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Comedy 'Moon Over Buffalo' kicks off PCT's four-play season


The madcap comedy 'Moon Over Buffalo' kicks off Pittsburg Community Theatre's 2015-16 season Oct. 9-11 at the California Theatre in Old Town Pittsburg.


Fading stars George and Charlotte Hay may have a chance to resurrect their fading careers. They are starring in 'Private Lives' and 'Cyrano de Bergerac' with a Buffalo, N.Y, repertory company, and they are told legendary movie director Frank Capra is planning to attend and might cast him in his movie remake of 'The Scarlet Pimpernel.'


Faster than you can say "Waiting for Guffman," things begin to unwind in the comedic manner of a previous PCT production, 'Lend Me a Tenor.'


Naturally, anything that can go wrong does, including a split caused by George's dalliance with a young ingenue, the arrival of their daughter's clueless fiancé and Charlotte's deaf stage-manager mother who isn't sure which play the troupe is actually performing in.


Barbara Halperin-Jacobs is the director. and  Jason Thompson and Deborah Huaco star as George and Charlotte


Tickets, ranging from $10-25, are available at the California Theatre Box Office, 351 Railroad Ave. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, 2p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.


Season tickets are also still available for the season, which includes 13 the Musical, Nov. 20-22; 6 Rms Riv Vu, April 15-17; and The Normal Heart, May 13-15.


PCT receives 20 Shellie nominations

Pittsburg Community Theatre received 20 Shellie nominations for the 2014-15 seasons, including 10 for its production of 'Into the Woods.'


The Shellies are Contra Costa County's version of Broadway's Tony Awards. The 27th annual ceremony is scheduled Jan. 16 at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek.

'Into the Woods' was nominated as Best Musical. Dianna Schepers was nominated as director and scenic designer. Maria Heath, Trevor Gomez, Tina Smith and Steven W. Mergogey-Conti were nominated in the acting categories. Sunny Shergil, who was also nominated for 'Greater Tuna' was nominated for lighting design, Lora Oliver and Courtney Shaffer for costuming and Carille Bruno-Thayer for musical director.


'Greater Tuna' was nominated as Best Play with Brian Villanueva nominated in the actor category and Greg Brown as supporting actor. Shergil was nominated for lighting and Roberta Tibbetts for costuming.


Shaffer was nominated in the actress category and Tibbetts in the supporting actress category in a play for their roles in 'Barefoot in the Park.' Betty Gregg was nominated in the director category and David Ward in the scenic director categories for 'Barefoot in the Park.'


Alicia Nicole Andreatta-Jacques was nominated for choreography for 'Disney's Mulan Jr.'




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Become a PEAHOF

member today!

If you’re not a dues-paying member of the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame, please sign up now by clicking here.

Yearly membership dues are $30 for individuals and $50 for families. Lifetime memberships are $100 for individuals and $150 for families. Memberships include voting rights and free tickets to the annual Induction Ceremony as well as discounts on selected events and merchandise.

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The Vision 

The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame will be located in the lobby of the historic Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus.

Included in Hall of Fame experience is a 90-foot frieze depicting Pittsburg’s cultural history created by internationally known artist and Pittsburg native Dr. Ronald McDowell. 

An interactive display will provide you with an up-close-and-personal look at members of the Hall of Fame.

Mission Statement

The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame seeks to recognize local musicians, performers, artists and writers, commemorating their achievements and impact upon the cultural life of Pittsburg in hopes of  educating and inspiring the youth of Pittsburg to use and expand their creative abilities to enrich the community.

PEAHOF inducts 18 Hall of Famers

Eighteen of Pittsburg’s cultural icons make up the second induction class of the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame.


The Induction Ceremony is scheduled Oct. 4 at the Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus.


Inductees include Pittsburg native James Barbagallo, a noted classical pianist who earned the bronze medal in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow, and Johnny Steele, winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 1992.


Also scheduled for induction are popular Bay Area jazz singer Faye Carol, gospel singer Barbara Jean Davis, versatile singers Nicky DePaola and Jesse DeTorres, accordion player Lou DiMaggio, California Theatre organist Tony Enea, jazz saxophonist Raymond Glasper, big-band singer Bob Grabeau, bassist-guitarist John Guerrero, versatile musician Delfo Lanzafame, gospel singer Ronald Lawson, singer-poet Guillermo Muniz, the Bay Area’s “Queen of Gospel” Dorothy Stanton, founder of Pittsburg’s first Latin big band Felix Urbina, drummer Leo Vigil and bluesman Sam Wesley Sr.


“We are pleased to welcome this talented group into the Hall of Fame. They represent the diversity of the arts that makes Pittsburg so unique,” said PEAHOF President Ralph Ramirez, who was a member of Urbina’s band.


Tickets for the Induction Ceremony are $10 general and $20 reserved. Tickets now can only be purchased at the box office.


 Following the Induction Ceremony, a PEAHOF All-Star Band will perform, inviting inductees to join them.


After party tickets are sold out!


Be Part of the Legacy of Pittsburg’s

Historic Creative Arts Building

Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a part of Pittsburg’s history by adopting a seat in the historic Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus. Take pride in knowing that your gift will benefit future generations.

The Creative Arts Building’s history includes performances by legendary artists including: Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and the San Francisco Symphony!

Exciting changes have taken place in Contra Costa County’s largest theatre which opened in 1959. A $9 million renovation project has brought the building up to state-of-the-art standards allowing for quality productions. Make a tax-deductible donation to ensure maintenance of seats and support for youth mentoring programs in the arts.

It’s so easy!!

Choose one of the options below, complete the form with your details and return with cash, check, money order made payable to the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame or use PayPal ... JUST CLICK HERE... You may mail your tax-deductible donation to PEAHOF, 4476 St. John Lane, Pittsburg, CA 94565. Adopting a seat is a perfect remembrance for your children, grandchildren, spouse, parent, grandparent or special friend or loved one. It is a perfect way to honor birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, dedications, holidays and special events.

We’re not your Uncle Sam, but we definitely need you. 

Needed are volunteers willing to run our information table that will include signing up new members, promoting and selling tickets for the Oct. 4 Induction Ceremony and promoting and selling adopted seats in the Creative Arts Building. Volunteers willing to help with the refreshment area for performers are also needed. 

We also need volunteers to work at the Oct. 4 Induction Ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus and to help coordinate the Induction Ceremony “After Party” to be held at the Delta Hawaii Clubhouse. 

Induction Ceremony volunteers will serve as ushers or running concession stands and information tables. They will also run spotlights for the ceremony. 

“After Party” volunteers would be involved in setting up and cleaning up the Delta Hawaii Clubhouse.

Top-flight entertainment offered at PEAHOF Induction Ceremony
Top-flight entertainment will complement the top-flight talent being saluted at the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame's second Induction Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus.
Eighteen artists will be inducted, and they will be joined by some of Pittsburg's top performers in the fast-paced, colorful ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, songs by several of the inductees will be played over the CAB sound system.

The Pittsburg Community Jazz Band will get the ceremony off to a rousing start, and the PEAHOF All-Stars, local musicians who have formed a special band for the event, will close the show after inductions are completed. Don't be surprised to see Hall of Famers join with the All-Stars for a fun-filled musical treat for them and for everyone in attendance.
Three local groups will provide entertainment during the ceremony.
Terry Blinks and the Pittsburg Community Choir gospel ensemble will perform. Members of the cast of Pittsburg Community Theatre's upcoming production of 'Once Upon a Mattress' will do a song from the show. Olin de Contra Costa, a Mexican folkloric dance troupe, will dazzle with their colorful costumes and traditional dances.
Tickets at $20 (reserved) and $10 (general) are still available at the PEAHOF website and at the door. After Party tickets ($20) are available on-line at the website through Friday, Oct. 2. No After Party tickets will be available at the event.
PEAHOF members can obtain free tickets by showing their membership card at the door.
PITTSBURG - Dr. Dorothy Stanton is often referred to as the Bay Area's "Queen of Gospel."

As a broadcaster at KDIA and other Bay Area radio stations, she is a six-time recipient of the Gospel Academy Announcer of the Year Award. She won the Woman of Faith Distinguished Service Award from the Baptist Ministers Union and has received as well as numerous state and local awards for her contributions to various projects.
But on Sunday, she says something "phenomenal" will happen. That day she and 17 other artists with ties to Pittsburg will be honored with induction into the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame at the Creative Arts Building. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m.

"This is phenomenal to be recognized by family and friends," said Stanton whose roots in gospel music trace back to 2013 PEAHOF inductees Rev. Isaiah and Geneva Brown. She and her sisters, Stella, Lilly and Lois, formed the Anderson Sisters who performed in virtually every church in Pittsburg and were featured in concerts all over the state.
"People in Pittsburg supported us for so many years. To be recognized at home is wonderful. I'm honored."
Stanton, who will be presented at the ceremony by daughters Michelle and Kashann, is one of 14 inductees who were products of the Pittsburg school system.
She is joined by two deceased gospel stars, Barbara Jean Davis and Ronald Lawson, and a pair of internationally acclaimed artists, James Barbagallo, a classical pianist who finished third in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow in 1982 after winning the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in 1980, and comedian Johnny Steele, winner of the 1992 San Francisco International Comedy Competition.
Also being inducted are the acclaimed jazz singer Faye Carol; popular Pittsburg singer Nicky DePaola; Jesse Torres, lead singer of the JD & Company show band; Lou DiMaggio, one of the top accordion players from the big band era; California Theatre organist Tony Enea; jazz man and mentor Raymond Glasper; big band singer Bob Grabeau; long-time musician John Guerrero, who father, Papa John Guerrero, was a 2013 inductee; versatile musician Delfo Lanzafame; singer-poet and supporter of the arts Guillermo MunizFelix Urbina, founder of Pittsburg's first Latin big band; drummer Leo Vigil and bluesman/inventor Sam Wesley Sr.
Tickets for the event will be available at the door at $10 general admission, $20 reserved.

The Pittsburg Community Jazz Band, Terry Blinks and the Pittsburg Community Choir, Pittsburg Community Theater, PHS Latino Unidos folkloric dance company and the PEAHOF All-Star Band will provide entertainment during the event.

After Party Tickets are sold out!



PEAHOF memberships bring benefits

Becoming a member of the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame can be a win-win proposition for you.

Members receive free tickets to the PEAHOF 2015 Induction Ceremony scheduled for October. Members will also be able to purchase tickets to the April 25 Abalone Benefit Dinner celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lanzafame Furniture for $50. Price for nonmembers is $55. Members receive discounts at other PEAHOF events, including the Second Sunday Jam Sessions which are scheduled to resume this spring.

One-year individual memberships are available for $30. One-year family memberships are available for $50. Lifetime members are available for $100 for individuals and $150 for families. Memberships can be purchased on-line. 

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