“We are back!” exclaimed Judy Clemens, Executive Director of the Theater on the Ridge. Last year, the TOTR canceled nearly a full season for the first time in its 45-year history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our doors remained closed until we could safely reopen,” Clemens said. “We look forward to the promise of 2021 and our return to delivering the quality performances expected in our Paradise theater.”

That moment has come with the fundraising celebration to kick off the 2021 season at 6:30 p.m. on June 18-19. This fundraiser will take place at the Theater on the Pond, Artist’s Chapel, 3300 Inspiration Lane, Paradise.

The $ 100 per ticket event will benefit TOTR and make it an evening not to be forgotten in theater history.

A gourmet picnic will be served to the sound of the musical group The Bidwells with champagne, wine or beer. An announcement will inform about the theater’s return season for 2021.

A 70-minute theatrical presentation, “The O’Malley Diaries”, will capture the audience’s attention. Adult themes and meaningful language will announce a notice to the public.

The characters of “The O’Malley Diaries” are played by Jerry and Theresa Miller as the parents of Michael and Esther (Ashiah Soharae as Sarah and Denver Nash as Robert). Sarah becomes a renowned fiction writer. Rather than writing memoirs about her family, she asks if she could use the diaries of her family members in their own words to present her family story.

The Theater on the Pond event will also feature a famous couple from Chico, Ben Ruttenburg and Samanha Francis, with memorable songs from folk rock, Americana, acoustics and concert band. The Bidwells sing songs from the heart and harmonize in the key to love, loss, and all of life’s uplifting elements.

Founded in 1975, Theater on the Ridge in Paradise is California’s oldest non-profit community theater north of Sacramento. The theater puts on six shows each year, packing the house at every performance for a wide variety of comedies, dramas and period plays.

Contact Theater on the Ridge, PO Box 13, 3735 Neal Road, Paradise, CA 95967, 877-5760, e-mail: [email protected]