Theater raising funds for music

Bring Back the Music
What: Stockton Civic Theatre fundraiser
When: 6 p.m. Sunday; 5:15 p.m., reception
Where: Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton
Tickets: $20
Information: (209) 473-2424

By Tony Sauro
Record Staff Writer
Live music is returning to Stockton Civic Theatre.
“We’re really, really excited,” said Dominee Muller-Kimball. “It’s like old-home week. It was great.”
She was reacting to a Thursday rehearsal by the 10 musicians and six vocalists who’ll perform during a Sunday fundraising concert at the theater.
An actor, singer and director, Muller-Kimball plans to help raise $32,000 so the four musical shows scheduled for 2014-15 at SCT can be accompanied by live music.
For most of four seasons, the 51-year-old community theater troupe has relied on taped music — with exceptions made for elaborate musical productions such as “Sweeney Todd.”
“It’s the immediacy,” said Muller-Kimball, who’s husband, Paul Kimball, conducts Sunday’s ensemble. “It’s the connectivity of everything in that space at one time. The actors, the stage crew, the audience, that live orchestra. You make magic.
“It’s exhilarating as an actor. It’s phenomenal. You’re living for each moment. That’s the beauty of theater. It’s in the moment.”
With enough funding — basically necessary to pay the “pit-orchestra” musicians at appropriate union rates — those musical moments occur during “Monty Python’s Spamalot” (June 25-July 20), “Chicago” (in the fall), “The Sound of Music” (holiday season, 2014) and “Legally Blonde” (summer, 2015).
The Sunday concert — all but one of the musicians and singers have performed previously with SCT — includes tunes from previous productions (“Pretty Women” from “Sweeney Todd,” “Suddenly Sidney” from “Little Shop of Horrors”), medleys from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Miss Saigon” and songs from upcoming 2014-15 productions.
Muller-Kimball said $8,000 has been raised with donations ranging from $500 to $1,000. The Webster Family Trust has donated $4,000.
“It’s amazing,” said Muller-Kimball, adding that 150 tickets for the fund-raiser had been sold as of Friday.
Contact Tony Sauro at (209) 546-8267 or tsauro@recordnet.com. Follow him on Twitter @tsaurorecord.

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