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Santa Rosan a finalist for $10,000 ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ acting scholarship

One of the finalists for a $10,000 acting scholarship in the annual contest sponsored by “Beach Blanket Babylon” in San Francisco is Madeline Rouverol of Santa Rosa High School. The nine high school seniors chosen as finalists in three categories will perform live Monday, June 3, at Club Fugazi, home of the long-running musical comedy review created by the late Steve Silver. A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded in each category. Rouverol, 18,  most recently appeared onstage locally in Roustabout… Read More »

Broadway talent at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Tony Award-winning Broadway composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown and Broadway singer Amy Ryder will perform Friday, Oct. 5, at a benefit concert for Santa Rosa’s Roustabout Theater. Roustabout, which offers training for young local actors, is the resident theater company at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road. Brown will perform songs from his hit shows “Parade,” “Last Five Years,” “Songs for a New World,” “13” and his latest show, “Honeymoon in Vegas.” Brown also… Read More »

Roustabout Theater adds ‘Sound of Music’ matinee

Roustabout Theater, the resident theater company and training troupe at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts and, opened its production of “The Sound of Music” on Nov. 19, and audience response has been strong. This is the closing weekend and tickets are scarce. “We have sold out Saturday night and the Sunday matinee, and Friday night is almost sold out as well, so we’ve added a Saturday (Dec. 4) matinee at 2 p.m.,” said Clark Lewis, artistic director and founder of… Read More »

Roustabout Theatre opens ’13′ in Santa Rosa

Tony Award-winning Broadway composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown has been working as a guest instructor with Roustabout Theater, resident theater company of Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. And now the company’s apprentice program will perform Brown’s latest musical, “13,” the story of a young teenager coping with a move to a new town and new school. The cast will be backed by a live band. Show times are 7:30 July 30-31 and Aug. 1, at the center, 50… Read More »

’3penny Cabaret’ at Wells Fargo Center

Practically everybody has heard the song “Mack the Knife.” That song originally came from “The Threepenny Opera,” by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. Now there’s a new version of that stage classic, called “3penny Cabaret,” a contemporary musical created by Roustabout Theater, the resident company at Wells Fargo Center. It opens with “Mack the Knife” The premiere production features Roustabout’s new Journeymen Company, made up of college-age performers who trained at Roustabout’s apprentice program for young performers. The show opens… Read More »

Broadway talent at Wells Fargo Center

Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist and pianist Jason Robert Brown (“Parade,” “Last Five Years,” “13″) will perform songs from his shows at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday, May 22, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at Santa Rosa’s Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Roustabout Theater, resident theater company of the Wells Fargo Center, recruited Brown earlier this year to teach a master class for students in its apprentice program. “Since we’re almost sold out for Saturday night’s concert, we’ve just added a college student rush… Read More »

Tony winner to teach in Santa Rosa

Roustabout Theater, resident theater company of the Wells Fargo Center, has recruited Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown (“Parade;” “Last Five Years”; “13″) to teach a master class for students in its apprentice program. Brown also will perform with students  in two concerts, May 22-23, at Wells Fargo Center, said Roustabout founder and director Clark Lewis. The Roustabout conservatory will begin new schedule of classes for actors and singers ages 11 to 20, starting Feb. 8 and running through  May 23.  Auditions begin… Read More »

About Santa Rosa’s Roustabout Theater

Quick quiz: Can you name the resident theater company at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts? If not, that’s only because Clark Lewis, artistic director and founder of Roustabout Theater, has been slowly and steadily building his troupe, training young actors and showcasing them in an ambitious selection of shows. Not a lot of big talk here. Just a lot of hard work. And his efforts are paying off. Last Saturday (Oct. 3), Dene Harvey from Roustabout Theater won the chance to sing… Read More »