barry and taylor

Barry Martin and Taylor Bartolucci


Big plans for Lucky Penny Productions

By From page B1 | March 14, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A mutual love of theater gave birth to Lucky Penny Productions in 2009.

Now the Napa nonprofit is hoping to launch a new multipurpose community arts center and Youth Academy. This is on top of shows recently announced for the 2014-15 season.

The arts center, now in the conceptual phase, is intended to provide training, rehearsal and performance space to local artists, and serve as the home venue for Lucky Penny Productions.

A potential location has been identified and work is underway to assess the improvements needed and obtain permits, according to a press release from Lucky Penny Productions.

The Youth Academy plans call for it to be a project/performance-based learning opportunity providing hands-on experience in all aspects of theater creation, from script analysis to design and performance.

Prior to the start of the 2014-15 season, a once-a-month music series kicks off at City Winery at the Historic Napa Valley Opera House. The first one is “I’m the Greatest Future Star Musical Theatre Showcase for Kids” on May 18. It will be followed by “The Rogers and Hammerstein Songbook” on June 22 and “The All American Summer Songbook” on July 20.

Lucky Penny co-founder Taylor Bartolucci will do her first solo cabaret show, “Never Satisfied,” Aug. 1-2 at Silo’s in Napa.

“Funny Girl” opens Aug. 12. It ends Sept. 15.

In October, a staged reading format of “The Drunken City” is planned. The Adam Bock comedy is about relationships and commitments in a world that tilts.

“Oliver” comes to the stage Nov. 6 and ends its run Nov. 23.

The popular “8 x 10: A Festival of 10-Minute Plays” returns for its third year in January 2015.

“Bonnie & Clyde,” a modern musical version of the story of America’s most infamous outlaws, opens in March 2015.

“Cowgirls: The Musical,” follows in late spring 2015. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” ends the season in August 2015.

General auditions for the 2014-15 season are 1 to 4 p.m. June 8 and 6 to 9 p.m. June 9 at Silo’s, 530 Main St., Napa. Performers interested in auditioning are invited to view the audition page at www.luckypennynapa.com.

Batrolucci’s Napa ties date back to 1922. Lucky Penny Productions co-founder Barry Martin is a Midwest transplant who spent 23 years in radio.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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