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October 2017

26 High Street: A Jack the Ripper Mystery

October 27 @ 7:30 pm - November 19 @ 2:00 pm /
  • Robert Colter, Thomas Burks, Sara Mar Don and Keith Decker star in two plays of mystery ideal for the Halloween season: Rob Foster’s “26 High Street: A Jack the Ripper Mystery,” in which retired London detective Frederick Abberline reveals the identity of the Ripper to an intrepid news reporter, and Poe’s classic “Masque of the Red Death,” of a Royal Prince waiting out the passing of The Plague with his cabal of revelers, all locked in his high castle, only to discover at the last, that the Reaper has gained entrance. An evening of fanciful terror, period music, and great performances by favorite local Central Coast talent. Directed by Carey Crockett

    Tickets are $20 general admission, and $15 for seniors, students, and military, available through or by calling (831) 601-7460.

    Opening Friday, October 27, 2017
    Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM: October 27, 28  & November 17, 18
    Sunday matinee at 2:00PM: November 19

    Jazz At The Cherry – Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Alumni – “Blue Clay”

    October 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm /
  • / $20.00

    Blue Clay, the best of young jazz in Monterey County, will be appearing in the Cherry Hall Theater on Sunday, October 29th, at 3:00PM.  The trio – Aaron Georis (bass),  Davíd Sanchez (keyboards), Felix Diaz-Contreras (trombone) –  is composed of members from the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Alumni band.

    Tickets for the event are $20, available through or by calling (831 624-7491. The ticket price includes refreshments and light fare.

    Meet the trio:

    Aaron Georis is a junior at Carmel High School.  Aaron has been playing bass for about five years and has been a participant in MJF Summer Jazz Camp for five years.  Aaron’s interest in Jazz began in middle school when the MJF Traveling Clinicians program conducted workshops for the students.  Aaron plays on his school water polo team and is currently in the Monterey County High School All Star Band.

    Davíd Sanchez attends school at Monterey High School. Davíd has been playing piano for 11 years, and jazz for six. He became interested in jazz when he heard his older brother practicing his trumpet charts from the Monterey County All-Star Band. He has participated in the traveling clinicians program as a member of the Pacific Grove Jazz Club and currently plays with the Monterey County All-Star Band.

    Felix Diaz-Contreras is a senior at Pacific Grove High School.  Felix has been playing trombone since sixth grade. When you ask Felix why he became interested in Jazz, his answer is – “It’s very spontaneous and I love the connection and community of it in which everyone isn’t getting mad together and actually making music together. It’s swingin’ man!”  Felix was a young ambitious trombone player in 6th grade when he entered his middle school jazz program and met the traveling clinicians.  He then went to jazz camp.   “I love MJF and I wouldn’t be where I am with all my great friends and amazing teachers without it.” Felix is also a member of the SF Jazz All Stars.

    November 2017

    Golden Ratio X

    November 10 @ 7:30 pm - November 11 @ 7:30 pm /
  • Golden Ratio X is a literary/theatre hybrid with dance performance. Much of the story takes place in the mind of Blaze, a stripper who must rectify her own identity and sense of purpose as she navigates the complicated nuances of lap dancing in the Mitchell Brothers’ O’Farrell Theatre, San Francisco, circa 1986. In between scenes in the dressing room about spirituality and history versus the universal truths of the Golden Ratio and scenes in the O’Farrell audience where Blaze navigates the complicated nuances of lap dancing, dancers will perform in the style of 1980’s striptease. The story deals with mature subject matter, but is not X-rated.

    Two performances only: Friday, November 10th, and Saturday, November 11th, at 7:30PM. Tickets are $23.00, available on or by calling (831) 624-7491.

    The Cast:

    Janice Blaze Rocke (writer, director, producer, narrator) is a graduate of CSUMB where she studied Creative Writing/Social Action while single-parenting two children. She’s produced theme-based variety shows; filmed and edited videos; written short stories, plays and screenplays; and created a vast array of art. Her novel, Resurrections in the Dark, is loosely based on her life. She has also written for Polygon online magazine. She produces multi-media literary-based events on the peninsula with other enthusiastic writers, artists, dancers, actors, videographers, and technical wizards.

    Deena Welch (Blaze) has been living in Monterey for ten years. Locally she’s performed in The Exonerated and Deathtrap at The Magic Circle Theatre, Bug at Paper Wing, several Storybook shows at MPC, and Alice in Wonderland at The Outdoor Forest Theatre. Before moving to Monterey, she participated in local theatre in San Diego.

    Carrie Collier (Vanessa, the wise “older” stripper) studied acting at PCPA in Santa Maria, CA, Hartnell College, and atCSU Chico, and improvisation at The Groundlings and Second City, both in Hollywood, CA. She played several leads in the short-lived Fox television series Totally Hidden Video and on Making Yourself at Home on PBS. Carrie has appeared in multiple plays in San Francisco, most notably Martha in Bar None, which ran for four years. She played the title role in Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander at the Western Stage, Elizabeth in Laundry and Bourbon, and Lizzie in The Rainmaker.

    Thomas Burks  (as “the other kind of man”) was born on a small farm outside of a small town in West Texas. He began writing music in his early twenties, and acting in his early thirties. Burks has written several monologues and a play, “A Farmboy Mantra.” He is currently working on “Atticus and Matilda,” a second installment of ‘Farmboy’ “based on two mentally challenged siblings in rural Texas.

    Carri Newhouse (Raja) is a Pacific Grove native who dances beneath the fireworks at the Feast of Lanterns Pageant, and onstage with the M.P.C. Dance Department. Fulfilling a childhood dream of waking this sleepy town, Newhouse promotes flow arts with Monterey Fire & Flow, a group who cultivate juggling and dancing with fire. She is also co-creator of the dance tribe HipNautic Flowers, in which both her daughters perform.

    Rachel Corvese (Trina, a young stripper) has always loved dance! She has performed with a competitive Hip Hop team for five years, and trained recreationally in jazz for nine years. Currently, Corvese performs with the Monterey Fire and Flow community. She hopes to continue to expand her horizons in dance and the arts for many more years to come.


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