Santa Clara Showtime Supports Senior Health Services with Plenty of Belly Laughs
A Santa Clara institution for more than 30 years to benefit senior health services, Santa Clara Showtime 2013's show "Doomstown Fractured Fairy Tales" opens March 1 at 7 p.m. at the Santa Clara Community Recreation Center. The event has raised more than $350,000 for senior health services.
A full evening of easy-to-like entertainment, “Showtime” was Santa Clara journalist Cleo Stuckrath's brainchild in the early 1980s when the then-new Proposition 13 squeezed funding for Senior Center services.
Over the years the event has raised more than $350,000 for the Center’s Health and Wellness Program. The City provides the remaining necessary funds for this beneficial program.
Every production includes an original melodrama – originally written by Stuckrath on her IBM electric typewriter — as well as vaudeville-style variety acts called “olios.” This year's show is "Doomstown Fractured Fairy Tales – or – Once Upon A Time?" Audience participation is a requirement, with big cheers for the heroes and big boos for the villains.
Showtime’s producer, author and director this year is longtime Showtime veteran Rick Mauck, with critical support provided by co-producer Robin Burdick. Kathy Smith, long-time accompanist for Santa Clara’s Robert Jones Junior Theater, provides the production’s old-fashioned melodramatic musical accompaniment.
Show times for “Doomstown Fractured Fairy Tales” are:
Friday, March 1 Preshow 6:30 p.m. Show 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 Preshow 1:30 p.m. Show 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 Preshow 1:30 p.m. Show 2:00 p.m.
All performances are at the Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd. in Santa Clara. Admission is $5.00 Friday, and $7.00 Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds benefit the Santa Clara Senior Center Health and Wellness Program. Tickets are available at the Santa Clara Senior Center on Tuesdays from 8-11 a.m. and Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Community Recreation Center, and at each performance. For more information, call (408) 425-0320 or visit www.santaclarawomensleague.org for more information.