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Dale Leonhart (Cassie), Kimberley Cohan (Lydia), Allie Nordby (Elizabeth), Sheila Lichirie (Mrs. Reynolds) star in "Christmas at Pemberley, opening on Nov. 19 at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. 

Spreckels presents 'Christmas at Pemberley'

Spreckels Theatre Company brings Jane Austen’s beloved characters to the stage for a yuletide sequel to "Pride and Prejudice."

Following the 2019 sold-out run of "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley," Spreckels will present "The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley." Written by the  Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, “The Wickhams” runs from Nov. 19 to Dec. 12 at Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park.

While "Miss Bennet" depicted the newlywed Darcy's Christmas gathering on the ground floor of Pemberley, “The Wickhams” takes audiences to the downstairs servants’ quarters during that same celebration.

Mrs. Reynolds, a no-nonsense housekeeper, Cassie, an eager new maid, and Brian, a lovesick footman, are busy with preparations for holiday guests. But their work is interrupted by the midnight arrival of one who definitely was not invited: Mr. Wickham, Lydia’s rogue of a husband and Mr. Darcy’s sworn enemy.

"The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley" explores the confines of class and the generosity of forgiveness. Audiences need not have seen “Miss Bennet” to enjoy this sequel, a light-hearted and moving tale of love and redemption.

Prices for "The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley," are $12-$26. Performances are Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Spreckels Performing Arts Center is at 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. For information, call 707-588-3429.

'A Beethoven Journey' at Jarvis

Jarvis Conservatory presents "Concerto - a Beethoven Journey," on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15

The film has been called an "exciting, beautifully cinematic film offering a fresh look at Beethoven through the widely acclaimed performances and articulate insight of the great Leif Ove Andsnes."

Filmed over four years, it follows Andsnes as he travels the world playing sold-out concerts with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, in an attempt to understand and interpret one of the greatest sets of piano works for piano ever written: Beethoven's five piano concertos.

Considered one of the top pianists of the age, Leif Ove Andsnes offers a rare insight into his world but, more importantly, the film attempts to peel back the many myths of Beethoven's life to explore how he became one of the world's greatest composers by the time he wrote his Fifth Concerto.

The Jarvis Conservatory is at 1711 Main St., Napa,

Auditions at Luck Penny

Lucky Penny Productions and the Napa Academy of Performing Arts is seeking youth and adult performers for the upcoming production of "Disney's High School Musical."

There are roles for youth performers in grades four to 12 and two roles for Adults

Performance dates are Jan. 28 to Feb. 6. Rehearsals are typically held in the late afternoon/early evenings Monday-Thursday. Some Saturday and Sunday rehearsals may be required. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, Dec 6, with a holiday break from Dec. 22 to Jan. 3.

This is a volunteer production, non-AEA. A small stipend is available.

Youth auditions are Nov. 13 and 14. For more information and to sign up for your audition slot visit

The adult roles are Ms. Darbus, an eccentric drama club teacher; and Coach Bolt, a stern basketball coach. Lucky Penny is accepting virtual auditions for these two adult roles. Please follow the dropbox link below and send videos (via Google Drive, Dropbox or Youtube) of you reading the scenes for each character to by Nov. 13

Questions? Email

Ice skating rink opens at Meritage resort 

The Meritage Resort and Spa opens an ice skating rink at its sister property, the Vista Collina Resort, on Nov. 11.

Part of a “Merry Meritage” schedule of holiday programs, the rink will be open for skaters until Jan. 2.  

The hours are Monday to Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for 90 minutes of skating including skate rental.

Vista Collina Resort is at 850 Bordeaux Way in Napa.

The San Francisco 'Nutcracker' 

San Francisco Ballet returns to the War Memorial Opera House from Dec. 10 to 30 for 29 performances of  Helgi Tomasson’s "Nutcracker."

Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson, who is celebrating the final season of his 37-year tenure at San Francisco Ballet, set his "Nutcracker" in San Francisco as a tribute to the company’s hometown.

With this production, SF Ballet honors the Golden City as it emerges from months of COVID-19 restrictions and all who have supported the company for nearly 90 years. 

“It is with great pleasure that we return to live performances of Nutcracker after 21 months away from our home stage,” said Tomasson. “Setting this production in 1915, I wanted to capture the hope, progress, and civic pride felt by San Franciscans following the 1906 earthquake. It is in a similar spirit that we approach this year’s Nutcracker and the 2022 Season as our Company, staff, and audiences emerge from this period of historic change.”

Tickets are on sale now for live, in-person performances, which include 600 pounds of snow deployed during each performance. 

Nutcracker tickets start at $19 and may be purchased online at or by calling 415-865-2000, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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