About The Performers

The Acting CompanyMarysville Charter Academy for the ArtsFCS PlayersJacque's Dance ExpressionsBethel A.M.E. ChoirBob Hechtman (a.k.a. Bob Hackman)Alex CesenaSarah RileyBorgamaria Lyric OperaSutter Performing Arts Association

The Acting Company

The Acting CompanyA non-profit community theatre committed to sharing the magic of live theatre with the region. All productions are created through the efforts of 100% volunteer work and community support. By making theater with and for people of many ages, cultures and levels of theatrical experience, The Acting Company builds bridges between and within our diverse home couties of Yuba and Sutter. The Acting Company has garnered many Elly Award nominations and Elly Awards over the years — and this year won an Elly for Best Set Design for Escanaba In Da Moonlight. TAC is located at 815 B Street, Yuba City, For more information go to www.actingcompany.org.

The Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts (MCAA)

MCAAThe Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts (MCAA) coordinates theatrical plays, music programs and stage performances at the Marysville Community Auditorium. The five-year-old 7th through 12th grade school focuses on the performing and visual arts and has produced some of Broadway's most beloved musicals including: Kilroy Was Here, Carnival, The Boyfriend and West Side Story. For upcoming performance information please call (530) 749-6157. MCAA recently joined the Sacramento Area Theater Alliance and was nominated for two prestigious Elly awards and has won one.

Who Are the FCS Players?

FCS PlayersFounded just over 13 years ago under the artistic direction of Paul DeMeritt, the FCS Players -- the theatre arts department of Faith Christian High School in Yuba City -- have become one of the most widely known and highly regarded young people's theatre programs in Northern California. Lauded publicly and critically for their long-standing tradition of excellence, the FCS Players mount three major productions each year highlighting well-known comedies, tragedies, classical theatre, musicals and the region's most highly successful children's summer theatre camp. The FCS Players have been recognized with over 40 "Elly" award nominations from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance and have received 8 of the prestigious "Ellys." Their repertoire has included such favorites as Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof, Brigadoon, Annie Get Your Gun, The Wizard of Oz, and many more. The FCS Players were selected to be among the first youth theatres in the nation to present Les Miserables and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

Jacque's Dance Expressions

Watch carefully at any musical or talent show, and many recitals in Yuba-Sutter and you are likey to see the strong influence of Jacque Dake's dance stylings displayed. The Jacque's Dance Expressions studio currently has about 450 tap, jazz, ballet and hip-hop hopefuls on its student rosters. Dancers range in age from three to 65. Out of this group of dancers, Jacque's Dance Expressions assembles a crack team of competition dancers. The team travels frequently to regional and West Coast dance competitions and conventions, and scores very high. In 2004, Jacque's took first place at the huge "Spotlight" dance competition in Las Vegas and brought back top trophies from California State Dance Competition.

Bethel A.M.E. Choir

Members from the very popular Bethel A.M.E. Youth and Mens Choir will perform at Way, Way, Way Off Broadway. Renowned throughout the North Valley, this inspirational gospel choir will move you with their wonderful music.

Bob Hechtman (a.k.a. Bob Hackman)

Picture of Bob HechtmanBob is a veteran actor (AKA Robert Hackman) in television, stage and motion pictures. Bob retired to Brownsville with his lovely wife Bettie after a career in which he starred with such notables as Burt Reynolds, Bob Urich, Anthony Hopkins, Cyd Charise and Richard Chamberlain. He has appeared in over 300 commercials and toured on stage in musicals and comedies all over the world. As a director, he found his greatest love and enjoys sharing it with the community.

Alex Cesena

Alex Cesena

Sarah Riley

Picture of Sarah RileySarah Riley is a former soloist with the Sacramento Ballet, and also trained with the Boston Ballet. She grew up performing in numerous theatre productions throughout the Sacramento area. In recent years she has taught classes in the Yuba Sutter and Sacramento areas in ballet, jazz, pointe, musical theatre dance, and coached a competitive dance team. Sarah has been seen in past Acting Co. productions of "Fame," "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and as Rosie in "Bye-bye Birdie." She has also appreared as Besty in "Sweet Charity" and in the 2008 Elly Award nomitated production of "Cabaret," both at Runaway Stage Productions in Sacramento. Sarah's choreography has been seen frequently in past popular numbers at WWWOB, as well as "The Fantastics" at the Yuba Sutter Arts Council, "Into the Woods," and "Once Upon a Mattress" at TAC.

Borgamaria Lyric Opera

This program is a partnership with the Yuba-Sutter Regional Arts Council. Each performance features a fine cast of Opera performers who are led by director Joaquina Calvo Johnson. The Yuba-Sutter Regional Arts Council is a public agency designated by the counties of Yuba and Sutter as the local partner of the California Arts Council. The purpose of the Ca. Arts Council State-Local Partnership Program is to increase public awareness and participation in the arts to serve as the cultural planning agency in partnership with both counties, to encourage local communities to reach their full potential by developing arts programs that serve local needs, and to provide access to professional quality arts in under-served areas throughout Yuba and Sutter Counties. For more information visit www.yubasutterarts.org

Sutter Performing Arts Association

The Sutter Performing Arts Assn. is committed to the development and promotion of quality performing, cinematic and visual arts that enhance the cultural life of the Bi-County Community. For more information visit: www.suttertheater.org