Category Archives: Performing Arts Center

8 Plays about the Rails

City Theatre, SCC’s drama department, will present a series of 8 short, new railroad-inspired and themed plays that were created by local playwrights and commissioned by City Theatre. The plays will run weekends between April 24 and May 17.

The series of plays will be staged in two “Tracks” of 4 plays each. Track A will perform seven times, including the opening and closing performances. Track B will also perform seven times during the run.

Tickets range from $10 to $15, and can be reserved through

The theatre company advises that these plays are not appropriate for young children.


The Sac City Music Department will present Messiah 2.0, a free community sing-a-long of the famed oratorio, on Saturday, April 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

George Frideric Handel’s Messiah was originally meant to be an Easter offering, having been performed first in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742. These days, Messiah is normally a fixture of the Christmas season. But Sac City is bringing it back to almost its original date some 272 years later. An oratorio is similar to opera except that nothing is staged; it is simply sung.

For many amateur choirs, Messiah is the heart of their repertoire and the high point of the year. The words come from many  of the books of the Bible, including Isaiah and Psalms.

Community members are encouraged to join the chorus which, as one conductor said, “propels the work forward with great emotional impact and uplifting messages.”

Tickets to the event are free, and can be obtained by visiting Eventbrite.

Cradle Will Rock

The Cradle Will Rock is the new play to be debuted on Friday, Feb. 27 in the newly remodeled Performing Arts Center at Sacramento City College.

This was the last play funded by the Federal Theatre Project of 1937, and celebrates the hard working men and women of the 1930s. It shows the efforts and struggles of people trying to organize unions.

It is historically rich, brutally funny and musically glorious. City Theatre’s production includes a cast of 30 with a six-piece musical ensemble.

Performance dates are: Feb. 27, 28, March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., and March 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.

Tickets range from $10 to $18 each.

For more information, call (916) 558-2228 or visit citytheatre,net


If you like to sing and have thought about joining a choir, then the Sac City Choir may be for you.

The group will hold an “Open House” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Performing Arts Center. It is free and open to the public. Choir Director Daniel Paulson said his current choir and all those in attendance will sing some Christmas carols first and then the choir will perform a few selections.

The Open House comes one week before the end-of-semester choral concert, which is set for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 in the Performing Arts Center. Contact the PAC for more information.


City Theatre at Sacramento City College presents “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. It opened Friday, November 14th, and plays through Sunday, December 14th. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, with one Saturday matinee, on December 13th, at 2 pm.

This is the first time “A Christmas Carol” has been produced at City Theatre. Join SCC for Dickens’ magical Christmas story of redemption and joy. This production is on the big stage with a cast of 36, and lots of live caroling. A perfect holiday tradition for the whole family.

Ticket prices range from $10 for children 6 through 12 to $18 for general admission. Group rates are available.

All details concerning tickets and performances are available online at

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A Staged Reading of Macbeth is an opportunity to hear one of Shakespeare’s shortest and most popular plays brought to life in an informal and accessible atmosphere.

Yes, there are witches!

The evening is presented by the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival as a benefit for the Festival.

The reading is directed by Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin. In honor of Halloween, audience members are invited to attend in costume!

Tickets for the Oct. 31 performance are $10 for general admission and $5 for students.

For more information, go to

Don’t miss City Theatre’s production of the John Steinbeck classic, “Cannery Row,” Feb. 28 to March 23.

Originally produced by The Western Stage of Salinas, Calif. for the 1995 National Steinbeck Festival, this adaptation brings to the stage the beloved characters of Doc Ricketts, Mack and the Boys, and all the other “mostly true” denizens of Cannery Row as they try to make the best of life in Depression-era Monterey. This production, directed by Christine Nicholson, features a live four-piece band and 35 actors playing more than 70 roles.

Performances will be in the Performing Arts Center, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with a Saturday matinee on March 22. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 with a student ID. Find more information or buy tickets at