Vacaville on stage returns to support local arts – Times-Herald

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After a short hiatus, On Stage Vacaville is back to continue its 21-year mission of supporting theater venues throughout the city and making Vacaville a regional entertainment destination.

“As a result of the pandemic, most, if not all, of our local performing arts groups have suffered tremendous financial hardship,” said OSV President Lisa Hillas. “Unlike schools or other businesses, their inability to rehearse in person or perform in front of a live audience has devastated their revenue stream. Our community relies on these groups to bring entertainment, culture and education to Vacaville and the surrounding area, especially for children.”

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, OSV has held various online fundraisers. Proceeds were then used to provide grants to local arts organizations such as Bliss Urban Arts, Starbound Youth Theatre, Young Artists Conservatory of Music, Vacaville Ballet Company and Solano Symphony Orchestra.

“These grants helped offset theater rental fees so they could return to the stage more quickly after the pandemic once restrictions were lifted,” Hylos said in a statement. “Our ability to make a difference in our community has sustained us and fueled us to do more. We can now support a wide range of local artists and venues.”

OSV is partnering with several local organizations to host several events over the next few months. On Nov. 13, it will team up with the Vacaville Saturday Club for Bingo Bonanza, a bingo fundraiser for the Saturday Club, which has supported the arts in Vacaville since 1909. This event will take place from 1pm to 4pm at 125 West Kendal St. Tickets can be purchased online at Saturdayclubvacaville.com.

On December 10th and 11th, OSV will play its first post-pandemic live show at Journey Downtown. Jack Wright will perform a tribute to legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, whose pop standards include ‘Sweet Caroline’, ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’, ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’ and many more. Jack Wright: A Cherry Christmas Live in Concert debuts at 7pm on December 10th, followed by a matinee on December 11th at 2pm at 308 Main St.

Other Journey Downtown shows hosted by OSV in the coming months include “Viva Santana,” a tribute to the legendary Latin rock band on Feb. 3, and “Markme on Stage,” a stage adaptation of Angela Arteritano’s short film. on flamenco dances, February 4.

For more information, go to Onstagevacaville.org/.

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