Abbot Square MusicFair

Abbot Square MusicFair show features NextStage Productions which specializes in “artful aging" for active adults through classes, performances, and shows designed to maintain health and wellness for older adults, 50+. NextStage Santa Cruz is part of a national network of programs that provide active performance venues for seniors to replace isolation and loneliness.

Show review by retired Broadway performer and NextStage Executive Director, Lynn Knudsen:

“This [event] features 15 performers and three original musical reviews, each different from the other in music styling and interpretation. First, you’ll be exhilarated by the opening number of a variety show called Razzle Dazzle with singing and dancing combined with magic. Young and old kids alike will be delighted.

Next is an imaginary trip through California "Cruz’n " California, along Route 66, and an encounter with the “little old lady from Pasadena.” And you’ll enjoy the hat and cane dance to open San Francisco’s Golden Gates, as done by our NSP Players & Dancers.

We wrap up the program, we call Ageless Arts, with a tribute to The Beatles. Yes, this was our favorite music back in the 1960’s. Our
 Magical Mystery Troupe will wow you with Beatles favorites like I Wanna Hold You Hand, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Twist, and Shout and other hits from the English Invasion. Don’t miss the show, it’s a revelation."

Performance is Sunday September 29, 2019 from 12:30-2:30pm. For more information about NextStage Productions, up-coming local shows, and classes through Cabrillo College go to www.nextstagesantacruz.org

Listen to your Mother

Join us at the Center Street Theater for a special event honoring motherhood, and giving voice to the real and personal stories of our cast members.

The cast includes local celebrity artists Hannah Eckstein, Karen Schamberg, Geraldine Byrnes, Stan Grindstaff, Phyllis Greenwood and includes, Valarie Arno, Michelle Dias, Marigold Fine, Shari Gallegos, Gretchen Jenne, Lynn Knudsen, Risa Lower, Bobbe Martin, and Chi Cha Russo-Boyes. This quick journey through the lives of our readers is funny, happy, sad, hopeful and all are memorable.

From the creator of Listen To You Mother:
LTYM began when I looked at our national Mother's Day holiday and suddenly found it sorely lacking. I felt that motherhood deserved something more than a frittata once a year  something less retail-related and more community-focused. I wondered if Mother's Day could mean something beyond the celebration of the individual matriarch  something bringing mothers together, recognizing the commonality among us all  moms and non-moms alike. As a blogger and part of an emerging cultural revolution in mothering and self-expression, I wanted my real life community to get a taste of the vitality of the dynamic women drawing inspiration and support from one another online.

Mother's Day remains a holiday by and for mothers, yes, but now LTYM puts motherhood at the head of the table, receiving everyone mothered and all of us mothering as guests of honor.
For me, now, Mother's Day means giving a voice to stories of mothering that both bring us together and expand perspectives. It means sharing these stories locally with live audiences and globally. 

Mother's Day remains a holiday by and for mothers, yes, but now LTYM puts motherhood at the head of the table, receiving everyone mothered and all of us mothering as guests of honor. By Ann Imig, Author