The Nevada Theatre Commission invites the public to attend the free Open House celebration of the 150 year old Nevada Theatre on September 12. The Nevada theatre is the oldest existing theatre building on the West Coast that continues to operate as a theatre.
From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., there will be History Tours of the building, special guests giving talks about what it takes to create a production, and a Magic Show. At 5 p.m. , the Party begins, with Then Again providing music, no-host beverages and of course, a Birthday Cake. Sign up for the tour by going to the web site, nevadatheatre.com and click on Special Event.
Under the theme of History Happens Here, the semi-‐sesquicentennial of the Nevada Theatre on Broad Street in Nevada City will be celebrated during the 2015 Constitution Day weekend.
On September 11th, 1865, our communities enjoyed the initial performance in what was then a ‘New’ building. Ever since, these walls have witnessed memorable live performances by individuals like Mark Twain and Emma Nevada, the advent of movies, the emergence of Foothill Theatre Company and Music in the Mountains, and the creativity of our current notable producers…CATS, Le Gacy and Sierra Stages, and KVMR’s own Paul Emery, among many others.
Friday, September 11th at 8pm., LeGacy will launch this very special and historic weekend with for an evening of music by The Buffalo Gals plus Past Due and Playable.
Saturday the 12th, the Nevada Theatre Commission is inviting the community to a day of free tours, festivities, and a party as a thank you for being a part of what has kept this building alive for so long!
The day starts with an open house, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tours, every half hour, will take you through the building’s historic…and new…nooks and crannies, from the balcony to the basement, plus a walk through the main floor heart of the adjacent KVMR-‐FM building. Also, Special guests John Deaderick, Danny McCammon, Diane Fetterly, and Sandra Rockman, will provide you with an ‘insiders’ view of what it takes to create a production…something you normally only see from a seat in the audience! Engineer Bill Falconi, architect Denis Kutch, and, hopefully, our resident ghost will team up to tell you about the ever-‐changing building that has stood these many years. This mysterious side will be further enhanced by the Magicians Guild on stage. Then, Film gurus Mike and Barbara Getz will wrap up the Open House by looking both back and forward at movies in the Nevada Theatre…with some nice surprises in store!
Tour sign up is at NevadaTheatre.com, on the SPECIAL EVENT box, hit CLICK HERE, and go to the History Tours and Sign Up line.
At 5 p.m., the Open House atmosphere will be transformed into Party Central for our Birthday Celebration…a mixer where the public can meet the people who have combined their creative talents to bring so many great productions to our stage. Key people from the past and present production organizations, plus the Commission, will be there to meet, visit, and snack heartily with the community and with one another! Then Again will provide background music during the evening. Also, no-‐host beverages plus commemorative wine, wine glasses and other items will be available.
Whether you’ve ever been in the Nevada Theatre or not, we hope you will avail yourselves of this opportunity to see the inner workings of where and how theatrical magic, music, and movie presentations happen, to hear and talk with people that make it happen, and to be part of this historic event…History does Happen Here.
(Source: Nevada Theatre Commission)