The W. J. Geery Theater is located in this 1899 historic Victorian in which the Pease Conservatory of Music has existed since 1921. This was and is the recital hall which also became a venue for plays in the 1970s when the Sacramento Experimental Theater leased the hall and became in 1986 the Show Below that produced award winning plays until 1995. Wm. J. " Bill" Geery was the actor & singer who owned the building and was the step-father of the current owners, Diane Davidson Heinzer and the family trust of her deceased sister, Joan Bales. Bill's aunt and uncle were Mr. & Mrs. Pease who established the Pease Conservatory of Music.
A Variety of Events
The W. J. Geery Theater is wonderful for intimate plays and still great for award winning original plays, such as "Echoes in the Heart". The concert grand piano is great for musicals, concerts, small operas, recitals of music students, Stand -up comedians have filled the theater with laughter. Graham Sobelman produced his first "Grahamaramas" here for over two years. And the Samantics still perform some of their hilarious and unusual cabarets here.
Upcoming events in 2018 & 2019
December 8, evening: "The Quest Continues" solo piano with Larry Cohn
December 11, Tuesday 8 p.m. "I'm Falling Apart" is an eclectic cabaret show with a sarcastic take on getting old and finding the mirth in mortality. Through comedy and music Michael Dane and Musical Director Marshall Callaway have created an autobiographical show that will resonate with anybody who has ever felt like they were breaking down or going crazy. The show includes 10 complete songs, raging from the 1940s to the 2000s, and snippets and earworms from 20 more tunes that will stick in your head for days! Plus, there are at least 185 laughs in the show (we counted)! "I'm Falling Apart" is a show about making choices and taking chances, and about how music just might be the best therapy. Tickets at the door. More info at 651 324-1453.
December 15 & 16 evenings: Recitals by Students of Natomas Music Square
December 22, Recitals by Students of Alicia Delliquadri
December 30. Recitals by Students of Ariana Hunt
January 18, 19, 26 evenings & matinee Jan 19, 2019: "Pirates of Penzance" presented by Sarah Blair
February 23, 2019. Recitals by the students of Susan McVay
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Performance or Seminar
Rehearsals w/ Tech Booth $45 With piano $65. Working rehearsals of plays performed at Geery Theater. $30