Transcendence Theatre - October/November 2018




Theater should be something that empowers people to gather together, feel the love of their community, and share in the experience of the Best Night Ever. This past summer, I saw just how powerful theater can be during our phenomenal Broadway Under the Stars summer season. It’s been a year since the 2017 fires, and many people are still in the process of recovering. This year’s theme, “Every Moment Counts,” spoke volumes to a community still healing. I was humbled to see Transcendence shows uplift and help keep the community connected. In addition to the magical shows, our incredible team of performing artists and crew members was also able to do some amazing service in our community this past summer. We worked with children through various outreach programs and at our kids camp. We also connected with the La Luz Center to put on a special performance where we welcomed over 200 people from Sonoma’s Latino community, many of whom had never seen a live show before. It’s been a busy summer, and I’m proud of what we accomplished. “THE HOLIDAYS ARE A JOYOUS TIME WHEN FRIENDS AND FAMILY COME TOGETHER TO SHARE IN POSITIVE ENERGY.” We’re looking ahead to our fourth annual holiday show, which is currently being created. Our theme of “Every Moment Counts” didn’t end with the summer season. The theme continues in the holiday show through the song selection, an exploration of light, and the idea of making a difference. Director Tony Gonzalez and Co-Creator Susan Draus are really taking this year’s holiday show to the next level, so check out the article on Page 4 to learn more about what is sure to be a spectacular night.

This will be a really exciting holiday season for Transcendence. Not only are we returning to the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, but for the very first time, we are bringing the Broadway Holiday Spectacular to Napa Valley! We’ll be performing for two nights at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville. We regularly have audience members from Napa Valley come out to our shows, and it is so thrilling to branch out into the Napa community and bring Transcendence Theatre to them. The holidays are a joyous time when friends and family come together to share in positive energy. It’s fitting that Transcendence is joining in on this most wonderful season, sharing that energy and really inspiring people as they enter the new year. Our goal is for the Broadway Holiday Spectacular to go beyond being just one fun evening. The best holiday shows encourage the audience to reflect on the past, appreciate the present, and look into the new year with excitement and enthusiasm. Our artists bring a lot of heart to the show, and we want the audience to feel the love from the stage. As we head into the holidays and the new year, I want to say how grateful we are to all of the people who support our shows. This Big Dream wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors, donors, and volunteers who believe in us. Each year has been unforgettable, but this year, as our community joined together and overcame the challenges of the fire, it was magical. This has been one of the best years we’ve ever had, and I can’t wait to finish strong with the magic of the Broadway Holiday Spectacular.

–Amy Miller


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