And the 2014 Scholarship Recipients Are….

This year, Placer Community Theater has awarded two graduating seniors with a $500 scholoarship: Sarah Laplante and Matthew Linden. Both are seniors at Bear River High School.

Sarah Laplante has been in several local theater productions with The Performing Arts Guild, Legacy Production, Sierra Stages, Music & More, and Bear River High School. She received an Elly Award nomination in 2011 for Best Lead Actress in the Young People’s Musical category.  Sarah plans to continue her education at a 4 year university with a Musical Theater major.

Matthew Linden has been performing in one way or another for most of his life, appearing in school plays since the seventh grade and being a member of Bear River High School’s Jazz Unlimited and Starlite Express Show Choir.  Matthew has gone on to form his own band, Suburban Parade. Matthew would like to attend either USC Northridge or CSU Chico with a major in Music Industry Studies.

Congratulations to these talented students. We wish them success in their future endeavors!

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                   Sarah Laplante                                   Matthew Linden (photo by Randy Jackson Photography)


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Photos from Our 10th Anniversary – “Love PCT”

The faces of Placer Community Theater – we wouldn’t be here without their (and your) support! Photos by Bob Linden.

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Placer Community Theater Celebrates 10 Years with Gala Premiere of “Lend Me A Tenor”

Placer Community Theater is rolling out the red carpet at the State Theater on February 14, 2014 to commemorate the opening of their production of “Lend Me A Tenor” and their 10th anniversary.

The semi-formal event themed “Love PCT” starts at 6:30pm, one hour before the first performance of “Lend Me A Tenor.” Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served at the reception which celebrates those who have contributed to Placer Community Theater’s success.

“Our 10th anniversary marks a great achievement for our small nonprofit theater company,” says Amy Linden, president of Placer Community Theater.  “When we started in 2003, we were basically just a group of friends who had acted onstage together and who wanted to continue to do that, so we formed our own theater company. We had no assets – no sets, no lights, no budget, but thanks to Pam and Jim Harrold, owners of Pamelot School of Dance, we had a small stage at their business on Wall Street, where we put on our first several shows.” Placer Community Theater’s first show was the comedy “Let’s Murder Marsha.” Since then, they have performed 22 productions, including the popular “Rumors,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and “9 to 5 the Musical.”

“We could not have reached this point without the support of our members, volunteers and generous business sponsors,” explains Linden.

Placer Community Theater is inviting anyone who has ever participated in one of their shows, either as a performer or volunteer, to attend the gala reception. Invitations are also being sent to local dignitaries and other persons of influence in the community. Invitees have the opportunity to obtain discounted tickets for “Lend Me A Tenor” if they RSVP by calling 530-852-2708 by February 9.

“Lend Me A Tenor,” Ken Ludwig’s Tony-award winning farce, is directed by local photographer Chris Harada. It tells the story of a famed opera singer who passes out moments before he is to perform so the opera company manager and sidekick concoct a crazy plan to salvage the evening. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm from February 14 through March 1 with 2pm matinees on February 16, 22, 23, and March 1. Ticket prices range between $15 and $22 and can be purchased at

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PCT Announces 2013 Scholarship Recipient

Woodcreek High School senior Amanda Duisenberg is Placer Community Theater’s scholarship recipient for 2013. Amanda has been performing since the age of six. She has received instruction in classical voice, piano and dance. Amanda has been a part of Woodcreek Height’s thriving theater programs and has participated in many community productions. She has been an intern at the Roseville Theater Arts Academy and started the Musical Theatre program at a local school where she directed two shows with a cast of 30 enthusiastic young actors. After graduation, Amanda will be attending William Jessup University with a double major in vocal performance and theatre arts. Her goal is to teach and direct music/theater to students in her community. Congratulations Amanda!

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PCT Offers Teen Drama Workshop in May

For youth ages 13-18, Amy Linden, Placer Community Theater & BRHS Theater Director, will introduce students to stage acting in a class designed for students with no prior theatrical training as well as those with experience. Topics may include theater vocabulary, stage directions, observation, pantomime, storytelling, monologs and small group scenes and stagecraft, plus special guest teachers for instruction on singing and dancing in musical theater. How to prepare yourself for an audition will also be addressed. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop as a performer!

Location: Bear River High School, Room G9

Cost: $35 (includes 12 hours of instruction)

Days/Time: Friday May 17, 5-8pm; Saturday May 18, 12-3pm; Friday May 24, 5-8p; Saturday May 25, 12-3pm

Sign up through the Bear River Recreation & Park District’s web page at To register: Click on Forms on Menu Bar; Youth Activities/Waiver & Release; Mail or  Drop By Office.

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PCT Elects New Board

Last week, Placer Community Theater had its annual Board of Directors elections. Incumbents Amy Linden, Diane Ott, and Bill Hefti were re-elected and Kathleen Brace filled the vacant seat left by exiting President Sally Gardner. The Board elected Amy Linden as PCT’s new President. We thank Sally Gardner for her years of service on PCT’s Board!

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Opening Night of “Suite Surrender” Raises Money for Cancer Research

Placer Community Theater’s opening night of “Suite Surrender” was a great success! The sell-out crowd loved the 1940’s farce and approximately $5,000 was raised for cancer research. The January 25th performance was a benefit for the Auburn Community Cancer Endowment Fund (ACCEF). Showing true community spirit, PCT, APPAC and ACCEF came together for the third time, contributing their time, talent and resources to support research that will help those in our community and beyond. In total, these collaborations have raised over $15,000 for ACCEF.

There are still 3 performances left. Get your tickets now!

See the Auburn Journal article on “Suite Surrender” at‘broad’-comedy-dueling-divas-do-their-worst.


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Lyra Dominguez and PCT win their first Elly!

Lyra Dominguez accepting her Elly

Community theaters from all across the Sacramento region gathered on September 23, 2012 to celebrate the best in theater at the 30th annual Elly awards, presented by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA). Placer Community Theater achieved seven nominations, six for Neil Simon’s “Rumors” and one for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Lyra Dominguez won Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of the Narrator in “Joseph.” It was her second Elly nomination and first win. PCT is proud to have had its productions and its talented actors and stage technicians recognized in this way!

Congratulations to all the PCT nominees:

Best Set Design, Comedy – Connie Holt, Kelly Thomasson, Wayne Barrackman, Patti Baker and Yoka Koch for “Rumors”

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy – Philip Jacques for “Rumors”

Best Support Actress, Comedy – Patti Baker for “Rumors”

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy – Connie Holt for “Rumors”

Best Leading Actress, Musical – Lyra Dominguez for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (WON)

Best Direction, Comedy – Kelly Thomasson for “Rumors”

Best Overall Production, Comedy – “Rumors”

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