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Vaudeville returns to the Rialto Theatre when Friends of the Rialto presents 

Open Gate Theatre’s “Caravan of Fantasy”

General Admission is $20, VIP Tickets are $50 
with all proceeds going to the Friends of the Rialto to help restore the theatre. 
Tickets go on sale SOON, check back next week!
(Contact Friends of the Rialto for group discount information.) 

The Rialto Theatre was built for shows that have movies accompanied by live music, presented with live Vaudeville acts. Open Gate does its own unique version of this. Come support the rejuvenation of the wonderful Rialto Theatre. 

Enjoy what The Rialto Theatre is, was, and can be.

7:00 “Archetypes and other Delights”: 

With giant puppets, dance, music, and stories inspired by the Arabian Nights, Open Gate will delight and amaze. 

8:00 “Prince Achmed” (1926)

Created by Lotte Reiniger with exquisite silhouette art, it is the earliest full length animation. Live, new music by Open Gate’s Artistic Director Will Salmon.

9:15 “The Giaour” (“Infidel”) by Rika Ohara 

This opera follows a new reading of Lord Byron’s 1813 poem and uncovers a passion stronger than hatred. The visuals include live action, film, and Manga. 

Open Gate’s cast includes:
Joseph Garate – tenor (Lord Byron)
Tuba Heatherton – variety artist,clown (Shahryar)
Goh Kurasawa – guitar
Ted Lamoureux – puppet creation
Rebecca Lynn- violin
Jim Mora – stage manager, lighting
Jie Ma – pipa
Charles Lane – tenor (the Nubian)
Rika Ohara- director, film artist, liberettest, for “The Giaour”
Seda Saar – set and environment for “Archetypes”
Mitsu Salmon – puppet creation, (Conjuror)
Will Salmon- flutes, composer, director
Breeze Smith – percussion
Roksana Zeinapur – singer (Scheherazade)

SHOWTUNE brings live entertainment back to the historic Rialto stage!

On April 2, Conundrum Theatre Company in partnership with Friends of the Rialto presented Showtune, a live  musical revue celebrating the words and music of Jerry Herman, at the historic Rialto Theatre.

Escott Norton, founder of Friends of the Rialto, welcomed the audience and described his proposal to restore and reopen the Rialto as a multi-use performing arts venue. 

Hundreds of people of all ages attended to hear the live band in the orchestra pit and eight performers singing and dancing on the Rialto stage once again!

SHOWTUNE presented a retrospective of Herman’s phenomenal career in songwriting including familiar tunes from Herman’s most popular shows including Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles!

The cast included: Esme Brown, Jackie Brenneman, John Scott, Katrina Veldkamp, Lauren Otte, Mark Melo, Meggan Taylor, Richard Seymour.  SHOWTUNE was directed by Bryan Snodgrass, the Musical Director and Conductor was Ryan Luévano, and Choreographer was Toni Fuller.

The Band: Piano/Asst. Music Director: Michael Griffin,  Reed: Dan Gonda,  Cello: Melody Ynn,  Bass: Evan Vine,   Drums: Jeremy Stacy

We hope that this is just the first of many productions on the Rialto Stage.  Special thanks to Conundrum Theatre Company and volunteers from both Friends of the Rialto and the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation for your help.   Thanks also to the City of South Pasadena Planning, Public Works, Fire and Police Departments, Tom Reynolds and Misplaced Priorities, the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation, The Burbank Community YMCA, Old Oak Cellars Winery, and our audience for your support!

Very Special Thanks to the Shomof Family for their continued interest in our management proposal, and for graciously allowing us access to the Rialto Theatre.