, Frank Ingram, Gloria Jones, Thomas M. Kelly, Charles Kelso, Roger Linder, Laura Sheperd, Donya Wicken, Susan Webster and Jeff Webster.
Contact Tom at email@example.com if you have a play you'd like critiqued.
Thistle Dew Theatre is located at 1901 P St in midtown Sacramento.
Readers are needed for the Thistle Dew Playwrights Workshop which meets every Saturday morning at 10:00. Auditions for future productions at held at the same time.
If you would like to read and critique new plays or if you have a play or monologue to be read and critiqued by the workshop, email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org . Bring one copy for each of your characters plus a copy for stage directions reader.
Tom has created informative and highly successful 'blogs' to capture your interest and to tell you what is going on at the "Dew":