Friday, June 15, 2018

Date Your Spouse: Live Theatre Featuring Intrepid Theatre Labs and Music Circus

Hi friends!  Hope you're all having a great summer!  I find the in summer it's harder to squeeze in date nights but they are even more important since having the kids on break all day every day can be tiring.  Today, we are going to talk about going to see plays at the theatre.

I know that I said we are trying to get away from the whole dinner and a movie rut but I think the theatre is actually a really different experience that a movie.  There's something about a live show.  The energy is infectious.  It's similar to the difference of watching a band perform on TV or in person.  

I was given press passes to see these shows, as always all opinions are my own.

Right now, Sacramento theatre is in full swing!  There are options all over Sacramento to see live theatre.  From huge Broadway productions to sweet little kids in theatre groups putting on amazing shows.  There's literally something for every single price point so do not let price keep you away from the theatre!

For our date night, my hubby and I got to see the first show put on by Intrepid Theatre Lab (ITL) in Sacramento.  ITL's mission is to bring classic and contemporary awareness and appreciate to people of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.  They want to create works that is accessible and relevant to modern audiences.

We got to see Baltimore by Kristen Greenidge at The Guild Theatre in Oak Park.  Here is the description: "When a racially-charged incident divides her first-year students, reluctant resident advisor Shelby finds herself in the middle of a conversation she does not want to have. As pressure to address the controversy mounts from residents, the new dean, and even her best friend, Shelby must decide if she will enter the fray or watch her community come apart at the seams. Sharp, funny, and searing, Baltimore explores the complexities of racism from the perspective of eight culturally diverse college students."

The play was thought provoking and emotional.  I really enjoyed hearing the perspectives of the different college students about the same issue.  It was definitely written with a young, hip audience in mind while being relevant to any person.  It was deep and thought provoking.  My husband and I really enjoyed it.

Photo by Yarcenia Garcia

This was also our first time at The Guild Theatre and it was awesome!  It's a smaller theatre and there's not a bad seat in the house.  The seats were comfortable.  I hope to see a show there again soon!

If more classical theatre is more your style, I also got to check out Music Circus for the first show of this season which is Singin' in the Rain.  It was a magical night of musical theatre!  The Wells Fargo Pavilion is circular so the stage is round.  The actors come up and down the aisles to get to the stage giving it a very immersive feel.  If you love musicals, you have to check out Music Circus.  It is at a higher price point so this might be more of a splurge date.  Music Circus tickets courtesy of Get on the Map.

No matter what your style, I encourage you to go out and check out Sacramento's amazing theatre scene!  I've seen tickets for as low as $8 so if price is stopping you from seeing theatre, check out your community theatre companies!  It doesn't always have to be a huge show (says me who wants to go to Hamilton every year.)  There's tons of amazing performing arts in Sacramento and the surrounding cities!  

Do you have ideas for more dates?  Please let me know in the comments!  

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