History

SOLANO COLLEGE THEATRE

Solano College Theatre came into existence as the result of an attempt to rescue the Music program from Prop 13 budget cuts in 1980, when Professor Walt Mikolajcik successfully convinced the Solano Community College Governing Board that Musical Theatre could be more financially self-sustaining than an athletic program. One three-unit class was created for him to prove it, and the successful first production was an 1899 musical version of Robin Hood, directed by Terry Rucker.

Walt provided musical direction for many more shows, with David Leonard coming on board to design sets and lighting. The following years were busy ones as productions of major musicals such as Anything Goes, Damn Yankees, Kiss Me Kate, Candide, and Chicago populated the stage. The combined energy of the students of the Music, Drama, and Dance departments brought three productions to life each year. These not-so-humble beginnings would pave the way for Solano College Theatre to become the most awarded and respected regional theatre in Northern California.

Professor Emeritus George Maguire became the new Drama Department Director in 1985 and he, along with Managing Director David Leonard, brought Solano’s theatre program into the spotlight with the creation of the Actor Training Program and a full season of award-winning productions beginning with Camelot.

Solano College Theatre at times produced as many as ten productions in a single season as well as running a three-city youth theatre program, staging free Shakespeare on the waterfront, and offering a full roster of acting and technical theatre classes.

In 2012, budget cuts forced the restructuring of the Theatre Arts department. The Actor Training Program ended, staff were laid off, and George Maguire retired. Out of this uncertain time has come a renewed commitment to what matters to us most: providing quality theatre arts education and producing shows that contribute meaningfully to the culture and entertainment of our Solano County community.

Show List

2016-2017

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

TBA

2015-2016

 Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Spring Awakening

2014-2015

   Little Shop of Horrors

Rhinoceros

 2013-2014

A Golden Fleecing

Moon Over Buffalo

Othello

2012-2013

Of  Mice and Men

 The Three Musketeers

2011-2012

 Always… Patsy Cline

The Crucible

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Distracted

2010-2011

Rent

Dracula

Annie

Eurydice

The Wizard of Oz

2009-2010

 Much Ado About Nothing

The Producers

Bye Bye Birdie

Our Town

Thoroughly Modern Millie

2008-2009 

Noises Off

Assassins

    Seussical: The Musical (SYT)

 The Talented Mr. Ripley

    How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

The Music Man (SYT)

2007-2008

Smokey Joe’s Café

 The Comedy of Errors

The Shadow Box

Intimate Apparel

A Year With Frog & Toad

2006-2007

Annie Get Your Gun

Dead Man Walking

The House of Ramon Iglesia

Batboy: The Musical

The Underpants

2005-2006

   Beauty and the Beast

Wait Until Dark

The Taming of the Shrew

A Raisin in the Sun

Sweeney Todd

  You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

2004-2005

 Cabaret

Proof

Fences

 Seussical the Musical

   The Importance of Being Earnest

  Suds, the Musical

2003-2004

Grease

SF Mime Troupe

The Lion in Winter

Wonder of the World

HONK!

Always…Patsy Cline

2002-2003

 The Sound of Music

This is Our Youth

ART

SF Mime Troupe

I Am A Man

Amadeus

Three Tall Women

Will Rogers Follies

The Laramie Project

2001-2002

The Three Sisters

Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical

Wish You Were Here

Harvey

Sonnets for and Old Century

W;t

Tintypes

As Bees in Honey Drown

2000-2001

      Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

  The Cripple of Inishmaan

A Christmas Carol

A Winter’s Tale

Baker Street

A Streetcar Named Desire

My Children! My Africa!

West Side Story

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Forever Plaid

1999-2000

 Little Shop of Horrors

The Music Man

Shirley Valentine

Angels in America (Part 1)

A Christmas Carol

The Foreigner

Nunsense

A Chorus Line

Bus Stop

Always… Patsy Cline

1998-99

 Jesus Christ Superstar

Moon Over Buffalo

The Glass Menagerie

Home

Pieces of the Quilt

The King & I

1997-98

 Annie

 Blood Brothers

 Mother Hicks

 Charley’s Aunt

 Love Letters

 The Heiress

 The Wizard of OZ

1996-97

 Evita

 Diary of Anne Frank

Fifth of July

Twelfth Night

Pippin

1995-96

 Carousel

 All My Sons

     A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Lost in Yonkers

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

1994-95

  Fiddler on the Roof

 Dancing at Lughnasa

  The World Goes `Round

 The Front Page

 The Secret Garden

1993-94

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Equus

Romeo and Juliet

I Hate Hamlet

Oliver!

1992-93

 South Pacific

Death of a Salesman

Peter Pan

I Remember Mama

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

  Master Harold and the Boys

1991-92

 Broadway Bound

   Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

 The Elephant Man

    Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Little Foxes

Big River

I’m Not Rappaport

1990-91

The Nerd

Can-Can

   The Cherry Orchard

  A Christmas Carol

   Devour the Snow

    She Loves Me

1989-90

 Little Shop of Horrors

42nd Street

Hotel Paradiso

A Christmas Carol

Shenandoah

It’s Only a Play

1988-89 

 Cabaret

The Man Who Came to Dinner

To Kill a Mockingbird

Man of La Mancha

1987-88

 Hay Fever

The Fantasticks

Terra Nova

Camelot

The Miracle Worker

1986-87

Arsenic and Old Lace

Hello Dolly

Sly Fox

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Grease

1985-86

Chicago

Picnic

Candide