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  • There's music in the air at the BeeKay Theatre

    Andi Hicks, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    The Tehachapi Community Theatre Association (TCTA) brings their exuberant summer production: "The Best of Broadway" to the BeeKay Theatre. You'll hear lyrics (sung by some of Tehachapi's finest voices) packed with life lessons and emotion-driven melodies woven into classic tales. You'll hear Simba tell how he is "gonna be a noble king and scrupulously fair, but only needs a little time and perhaps a little hair." Norma Desmond shares the mystique of "the whispered conversations in overcrowded ha...

  • Aspiring actors wanted, May 9 & 11

    Andi Hicks, contributing writer|May 11, 2024

    Have you ever wanted to act, but put it off as an impossible dream? Well, it's your time to shine. The Tehachapi Community Theatre Association is scheduling open auditions for the classic murder mystery play, "Deathtrap," written by Ira Levin. Director Kenny Chugg is reaching out to TCTA members and the community to encourage local actors to audition for one of the five sinister and multifaceted roles. In this comedic thriller, a washed-up playwright finds a script he'd be willing to kill for....

  • Everything old is new again

    Andi Hicks, contributing writer|Dec 9, 2023

    Radio is back! Not the screaming meemies of commercial broadcasting, but the Theatre of Imagination that millions of Americans experienced as they gathered around radios every night to hear Charlie McCarthy, Gang Busters and Orson Welles' famous "War of the Worlds." Tehachapi actors are bringing back vintage entertainment with in person performances of original radio dramas. Recently, the T-Pops orchestra presented "A Bull in Chinatown," a Halloween special by local writer Deborah Hand-Cutler....

  • A T-Town talent weekend

    Andi Hicks, contributing writer|Oct 14, 2023

    There's a new tradition in the making. Three years ago, in the midst of the COVID-19 shutdown, Chris Morales found a way to bring the essence of live theater via video streaming to Tehachapi. Working with members of the Tehachapi Community Theater Association (TCTA), the ensemble produced a marathon telethon. Chris Morales presents The Late-Night Talk Show Telethon. Because of Covid restrictions, they performed to an empty house and even with no one in attendance, every performer was masked....

  • It's all about family

    Andi Hicks, contributing writer|Sep 30, 2023

    "The Addams Family, a New Musical" by Marshal Brickman and Rick Elise, is currently astonishing sell-out crowds at the BeeKay Theatre on Green Street. It's the singing, the sets, the actors, the costumes. No question about it, the play is not only a family affair, it's a community event. The Tehachapi Community Theatre Association's current production is living proof that TCTA lives up to its mission of providing excellence in entertainment by and for members of the Tehachapi community. The...

  • The Addams Family comes to Tehachapi

    Andi Hicks, contributing writer|Sep 16, 2023

    "The Addams Family, a New Musical" by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, lays in wait for you at the historic BeeKay Theatre on Green Street in Downtown Tehachapi. Director, Christal Wheeler, invites you and your friends to join that famously eccentric family as they deal with the "stirring of true love." "It's been an exciting and challenging rehearsal process. My production team had to find a way to bring a cast of 21 together and make them comfortable on the BeeKay Theatre's small stage. I...

  • Playwrights Palooza winners

    Andi Hicks, contributing writer|Aug 5, 2023

    Playwright Mona Deutsch Miller took top honors at the Tehachapi Community Theatre Association's Playwrights Palooza for "Frankie, Queen of the Ferry." Based in Los Angeles, Miller is the president of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) and member of Fierce Backbone, a theatre company dedicated to new works. Director, Andi Hicks, seasoned actor, Alex Zonn and newcomer to Tehachapi, Wendy Huckeba, brought to life the charmingly poignant story of enduring love that Miller's great...

  • Gearing up for July

    Andi Hicks, contributing writer|Jun 24, 2023

    The BeeKay Theatre is bustling with enthusiastic energy as members of the Tehachapi Community Theatre Association (TCTA) rehearse, design and build momentum to present three diverse and entertaining productions for the summer season. Starting with the 14th Playwrights' Festival, TCTA's Playwrights Palooza features eight 10-minute plays. This year's chosen submissions come from two local playwrights, surrounding area writers and includes one international entry from New Zealand. The festival give...

  • 'CLUE, On Stage,' Encore Performance one night only!

    Andi Hicks, contributing writer|Apr 29, 2023

    Director, Jason Wheeler, has created a sell-out show with an exceptional cast. The intricate murder mystery has been playing, with great acclaim, to packed houses. For those of you who have encountered our sold-out shows, the Tehachapi Community Theatre Association (TCTA) is thrilled to offer one additional performance on May 5 at 7:30 p.m. You can purchase your tickets now at www.tctonstage.com. "CLUE, On Stage" is based on the screenplay by Johnathan Lynn and has been delightfully brought to l...

  • Upcoming auditions for 'Golden Age'

    Andi Hicks, contributing writer|Mar 18, 2023

    Want to have fun? Be cast in a play? Experience the excitement of performing? Director Terri Steinberg invites the local community and TCTA members to "come on down" to the BeeKay Theatre to audition for the West Coast Premiere of "Golden Age" by Thomas J. Misuraca. The comedy deals with reviving the spirit of an aging group of superheroes who find themselves somewhat lost and relegated to the sidelines at a traditional residential facility until a crisis challenges them to band together, resusc...

  • Telling the tales of remarkable women

    Andi Hicks, contributing writer|Mar 4, 2023

    The American Association of University Women, Tehachapi Branch offers the stories of remarkable American women to schools and civic organizations during the month of March. The characterizations this year include Sacagawea, the Shoshone guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition; Ethel Berry, the Alaska gold rush pioneer who partnered with her husband to start the Berry Petroleum empire; Ernestine Kettler, the suffragette who was jailed in 1917 for picketing the White House; and a portrayal of...

  • 'CLUE, On Stage' is coming to Tehachapi

    Andi Hicks, contributing writer|Dec 31, 2022

    . . . and you can be part of the show! The Tehachapi Community Theatre Association (TCTA) is extending an open call to all local thespians to audition for the classic version of "CLUE, On Stage," based on the screenplay by Johnathan Lynn and directed by Tehachapi's own: Jason Wheeler. You do not have to be a member of TCTA to audition! The classic board game will be brought to life at the BeeKay Theatre for three weekends in April when six guests, invited to a dinner party thrown by an...

  • Christmas joy continues at the Beekay

    Andi Hicks, contributing writer|Dec 3, 2022

    The Tehachapi Community Theatre Association (TCTA) is thrilled to offer a final weekend package of performances, featuring two evening shows and two matinees of the much loved "A Christmas Story" by Jean Shepherd. The large cast remains super-excited to be performing in such a nostalgic and warmhearted family Christmas story, set in 1950s middle-America. The kids love experiencing the joy that comes from playing to nearly sell-out crowds. "Live theater is a gift of give-and-take shared on both...