Special Theatre Publicist

Public relations specialists are asked to promote a variety of products, services, and events. While they bring experience and expertise to their tasks, some of them stand out more than others because of the zeal and creativity with which they do their work.

One such example is Kim Taylor, an award winning publicist for Sonoma State University Department of Theatre Arts & Dance as well as other production companies.

Taylor is a colleague. In full disclosure we became friends while working at the Marin Independent Journal newspaper (Gannett owned) oh so many years ago.

In time we respectively left the news room to go onto become public relations entrepreneurs and, along the way, made it a point to keep our friendship alive.

On occasion we’ve given each other valuable feedback. We’ve laughed at ourselves and each other, and have also encouraged one another to keep up the good work we both do.

Kim’s specialty is theatre and she is very, very good at bringing media attention to a variety of San Francisco Bay Area stages.

We want to share with you here an event she is currently promoting.

Sonoma State University's Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance
announces its 2016 to 2017 season

Featuring a swing back to the 1940s, magical holiday play,
Mozart's operatic masterpiece, dance performances and new play festival

ROHNERT PARK, CA. - Sonoma State University's Department of Theatre Arts & Dance announces its 2016 to 2017 performance season, showcasing the emerging talents of SSU students studying theater arts, dance and music. The season features four main stage productions and two presentations at Ives Hall appealing to the student body and the community.

The performance season kicks off with a play with 1940s era music, "Waiting for the Parade," a lively play featuring 1940s era music following five Calgary women coping with civilian life during World War II.

The season continues with an all age’s holiday tale, "The Bluebird," followed by Mozart's "The Magic Flute," directed by Lynne Morrow and Amanda McTique, co-produced with SSU's Dept. of Music. SSU's Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance also presents two contemporary dance concerts and a festival of short plays written and performed by students.

Tickets are $5 to $17. Sonoma State University students receive two free tickets to every show with a valid student ID. Tickets are $10 non-SSU students and seniors; $15 Sonoma State University Faculty, Staff and Alumni; and $17 general admission. On special "Friends and Family Nights," all tickets are $5 with free admission for SSU Faculty, Staff and Alumni. Three free 10 a.m. matinees are offered to visiting K through 12 student groups.

Sonoma State University is located at 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928. $5 parking fee. For tickets or more information call the box office at 707-664-4246 or visit the website at www.sonoma.edu/tix

Sonoma State University Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance 2016 to 2017 Season features the following productions:

"Waiting for the Parade"
By John Murrell  Directed by Danielle Cain
Oct. 13 to Oct. 23, 2016 - Studio 76 / Ives Hall
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, Saturday, Oct. 15, Thursday, Oct. 20, Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22;
2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, Sunday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 23

Set in Calgary during World War II, five women gather to work for the war effort while men they love are away. The women discover their own battles as they respond to civilian life during the war. Music from 1940's underscore this play which highlights dynamics and tensions as it reflects the paradox of war. "Waiting for the Parade" demonstrates how perseverance and character is revealed under the pressure of extraordinary circumstances.

"Heart & Soul" Fall Dance Concert
Featuring original student choreography  Directed by Christine Cali
Nov. 3 to Nov. 6, 2016 - Evert B. Person Theatre
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4; 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6; and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 5

Fearless, new and cutting edge, Sonoma State's talented dance artists perform “Heart" and “Soul,”  two powerful and explosive main stage dance concerts presented at separate performances. Full of raw energy, movement and emotion, Fall Dance Concert features student-inspired, original choreography including hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and ballet pieces. Also highly produced with SSU theatre tech students' lighting and set designs, every piece embodies a culmination of effort and collaborative spirit guaranteed to entertain and keep audiences on the edge of their seat.

"The Bluebird"
By Maurice Maeterlinck  Adapted by Alison Farina  Directed by Judy Navas
Dec. 1 to Dec. 10, 2016 - Evert B. Person Theatre

10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 and Wednesday, Dec. 7; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Saturday, Dec. 3, Thursday, Dec. 8, Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4

An enchanting fairy-tale, "The Bluebird" is about a child's Christmas wish to find the "Bluebird of Happiness." The child's fantastic journey spans Lands of Memory, Palaces of Night and Luxury and the Kingdom of the Future and encounters adventures, friends, enemies and perhaps the secret of true happiness. "The Bluebird" is an all ages show that provides a unique and meaningful message for the holiday season.

"The Magic Flute"
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Direction by Lynne Moore / Stage direction by Amanda McTigue
Co-produced by the SSU Depts. of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance
Feb. 23 to March 5, 2017 - Evert B. Person Theatre
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Friday, Feb. 24, Saturday, Feb. 25, Thursday, March 2, Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26; 5 p.m. Sunday, March 5; and 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 1

A noble prince sets out to rescue a beautiful princess and ensure the triumph of truth and justice in this musical fantasy adventure where good battles forces of evil. Mozart's final opera is beloved for its blend of fantastical storytelling, appealing characters, Shakespearean scope, emotional range and exquisite beauty of its music.

"Spring Dance Concert 2017"
Global Dance Stamp: U.S. and Asian Contemporary Dance Exchange
Directed by Christine Cali and Jennifer Meek
April 21 to April 29, 2017 - Evert B. Person Theatre

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, Saturday, April 22, Thursday, April 27, Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23
Electric and inspiring, the "Spring Dance Concert" features powerful, physical choreography in new works, presented by Christine Cali and acclaimed guest artists.

Electric and inspiring, the "Spring Dance Concert" features powerful, physical choreography in new works, presented by Christine Cali and acclaimed guest artists. Each piece is carefully crafted to convey a message, insight or shared experience using movement, light and music.

"Power Lines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats"
Written by Sonoma State University students  Festival director Scott Horstein
May 4 to May 13, 2017 - Ives Hall 119 / Ives Hall
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, Friday, May 5, Saturday, May 6, Thursday, May 11, Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13 

A festival of new plays written, directed and designed by Sonoma State University students.

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