Transcendence Theatre goes virtua
Transcendence Theatre Company recently announced an all new virtual season of Broadway Under the Stars. Due to the statewide order of Shelter in Place, and restrictions on public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, Transcendence has made the decision to cancel their current season scheduled to open on June 12 at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen and will instead present The Best Night Ever Goes Online – a virtual compilation of the best of the last eight seasons of Broadway Under the Stars concerts with never-before-seen footage, featuring hundreds of artists, all from the comfort of your own home.
All shows will be offered free of charge, but donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information, visit www.bestnightever.org or call 877-424-1414.
“Due to COVID-19, we could have cancelled our entire season completely, but we knew the Best Night Ever MUST go on,” said Amy Miller, Transcendence Theatre Company Artistic Director. “Transcendence has always committed to using the power of the arts to inspire and uplift others to rise up beyond challenges in order to serve the world in extraordinary ways. We have the opportunity now to not only uplift our Sonoma community, but also to share the inspiring magic of Transcendence with the world.”
The 2020 Broadway Under the Stars Virtual Season will run July 10 through Sept. 13.
Create your own “Best Night Ever” at homeTo help patrons create their own Field of Dreams in their backyards or living rooms, Transcendence will be offering pre-show virtual experiences to enhance their Best Night Ever online experience.
Pre-show entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. (Fridays) and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays) and will include:
- Transcendence Artists wine chats—a pre-recorded digital experience that connects patrons with the performers starring in the productions.
- Purchasing food and wine for delivery/pick-up from local Sonoma food vendors and winery sponsors (see website for updated vendor and wine sponsor list).Special tributes to those whose lives were lost as well as the first responders who have so bravely worked to care for others during this time.
- Activities and classes for children during the Fantastical Family Night.
- Videos to learn more about Transcendence and their work in the community.
Four Shows:Don’t Stop Believin’ – July 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19
Over nine years in the making, Don’t Stop Believin’ is the musical journey of a lifetime that has been created to empower you to believe in yourself and others as we soar to new heights together. Be blown away by Broadway artists performing a dynamic range of songs from musicals including Les Misérables, Wicked, Rock of Ages and more.
Fantastical Family Night – July 24-26
Starring a cast of some of the best and brightest young people in Sonoma County performing alongside Broadway Under the Stars favorites, this phenomenal ride of song and dance is filled with twists and turns, magic and mayhem, animals and aliens as we seek the transformative power of art. Your entire family will enjoy songs from Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, and some Disney classics. Executive Producer: Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Fund.
I Hope You Dance – August 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23
When you dance, a sensational energy that begins in the depths of your soul and radiates out through your fingers. Choreographers, dancers, musicians, singers, and YOU will create the world’s largest dance floor in backyards and living rooms across the world. Featuring spectacular dance numbers from musicals like Chicago, Cabaret, Anything Goes, and Singin’ in the Rain. Join us as we express love, strength, gratitude and power in a theatrical evening of awe-inspiring dance. Executive Producer: Vickie Soulier.
The Gala Celebration – September 11-13
The concert event of the summer, this extra special evening is a true celebration of life’s greatest moments. Captivating Broadway and popular musical hits, executed by powerhouse vocalists, in the dazzling Jack London winery ruins. The Gala Celebration is Transcendence Theatre Company’s largest fundraising event of the season. Be uplifted by compelling songs from West Side Story, Ragtime, Dear Evan Hansen, and more. The Gala Celebration is a tribute to the Sonoma community that has welcomed this company with open arms since the very first performance.