The reviews are in: The Wild Party is the Bee’s Knees!

The reviews are in! The Wild Party is a hit! Buy your tickets now.

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“For anyone who likes to feel the mounting energy emitting from an audience that is fully in engaged as a participating partner with a cast in creating an auditorium bursting with electric excitement, now is the time to rush for a ticket for Ray of Light Theatre’s The Wild Party before the mad, manic scene comes too soon to an end”
Theatre Eddys

“Like Marsh’s doggerel verse, Lippa’s Wild Party is highly structured and always on the verge of spinning out of control. And the same compliment should be extended to Ray of Light’s vibrant, propulsive production.”
KQED Arts

“San Francisco has known its share of wild parties, but the particular bit of revelry now happening at the Victoria Theatre under the auspices of Ray of Light Theatre is of particular interest. Once again, this enterprising company ignites the local musical theater scene with remarkable energy and talent”
theaterdogs

“ROLT’s production of The Wild Party pulsed and throbbed with a raw energy that never sagged”
My Cultural Landscape

“Bottom Line: Ray of Light’s The Wild Party is a triumph”
Talkin’ Broadway

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18 SFBATCC Award Nominations for Our 2015 Season!

Thank you to the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle for our nominations, and congratulations to all.

See the nominations here: http://www.sfbatcc.org/Noms2015.html

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The Rocky Horror Show Returns!

Ray of Light’s production of The Rocky Horror Show will return to the Victoria just in time for Halloween. Our now-annual evening of debauchery will again star D’Arcy Drollinger as the iconic Frank-N-Furter.

Season passholders get early access to special discounted tickets. Buy a pass today!

D’Arcy Drollinger as Frank-N-Furter. Photo by Erik Scanlon.

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Announcing our 2016 Season!

Presenting our 2016 season! Buy a season pass for savings on both mainstage shows.

Square-Wild-Party-2The Wild Party

Book, Music, Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the Poem by Joseph Moncure March
May 20th-June 11th
The Victoria Theatre

Featuring one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written, this lurid prohibition tale steamrolls and roars its way across the stage.

Lovers Queenie and Burrs throw the party to end all parties in their Manhattan apartment. After the colorful arrival of a slew of guests living life on the edge, Queenie’s wandering eyes land on a striking man named Black, while his date Kate sets her sights on Burrs. As the decadence reaches a climax, so does Burrs’ jealousy. Gun in hand and inhibitions abandoned, Burrs turns on Queenie and Black. The gun goes off, but who’s been shot?

Square-Little-Shop2Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman
September 16th-October 8th
The Victoria Theatre

The deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical!

Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant: a foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore Seymour names ‘Audrey II’ after his coworker crush. The plant promises the destitute Seymour fame and fortune–as long as he keeps feeding it human blood. Seymour soon discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and global domination intentions, but is it too late to stop the plant and get the girl?

Buy a season pass for savings on both mainstage shows.

And don’t miss our next Spotlight Cabaret…

The Three Jessicas

Sunday, March 6, 7pm
Martuni’s Piano Bar, San Francisco

Jessicas Coker (CARRIE, LIZZIE), Fisher (Heathers) and Quarles (Seussical, Heathers) bring you an evening of pop, comedy, and good old-fashioned belting. And some Wilson Phillips (of course). Featuring ROLT’s ten-time music director, Ben Prince, on piano.

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2016 General Audition Dates Announced!

Our season announcement is coming before the New Year and you know what that means: general auditions! If you’re interested in performing with us, these are the dates we’ll be holding auditions:

January 17 11am-5pm
January 18 6:30-10pm
January 20 6:30-10pm
January 21 6:30-10pm

Sign ups will be available when we announce the season. We can’t wait to see you!

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ROLT Wins Three Theatre Bay Area Awards!

Congratulations to all nominees and winners of the 2015 TBA Awards! Ray of Light won three awards for our production of Heathers: The Musical:

Best Ensemble
Alex Rodriguez: Choreography
Laura Arthur: Featured Actress

Congratulations to all!

