By Kim Taylor
SONOMA COUNTY, CA – Banners fly proudly for performing arts in the Sonoma County town of Rohnert Park.
Music, dance, theater and arts education thrive in its comprehensive cultural center, the Spreckels Performing Arts Center, located at 5409 Snyder Lane.
Built in 1990, the Spreckels Performing Arts Center is the only facility of its kind in Northern California. With its three venues, the center offers a variety of quality programming at affordable prices for residents of Rohnert Park and Sonoma County, Bay Area residents and those visiting the Wine Country region.
The Nellie W. Codding Theatre, featuring a classic proscenium stage with an orchestra pit cover that can be raised to stage height, seats 500. The Bette Condiotti Experimental Theatre, a classic “black box” theater, seats up to 125 patrons. The third venue space, an outdoor lawn and fountain area, is often used for outdoor events.
The Codding Theatre features a state-of-the-art sound system and control/recording booth; a complex lighting system and control booth; and an orchestra pit spanning the width of the stage, a 45 foot wide cyclorama. In addition, it features a hardwood sprung floor and dressing rooms with bathroom and shower facilities and comfortable green rooms. Although the Codding Theatre lacks is a fly system, the ample wing space helps to meet the challenge of multiple set shows. The Condiotti “black box” offers creative advantages with flexible seating that can be arranged in different configurations allowing works to be presented in the round, three-quarter or with traditional proscenium staging.
For the Pacific Alliance Stage Company (PASCO), the resident theater company at Spreckels, both theaters provide modern and interesting options for presenting captivating theatrical seasons.
A dominant player on the North Bay theater scene for over nineteen years, PASCO is an Equity Signatory company that offers a range of programming including American classics, Broadway musicals, the edgy and thought provoking plays; solo performance; and world premiere productions. PASCO has garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards for its artistic achievements in acting, directing, scenic and lighting design.
For enjoyment of performing arts in Rohnert Park, let the banners lead you to the Spreckels Performing Arts Center.
More information about Spreckels Performing Arts Center can be found at www.spreckelsonline.com.
A former entertainment calendar editor and features writer at the Marin Independent Journal, Kim Taylor, combined her media experience and appreciation for arts and entertainment and established herself as a successful and award-winning publicist.
Additional articles by Kim Taylor include:
- Belrose Theatre
- The Mountain Play’s Sidney B. Cushing Amphitheatre
- Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre