CATS to present “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) announces auditions for its Spring 2015 show, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford. Hotel was first commissioned, produced, and developed in the “Book-It Style” by Book-It Repertory Theatre of Seattle, Washington, and was adapted for the stage by Annie Lareau.
Breaking box office [...]

CATS presents Miss Saigon from April 10-May 10 in Nevada City

FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE TONY-AWARD WINNING MUSICAL Miss Saigon is coming to the Sierra Foothills this spring. Miss Saigon is being presented from April 10-May 10 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.
“CATS is excited about bringing this musical to the foothills” for the group’s 20th anniversary production, says Executive Director Jeannie Wood.
Miss [...]

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra turns 20

FEW GROUPS EXEMPLIFY THE INVENTIVE AND visionary spirit of the region’s arts and culture scene more than Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
From modest beginnings, CATS has grown to become one of the foothills’ most respected theatre and arts and culture groups, thanks to dedication, talent and creativity.
“Finding [...]

CATS teams up with Friends of Nevada County Library for Miss Saigon benefit

The reverent hush that falls over a crowd as the lights dim and the curtain rises, so similar to the silence that permeates a library – is it any wonder that one hush helps to support the other?
Most years, the Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) has a benefit night for the Friends of [...]

Arts & Culture Getaways in Auburn, Grass Valley and Nevada City

SMALL, PICTURESQUE TOWNS SUCH AS Ashland, OR and Telluride, CO have long been popular with arts and culture enthusiasts. Though lesser known, the Sierra foothills is a cultural destination in its own right, with world-class performers, award-winning theater, including Broadway shows, and eclectic art galleries—all within walkable, historic towns.
Dining, shopping and lodging—from B&Bs and inns [...]

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival is February 9

CATS (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra) is the Gold Sponsor of the Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival on Sunday, February 9, 2014, to welcome the Year of the Horse.
Parade begins at noon from the Chinese Monument on Commercial Street (in Nevada City) down Commercial Street, to the Robinson Plaza, for entertainment and [...]

Community theater — thriving and part of our social fabric

THE REACH OF COMMUNITY THEATER might surprise you. It engages more people in theatrical activity, albeit part-time, than all the rest of the American theater put together, including schools and colleges, according to Theatre in America: Appraisals and Challenges.
With U.S. origins dating back to the 1850s, community theater has an incredible impact. It is part [...]

Attend an authentic Hawaiian luau in Nevada City on August 24

CATS’ Hawaiian Luau Benefits Miss Saigon
Join Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) for an adventure in paradise as we celebrate the Hawaiian culture with authentic food, drinks, dance, and song. The Luau is the first of several fundraisers as CATS prepares for its 2014 and 20th Anniversary production of the Tony award-winning [...]

Elly nominees include CATS, Sierra Stages, LeGacy Productions and Qwest Theaterworks

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, Sierra Stages, LeGacy Productions, Synthetic Unlimited and Qwest Theaterworks were all nominees for 2013 Elly awards — a continuing sign of prospering community theater in the Sierra Foothills.
CATS’ Journey to the West tied for the lead in receiving the most nominations for adult programs, with 11. One of the [...]

Scoop: CATS to present Miss Saigon for its 20th anniversary in April-May ‘14 @Nevada Theatre

Editor’s note: We saw this new post on the CATS website — an audition notice for Miss Saigon, one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time and a “mega musical”:

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra’s 20th Anniversary Production
From the creators of Les Misérables, comes a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with [...]

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