Thursday, 13 August 2020

Theater company continues production preparations despite power shutoff

The Lake County Theatre Co. continued rehearsals for the fall 2019 production of “Chicago” during the public safety power shutoff on Wednesday, October 9, and Thursday, October 10, 2019, in Lakeport, Calif. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – When Lakeport lost power on Wednesday, Oct. 9, it meant the Mendocino College Lake Campus had to cancel classes.

However, for the Lake County Theatre Co., in collaboration with the college, it meant that there was no space for rehearsal and their new show, “Chicago,” opens in two weeks.

At this point in a production there is no time to slow down so the cast got busy organizing a “study session” at one of the dancer’s Lakeport home.

The cast arrived at 6 p.m with portable lanterns and surrounded the outside, cement slab carport with silvery light. The director brought his laptop paired with wireless speakers and the dancing began.

On stage the dancers will be wearing exotic jazz gear, but for these outdoor rehearsals most wore fleece jackets and some even wore gloves. Lake County is definitely getting nippy at night.

By the end of the three and half hour rehearsal, legs were sore from pounding the pavement, voices were hoarse from the cold air and fingers were numb, but the dances were fine-tuned so that audiences will get to see what live theater is all about. And then they repeated this for the second night of blackouts.

This isn’t the first time the Lake County Theatre Co. has been impacted by disasters.

In 2009, “Gramercy Ghost” was cancelled due to snow. In 2017 the LCTC production of “The Producers” donated proceeds for fire relief for victims in Lake County.

Last year Shakespeare at the Lake was set to open the weekend that the Mendocino Complex fire came roaring in. Director Tomlinson kept the cast busy rehearsing when the evacuation was lifted. Two months later the show went on at the Soper Reese Theatre as it was now too cold for outdoor performances.

Some Lake County theater enthusiasts feel that “Chicago” may be the best musical ever produced by the Lake County Theatre Co.

Tickets are selling fast. Last year’s show, “Oklahoma!,” sold out and tickets are selling fast for “Chicago” so for best seats, buy your tickets now.

You can get tickets by contacting the Soper Reese Theatre, 707-263-0577 or online at For information call 707-278-9628.

These hard working performers won’t let you down.

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