Northern ca premiere of The Story of My Life Opens at ccct november 5

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Northern CA Premiere of The Story of My Life Opens at CCCT November 5

El Cerrito, October 12, 20010—For the second show of their 51st season, Contra Costa Civic Theatre will present the Northern California premiere of the musical The Story of My Life, opening on November 5. This will be the first time that this veteran El Cerrito theatre company has been able to bring East Bay audiences a first look at a recent Broadway hit.

Fresh from it’s 2009 run on Broadway, this soaring tribute to the power of friendship and the people who change our lives forever features music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill.  It was nominated for four 2009 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical. 

Director, Dennis Lickteig, was so captivated by the piece that it became a mission to stage a production in the Bay Area.  Lickteig was fortunate enough to be in contact with the authors who, from the very beginning, were delighted with his interest in presenting this piece in Northern California. “Although the piece premiered in New York after several festival workshops, the authors always felt that the San Francisco Bay area was a perfect place for the piece to play due to the sophisticated theater audiences that exist in all parts of the Bay Area”, Lickteig explained. As a result, he was granted access to the material before the rights were released so he could “shop it around” to various companies and CCCT was very excited to produce it. Lickteig feels that “CCCT is clearly on the leading edge with their willingness to produce a new and somewhat unknown work - a real salute to their vision.”

CCCT Artistic Director, Derrick Silva, was impressed with the passion that Licktieg had for the piece. “The way Dennis talked about the piece, I immediately wanted to see it”, Silva said. “The show celebrates loyalty and friendship, and Dennis reminded me that our theatre and our community are built on these values. This seems like the perfect gift to give our audiences.”

The two person musical will star two accomplished actors who have performed all over the Bay Area. William Giammona and Paul Araquistain portray the best friends since childhood that come to realize how their 30-year friendship profoundly defined their lives.  Joe Simiele provides musical direction for the heart-warming and intimate musical.

Rounding out the first rate production staff are scenic designer: Kuo-Hao Lo, lighting designer: Adam Fry, costumer: Anida Weyl, sound designer: Travis Rexroat, prop designer: Kyla Morris, stage manager: Tina Valverde and buld manager: David Lam.

The Story of My Life plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and, beginning November 14, Sundays at 2 pm, through November 28.  Tickets are $24, $15 for 16 and under and may be purchased online at or by phone at 510-524-9132.  Contra Costa Civic Theatre is located at 951 Pomona Avenue (at Moeser), with free parking in an adjoining lot.

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