In Sonoma Valley for the eighth summer in a row, the beautiful ruins of a stone winery at Jack London State Historic Park will be transformed into an under-the-stars stage for the award-winning musical productions of Transcendence Theatre Company.
For the first time, the 2019 summer schedule includes a full hit Broadway musical — A Chorus Line — as well as three concerts combining Broadway and popular songs in a high-spirited, feel-good manner, all performed by veteran Broadway and Hollywood performers.
The 2019 season runs from Friday, June 14, to Sunday, Sept. 8, with four different shows presented on selected evenings. The performances include:
A Chorus Line: June 14-30 — Transcendence offers an imaginative re-staging of this iconic show as the first ever full musical production at Jack London State Historic Park. Its story remains relevant and invigorating today.
Fantastical Family Night: July 19-20 — A fun-filled, inspirational evening of music and dance featuring with Broadway, Disney, popular radio hits, and beyond.
Those Dancing' Feet: Aug. 9-25 — Whirling through the decades of dance, you'll be swept on a joyous explosion of movement, music, and rhythm that you'll feel from the tips of your toes to the goosebumps on your neck.
Gala Celebration: Sept. 6-8 — An end-of-season celebration and fundraiser guaranteed to close the summer in an extraordinary way.
Each evening begins at 5 p.m. with picnicking on the great lawn, alongside the park’s sprawling vineyards. Here you’ll enjoy local pours from numerous Sonoma wineries, food from local vendors, and pre-show music, with food and wine available for purchase. You can also bring your own picnic (but outside wine and alcoholic beverages are not allowed).
Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Seating is on folding chairs (VIP and premium seats have cushions) inside the winery ruins.
The setting for these evening shows is worth a trip in itself. The park was once the ranch and home of internationally-acclaimed writer/adventurer Jack London and his wife Charmian. The couple’s cottage and many ranch structures remain, along with some ruins — most notably London’s dream house; known as “Wolf House,” it was destroyed by fire shortly before its 1913 completion.
Surrounded by steep hills, the park is home to hiking trails, vineyards, thick woodlands, a lake, and magnificent views.
So just imagine the park on a summer evening, with a breeze rustling the trees, the stars and moon illuminating the night, and talented vocal performers knockin’ your socks off. You, too, might be singing all the way home.
Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez