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December 13, 2006
Ends and odds

Allen Schmeltz will be leaving his five-year home at Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre at the end of the month. Schmeltz founded and was artistic director of Garbeau’s Acorn & Oak Theatre for children. He is forming Allen Schmeltz Productions and will work with Ed Claudio at his new Actor’s Theatre of Folsom. Schmeltz and Claudio also will produce with Mike Jimena and Connie Mockenhaupt at their Back Lot Theatre, opening in El Dorado Hills in late February 2007.

Schmeltz plans to continue teaching theater arts throughout the area.

Meanwhile, director Julie Anchor is still casting for her production of “Greater Tuna” for Main Street Theatre Works. The auditions will be at California Stage (25th and R streets) at 7 p.m. Thursday. The majority of rehearsals will be in Sacramento, and two men are needed - age is open - to play 20-something characters. The show is set to run Feb. 16 through March 24 (with a possible one-week extension) at The Playhouse dinner theater at Sutter Creek Days Inn. Main Street Theatre Works offers a gas stipend. For more info: Susan McCandless, MSTW artistic director, at (209) 295-4499.


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