Orcutt Community Theater will host a fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Maria Radisson Hotel. Tickets, which are $75 per person, include include a buffet dinner, no-host bar, silent auction and theatrical entertainment.
“It’s time for Orcutt to have its own community theater to present live theater for all ages and involve all experience levels. The fundraiser will help us mount our 2018 season,” said Dixie Arthur, drama teacher at Ernest Righetti High School, and president of the new organization.
Entertainment will lead off with music by Keith Cox, Karen Sweeney and Joe Kidd and vocals by Grace Kitchen, who recently starred in Santa Maria Civic Theatre’s musical "Hairspray," and stand-up comedy by Lezlie Thorroddsson, host of “The Lezlie Show” on local cable TV.
Three scenes from Neil Simon plays will complete the evening.
Jo Grande, an Orcutt native and half-year resident, directs a vaudeville comedy skit from "The Sunshine Boys," featuring actors Dave Campbell, Bob Larsen, Cindy Stevens, Paul Klock and Jay Herrick.
Wil Welsh, of Kauai, Grande’s husband, directs the Pigeon Sisters scene from Simon’s best-known play, "The Odd Couple," featuring actors Thomas Brown, Joe Kidd, Lezlie Thorroddsson and Deborah Cristobal.
Arthur directs a funny and poignant scene from "Barefoot in the Park," which starred Jane Fonda and Robert Redford in the movie version. The scene will feature local actors Angie Herrick, James Wyatt, Nancy Kunishige and Bob Larsen.
Orcutt Community Theater will present "Miracle in Bedford Falls," a musical based on the classic Christmas movie "It’s a Wonderful Life," which starred James Stewart. Auditions are planned for October 2018 with a planned opening Jan. 6, 2019. Arthur will direct.
Tickets for Sunday's event are available by calling 937-3738, visiting the theater company's Facebook page or at the door.