When Carol Rezzelle looks around the Flowing Wells Theatre, she can see the minute details that still need to be completed – some painting touchups here and there, rugs for the foyer to cut down on the noise.
Regardless of whether the punch-list is complete or not, the curtain will rise Nov. 30 for the Enopion Theatre Co.’s first performance in its new home — a dinner theater show called The Cure.
“We’ve been working on The Cure for a year, and they’ve stuck with it,” said Rezzelle, Enopion’s founder of the team of volunteers who’ve been diligently rehearsing. “Not a single one has dropped out.”
Several performances of The Cure are planned between Nov. 30 and Dec. 9, and some are already sold out. Click here to find out which performances still have availability.
Construction on the theater on Flowing Wells Road in Martinez began almost two years ago. Rezzelle had hoped for a grand opening in the spring of 2023, but construction delays pushed the debut.
The group moved into its new home at the end of October, and the members of the children’s theatre classes recently had their culminating performance and reception in the new space.
The theater building is a long-time dream come true for Rezzelle who started Enopion in 1999 with a one-woman musical called I, Mary, about the mother of Jesus.
For the first few years, Rezzelle traveled to churches then she began writing more plays, enlisting volunteers and looking for spaces to produce the shows.
“We’ve been a nomadic theater company,” she said.
Enopion has used the Paul Simon Theatre at the former Fort Discovery, the Kroc Center, the Imperial Theatre and most recently a rented space near the Martinez post office on Commercial Drive.
Rezzelle said she plans to have a grand opening celebration in the spring of 2024.
The Cure will follow a dinner theater format, which allows seating for 80 people. Shows without dinner can seat about 140 people.
A full season is already planned for 2024 and Rezzelle continues to think about the possibility of future expansion to add seats.
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