Sacramento has an abundance of nightclubs and restaurants from the least desirable to the five star level. Sacramento also has an abundance of local musicians and talented performing artists that can either make or break a club’s success. Some of these night spots come and go and some have a long history and ride the waves of change and continue to draw patrons year after year. If you’re looking for something unique to do that incorporates good food along with a gathering of top local talent, a new production by Love and Imagination Theater starts on September 22, 2012.
The opening performance of theatrical dinner entertainment will feature the “Wizard of Soul” production that draws from the Wizard of Oz to create an entirely new musical drama evening. Attendees can expect to experience on the floor magic as local and highly acclaimed talents like Julie Vang perform intimately for guests. Cast members will entertain the audience while playing out a “seeking the wizard” loosely related “Oz” plot that keeps the performing magic continuous throughout the evening.
Musical highlights will include contemporary jazz, R&B, and soul. The “Wizard of Soul” production centers its entertainment around time tested songs that most audience members will find familiar. The joy of the dinner theater is largely about the fun of being in the middle of the production as you enjoy your dinner or cocktail. This style of performance and plot allows patrons to relax and be part of the magic rather than straining to see the stage or being shoved and crushed in a full nightclub that has sparse seating.
Upcoming Sacramento performing artist producer/promoter, Leon Jones, says about Julie Vang, “her voice is just captivating … and she plays the keyboard quite well although she’s very modest about it.” According to Jones, the idea of this musical and theatrical dinner performance is to bring talent forward to people who might not want to visit the clubs or typical theaters and would enjoy the close nature of the performance that makes the evening exciting and fun without the hassle. (Please see the video featuring clips of Julie Vang.)
The only drawback is the occasional head turning required to catch every glimpse of a song or dramatic moment. The nature of at-hand performance makes this small drawback an insignificant detail when accompanied by the more personal experience. Shy patrons might actually prefer to catch a table in the corner if they don’t want to risk being sung to by the cast of performers who will be aiming to make it an up close and personal experience for every last guest.
Other performers include Bob Jones with his skilled keyboards and vocals who is often booked for live performances at Po Boyz and other regional favorites, and a full cast of over a dozen talented actors and musicians eager to bring drama and fun to the production. The show will take place at the Country Club Lanes Sky Room located at 2600 Watt Avenue Sacramento, CA, 95821. Both afternoon family friendly and evening performances with a following mixer are available as well as options for performance only or performance with dinner. Dinner is catered by the well known The Palace in Carmichael and offers choices of kabob, fried or broiled chicken, or tilapia.
This new Love and Imagination Theater production is co-producer by Chicago’s Ny’Acies Divine. Ny’Acies (who will also be performing) is the author of “Wizard of Soul” and has an established record of successful productions in Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Kansas City and more recently in Oakland, Sacramento, and the bay area. His experience in music videos, stage production, script writing and performing arts in general gives this new Sacramento entertainment option a great boost. Ny’Acies background, as well as his heart, will be a major driving force in making this show a must-see.
For more information or to make reservations or purchase tickets, please see the “Wizard of Soul” home page here. Shows start at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. and tickets are limited. You can also call (916) 546-2036 for tickets and reservations. While first productions sometimes have a few kinks to iron out, the opening show is anticipated to be memorable and a sure-fire way to impress your date, please your mom, or entertain your entire family. Subsequent shows with new scripts are scheduled to be offered in February, April and August 2013.