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LIZZIE is TBA Recommended Production!

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LIZZIE is a Theatre Bay Area Awards Recommended production. Read reviews here.

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Who Brings the Riot (Grrl)?

This guest post is penned by our Assistant Director, Maro Guevaro. Most recently, he appeared on stage as Benji in Crowded Fire’s production of ‘Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them’. 

When centuries turn, it’s rarely a quiet affair. That’s as true as it was in the 1990s (when the women of the Riot Grrl seized the male-dominated world of punk by its balls) as it was it 1892 when the Borden murders shook the tranquility of a small town called Fall River.

But what exactly is it about the last decade of a century that seems to push the world careening toward change? You can chalk it up to selective memory or a romanticism about how we’d like to think about history’s forward march: sometimes lurching, sometimes stalling, and every so often breaking into a full on sprint. Or maybe, there really is something electric about the last year’s of a century that makes everyone want to fuck shit up.

Rebellion, sex, violence, and an unapologetic takedown of the patriarchy were at the core of Riot Grrl, a musical manifesto that exploded in the 1990’s and challenged the idea that the punk world was exclusively a boy’s club. A flier from a Bikini Kill (a key instigator of Riot grrl) tour spells it out:

“[Riot Grrrl is …] BECAUSE we girls want to create mediums that speak to US. We are tired of boy band after boy band, boy zine after boy zine, boy punk after boy punk after boy… BECAUSE we need to talk to each other. Communication/inclusion is the key. We will never know if we don’t break the code of silence… BECAUSE in every form of media we see us/myself slapped, decapitated, laughed at, objectified, raped, trivialized, pushed, ignored, stereotyped, kicked, scorned, molested, silenced, invalidated, knifed, shot, choked and killed. BECAUSE a safe space needs to be created for girls where we can open our eyes and reach out to each other without being threatened by this sexist society and our day to day bullshit.” 

What does the mission and vision of Bikini Kill and Riot Grrrl have to do with the Lizzie Borden of our show? Her friend and (and in our show, lover) Alice Russell probably says it best when it comes to the aspirations of our four leading ladies: “Young girls cannot go and do and have.” In a world where class structure boxed women into a few limited roles and heavily policed their every move, there was a lot to rage against. Not so different from the women at the vanguard of Riot Grrrl who fought to claim space in a male dominated arena, and railed against the idea that women should be quiet, demure, passive, and subservient.

It’s no wonder that the music of Lizzie draws so naturally from the well of righteous indignation of the 1990s. The Victorian world is a rapidly changing landscape worthy of the turn of a century: on one hand the lives of women are strictly controlled and prescribed, on the other, new possibilities are opening up: the right to vote (for some women), more opportunities to enter the workforce, and even the arrival of things like the bicycle which helped challenge the idea that women shouldn’t be physically active. But our characters are cut off from all of that, locked up in a house where they see the world go by without being able to partake. They are bursting at the corset seams to go, and do and have–but the patriarch of the Borden house and Victorian society are working hard to keep those dreams dead.

The Borden House brings enough homegrown terrors to drive anyone to the brink of rage and rebellion.The same spiritual, mental, and physical destruction of women’s lives and bodies that female rockers of the 1990’s mobilized against is the very thing that makes up our Lizzie’s daily life in 1892. When the heat of that pressure cooker becomes too much to bear, her hands reach for the microphone over and over again– until they reach for the axe instead.

LIZZIE opens at the Victoria Theatre on Friday, September 25th and runs through October 17th. Tickets are available at rayoflighttheatre.com/lizzie.

 

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We’re shivering in antici…: Rocky Horror tickets are on sale!

They’re here! They’re here! Get your tickets here before they’re gone.

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Being a teenager is awkward.

Our Sings Like Teen Spirit singers are fully-functioning adults, but that doesn’t mean high school didn’t leave its mark on them. Here they are showing off their high school AIM screennames and email addresses.

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See them sing it out this Sunday! Buy tickets here.

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